Expect Jordan Lyles, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Lance Lynn to Get Off to Slow Starts in 2020

In our latest short term projection (today through 4/14) there are 12 outfielders whose short term projected rank is much lower than their season to date rank. A couple starting pitchers who are projected to come up below their season rank in the short term are Hyun-Jin Ryu (#43) and Lance Lynn (#121). But of all the starting pitchers with a lower short term ranking, Jordan Lyles is the lowest ranking one at #266, down from #55 season-to-date. There are 9 starting pitchers whose projected rank over the next 62 days is much better than their season-to-date rank. At #15, Blake Snell is the highest ranking must start. If you need help at starting pitcher there are a number of players who are available in at least 35% of leagues and are projected to be in the top 60 in the short term. Carlos Carrasco, at #9, is the highest ranking starting pitcher of this waiver wire group.

[NOTE: In the early part of a season we include stats from last year in our 'current season' rankings.]

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[*] = Owned in Under 65% of Leagues, [+/-] = Players With Better/Worse Ranking vs Season-to-Date

TOP 1-2021-4041-60
J. Verlander (HOU) 24 FP, 4 GPL. Severino (NYY) 13 FP, 4 GP +J. Urias* (LAD) 7 FP, 3 GP
M. Scherzer (WAS) 22 FP, 4 GPJ. Flaherty (STL) 13 FP, 4 GPZ. Eflin* (PHI) 7 FP, 3 GP
W. Buehler (LAD) 22 FP, 4 GPK. Hendricks (CHC) 12 FP, 4 GPH. Ryu (TOR) 7 FP, 4 GP -
M. Clevinger (CLE) 21 FP, 4 GPP. Corbin (WAS) 11 FP, 3 GPS. Manaea (OAK) 7 FP, 4 GP
J. deGrom (NYM) 20 FP, 4 GPGerman Marquez (COL) 11 FP, 4 GP +M. Tanaka (NYY) 6 FP, 3 GP
G. Cole (NYY) 20 FP, 4 GPZ. Wheeler (PHI) 11 FP, 4 GPF. Montas* (OAK) 6 FP, 4 GP
S. Strasburg (WAS) 20 FP, 4 GPD. Price (LAD) 10 FP, 3 GP +F. Valdez* (HOU) 6 FP, 3 GP
Z. Greinke (HOU) 20 FP, 4 GPM. Fried (ATL) 10 FP, 4 GPT. Bauer (CIN) 6 FP, 3 GP
C. Carrasco* (CLE) 19 FP, 4 GPJ. Urquidy* (HOU) 10 FP, 3 GPD. May* (LAD) 6 FP, 3 GP
S. Bieber (CLE) 19 FP, 4 GPL. McCullers* (HOU) 9 FP, 3 GPJ. Montgomery* (NYY) 6 FP, 4 GP
C. Kershaw (LAD) 18 FP, 4 GPA. Civale (CLE) 9 FP, 3 GP +H. Bailey* (MIN) 6 FP, 3 GP
L. Giolito (CHW) 15 FP, 4 GPJ. Quintana (CHC) 9 FP, 3 GP +Z. Plesac (CLE) 6 FP, 3 GP +
L. Castillo (CIN) 15 FP, 4 GPM. Foltynewicz (ATL) 9 FP, 4 GP +C. Kluber (TEX) 5 FP, 4 GP +
C. Morton (TB) 14 FP, 4 GPR. Ray (ARI) 8 FP, 4 GPM. Kelly* (ARI) 5 FP, 3 GP
B. Snell (TB) 14 FP, 4 GP +M. Bumgarner (ARI) 8 FP, 4 GPM. Fiers (OAK) 5 FP, 4 GP -
A. Nola (PHI) 14 FP, 4 GPE. Rodriguez (BOS) 8 FP, 4 GPA. Sanchez* (WAS) 5 FP, 3 GP
M. Soroka (ATL) 14 FP, 4 GPN. Syndergaard (NYM) 8 FP, 4 GPC. McHugh* (HOU) 4 FP, 17 GP
J. Berrios (MIN) 14 FP, 4 GPT. Glasnow (TB) 8 FP, 4 GPJ. Odorizzi (MIN) 4 FP, 4 GP -
C. Sale* (BOS) 13 FP, 4 GPS. Gray (CIN) 8 FP, 3 GPD. Keuchel (CHW) 4 FP, 4 GP
C. Paddack (SD) 13 FP, 4 GPY. Darvish (CHC) 8 FP, 4 GPY. Chirinos* (TB) 4 FP, 18 GP

