MLB Fantasy Rankings: Early Projections for 2020

There are 20 second basemen who are projected to be in the top 30 (short term) and who could be available on the waiver wire as they are owned in less than 65% of leagues. This list includes Hanser Alberto and Mike Freeman, but the highest ranked waiver wire second baseman is Luis Arraez.

There are only 3 second basemen whose projected rank is significantly better than their season-to-date rank. Cavan Biggio, at #3, is the highest ranking second baseman of this 'must start' group. There are only 3 second basemen who are projected to be fantasy busts. Cesar Hernandez, for example, is projected to be just the #17 second baseman. He is still probably a fantasy starter for most owners.

[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 1-1011-2021-30
J. Altuve (HOU) 541 FP, 3.4 perR. Cano* (NYM) 402 FP, 2.6 perJ. Wendle* (TB) 357 FP, 2.5 per
W. Merrifield (KC) 447 FP, 3 perT. La Stella* (LAA) 389 FP, 2.8 perK. Wong* (STL) 356 FP, 2.7 per
C. Biggio (TOR) 447 FP, 3 per +R. McMahon (COL) 388 FP, 2.6 per +G. Lux* (LAD) 347 FP, 2.7 per
M. Muncy (LAD) 439 FP, 3.1 perG. Hampson* (COL) 381 FP, 2.5 perD. Gordon* (SEA) 346 FP, 2.2 per
K. Hiura (MIL) 438 FP, 2.9 per +R. Odor* (TEX) 377 FP, 2.6 perN. Madrigal* (CHW) 342 FP, 2.6 per
O. Albies (ATL) 422 FP, 2.8 per -H. Alberto* (BAL) 377 FP, 2.5 perD. Pedroia* (BOS) 336 FP, 3 per
L. Arraez* (MIN) 422 FP, 2.8 perC. Hernandez (PHI) 376 FP, 2.6 per -M. Dubon* (SF) 319 FP, 2.5 per
J. Villar (BAL) 421 FP, 2.9 perJ. Lowrie* (NYM) 372 FP, 2.6 perJ. Peraza* (CIN) 316 FP, 2.3 per
J. Profar* (OAK) 419 FP, 2.9 perM. Freeman* (CLE) 365 FP, 2.4 perJ. Kipnis* (CLE) 314 FP, 2.4 per
D. LeMahieu (NYY) 418 FP, 3.3 per -S. Castro* (MIA) 362 FP, 2.5 perI. Kinsler* (SD) 313 FP, 2.2 per

