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Waiver Wire – Week 4

Waiver Wire2Miguel Andujar, DH, NYY (CBS: 47% rostered): Just when we think that Miguel Andujar is headed for a potentially long stint at the “alternate” site, Giancarlo Stanton goes and pulls a hammy and is off to the 10-day IL. There’s at least a glimmer of hope that Andujar could find his way into regular at-bats.

Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DET (CBS: 36% rostered): He’s not the “Miggy” that we came to know and love, but with four homers in his first 43 at-bats, he can still help pad those power numbers in deeper formats.

Jake Cronenworth, 1B/SS, SDP (CBS: 7% rostered): One would think that with the return of Eric Hosmer from his stint on the IL, Cronenworth would struggle to find at-bats. The last I looked, Jurickson Profar was really struggling, posting a .098 BA over his first 41 at-bats. Don’t rule Jake Cronenworth out in his chase for full-time at-bats just yet.

Leury Garcia, 2B/SS/OF, CWS (CBS: 31% rostered): The addition of Nick Madrigal into the White Sox lineup was unfortunately short-lived, as the youngster suffered a separated shoulder in his fifth game. Leury Garcia now moves back into a full-time role and with his ability to hit for some pop, swipe some bags, and play all over the place, should be back in our plans for 2020.

Andres Gimenez, 2B/SS, NYM (CBS: 7% rostered): The 21-year-old speedster is doing exactly what the Mets anticipated. He’s now 3-for-3 stealing bases and should continue to provide a decent BA and run. If you feel the need for speed, go get him.

Spencer Howard, SP PHI (CBS: 51% rostered): It’s always exciting to see a top-prospect make his MLB debut. Today is that day for the 24-year-old Howard.

Keone Kela, RP, PIT (CBS: 50% rostered): Derek Shelton, the Pirates field boss, has stated that as soon as he’s ready to roll, the “Kela Monster” will return to the closer role. That could be as early as this coming week.

Josh Lindblom, SP, MIL (CBS: 31% rostered): Lindblom struggled through his first start, dealing with back cramps that cut his outing short. In his second start we saw the former KBO star go a full five innings, allowing four hits, one walk, two earned runs and chipping in with seven strikeouts. Better days are ahead.

Pablo Lopez, SP, MIA (CBS: 27% rostered): The 24-year-old has shown flashes of brilliance in the past, and this week showed them again by tossing five innings of two-hit shutout ball against the Orioles. Can he sustain that great first start and avoid the inconsistencies he has demonstrated in the past? At 24-years-of-age, and with great raw skills, it’s worth the investment to find out.

Evan Marshall, RP, CWS (CBS: 2% rostered): Aaron Bummer was well on his way to establishing himself as a premier setup man and next in line for saves on the South Side, until a left biceps strain put him on the shelf. Marshall has now amassed three holds in his first seven shutout appearances with ten strikeouts and is now next-in-line for saves. It’s time to find a home for the veteran righty in all deeper formats.

Rafael Montero, RP, TEX (CBS: 11% rostered): Montero returned from the IL on Friday and with Jose Leclerc on the IL with a shoulder issue it was assumed that Montero would get a shot at being part of the bullpen-by-committee in Texas. Two days later, with two shutdown innings of work in the ninth and the corresponding two saves, and Rangers Manager Chris Woodward is now going with a committee-of-one, Rafael Montero.

Dylan Moore, 2B/SS/3B/OF, SEA (CBS: 13% rostered): A little pop, little speed, and a lot of opportunity. Moore now has one homer and three stolen bases in his past six games. The lack of walks (13/0 K/BB ratio) indicates that the current .289 BA will likely fall, but as a super-sub type, he could still hold value in daily transaction Leagues and deeper formats.

Justin Romano, RP, TOR (CBS: 4% rostered): Dynasty League owners take notice. Justin Romano has now tossed seven innings of shutout ball this year. Over those seven appearances, he has yet to allow a hit. Oh, he has also struck out ten batters and has added four holds to his resume. Ken Giles is heading into Free Agency and Anthony Bass has done an outstanding job filling in for Giles, but is he the future? It’s time to find room for Romano in Keeper/Dynasty Leagues.

Trevor Rosenthal, RP, KCR (CBS: 16% rostered): Back-to-back successful save opportunities on Friday and Saturday and it appears that Trevor Rosenthal has now come full circle and owns the ninth inning in Kansas City. The fact that he has allowed only four hits and no walks in his first seven appearances bodes well for his chances to hold the job.

Clarke Schmidt, SP, NYY (CBS: 12% rostered): J.A. Happ is really struggling. In his first two starts he has allowed eight earned runs in seven innings pitched and has walked a total of eight batters. Clarke Schmidt is chomping at the bit and unless we see improvement from Happ and quickly at that, Schmidt could be looking at his MLB debut sooner as compared to later.

Austin Slater, 1B/OF, SFG (CBS: 1% rostered): It’s time for my annual Austin Slater mention. Taking Clayton Kershaw deep not once, but twice, on Saturday will earn you that mention.

Max Stassi, C, LAA (CBS: 26% rostered): There is no doubt that the 29-year-old Stassi is on a tear. He has gone 8-for-27 at the dish with four homers and ten RBI. Find a home for him right smartly and take advantage of that hot streak.

Framber Valdez, SP, HOU (CBS: 33% rostered): Tough times abound in Houston, with both the rotation and bullpen in disarray. In his past two starts, Valdez has allowed a scant three earned runs and only two free passes in 13 1/3 innings while chipping in with 17 strikeouts. Toss in the fact that he has the Mariners next up on the schedule and spending some of that FAAB this week on Valdez is a wise investment.

 

 

 

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Waiver Wire – Week 3

Waiver Wire2Joey Bart, C, SFG (CBS: 19% rostered): Currently there are 34 catchers with ten or more at-bats. Of those 34 catchers, 16 are currently hitting below the Mendoza line. Only 11 have a BA of .250 or better. A callup for Joey Bart is likely still a couple of weeks down the road, but when the phone rings, you’ll want that bat in your everyday lineup.

Anthony Bass, RP, TOR (CBS: 30% rostered): Ken Giles is dealing with a forearm strain and is likely to be lost for an extended period. The Jays have turned to Anthony Bass to hold down the fort and for good cause. In four appearances he’s allowed but a scant one-hit. He’s already got that first save in the books and should have a solid hold on the job until the return of Giles.

Alec Bohm, 3B, PHI (CBS: 18% owned): If the Phillies had actually played more than three games, Bohm might already be on the active roster. In what should be a tight battle for a playoff spot in the NL East, the Phillies will look to their young slugger sooner rather than later.

Kris Bubic, SP, KCR (CBS: 7% rostered): The parade of young starters in Kansas City continues, with Kris Bubic following Brady Singer. Bubic scattered three hits and a walk while allowing a pair of earned runs over four innings in his debut against the White Sox. That will earn him a second start.

Dylan Carlson, OF, STL (CBS: 40% owned): Harrison Bader is sporting a .091 BA with one stolen base. Dexter Fowler is dealing with a wonky back and has one homer with a .294 OBP. Come on Cards. If you’re in it to win it, do something to prove that point and call up Carlson.

Tyler Chatwood, SP, CHC (CBS: 46% rostered): 2018 was an unmitigated disaster. 2019 showed an improvement, as he split his role between starting and the bullpen. In two starts this year, he is 2-0 with 19 strikeouts in 12 2/3 IP and has allowed only one earned run. He’s likely to slow down at some point, but in the meantime ride the hot hand and find a home for him in your starting nine.

J.P. Crawford, SS, SEA (CBS: 21% rostered): Crawford is off to an amazing start. He is currently 12-for-33 at the dish and tied for the MLB lead in runs scored with ten. Toss in the pair of thefts and it will be cause to garner the attention of many a Fantasy player this Sunday. The Mariners young shortstop looks to finally be fulfilling that sky-high potential the Phillies saw in him when they made him the 16’th overall pick in the 2013 June Amateur Draft.

Brian Goodwin, OF, LAA (CBS: 25% rostered): While Jo Adell works on rounding out his game at the alternate site, Brian Goodwin is giving the Angels no reason to rush Adell into the lineup. A 7-for-18 week with two homers and six RBI is definitely getting the job done!

Nick Goody, RP, TEX (CBS: 9% rostered): Jose Leclerc joins Corey Kluber on the IL with a teres major strain in his right shoulder. Leclerc will be shut down for four weeks likely resulting in ending his 2020 campaign. Texas Manager Chris Woodward has already stated that he’s comfortable using a committee approach, so Jonathan Hernandez and Edison Volquez will also be in the mix. Goody successfully converted his first save opportunity, so we’ll give him a slight edge.

MacKenzie Gore, SP, SDP (CBS: 34% rostered): Joey Lucchesi is struggling badly, failing to get out of the second inning last night against the Rockies. The Padres are in a tough battle with the Dodgers and Rockies for a playoff spot in the NL West and will only exercise so much patience. How long will it be until we see MacKenzie Gore making his Padres debut? Not very long, should Lucchesi continue to struggle.

Cristian Javier, SP, HOU (CBS: 37% rostered): Javier enjoyed a strong MLB debut, allowing only two hits, one walk, and one earned run while striking out eight over 5 2/3 innings against the high-powered Dodgers offense. He has a two-start week on the horizon with the struggling Arizona and Oakland offense on the table. Parting with some of that FAAB to ensure you have him in your active lineup next week is a solid plan.

Jeremy Jeffress, RP, CHC (CBS: 9% owned): Craig Kimbrel is struggling and very badly at that. The Cubbies are off to a great start, leading the NL Central with six victories in their first eight games and can’t afford to be turning victories into losses in the ninth inning.  In the event that Kimbrel is replaced the most likely scenario is a committee. We mentioned Rowan Wick in Week One, so in Week Three let’s cover off on the balance of the current options for that committee and give Jeremy Jeffress a shout out.

Daniel Hudson, RP, WAS (CBS: 29% rostered): Sean Doolittle is struggling early-on getting that fastball velocity ramped up and into game day shape, so the Nationals have turned to Daniel Hudson in the interim to work the ninth. He more than held his own after the trade from Toronto last year and should continue that form into 2020.

James Karinchak, RP, CLE (CBS: 24% rostered): Brad Hand isn’t currently in danger of losing his job as closer, but he’s working on it. Karinchak already has one save under-his-belt this season, with a three-up three-down performance against the Twins. In three appearances this season totaling four innings, he is yet to allow a hit. Any extended struggles by Brad Hand and Karinchak could be manning the ninth inning on a regular basis.

Yusei Kikuchi, SP, SEA (CBS: 17% rostered): Kikuchi is coming off a strong six-inning shutout performance Saturday evening against the slumping A’s. Isn’t it amazing what happens when the fastball velocity is back into the mid-90s?

Seth Lugo, RP, NYM (CBS: 49% rostered): Edwin Diaz has allowed an earned run in each of his last two appearances and could be on the verge of losing his ninth-inning gig. Not that Seth Lugo has been on fire, because he hasn’t, but right now he’s probably the first option should the Mets determine a closer change is in order.

