MLB Fantasy Rankings: Early Projections for 2020

In our latest rest of season projection there are 12 outfielders whose projected rank is much better than their season to date rank. Austin Meadows (#17) and Aaron Judge (#19) are a couple outfielders who are projected to improve on their season rank. But the highest ranking outfielders with improved projected ranking is Willie Calhoun.

There are 10 outfielders who are expected to trend down in fantasy production. Kole Calhoun, for example, is projected to be just the #56 outfielder and some owners may have better options. There are a number of outfielders widely available on waiver wires that will be quality fantasy starters the rest of the season. Mike Tauchman, at #23, 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) 639 FP, 4.2 perM. Brantley (HOU) 459 FP, 3.1 per -O. Mercado (CLE) 417 FP, 2.8 per +
M. Betts (BOS) 627 FP, 4 perD. Santana (TEX) 459 FP, 3 per +Lourdes Gurriel (TOR) 416 FP, 2.8 per +
C. Yelich (MIL) 623 FP, 4 perM. Tauchman* (NYY) 458 FP, 3 perG. Polanco* (PIT) 415 FP, 2.8 per
G. Springer (HOU) 568 FP, 3.7 perE. Rosario (MIN) 456 FP, 3.1 perB. Nimmo* (NYM) 412 FP, 2.8 per
J. Soto (WAS) 534 FP, 3.4 perK. Schwarber (CHC) 456 FP, 3.1 perJ. Pederson (LAD) 409 FP, 3.1 per -
C. Blackmon (COL) 524 FP, 3.4 perA. Benintendi (BOS) 453 FP, 2.9 perT. Pham (SD) 409 FP, 2.7 per -
C. Bellinger (LAD) 518 FP, 3.5 perG. Stanton (NYY) 453 FP, 2.9 per +Anthony Santander* (BAL) 409 FP, 2.7 per
N. Castellanos (CHC) 514 FP, 3.5 perM. Conforto (NYM) 451 FP, 3.1 per -H. Renfroe (TB) 408 FP, 3.1 per
T. Mancini (BAL) 514 FP, 3.3 perA. Aquino (CIN) 449 FP, 3.1 per +R. Braun (MIL) 408 FP, 3 per -
R. Acuna (ATL) 498 FP, 3.2 perM. Canha (OAK) 449 FP, 3 perA. Eaton (WAS) 402 FP, 2.8 per -
K. Marte (ARI) 495 FP, 3.4 perM. Haniger (SEA) 448 FP, 3 perB. Gardner (NYY) 401 FP, 2.9 per -
W. Calhoun (TEX) 488 FP, 3.2 per +D. Peralta (ARI) 444 FP, 3 perM. Yastrzemski* (SF) 398 FP, 2.6 per
B. Harper (PHI) 486 FP, 3.2 perN. Mazara (CHW) 444 FP, 3 perA. Gordon (KC) 396 FP, 2.8 per -
E. Jimenez (CHW) 486 FP, 3.2 per +D. Dahl (COL) 444 FP, 3 per +R. Grichuk (TOR) 396 FP, 2.7 per
J. Gallo (TEX) 484 FP, 3.1 per +B. Reynolds (PIT) 440 FP, 2.9 per +A. Pollock (LAD) 393 FP, 3 per
M. Kepler (MIN) 482 FP, 3.3 perJ. Upton (LAA) 439 FP, 2.9 perK. Calhoun (ARI) 393 FP, 2.7 per -
A. Meadows (TB) 482 FP, 3.3 per +A. McCutchen* (PHI) 433 FP, 3 perR. Laureano (OAK) 391 FP, 3 per
S. Marte (PIT) 481 FP, 3.2 perB. Buxton* (MIN) 428 FP, 2.9 perA. Garcia* (MIL) 390 FP, 2.7 per
A. Judge (NYY) 480 FP, 3.1 per +S. Choo (TEX) 427 FP, 3 per -N. Markakis* (ATL) 390 FP, 2.6 per
M. Ozuna (ATL) 470 FP, 3.2 perJ. McNeil (NYM) 426 FP, 2.9 perK. Lewis* (SEA) 386 FP, 3 per

