Expect Lorenzo Cain, Adam Eaton and Charlie Blackmon 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 outfielders who are projected to come up below their season rank in the short term are Adam Eaton (#67) and Charlie Blackmon (#22). But of all the outfielders with a lower short term ranking, Lorenzo Cain is the lowest ranking one at #95, down from #42 season-to-date. 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 44 days than their season-to-date rank. Aaron Judge, at #7, 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. Mike Tauchman, at #16, is the highest ranking outfielder 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
M. Trout (LAA) 69 FP, 17 GPA. Meadows (TB) 52 FP, 18 GPK. Calhoun (ARI) 45 FP, 18 GP -
C. Yelich (MIL) 65 FP, 17 GPC. Blackmon (COL) 52 FP, 16 GP -B. Reynolds (PIT) 45 FP, 17 GP -
M. Betts (LAD) 61 FP, 17 GPK. Schwarber (CHC) 52 FP, 17 GPK. Lewis* (SEA) 44 FP, 19 GP
R. Acuna (ATL) 59 FP, 19 GPN. Castellanos (CIN) 50 FP, 16 GPJ. Bradley* (BOS) 44 FP, 19 GP
K. Pillar (BOS) 58 FP, 19 GPD. Peralta (ARI) 50 FP, 18 GPS. Kingery (PHI) 44 FP, 18 GP
G. Springer (HOU) 58 FP, 17 GPA. Aquino (CIN) 49 FP, 16 GP +M. Conforto (NYM) 44 FP, 17 GP -
A. Judge (NYY) 57 FP, 18 GP +W. Calhoun (TEX) 49 FP, 17 GP +H. Renfroe (TB) 44 FP, 18 GP
S. Marte (ARI) 56 FP, 18 GP +B. Buxton* (MIN) 49 FP, 18 GPS. Choo (TEX) 43 FP, 17 GP -
M. Ozuna (ATL) 56 FP, 19 GP +J. Gallo (TEX) 49 FP, 17 GP +Anthony Santander* (BAL) 43 FP, 17 GP
K. Marte (ARI) 56 FP, 18 GPM. Canha (OAK) 48 FP, 18 GPR. Braun (MIL) 43 FP, 17 GP -
B. Harper (PHI) 55 FP, 18 GPJ. Upton (LAA) 48 FP, 17 GPA. Gordon (KC) 43 FP, 17 GP -
M. Kepler (MIN) 55 FP, 18 GPM. Brantley (HOU) 47 FP, 17 GP -A. Verdugo* (BOS) 43 FP, 19 GP
C. Bellinger (LAD) 55 FP, 17 GP -Lourdes Gurriel (TOR) 46 FP, 18 GP +T. Grisham* (SD) 42 FP, 17 GP
T. Mancini (BAL) 54 FP, 17 GPN. Markakis* (ATL) 46 FP, 19 GPG. Polanco* (PIT) 42 FP, 17 GP
G. Stanton (NYY) 54 FP, 18 GP +D. Santana (TEX) 46 FP, 17 GPJ. McNeil (NYM) 42 FP, 17 GP -
M. Tauchman* (NYY) 54 FP, 18 GPJ. Pederson (LAD) 46 FP, 17 GPR. Laureano (OAK) 42 FP, 18 GP
J. Soto (WAS) 54 FP, 17 GP -T. Pham (SD) 46 FP, 17 GP -F. Reyes (CLE) 42 FP, 18 GP -
A. Benintendi (BOS) 52 FP, 19 GP +N. Mazara (CHW) 45 FP, 17 GPA. Pollock (LAD) 41 FP, 17 GP +
E. Rosario (MIN) 52 FP, 18 GPR. Grichuk (TOR) 45 FP, 18 GPC. Dickerson* (MIA) 41 FP, 18 GP
E. Jimenez (CHW) 52 FP, 17 GP +O. Mercado (CLE) 45 FP, 18 GP +J. Winker* (CIN) 41 FP, 16 GP

Top 60 Projected Starting Pitchers 3/1 to 4/14

There are 17 starting pitchers who are typically starting fantasy starting pitchers but are projected for fewer points than normal. Tanner Roark, for example, is projected to be just the #260 starting pitcher during the upcoming stretch and some owners may have better options. There are 9 starting pitchers whose projected rank over the next 44 days is much better than their season-to-date rank. Blake Snell, at #17, is the highest ranking starting pitcher of this 'must start' group. 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 #12, is the highest ranking starting pitcher of this waiver wire group.