Nick Madrigal, 2B, CWS (CBS: 34% rostered):  A Madrigal sighting has occurred, with the ChiSox promoting him Friday. Those elite contact skills and stolen base potential are oh so enticing.

Casey Mize, SP, DET (CBS: 31% rostered): Ron Gardenhire has done nothing to discourage that a Mize debut could be right around the corner. The Tigers were considering Mize as an option for today’s double-header but eventually decided to head in another direction. Spend a little of that FAAB now and save spending a lot in the near future.

Colin Moran, 3B, PIT (CBS: 28% rostered): Raise your hand if ten days into the 2020 season you had Colin Moran leading all of baseball with five homers.

Daniel Ponce de Leon, SP, STL (CBS: 9% rostered): The Cards are currently dealing with a coronavirus shortened pitching staff, forcing them into once more visiting the fountain of youth and a Ponce de Leon start. The three walks in 3 1/3 IP is concerning. The eight strikeouts should have your attention. He should be looking at a regular turn in the Cards rotation until the pitching is back to full strength.

Ryan Pressly, RP, HOU (CBS: 22% rostered): Roberto Osuna was pulled from his appearance Saturday night and is looking at an MRI today. The Astros bullpen is a mess and even though Pressly is currently banged up, has to be first-in-line should Osuna be looking at an IL stint. In the event that Pressly can’t answer the call, Bryan Abreu or the recently signed (gulp) Fernando Rodney are likely next-in-line.

Trevor Rosenthal, RP, KCR (CBS: 7% rostered): Mike Matheny looks to be going with a bullpen-by-committee approach with Rosenthal, Greg Holland, and Ian Kennedy all in the mix. In four appearances, Rosenthal has allowed no runs, earned a save Thursday against the Tigers, and most importantly has yet to allow a free pass. Could we be witnessing a return to the form that saw Rosenthal save a total of 93 games in 2014 and 2015?

Touki Toussaint, SP, ATL (CBS: 6% rostered): He got absolutely smoked in his 2020 debut against the Rays, but bounced back nicely in his second start against the Mets, tossing four shutout innings. He has the Jays next up on the schedule. I’ll roll the dice and bet on back-to-back solid outings.

Spencer Turnbull, SP, DET (CBS: 23% rostered): We’ve now witnessed two solid starts against the Reds in which Turnbull has worked 11 innings and allowed a total of only three earned runs. The 14 strikeouts are most impressive. The anemic Cards offense is next on the schedule. The odds are good he’ll have three solid starts under his belt by next week at this time.

Daulton Varsho, C, ARZ (CBS: 13% rostered): How valuable is a player that has catcher eligibility with double-digit stolen base potential over a full season? Very, very valuable. Find a home for him as your second catcher and enjoy the ride.

Five Under Five

Jairo Diaz, RP, COL (CBS: 3% rostered): Just when it was looking like Scott Oberg was on the verge of a return, he experiences a return of the blood clots in his right arm that sidelined him in 2019, and his 2020 season is finished. Wade Miley had a rough last outing in which he allowed four earned runs in 2/3 IP and just this morning was placed on the IL with a right shoulder strain. Jairo Diaz currently has three holds and has yet to allow a run in four appearances this year, making him the early favorite to close out games for the Rockies. Should he struggle, Carlos Estevez appears to be “Plan B”.

Ty France, 2B/3B, SDP (CBS: 4% rostered): Eric Hosmer has been dealing with stomach issues that have forced him to the IL. In the interim, it appears that Ty France will be sliding into his slot in the lineup. The BA should definitely a concern, but he did hit a total of 27 homers at Triple-A in 2019 and a further seven in 184 at-bats with the Padres.

Ben Gamel, OF, MIL (CBS: 2% rostered): The news that Lorenzo Cain has opted out of the remainder of 2020 creates an opportunity for journeyman Ben Gamel. A little pop, a little speed, and a guarantee of everyday at-bats makes for a solid acquisition in deeper formats.

Cole Sulser, RP, BAL (CBS: 2% rostered): “It would appear that Mychal Givens will be working the ninth-inning to start the season for the O’s.” It would appear that we were wrong. Sulser has now converted back-to-back save opportunities and looks to have secured the closer role in Baltimore.

Taylor Williams, RP, SEA (CBS: 3% owned): Remember when Yoshi Hirano, Austin Adams, and Matt Magill were going to be fighting for saves in the Mariners bullpen? Ten days in and Taylor Williams is leading the bullpen with two saves. It’s time to get him rostered in all formats.

 

 

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Waiver Wire – Week 2

Waiver Wire2Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B/3B, WAS (CBS: 32% rostered): It would appear that we’ll have to wait a while for full-time at-bats from Carter Kieboom. That day will eventually arrive, but for now, it appears that Asdrubal Cabrera will get the bulk of the at-bats at third base for the Nationals.

Victor Caratini, C, CHC (CBS: 11% rostered): Not only does he provide solid numbers as a catcher, but it also appears that he’ll benefit from extra at-bats at either first base or DH. As a second catcher in two-catcher formats, he’s not getting nearly the respect that he deserves.

Alex Cobb, SP, BAL (CBS: 5% rostered): Okay, I know it’s only one start, but Cobb looked very good in his 2020 debut at Fenway. He limited the Bosox to one run over 5 1/3 IP in gaining the victory. In deeper leagues, he’s worth a small bid in the hopes that he can replicate some of those strong early years as a Ray.

Freddy Galvis, 2B/SS, CIN (CBS: 22% rostered): The fact that Freddy Galvis is available in 78% of the Leagues using CBS as a stat service is testament to the depth at middle-infield. He’s coming off of a strong 23 home run season and already has one long-ball in the books.

Leury Garcia, OF/SS, CHW (CBS: 6% rostered): You mean Nick Madrigal doesn’t own the gig at the keystone corner for the White Sox? That day will come, but in the interim Leury Garcia will give you some pop and speed as evident by his two-homer game Saturday against the Twins.

Mychal Givens, RP, BAL (CBS: 19% rostered): It would appear that Mychal Givens will be working the ninth-inning to start the season for the O’s. Poor Hunter Harvey simply can’t stay healthy.

Trent Grisham, OF, SDP (CBS: 40% rostered): As one of the few left-handed bats in the Padres lineup, those strong on-base skills should be rostered in more than just forty percent of the Leagues at CBS.

Enrique Hernandez, 2B/SS/OF, LAD (CBS: 21% rostered): A 5-for-14 start to the season with a homer, five RBI, and four runs scored begs us to ask the question, Gavin who?

Kwang-Hyun Kim, SP, STL (CBS: 47% rostered): Kim had no saves in a KBO career dating back to 2007 and Cards Manager Mike Shildt hands him the ball and asks him to close games for the Cards. It could be a short audition, with Giovanny Gallegos getting close to being game-ready, but for now, he has the job and should be rostered in all formats.

Kyle Lewis, OF, SEA (CBS: 35% rostered): The scorching late-season run we witnessed in 2019 has continued into the 2020 campaign. Two games….two homers. If he’s available in your league, he won’t be after this evening’s Waiver Wire run.

Wil Myers, OF, SDP (CBS: 44% rostered): It’s all about Myers staying healthy, something that hasn’t happened enough over the past several seasons. So far this season, so good. The power/speed combination is one that shouldn’t be ignored.

Brady Singer, SP, KCR (CBS: 16% rostered): The one advantage that the Royals have playing in the AL Central is that they get to play a host of games against the Tigers. This would be one of those weeks. Singer looked very good in his MLB debut tossing five innings of two-run ball and chipping in with seven strikeouts. Take advantage of the matchup and get him rostered and active this week.

Justin Smoak, 1B, MIL (CBS: 35% rostered): The Brewers got a relative bargain when they inked Justin Smoak to a $4 million one-year deal with an option year. One homer down…another ten or so by years end.

Three Under Five

Oliver Drake, RP, TBR (CBS: 2% rostered): Did we ever mention that the Rays like to be flexible with their bullpen options? Saturday night was the perfect example, as supposed closer Nick Anderson is brought into the game in the seventh inning and Oliver Drake works the ninth inning for the save. The Rays are definitely consistent in their inconsistencies. It’s time to give Drake a gander and drop a couple bills on him.

JaCoby Jones, OF, DET (CBS: 2% rostered): A little pop, a little speed, and guaranteed full-time at-bats.

Bradley Zimmer, OF, CLE (CBS: 4% rostered): The shoulder injury that has kept Zimmer out of the game for the past couple of seasons. Finally healthy and with a change in his mechanics, he enjoyed a great “Summer Camp” and looks to have at the very least a semi-regular role in the Cleveland outfield. That speed potential could prove to be an asset in deeper formats.

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Waiver Wire – Week 1

Waiver Wire2It has been a long time since most of us drafted our 2020 teams and a lot has happened in the interim. There is no shortage of options available this week to round out Fantasy squads. Power, speed starting pitching, and the usual mix of closers are all available. Spend wisely and spend lots this week. In this 60-game sprint, he who hesitates will be taking a rather huge loss.

Zack Britton, RP, NYY (CBS: 23% rostered): Aroldis Chapman has tested positive for Covid-19 and displaying mild symptoms, leaving his ability to be ready to start the 2020 season in doubt. Zack Britton’s solid history of closing out games in Baltimore makes him a great short-term investment for those chasing saves.

Corbin Burnes, RP, MIL (CBS: 12% rostered): A strong camp has Burnes on the cusp of earning the final spot in the Brewers rotation. The 70 strikeouts in 49 IP in 2019 is impressive. The 17 homers allowed, not so much. That strikeout potential is simply too alluring to pass up.

Diego Castillo, RP, TAM (CBS: 11% rostered): The assumption was that Nick Anderson would get the bulk of the save opportunities for the Rays in 2020. We still haven’t seen that fact confirmed. The Rays do have a history of spreading the saves around and Castillo was more than up to the task in 2019, amassing eight saves and a double-digit strikeout rate.

Yoenis Cespedes, OF, NYM (CBS: 25% rostered): We weren’t expecting to see Yoenis Cespedes this season, but it appears we were wrong. If healthy, and so far so good, the immense power potential from Cespedes will generate big FAAB spending this weekend.

Kyle Crick, RP, PIT (CBS: 3% rostered): Incumbent closer Keone Kela has yet to make an appearance at Summer Camp and on Friday was placed on the 10-day IL. Kyle Crick appears to be the early favorite to garner saves in Pittsburgh, but don’t rule out the possibility of a job share with Nick Burdi and that triple-digit high heat.

Rafael Dolis, RP, TOR  (CBS: not rostered): We didn’t think that Ken Giles would be in Toronto at the trade deadline last year. Our thoughts haven’t changed. Dolis has one of the best splitters on the planet and we’ll see plenty of it in 2020.

Mauricio Dubon, 2B/SS, SFG (CBS: 10% rostered): Finally, Mauricio Dubon is going to find his way into full-time at-bats. The Brewers loss will be the Giants gain.

Ian Happ, OF, CHC (CBS: 30% rostered): The combination of solid power, good wheels, and a career .340 OBP makes one wonder if Happ shouldn’t be hitting at the top-of-the-order for the Cubs?

