2020 Fantasy Baseball Rankings
Expert Consensus Ranking (37 of 46 Experts) -
|Rank||Player (Team, Position)||Overall||Notes|
|1||J.D. Martinez (BOS - LF,RF,DH)||17||1||2||1.0||0.2||22.0||+5.0||
Martinez won't steal any bases but with 40 homers, 100+ RBIs and a .300 batting average every year, fantasy owners are getting an absolute steal at any point in the second round of drafts. Don't be scared off by his dip in production, as underlying metrics suggest he was among the most unlucky hitters in baseball.
|2||Yordan Alvarez (HOU - LF,DH)||30||1||4||2.3||0.5||38.0||+8.0||
It was just an 87 game sample size but in that time, Yordan was clearly one of the top five hitters in baseball. He won't steal any bags, but 50 homers, 140 RBIs and a .320 batting average is within the realm of realistic possibilities. He comes with some risk, however, since we haven't seen it for an extended time.
|3||Austin Meadows (TB - LF,RF,DH)||36||2||7||3.1||1.1||44.0||+8.0||
Although we haven't seen it for an extended stretch, what Meadows did last year, hitting 33 homers with a .291 average and 12 steals makes him well worth considering if he lasts into the fifth round of your drafts. There may be room for more upside as well.
|4||Nelson Cruz (MIN - DH)||47||3||8||4.7||1.1||81.0||+34.0|
|5||Tommy Pham (SD - LF,CF,DH)||64||4||9||6.1||1.4||80.0||+16.0||
Pham may not be the biggest name in baseball but by now, we should know he is going to give fantasy owners 20 homers, 20 steals and a strong batting average with loads of runs. He offers similar expectations to Austin Meadows but four rounds later.
|6||Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (TOR - 3B,DH)||61||1||16||6.2||2.4||59.0||-2.0||
It wouldn't surprise anyone if Guerrero batted .330 with 40 homers this year but we are still talking about a kid who didn't outperform Brian Anderson, Renato Nunez or Todd Frazier last year in similar plate appearances. His upside is breathtaking but there is unquestionably some risk at his ADP.
|7||Jose Abreu (CWS - 1B,DH)||65||4||10||6.5||1.6||72.0||+7.0||
Abreu outperformed Anthony Rizzo and Paul Goldschmidt last season, knocking 33 homers with 122 RBIs and a solid as always .282 BA. He hasn't slowed down one bit despite the age so you can rely on him to produce once again if you grab him in the 7th round.
|8||Jorge Soler (KC - RF,DH)||81||3||15||7.5||1.8||84.0||+3.0||
Soler did swat a ridiculous 48 homers with 117 RBIs and a decent batting average last year but let's not forget that he has missed considerable time due to injury every season prior. If he can stay healthy, that eighth round ADP will be a bargain, but it's a big if.
|9||Michael Brantley (HOU - LF,RF,DH)||91||7||14||9.3||1.3||119.0||+28.0||
Brantley had injury troubles for a while but has now played virtually every day for two straight years. In that time, he has returned to the steal .310 hitter with 20 homers. Although the steals are long gone, that profile still works great with a tenth-round pick.
|10||Carlos Santana (CLE - 1B,DH)||110||4||15||10.5||1.3||113.0||+3.0||
After a lousy 2018, it seemed Santana's bat had finally hit the end of career wall, but he bounced back to a tune of 34 homers, 110 runs and saw his batting average soar from .229 to .281. All are expected to regress in 2019, but not enough to make him worth passing on in the 12th round.
|11||Franmil Reyes (CLE - RF,DH)||108||6||16||10.9||1.9||131.0||+23.0||
Franmil played most of his season with San Diego's pitcher-friendly park as his home venue but still managed 37 homers in just 494 total at-bats. The batting average will likely end up south of .270 but 50 homers is a possibility out of the 13th round, so you know what to do.
|12||Edwin Encarnacion (CWS - 1B,DH)||141||7||19||12.4||1.8||154.0||+13.0||
Encarnacion is most certainly getting up there in age but his power persists as he knocked 30+ homers again for the eighth straight season. As we all know, the batting average won't be great but we can put up with that for 100+ RBIs and 80+ runs to go with the power.
|13||Khris Davis (OAK - DH)||147||8||19||12.8||1.7||174.0||+27.0|
|14||Shin-Soo Choo (TEX - LF,RF,DH)||193||8||22||15.6||2.4||217.0||+24.0||
It never feels exciting to draft Choo, but he now has 20+ homers with a .260+ average and 80+ runs in each of the past three seasons. In fact, he stole 15 bases last year even despite his older age. This is a killer value in the 21st round of drafts.
|15||Avisail Garcia (MIL - CF,RF,DH)||201||12||21||16.1||1.7||218.0||+17.0||
If you are scrambling to find a useful late-round outfielder, look no further. Garcia has an excellent bat, hiting 20 homers with a .282 batting average and incredible statcast data in just 125 games last year. The sizeable ballpark upgrade could drive that to 30, .290 this season and his price is the 21st round.
|16||Luke Voit (NYY - 1B,DH)||217||7||24||15.5||2.9||188.0||-29.0||
Voit wasn't anything near the short sample-size explosion we saw in 2018 but he still managed 21 homers, 72 runs and 62 RBIs in just 118 games. While the batting average won't be ideal, you can certainly put up with 30 homers, 90/90 RBis and runs in the 17th round.