Top 60 Projected Starting Pitchers Rest of Season

There are a number of starting pitchers widely available on waiver wires that will be quality fantasy starters the rest of the season. At #19, Lance McCullers is the highest ranking one. There are 9 starting pitchers that you will want to make sure are starting with a much better projected rank than season-to-date rank. At #1, Shohei Ohtani is the highest ranking must start. There are 8 starting pitchers who are expected to trend down in fantasy production. Trevor Bauer, for example, is projected to be just the #59 starting pitcher and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-2021-4041-60
S. Ohtani (LAA) 359 FP, 3.5 per +C. Paddack (SD) 106 FP, 3.2 per +R. Ray (ARI) 64 FP, 2.1 per
J. Verlander (HOU) 235 FP, 7.1 perZ. Wheeler (NYM) 103 FP, 3.6 perT. Glasnow (TB) 63 FP, 2.4 per +
G. Cole (HOU) 206 FP, 6.4 perC. Sale* (BOS) 101 FP, 3.9 perW. Miley (HOU) 63 FP, 2.2 per +
J. deGrom (NYM) 203 FP, 6.5 perK. Hendricks (CHC) 99 FP, 3.3 perL. Severino (NYY) 63 FP, 1.9 per -
Z. Greinke (HOU) 184 FP, 5.9 perJ. Paxton (NYY) 96 FP, 3.1 perM. Fiers (OAK) 62 FP, 2.4 per -
M. Scherzer (WAS) 180 FP, 5.5 perJ. Quintana (CHC) 92 FP, 2.9 per +M. Tanaka (NYY) 60 FP, 2.1 per
W. Buehler (LAD) 161 FP, 5.4 perM. Soroka (ATL) 91 FP, 3 perD. May* (LAD) 59 FP, 2 per
H. Ryu (LAD) 148 FP, 5.7 perA. Nola (PHI) 90 FP, 3 per -Z. Eflin* (PHI) 57 FP, 2 per
C. Kershaw (LAD) 145 FP, 5.6 perD. Price (BOS) 90 FP, 3 perJ. Urias* (LAD) 56 FP, 2.2 per
S. Strasburg (WAS) 140 FP, 5.4 perS. Manaea (OAK) 89 FP, 3.4 perJ. Gray* (COL) 54 FP, 1.6 per
C. Morton (TB) 139 FP, 4.2 perC. Kluber (CLE) 88 FP, 3.4 per -Y. Darvish (CHC) 52 FP, 1.6 per
B. Snell (TB) 136 FP, 4.2 perC. Carrasco* (CLE) 87 FP, 3.3 perE. Rodriguez (BOS) 51 FP, 1.8 per -
M. Clevinger (CLE) 135 FP, 5.2 perF. Montas* (OAK) 85 FP, 3.3 perJ. Odorizzi (MIN) 50 FP, 1.5 per
P. Corbin (WAS) 128 FP, 4.3 perN. Syndergaard (NYM) 78 FP, 2.4 perC. McHugh* (HOU) 49 FP, 2 per
S. Bieber (CLE) 127 FP, 4.2 perA. Sanchez* (WAS) 74 FP, 2.6 perS. Matz (NYM) 49 FP, 1.7 per +
J. Flaherty (STL) 122 FP, 4.1 perA. Civale (CLE) 73 FP, 2.5 per +R. Porcello (BOS) 48 FP, 1.7 per
J. Berrios (MIN) 122 FP, 3.7 perM. Fried (ATL) 71 FP, 2.4 perM. Mikolas (STL) 47 FP, 1.6 per -
D. German (NYY) 109 FP, 3.8 per +M. Foltynewicz (ATL) 70 FP, 2.4 perM. Gonzales (SEA) 47 FP, 1.6 per
L. McCullers* (HOU) 109 FP, 3.8 perL. Giolito (CHW) 66 FP, 2.5 per +T. Bauer (CIN) 47 FP, 1.5 per -
L. Castillo (CIN) 107 FP, 3.6 perGerman Marquez (COL) 65 FP, 2.5 per -D. Lamet* (SD) 47 FP, 1.4 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. At #7, Kurt Suzuki is the highest ranking one. Will Smith is the only catcher whose projected rank is much better than their season-to-date rank. There are only 4 catchers who are projected to be fantasy busts. James McCann, for example, is projected to be just the #28 catcher and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
Willson Contreras (CHC) 396 FP, 3 perB. Posey (SF) 323 FP, 2.2 perD. Jansen* (TOR) 244 FP, 2.2 per
G. Sanchez (NYY) 395 FP, 2.9 perG. Stubbs* (HOU) 322 FP, 2.6 perC. Kelly* (ARI) 239 FP, 3 per
Y. Grandal (CHW) 378 FP, 2.9 perJ. Phegley* (OAK) 311 FP, 2.5 perC. Sisco* (BAL) 239 FP, 2.5 per
J. Realmuto (PHI) 374 FP, 3 perW. Ramos (NYM) 305 FP, 2.5 per -T. Flowers* (ATL) 231 FP, 2.4 per
R. Chirinos (HOU) 358 FP, 2.6 perT. d`Arnaud* (ATL) 296 FP, 2.3 perR. Perez* (CLE) 230 FP, 2.4 per
W. Smith (LAD) 350 FP, 2.5 per +O. Narvaez (SEA) 285 FP, 2.9 per -J. Alfaro* (MIA) 230 FP, 2.2 per
K. Suzuki* (WAS) 343 FP, 2.6 perC. Vazquez (BOS) 280 FP, 2.9 perS. Vogt* (ARI) 229 FP, 2.8 per
W. Astudillo* (MIN) 342 FP, 3 perJ. Trevino* (TEX) 272 FP, 2.2 perJ. McCann (CHW) 224 FP, 2.8 per -
S. Perez* (KC) 327 FP, 2.8 perK. Smith* (LAA) 250 FP, 2.6 perA. Barnes* (LAD) 222 FP, 2.4 per
Y. Molina (STL) 326 FP, 2.4 per -T. Barnhart* (CIN) 250 FP, 2.2 perS. Murphy* (OAK) 220 FP, 2.7 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 #12, Mike Ford is the highest ranking one. There are only 4 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 6 first basemen who are projected to be fantasy busts. Eric Hosmer, for example, is projected to be just the #24 first baseman and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
N. Cruz (MIN) 562 FP, 3.8 per +Y. Gurriel (HOU) 464 FP, 3.4 perD. Murphy (COL) 403 FP, 3 per
A. Rizzo (CHC) 521 FP, 3.3 perM. Ford* (NYY) 452 FP, 3 perD. Vogelbach* (SEA) 400 FP, 2.6 per
Y. Alvarez (HOU) 513 FP, 3.4 per +P. Goldschmidt (STL) 449 FP, 2.9 per -M. Moreland* (BOS) 398 FP, 3.3 per
F. Freeman (ATL) 511 FP, 3.3 perR. Hoskins (PHI) 441 FP, 2.9 per -E. Hosmer (SD) 396 FP, 2.5 per -
C. Santana (CLE) 504 FP, 3.5 perM. Olson (OAK) 435 FP, 3 perJ. Smoak* (TOR) 391 FP, 2.7 per
J. Abreu (CHW) 500 FP, 3.5 perJ. Soler (KC) 419 FP, 3.5 perR. Tellez* (TOR) 387 FP, 2.7 per
E. Encarnacion (NYY) 498 FP, 3.2 per +S. Travis* (BOS) 418 FP, 3.2 perJ. Choi* (TB) 380 FP, 2.8 per
P. Alonso (NYM) 495 FP, 3.3 per +M. Chavis* (BOS) 413 FP, 2.7 perN. Solak* (TEX) 370 FP, 2.8 per
J. Martinez (BOS) 493 FP, 3.4 per -K. Davis (OAK) 407 FP, 2.6 per -R. Nunez* (BAL) 368 FP, 2.7 per
J. Bell (PIT) 478 FP, 3.3 perJ. Votto (CIN) 405 FP, 2.7 per -Miguel Andujar* (NYY) 365 FP, 3 per

