2020 Fantasy Baseball Rankings (NL)
Expert Consensus Ranking (40 of 48 Experts) -
|Rank||Player (Team, Position)||Overall||Notes|
|1||Trevor Story (COL - SS)||5||7.0||+2.0||
There are four first-round worthy shortstops this year and among them, Story may be the top bet. He now has 35+ homers 20+ steals and a batting average above .290 in two consecutive seasons. After Bellinger is off the board, you could make a case for Story at pick #6 overall.
|2||Trea Turner (WSH - SS)||6||6.0||‐||
Turner has struggled to stay healthy thus far but when he is on the field, there may be no better fantasy asset. He has the upside to hit 25 homers with 50 steals and a .300 batting average. There is virtually no chance he drops into the second round so grab him while you can.
|3||Fernando Tatis Jr. (SD - SS)||13||13.0||‐||
Tatis was sensational in his half of season with 22 homers, 16 steals and a .317 batting average but every underlying metric available to us screams significant regression. He is a strong source of power and speed but expect the BA to plummet.
|4||Javier Baez (CHC - SS)||16||19.0||+3.0||
The shortstop position is so loaded that Baez' 29 homers, 11 steals and .281 batting average didn't even get him into the top 12 at the position last year. He is still well worth a third or fourth round pick, however, because the bat and speed are both reliable.
|5||Manny Machado (SD - 3B,SS)||29||34.0||+5.0||
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.
|6||Jonathan Villar (MIA - 2B,SS)||32||29.0||-3.0||
Villar is moving from a great hitter's park to one of the worst but we are still talking about someone who went 24/40 homers/steals with 111 runs and a .273 batting average. There is some risk, as we saw in the 2017 disappointment
|7||Ketel Marte (ARI - 2B,SS,OF)||22||24.0||+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.
|8||Corey Seager (LAD - SS)||57||66.0||+9.0||
Seager is a far cry from being an MVP candidate as a rookie, but his batting average won't kill you and he'll hit around 20-25 homers with 80+ RBIs and runs. If he is traded to Boston, he'd likely see a jump in every offensive statistic.
|9||Amed Rosario (NYM - SS)||67||81.0||+14.0||
Rosario is still young enough that he may still improve upon his 15 homers, 19 steals and .287 batting average that fantasy owners received from him last year. His ceiling is nowhere near some of the top shortstops, but he will contribute in all five categories.
|10||Eduardo Escobar (ARI - 2B,3B,SS)||56||55.0||-1.0||
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.
|11||Paul DeJong (STL - SS)||78||89.0||+11.0||
Although DeJong hit so poorly at the end of the season, he has no chance of losing playing time because he is so great in the field. Even with his rough stretch to close things, DeJong finished with 30 homers and 97 runs. He is expected to do much of the same this year.
|12||Jean Segura (PHI - SS)||77||93.0||+16.0||
Gone are the days where Segura will steal 20 or even 30 bases but he is a near-lock for double-digit homers and steals to go with an average that should again hover around .300. His ceiling falls short of many other shortstops in fantasy but the floor is terrific.
|13||Didi Gregorius (PHI - SS)||85||95.0||+10.0||
Didi only ended up playing half the season but in that time he continued his torrid home run pace with 16 of them. The batting average dropped and his ballpark change should have a negative impact but this is still a 25-homer shortstop in the middle of your drafts.
|14||Tommy Edman (STL - 2B,3B,SS,RF)||82||65.0||-17.0|
|15||Gavin Lux (LAD - 2B,SS)||83||74.0||-9.0||
There is a chance Lux is dealt to Boston but it seems most likely that he'll stay. If he does, the most likely fantasy outcome is a Daniel Murphy-lite from day one but with upside for more. He hit .347 with 26 homers last year in just 113 minor league games.
|16||Scott Kingery (PHI - 2B,3B,SS,LF,CF)||93||85.0||-8.0||
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.
|17||Kevin Newman (PIT - 2B,SS)||102||101.0||-1.0||
Newman was expected to hit for average with 15-20 steals but just because he accomplished it as a rookie doesn't mean we can quite expect that performance in 2020. Rather, his MLB season was actually better than anything he ever did in the minors.
|18||Dansby Swanson (ATL - SS)||114||128.0||+14.0||
Swanson's statcast metrics were shockingly good so even though he broke out to a clip of 17 homers and 10 steals in just 127 games, there could be more under the surface that fantasy owners end up with this year from the Braves' shortstop.