Top 30 Projected Catchers 2/12 to 4/14

If you need help at catcher there are a number of players who are available in at least 35% of leagues and are projected to be in the top 30 in the short term. Tom Murphy, at #5, is the highest ranking catcher of this waiver wire group. There are only 3 catchers whose projected rank over the next 62 days is much better than their season-to-date rank. Gary Sanchez, at #1, is the highest ranking catcher of this 'must start' group. There are only 5 catchers who are projected to be short term fantasy busts. James McCann, for example, is projected to be just the #34 catcher during the upcoming stretch and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
G. Sanchez (NYY) 48 FP, 18 GP +C. Vazquez (BOS) 34 FP, 19 GP -W. Astudillo* (MIN) 29 FP, 18 GP
J. Realmuto (PHI) 43 FP, 18 GPR. McGuire* (TOR) 33 FP, 18 GPK. Suzuki* (WAS) 28 FP, 17 GP
Willson Contreras (CHC) 43 FP, 17 GP +O. Narvaez (MIL) 32 FP, 17 GP -T. Flowers* (ATL) 28 FP, 19 GP
Mitch Garver (MIN) 40 FP, 18 GPY. Molina (STL) 31 FP, 17 GPC. Kelly* (ARI) 27 FP, 18 GP
T. Murphy* (SEA) 38 FP, 19 GPW. Ramos (NYM) 31 FP, 17 GP -J. Alfaro* (MIA) 27 FP, 18 GP
Y. Grandal (CHW) 38 FP, 17 GPW. Castillo* (WAS) 31 FP, 17 GPK. Smith* (LAA) 27 FP, 17 GP
W. Smith (LAD) 37 FP, 17 GP +B. Posey (SF) 30 FP, 17 GPT. Barnhart* (CIN) 26 FP, 16 GP
S. Perez* (KC) 37 FP, 17 GPM. Maldonado* (HOU) 30 FP, 17 GPS. Vogt* (ARI) 26 FP, 18 GP
T. d`Arnaud* (ATL) 35 FP, 19 GPPedro Severino* (BAL) 29 FP, 17 GPJ. Stallings* (PIT) 26 FP, 17 GP
C. Iannetta* (NYY) 34 FP, 18 GPR. Chirinos (TEX) 29 FP, 17 GP -A. Avila* (MIN) 26 FP, 18 GP