Ryan Helsley, RP, STL (CBS: 14% rostered): Jordan Hicks has opted out of the 2020 season. Giovanny Gallegos finally reported to camp, but can he be ready to roll for the start of the season. Carlos Martinez still holds visions of returning to a starting role. At the very least, a job share in the closer role beckons for Helsely to start the 2020 campaign.

Aaron Hicks, OF, NYY (CBS: 19% rostered): Hicks looks to be on schedule in his return from TJS and should be ready to roll to start the season. Any bat garnering steady at-bats in that Yankees high-powered offense should not be overlooked.

Sam Hilliard, OF, COL (CBS: 26% rostered): In 2019, Hilliard hit 35 homers at Triple-A and followed that up with seven homers in a brief stint at Colorado to end the year. He swiped a total of 24 bases. Ian Desmond has opted out of 2020 and Hilliard appears to own the gig in left field. Why does my gut say that Matt Kemp will work his way into the mix?

Josh James, SP/RP, HOU (CBS: 50% rostered): James was late in reporting to camp but hasn’t looked the worse for it. The Astros better hope that he’s ready to roll and a repeat of those stellar strikeout rates (100 strikeouts in 61 1/3 IP) is forthcoming.

Howie Kendrick, 1B/2B/3B, WAS (CBS: 26% rostered): The DH being in play in the NL this season is the perfect situation for the again vet to enjoy yet another great year.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa, 3B/C, TEX (CBS: 10% rostered): He hit well in the Spring and has continued this trend into “Summer Camp”. He’s hit so well that it appears as if the Rangers are going to move Todd Frazier to First Base, creating at-bats for Kiner-Falefa at third. A catcher eligible bat getting everyday at-bats is very intriguing.

Sean Newcomb, SP, ATL (CBS: 15% rostered): Newcomb enjoyed a successful transition to his role as a reliever. It appears that the Braves are looking at giving him another opportunity to start. Will the transition back to a rotation spot be as successful?

Edward Olivares, OF, SDP (CBS: 1% rostered): It would appear that the Padres like Edward Olivares a lot more than Franchy Cordero.

Tyler O’Neil, OF, STL (CBS: 30% rostered): Apparently, Dylan Carlson needs another week or so of seasoning before he’ll be ready to roll. Go figure?

Nate Pearson, SP, TOR (CBS: 36% rostered): A week or so down on the farm and Pearson should be ready to roll and begin what should be a long run as a top-of-the-rotation starter.

Jose Peraza, 2B/SS/OF, BOS (CBS: 49% rostered): Peraza looks to have the starting job at second to start the season for the Bosox. He’s only one year removed from a 14 homer, 85 runs scored, and 23 stolen base campaign.

Stephen Piscotty, OF, OAK (CBS: 10% rostered): An injury-plagued 2019 ruined the promise that we saw in 2018 when Piscotty hit 27 homers and drove in 88 runs. Now healthy, will a bounce-back season be in the cards for the 29-year-old outfielder?

Ryan Pressly, RP, HOU (CBS: 15% rostered): Ryan Pressly has been one of the best relievers in the game over the past several seasons. He’s currently dealing with a blister issue, but hopefully, it heals quickly as Roberto Osuna has yet to throw off the mound and is running late in his prep for the regular season. The Astros will need Pressly to pitch well if they hope to challenge for a title in 2020.

Matt Shoemaker, SP, TOR (CBS: 30% rostered): Shoemaker was off to a great start in 2019 before a torn  ACL in his fifth start was cause for him to miss the duration of the season. A small bid could secure some rather solid starts.

Nick Solak, 3B, TEX (CBS: 33% rostered): Willie Calhoun is dealing with a Grade 1 hip flexor strain and is not likely to be ready out-of-the-gate. Nick Solak will slide into Calhoun’s spot in the outfield. Those 32 homers last year between the Minors and a 116 at-bat stint with the Rangers is impressive.

Ross Stripling, SP, LAD (CBS: 30% rostered): Stripling was in the running for a spot in the Dodgers rotation, but David Price opting out of the 2020 season locks down a spot. A 3.02 and 3.47 ERA over the past two seasons with better than a strikeout per inning in a swingman role, should be cause for one to spend a good chunk of that FAAB this evening.

Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, OF, TAM (CBS: 22% rostered): Austin Meadows is doubtful to start the season, leaving no doubt that Tsutsugo will get plenty of at-bats in the early going.

Daulton Varsho, C, ARZ (CBS: 6% rostered): It looks like the DBacks have figured out that somehow and somewhere they have to find the room to get Varsho into the lineup. A catcher eligible bat with double-digit stolen base potential should be on everyone’s radar.

Taijuan Walker, SP, SEA (CBS: 11% rostered): Walker is now two-plus years from the TJS that derailed his career. That breakout 2017 campaign is still relatively fresh in my mind.

Evan White, 1B, SEA (CBS: 21% rostered): The service time concerns should not be an issue with the ink still wet from the 6-year offseason extension. The youthful M’s should be looking at giving White every opportunity to hone his craft on the fly.

Five Under Five

Austin Adams, RP, SEA (CBS: 2% rostered): M’s Manager Scott Servais has indicated that he will be using a bullpen-by-committee approach this year and with Yoshihisa Hirano currently not in camp, it appears that that committee is going to be made up of Austin Adams and Matt Magill. The 14.91 K per nine that Adams amassed in 2019 is most intriguing.

Franchy Cordero, OF, KCR (CBS: 4% rostered): The power/speed potential we’ve been waiting for from Cordero is finally going to be on display in a full-time capacity in Kansas City.

Buck Farmer, RP, DET (CBS: 1% rostered): The Tigers have placed Jordan Zimmermann on the 45-day IL with a right forearm strain. Daniel Norris tested positive for Covid-19 and likely won’t be ready to start the season. Michael Fullmer is working his way back from TJS. The Tigers bullpen will get plenty of work in 2020, and Buck Farmer will garner more than his fair share of that workload.

Cameron Maybin, OF, DET (CBS: 2% rostered): Anywhere else, Maybin would be coming off the bench as a fourth outfielder. In Detroit, he’s penciled into the leadoff slot.

Rowan Wick, RP, CHC (CBS: 3% rostered): How long do we wait for Craig Kimbrel to get untracked? We’ve now officially moved to the very concerned stage of the program. Rowan Wick appears to be next-in-line for saves in the Windy City and buying some saves insurance could prove to be a solid investment.

 

 

 

 

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Relievers to the Rescue

Waiver Wire2We’re heading into a season the likes of which we’ve never witnessed. Spring Training in July? What does that mean for the pitching component of our game? Will we see six-man rotations? Will starters, at least initially, be looking at shorter stints on the hill? The Tampa Bay Rays model of using an opener could be an everyday occurrence in 2020. If so, numerous relievers could be the beneficiary of this practice and thus should be on our radar as we attempt to mold our pitching heading into this rather unique season.

Kolby Allard, TEX (CBS: 5% rostered): There appears to be no path to a starting gig, at least to start the season, but that doesn’t mean the former Braves top-prospect won’t hold value in middle-relief.

Corbin Burnes, MIL (CBS: 11% rostered): The gopher ball plagued him in 2019, as did the free passes, but he’s definitely trending upwards after a very strong Spring. The 70 strikeouts in 49 IP last season should have your attention.

Darwinzon Hernandez, BOS (CBS: 3% rostered): A starting rotation anchored by Nathan Eovaldi and Martin Perez is going to be cause for the Boston bullpen to get plenty of work in 2020. The 57 strikeouts in 30 1/3 IP in 2019 was outstanding. The 26 walks, not so much. Hernandez has tested positive for Covid-19 which could delay his start to the 2020 season, but pending a return to health he should get plenty of work as a result of that depleted Boston rotation.

Spencer Howard, PHI (CBS: 18% rostered): Howard’s future is definitely that of a starter, but if he doesn’t break camp owning the fifth starter gig, you know the Phillies will be using him in multiple inning stints.

Pierce Johnson, SDP (CBS: not rostered): The Padres bullpen is both talented and very deep, limiting his opportunities to pitch in the late innings, but the combination of that 95 mph heater and very nasty 84 mph hook could reap dividends for the Padres in the middle innings.

Kwang-hyun Kim, STL (CBS: 7% rostered): It took a long while, but Kim appears to have laid to rest his principle bugaboo, the free pass. He’s currently competing with Carlos Martinez for the fifth starter job, but Martinez’s late arrival to camp could make his desire to start a moot point.

Chad Kuhl, PIT (CBS: 1% rostered): He’s coming off TJS and will be worked back into the Pirates rotation slowly, building up arm strength. It’s the perfect situation for Kuhl to get in 2-to-3 inning stints.

Tyler Mahle, CIN (CBS: 4% rostered): Squeezed out of the rotation, Mahle should still get ample work in this unique season. The 5.14 ERA in 2019 was rather disappointing, but the 129/34 K/BB ratio leaves us with the hope that there could be better days ahead.

Dustin May, LAD (CBS: 42% rostered): Yes, he’s going to get opportunities to start. No, it probably won’t be right out of the gate. Ross Stripling appears to be the front runner for the fifth starter job, but don’t let that dissuade you from rostering Dustin May. Until he assumes his spot in the Dodgers rotation, he’ll find plenty of opportunities to shine working out of the bullpen.

Brendan McKay, TAM (CBS: 36% rostered): The contending Rays have a plethora of solid options to start, but that doesn’t mean that Brendan McKay won’t get in his work. The Rays haven’t been shy about using the “opener” strategy in the past and that won’t change moving forward. McKay would be a perfect fit to work extended innings following the opener.

Sean Newcomb, ATL (CBS: 15% rostered): For the second consecutive year, Newcomb has reduced his walk rates. That great 3.16 ERA posted in 2019 confirms that the one-time starter has now made a successful transformation to the bullpen.

Brad Peacock, HOU (CBS: 6% rostered): We have seen success in both a starting and relief role from Peacock in the past. Toss in the fact that the Houston rotation after Justin Verlander and Zack Greinke has a slew of question marks and Peacock has the potential to fit nicely into the ‘Stros plans for 2020.

Clarke Schmidt, NYY (CBS: 6% rostered): It appears that the wait will be worth it. A strong first full year returning from TJS combined with a solid showing this Spring/Summer and Schmidt could find himself one injury away from a spot in the Yankees rotation. In the meantime, he will be a valuable part of that bullpen pitching multiple innings.

Lewis Thorpe, MIN (CBS: 1% rostered): When the #4/5 guys in your rotation are Homer Bailey and Rich Hill and you’re looking to contend for the AL Central title, the odds that the bullpen will come into play are rather high. The Twins ‘pen is deep enough to sustain going with an opener approach, so the combination of Lewis Thorpe, Randy Dobnak, and Devin Smeltzer are likely to get in plenty of work. We’ll toss our support behind the young Aussie southpaw, Thorpe.

Austin Voth, WAS (CBS: 10% rostered): The one-time soft tosser has found a bit more velocity. He’s now got the four-seamer touching 93 mph, a rather large factor in his 3.30 ERA and a strikeout per inning over 43 2/3 innings in 2019. The Nats are going to win a lot of games in 2020.