|17||Miguel Andujar (NYY - 3B,DH)||233||10||22||17.0||2.5||211.0||-22.0||
Andujar virtually missed the entire season so there is some risk in relying on a bounceback or even a full year of stats, but if we get it, we've seen the upside to be a .300 average with 25+ homers. With an ADP above 300, you should be able to get him super late in drafts.
|18||Renato Nunez (BAL - 1B,3B,DH)||265||11||25||19.4||2.3||266.0||+1.0||
Nunez went from 8 homers and a .258 average in 2018 to a breakout performance with 31 homers and 90 RBIs. The batting average certainly won't help fantasy owners, however.
|19||Yandy Diaz (TB - 1B,3B,DH)||267||15||29||19.6||2.7||255.0||-12.0||
Diaz finally received some playing time and the bat was strong as expected with 14 homers in just half a season. The batting average has room for growth too so don't be surprised if a full season gives fantasy owners 25 homers with a .280 average.
|20||Nick Solak (TEX - 2B,3B,DH)||249||13||25||20.1||2.3||293.0||+44.0||
Solak was never a big prospect but he always raked in the minors then continued that trend upon being called up for Texas. He finished the year with 32 combined homers, 91 RBIs and a .290 batting average. That seems unlikely in his full rookie season, but the kid can surely hit.
|21||Omar Narvaez (MIL - C,DH)||275||15||27||20.6||2.3||214.0||-61.0||
Narvaez was exceptional last year in a breakout campaign with 22 bombs and a .278 average. While he may be due for some regression, moving from Seattle's pitcher park to Milwaukee's hitter park and a much stronger lineup could help him have another very useful offensive season.
|22||Justin Smoak (MIL - 1B,DH)||319||16||27||22.3||2.7||355.0||+36.0||
Smoak batted just .208 but underlying metrics suggest he may have been the most unlucky hitter in all of baseball. Expect .240 at least this year with another 25+ homers in Milwaukee.
|23||Miguel Cabrera (DET - 1B,DH)||322||14||28||22.2||2.6||310.0||-12.0||
If you play in a deeper league and are looking for a source of batting average in the later rounds, Cabrera is as solid of a bet as you'll find. Durability is a concern and he won't hit for power anymore though.
|24||Daniel Vogelbach (SEA - 1B,DH)||395||16||29||23.9||3.2||389.0||-6.0||
Vogelbach did manage 30 homers as many thought he might but the batting average was so horrendous that there are talks that he may lose his job at some point this season. With that said, with the risk comes upside for 40 bombs and a Joey Gallo like season.
|25||Ji-Man Choi (TB - 1B,DH)||389||12||27||23.9||2.6||526.0||+137.0|
|26||Shohei Ohtani (LAA - SP,DH)||120||11||38||23.2||7.9||127.0||+7.0|
|27||Albert Pujols (LAA - 1B,DH)||424||21||28||24.8||1.8||357.0||-67.0||
Pujols is nowhere near where he once was and has some durability concerns but this is still a 20+ homer hitter for the end of your bench with a BA that won't entirely kill you.
|28||Shohei Ohtani (LAA - DH)||381||4||27||18.4||6.4|
|29||Rowdy Tellez (TOR - 1B,DH)||465||22||30||26.3||2.0||548.0||+83.0||
Tellez has power galore, as evidenced by his 21 homers in just 370 at-bats. Now, the BA will hurt a bit, but you can afford to deal with that if his homers jump to 35 over a full season.
|30||Hunter Pence (SF - LF,RF,DH)||519||20||30||27.7||1.8||589.0||+70.0|
|31||Jake Bauers (CLE - 1B,LF,DH)||521||24||32||28.3||1.7||487.0||-34.0||
Bauers has not produced at the level many prospect hounds expected but he does have upside to break out this year to a tune of 20 homers, 10 steals and a .250 batting average if he hangs onto the job.
|32||Hanley Ramirez (CLE - 1B,DH) FA||18||38||29.7||8.5|
|33||Mark Trumbo (DH) FA||19||36||29.0||6.2|
|34||Matt Skole (CWS - 1B,DH) MiLB||20||43||31.5||11.5|
|35||Zack Collins (CWS - C,DH) MiLB||943||28||37||32.8||3.1||833.0||-110.0|
|36||Adam Jones (CF,DH) FA||29||42||34.3||5.6||516.0|
|37||Kendrys Morales (1B,DH) FA||893||30||37||31.8||2.6||509.0||-384.0|
|38||Yonder Alonso (ATL - 1B,DH) NRI||30||35||32.0||1.7||692.0|
|39||Welington Castillo (WSH - C,DH) NRI||916||30||32||31.2||0.7||524.0||-392.0|
|40||Bobby Bradley (CLE - 1B,DH) MiLB||32||36||34.3||1.8||806.0|
|41||Steve Pearce (1B,LF,DH) FA||33||34||33.5||0.5|
|42||Tyler Austin (1B,DH) FA||35||35||35.0||0.0|
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|Dalvin Cook (MIN)||RB|
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|George Kittle (SF)||TE|
|Josh Jacobs (LV)||RB|
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|Leonard Fournette (JAC)||RB|
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|Miles Sanders (PHI)||RB|
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|Allen Robinson (CHI)||WR|
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|Mike Trout (LAA)||CF|
|Christian Yelich (MIL)||LF,RF|
|Cody Bellinger (LAD)||1B,CF|
|Mookie Betts (LAD)||CF,RF|
|Francisco Lindor (CLE)||SS|
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|Alex Bregman (HOU)||3B,SS|
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|Kyrie Irving (BKN)||PG,SG|
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