Top 30 Projected First Basemen 2/12 to 4/14

There are a number of first basemen projected to be major short term fantasy contributors who are widely available on waiver wires. At #13, Michael Chavis is the highest ranking one. There are only 3 first basemen whose projected rank over the next 62 days is much better than their season-to-date rank. Nelson Cruz, at #1, is the highest ranking first baseman of this 'must start' group. There are only 5 first basemen who are projected to be short term fantasy busts. Daniel Murphy, for example, is projected to be just the #31 first baseman during the upcoming stretch and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
N. Cruz (MIN) 63 FP, 18 GP +R. Hoskins (PHI) 50 FP, 18 GPL. Voit (NYY) 45 FP, 18 GP
J. Martinez (BOS) 62 FP, 19 GPP. Alonso (NYM) 50 FP, 17 GP -E. Hosmer (SD) 45 FP, 17 GP -
F. Freeman (ATL) 62 FP, 19 GPM. Chavis* (BOS) 49 FP, 19 GPJ. Votto (CIN) 44 FP, 16 GP
J. Soler (KC) 57 FP, 17 GPJ. Bell (PIT) 48 FP, 17 GP -E. White* (SEA) 42 FP, 19 GP
C. Santana (CLE) 56 FP, 18 GPD. Vogelbach* (SEA) 48 FP, 19 GPMiguel Andujar* (NYY) 42 FP, 18 GP
A. Rizzo (CHC) 56 FP, 17 GPM. Olson (OAK) 47 FP, 18 GPJ. Smoak* (MIL) 42 FP, 17 GP
J. Abreu (CHW) 54 FP, 17 GPE. Encarnacion (CHW) 47 FP, 17 GPN. Walker* (PHI) 42 FP, 18 GP
Y. Alvarez (HOU) 54 FP, 17 GP +P. Goldschmidt (STL) 46 FP, 17 GP -K. Davis (OAK) 42 FP, 18 GP
S. Ohtani (LAA) 54 FP, 17 GP +M. Moreland* (BOS) 46 FP, 19 GPJ. Choi* (TB) 40 FP, 18 GP
Y. Gurriel (HOU) 51 FP, 17 GPY. Alonso* (ATL) 46 FP, 19 GPR. O'Hearn* (KC) 40 FP, 17 GP

Top 30 Projected Second Basemen 2/12 to 4/14

If you need help at second baseman there are a number of players who are available in at least 35% of leagues and are projected to be in the top 30 in the short term. Jose Peraza, at #5, is the highest ranking second baseman of this waiver wire group. There are only 2 second basemen whose projected rank over the next 62 days is much better than their season-to-date rank. At #8, Keston Hiura is the highest ranking must start. There are only 2 second basemen who are projected to be short term fantasy busts. Ryan McMahon, for example, is projected to be just the #28 second baseman during the upcoming stretch and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
D. LeMahieu (NYY) 57 FP, 18 GPB. Lowe* (TB) 45 FP, 18 GPM. Freeman* (CLE) 40 FP, 18 GP
J. Altuve (HOU) 56 FP, 17 GPT. La Stella* (LAA) 45 FP, 17 GPJ. Wendle* (TB) 40 FP, 18 GP
W. Merrifield (KC) 50 FP, 17 GPC. Hernandez (CLE) 44 FP, 18 GPR. Odor* (TEX) 39 FP, 17 GP
O. Albies (ATL) 50 FP, 19 GPJ. Villar (MIA) 43 FP, 18 GP -H. Alberto* (BAL) 39 FP, 17 GP
J. Peraza* (BOS) 48 FP, 19 GPE. Sogard* (MIL) 43 FP, 17 GPG. Hampson* (COL) 38 FP, 16 GP
M. Muncy (LAD) 47 FP, 17 GPS. Long* (SEA) 42 FP, 19 GPJ. Lowrie* (NYM) 38 FP, 17 GP
L. Arraez* (MIN) 47 FP, 18 GPD. Gordon* (SEA) 42 FP, 19 GPG. Lux* (LAD) 37 FP, 17 GP
K. Hiura (MIL) 46 FP, 17 GP +R. Cano* (NYM) 40 FP, 17 GPR. McMahon (COL) 36 FP, 16 GP -
C. Biggio (TOR) 45 FP, 18 GP +K. Wong* (STL) 40 FP, 17 GPN. Madrigal* (CHW) 36 FP, 17 GP
S. Castro* (WAS) 45 FP, 17 GPJ. Profar* (SD) 40 FP, 17 GPJ. Kipnis* (CLE) 35 FP, 18 GP

