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2020 Fantasy Baseball Rankings (NL)

Expert Consensus Ranking (35 of 45 Experts) -
Rank Player (Team, Position) Overall Notes
1 J.T. Realmuto (PHI - C) 40 31.0 -9.0
Realmuto didn't quite live up to the lofty expectations last year but still managed to finish as the top catcher in fantasy baseball. He is a near-lock to again lead the position in steals and runs while providing 20+ homers, 75+ RBI and a solid batting average. His ceiling might not be as high as Gary Sanchez, but you know you are drafting a sure-fire top 100 player with Realmuto.
2 Willson Contreras (CHC - C) 73 53.0 -20.0
Contreras is no doubt one of the best hitting catchers in baseball, with a .270+ average in three of four seasons, but his upside is capped by the fact that Chicago also has Caratini and is certain to get him 200+ PAs. Even so, Contreras should have no trouble reaching 20 HRs, 50 R and 60 RBIs once again.
3 Wilson Ramos (NYM - C) 98 77.0 -21.0
Since 2016, Ramos has batted a superb .294 and averages 16 homers per season with 64 RBIs. He doesn't possess the upside of a Contreras, Sanchez or Garver but in terms of consistency, he is as solid as you'll find. Ramos ends the tier of players you rely on to finish among the top ten catchers.
4 Will Smith (LAD - C) 103 75.0 -28.0
Smith was among the biggest surprises last season, knocking 15 homers and 42 RBIs in just 170 at-bats. That's a full-season pace of 40 homers and a 120 RBIs. Granted, that won't happen, but the upside is clearly there for a special season. You'll have to decide if the hefty ADP is worth the risk.
5 Omar Narvaez (MIL - C,DH) 148 104.0 -44.0
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.
6 Carson Kelly (ARI - C) 142 99.0 -43.0
Kelly was on a roll last season before his injury but still managed to power up for 18 homers in just 314 at-bats. The batting average may end up below .240 but with a full season, 30 homers isn't out of the question for the youngster.
7 Yadier Molina (STL - C) 152 111.0 -41.0
Yadi isn't likely to knock 20 homers again at this point in his career, but he is a safe source of batting average and also provides a handful of steals every year as well. While he is healthy, batting in the middle of the lineup should provide plenty of RBIs and runs for fantasy owners too.
8 Jorge Alfaro (MIA - C) 150 118.0 -32.0
Alfaro slowed down a bit at the end of the season but still finished with 18 homers and a .262 batting average. The youngster has some speed as well and that bat should continue to improve in just his third full season in the bigs this year.
9 Francisco Mejia (SD - C) 195 144.0 -51.0
Mejia was a bit of a fantasy disappointment last year but that is often the case with young catchers. He should end up with much more than 226 at-bats this time around and if he does, you can expect 15+ homers to go with a useful batting average.
10 Buster Posey (SF - C) 159 124.0 -35.0
We've seen Posey's power numbers slowly drop over each of the last four seasons but last year the batting average finally plummeted too. There isn't much upside here but at the very least, you know he will play almost every day.
11 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.
12 Kurt Suzuki (WSH - C) 216 161.0 -55.0
Suzuki's bat took off last year with 17 homers, 63 RBIs and a .264 BA in just 280 at-bats. It seems likely that Gomes will take more of a back seat this year which would make Suzuki a plenty useful offensive catcher for fantasy owners.
13 Tucker Barnhart (CIN - C) 279 219.0 -60.0
Barnhart is so great defensively that there is virtually no chance he'll lose his job so two-catcher leagues can expect 40+ runs and RBIs but the BA and power won't be all that useful.
14 Yan Gomes (WSH - C) 284 198.0 -86.0
It was Kurt Suzuki who took the bull by the horns last year among the Nationals catchers, but Gomes still had more playing time. If that continues, he'll be a useful C2 source of RBIs and runs.
15 Jacob Stallings (PIT - C) 268 249.0 -19.0
16 Stephen Vogt (ARI - C,LF) 326 265.0 -61.0
17 Tyler Flowers (ATL - C) 297 297.0
18 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.
