2020 Fantasy Baseball Rankings (NL)
Expert Consensus Ranking (19 of 51 Experts) -
|Rank||Player (Team, Position)||Overall||Notes|
|1||Ronald Acuna Jr. (ATL - LF,CF,RF)||1||1.0||‐||
Acuna went 41/37 in homers/steals last season as a sophomore but the batting average is likely going to be 20-30 points below Trout and the homers may end up 10 behind. Most are taking Acuna first anyways because of the difference in steals and frankly, you can't go wrong with either.
|2||Christian Yelich (MIL - LF,RF)||2||2.0||‐||
Although Trout and Acuna were both phenomenal last year, it was Yelich who finished as the #1 fantasy player in baseball. Despite missing 30 games, he still hit 44 homers with 30 steals and a .329 batting average. Don't be shocked if he goes 50/30 with a batting crown this year.
|3||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.
|4||Mookie Betts (LAD - CF,RF)||4||4.0||‐||
Mookie's batting average dipped 50 points from the year prior and he stole 14 fewer bases despite an extra 15 games played. With that said, his 2018 performance shows he has the upside to finish as the #1 fantasy player. As it is, the choice at #4 and #5 is between he and his teammate, Cody Bellinger.
|5||Juan Soto (WSH - LF)||8||9.0||+1.0||
It seemed impossible that Soto could be even better than his rookie year but that is just what we got with 34 homers, 110 RBIs, 110 runs and a .282 batting average to go with 12 steals. Considering how young he is, we may see even more in 2020 which would make his second round ADP a steal.
|6||Bryce Harper (PHI - RF)||14||14.0||‐||
Unlike Aaron Judge, who is also going at the end of the second round, Harper has only missed 8 games in the last two seasons. He might not have as much power or the reliable batting average, but there is something to be said for health and the extra 10 steals.
|7||Starling Marte (ARI - CF)||15||18.0||+3.0||
By now, you should know that although Marte isn't one of the game's most well known stars, he is a solid bet to return 25 homers, 100 runs scored and 30 steals with a strong batting average if he can stay healthy fo the full season. He doesn't have much upside for the third round ADP, though.
|8||Charlie Blackmon (COL - CF,RF)||22||22.0||‐||
Blackmon had a rough spot in the season but still finished with 30+ homers, 110+ runs and a batting average north of .310. He is getting older and only stole 2 bags compared to the 43 fantasy owners got in 2015, but this still a great bat in the late third round.
|9||Ketel Marte (ARI - 2B,SS,OF)||23||25.0||+2.0||
There is no one who will deny the likelihood that Marte's .329 batting average drops this year but we are still talking about a kid who hit 32 homers with 10 steals last year. As we've seen with Jose Ramirez and J.D. Martinez, these breakout stars can sometimes even further improve.
|10||Kris Bryant (CHC - 3B,LF,RF)||26||26.0||‐||
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.
|11||Tommy Pham (SD - LF,CF,DH)||37||41.0||+4.0||
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.
|12||Marcell Ozuna (ATL - LF)||39||51.0||+12.0||
Ozuna had a down year thanks to some injuries he played through, but this is still a bat that should hit 35 homers with 100 RBIs in Atlanta's lineup if he can stay healthy throughout the year. In fact, last year he even stole a dozen bases despite missing 30 games.
|13||Victor Robles (WSH - CF,RF)||40||40.0||‐||
Robles did not help from a batting average standpoint but he is still young enough that progress can be expected. Where he did help, however, was on the basepaths with nearly 30 steals to go with 86 runs. He has sufficient power and should grow into more so his seventh-round ADP seems perfect.
|14||Nick Castellanos (CIN - LF,RF)||43||46.0||+3.0||
Castellanos hit 25+ homers with a .290 BA again last season, and this year he'll get a sizeable ballpark factor upgrade so those numbers could both take another jump. No, he won't steal bases, but he is durable so you can bet the runs and RBIs will total 160+ for the fourth straight season.
|15||Jeff McNeil (NYM - 2B,3B,LF,RF)||46||44.0||-2.0||
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.
|16||Michael Conforto (NYM - LF,CF,RF)||53||54.0||+1.0||
It is clear at this point that Conforto won't be a source of useful batting average or steals, but he crushes in the other three categories, hitting 33 homers with 90+ RBIs and runs scored last season. That is a quality stat-line around round nine.
|17||David Dahl (COL - LF,CF,RF)||56||65.0||+9.0||
Dahl has always had trouble staying healthy even while he is was in the minors but while he is on the field, you know you'll get strong production. Think of him in the same light as Michael Brantley, who should bat around .300 with about 20 homers and a handful of steals.
|18||Kyle Schwarber (CHC - LF)||59||67.0||+8.0||
There has been some hype fatigue on Schwarber so you can now get him in the 13th round even though he jacked 38 homers with 92 RBIs last season. In fact, the batting average even leaped up to .250 and is projected to remain there for the 2020 season.