Top 30 Projected Third Basemen Rest of Season

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 the rest of the season. At #10, Tommy Edman is the highest ranking one. There are only 5 third basemen whose projected rank is significantly better than their season-to-date rank. Rafael Devers, at #4, is the highest ranking third baseman of this 'must start' group. There are only 5 third basemen who are projected to be fantasy busts. Matt Carpenter, for example, is projected to be just the #29 third baseman and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
A. Bregman (HOU) 581 FP, 3.8 perE. Suarez (CIN) 456 FP, 3.1 per -M. Sano (MIN) 397 FP, 3.1 per
N. Arenado (COL) 571 FP, 3.6 perM. Machado (SD) 449 FP, 2.9 per -M. Franco* (PHI) 390 FP, 2.7 per
J. Ramirez (CLE) 557 FP, 3.7 perK. Seager* (SEA) 447 FP, 2.8 perD. Bote* (CHC) 387 FP, 2.6 per
R. Devers (BOS) 548 FP, 3.6 per +G. Urshela (NYY) 437 FP, 2.9 per +R. Ruiz* (BAL) 381 FP, 2.5 per
A. Rendon (WAS) 539 FP, 3.6 perV. Guerrero Jr. (TOR) 432 FP, 2.9 per +E. Escobar (ARI) 375 FP, 3.1 per -
Y. Moncada (CHW) 530 FP, 3.5 per +B. Anderson* (MIA) 431 FP, 2.9 perT. France* (SD) 366 FP, 2.4 per
K. Bryant (CHC) 503 FP, 3.2 per +M. Moustakas (MIL) 428 FP, 3.1 per -D. Lugo* (DET) 356 FP, 2.4 per
M. Chapman (OAK) 463 FP, 3.2 perJ. Donaldson (ATL) 425 FP, 2.8 perJ. Lamb* (ARI) 354 FP, 2.3 per
J. Turner (LAD) 459 FP, 3 perH. Dozier (KC) 405 FP, 3.1 perM. Carpenter (STL) 329 FP, 2.5 per -
T. Edman* (STL) 457 FP, 3 perE. Longoria* (SF) 405 FP, 2.6 perJ. Candelario* (DET) 316 FP, 2.4 per