TOP 1-2021-4041-60
M. Scherzer (WAS) 24 FP, 4 GPM. Clevinger (CLE) 12 FP, 3 GPZ. Eflin* (PHI) 7 FP, 3 GP
G. Cole (NYY) 23 FP, 4 GPZ. Wheeler (PHI) 12 FP, 4 GPJ. Quintana (CHC) 7 FP, 3 GP +
J. Verlander (HOU) 22 FP, 4 GPD. Price (LAD) 12 FP, 3 GP +J. Loaisiga* (NYY) 7 FP, 4 GP
J. deGrom (NYM) 21 FP, 4 GPP. Corbin (WAS) 11 FP, 3 GPH. Bailey* (MIN) 7 FP, 3 GP
W. Buehler (LAD) 21 FP, 4 GPM. Tanaka (NYY) 11 FP, 4 GPA. Wood* (LAD) 7 FP, 3 GP
S. Strasburg (WAS) 21 FP, 4 GPGerman Marquez (COL) 10 FP, 4 GP +J. Urias* (LAD) 6 FP, 3 GP
Z. Greinke (HOU) 19 FP, 4 GPM. Foltynewicz (ATL) 10 FP, 4 GP +J. Odorizzi (MIN) 6 FP, 4 GP -
C. Kershaw (LAD) 19 FP, 4 GPH. Ryu (TOR) 9 FP, 4 GPD. Keuchel (CHW) 6 FP, 4 GP
S. Bieber (CLE) 18 FP, 4 GPM. Fried (ATL) 9 FP, 4 GPC. Kluber (TEX) 6 FP, 4 GP +
L. Giolito (CHW) 18 FP, 4 GPR. Ray (ARI) 9 FP, 4 GPM. Kelly* (ARI) 6 FP, 3 GP
L. Castillo (CIN) 18 FP, 4 GPS. Ohtani (LAA) 9 FP, 4 GP +Y. Darvish (CHC) 6 FP, 4 GP
C. Carrasco* (CLE) 18 FP, 4 GPJ. Urquidy* (HOU) 8 FP, 3 GPF. Montas* (OAK) 6 FP, 4 GP
J. Berrios (MIN) 15 FP, 4 GPT. Bauer (CIN) 8 FP, 3 GPL. Weaver* (ARI) 5 FP, 3 GP
C. Morton (TB) 14 FP, 4 GPE. Rodriguez (BOS) 8 FP, 4 GPA. Sanchez* (WAS) 5 FP, 3 GP
A. Nola (PHI) 14 FP, 4 GPA. Civale (CLE) 8 FP, 3 GP +D. Lamet* (SD) 5 FP, 4 GP
M. Soroka (ATL) 14 FP, 4 GPN. Syndergaard (NYM) 8 FP, 4 GPM. Minor (TEX) 5 FP, 4 GP
B. Snell (TB) 14 FP, 4 GP +M. Bumgarner (ARI) 8 FP, 4 GPS. Manaea (OAK) 5 FP, 4 GP
K. Hendricks (CHC) 14 FP, 4 GPS. Gray (CIN) 8 FP, 3 GPJ. James* (HOU) 5 FP, 3 GP
J. Flaherty (STL) 12 FP, 4 GPT. Glasnow (TB) 8 FP, 4 GPZ. Plesac (CLE) 5 FP, 3 GP +
C. Paddack (SD) 12 FP, 4 GPL. McCullers* (HOU) 7 FP, 3 GPT. Gonsolin* (LAD) 4 FP, 17 GP