Top 60 Projected Starting Pitchers Rest of Season

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 the rest of the season. At #15, Lance McCullers is the highest ranking one. There are 8 starting pitchers whose projected rank is much better than their season-to-date rank. At #19, Lucas Giolito is the highest ranking must start. There are 8 starting pitchers that have been fantasy starters, that you may need to bench in weeks the rest of the way. Eduardo Rodriguez, for example, is projected to be just the #59 starting pitcher and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-2021-4041-60
J. Verlander (HOU) 215 FP, 6.5 perC. Sale* (BOS) 103 FP, 4 perM. Fiers (OAK) 64 FP, 2.2 per
J. deGrom (NYM) 203 FP, 6.2 perK. Hendricks (CHC) 98 FP, 3.3 perA. Sanchez* (WAS) 63 FP, 2.2 per
Z. Greinke (HOU) 182 FP, 5.9 perJ. Paxton (NYY) 97 FP, 3.1 perM. Pineda* (MIN) 61 FP, 2.8 per
M. Scherzer (WAS) 177 FP, 5.4 perS. Manaea (OAK) 97 FP, 3.1 per +M. Fried (ATL) 61 FP, 2 per
S. Strasburg (WAS) 162 FP, 5.2 perC. Carrasco* (CLE) 96 FP, 3.3 perM. Tanaka (NYY) 60 FP, 2.1 per
W. Buehler (LAD) 161 FP, 5.4 perA. Nola (PHI) 94 FP, 3 per -D. May* (LAD) 59 FP, 2 per
M. Clevinger (CLE) 161 FP, 5.2 perM. Soroka (ATL) 93 FP, 3.1 perH. Bailey* (MIN) 57 FP, 2 per
G. Cole (NYY) 156 FP, 4.7 perJ. Quintana (CHC) 92 FP, 2.9 per +M. Bumgarner (ARI) 57 FP, 1.9 per
C. Kershaw (LAD) 149 FP, 5.3 perF. Montas* (OAK) 88 FP, 2.9 perM. Foltynewicz (ATL) 55 FP, 1.9 per -
B. Snell (TB) 137 FP, 4.3 perZ. Wheeler (PHI) 86 FP, 2.6 perZ. Eflin* (PHI) 55 FP, 1.9 per
C. Morton (TB) 137 FP, 4.2 perD. Price (BOS) 83 FP, 2.8 perH. Ryu (TOR) 55 FP, 1.8 per -
P. Corbin (WAS) 133 FP, 4.3 perA. Wood* (LAD) 80 FP, 2.8 perS. Ohtani (LAA) 53 FP, 2.5 per +
J. Flaherty (STL) 133 FP, 4.3 perGerman Marquez (COL) 79 FP, 2.5 perS. Gray (CIN) 53 FP, 1.7 per
S. Bieber (CLE) 128 FP, 4.3 perL. Severino (NYY) 72 FP, 2.2 per -C. Kluber (TEX) 52 FP, 1.7 per -
L. McCullers* (HOU) 120 FP, 3.8 perA. Civale (CLE) 71 FP, 2.4 per +T. Bauer (CIN) 52 FP, 1.6 per -
J. Berrios (MIN) 118 FP, 3.6 perT. Glasnow (TB) 70 FP, 2.3 per +M. Kelly* (ARI) 50 FP, 1.7 per
J. Urquidy* (HOU) 113 FP, 3.9 perF. Valdez* (HOU) 68 FP, 2.3 perL. Weaver* (ARI) 50 FP, 1.7 per
L. Castillo (CIN) 111 FP, 3.6 perN. Syndergaard (NYM) 67 FP, 2 per -C. McHugh* (HOU) 48 FP, 1.9 per
L. Giolito (CHW) 108 FP, 3.6 per +J. Urias* (LAD) 66 FP, 2.3 perE. Rodriguez (BOS) 48 FP, 1.7 per -
C. Paddack (SD) 107 FP, 3.2 per +R. Ray (ARI) 65 FP, 2.1 perS. Matz (NYM) 47 FP, 1.6 per +

