2020 Fantasy Baseball Rankings (AL)
Expert Consensus Ranking (30 of 39 Experts) -
|Rank||Player (Team, Position)||Overall||Notes|
|1||Francisco Lindor (CLE - SS)||2||3.0||+1.0||
Even despite missing the first month, Lindor went for 32 homers, 22 steals and 101 runs. He has been steady for three seasons and could very easily take another leap into the top tier of fantasy assets this year but he'll need that batting average to leap in order to get there.
|2||Alex Bregman (HOU - 3B,SS)||5||4.0||-1.0||
Thanks to his 122 runs and 41 homers, Bregman outperformed Story, Turner and Lindor last year so you might consider him at #6 overall once Bellinger is gone but his lack of steals makes his ceiling a bit lower than each of those other first rounders.
|3||Xander Bogaerts (BOS - SS)||11||15.0||+4.0||
It may be difficult to believe but Bogaerts outperformed even Francisco Lindor, Trea Turner and Gleyber Torres last year thanks to 110+ runs and 100+ RBIs to go with a .311 BA and 33 homers. His ceiling may not be as high as the others, but he is excellent in every non-steals category.
|4||Gleyber Torres (NYY - 2B,SS)||17||12.0||-5.0||
As a 22-year-old, Gleyber managed 38 homers, 96 runs and 91 RBIs with a .280 batting average. There is still room for more growth and it would no surprise if he became an MVP candidate this year as a 23-year-old. There isn't enough speed to make him the top fantasy second basemen yet though.
|5||Adalberto Mondesi (KC - SS)||20||22.0||+2.0||
Mondesi had a ridiculous 43 steals last year but he did it in just 416 at-bats. If he can stay on the field for a full season, 60 is not only a possibility, but likely. Add in 15 homers and we are talking about a potential first round value, albeit one with great risk.
|6||Bo Bichette (TOR - SS)||31||33.0||+2.0||
Like his father, the young Bichette is one heck of a hitter and he proved that by batting .311 with 11 homers in just 46 games last year. Over a full season, it would be no surprise if he morphed into a 30 homer threat with a quality batting average and all the runs and RBIs to accompany it.
|7||Marcus Semien (OAK - SS)||36||37.0||+1.0||
Semien is currently being drafted outside the top 12 fantasy shortstops around the 7th round but did you know that he finished among the top five last year and ahead of Lindor, Turner and Torres. Semien knocked 33 bombs with double-digit steals, a good .285 batting average and 123 runs.
|8||Tim Anderson (CWS - SS)||44||54.0||+10.0||
Anderson missed 40 games last year but still nearly went 20/20 with 81 runs. If that was all, it would have been a killer season but he also happened to bat .335 for the Sox. We can expect that to drop to near or even below .300 this year but that is still a great buy around the 8th round.
|9||Carlos Correa (HOU - SS)||49||46.0||-3.0||
So far, we've only seen Correa play more than 110 games once in his five seasons. Whenever he is on the field, Correa has been a tremendous hitter so the upside is that of a top five fantasy shortstop but his floor is quite low because of the repeat injury risk.
|10||Jorge Polanco (MIN - SS)||59||77.0||+18.0||
Polanco picked up where he left off after the 2018 suspension by batting nearly .300 with over 100 runs and 22 homers. His speed is gone but for his 11th round price tag, that is a plenty useful stat line even if you have to use him in the utility spot instead of shortstop.
|11||Elvis Andrus (TEX - SS)||70||73.0||+3.0||
With so many competent fantasy shortstops, it may seem boring to draft Andrus in the 13th round but he has been so consistent and durable from year to year that this boring source of speed and average may prove well worth the price once again.
|12||Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (TOR - 2B,SS,LF)||77||86.0||+9.0||
After starting the season slow, Toronto sent Gurriel back to the minors but once he was called back up, he was one of the best hitters in baseball with a nearly 50-homer pace. That won't keep up, but 35 with a strong batting average is entirely possible.
|13||Danny Santana (TEX - 1B,2B,3B,SS,LF,CF,RF)||79||76.0||-3.0||
Santana's breakout season was absolutely ridiculous on paper. He finished with 28 homers, 21 steals, a .283 BA and 80+ RBIs and runs in just 474 at-bats. He may not be as efficient this season but even if he takes a step back, he would be a steal in the 13th round.
|14||Andrelton Simmons (LAA - SS)||139||148.0||+9.0||
Simmons will never hit 20 homers nor should we expect him to return to the 19 steals we saw in 2017, but this is a reliable source of decent numbers at all five primary hitting categories. You can grab him in the very last round of your draft if you need a middle infielder.
|15||David Fletcher (LAA - 2B,3B,SS,LF)||178||133.0||-45.0||
It is clear that Fletcher won't provide much in the way of homers or RBIs but this a guy who should boost your BA and provide 75+ runs in the final few rounds while playing multiple positions.