Top 30 Projected Catchers 3/1 to 4/14

There are a number of catchers projected to be major short term fantasy contributors who are widely available on waiver wires. Keibert Ruiz, at #4, is the highest ranking catcher of this waiver wire group. There are only 3 catchers whose projected rank over the next 44 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 #35 catcher during the upcoming stretch and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
G. Sanchez (NYY) 49 FP, 18 GP +C. Iannetta* (NYY) 34 FP, 18 GPM. Maldonado* (HOU) 29 FP, 17 GP
J. Realmuto (PHI) 44 FP, 18 GPC. Vazquez (BOS) 33 FP, 19 GP -A. Avila* (MIN) 28 FP, 18 GP
Willson Contreras (CHC) 42 FP, 17 GP +J. Lucroy* (BOS) 32 FP, 19 GPPedro Severino* (BAL) 28 FP, 17 GP
K. Ruiz* (LAD) 41 FP, 17 GPO. Narvaez (MIL) 31 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) 28 FP, 18 GP
Y. Grandal (CHW) 39 FP, 17 GPJ. Phegley* (OAK) 31 FP, 18 GPK. Suzuki* (WAS) 28 FP, 17 GP
W. Smith (LAD) 37 FP, 17 GP +W. Ramos (NYM) 30 FP, 17 GP -W. Astudillo* (MIN) 28 FP, 18 GP
S. Perez* (KC) 36 FP, 17 GPW. Castillo* (WAS) 30 FP, 17 GPS. Vogt* (ARI) 27 FP, 18 GP
T. Murphy* (SEA) 36 FP, 19 GPR. Chirinos (TEX) 30 FP, 17 GP -T. Barnhart* (CIN) 27 FP, 16 GP
T. d`Arnaud* (ATL) 35 FP, 19 GPB. Posey (SF) 30 FP, 17 GPK. Smith* (TB) 27 FP, 18 GP

Top 30 Projected First Basemen 3/1 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. Miguel Andujar, at #9, is the highest ranking first baseman of this waiver wire group. There are only 4 first basemen whose projected rank over the next 44 days is much better than their season-to-date rank. At #1, Nelson Cruz is the highest ranking must start. There are only 5 first basemen who are projected to be short term fantasy busts. Shohei Ohtani, for example, is projected to be just the #52 first baseman during the upcoming stretch and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
N. Cruz (MIN) 65 FP, 18 GP +Y. Gurriel (HOU) 50 FP, 17 GPM. Moreland* (BOS) 45 FP, 19 GP
F. Freeman (ATL) 62 FP, 19 GPP. Alonso (NYM) 49 FP, 17 GP -L. Voit (NYY) 45 FP, 18 GP
J. Martinez (BOS) 60 FP, 19 GPJ. Bell (PIT) 49 FP, 17 GP -J. Votto (CIN) 44 FP, 16 GP
J. Abreu (CHW) 56 FP, 17 GP +E. Encarnacion (CHW) 49 FP, 17 GPN. Walker* (PHI) 42 FP, 18 GP
J. Soler (KC) 56 FP, 17 GPM. Chavis* (BOS) 48 FP, 19 GPK. Davis (OAK) 41 FP, 18 GP +
C. Santana (CLE) 56 FP, 18 GPM. Olson (OAK) 47 FP, 18 GPJ. Smoak* (MIL) 41 FP, 17 GP
A. Rizzo (CHC) 55 FP, 17 GPP. Goldschmidt (STL) 46 FP, 17 GP -J. Choi* (TB) 40 FP, 18 GP
Y. Alvarez (HOU) 53 FP, 17 GP +Y. Alonso* (ATL) 46 FP, 19 GPE. White* (SEA) 40 FP, 19 GP
Miguel Andujar* (NYY) 51 FP, 18 GPD. Vogelbach* (SEA) 45 FP, 19 GPR. O'Hearn* (KC) 40 FP, 17 GP
R. Hoskins (PHI) 51 FP, 18 GPE. Hosmer (SD) 45 FP, 17 GPD. Murphy (COL) 39 FP, 16 GP -