Top 30 Projected Third Basemen 2/12 to 4/14

If you need help at third baseman there are a number of players who are available in at least 35% of leagues and are projected to be in the top 30 in the short term. At #8, Kyle Seager is the highest ranking one. Jose Ramirez is the only third baseman whose projected rank over the next 62 days is much better than their season-to-date rank. There are only 2 third basemen who are projected to be short term fantasy busts. Mike Moustakas, for example, is projected to be just the #21 third baseman during the upcoming stretch and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
J. Ramirez (CLE) 62 FP, 18 GP +B. Anderson* (MIA) 51 FP, 18 GPM. Moustakas (CIN) 45 FP, 16 GP -
R. Devers (BOS) 61 FP, 19 GPH. Dozier (KC) 51 FP, 17 GPM. Franco* (KC) 44 FP, 17 GP
A. Bregman (HOU) 60 FP, 17 GPM. Chapman (OAK) 51 FP, 18 GPA. Cabrera* (WAS) 42 FP, 17 GP
A. Rendon (LAA) 59 FP, 17 GPM. Machado (SD) 51 FP, 17 GPE. Longoria* (SF) 41 FP, 17 GP
J. Donaldson (MIN) 57 FP, 18 GPE. Suarez (CIN) 49 FP, 16 GP -J. Lamb* (ARI) 41 FP, 18 GP
N. Arenado (COL) 56 FP, 16 GPG. Urshela (NYY) 48 FP, 18 GPY. Diaz* (TB) 39 FP, 18 GP
K. Bryant (CHC) 54 FP, 17 GPJ. Turner (LAD) 48 FP, 17 GPR. Ruiz* (BAL) 39 FP, 17 GP
K. Seager* (SEA) 54 FP, 19 GPV. Guerrero Jr. (TOR) 48 FP, 18 GPR. Healy* (MIL) 38 FP, 17 GP
E. Escobar (ARI) 52 FP, 18 GPM. Sano (MIN) 47 FP, 18 GPD. Lugo* (DET) 35 FP, 16 GP
Y. Moncada (CHW) 51 FP, 17 GPT. Edman* (STL) 46 FP, 17 GPJ. Gyorko* (MIL) 34 FP, 17 GP

Top 30 Projected Shortstops 2/12 to 4/14

There are a number of shortstops projected to be major short term fantasy contributors who are widely available on waiver wires. Nick Ahmed, at #15, is the highest ranking shortstop of this waiver wire group. There are only 5 shortstops whose projected rank over the next 62 days is much better than their season-to-date rank. Fernando Tatis Jr., at #6, is the highest ranking shortstop of this 'must start' group. There are only 3 shortstops who are projected to be short term fantasy busts. Elvis Andrus, for example, is projected to be just the #22 shortstop during the upcoming stretch and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
X. Bogaerts (BOS) 65 FP, 19 GPT. Turner (WAS) 44 FP, 17 GPK. Newman* (PIT) 40 FP, 17 GP
F. Lindor (CLE) 59 FP, 18 GPD. Gregorius (PHI) 44 FP, 18 GP +E. Andrus (TEX) 40 FP, 17 GP -
G. Torres (NYY) 57 FP, 18 GPT. Anderson (CHW) 44 FP, 17 GPW. Adames* (TB) 39 FP, 18 GP
J. Baez (CHC) 54 FP, 17 GPC. Seager (LAD) 43 FP, 17 GPM. Rojas* (MIA) 38 FP, 18 GP
M. Semien (OAK) 52 FP, 18 GPN. Ahmed* (ARI) 43 FP, 18 GPA. Mondesi (KC) 38 FP, 13 GP
F. Tatis Jr. (SD) 51 FP, 17 GP +J. Crawford* (SEA) 42 FP, 19 GPA. Rosario* (NYM) 37 FP, 17 GP
J. Polanco (MIN) 51 FP, 18 GPB. Bichette (TOR) 42 FP, 18 GP +L. Urias* (MIL) 36 FP, 17 GP
J. Segura (PHI) 46 FP, 18 GP +D. Swanson (ATL) 42 FP, 19 GPN. Hoerner* (CHC) 36 FP, 17 GP
C. Correa (HOU) 46 FP, 17 GP +A. Simmons* (LAA) 42 FP, 17 GPJ. Iglesias* (BAL) 35 FP, 17 GP
T. Story (COL) 46 FP, 16 GP -P. DeJong (STL) 41 FP, 17 GP -F. Galvis* (CIN) 34 FP, 16 GP