|19||Garrett Hampson (COL - 2B,SS,CF)||117||99.0||-18.0||
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.
|20||Carter Kieboom (WSH - SS)||186||159.0||-27.0||
While Kieboom may not be the phenom Gavin Lux is considered to be, this is still a very polished young bat who went .303/.409/.493 in Triple-A last season. Much like Andrew Benintendi, though, he should be more useful in real-life than the bigs where his advanced eye is Kieboom's top calling card.
|21||Jon Berti (MIA - 2B,3B,SS,CF)||179||129.0||-50.0||
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.
|22||Nick Ahmed (ARI - SS)||184||183.0||-1.0||
Prior to the last year, Ahmed was merely a fringe starter who might bop 15 homers, but was going to kill your batting average and not accomplish much else. He kicked it up in 2019, though to 19 homers, 82 RBIs and 79 runs with a batting average north of .250. If that all returns, he'll be a nice late round value.
|23||Mauricio Dubon (SF - 2B,SS)||152||202.0||+50.0|
|24||Luis Urias (MIL - 2B,SS)||231||188.0||-43.0||
Urias only batted .219 in his anticipated rookie campaign but it was a small sample size so we shouldn't quite give up on him yet. Rather, this is someone worth putting on waiver-wire speed-dial following drafts in case he starts to break out.
|25||Freddy Galvis (CIN - 2B,SS)||240||182.0||-58.0||
Galvis is quietly one of the most consistent offensive shortstops. His upside is limited, of course, but you can count on him for 20 homers, 65 runs, 65 RBIs and a decent average.
|26||Nico Hoerner (CHC - SS)||271||249.0||-22.0|
|27||Jurickson Profar (SD - 2B,SS,LF)||196||189.0||-7.0||
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.
|28||Chris Taylor (LAD - 2B,SS,LF,CF)||233||195.0||-38.0||
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.
|29||Brendan Rodgers (COL - 2B,SS)||258||256.0||-2.0||
Rodgers hasn't shown it at the big league level yet but there is a reason he has been a top 20 prospect for four straight years. His bat should provide a strong batting average with sufficient power but that won't happen until the Rockies finally give him some playing time.
|30||Johan Camargo (ATL - 3B,SS,LF,RF)||327||310.0||-17.0|
|31||Orlando Arcia (MIL - SS)||234||277.0||+43.0|
|32||Cole Tucker (PIT - SS) MiLB||340||228.0||-112.0|
|33||Miguel Rojas (MIA - SS)||286||315.0||+29.0|
|34||Brandon Crawford (SF - SS)||290||218.0||-72.0||
Crawford had a rough season in 2019, batting just .228 with 11 homers, but he has been so steady for five years that a bounceback to the tune of 15 homers, .250 and 50+ runs/RBIs could be in store.
|35||Asdrubal Cabrera (WSH - 2B,3B,SS)||261||167.0||-94.0||
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.
|36||Hernan Perez (CHC - 2B,3B,SS) NRI||454||401.0||-53.0|
|37||Eric Sogard (MIL - 2B,SS,RF)||317||323.0||+6.0|
|38||Kike Hernandez (LAD - 2B,SS,LF,CF,RF)||303||194.0||-109.0||
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.