Logan Webb, SFG (CBS: 3% rostered): The stellar 2019 Minor League record didn’t translate smoothly with the big league club, but the 23-year-old still has a bright future in San Francisco. The Giants are using the term “bulk-innings” to describe his 2020 role, making Webb an intriguing option in deeper formats.

Shun Yamaguchi, TOR (CBS: 2% rostered): The Jays seem content, at least for now, to be using the former NPB star in a long-relief role. Let’s hope that he can repeat the strong showing demonstrated in 2019 as a Yomiuri Giant.

Alex Young, ARZ (CBS: 7% rostered): One of Merrill Kelly or Alex Young will open the season as the DBacks fifth starter. The other will be pitching in a long-relief role. We’re betting on Kelly winning a spot in the rotation.

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Special 2020 Waiver Wire

Waiver WireIt’s hard to believe that we’re nearing the one-third mark of the 2020 season. What was once a marathon is quickly starting to look a bit more like a sprint? It has been a busy week with the “closer carousel” starting to spin, several high profile call-ups, and the big trade of Brandon Belt to the Jays. Toss in the Wandhr Franco contract extension and it’s time to spend like the proverbial drunken sailor. As busy as the baseball world has been, it is important to remember the single most important move you can make this week, which would be making a trek to your local florist and taking care of business. With the reminder (and we do need reminding) to honor the special women in our life taken care of, let’s now move forward and give the potential Waiver Wire acquisitions the once over.

Brandon Belt, 1B, TOR (CBS: 8% owned)

Travis Shaw and Rowdy Tellez weren’t getting it done in Toronto and buoyed by their surprisingly strong start, the Jays made the decision to upgrade this week and have turned to Brandon Belt in an effort to provide some stability at “the other hot corner”. For years we’ve watched Belt struggle in AT&T/Oracle Park, and it’s high time (isn’t it always high time?) we got to see Belt produce at a level fitting of his HOF stature.

Alec Bohm, 3B, PHI (CBS: 16% owned)

The Phillies have turned to Alec Bohm in an effort to kick-start their struggling offense. It appears that Scott Kingery will be replacing Adam Hasely in centerfield, freeing up a spot in the Philly infield for Bohm. When you mash eight homers to start the season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, you knew it was only a matter of time before the phone would be ringing.

Diego Castillo, RP, TAM (CBS: 12% owned)

Nick Anderson has been struggling of-late and although he’s still looked upon by the Rays as the principle option for saves, don’t forget about Diego Castillo. Castillo is off to a strong start and those eight saves, 17 holds, and 81 strikeouts in 68 2/3 IP in 2019 shouldn’t be forgotten.

Jaylin Davis, OF, SFG (CBS: 1% owned)

It eventually had to occur, and this past week it did just that. The Giants were forced to put Yusiel Puig on the IL, after he was forced to undergo emergency dental surgery to remove splinters as a result of his incessant bat licking. The Giants will turn to Jaylin Davis in the interim. The former Twin hit 35 homers and swiped ten bags between two levels in the Twins and Giants high Minors in 2019. Who knows? With any success, Davis could become a candidate to fill the current vacancy at first base. He’s definitely worth a look in deeper formats until at the very least Puig heals and figures out that “Louisville” is not a brand of dental floss.

Brian Dozier, 2B, SDP (CBS: 7% owned)

How many of us actually remember that Brian Dozier was signed by the Padres this off-season? Jurickson Profar is struggling both at the dish and in the field and with the Padres ramping things up for hopefully a deep playoff run, every win is important in that strong NL West. Dozier did hit 20 homers last season in limited at-bats as a Gnat. He’s one sleeper that you don’t want to be dozing off on!

Wander Franco, SS, TAM (CBS: 28% owned)

The tenuous grip on first place currently being enjoyed by the Rays has forced them to look to the future and that future rests in the hands of one Wander Franco. The shocking news of the recently inked 8-year $120 million extension is still reverberating through the Pirates locker room. Who saw this coming? Certainly not me or the 1400 season ticket holders (now up to 1403) in St. Pete’s. He’s already shown power and with those stellar on-base skills should be joining the Rays any day, as he begins his HOF march.

Logan Gilbert, SP, SEA (CBS: 8% owned)

The combination of the Mariners rotation struggling to get out of the second inning, and the amazing start by Gilbert at Triple-A, bodes well for a call-up any day now. Beat the crowd to the rush in Redraft Leagues and get him rostered now.

Hunter Harvey, RP, BAL (CBS: 21% owned)

What has essentially been a job share to start the season between Hunter Harvey and Mychal Givens, is now a one-horse race. Mychal Givens imploded; costing the O’s a pair of victories. Full marks go to my esteemed colleague, Rich Wilson, for his off-season call that Harvey would be closing sooner rather than later. The long-term search for saves in Baltimore is now a thing of the past, with Harvey now firmly entrenched in the ninth inning.

Nick Madrigal, 2B, CWS (CBS: 29% owned)

Yeah, he won’t hit for power, but it’s not like Leury Garcia was parking ‘em in the bleachers on a regular basis at Guaranteed Irate Field. Madrigal got the call on Friday, and already has four stolen bases on his resume. It’s time to let the vision of those 35 stolen bases he accrued in 2019 and that amazing ability to get on-base dance in our head and on our Fantasy rosters.

Luis Patino, SP, SDP (CBS: 10% owned)

The Padres are definitely all-in and with the success enjoyed by MacKenzie Gore since his callup at the end of April, the Padres will be looking to the 20-year-old phenom Patino to repeat that success. When you’ve yet to allow an earned run in six starts at Triple-A, and have compiled an amazing 68 strikeouts in 39 IP, you’ve earned the right to flash that all-world stuff at the big league level.

Ryan Pressly, RP, HOU (CBS: 15% owned)

When your closer, Roberto Osuna, blows three save opportunities in one week, it might be time to allow your stud setup man (if even on an interim basis) to work the ninth inning?

Clarke Schmidt, SP, NYY (CBS: 5% owned)

When you’re currently in fourth place and your team ERA is more than five, it’s time to make a move. The Yankees did just that, calling up Clarke Schmidt. He has been mowing ‘em down at Triple-A and looks to be facing off against Baltimore and Detroit in a rather juicy two-start week. Will this be the beginning of a long run in the Yankee rotation or am I over-estimating his skill set and simply full of Schmidt?

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Bobby Bonilla, OF, NYM (CBS: unowned)

The horrific start by the Mets is cause for the organization to reach deep and reactivated “Bobby Bo”. They’re already paying him, so why not get him back on the field?

Keon Broxton, OF, MIL (CBS: 2% owned)

I know I’m going to catch some serious flak from partner-in-crime Rich Wilson, but Ryan Braun is definitely heading to first base on a full-time basis, replacing the ineffective tandem of Justin Smoak and Logan Morrison. This leaves an opportunity for former stud outfielder Keon Broxton to patrol the outfield and replicate that stellar 20/20 2017 campaign.

Lewin Diaz, 1B, MIA (CBS: 2% owned)

How much longer will the Marlins be willing to endure Jesus Aguilar and that putrid .185 BA? My guess is not much longer. It’s time to see what Diaz can bring to the Marlins offensive offense. If it’s anything like what we’ve witnessed thus far in 2020 at Triple-A New Orleans, it’s time to beat the inevitable Waiver Wire rush and invest a buck or two to ensure he’s safely stashed on your bench.

Cedric Mullins, OF, BAL (CBS: 1% owned)

So what if Mullins cost me a shot at winning the 2019 Steak and Liquor title. Am I bitter? Not at all. Okay…maybe a little. Quit lying, Tim…you lost a wager to Rich Wilson!! What in the Sam Hill was I thinking? Why am I recommending, Mullins, yet again? I’m stubborn. Pig-headedly Scottish heritage-type stubborn.

Ryne Stanek, RP, MIA (CBS: 3% owned)

Brandon Kintzler started the 2020 campaign with 49 career saves. Seven weeks into the 2020 season he’s upped that career total to fifty. His ERA is currently north of 5.00. Need I say more?

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2020 Relief Pitching Fantasy Rankings

RP rankings artworkBelow are the rankings of relief pitchers for the 2020 fantasy season. The list was last updated on March 6, 2020.

1. Josh Hader (MIL) The five elite closers entering the 2019 campaign (Jansen, Kimbrel, Chapman, Diaz, and Hader) is no more. There is only one elite-level closer in the game and his name is Josh Hader.

2. Aroldis Chapman (NYY) He’s not the same flamethrower we witnessed routinely hit 104 mph on the gun, but he’s still one of the safest and most consistent ninth-inning pitchers in the game.

3. Kirby Yates (SD) There were some serious questions as to whether Kirby Yates could repeat the great results we saw in 2018. He answered them all and passed the test with flying colors. When you lead the League with 41 saves and post a microscopic 1.19 ERA, you very quickly move to the top of the closer rankings.

4. Brad Hand (CLE) The soon-to-be 30-year-old southpaw has been a model of consistency the past couple of seasons. Just be aware that the fortunes of the Indians this season could dictate a potential deadline deal to be in his future.

5. Roberto Osuna (HOU) Osuna is entering his age-25 season with five years as a closer under his belt. In 2019 he finished second in saves to only Kirby Yates, with 38. The elite strikeout rate dipped a bit last year, but being they were still better than a K per inning is more than acceptable.

6. Taylor Rogers (MIN) In 2019, Rogers moved from the situational southpaw to the closer last season and didn’t skip a beat. He recorded 90 strikeouts in 69 IP. He led all closers with a scant 11 walks allowed. He also quietly finished in the Top-10 with 30 saves last year. There’s a lot to like in Taylor Rogers.

7. Alex Colome (CWS) Colome’s worst ERA since 2016 is 3.24. He also has posted 126 saves over that same period. The White Sox are on the rise and should provide Colome plenty of opportunities to continue to amass solid save totals.

8. Liam Hendriks (OAK) Remember when Blake Treinen was all-world in 2018? The walk rates soared and the K rates fell off the map. The beneficiary of Treinen’s misfortunes was the pride of Australia, Liam Hendriks. The strikeout rates have always been solid. Last year he struck out an amazing 124 batters in 85 IP. That’s just a bit better than solid. The one concern we do have is the heavy workload in 2019. Not only were the 85 IP a career-high, but also a League-high. The A’s do work their closers hard.

9. Craig Kimbrel (CHC) 2019 was an unmitigated disaster. An off-season to regroup and a start to the season that includes Spring Training should bode well for a bounce-back in 2020.

10. Ken Giles (TOR) Giles bounced back rather nicely in 2019, saving 23 games for the Jays while sporting a great 1.87 ERA. Just be aware that he’s in his last season before heading into Free Agency and there is a real possibility that a trade and possibly loss of closer role could occur at the trade deadline.

11. Edwin Diaz (NYM) The velocity wasn’t the issue, but there was one….maybe even a couple? Diaz was hit both harder and more often and the homers allowed soared from five in 2019 to 15 last year. The addition of Dellin Betances to an already strong bullpen means that the patience exercised in 2019 won’t be on display this season.

12. Kenley Jansen (LAD) Over the past three seasons we’ve seen Jansen’s ERA rise from 1.32 to 3.01 to 3.71. There is a reason that the Dodgers went out and signed Blake Treinen in the off-season.