19 Tony Wolters (COL - C) 319 284.0 -35.0
20 Welington Castillo (WSH - C,DH) NRI 444 202.0 -242.0
21 Joey Bart (SF - C) NRI   273.0  
22 Elias Diaz (COL - C) MiLB 442 331.0 -111.0
23 Francisco Cervelli (MIA - C) 388 280.0 -108.0
24 Curt Casali (CIN - C) 289 354.0 +65.0
25 Daulton Varsho (ARI - C) MiLB   330.0  
26 Andrew Knizner (STL - C) MiLB 430 376.0 -54.0
27 Austin Barnes (LAD - C) 423 251.0 -172.0
28 Matt Wieters (STL - C) 304 347.0 +43.0
29 Manny Pina (MIL - C) 382 335.0 -47.0
30 Austin Hedges (SD - C) 309 268.0 -41.0
31 Keibert Ruiz (LAD - C) MiLB      
32 Tyler Stephenson (CIN - C) MiLB   355.0  
33 Andrew Knapp (PHI - C) 369 392.0 +23.0
34 Luke Maile (PIT - C) 398    
35 John Hicks (ARI - C,1B) NRI   414.0  
36 Tomas Nido (NYM - C) 390    
37 Kyle Farmer (CIN - C,1B,2B,3B) 456 375.0 -81.0
38 Dom Nunez (COL - C)   413.0  
39 Drew Butera (COL - C) NRI 401    
40 Rene Rivera (NYM - C) NRI      
41 Rob Brantly (SF - C) NRI 463    
42 John Ryan Murphy (PIT - C) NRI      
43 David Freitas (MIL - C) MiLB      
44 Alex Jackson (ATL - C) MiLB      
45 Luis Torrens (SD - C)      
46 Jacob Nottingham (MIL - C) MiLB      
47 Aramis Garcia (SF - C,1B) IL60      
48 Chad Wallach (MIA - C)   291.0  
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1Christian McCaffrey (CAR)RB
2Saquon Barkley (NYG)RB
3Michael Thomas (NO)WR
4Ezekiel Elliott (DAL)RB
5Dalvin Cook (MIN)RB
6Derrick Henry (TEN)RB
7Alvin Kamara (NO)RB
8Tyreek Hill (KC)WR
9Davante Adams (GB)WR
10Aaron Jones (GB)RB
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11DeAndre Hopkins (ARI)WR
12Joe Mixon (CIN)RB
13Nick Chubb (CLE)RB
14Julio Jones (ATL)WR
15Chris Godwin (TB)WR
16Travis Kelce (KC)TE
17George Kittle (SF)TE
18Mike Evans (TB)WR
19Josh Jacobs (LV)RB
20Leonard Fournette (JAC)RB
21Kenny Golladay (DET)WR
22Lamar Jackson (BAL)QB
23Amari Cooper (DAL)WR
24Odell Beckham Jr. (CLE)WR
25Austin Ekeler (LAC)RB
26D.J. Moore (CAR)WR
27Mark Andrews (BAL)TE
28Todd Gurley (ATL)RB
29Allen Robinson (CHI)WR
30Miles Sanders (PHI)RB
1Ronald Acuna Jr. (ATL)LF,CF
2Mike Trout (LAA)CF
3Christian Yelich (MIL)LF,RF
4Cody Bellinger (LAD)1B,CF
5Mookie Betts (LAD)CF,RF
6Trevor Story (COL)SS
7Francisco Lindor (CLE)SS
8Gerrit Cole (NYY)SP
9Trea Turner (WSH)SS
10Jacob deGrom (NYM)SP
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11Nolan Arenado (COL)3B
12Juan Soto (WSH)LF
13Max Scherzer (WSH)SP
14Freddie Freeman (ATL)1B
15Jose Ramirez (CLE)3B
16Alex Bregman (HOU)3B,SS
17J.D. Martinez (BOS)LF,RF
18Walker Buehler (LAD)SP
19Fernando Tatis Jr. (SD)SS
20Anthony Rendon (LAA)3B
21Rafael Devers (BOS)3B
22Bryce Harper (PHI)RF
23Justin Verlander (HOU)SP
24Starling Marte (ARI)CF
25Jack Flaherty (STL)SP
26Javier Baez (CHC)SS
27Stephen Strasburg (WSH)SP
28Xander Bogaerts (BOS)SS
29Shane Bieber (CLE)SP
30Yordan Alvarez (HOU)LF,DH
1Anthony Davis (LAL)PF,C
2James Harden (HOU)PG,SG
3Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL)SF,PF
4Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)C
5Kevin Durant (BKN)SF,PF
6LeBron James (LAL)SF,PF
7Stephen Curry (GSW)PG,SG
8Nikola Jokic (DEN)PF,C
9Damian Lillard (POR)PG
10Russell Westbrook (HOU)PG
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11Victor Oladipo (IND)PG,SG
12Paul George (LAC)SF,PF
13Joel Embiid (PHI)PF,C
14Kawhi Leonard (LAC)SG,SF
15Chris Paul (OKC)PG
16Jimmy Butler (MIA)SG,SF
17Kemba Walker (BOS)PG
18Ben Simmons (PHI)PG,SF
19Kyrie Irving (BKN)PG,SG
20Jrue Holiday (NOR)PG,SG
21Rudy Gobert (UTH)C
22Andre Drummond (CLE)PF,C
23John Wall (WAS)PG
24Kyle Lowry (TOR)PG
25Donovan Mitchell (UTH)PG,SG
26Khris Middleton (MIL)SG,SF
27Bradley Beal (WAS)SG
28Kevin Love (CLE)PF,C
29Draymond Green (GSW)PF,C
30LaMarcus Aldridge (SAS)PF,C