|16||J.P. Crawford (SEA - SS)||243||286.0||+43.0||
The former top prospect has immense talent but we most certainly have not seen it in his first 165 MLB games. There is a chance he breaks out this year, but you are best suited merely keeping him on waiver wire speed dial.
|17||Willy Adames (TB - SS)||126||170.0||+44.0||
The Rays' kid shortstop was so bad in the first half that many figured he might get sent down to the minors but he picked up the pace, batting .278/.340/.467 in the second half which has many wondering if a full season 2020 breakout is in store.
|18||Jose Peraza (BOS - 2B,SS,LF)||213||181.0||-32.0||
Peraza is a long way removed from batting .234 as a rookie with 21 steals in half a season, but he is very young still and should start in Boston's great offense so don't be surprised if he breaks out in 2020.
|19||Jose Iglesias (BAL - SS)||216||293.0||+77.0|
|20||Nick Madrigal (CWS - 2B,SS) NRI||182||136.0||-46.0||
Madrigal is a talented prospect but probably not quite worth drafting and stashing in a standard-sized league. From the moment he is called up, though, Madrigal should be owned everywhere.
|21||Niko Goodrum (DET - 1B,2B,SS,LF,CF,RF)||167||150.0||-17.0||
Goodrum isn't going to hit even .250 but this a multi-position guy for your bench that will hit a dozen homers and steal a dozen bases.
|22||Hanser Alberto (BAL - 2B,3B,SS)||183||191.0||+8.0||
Alberto doesn't walk much but fortunately for fantasy owners, all that matters is his .305 batting average. That might not stick around though and he certainly won't help you with power or speed.
|23||Ryan Mountcastle (BAL - 1B,3B,SS)||220||221.0||+1.0|
|24||Nicky Lopez (KC - 2B,SS)||247||297.0||+50.0|
|25||Wander Franco (TB - SS)||249||190.0||-59.0|
|26||Jorge Mateo (OAK - SS)||325||258.0||-67.0|
|27||Marwin Gonzalez (MIN - 1B,3B,SS,LF,RF)||236||168.0||-68.0||
Marwin is a long way removed from batting .303 with 90 RBIs for the Astros in the now infamous 2017 Astros' season, but he still has 20 homer power if he can stay on the field and the batting average shouldn't hurt.
|28||Willi Castro (DET - SS)||342.0|
|29||Leury Garcia (CWS - SS,LF,CF,RF)||239||240.0||+1.0||
Although Garcia should again end up south of 10 homers and 50 RBIs, we are talking about a consistent .270+ hitter who should have no trouble notching 15 steals.
|30||Aledmys Diaz (HOU - 1B,2B,3B,SS)||317.0|
|31||Joey Wendle (TB - 2B,3B,SS)||303||254.0||-49.0|
|32||Luis Rengifo (LAA - 2B,SS)||326||367.0||+41.0|
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|Lamar Jackson (BAL)||QB|
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|Odell Beckham Jr. (CLE)||WR|
|Chris Carson (SEA)||RB|
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|Miles Sanders (PHI)||RB|
|Austin Ekeler (LAC)||RB|
|Ronald Acuna Jr. (ATL)||LF,CF|
|Mike Trout (LAA)||CF|
|Christian Yelich (MIL)||LF,RF|
|Cody Bellinger (LAD)||1B,CF|
|Mookie Betts (LAD)||CF,RF|
|Francisco Lindor (CLE)||SS|
|Trevor Story (COL)||SS|
|Gerrit Cole (NYY)||SP|
|Trea Turner (WSH)||SS|
|Nolan Arenado (COL)||3B|
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|Jacob deGrom (NYM)||SP|
|Juan Soto (WSH)||LF|
|Justin Verlander (HOU)||SP|
|Alex Bregman (HOU)||3B,SS|
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|Max Scherzer (WSH)||SP|
|Jose Ramirez (CLE)||3B|
|J.D. Martinez (BOS)||LF,RF|
|Walker Buehler (LAD)||SP|
|Anthony Rendon (LAA)||3B|
|Rafael Devers (BOS)||3B|
|Fernando Tatis Jr. (SD)||SS|
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|Xander Bogaerts (BOS)||SS|
|Stephen Strasburg (WSH)||SP|
|Starling Marte (ARI)||CF|
|Yordan Alvarez (HOU)||LF,DH|
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|Joel Embiid (PHI)||PF,C|
|Kawhi Leonard (LAC)||SG,SF|
|Chris Paul (OKC)||PG|
|Jimmy Butler (MIA)||SG,SF|
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|Ben Simmons (PHI)||PG,SF|
|Kyrie Irving (BKN)||PG,SG|
|Jrue Holiday (NOR)||PG,SG|
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|Andre Drummond (CLE)||PF,C|
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|Khris Middleton (MIL)||SG,SF|
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