Top 30 Projected Second Basemen 3/1 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. At #5, Luis Arraez is the highest ranking one. There are only 2 second basemen whose projected rank over the next 44 days is much better than their season-to-date rank. Cavan Biggio, at #9, is the highest ranking second baseman of this 'must start' group. 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 #27 second baseman during the upcoming stretch and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
D. LeMahieu (NYY) 57 FP, 18 GPK. Hiura (MIL) 45 FP, 17 GP +R. Cano* (NYM) 40 FP, 17 GP
J. Altuve (HOU) 55 FP, 17 GPB. Lowe* (TB) 45 FP, 18 GPJ. Wendle* (TB) 40 FP, 18 GP
O. Albies (ATL) 50 FP, 19 GPC. Hernandez (CLE) 43 FP, 18 GPH. Alberto* (BAL) 38 FP, 17 GP
W. Merrifield (KC) 49 FP, 17 GPJ. Villar (MIA) 43 FP, 18 GP -J. Lowrie* (NYM) 38 FP, 17 GP
L. Arraez* (MIN) 48 FP, 18 GPE. Sogard* (MIL) 42 FP, 17 GPN. Madrigal* (CHW) 37 FP, 17 GP
J. Peraza* (BOS) 47 FP, 19 GPR. Odor* (TEX) 41 FP, 17 GPG. Lux* (LAD) 37 FP, 17 GP
M. Muncy (LAD) 47 FP, 17 GPD. Gordon* (SEA) 41 FP, 19 GPR. McMahon (COL) 36 FP, 16 GP -
T. La Stella* (LAA) 47 FP, 17 GPJ. Profar* (SD) 40 FP, 17 GPJ. Harrison* (PHI) 35 FP, 18 GP
C. Biggio (TOR) 47 FP, 18 GP +S. Long* (SEA) 40 FP, 19 GPS. Neuse* (OAK) 34 FP, 18 GP
S. Castro* (WAS) 45 FP, 17 GPK. Wong* (STL) 40 FP, 17 GPJ. Kipnis* (CHC) 34 FP, 17 GP

Top 30 Projected Third Basemen 3/1 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. Kyle Seager, at #12, is the highest ranking third baseman of this waiver wire group. There are only 3 third basemen whose projected rank over the next 44 days is much better than their season-to-date rank. At #1, Jose Ramirez is the highest ranking must start. 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 #20 third baseman. He is still probably a fantasy starter for most owners.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
J. Ramirez (CLE) 61 FP, 18 GP +M. Machado (SD) 51 FP, 17 GPT. Edman* (STL) 46 FP, 17 GP
A. Rendon (LAA) 61 FP, 17 GPK. Seager* (SEA) 51 FP, 19 GPM. Franco* (KC) 43 FP, 17 GP
R. Devers (BOS) 61 FP, 19 GPM. Chapman (OAK) 51 FP, 18 GPA. Cabrera* (WAS) 42 FP, 17 GP
A. Bregman (HOU) 59 FP, 17 GPH. Dozier (KC) 50 FP, 17 GPJ. Lamb* (ARI) 42 FP, 18 GP
J. Donaldson (MIN) 59 FP, 18 GPB. Anderson* (MIA) 50 FP, 18 GPE. Longoria* (SF) 41 FP, 17 GP
N. Arenado (COL) 56 FP, 16 GPE. Suarez (CIN) 50 FP, 16 GP -Y. Diaz* (TB) 39 FP, 18 GP
K. Bryant (CHC) 53 FP, 17 GPM. Sano (MIN) 49 FP, 18 GPR. Ruiz* (BAL) 39 FP, 17 GP
Y. Moncada (CHW) 53 FP, 17 GP +G. Urshela (NYY) 49 FP, 18 GPR. Healy* (MIL) 37 FP, 17 GP
E. Escobar (ARI) 53 FP, 18 GPJ. Turner (LAD) 48 FP, 17 GPD. Lugo* (DET) 36 FP, 16 GP
V. Guerrero Jr. (TOR) 52 FP, 18 GP +M. Moustakas (CIN) 46 FP, 16 GP -M. Carpenter (STL) 34 FP, 17 GP

Top 30 Projected Shortstops 3/1 to 4/14

If you need help at shortstop 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. Nick Ahmed, at #15, is the highest ranking shortstop of this waiver wire group. There are only 6 shortstops whose projected rank over the next 44 days is much better than their season-to-date rank. At #6, Fernando Tatis Jr. is the highest ranking must start. There are only 5 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 GPC. Correa (HOU) 45 FP, 17 GP +K. Newman* (PIT) 41 FP, 17 GP
F. Lindor (CLE) 59 FP, 18 GPT. Anderson (CHW) 45 FP, 17 GPE. Andrus (TEX) 40 FP, 17 GP -
G. Torres (NYY) 57 FP, 18 GPD. Gregorius (PHI) 45 FP, 18 GP +J. Crawford* (SEA) 40 FP, 19 GP
J. Baez (CHC) 54 FP, 17 GPT. Turner (WAS) 44 FP, 17 GPW. Adames* (TB) 39 FP, 18 GP
J. Polanco (MIN) 53 FP, 18 GPN. Ahmed* (ARI) 44 FP, 18 GPM. Rojas* (MIA) 38 FP, 18 GP
F. Tatis Jr. (SD) 52 FP, 17 GP +B. Bichette (TOR) 43 FP, 18 GP +A. Rosario* (NYM) 37 FP, 17 GP
M. Semien (OAK) 52 FP, 18 GP -A. Simmons* (LAA) 43 FP, 17 GPN. Hoerner* (CHC) 36 FP, 17 GP
A. Mondesi (KC) 48 FP, 17 GP +C. Seager (LAD) 43 FP, 17 GP -A. De Goti* (HOU) 35 FP, 17 GP
J. Segura (PHI) 47 FP, 18 GP +D. Swanson (ATL) 42 FP, 19 GPF. Galvis* (CIN) 35 FP, 16 GP
T. Story (COL) 46 FP, 16 GP -P. DeJong (STL) 41 FP, 17 GP -J. Iglesias* (BAL) 34 FP, 17 GP