Top 30 Projected Shortstops Rest of Season

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 the rest of the season. Kevin Newman, at #17, is the highest ranking shortstop of this waiver wire group. There are 7 shortstops that you will want to make sure are starting with a much better projected rank than season-to-date rank. Jorge Polanco, at #4, is the highest ranking shortstop of this 'must start' group. There are only 4 shortstops who are projected to be fantasy busts. Dansby Swanson, for example, is projected to be just the #25 shortstop and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
X. Bogaerts (BOS) 568 FP, 3.6 perA. Mondesi (KC) 422 FP, 3 per +J. Berti* (MIA) 376 FP, 2.5 per
F. Lindor (CLE) 528 FP, 3.4 perT. Turner (WAS) 417 FP, 2.8 per -N. Ahmed* (ARI) 372 FP, 2.6 per
M. Semien (OAK) 486 FP, 3.3 perJ. Segura (PHI) 412 FP, 2.7 per -L. Urias* (MIL) 357 FP, 2.4 per
J. Polanco (MIN) 477 FP, 3.2 per +E. Andrus (TEX) 410 FP, 2.8 perW. Adames* (TB) 354 FP, 2.4 per
T. Story (COL) 475 FP, 3.3 perC. Seager (LAD) 403 FP, 2.8 per +D. Swanson (ATL) 348 FP, 2.4 per -
T. Anderson (CHW) 472 FP, 3.1 per +D. Gregorius (NYY) 398 FP, 3.1 perA. Rosario* (NYM) 347 FP, 2.5 per
J. Baez (CHC) 468 FP, 3.2 perK. Newman* (PIT) 396 FP, 2.6 perJ. Crawford* (SEA) 346 FP, 2.6 per
G. Torres (NYY) 467 FP, 3.2 perA. Simmons* (LAA) 381 FP, 2.7 perN. Goodrum* (DET) 331 FP, 2.5 per
F. Tatis Jr. (SD) 453 FP, 3.1 per +B. Bichette (TOR) 378 FP, 2.9 per +C. Kieboom* (WAS) 308 FP, 2.4 per
C. Correa (HOU) 453 FP, 3 per +P. DeJong (STL) 377 FP, 2.6 per -B. Crawford* (SF) 297 FP, 2.2 per