Top 30 Projected Catchers Rest of Season

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 the rest of the season. Salvador Perez, at #7, is the highest ranking catcher of this waiver wire group. There are only 2 catchers whose projected rank is significantly better than their season-to-date rank. Gary Sanchez, at #1, is the highest ranking catcher of this 'must start' group. There are only 4 catchers who are projected to be fantasy busts. Christian Vazquez, for example, is projected to be just the #20 catcher. He is still probably a fantasy starter for most owners.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
G. Sanchez (NYY) 413 FP, 2.8 per +W. Ramos (NYM) 301 FP, 2.5 per -K. Smith* (LAA) 260 FP, 2.7 per
Willson Contreras (CHC) 391 FP, 3 perR. Chirinos (TEX) 301 FP, 2.2 per -T. Barnhart* (CIN) 253 FP, 2.2 per
J. Realmuto (PHI) 381 FP, 3 perR. McGuire* (TOR) 297 FP, 2.4 perC. Kelly* (ARI) 250 FP, 3.1 per
Y. Grandal (CHW) 358 FP, 2.9 perT. d`Arnaud* (ATL) 297 FP, 2.3 perJ. Stallings* (PIT) 248 FP, 2 per
Mitch Garver (MIN) 351 FP, 3.4 perO. Narvaez (MIL) 295 FP, 3 per -A. Avila* (MIN) 246 FP, 2.6 per
W. Smith (LAD) 349 FP, 2.5 per +C. Iannetta* (NYY) 289 FP, 3 perW. Astudillo* (MIN) 244 FP, 3.1 per
S. Perez* (KC) 334 FP, 2.9 perPedro Severino* (BAL) 288 FP, 2.3 perJ. Alfaro* (MIA) 243 FP, 2.3 per
T. Murphy* (SEA) 310 FP, 2.5 perM. Maldonado* (HOU) 287 FP, 2.3 perS. Vogt* (ARI) 238 FP, 2.9 per
Y. Molina (STL) 304 FP, 2.3 perK. Suzuki* (WAS) 280 FP, 2.9 perC. Sisco* (BAL) 238 FP, 2.5 per
B. Posey (SF) 304 FP, 2.1 perC. Vazquez (BOS) 276 FP, 2.8 per -T. Flowers* (ATL) 235 FP, 2.4 per

Top 30 Projected First Basemen Rest of Season

If you need help at first 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 the rest of the season. At #16, Justin Smoak is the highest ranking one. There are only 5 first basemen whose projected rank is significantly 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 fantasy busts. Khris Davis, for example, is projected to be just the #23 first baseman and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
N. Cruz (MIN) 566 FP, 3.9 per +J. Martinez (BOS) 479 FP, 3.3 per -D. Vogelbach* (SEA) 398 FP, 2.6 per
A. Rizzo (CHC) 521 FP, 3.3 perP. Goldschmidt (STL) 447 FP, 2.8 per -M. Moreland* (BOS) 394 FP, 3.3 per
Y. Alvarez (HOU) 520 FP, 3.4 per +R. Hoskins (PHI) 446 FP, 3 per -K. Davis (OAK) 394 FP, 2.6 per -
F. Freeman (ATL) 518 FP, 3.3 perE. Encarnacion (CHW) 443 FP, 2.9 perL. Voit (NYY) 385 FP, 3 per
J. Abreu (CHW) 516 FP, 3.5 per +M. Olson (OAK) 437 FP, 3 perJ. Choi* (TB) 381 FP, 2.8 per
J. Soler (KC) 511 FP, 3.5 per +J. Smoak* (MIL) 406 FP, 2.8 perN. Solak* (TEX) 377 FP, 2.9 per
C. Santana (CLE) 504 FP, 3.5 perJ. Votto (CIN) 406 FP, 2.7 perN. Walker* (PHI) 374 FP, 2.9 per
P. Alonso (NYM) 490 FP, 3.2 per +M. Chavis* (BOS) 406 FP, 2.7 perR. O'Hearn* (KC) 373 FP, 2.6 per
Y. Gurriel (HOU) 488 FP, 3.3 perE. Hosmer (SD) 406 FP, 2.6 per -R. Nunez* (BAL) 369 FP, 2.8 per
J. Bell (PIT) 482 FP, 3.3 perD. Murphy (COL) 401 FP, 3 perM. Cabrera* (DET) 365 FP, 2.5 per

Top 30 Projected Second Basemen Rest of Season

There are a number of second basemen widely available on waiver wires that will be quality fantasy starters the rest of the season. At #4, Starlin Castro is the highest ranking one. There are only 2 second basemen whose projected rank is significantly better than their season-to-date rank. At #6, Keston Hiura is the highest ranking must start. There are only 3 second basemen who are projected to be fantasy busts. Jonathan Villar, for example, is projected to be just the #18 second baseman. He is still probably a fantasy starter for most owners.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
J. Altuve (HOU) 534 FP, 3.4 perR. Odor* (TEX) 407 FP, 2.8 perH. Alberto* (BAL) 379 FP, 2.5 per
D. LeMahieu (NYY) 484 FP, 3.3 perC. Biggio (TOR) 402 FP, 2.7 per +M. Freeman* (CLE) 369 FP, 2.4 per
W. Merrifield (KC) 454 FP, 3 perE. Sogard* (MIL) 401 FP, 2.7 perJ. Lowrie* (NYM) 365 FP, 2.6 per
S. Castro* (WAS) 440 FP, 3 perR. Cano* (NYM) 398 FP, 2.6 perJ. Profar* (SD) 361 FP, 2.5 per
M. Muncy (LAD) 439 FP, 3.1 perJ. Peraza* (BOS) 397 FP, 2.9 perJ. Wendle* (TB) 357 FP, 2.5 per
K. Hiura (MIL) 436 FP, 2.9 per +K. Wong* (STL) 397 FP, 2.7 perS. Long* (SEA) 352 FP, 2.7 per
T. La Stella* (LAA) 431 FP, 3 perC. Hernandez (CLE) 396 FP, 2.7 per -G. Lux* (LAD) 347 FP, 2.7 per
B. Lowe* (TB) 423 FP, 2.9 perJ. Villar (MIA) 387 FP, 2.7 per -D. Gordon* (SEA) 346 FP, 2.2 per
O. Albies (ATL) 423 FP, 2.8 per -G. Hampson* (COL) 386 FP, 2.6 perN. Madrigal* (CHW) 344 FP, 2.6 per
L. Arraez* (MIN) 421 FP, 2.8 perR. McMahon (COL) 384 FP, 2.5 perN. Lopez* (KC) 328 FP, 2.2 per

