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2020 Fantasy Baseball Rankings (NL)

Expert Consensus Ranking (31 of 33 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) 9 9.0
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) 18 18.0
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) 20 20.0
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 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.
10 Ketel Marte (ARI - 2B,SS,CF) 22 23.0 +1.0
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.
11 Tommy Pham (SD - LF,CF,DH) 33 46.0 +13.0
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) 41 49.0 +8.0
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) 42 40.0 -2.0
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) 45 52.0 +7.0
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 Michael Conforto (NYM - LF,CF,RF) 47 53.0 +6.0
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.
16 Jeff McNeil (NYM - 2B,3B,LF,RF) 50 47.0 -3.0
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.
17 Rhys Hoskins (PHI - 1B,LF) 53 50.0 -3.0
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.
18 David Dahl (COL - LF,CF,RF) 59 67.0 +8.0
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.
19 Kyle Schwarber (CHC - LF) 67 69.0 +2.0
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.
20 Lorenzo Cain (MIL - CF) 68 90.0 +22.0
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.
21 Bryan Reynolds (PIT - LF,CF,RF) 78 91.0 +13.0
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 Adam Eaton (WSH - LF,RF) 80 100.0 +20.0
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.
23 Andrew McCutchen (PHI - LF,CF,RF) 77 102.0 +25.0
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.
24 Aristides Aquino (CIN - RF) 79 77.0 -2.0
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.
25 Tommy Edman (STL - 2B,3B,SS,RF) 87 66.0 -21.0
26 Avisail Garcia (MIL - CF,RF,DH) 101 127.0 +26.0
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 J.D. Davis (NYM - 3B,LF) 94 85.0 -9.0
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.
28 Nick Senzel (CIN - 2B,CF) 102 95.0 -7.0
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.
29 Joc Pederson (LAD - 1B,LF,RF) 114 99.0 -15.0
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.
30 David Peralta (ARI - LF) 116 118.0 +2.0
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 Ryan Braun (MIL - LF) 111 137.0 +26.0
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.
32 A.J. Pollock (LAD - LF,CF) 117 116.0 -1.0
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 Scott Kingery (PHI - 2B,3B,SS,LF,CF) 103 83.0 -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.
34 Garrett Hampson (COL - 2B,SS,CF) 119 80.0 -39.0
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.
35 Brian Anderson (MIA - 3B,RF) 126 131.0 +5.0
36 Wil Myers (SD - 1B,3B,LF,CF) 153 145.0 -8.0
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.
37 Corey Dickerson (MIA - LF) 125 166.0 +41.0
38 Trent Grisham (SD - LF,CF,RF) 132 161.0 +29.0
39 Mike Yastrzemski (SF - LF,RF) 141 143.0 +2.0
40 Gregory Polanco (PIT - RF) 138 146.0 +8.0
41 Kevin Pillar (SF - CF,RF) 154 176.0 +22.0
42 Jon Berti (MIA - 2B,3B,SS,CF) 173 141.0 -32.0
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.
43 Kole Calhoun (ARI - RF) 156 151.0 -5.0
44 Sam Hilliard (COL - CF,RF) 150 164.0 +14.0
45 Austin Riley (ATL - 3B,LF) 139 140.0 +1.0
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.
46 Brandon Nimmo (NYM - LF,CF,RF) 171 149.0 -22.0
47 Nick Markakis (ATL - LF,RF) 208 230.0 +22.0
48 Jesse Winker (CIN - LF,CF,RF) 207 174.0 -33.0
49 Dylan Carlson (STL - CF,RF) NRI 200 139.0 -61.0
50 Tyler O'Neill (STL - LF,RF) 181 257.0 +76.0
51 Ian Happ (CHC - 2B,3B,LF,CF) 158 186.0 +28.0
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.
52 Brandon Belt (SF - 1B,LF) 161 259.0 +98.0
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.
53 Ender Inciarte (ATL - CF) 194 185.0 -9.0
54 Ian Desmond (COL - 1B,LF,CF) 249 235.0 -14.0
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.
55 Jason Heyward (CHC - CF,RF) 184 247.0 +63.0
56 Josh Rojas (ARI - 2B,LF,RF) 248 233.0 -15.0
57 Yoenis Cespedes (NYM - LF,CF) 244 214.0 -30.0
58 Eric Thames (WSH - 1B,RF) 219 228.0 +9.0
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.
59 Jurickson Profar (SD - 2B,SS,LF) 167 169.0 +2.0
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.
60 Harrison Bader (STL - CF) 216 241.0 +25.0
61 Alex Dickerson (SF - LF) 228 331.0 +103.0
62 Hunter Pence (SF - LF,RF,DH) 268 338.0 +70.0
63 Cristian Pache (ATL - CF) 311 196.0 -115.0
64 Franchy Cordero (SD - LF,CF) 232 292.0 +60.0
65 Garrett Cooper (MIA - 1B,LF,RF) 255 187.0 -68.0
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.
66 Adam Haseley (PHI - LF,CF,RF) 235 300.0 +65.0
67 Dominic Smith (NYM - 1B,LF) 267 267.0
68 Jarrod Dyson (PIT - LF,CF,RF) 290 319.0 +29.0
69 Steven Souza Jr. (CHC - RF) 231 311.0 +80.0
70 Harold Ramirez (MIA - LF,CF,RF) 274    
71 Dexter Fowler (STL - CF,RF) 202 289.0 +87.0
72 Stephen Vogt (ARI - C,LF) 260 191.0 -69.0
73 Kike Hernandez (LAD - 2B,SS,LF,CF,RF) 247 211.0 -36.0
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.
74 Raimel Tapia (COL - LF,CF) 252 272.0 +20.0
75 Lewis Brinson (MIA - CF,RF) 272 287.0 +15.0
76 Johan Camargo (ATL - 3B,SS,LF,RF) 308 334.0 +26.0
77 Matt Beaty (LAD - 1B,3B,LF) 259 325.0 +66.0
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.
78 Josh Naylor (SD - LF,RF) 296 358.0 +62.0
79 Chris Taylor (LAD - 2B,SS,LF,CF) 278 202.0 -76.0
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.
80 Billy Hamilton (SF - CF) NRI   294.0  
81 Odubel Herrera (PHI - CF) MiLB   364.0  
82 Phillip Ervin (CIN - LF,CF,RF) 305 379.0 +74.0
83 Matt Kemp (MIA - LF) NRI   275.0  
84 Jay Bruce (PHI - 1B,LF,RF) 301 281.0 -20.0
85 Eric Sogard (MIL - 2B,SS,RF) 303 327.0 +24.0
86 Scott Schebler (CIN - CF,RF)      
87 Steven Duggar (SF - CF,RF)   359.0  
88 Josh VanMeter (CIN - 1B,2B,3B,LF) 281 291.0 +10.0
89 Adam Duvall (ATL - LF) 291 375.0 +84.0
90 Nick Williams (PHI - LF,RF)      
91 Roman Quinn (PHI - CF) 302 343.0 +41.0
92 Drew Waters (ATL - LF,CF) NRI 310 192.0 -118.0
93 Keon Broxton (MIL - LF,CF) NRI      
94 Michael A. Taylor (WSH - CF)   390.0  
95 Mark Payton (CIN - LF,CF) 227    
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