2020 Fantasy Baseball Rankings (NL)
Expert Consensus Ranking (37 of 45 Experts) -
|Rank||Player (Team, Position)||Overall||Notes|
|1||Cody Bellinger (LAD - 1B,CF,RF)||3||3.0||‐||
After his ridiculous start in April, Bellinger cooled off for sure, but still played at a 43 HR, 102 RBI, 116 R, 13 SB, .274 pace. He doesn't come with the risk some are suggesting as let's remember, he was still just 23 years old in his down season of 2018. You can draft him in the top-five with confidence but behind Trout, Acuna and Betts.
|2||Freddie Freeman (ATL - 1B)||11||12.0||+1.0||
Freeman might not be the most exciting second round pick, but the floor over the past four years has been a .300 hitter with 90+ runs, 90+ RBIs and 25 homers. Last season he was at 113 runs, 38 HRs and 121 RBIs so it isn't like his ceiling is too bad either.
|3||Pete Alonso (NYM - 1B)||20||17.0||-3.0||
It feels odd that a rookie can hit 53 homers with 120 RBIs then end up draft towards the end of the third round but that's exactly what we have here. 60 homrs is a real possibility but then again, so are 35 homers with a .235 batting average, similar to the disappointment fantasy owners had with Hoskins last season.
|4||Anthony Rizzo (CHC - 1B)||25||34.0||+9.0||
We've never seen Rizzo hit 35 homers or bat .300 but his production has been so steady that fantasy owners can be certain they'll get 25 homers with 80+ runs, 90+ RBIs and a batting average north of .275. That makes him a worthwhile 4th or 5th round pick.
|5||Paul Goldschmidt (STL - 1B)||29||35.0||+6.0||
Goldschmidt's batting average may have dipped thanks to a slow start but he finished with 30+ homers for the third consecutive season and very nearly went for 100 runs and 100 RBIs. More than likely, that batting average will end up north of .280 again too which would make him a steal at the end of the fifth round.
|6||Josh Bell (PIT - 1B)||42||43.0||+1.0||
Bell slowed down a ton after the break but was so terrific to start the season that he still finished with 37 homers, 116 RBIs and a .277 batting average. There is potential for more, but considering how he ended the year, perhaps a little risk as well for the price tag.
|7||Max Muncy (LAD - 1B,2B,3B)||45||38.0||-7.0||
Muncy now has 70 homers over the last two seasons and while fantasy owners know he won't be a source of help in the batting average department, he still managed 100+ runs because of the 90 walks. Multi-position eligibility certainly doesn't hurt either.
|8||Rhys Hoskins (PHI - 1B,LF)||50||54.0||+4.0||
Hoskins' BA luck caught up to him and that BA dipped to .226. His power remained about the same rather than jumping to a new level like many seemed to be anticipating. He does still have upside for more but the floor, as we've seen, is a non-top 25 first basemen.
|9||Christian Walker (ARI - 1B)||93||96.0||+3.0||
Walker finished as a top 15 first basemen with a near-identical stat-line to Paul Goldschmidt. He slowed down in the second half and the batting average won't be useful but unless Seth Beer forces Arizona's hand, Walker should again get 25+ homers for fantasy owners this year.
|10||Eric Hosmer (SD - 1B)||101||109.0||+8.0||
Since Hosmer went to San Diego, his batting average hasn't been anywhere near as reliable as it once was. The power is still in the 20 homer per season range but his primary calling card is the durability that affords fantasy owners 90+ RBIs per season and plenty of runs.
|11||Ryan McMahon (COL - 1B,2B,3B)||106||93.0||-13.0||
McMahon didn't play every day as some expected but he still managed 24 homers. With more playing time this year, that could spike to 30+ and his .250 BA is likely to improve as well considering his aptitude in that department throughout the minors.
|12||Daniel Murphy (COL - 1B,2B)||110||122.0||+12.0||
Murphy didn't do all that much either of the last two seasons with just 12 and 13 homers plus 90 missed games combined, but his batting average has still be reliably good. If he can manage to stay healthy, .315 and 20 HRs is not out of the question.
|13||Joey Votto (CIN - 1B)||111||113.0||+2.0||
It has now been two seasons since Votto has displayed any power, and his batting average has dropped quite a bit each of the last two years. He might not be helpful in fantasy whatsoever, but there is, of course, a chance that he bounces back to become a top 12 first basemen once again.
|14||Joc Pederson (LAD - 1B,LF,RF)||117||112.0||-5.0||
Joc has always had power but last year he kicked it up a notch, reaching 36 bombs in just 450 at-bats. He is one to monitor in the upcoming weeks as his playing time could spike if the Dodgers deal him to Boston in the possible Mookie Betts deal.
|15||Wil Myers (SD - 1B,3B,LF,CF)||132||146.0||+14.0||
The 29-year-old Myers has been disappointing each of the last two seasons but let's not forget that he is not far removed from 58 HRs and 48 SBs in two seasons combined. The average will never be there but the power/speed combo is worth a late-round gamble.
|16||Justin Smoak (MIL - 1B,DH)||159||196.0||+37.0||
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.
|17||Jesus Aguilar (MIA - 1B)||171||213.0||+42.0||
Aguilar had a rough 2019 but was only given 314 at-bats. Now that he is with Miami, we can expect him to play near every game and if he does, those 35 homers fantasy owners saw in 2018 may return.
|18||Travis d'Arnaud (ATL - C,1B)||203||127.0||-76.0||
d'Arnaud is not likely to help with batting average but as long as he can manage to stay healthy, fantasy owners can again expect 15+ homers with 60+ RBIs in this potent Atlanta offense.