Top 60 Projected Outfielders 2/12 to 4/14

There are 15 outfielders that ordinarily are fantasy starters, that you may need to bench. Lorenzo Cain, for example, is projected to be just the #93 outfielder during the upcoming stretch and some owners may have better options. There are 12 outfielders that you will want to make sure are starting for you because they are projected to be better over the next 62 days than their season-to-date rank. Aaron Judge, at #6, is the highest ranking outfielder of this 'must start' group. If you need help at outfielder there are a number of players who are available in at least 35% of leagues and are projected to be in the top 60 in the short term. At #15, Mike Tauchman is the highest ranking one.

TOP 1-2021-4041-60
C. Yelich (MIL) 66 FP, 17 GPC. Blackmon (COL) 52 FP, 16 GP -J. Bradley* (BOS) 44 FP, 19 GP
M. Trout (LAA) 66 FP, 17 GPE. Jimenez (CHW) 50 FP, 17 GP +M. Conforto (NYM) 44 FP, 17 GP -
M. Betts (LAD) 61 FP, 17 GPE. Rosario (MIN) 50 FP, 18 GPK. Calhoun (ARI) 44 FP, 18 GP -
R. Acuna (ATL) 59 FP, 19 GPA. McCutchen* (PHI) 49 FP, 18 GPN. Mazara (CHW) 44 FP, 17 GP
G. Springer (HOU) 59 FP, 17 GPN. Castellanos (CIN) 49 FP, 16 GPB. Reynolds (PIT) 44 FP, 17 GP -
A. Judge (NYY) 57 FP, 18 GP +M. Canha (OAK) 49 FP, 18 GPD. Santana (TEX) 44 FP, 17 GP -
M. Ozuna (ATL) 56 FP, 19 GP +D. Peralta (ARI) 48 FP, 18 GPR. Grichuk (TOR) 44 FP, 18 GP
C. Bellinger (LAD) 55 FP, 17 GPA. Aquino (CIN) 48 FP, 16 GP +A. Gordon (KC) 44 FP, 17 GP -
S. Marte (ARI) 55 FP, 18 GP +M. Brantley (HOU) 48 FP, 17 GP -H. Renfroe (TB) 43 FP, 18 GP
B. Harper (PHI) 55 FP, 18 GPB. Buxton* (MIN) 47 FP, 18 GPS. Kingery (PHI) 43 FP, 18 GP
K. Marte (ARI) 55 FP, 18 GPK. Lewis* (SEA) 47 FP, 19 GPJ. McNeil (NYM) 43 FP, 17 GP -
M. Haniger (SEA) 54 FP, 19 GPW. Calhoun (TEX) 47 FP, 17 GP +S. Choo (TEX) 42 FP, 17 GP -
J. Soto (WAS) 54 FP, 17 GPJ. Pederson (LAD) 47 FP, 17 GPC. Dickerson* (MIA) 42 FP, 18 GP
G. Stanton (NYY) 54 FP, 18 GP +J. Gallo (TEX) 46 FP, 17 GP +R. Laureano (OAK) 42 FP, 18 GP
M. Tauchman* (NYY) 54 FP, 18 GPN. Markakis* (ATL) 46 FP, 19 GPD. Dahl (COL) 42 FP, 16 GP
T. Mancini (BAL) 53 FP, 17 GPB. Gardner (NYY) 46 FP, 18 GPF. Reyes (CLE) 42 FP, 18 GP -
M. Kepler (MIN) 53 FP, 18 GPLourdes Gurriel (TOR) 46 FP, 18 GP +G. Polanco* (PIT) 42 FP, 17 GP
A. Benintendi (BOS) 53 FP, 19 GP +T. Pham (SD) 46 FP, 17 GP -Anthony Santander* (BAL) 42 FP, 17 GP
K. Schwarber (CHC) 53 FP, 17 GPJ. Upton (LAA) 45 FP, 17 GPA. Verdugo* (BOS) 42 FP, 19 GP
A. Meadows (TB) 52 FP, 18 GPO. Mercado (CLE) 45 FP, 18 GP +A. Pollock (LAD) 42 FP, 17 GP +

Top 60 Projected Relievers 2/12 to 4/14

There are no widely owned relievers who are significantly exceeding their current rank in the short term. All widely owned relievers are projected to at least come close to their current season ranking in the short term.