|19||Lorenzo Cain (MIL - CF)||66||85.0||+19.0||
If you get into the 14th round and need either steals or batting average, Cain will make for an excellent investment. He should again steal 15-20 bags and you can expect the batting average to jump back up closer to that .300 mark he sat at for 4 of the past 6 seasons.
|20||Rhys Hoskins (PHI - 1B,LF)||51||53.0||+2.0||
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.
|21||Bryan Reynolds (PIT - LF,CF,RF)||74||83.0||+9.0||
Reynolds was an excellent surprise last year as a rookie, batting .316 with 16 homers and 83 runs despite being down in the minors for the first month of the season. There is some risk in drafting him but more than likely, this is a solid source of batting average in the middle of your draft.
|22||Andrew McCutchen (PHI - LF,CF,RF)||76||113.0||+37.0||
For the first time since 2009, McCutchen played fewer than 145 games. Yes, he is coming off a major injury but he is expected to be back for opening day so you should rely on him for 20 homers, 10 steals and a decent batting average as he always seems to provide.
|23||J.D. Davis (NYM - 3B,LF)||85||78.0||-7.0||
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.
|24||Adam Eaton (WSH - LF,RF)||81||96.0||+15.0||
Eaton missed a lot of time in 2017 and 2018 but has played three complete seasons in the last five years and gave fantasy owners 15/15, .280 with 90+ runs in all of them. With his ADP still sitting outside the top 200, he makes for an excellent fifth fantasy outfielder.
|25||Tommy Edman (STL - 2B,3B,SS,RF)||79||63.0||-16.0|
|26||Avisail Garcia (MIL - CF,RF,DH)||90||108.0||+18.0||
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.
|27||Scott Kingery (PHI - 2B,3B,SS,LF,CF)||95||82.0||-13.0||
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.
|28||Ryan Braun (MIL - LF)||93||127.0||+34.0||
Braun doesn't have 500 at-bats in any of the last three seasons and isn't likely to reach that figure in 2020 but he still provides 20 homers, double-digit steals and a useful batting average year in and year out. His ADP is unbelievably outside the top 300 this season.
|29||Nick Senzel (CIN - 2B,CF)||103||112.0||+9.0||
Senzel was expected to be an immediate five-category contributor but has run into some injury issues then struggled with a .256 batting average. The upside is still there but compared to others being drafted in the 15th round, he comes with more risk.
|30||David Peralta (ARI - LF)||106||110.0||+4.0||
Peralta missed 70 games last year but still hit 12 homers with 57 RBIs and a strong batting average. If he can stay healthy the full year, fantasy owners may see a return to that great 2018 line of 30 homers, 87 RBIs and a .293 batting average. In round 20, he's an absolute steal.
|31||Garrett Hampson (COL - 2B,SS,CF)||107||99.0||-8.0||
Hampson was everyone's favorite late-round sleeper last year but the Rockies fiddled around with their lineup and he was only given 299 at-bats. In that time, he showed some power and great speed, but that batting average struggled. Unless they trade Arenado, he might struggle for playing time again.
|32||A.J. Pollock (LAD - LF,CF)||109||149.0||+40.0||
Pollock hasn't reached 450 at-bats in any of the past four seasons but while he is on the field, fantasy owners are still getting both power and speed. Should he finally stay healthy for the full year, 25 homers and 15 steals is a realistic possibility.
|33||Wil Myers (SD - 1B,3B,LF,CF)||118||147.0||+29.0||
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.
|34||Joc Pederson (LAD - 1B,LF,RF)||128||111.0||-17.0||
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.
|35||Shogo Akiyama (CIN - LF,CF)||119||134.0||+15.0|
|36||Brian Anderson (MIA - 3B,RF)||132||104.0||-28.0|
|37||Dylan Carlson (STL - CF,RF) NRI||129||145.0||+16.0|
|38||Trent Grisham (SD - LF,CF,RF)||141||152.0||+11.0|
|39||Mike Yastrzemski (SF - LF,RF)||157||151.0||-6.0|
|40||Corey Dickerson (MIA - LF)||148||153.0||+5.0|
|41||Gregory Polanco (PIT - RF)||144||156.0||+12.0|
|42||Aristides Aquino (CIN - RF)||126||109.0||-17.0||
Aquino came out of the gate absolutely blazing but came to a screeching halt. Even so, he finished the year with 19 homers and 7 steals in just 56 games played. His ceiling is obviously immense but if he doesn't hit from the start, he may end up back in the minors before long.
|43||Sam Hilliard (COL - CF,RF)||131||166.0||+35.0|
|44||Austin Riley (ATL - 3B,LF)||160||164.0||+4.0||
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.
|45||Ian Happ (CHC - 2B,3B,LF,CF)||200||141.0||-59.0||
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.
|46||Jon Berti (MIA - 2B,3B,SS,CF)||182||133.0||-49.0||
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.