|19||Howie Kendrick (WSH - 1B,2B,3B)||192||168.0||-24.0||
At-bat for at-bat, Kendrick was one of the best hitters in the MLB last season despite his old age. He somehow went from a 4 home run hitter to 17 bombs with a .344 batting average. It is hard to tell if it will stick around for a full year but he is well worth a late-round investment.
|20||Brandon Belt (SF - 1B,LF)||189||241.0||+52.0||
Belt's batting average is not likely to jump back up to the .275 mark we grew used to seeing earlier in his career but there is something to be said for 15+ homers every year and all the runs that come with his high OBP.
|21||Garrett Cooper (MIA - 1B,LF,RF)||228||221.0||-7.0||
Cooper has a solid bat that could again bat .280 with 20+ homers if he plays a full season in the middle of Miami's lineup. There isn't a ton of upside, however, and there is risk he would lose his job if he doesn't start well.
|22||Eric Thames (WSH - 1B,RF)||201||180.0||-21.0||
Thames probably won't play every day for Washington but even with just 396 at-bats last year, he managed 25 homers, 67 runs and 61 RBIs. Fantasy owners would love that production repeated out of a last round pick.
|23||Ian Desmond (COL - 1B,LF,CF)||221||272.0||+51.0||
Desmond's batting average has dipped the past few seasons and his 20 steal speed has essentially disappeared but we are still talking about a near-everyday player in Coors who is likely to his 20 homers again.
|24||Jake Lamb (ARI - 1B,3B)||243||259.0||+16.0|
|25||Neil Walker (PHI - 1B,2B,3B) NRI||437||437.0||‐|
|26||Wilmer Flores (SF - 1B,2B)||247||295.0||+48.0||
Flores finally signed and with Scooter Gennett out of San Francisco, Flores has a solid path to consistent playing time for the first time in years. This reliable bat is a solid late-round investment.
|27||Ryon Healy (MIL - 1B,3B) MiLB||295||358.0||+63.0|
|28||Jay Bruce (PHI - 1B,LF,RF)||269||290.0||+21.0|
|29||Matt Beaty (LAD - 1B,3B,LF)||359||337.0||-22.0||
Beaty offered fantasy owners a jolt last season with both power and speed. It was a small sample-size and there is no guarantee for playing time but he may be worth a late-round investment.
|30||Dominic Smith (NYM - 1B,LF)||302||298.0||-4.0|
|31||Ryan Zimmerman (WSH - 1B)||274||222.0||-52.0|
|32||Jose Osuna (PIT - 1B,3B,RF)||453||357.0||-96.0|
|33||Victor Caratini (CHC - C,1B)||324||227.0||-97.0||
Caratini is almost certain to be the backup once again to Contreras this season, but should he suffer an injury or the Cubs trade him, Caratini would likely morph into a low-end C1 or high-end C2.
|34||Kevin Cron (ARI - 1B,3B) MiLB||350||329.0||-21.0|
|35||Josh VanMeter (CIN - 1B,2B,3B,LF)||346||332.0||-14.0|
|36||Austin Slater (SF - 1B,LF,RF)||353|
|37||Matt Adams (NYM - 1B) NRI||402||401.0||-1.0|
|38||Josh Fuentes (COL - 1B,3B)||451||454.0||+3.0|
|39||Kyle Farmer (CIN - C,1B,2B,3B)||456||375.0||-81.0|
|40||Pablo Sandoval (SF - 1B,3B) NRI||420||412.0||-8.0|
|41||Ronny Rodriguez (MIL - 1B,2B,SS) MiLB||397||300.0||-97.0|
|42||Brock Holt (MIL - 1B,2B,SS,RF)||457||242.0||-215.0|
|43||Logan Forsythe (PHI - 1B,2B,3B,SS) NRI||432||447.0||+15.0|
|44||Rangel Ravelo (STL - 1B)||462||446.0||-16.0|
|45||Derek Dietrich (CIN - 1B,2B,LF) NRI||383.0|
|46||Charlie Culberson (ATL - 1B,SS,LF,RF) NRI||464|
|47||John Hicks (ARI - C,1B) NRI||414.0|
|48||Yonder Alonso (ATL - 1B,DH) NRI||292.0|
|49||Tyler White (LAD - 1B) MiLB|
|50||Aramis Garcia (SF - C,1B) IL60|
|51||Mark Reynolds (COL - 1B) FA|
|52||Chris Shaw (SF - 1B,LF) MiLB||444.0|
|53||Seth Beer (ARI - 1B,LF) MiLB|
|54||Logan Morrison (MIL - 1B) NRI||447||415.0||-32.0|
|55||Edwin Rios (LAD - 1B,3B)|
|56||Lewin Diaz (MIA - 1B) MiLB||396.0|
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|Josh Jacobs (LV)||RB|
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|Mark Andrews (BAL)||TE|
|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|
|Trevor Story (COL)||SS|
|Francisco Lindor (CLE)||SS|
|Gerrit Cole (NYY)||SP|
|Trea Turner (WSH)||SS|
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|Alex Bregman (HOU)||3B,SS|
|J.D. Martinez (BOS)||LF,RF|
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|Anthony Rendon (LAA)||3B|
|Rafael Devers (BOS)||3B|
|Bryce Harper (PHI)||RF|
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|Jack Flaherty (STL)||SP|
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|Anthony Davis (LAL)||PF,C|
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|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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