2020 Fantasy Baseball Rankings (NL)
Expert Consensus Ranking (36 of 37 Experts) -
|Rank||Player (Team, Position)||Overall||Notes|
|1||Nolan Arenado (COL - 3B)||7||8.0||+1.0||
Arenado won't steal any bases, but besides Trout, this is the most consistent and reliable bat in the majors. If he doesn't get traded, he is a virtual lock to again finish among the top 10 fantasy hitters and you just may be able to snag him at the end of the first round.
|2||Kris Bryant (CHC - 3B,LF,RF)||28||28.0||‐||
Bryant is an excellent player, of course, but his fourth round ADP is a classic case of the name driving the price. He should hit .275 with 30 homers if he stays healthy, but you can find that out of Eddie Rosario and several others a few rounds later.
|3||Manny Machado (SD - 3B,SS)||30||31.0||+1.0||
Machado now has five consecutive seasons with 30+ homers, 80+ runs and 80+ RBIs. Yes, he struggled last year in batting average but this is a durable player with a great floor and Round 1 upside should he decide to steal 15 bags again like we've seen a few times.
|4||Eugenio Suarez (CIN - 3B)||36||36.0||‐||
This is your reminder that Suarez hit 49 home runs last season. He, of course, ended up with 100+ RBIs for the second straight season too, and his batting average won't even kill you. The fact that you can get him a round or two after Kris Bryant is absolute gold.
|5||Max Muncy (LAD - 1B,2B,3B)||45||41.0||-4.0||
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.
|6||Mike Moustakas (CIN - 2B,3B)||49||50.0||+1.0||
Moustakas is a virtual lock to hit 30+ homers with 80+ RBIs but he doesn't steal any bags and with the power will likely come a sub-optimal batting average. You could do worse in the 9th round, however, because at the very least, he is a reliable three-category contributor.
|7||Jeff McNeil (NYM - 2B,3B,LF,RF)||51||47.0||-4.0||
There were many skeptics after McNeil's strong rookie performance but it now clear that he is a hitter through and through. He'll again compete for the batting crown and seems likely to his 20+ homers once agin for the Mets this season.
|8||Eduardo Escobar (ARI - 2B,3B,SS)||57||51.0||-6.0||
Escobar had a heck of a breakout season, driving in 118 RBIs thanks to 35 homers. The batting average will never be great but he certainly won't hurt you in that category. What's more, is that he'll qualify for 2B and 3B so that you can slide him around during the week.
|9||Justin Turner (LAD - 3B)||69||72.0||+3.0||
Turner has quietly been one of the better pure hitters in baseball over the last few seasons. The problem is that he consistently misses 30 to 50 games. If we finally get a full season, that .310 batting average with 30+ homers and 90+ runs would look great in the 12th round.
|10||Tommy Edman (STL - 2B,3B,SS,RF)||87||70.0||-17.0|
|11||J.D. Davis (NYM - 3B,LF)||93||87.0||-6.0||
If you are looking for this year's breakout player, Davis might just be your guy. He finished the season on an absolute terror once the Mets finally implanted him in the everyday lineup. What's more, is that the underlying metrics suggest it should have been even better.
|12||Ryan McMahon (COL - 1B,2B,3B)||101||95.0||-6.0||
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.
|13||Scott Kingery (PHI - 2B,3B,SS,LF,CF)||104||84.0||-20.0||
Kingery slowed down after his blazing start but still finished with 19 homers and 15 steals in just 126 games. With a full season likely ahead of him and multi-position eligibility, this may end up being one of the steals of the draft when he goes 25/20 with a .260 average.
|14||Brian Anderson (MIA - 3B,RF)||128||135.0||+7.0|
|15||Austin Riley (ATL - 3B,LF)||178||157.0||-21.0||
Riley has impressive power without question, hitting 18 homers in just half a season but the batting average will kill fantasy owners if he doesn't cut down on the strikeouts. Still, you could do worse than a lottery ticket in the last rounds.
|16||Wil Myers (SD - 1B,3B,LF,CF)||144||139.0||-5.0||
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.
|17||Matt Carpenter (STL - 3B)||167||147.0||-20.0||
Carpenter was a major disappointment in 2019 for fantasy owners but let's not forget that he was an MVP candidate just 18 months ago. There is a chance he gets healthy all season and posts another 30+ homers with 100+ runs for fantasy owners.
|18||Starlin Castro (WSH - 2B,3B)||150||130.0||-20.0||
Castro was a total afterthought for most of the season but he finished on such a strong note that he ended up with 22 homers, a .270 batting average and 86 RBIs in Miami's crummy lineup. Now that he is in Washington, 100 RBIs is a realistic goal.
|19||Jon Berti (MIA - 2B,3B,SS,CF)||159||132.0||-27.0||
Berti was never much of a prospect and is actually already 29 years old. He won't ever hit for power, but 25+ steals with a solid batting average and perhaps even 85 or 90 runs is a legitimate possibility. Plus, he plays most positions and has limited competition for playing time.
|20||Ian Happ (CHC - 2B,3B,LF,CF)||177||177.0||‐||
It wasn't long ago that Happ was being drafted within the first 10 rounds because of his power/speed combo. Playing time needs to come back and the BA is an issue but he has upside worth monitoring.
|21||Evan Longoria (SF - 3B)||190||189.0||-1.0||
Longoria is nowhere near the 2016 version fantasy owners got with 36 homers and a solid average but the 20-25 homer power is still there if he can stay on the field all season.
|22||Asdrubal Cabrera (WSH - 2B,3B,SS)||239||169.0||-70.0||
Cabrera never feels exciting to draft but there is much to be said for someone who you can count on for 15 homers, 80 RBIs, 65 runs and a batting average that won't kill you late in drafts.
|23||Colin Moran (PIT - 2B,3B)||166||274.0||+108.0|
|24||Howie Kendrick (WSH - 1B,2B,3B)||225||141.0||-84.0||
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.
|25||Alec Bohm (PHI - 3B) UDP||244||236.0||-8.0||
Bohm wasn't drafted all that long ago but the bat is almost ready after a .305/.378/.518 performance in the minors last year. This is most likely a mid-season pickup, however.
|26||Neil Walker (PHI - 1B,2B,3B) NRI||343||404.0||+61.0|
|27||Johan Camargo (ATL - 3B,SS,LF,RF)||242||303.0||+61.0|
|28||Ryon Healy (MIL - 1B,3B)||266||320.0||+54.0|
|29||Jake Lamb (ARI - 1B,3B)||248||243.0||-5.0|
|30||Matt Beaty (LAD - 1B,3B,LF)||262||298.0||+36.0||
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.
|31||David Bote (CHC - 2B,3B)||273||279.0||+6.0|
|32||Kevin Cron (ARI - 1B,3B)||296||289.0||-7.0|
|33||Robel Garcia (CHC - 2B,3B)||283|
|34||Josh VanMeter (CIN - 1B,2B,3B,LF)||289||268.0||-21.0|
|35||Ty France (SD - 2B,3B)||335||309.0||-26.0|
|36||Nolan Gorman (STL - 3B) NRI||308||407.0||+99.0|
|37||Ke'Bryan Hayes (PIT - 3B)||344||291.0||-53.0|
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|Chris Paul (OKC)||PG|
|Jimmy Butler (MIA)||SG,SF|
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|Kyrie Irving (BKN)||PG,SG|
|Jrue Holiday (NOR)||PG,SG|
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