Top 30 Projected Third Basemen Rest of Season

There are a number of third basemen widely available on waiver wires that will be quality fantasy starters the rest of the season. Tommy Edman, at #15, is the highest ranking third baseman of this waiver wire group. There are 7 third basemen whose projected rank is much better than their season-to-date rank. Josh Donaldson, at #6, is the highest ranking third baseman of this 'must start' group. There are only 2 third basemen who are projected to be 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
A. Bregman (HOU) 578 FP, 3.8 perE. Escobar (ARI) 465 FP, 3.2 perA. Cabrera* (WAS) 420 FP, 2.8 per
A. Rendon (LAA) 575 FP, 3.8 perH. Dozier (KC) 464 FP, 3.2 per +G. Urshela (NYY) 408 FP, 2.7 per +
N. Arenado (COL) 570 FP, 3.6 perJ. Turner (LAD) 459 FP, 3 perE. Longoria* (SF) 403 FP, 2.6 per
J. Ramirez (CLE) 557 FP, 3.7 perM. Machado (SD) 454 FP, 2.9 per -M. Franco* (KC) 393 FP, 2.7 per
R. Devers (BOS) 547 FP, 3.6 perT. Edman* (STL) 452 FP, 3 perR. Ruiz* (BAL) 380 FP, 2.5 per
J. Donaldson (MIN) 513 FP, 3.4 per +B. Anderson* (MIA) 449 FP, 3 perY. Diaz* (TB) 378 FP, 2.9 per
K. Bryant (CHC) 511 FP, 3.3 per +K. Seager* (SEA) 444 FP, 2.8 perR. Healy* (MIL) 366 FP, 2.7 per
Y. Moncada (CHW) 496 FP, 3.3 per +V. Guerrero Jr. (TOR) 427 FP, 2.8 per +J. Lamb* (ARI) 361 FP, 2.4 per
M. Chapman (OAK) 477 FP, 3.1 perM. Sano (MIN) 425 FP, 3.1 per +D. Lugo* (DET) 360 FP, 2.4 per
E. Suarez (CIN) 472 FP, 3.2 perM. Moustakas (CIN) 422 FP, 2.9 per -J. Gyorko* (MIL) 328 FP, 2.7 per

Top 30 Projected Shortstops Rest of Season

There are a number of shortstops widely available on waiver wires that will be quality fantasy starters the rest of the season. Andrelton Simmons, at #15, is the highest ranking shortstop of this waiver wire group. There are only 6 shortstops whose projected rank is significantly better than their season-to-date rank. Jorge Polanco, at #7, is the highest ranking shortstop of this 'must start' group. There are only 3 shortstops who are projected to be fantasy busts. Dansby Swanson, for example, is projected to be just the #26 shortstop and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
X. Bogaerts (BOS) 563 FP, 3.6 perA. Mondesi (KC) 427 FP, 3 per +N. Ahmed* (ARI) 383 FP, 2.7 per
F. Lindor (CLE) 533 FP, 3.4 perT. Anderson (CHW) 420 FP, 2.8 perB. Bichette (TOR) 375 FP, 2.9 per +
J. Baez (CHC) 516 FP, 3.3 perJ. Segura (PHI) 414 FP, 2.7 per -A. Rosario* (NYM) 362 FP, 2.5 per
G. Torres (NYY) 487 FP, 3.2 perP. DeJong (STL) 404 FP, 2.6 per -L. Urias* (MIL) 359 FP, 2.5 per
M. Semien (OAK) 482 FP, 3.3 perA. Simmons* (LAA) 403 FP, 2.8 perW. Adames* (TB) 357 FP, 2.4 per
T. Story (COL) 474 FP, 3.2 perC. Seager (LAD) 403 FP, 2.8 per +D. Swanson (ATL) 350 FP, 2.4 per -
J. Polanco (MIN) 471 FP, 3.1 per +K. Newman* (PIT) 398 FP, 2.6 perJ. Crawford* (SEA) 349 FP, 2.6 per
F. Tatis Jr. (SD) 465 FP, 3.2 per +D. Gregorius (PHI) 397 FP, 2.7 perM. Rojas* (MIA) 342 FP, 2.5 per
C. Correa (HOU) 442 FP, 2.9 per +J. Berti* (MIA) 395 FP, 2.6 perN. Hoerner* (CHC) 338 FP, 2.6 per
T. Turner (WAS) 442 FP, 2.8 perE. Andrus (TEX) 388 FP, 2.7 perJ. Iglesias* (BAL) 335 FP, 2.6 per