13. Brandon Workman (BOS) You have to love the 104 strikeouts in 71 2/3 IP. You also have to love the fact that new manager Ron Roenicke didn’t waste any time in naming Workman his go-to guy for 2020. Workman allows a few more free passes than we normally like to see (45) but at the same time was virtually unhittable in 2019. How does a pitcher allow only 29 hits and one home run in 71 2/3 IP……and yes, I checked those numbers twice.

14. Jose Leclerc (TEX) He had the job, lost it, and worked hard to regain it in 2019. He won’t have that same problem in 2020.

15. Raisel Iglesias (CIN) We have seen plenty of multiple-inning outings in the past several years and should expect more of the same moving forward. Pairing Iglesias with Michael Lorenzen will maximize those save opportunities in Cincinnati.

16. Hector Neris (PHI) It has been a rocky up and down the world over the past several seasons for Hector Neris, but he should open the season as the closer. It will be interesting to see how much patience new Manager Joe Girardi will exercise. Seranthony Dominguez makes for a solid handcuff in Philly this year.

17. Nick Anderson (TB) There are plenty of options in Tampa Bay, but Anderson also brings off-the-charts strikeout rates to the table. Even if we see a job-share scenario, the total package makes Anderson a most worthy investment.

18. Archie Bradley (ARZ) The former eighth-inning specialist moved into the closer role last season and didn’t skip a beat. Expect more of the same in 2020.

19. Sean Doolittle (WAS) It’s all about the health…..and the fact that Doolittle allowed 11 homers in 60 IP, which was largely responsible for that elevated 4.05 ERA.

20. Will Smith (ATL) Mark Melancon is slotted in to open the season as the Braves closer. Will he finish the season in that role? The Braves signed Will Smith to a three-year $39 million contract and for good cause. Those 34 saves combined with the 96 strikeout outs in 65 1/3 IP last season are hard to ignore.

21. Joe Jimenez (DET) He’s got the job breaking camp, but really has to show a bit better than we’ve seen thus far to hold onto it long-term.

22. Ian Kennedy (KC) There are $16.5 million reasons that Ian Kennedy has remained in Kansas City. That could change at the trade deadline this year, as he heads into Free Agency in 2021.

23. Scott Oberg (COL) Bud Black has named Wade Davis as the Rockies closer. Does anyone believe he’ll have the job by the end of April? At the end of the season, Oberg will have more saves than Wade Davis.

24. Hansel Robles (LAA) Ty Buttrey and former closer Keynan Middleton are both lurking in the shadows.

25. Giovanny Gallegos (STL) Jordan Hicks is on schedule to return after the All-Star break and Carlos Martinez is looking at moving back into the rotation. There is an opportunity to close out games in St. Louis and Gallegos appears to be the favorite to grab the role and run with it.

26. Keone Kela (PIT) Kela should break camp with the job, but the Pirates aren’t going anywhere this year and Kela is heading into Free Agency in 2021. The odds that he gets moved and quite possibly into a setup role are very high.

27. Yoshi Hirano (SEA) You say, Magill. I say, Hirano. A solid Spring will likely close the deal and with Hirano’s background as a closer in Japan, he gets a slight edge.

28. Brandon Kintzler (MIA) Someone has to garner saves in Miami and Kintzler has something the rest of the Miami ‘pen doesn’t possess. A history of working in the ninth inning.

29. Mark Melancon (ATL) Melancon worked in 66 games in 2019, his highest total since 2016. He’ll start the season as the go-to guy in the ninth, but we’re betting that Will Smith finishes the season in that role.

30. Mychal Givens (BAL) A handcuff with Hunter Harvey is the prudent approach.

31. Ryan Pressly (HOU)
32. Blake Treinen (LAD)
33. Michael Lorenzen (CIN)
34. Shaun Anderson (SFG)
35. Daniel Hudson (WAS)
36. Seth Lugo (NYM)
37. Wade Davis (COL)
38. Ryne Stanek (MIA)
39. Hunter Harvey (BAL)
40. Matt Magill (SEA)
41. Tony Watson (SFG)
42. Keynan Middleton (LAA)
43. Aaron Bummer (CWS)
44. Dellin Betances (NYM)
45. Rafael Dolis (TOR)
46. Buck Farmer (DET)
47. Rowan Wick (CHC)
48. Seranthony Dominguez (PHI)
49. Emilio Pagan (SD)
50. Matt Barnes (BOS)
51. Andres Munoz (SD)
52. Joely Rodriguez (TEX)
53. Diego Castilla (TB)
54. Andrew Miller (STL)
55. Drew Pomeranz (SD)
56. Kyle Crick (PIT)
57. Hector Rondon (ARZ)
58. Brent Suter (MIL)
59. Amir Garrett (CIN)
60. Zack Britton (NYY)
61. Yimi Garcia (MIA)
62. Rafael Montero (TEX)
63. Ty Buttrey (LAA)
64. Kevin Ginkel (ARZ)
65. Pedro Baez (LAD)
66. James Karinchak (CLE)
67. Scott Barlow (KC)
68. Jairo Diaz (COL)
69. Will Harris (WAS)
70. Trevor May (MIN)
71. Emmanuel Clase (CLE)
72. Jordan Hicks (STL)
73. Yusmeiro Petit (OAK)
74. Steve Cishek (CWS)
75. Jose Alvarado (TB)
76. Shane Greene (ATL)
77. Carl Edwards Jr. (SEA)
78. Trevor Rosenthal (KC)
79. Corey Knebel (MIL)
80. Brusdar Graterol (LAD)
81. Anthony Bass (TOR)
82. Reyes Moronta (SFG)
83. Richard Rodriguez (PIT)
84. Sergio Romo (MIN)
85. Adam Ottavino (NYY)
86. Nick Wittgren (CLE)
87. Chris Martin (ATL)
88. Justin Wilson (NYM)
89. Luke Jackson (ATL)
90. Jeremy Jeffress (CHC)
91. Joe Smith (HOU)
92. Junior Guerra (ARZ)
93. Sam Tuivailala (SEA)
94. John Brebbia (STL)
95. Adam Morgan (PHI)
96. Michael Feliz (PIT)
97. Joakim Soria (OAK)
98. Marcus Walden (BOS)
99. Kevin McCarthy (KC)
100. Miguel Castro (BAL)

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2020 Starting Pitching Fantasy Rankings

SP rankings artworkBelow are the rankings of starting pitchers for the 2020 fantasy season. The list was last updated on February 22, 2020. The rankings were done by Tim McLeod our Senior Baseball writer and the capsules were completed by Rich Wilson.

In some cases, the capsules and rankings might differ – See Dustin May.

1. Gerrit Cole (NYY) – A big contract, a big market, but a small ballpark. You can always talk yourself out of a player. Sure, his ERA might have a 3 handle, but so could the strikeouts.

2. Jacob deGrom (NYM) – Back-to-back New York pitchers lead the list. While he doesn’t have the crazy upside as Cole, he’s got more hardware.

3. Walker Buehler (LAD) – At some point, he will lead this list. When? Not sure, but three is pretty darn good.

4. Justin Verlander (HOU) – Father time will eventually catch up to Verlander and it could be in 2020. But, how can you bet against him?

5. Max Scherzer (WAS) – See Verlander…

6. Jack Flaherty (STL) – It was a ridiculous second half last season with a .142 average against. You know, it was a ridiculous first half as well. He’s good, really good.

7. Stephen Strasburg (WAS) – He pitched a lot of innings last season and the Nationals could bring him along slowly this season. He’s still got some of the best stuff in the game.

8. Shane Bieber (CLE) – 10K’s per nine, doesn’t walk anyone with an ERA and FIP that are basically the same in the low 3’s. Yeah, if he’s there, grab him.

9. Patrick Corbin (WAS) – There’s an argument to discount all Washington pitchers given their workload last year. But, Corbin has one of the best sliders in the game and will strike out a ton of guys.

10. Luis Castillo (CIN) – We loved him coming up through the Marlins system, but of course, they traded him. It’s a strikeout an inning with a 3.50 ERA.

11. Blake Snell (TB) – It was a tough 2019 season for the 2018 CY Young winner. Don’t be surprised if he bounced back big in 2020. He still struck out over 12 per nine with a FIP of 3.32 in 23 starts.

12. Chris Sale (BOS) – What do you say? Where do you pick em? Twelve seems as good as any place. In the end, nobody knows what he’ll do.

13. Lucas Giolito (CWS) – One of the true breakout players in 2018 should continue to grow in 2019.

14. Mike Clevinger (CLE) – An unfortunate knee injury knocks an otherwise stud down the list. Most will draft him earlier. Just remember, RISK is a four-letter word.

15. Aaron Nola (PHI) – The walks went up last year and the ERA followed suit. There’s still a like to like and he’s still only 26.

16. Sonny Gray (CIN) – He reversed a trend of two years of nearly a five ERA to pitch to a 2.87 ERA last season. He’s not that good, but expecting 180 innings with a strikeout an inning and a 3.75 ERA should be your guide.

17. Clayton Kershaw (LAD) – Kershaw at 17. WOW. Let’s face it, he’s not the same guy, but you know what, if he stays healthy, he could out-earn his draft position.

18. Charlie Morton (TB) – Is this really the last year for Morton? A shame if it is because he’s been one of the best pitchers in the Majors over the past two years.

19. Yu Darvish (CHC) – 11 K’s per nine. Less than three walks per nine. 33 home runs. If the ball gets de-juiced, Darvish could flourish. If it’s still juiced, he’s still a Top 20 pitcher.

20. Jose Berrios (MIN) – He’s a solid number two pitcher for your rotation that will get a ton of run support.

21. Mike Soroka (ATL) – He pounds the strike zone but had a very high foul ball rate last season. If he can tighten up his off-speed pitches, he could take the next step.

22. Noah Syndergaard (NYM) – He’s better than the 4.28 ERA he posted in 2019. Look more to his 3.60 FIP and strikeout an inning. There’s upside here.

23. Trevor Bauer (CIN) – His ERA doubled last year, but if he can stop the long ball, he’s got the stuff to be a front-of-the-rotation arm. Pitching half his games in Cincy will make life harder, but the stuff is still excellent.

24. Chris Paddack (SD) – Fastball/Change-up pitchers can see a regression in their second year. Don’t be surprised if we see that with Paddack. The good news is he doesn’t walk anyone so the ratios should also be decent.

25. Zack Greinke (HOU) – The stuff is just not what it use to be but Greinke always seems to find a way.

26. Tyler Glasnow (TB) – He has some of the nastiest stuff in the game but the fear of injury needs to be considered. If he’s healthy, he could be ace.

27. Eduardo Rodriguez (BOS) – Do you want to know what solid number three pitchers look like? It’s Eduardo Rodriguez. He’s solid and still only 26.

28. Hyun-Jin Ryu (TOR) – Will he defy the odds like he did last year. We are betting the under

29. Madison Bumgarner (ARZ) – The move to Arizona has to hurt, but the good news is that he should win more games.

30. Brandon Woodruff (MIL) – 10.5 K’s per nine, 2.2 BB/9 and a 3.01 FIP are not misprints. Woodruff could be a huge mover in 2020.