TOP 1-2021-4041-60
K. Jansen (LAD) 37 FP, 17 GPM. Melancon (ATL) 22 FP, 19 GPD. Betances (NYM) 5 FP, 17 GP
A. Chapman (NYY) 36 FP, 18 GPR. Iglesias (CIN) 22 FP, 16 GPT. May (MIN) 5 FP, 18 GP
J. Hader (MIL) 36 FP, 17 GPA. Colome (CHW) 21 FP, 17 GPT. Clippard (MIN) 5 FP, 18 GP
R. Osuna (HOU) 35 FP, 17 GPS. Oberg (COL) 19 FP, 16 GPZ. Britton (NYY) 5 FP, 18 GP
B. Workman (BOS) 34 FP, 19 GPJose Leclerc (TEX) 18 FP, 17 GPT. Guerrero (CHW) 5 FP, 17 GP
L. Hendriks (OAK) 33 FP, 18 GPK. Kela (PIT) 18 FP, 17 GPT. Buttrey (LAA) 4 FP, 17 GP
K. Giles (TOR) 31 FP, 18 GPJ. Jimenez (DET) 17 FP, 16 GPJ. Webb (ATL) 4 FP, 19 GP
B. Hand (CLE) 31 FP, 18 GPS. Anderson (SF) 16 FP, 17 GPS. Greene (ATL) 4 FP, 19 GP
C. Kimbrel (CHC) 31 FP, 17 GPW. Smith (ATL) 15 FP, 19 GPP. Baez (LAD) 4 FP, 17 GP
N. Anderson (TB) 30 FP, 18 GPB. Kintzler (MIA) 15 FP, 18 GPC. Green (NYY) 4 FP, 18 GP
I. Kennedy (KC) 29 FP, 17 GPM. Givens (BAL) 13 FP, 17 GPL. Jackson (ATL) 4 FP, 19 GP
A. Bradley (ARI) 29 FP, 18 GPM. Barnes (BOS) 11 FP, 19 GPJ. Wendelken (OAK) 4 FP, 18 GP
E. Diaz (NYM) 28 FP, 17 GPS. Romo (MIN) 10 FP, 18 GPC. Martin (ATL) 3 FP, 19 GP
H. Neris (PHI) 28 FP, 18 GPB. Treinen (LAD) 9 FP, 17 GPS. Kelley (TEX) 3 FP, 17 GP
M. Magill (SEA) 27 FP, 19 GPK. Ginkel (ARI) 7 FP, 18 GPA. Munoz (SD) 3 FP, 17 GP
K. Yates (SD) 26 FP, 17 GPT. Rogers (SF) 7 FP, 17 GPJ. Kelly (LAD) 3 FP, 17 GP
Giovanny Gallegos (STL) 26 FP, 17 GPR. Pressly (HOU) 6 FP, 17 GPR. Brasier (BOS) 3 FP, 19 GP
H. Robles (LAA) 26 FP, 17 GPA. Ottavino (NYY) 5 FP, 18 GPP. Neshek (PHI) 3 FP, 18 GP
T. Rogers (MIN) 24 FP, 18 GPM. Walden (BOS) 5 FP, 19 GPJ. Smith (HOU) 3 FP, 17 GP
S. Doolittle (WAS) 23 FP, 17 GPSeth Lugo (NYM) 5 FP, 17 GPY. Petit (OAK) 3 FP, 18 GP