Top 60 Projected Relievers Rest of Season

There are no highly owned relievers whose projected rank is significantly better than their current season fantasy ranking. Fantasy owners can expect their season highly owned starters to play well the rest of the season. No relievers have a projected rank that is much lower than their current rank.

TOP 1-2021-4041-60
R. Osuna (HOU) 350 FP, 5.6 perS. Oberg (COL) 204 FP, 3 perC. Knebel (MIL) 51 FP, 0.9 per
L. Hendriks (OAK) 334 FP, 5.3 perJose Leclerc (TEX) 197 FP, 3.1 perT. Buttrey (LAA) 45 FP, 0.8 per
J. Hader (MIL) 330 FP, 5.3 perA. Colome (CHW) 196 FP, 3.1 perN. Anderson (TB) 45 FP, 0.6 per
E. Pagan (TB) 329 FP, 5.3 perR. Iglesias (CIN) 190 FP, 2.8 perT. Guerrero (CHW) 43 FP, 5.4 per
K. Jansen (LAD) 329 FP, 5.2 perK. Kela (PIT) 182 FP, 2.5 perT. Clippard (MIN) 43 FP, 0.8 per
A. Chapman (NYY) 309 FP, 4.9 perS. Anderson (SF) 179 FP, 3.3 perT. May (MIN) 43 FP, 0.7 per
B. Workman (BOS) 294 FP, 4.4 perM. Melancon (ATL) 176 FP, 2.6 perA. Ottavino (NYY) 42 FP, 0.8 per
E. Diaz (NYM) 290 FP, 4.5 perRyne Stanek (MIA) 169 FP, 2.8 perS. Kelley (TEX) 40 FP, 0.8 per
C. Kimbrel (CHC) 273 FP, 4.3 perJ. Jimenez (DET) 165 FP, 2.7 perJ. Wendelken (OAK) 39 FP, 0.9 per
K. Giles (TOR) 267 FP, 3.7 perM. Givens (BAL) 134 FP, 1.9 perZ. Britton (NYY) 36 FP, 0.7 per
H. Robles (LAA) 256 FP, 3.4 perW. Smith (ATL) 122 FP, 1.9 perP. Baez (LAD) 36 FP, 0.5 per
C. Martinez (STL) 254 FP, 11 perS. Romo (MIN) 96 FP, 1.6 perM. Walden (BOS) 34 FP, 0.6 per
B. Hand (CLE) 250 FP, 4 perM. Barnes (BOS) 88 FP, 1.3 perJ. Webb (ATL) 33 FP, 0.7 per
A. Bradley (ARI) 250 FP, 3.8 perB. Treinen (LAD) 82 FP, 1.4 perY. Petit (OAK) 33 FP, 0.5 per
H. Neris (PHI) 249 FP, 3.7 perT. Rogers (SF) 71 FP, 1.1 perA. Munoz (SD) 31 FP, 0.5 per
K. Yates (SD) 237 FP, 3.8 perGiovanny Gallegos (STL) 64 FP, 0.9 perA. Miller (STL) 31 FP, 0.4 per
I. Kennedy (KC) 235 FP, 3.4 perK. Ginkel (ARI) 63 FP, 1.1 perJ. Smith (HOU) 29 FP, 0.5 per
S. Doolittle (WAS) 231 FP, 3.7 perR. Pressly (HOU) 61 FP, 0.9 perS. Greene (ATL) 27 FP, 0.4 per
T. Rogers (MIN) 222 FP, 3.2 perD. Betances (NYM) 53 FP, 1 perC. Green (NYY) 26 FP, 0.5 per
M. Magill (SEA) 216 FP, 3.9 perSeth Lugo (NYM) 53 FP, 0.9 perW. Harris (WAS) 26 FP, 0.4 per