31. Zack Wheeler (PHI) – His TJ Surgery was worse than most and therefore, the recovery time was long. But 2018 and 2019 were pretty good with nearly a strikeout an inning, less than three walks per nine and a FIP in the low 3’s. Another guy with value?

32. Corey Kluber (TEX) – Does he return to form after an injury-plagued season? We have no idea, but remember, he’ll be 34 to begin the season.

33. David Price (LAD) – He’s got to be happy getting out of Boston. No more Yankees! No more Boston media. He still has great stuff and as the number three pitcher in Los Angeles, he has a chance to return significant value.

34. Shohei Ohtani (LAA) – There is a risk as Ohtani will be limited in his innings after returning from TJ Surgery. But, if he’s even 80% of what he showed in his rookie year, he’s going to be really good. Oh yeah, he also is pretty good at that hitting thing.

35. Frankie Montas (OAK) – An 80-game suspension always raises questions, but he looked good before his time off and arguably better in his two starts after returning.

36. Mike Minor (TEX) – A low BABIP, a high LOB% and you get a 3.59 ERA. If things normalize, he’s a 4.25 ERA pitcher or a number 3/4 pitcher on your fantasy team.

37. Jesus Luzardo (OAK) – Pitchers that have a premium change-up can have early success in the Major Leagues. Luzardo has one of the best to go with a 70-grade fastball – all from the left side. Now, can he stay healthy? If he does, he could blow-up much like Chris Paddack did last year.

38. Kyle Hendricks (CHC) – He’s kind of boring with his low strikeout rate, but not all of your pitchers look like Gerrit Cole. He’s a safe 3/4 pitcher.

39. Zac Gallen (ARZ) – Zac Gallen continues to climb draft boards. Yeah, he looked good last year, but it was in 80 innings pitched. Throw in four walks per
nine, a .284 BABIP and 84% LOB% and his 2.81 likely will not repeat.

40. Lance Lynn (TEX) – Lynn was finally healthy last year and looked great. He’s a great get for a number four pitcher.

41. Max Fried (ATL) – A strong prospect pedigree that started to show his potential last year. His high ground ball rate, over a strikeout an inning could position him to take the next step in 2020.

42. Dinelson Lamet (SD) – He still needs a pitch to get left-handers out, but he has a premium fastball and slider. He’s a nice growth investment.

43. Luke Weaver (ARZ) – Forearm tightness is never a good diagnosis, but assuming Weaver is healthy, there’s a lot to like. In 64.1 innings last season, he struck out over a batter an inning, walked less than two per nine while pitching to a 2.94 ERA. His underlying stats point to it being real…again, assuming he’s healthy.

44. Marcus Stroman (NYM) – At only 5-foot-7, I think it’s fair to say that Marcus Stroman takes his physical ability to the max. He’s been durable, solid and is the definition of a number four starter in the big leagues.

45. Robbie Ray (ARZ) – You buy Robbie Ray for the huge strikeout potential and the hope that he learns to throw more strikes. A low BABIP and high LOB% came together in 2017 and he looked like an ace (2.78 ERA). I wouldn’t bet on him returning to that form, but league average ratios with close to 200 strikeouts are definitely doable.

46. Mike Foltynewicz (ATL) – A flyball pitcher and a juiced ball don’t mix well. Folty gave up almost two home runs per game. If the ball is fixed, Folty could out-earn his draft slot.

47. Masahiro Tanaka (NYY) – Another guy that was really hurt by the juiced ball as his stuff flatten-out and he consequently got he got hit hard. Since everything he throws bends, a more “normal ball” could improve his ERA by at least a half a run and his strikeouts could return back to a strikeout an inning. Of course, will the ball change?

48. Julio Urias (LAD) – You’ve got to give it up for Julio Urias. He came back from a potentially career-threatening injury and looked really good. His stuff might very well play better in the bullpen, but the Dodgers manage innings better than any other major league team, so expect Urias to get plenty of starts.

49. Matthew Boyd (DET) – He doesn’t have the big fastball, but he throws strikes with pretty good secondary pitches. He was another guy that was killed by the home run (39) and when you are a fly ball pitcher with a juiced ball, well…you pitch to a 4.56 ERA. If you believe the ball will normalize in 2020, there might be some value here.

50. Dustin May (LAD) – I have to assume that Dustin May is ranked this low because of playing time concerns. However, the Dodgers have a history of not overworking their starters with frequent trips to the IL part of the equation. Therefore, I expect May to get plenty of innings this season. In fact, don’t be surprised if it’s in 140 to 160 range, much like Walker Buehler did in 2018. To double-down on the point, Buehler only threw 182 innings last season and is a Top 5 pitcher this year. Now for the fun part. May has nasty stuff with a heavy bat-breaking fastball that sits 96 MPH. He’s already got plus control and at 6-foot-6 will be very difficult to elevate. Sure, his command is not quite there yet, but the profile screams front-of-the-rotation. Assuming health, don’t be surprised if May is ranked in the Top 10 in next year’s list (Buehler was 7 in his sophomore year).

51. Kenta Maeda (MIN) – Well, at least he gets to be a starter. He misses plenty of bats and should pitch to a league-average ERA and WHIP.

52. Sean Manaea (OAK) – I learned something this spring. Sean Manaea has “Kramer hair.” In an interview I saw, it was at least six inches high. Awesome. After two healthy seasons to begin his career, Manaea spent most of 2019 on the IL. He was great when he returned pitching to a 1.21 ERA. However, his Major League history points to average stuff with average results.

53. Griffin Canning (LAA) – Canning ending the 2019 season on the shelf with elbow inflammation and therefore you must be cautious at the draft table. Prior to that, he had a solid major league debut striking out over a batter an inning. His control can fluctuate and he’s a fly ball pitcher, but the profile suggests a mid-rotation starter profile.

54. Carlos Carrasco (CLE) – Carrasco is a tough one to rank. 54 feels as good as any. Injuries are mounting and he isn’t’ getting any younger. It’s entirely possible he has another good season or two in the tank, but it’s equally logical that he’s in his decline.

55. A.J. Puk (OAK) – He’s never had great control and he still needs a better third pitch. However, he’s got a great fastball, is healthy and that could translate into a nice profit at the draft table.

56. Dallas Keuchel (CWS) – You know what you’ve got with Keuchel. He throws strikes, eats innings and wins games. Given the high-powered Chicago offense, that could be a lot of wins.

57. German Marquez (COL) – He’s got exciting stuff but Colorado just hurts the results.

58. Michael Kopech (CWS) – A bullish ranking for Kopech and I like it. He’s got premium stuff and while returning from TJ Surgery will have its challenges, the upside is still very high. In H2H leagues, remember, he’ll be capped at no more than 160 innings this year.

59. Zach Plesac (CLE) – He pitched to a 3.81 ERA but his skills point to a different pitcher. He struck out 6.85 per nine, walked 3.1 per nine and has a 4.94 FIP. There are warning signs on this one.

60. Andrew Heaney (LAA) – He’s got good stuff but when you’re in a juiced ball era and you’re a flyball pitcher, well…you post a 4.91 ERA. He’s an interesting talent and still only 28. I would be investing.

61. Anthony DeSclafani (CIN)
62. Brendan McKay (TB)
63. Sandy Alcantara (MIA)
64. James Paxton (NYY)
65. Luis Severino (NYY)
66. Carlos Martinez (STL)
67. Domingo German (NYY)
68. Yonny Chirinos (TB)
69. Michael Pineda (MIN)
70. Adrian Houser (MIL)
71. Jon Gray (COL)
72. Jake Odorizzi (MIN)
73. Chris Bassitt (OAK)
74. Jose Urquidy (HOU)
75. Caleb Smith (MIA)
76. Lance McCullers (HOU)
77. Kevin Gausman (SFG)
78. Garrett Richards (SD)
79. Josh James (HOU)
80. Steven Matz (NYM)
81. Mike Fiers (OAK)
82. Julio Teheran (LAA)
83. Ryan Yarbrough (TB)
84. Joe Musgrove (PIT)
85. MacKenzie Gore (SD)
86. Aaron Civale (CLE)
87. Jordan Lyles (TEX)
88. Dylan Cease (CWS)
89. Wade Miley (CIN)
90. Tony Gonsolin (LAD)
91. Mitch Keller (PIT)
92. Marco Gonzales (SEA)
93. Nate Pearson (TOR)
94. Alex Wood (LAD)
95. Joey Lucchesi (SD)
96. Dakota Hudson (STL)
97. Chris Archer (PIT)
98. Pablo Lopez (MIA)
99. Josh Lindblom (MIL)
100. Jose Quintana (CHC)
101. Zach Davies (SD)
102. John Means (BAL)
103. Matt Shoemaker (TOR)
104. Zach Eflin (PHI)
105. Johnny Cueto (SFG)
106. Eric Lauer (MIL)
107. Jordan Yamamoto (MIA)
108. Gio Gonzalez (CWS)
109. Rick Porcello (NYM)
110. Miles Mikolas (STL)
111. Anibal Sanchez (WAS)
112. Dylan Bundy (LAA)
113. J.A. Happ (NYY)
114. Jeff Samardzija (SFG)
115. Kwang-Hyun Kim (STL)
116. Tyler Beede (SFG)
117. Jake Arrieta (PHI)
118. Logan Webb (SFG)
119. Ross Stripling (LAD)
120. Reynaldo Lopez (CWS)
121. Joe Ross (WAS)
122. Vince Velasquez (PHI)
123. Shun Yamaguchi (TOR)
124. Danny Duffy (KC)
125. Adam Wainwright (STL)
126. Sean Newcomb (ATL)
127. Tanner Roark (TOR)
128. Merrill Kelly (ARZ)
129. Kyle Wright (ATL)
130. Forrest Whitley (HOU)
131. Jon Lester (CHC)
132. Yusei Kikuchi (SEA)
133. Brad Keller (KC)
134. Cole Hamels (ATL)
135. Kyle Gibson (TEX)
136. Chase Anderson (TOR)
137. Jordan Montgomery (NYY)
138. Patrick Sandoval (LAA)
139. Spencer Howard (PHI)
140. Kyle Freeland (COL)
141. Mike Leake (ARZ)
142. Sixto Sanchez (MIA)
143. Nathan Eovaldi (BOS)
144. Clarke Schmidt (NYY)
145. Alex Young (ARZ)
146. Ian Anderson (ATL)
147. Tyler Mahle (CIN)
148. Brett Anderson (MIL)
149. Homer Bailey (MIN)
150. Deivi Garcia (NYY)
151. Drew Smyly (SFG)
152. Justus Sheffield (SEA)
153. Luis Patino (SD)
154. Daniel Norris (DET)
155. Logan Gilbert (SEA)
156. Antonio Senzatela (COL)
157. Michael Wacha (NYM)
158. Kolby Allard (TEX)
159. Jose Urena (MIA)
160. Tyler Chatwood (CHC)
161. Taijuan Walker (SEA)
162. Ryan Borucki (TOR)
163. Steven Brault (PIT)
164. Justin Dunn (SEA)
165. Rich Hill (MIN)
166. Alex Reyes (STL)
167. Brent Suter (MIL)
168. Jacob Junis (KC)
169. Trevor Williams (PIT)
170. Logan Allen (CLE)
171. Spencer Turnbull (DET)
172. David Peterson (NYM)
173. Chad Kuhl (PIT)
174. Jeff Hoffman (COL)
175. Adbert Alzolay (CHC)
176. Trey Supak (MIL)
177. Erick Fedde (WAS)
178. Chance Adams (KC)
179. Peter Lambert (COL)
180. Ivan Nova (DET)
181. Alex Cobb (BAL)
182. Felix Hernandez (ATL)
183. Jordan Zimmermann (DET)

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2020 Outfield Fantasy Rankings

OF rankings artworkBelow are the rankings of outfielders for the 2020 fantasy season. The list was last updated on February 16, 2020.