|39||Luis Guillorme (NYM - 3B,SS)||415|
|40||Ildemaro Vargas (ARI - 2B,3B,SS)||453||421.0||-32.0|
|41||Adeiny Hechavarria (ATL - 2B,3B,SS)||455||305.0||-150.0|
|42||Brock Holt (MIL - 1B,2B,SS,RF)||458||258.0||-200.0|
|43||Donovan Solano (SF - 2B,SS)||460|
|44||Ronny Rodriguez (MIL - 1B,2B,SS) MiLB||400||389.0||-11.0|
|45||Logan Forsythe (PHI - 1B,2B,3B,SS) NRI||449||463.0||+14.0|
|46||Oneil Cruz (PIT - SS) MiLB||449.0|
|47||Edmundo Sosa (STL - 2B,SS) MiLB||425.0|
|48||JT Riddle (PIT - SS,CF)||462|
|49||Erik Gonzalez (PIT - 2B,3B,SS)||472||450.0||-22.0|
|50||Charlie Culberson (ATL - 1B,SS,LF,RF) NRI||465|
|51||Wilmer Difo (WSH - 2B,SS)||444.0|
|52||Chris Owings (COL - 2B,3B,SS,CF,RF) NRI||453.0|
|53||Sean Rodriguez (MIA - 2B,3B,SS,LF) NRI|
|54||Andres Gimenez (NYM - SS) MiLB||432.0|
|55||Jazz Chisholm (MIA - SS) MiLB||384.0|
|56||Gordon Beckham (SD - 2B,3B,SS) FA|
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|Christian McCaffrey (CAR)||RB|
|Saquon Barkley (NYG)||RB|
|Michael Thomas (NO)||WR|
|Ezekiel Elliott (DAL)||RB|
|Derrick Henry (TEN)||RB|
|Dalvin Cook (MIN)||RB|
|Alvin Kamara (NO)||RB|
|Tyreek Hill (KC)||WR|
|Davante Adams (GB)||WR|
|Joe Mixon (CIN)||RB|
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|Nick Chubb (CLE)||RB|
|Julio Jones (ATL)||WR|
|DeAndre Hopkins (ARI)||WR|
|Josh Jacobs (LV)||RB|
|Chris Godwin (TB)||WR|
|Travis Kelce (KC)||TE|
|Kenny Golladay (DET)||WR|
|George Kittle (SF)||TE|
|Aaron Jones (GB)||RB|
|Mike Evans (TB)||WR|
|Kenyan Drake (ARI)||RB|
|Miles Sanders (PHI)||RB|
|Amari Cooper (DAL)||WR|
|Mark Andrews (BAL)||TE|
|Patrick Mahomes (KC)||QB|
|Lamar Jackson (BAL)||QB|
|Odell Beckham Jr. (CLE)||WR|
|Austin Ekeler (LAC)||RB|
|A.J. Brown (TEN)||WR|
|Todd Gurley (ATL)||RB|
|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|
|Francisco Lindor (CLE)||SS|
|Trevor Story (COL)||SS|
|Gerrit Cole (NYY)||SP|
|Trea Turner (WSH)||SS|
|Jacob deGrom (NYM)||SP|
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|Juan Soto (WSH)||LF|
|Nolan Arenado (COL)||3B|
|Max Scherzer (WSH)||SP|
|Freddie Freeman (ATL)||1B|
|Jose Ramirez (CLE)||3B|
|Alex Bregman (HOU)||3B,SS|
|J.D. Martinez (BOS)||LF,RF|
|Walker Buehler (LAD)||SP|
|Anthony Rendon (LAA)||3B|
|Fernando Tatis Jr. (SD)||SS|
|Rafael Devers (BOS)||3B|
|Bryce Harper (PHI)||RF|
|Justin Verlander (HOU)||SP|
|Starling Marte (ARI)||CF|
|Javier Baez (CHC)||SS|
|Stephen Strasburg (WSH)||SP|
|Jack Flaherty (STL)||SP|
|Xander Bogaerts (BOS)||SS|
|Shane Bieber (CLE)||SP|
|Jose Altuve (HOU)||2B|
|Anthony Davis (LAL)||PF,C|
|James Harden (HOU)||PG,SG|
|Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL)||SF,PF|
|Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)||C|
|Kevin Durant (BKN)||SF,PF|
|LeBron James (LAL)||SF,PF|
|Stephen Curry (GSW)||PG,SG|
|Nikola Jokic (DEN)||PF,C|
|Damian Lillard (POR)||PG|
|Russell Westbrook (HOU)||PG|
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|Victor Oladipo (IND)||PG,SG|
|Paul George (LAC)||SF,PF|
|Joel Embiid (PHI)||PF,C|
|Kawhi Leonard (LAC)||SG,SF|
|Chris Paul (OKC)||PG|
|Jimmy Butler (MIA)||SG,SF|
|Kemba Walker (BOS)||PG|
|Ben Simmons (PHI)||PG,SF|
|Kyrie Irving (BKN)||PG,SG|
|Jrue Holiday (NOR)||PG,SG|
|Rudy Gobert (UTH)||C|
|Andre Drummond (CLE)||PF,C|
|John Wall (WAS)||PG|
|Kyle Lowry (TOR)||PG|
|Donovan Mitchell (UTH)||PG,SG|
|Khris Middleton (MIL)||SG,SF|
|Bradley Beal (WAS)||SG|
|Kevin Love (CLE)||PF,C|
|Draymond Green (GSW)||PF,C|
|LaMarcus Aldridge (SAS)||PF,C|