Top 60 Projected Relievers 3/1 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
A. Chapman (NYY) 37 FP, 18 GPA. Colome (CHW) 22 FP, 17 GPW. Davis (COL) 5 FP, 16 GP
K. Jansen (LAD) 36 FP, 17 GPS. Doolittle (WAS) 20 FP, 17 GPD. Betances (NYM) 5 FP, 17 GP
J. Hader (MIL) 34 FP, 17 GPJose Leclerc (TEX) 20 FP, 17 GPT. May (MIN) 5 FP, 18 GP
K. Giles (TOR) 34 FP, 18 GPK. Kela (PIT) 20 FP, 17 GPT. Buttrey (LAA) 5 FP, 17 GP
B. Workman (BOS) 33 FP, 19 GPT. Watson (SF) 19 FP, 17 GPT. Clippard (MIN) 5 FP, 18 GP
R. Osuna (HOU) 32 FP, 17 GPJ. Jimenez (DET) 17 FP, 16 GPA. Miller (STL) 4 FP, 17 GP
L. Hendriks (OAK) 32 FP, 18 GPY. Hirano (SEA) 15 FP, 19 GPB. Suter (MIL) 4 FP, 17 GP
B. Hand (CLE) 30 FP, 18 GPW. Smith (ATL) 15 FP, 19 GPJ. Webb (ATL) 4 FP, 19 GP
A. Bradley (ARI) 30 FP, 18 GPB. Kintzler (MIA) 14 FP, 18 GPM. Walden (BOS) 4 FP, 19 GP
C. Kimbrel (CHC) 29 FP, 17 GPM. Givens (BAL) 12 FP, 17 GPP. Baez (LAD) 4 FP, 17 GP
N. Anderson (TB) 29 FP, 18 GPS. Romo (MIN) 11 FP, 18 GPS. Greene (ATL) 4 FP, 19 GP
H. Neris (PHI) 29 FP, 18 GPM. Barnes (BOS) 10 FP, 19 GPC. Green (NYY) 4 FP, 18 GP
E. Diaz (NYM) 29 FP, 17 GPB. Treinen (LAD) 9 FP, 17 GPJ. Wendelken (OAK) 3 FP, 18 GP
I. Kennedy (KC) 28 FP, 17 GPK. Ginkel (ARI) 8 FP, 18 GPA. Munoz (SD) 3 FP, 17 GP
H. Robles (LAA) 28 FP, 17 GPA. Ottavino (NYY) 7 FP, 18 GPD. Castillo (TB) 3 FP, 18 GP
K. Yates (SD) 27 FP, 17 GPS. Oberg (COL) 6 FP, 16 GPJ. Jeffress (CHC) 3 FP, 17 GP
T. Rogers (MIN) 25 FP, 18 GPT. Rogers (SF) 6 FP, 17 GPC. Martin (ATL) 3 FP, 19 GP
R. Iglesias (CIN) 23 FP, 16 GPR. Pressly (HOU) 5 FP, 17 GPRyne Stanek (MIA) 3 FP, 18 GP
Giovanny Gallegos (STL) 23 FP, 17 GPM. Lorenzen (CIN) 5 FP, 16 GPL. Jackson (ATL) 3 FP, 19 GP
M. Melancon (ATL) 22 FP, 19 GPSeth Lugo (NYM) 5 FP, 17 GPNick Wittgren (CLE) 3 FP, 18 GP