1. Ronald Acuna Jr. (ATL) Acuna missed being the fifth member of the very exclusive 40-40 club by a mere three stolen bases and didn’t turn 22 years-of-age until December. That accomplishment earns Ronald Acuna the honor of being the first overall pick off the board in 2020.

2. Christian Yelich (MIL) So you didn’t find a way to get that #1 overall pick this year? Don’t fret. Christian Yelich is one heckuva consolation prize.

3. Mike Trout (LAA) With speed being in demand and Trout’s number taking a dip in that category, he moves slightly down the overall board to third. All that being said, don’t be surprised if he finishes up 2020 as the best player in both the real game and ours.

4. Cody Bellinger (LAD) As a 24-year-old, Bellinger had a season for the ages. He upped the ante across the board, setting career highs in every offensive category. Bellinger is a Top-5 offensive talent heading into 2020 drafts. 1B-36

5. Juan Soto (WAS) 108 walks which led to a .401 OBP. 34 homers and 110 RBI. 110 runs scored. 12-of-13 stealing bases. A World Series ring. I think we can say that’s a pretty fair year, especially for a kid who doesn’t turn 22 until the end of this coming December.

6. Bryce Harper (PHI) Harper had his best season as a pro, mashing 35 homers, driving in 114 runs, and stealing 15 bases, yet can’t crack the Top-5 in the outfield. Yes, the outfield is absolutely loaded with talent.

7. Mookie Betts (LAD) It was the first time Betts failed to hit the 20 stolen base plateau since becoming a full-time player in 2014. A return to form in the speed game could be in order, but the friendly confines of Fenway are now replaced by a not so friendly Dodger Stadium.

8. J.D. Martinez (BOS) You know you’re a great player when a 36 homer, 105 RBI, .940 OPS season is considered a down year.

9. Starling Marte (ARZ) We’ve now seen back-to-back 20-20 seasons. The move to Chase Field should be cause for Marte to extend that streak to three seasons.

10. Aaron Judge (NYY) Back-to-back 27 homer seasons weren’t what we were expecting, but neither were the respective 413 and 378 at-bats. A return to health will very quickly remind us of that stellar 52 home run 2017 campaign.

11. Austin Meadows (TB) As a 24-year old, he’s coming off a great 33 homer, 12 stolen base season. He also holds the honor of quite possibly being the only Rays regular to not be in a platoon situation in 2020.

12. Whit Merrifield (KC) Mid-teens power combined with 20-to-25 thefts and the always great BA has its charms. One of the safest floors in the game. 2B-82

13. George Springer (HOU) Springer drummed his way to career highs in home runs (39), RBI (96), and OBP (.383). As he enters his thirties, he’s still one of the best leadoff bats in the game.

14. Eloy Jimenez (CWS) A slow April was followed by an ankle sprain that cost him a month of playing time, yet the budding star still finished up 2019 with 31 homers. Could a forty home run campaign be just around the corner?

15. Charlie Blackmon (COL) The power numbers are still solid, but last year he stole two…yes, two bases. The days of double-digit stolen bases are clearly in the rearview mirror.

16. Kris Bryant (CHC) Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo batting at the top-of-the-order for the Cubs is flat out wrong. If the Cubs ever figure out how to get these guys hitting where they belong, which would be 3/4 in the order, we might see a return to the 100 RBI seasons. 3B-115

17. Giancarlo Stanton (NYY) If healthy, Stanton could easily hit 40 homers and drive in 110 runs. Will he be healthy and how much are we willing to pay for that gamble.

18. Joey Gallo (TEX) After back-to-back 40 homer seasons, Gallo hit 22 homers in 241 at-bats in a season cut short by a fractured right wrist. Barring injury, a return to 40+ homers is a safe bet.

19. Ketel Marte (ARZ) 2019 proved to be an amazing breakout year for the 26-year-old Marte. In 49 more at-bats, he increased his total hits from 135 to 187, fueling increases in his offensive production across the board. Will 2020 bring progression, regression, or simply more of the same? 2B-83

20. Victor Robles (WAS) Robles proved to be an integral part of the Nats World Series winning team, hitting 17 homers and 28 swiping 28 bags in his rookie campaign. Yes, he didn’t walk enough but his Minor League history suggests better OBP days are ahead. 2020 will be your last chance to own Robles for a reasonable price in Dynasty Leagues.

21. Ramon Laureano (OAK) Those 24 homers and 13 stolen bases in 434 at-bats in 2019 begs one to wonder if a 30-20 type season could be in the cards in 2020.

22. Jorge Soler (KC) Soler didn’t just break the single-season Royals home run record, he annihilated it, finishing the season with 49 homers. In accomplishing this feat he became the first Royal to break the 40 home run mark. The promise that the Cubs saw back in 2012, when they inked Soler to a nine-year #30 million contract, has now come to fruition.

23. Jeff McNeil (NYM) With a pinch more power or speed, McNeil could potentially move higher among his peers. There are no questions about his ability to control the strike zone. 2B-37, 3B-31

24. Michael Conforto (NYM) 27, 28, and 33 homers over the past three seasons. 68, 82, and 92 RBI over those same three seasons. Conforto walked 84 times in each of the past two seasons. There is a 35-to-40 HR/100+ RBI season in his future and 2020 could very well be that year.

25. Marcell Ozuna (ATL) I have a hunch that Marcell Ozuna (and his stats) are really going to enjoy hitting in a lineup surrounded by Ronald Acuna, Ozzie Albies, and Freddie Freeman.

26. Tommy Pham (SD) The power will be put to the test in his new home, Petco Park, but the running game should be as strong as ever.

27. Max Kepler (MIN) This comment is for all our regular Podcast listeners. He’s definitely no Cedric Mullins!

28. Nick Castellanos (CIN) Castellanos hit 27 homers last year, 16 of them after being traded to the Cubs at the July trade deadline. Along the way he hit 58 doubles, the most since Todd Helton of the Rockies hit 59 in 2000. Castellanos is really going to enjoy calling the Great American Ball Park home.

29. Luis Robert (CWS) Robert’s very aggressive approach could be cause for some BA challenges, but 20-20 (with a full-season worth of at-bats) looks to be very attainable.

30. Trey Mancini (BAL) The promise shown in that solid rookie campaign failed to materialize as a sophomore. He more than made up for it in his third season and expect that trend to continue moving forward. 1B-57

31. Eddie Rosario (MIN) The free-swinging Rosario is definitely in-line for another big HR/RBI season in the Twin Cities.

32. Oscar Mercado (CLE) A solid 15-15 in his first 438 at-bats bodes well for his future. I wonder if the Cards are having seller’s remorse.

33. Kyle Schwarber (CHC) Schwarber is the quintessential three-true-outcome player.

34. Franmil Reyes (CLE) If Reyes can up the walks, he’ll be joining Kyle Schwarber in the “Adam Dunn Club.”

35. Scott Kingery (PHI) His first full season with the Phillies was all over the map. He had more ups and downs than a game of musical chairs, yet come year end he was only one homer and five stolen bases shy of a 20-20 campaign. He might very well get there in 2020. 3B-41

36. Willie Calhoun (TEX) The wait appears to have been worth it, as Calhoun mashed 16 homers in 225 at-bats in the second half. The future appears to be very bright for the young Texas outfielder.

37. Danny Santana (TEX) Santana was one of only nine players to go 20-20 in 2019. A one-off or late bloomer? He did steal 20 bases back in 2014, his first full season with the Twins, and should be a lock for 500 at-bats in Texas. That speed will make a difference, as will the outfield eligibility. 1B-44

38. Yasiel Puig (FA) It’s now February 16 and Yasiel Puig is still looking for a place to call home. He’s running out of suitors and the clock is ticking.

39. Byron Buxton (MIN) So much potential……so little health.

40. Bryan Reynolds (PIT) The combination of that solid hit tool and moderate power batting in the three-hole is most intriguing.