|47||Kole Calhoun (ARI - RF)||210||137.0||-73.0|
|48||Brandon Nimmo (NYM - LF,CF,RF)||194||158.0||-36.0|
|49||Brandon Belt (SF - 1B,LF)||189||232.0||+43.0||
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.
|50||Yoenis Cespedes (NYM - LF,CF)||170||186.0||+16.0|
|51||Ender Inciarte (ATL - CF)||184||200.0||+16.0|
|52||Tyler O'Neill (STL - LF,RF)||212||211.0||-1.0|
|53||Jesse Winker (CIN - LF,CF,RF)||176||230.0||+54.0|
|54||Jurickson Profar (SD - 2B,SS,LF)||195||198.0||+3.0||
Profar may have batted .218 but he is still young enough that we can expect some improvement. Even if we don't get it, he is strong enough in the other four categories that you can use a late-round pick on him knowing you'll get steady production.
|55||Eric Thames (WSH - 1B,RF)||175||195.0||+20.0||
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.
|56||Jarrod Dyson (PIT - LF,CF,RF)||255||204.0||-51.0|
|57||Franchy Cordero (SD - LF,CF)||169||250.0||+81.0|
|58||Jason Heyward (CHC - CF,RF)||207||199.0||-8.0|
|59||Alex Dickerson (SF - LF)||223||316.0||+93.0|
|60||Harrison Bader (STL - CF)||234||248.0||+14.0|
|61||Eric Sogard (MIL - 2B,SS,RF)||233||313.0||+80.0|
|62||Matt Kemp (COL - LF) MiLB||395.0|
|63||Garrett Cooper (MIA - 1B,LF,RF)||224||179.0||-45.0||
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.
|64||Harold Ramirez (MIA - LF,CF,RF)||226|
|65||Hunter Pence (SF - LF,RF,DH)||243||304.0||+61.0|
|66||Chris Taylor (LAD - 2B,SS,LF,CF)||227||196.0||-31.0||
Taylor's at-bats dropped 200 last season but he was every bit as efficient as we've seen. 20 homers, 15 steals and a quality batting average is within reach to go with his multi-position eligibility.
|67||Raimel Tapia (COL - LF,CF)||254||291.0||+37.0|
|68||Jay Bruce (PHI - 1B,LF,RF)||238||218.0||-20.0|
|69||Billy Hamilton (SF - CF) MiLB||239||229.0||-10.0|
|70||Josh Rojas (ARI - 2B,LF,RF)||252||275.0||+23.0|
|71||Dexter Fowler (STL - CF,RF)||260||286.0||+26.0|
|72||Lewis Brinson (MIA - CF,RF)||301||257.0||-44.0|
|73||Dominic Smith (NYM - 1B,LF)||262||282.0||+20.0|
|74||Odubel Herrera (PHI - CF) MiLB||275|
|75||Adam Haseley (PHI - LF,CF,RF) IL10||263||296.0||+33.0|
|76||Steven Souza Jr. (CHC - RF)||291||301.0||+10.0|
|77||Cristian Pache (ATL - CF) MiLB||328||306.0||-22.0|
|78||Kike Hernandez (LAD - 2B,SS,LF,CF,RF)||264||184.0||-80.0||
The Dodgers' depth chart always makes it seem like Kike will have trouble finding playing time but they will again carve out 400 at-bats for him one way or another and fantasy owners can expect 15+ homers, 60+ RBIs and 55+ runs.
|79||Roman Quinn (PHI - CF)||269||325.0||+56.0|
|80||Johan Camargo (ATL - 3B,SS,LF,RF)||299||293.0||-6.0|
|81||Tim Locastro (ARI - LF,CF,RF)||274||236.0||-38.0|
|82||Jose Osuna (PIT - 1B,3B,RF)||318||343.0||+25.0|
|83||Josh Naylor (SD - LF,RF)||297||358.0||+61.0|
|84||Scott Schebler (CIN - CF,RF)|
|85||Matt Beaty (LAD - 1B,3B,LF)||309||329.0||+20.0||
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.
|86||Stephen Vogt (ARI - C,LF)||251||255.0||+4.0|
|87||Jared Oliva (PIT - LF,CF) MiLB||347.0|
|88||Steven Duggar (SF - CF,RF) MiLB|
|89||Nick Williams (PHI - LF,RF) MiLB|
|90||Adam Duvall (ATL - LF)||310||374.0||+64.0|
|91||Michael A. Taylor (WSH - CF)||319||370.0||+51.0|
|92||Josh VanMeter (CIN - 1B,2B,3B,LF)||313||323.0||+10.0|
|93||Keon Broxton (MIL - LF,CF) NRI|
|94||Drew Waters (ATL - LF,CF) MiLB||326||354.0||+28.0|
|95||Lane Thomas (STL - CF)||339.0|
|96||Phillip Ervin (CIN - LF,CF,RF)||325||379.0||+54.0|