41. Adam Eaton (WAS)
42. David Dahl (COL)
43. Michael Brantley (HOU)
44. J.D. Davis (NYM) 3B-31
45. Mallex Smith (SEA)
46. Justin Upton (LAA)
47. Shogo Akiyama (CIN)
48. Lorenzo Cain (MIL)
49. Jo Adell (LAA)
50. Hunter Dozier (KC) 3B-100
51. Shin-Soo Choo (TEX)
52. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (TOR)
53. Nomar Mazara (CWS)
54. Joc Pederson(LAD) 1B-20
55. Dylan Carlson (STL)
56. Andrew Benintendi (BOS)
57. Brian Anderson (MIA) 3B-67
58. A.J. Pollock (LAD)
59. Randal Grichuk (TOR)
60. Kole Calhoun (ARZ)
61. David Peralta (ARZ)
62. Mark Canha (OAK)
63. Jarrod Dyson (PIT)
64. Trent Grisham (SD)
65. Austin Hays (BAL)
66. Ryan Braun (MIL)
67. Kyle Tucker (HOU)
68. Yoshi Tsutsugo (TB)
69. Avisail Garcia (MIL)
70. Wil Myers (SD)
71. Mike Tauchman (NYY)
72. Kevin Kiermaier (TB)
73. Alex Verdugo (BOS)
74. Luis Arraez (MIN) 2B-49
75. Niko Goodrum (DET) 2B-22, SS-38
76. Sam Hilliard (COL)
77. Jake Fraley (SEA)
78. Mike Yastrzemski (SFG)
79. Jon Berti (MIA) SS-32, 3B-20
80. Teoscar Hernandez (TOR)
81. Aristides Aquino (CIN)
82. Garrett Hampson (COL) 2B-50
83. Gregory Polanco (PIT)
84. Andrew McCutchen (PHI)
85. Hunter Renfroe (TB)
86. Corey Dickerson (MIA)
87. Franchy Cordero (SD)
88. Jackie Bradley (BOS)
89. Kevin Pillar (FA)
90. JaCoby Jones (DET)
91. Garrett Cooper (MIA) 1B-73
92. David Fletcher (LAA) 2B-42, SS-39, 3B-90
93. Austin Riley (ATL)
94. Nick Senzel (CIN)
95. Stephen Piscotty (OAK)
96. Tyler O’Neill (STL)
97. Brett Gardner (NYY)
98. Adam Haseley (PHI)
99. Nick Markakis (ATL)
100. Jesse Winker (CIN)
101. Anthony Santander (BAL)
102. Mitch Haniger (SEA)
103. Jason Heyward (CHC)
104. Ian Happ (CHC)
105. Domingo Santana (CLE)
106. Roman Quinn (PHI)
107. Alex Gordon (KC)
108. Kyle Lewis (SEA)
109. Brian Goodwin (LAA)
110. Delino DeShields (CLE)
111. Marwin Gonzalez (MIN) 1B-21, 3B-40
112. Enrique Hernandez (LAD) 2B-85
113. Brandon Nimmo (NYM)
114. Alex Dickerson (SFG)
115. Aaron Hicks (NYY)
116. Ian Desmond (COL)
117. Jose Peraza (BOS) 2B-78, SS-39
118. Harrison Bader (STL)
119. Christin Stewart (DET)
120. Dexter Fowler (STL)
121. Ender Inciarte (ATL)
122. Manny Margot (TB)
123. Jose Martinez (TB)
124. Chad Pinder (OAK) 2B-21
125. Josh Reddick (HOU)
126. Jordan Luplow (CLE)
127. Jake Bauers (CLE) 1B-31
128. Leury Garcia (CWS)
129. Chris Taylor (LAD) 2B-20, SS-39
130. Jay Bruce (PHI)
131. Greg Allen (CLE)
132. Cameron Maybin (DET)
133. Yoenis Cespedes (NYM)
134. Jake Marisnick (NYM)
135. Carlos Gonzalez (SEA)
136. Albert Amora Jr. (CHC)
137. Alex Kirilloff (MIN)
138. Josh VanMeter (CIN)
139. Brandon Drury (TOR) 3B-65
140. Hunter Pence (SFG)
141. Matt Joyce (MIA)
142. Victor Reyes (DET)
143. Jarred Kelenic (SEA)
144. Derek Fisher (TOR)
145. Clint Frazier (NYY)
146. Steven Souza Jr. (CHC)
147. Matt Beaty (LAD) 1B-35
148. Lewis Brinson (MIA)
149. Josh Rojas (ARZ)
150. Steven Duggar (SFG)
151. Yairo Munoz (STL) 3B-21
152. Harold Castro (DET) 2B-34
153. Anthony Alford (TOR)
154. Michael A. Taylor (WAS)
155. Bradley Zimmer (CLE)
156. Dominic Smith (NYM) 1B-36
157. Tony Kemp (OAK) 2B-43
158. Billy Hamilton (SFG)
159. Khalil Lee (KC)
160. Leody Taveras (TEX)
161. Dylan Moore (SEA) SS-31
162. Jose Osuna (PIT) 1B-31
163. Edward Olivares (SD)
164. Daz Cameron (DET)
165. Jason Martin (PIT)
166. Travis Demeritte (DET)
167. Cristian Pache (ATL)
168. Seth Brown (OAK)
169. Randy Arozarena (TB)
170. Brandon Dixon (DET) 1B-61
171. Jon Jay (ARZ)
172. Adam Engel (CWS)
173. Cedric Mullins (BAL)
174. Charlie Tilson (PIT)

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2020 Fantasy Ranking of Third Base

3B rankings artworkBelow are the rankings of third base for the 2020 fantasy season. The list was last updated on February 9, 2020.

1. Alex Bregman (HOU) He’s coming off a stellar 2019 that saw him elevate his game into the superstar category. He’s also coming off one of the most controversial off-seasons in recent memory. Will that tumultuous off-season affect his 2020 performance? Not one bit. SS-65

2. Nolan Arenado (COL) The trade rumors have swirled this off-season and as of today, he’s still a Rockie. Let’s hope that remains the case.

3. Anthony Rendon (LAA) He’s such a consistent day-in, day-out performer. The Angels made a great signing when they inked Rendon to pair up with Mike Trout as their anchors on offense for the next seven years.

4. Rafael Devers (BOS) He broke out and in a huge way last year. Expect more of the same moving forward as he establishes himself as one of the best players in the game.

5. Jose Ramirez (CLE) As inconsistent as they come, but at the end of the year the odds are exceptionally good that he’ll have contributed at least a 20-20 type campaign to your Fantasy squad.

6. Max Muncy (LAD) Back-to-back 35 home run seasons combined with eligibility all over the infield is so enticing. 1B-65, 2B-70

7. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (TOR) Last year fell short of expectations, as he struggled to a 15-69 .272 rookie campaign. He looked sluggish in the second half and has responded with a rigorous off-season conditioning program. The future is still incredibly bright and hopefully, we see him demonstrating that BSOHL-form this Spring.

8. Eugenio Suarez (CIN) Dear Eugenio Suarez. When using the swimming pool, fill it with water first. Let’s hope the shoulder injury doesn’t delay the start of his 2020 season.

9. Kris Bryant (CHC) Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo batting at the top-of-the-order for the Cubs is flat out wrong. If the Cubs ever figure out how to get these guys hitting where they belong, which would be 3/4 in the order, we might
see a return to the 100 RBI seasons. OF-44

10. Matt Chapman (OAK) One of the best defenders in the game, Chapman also is pretty good with the lumber as his 36-91 2019 campaign will attest.

11. Josh Donaldson (MIN) Donaldson bounced back in 2019, providing us the opportunity to remember how good he was from 2015-thru-2017 as a Jay. He’ll continue raining down bombs in the Twin Cities for the next four seasons.

12. DJ LeMahieu (NYY) When an eight-year veteran hits a third of his career home runs in the 2019 season it has to be somewhat concerning. When that player also has a proven solid hit tool like DJ LeMahieu and is eligible to play all over the infield….it helps in alleviating those concerns. 1B-40, 2B-75

13. Manny Machado (SD) He had an okay first season with the Padres, but the Padres and his owners need more than just okay. The .256 BA/.334 OBP coming from a player that is more than likely going to be only 3B eligible moving forward has to be a concern. SS-37

14. Mike Moustakas (CIN) After producing 38, 28, and 35 homers over the past three seasons, he finally gets to call one team home for the next four years. The Reds will be the beneficiary and expect more solid power production in 2020. 2B-47

15. Jeff McNeil (NYM) With a pinch more power or speed, McNeil could potentially move higher among his peers. There are no questions about his ability to control the strike zone. 2B-37, OF-93

16. Eduardo Escobar (ARZ) When I see this type of increase from a player in his age-30 season (12 HR/34 RBI) it begs me to wonder if it’s a repeatable occurrence. I’ll take the cautious approach heading into 2020 and say no. 2B-33

17. Yoan Moncada (CWS) We witnessed Moncada show a much-improved hit tool in 2019, lowering the strikeouts from an unbelievable 217 in 2018 to 154 last season. The speed appears as if it will never be what was originally anticipated, but the power is a definite asset.

18. Scott Kingery (PHI) His first full season with the Phillies was all over the map. He had more ups and downs than a game of musical chairs, yet come year-end he was only one homer and five stolen bases shy of a 20-20 campaign. He might very well get there in 2020. OF-69

19. Miguel Sano (MIN) What you see is what you get. 35-to-40 homers with a .240 BA…..maybe? The move to first should help in keeping him on the field, something he hasn’t done well at achieving over the past four years.

20. Tommy Edman (STL) The low walk rates have to be somewhat concerning, but when you successfully swipe 15-of-16 bases in your first half-season, it guarantees that you’ll no longer be “flying under the radar.” 2B-29

21. J.D. Davis (NYM) Finally, Davis got the opportunity and delivered the goods for the Mets mashing 22 homers in 410 at-bats. A 30 homer season could be right around the corner! OF-79

22. Ryan McMahon (COL) The revolving door at second in Colorado appears to have been resolved. The strikeout rates are still alarmingly high, but there is no doubting the 25-90 potential. 2B-113

23. Hunter Dozier (KC) Dozier broke out in 2019, posting a very solid 26-84 season. He’ll also likely add 1B to his current 3B/OF eligibility. With 1B being a bit on the lean side, that counts. OF-20

24. Kyle Seager (SEA) Since becoming a full-time player in 2012, Seager has been a model of consistency, hitting 20, 22, 25, 26, 30, 27, 22, and finally 23 homers last year. That great 2019 second half, in which he hit 17 homers and drove in 45 runs in 250 at-bats suggests that the long run of solid numbers will continue into 2020.

25. Justin Turner (LAD) Heading into his age-36 season, the decline has commenced. The stellar BA/OBP has now slipped into the solid range and will likely continue regressing moving forward.

26. Yuli Gurriel (HOU) 18-13-31. One of these numbers is not like the others. I’m setting the over/under in 2020 at 20 homers for the 36-year-old and taking the under. 1B-110

27. Yandy Diaz (TB) So much potential. So little health. 1B-22

28. Brian Anderson (MIA) Anderson upped his home run totals from 11-to-20 in 131 fewer at-bats in 2019, and with the fences coming in at Marlins Park could be looking at another small uptick in the power numbers in 2020. OF-55

29. Maikel Franco (KC) Franco is hoping that a change of scenery will be cause for a return to form. The career.302 OBP in 2338 at-bats suggests otherwise.

30. Matt Carpenter (STL) Carpenter saw his 2018 .374 OBP drop to .334 in 2019. The home runs fell from 36 to 15. Could a bounce-back campaign be in order? Yes, it could, but we’re not betting on it.

31. Starlin Castro (WAS) 2B-117
32. Gio Urshela (NYY)
33. David Fletcher (LAA) 2B-42, SS-39, OF-23
34. Todd Frazier (TEX)
35. Evan Longoria (SF)
36. Colin Moran (PIT)
37. Jon Berti (MIA) SS-32, OF-28
38. Jeimer Candelario (DET) 1B-20
39. Tommy La Stella (LAA) 2B-46
40. David Bote (CHC) 2B-50
41. Rio Ruiz (BAL)
42. Jake Lamb (ARZ) 1B-24
43. Brandon Drury (TOR) OF-25
44. Marwin Gonzalez (MIN) 1B-21, OF-59
45. Hanser Alberto (BAL) 2B-90
46. Asdrubal Cabrera (WAS) 2B-31
47. Travis Shaw (TOR)
48. Alec Bohm (PHI)
49. Ehire Adrianza (MIN) 1B-20, SS-24
50. Ty France (SDP) 2B-21
51. Ke’Bryan Hayes (PIT)
52. Matt Duffy (TEX)
53. Bobby Dalbec (BOS)
54. Dawel Lugo (DET)
55. Cheslor Cuthbert (CWS) 1B-46
56. Isaac Paredes (DET)
57. Nolan Jones (CLE)
58. Colton Welker (COL)
59. Abraham Toro (HOU)
60. Rylan Bannon (BAL)
61. Ryon Healy (MIL)
62. Pablo Sandoval (SF) 1B-23
63. Kevin Padlo (TB)
64. Daniel Robertson (TB) 2B-26
65. Yairo Munoz (STL) OF-28
66. Jedd Gyorko (MIL)
67. Joey Wendle (TB) 2B-48
68. Isiah Kiner Falefa (TEX) C-38
69. Logan Forsythe (PHI) 1B-46
70. Jung Ho Kang (FA)
71. Neil Walker (FA) 1B-69
72. Zack Cozart (FA)