Top 60 Projected Outfielders Rest of Season

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 the rest of the season. At #20, Mike Tauchman is the highest ranking one. There are 12 outfielders that you will want to make sure are starting with a much better projected rank than season-to-date rank. Eloy Jimenez, at #8, is the highest ranking outfielder of this 'must start' group. There are 10 outfielders who are expected to trend down in fantasy production. Ryan Braun, for example, is projected to be just the #60 outfielder and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-2021-4041-60
M. Betts (BOS) 634 FP, 4 perM. Brantley (HOU) 457 FP, 3.1 per -O. Mercado (CLE) 414 FP, 2.7 per +
C. Yelich (MIL) 627 FP, 4.1 perM. Canha (OAK) 456 FP, 3 per +N. Mazara (TEX) 413 FP, 3 per
M. Trout (LAA) 606 FP, 4 perM. Kepler (MIN) 455 FP, 3.3 perG. Polanco* (PIT) 412 FP, 2.8 per
G. Springer (HOU) 562 FP, 3.6 perA. Benintendi (BOS) 455 FP, 3 perAnthony Santander* (BAL) 412 FP, 2.7 per
C. Blackmon (COL) 523 FP, 3.4 perA. Judge (NYY) 453 FP, 3.1 perB. Buxton* (MIN) 405 FP, 2.9 per
C. Bellinger (LAD) 519 FP, 3.6 perM. Ozuna (STL) 453 FP, 3 perJ. Pederson (LAD) 404 FP, 3.2 per -
N. Castellanos (CHC) 509 FP, 3.5 perG. Stanton (NYY) 452 FP, 2.9 per +B. Gardner (NYY) 404 FP, 3 per -
E. Jimenez (CHW) 499 FP, 3.3 per +M. Haniger (SEA) 448 FP, 3 perD. Stewart* (BAL) 401 FP, 2.7 per
R. Acuna (ATL) 494 FP, 3.2 perA. Aquino (CIN) 442 FP, 3 per +A. Eaton (WAS) 400 FP, 2.7 per -
T. Mancini (BAL) 492 FP, 3.4 perB. Reynolds (PIT) 437 FP, 2.9 per +M. Yastrzemski* (SF) 399 FP, 2.6 per
W. Calhoun (TEX) 491 FP, 3.3 per +E. Rosario (MIN) 432 FP, 3.1 per -R. Grichuk (TOR) 398 FP, 2.7 per
K. Schwarber (CHC) 488 FP, 3.2 per +J. Gallo (TEX) 428 FP, 3.1 perM. Conforto (NYM) 397 FP, 3.1 per -
A. Meadows (TB) 480 FP, 3.3 per +Y. Cespedes* (NYM) 427 FP, 3.1 perA. Garcia* (TB) 396 FP, 2.7 per
B. Harper (PHI) 480 FP, 3.2 perA. McCutchen* (PHI) 427 FP, 2.9 perA. Pollock (LAD) 393 FP, 3 per
K. Marte (ARI) 479 FP, 3.3 perD. Peralta (ARI) 425 FP, 2.9 perA. Gordon (KC) 390 FP, 2.7 per -
S. Marte (PIT) 478 FP, 3.2 perS. Choo (TEX) 423 FP, 3 per -K. Lewis* (SEA) 389 FP, 3 per
J. Soto (WAS) 478 FP, 3.1 perJ. VanMeter* (CIN) 418 FP, 2.8 perN. Markakis* (ATL) 387 FP, 2.6 per
T. Pham (TB) 463 FP, 3.1 perD. Dahl (COL) 416 FP, 3.1 per +T. O'Neill* (STL) 383 FP, 2.5 per
D. Santana (TEX) 463 FP, 3.1 per +J. Upton (LAA) 416 FP, 2.7 perJ. McNeil (NYM) 380 FP, 2.9 per -
M. Tauchman* (NYY) 462 FP, 3.1 perLourdes Gurriel (TOR) 415 FP, 2.7 per +R. Braun (MIL) 379 FP, 2.9 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) 361 FP, 5.8 perT. Rogers (MIN) 221 FP, 3.2 perB. Treinen (OAK) 47 FP, 6.7 per
L. Hendriks (OAK) 344 FP, 5.5 perM. Melancon (ATL) 208 FP, 3 perN. Anderson (TB) 46 FP, 0.7 per
K. Jansen (LAD) 333 FP, 5.3 perJ. Diaz (COL) 198 FP, 3.4 perA. Ottavino (NYY) 42 FP, 0.7 per
J. Hader (MIL) 322 FP, 5.2 perJose Leclerc (TEX) 198 FP, 3 perJ. Wilson (NYM) 42 FP, 0.7 per
B. Workman (BOS) 301 FP, 4.5 perT. Watson (SF) 197 FP, 2.9 perT. Clippard (CLE) 41 FP, 0.9 per
E. Pagan (TB) 300 FP, 4.8 perM. Magill (SEA) 195 FP, 3.1 perJ. Wendelken (OAK) 41 FP, 0.9 per
W. Smith (ATL) 298 FP, 4.4 perA. Colome (CHW) 192 FP, 2.9 perS. Kelley (TEX) 41 FP, 0.7 per
A. Chapman (NYY) 291 FP, 4.6 perJ. Urena (MIA) 191 FP, 7.1 perC. Knebel (MIL) 38 FP, 0.5 per
C. Kimbrel (CHC) 283 FP, 4.4 perR. Iglesias (CIN) 190 FP, 2.9 perY. Petit (OAK) 37 FP, 0.5 per
K. Giles (TOR) 272 FP, 3.8 perK. Kela (PIT) 179 FP, 2.6 perZ. Britton (NYY) 36 FP, 0.7 per
C. Martinez (STL) 260 FP, 11.3 perJ. Jimenez (DET) 164 FP, 2.4 perP. Baez (LAD) 36 FP, 0.5 per
H. Neris (PHI) 256 FP, 3.8 perM. Givens (BAL) 135 FP, 1.9 perA. Miller (STL) 34 FP, 0.5 per
D. Hudson (WAS) 252 FP, 4.7 perS. Romo (MIN) 100 FP, 1.7 perA. Munoz (SD) 34 FP, 0.5 per
B. Hand (CLE) 252 FP, 4.1 perM. Barnes (BOS) 88 FP, 1.3 perD. Betances (NYY) 33 FP, 16.5 per
K. Yates (SD) 252 FP, 3.9 perT. Rogers (SF) 78 FP, 1.1 perW. Harris (HOU) 32 FP, 0.6 per
S. Doolittle (WAS) 251 FP, 4 perSeth Lugo (NYM) 67 FP, 0.9 perM. Walden (BOS) 31 FP, 0.5 per
E. Diaz (NYM) 244 FP, 4.1 perGiovanny Gallegos (STL) 67 FP, 0.9 perT. Buttrey (LAA) 30 FP, 0.5 per
A. Bradley (ARI) 236 FP, 3.6 perR. Pressly (HOU) 61 FP, 1 perR. Montero (TEX) 28 FP, 0.5 per
I. Kennedy (KC) 234 FP, 3.4 perK. Ginkel (ARI) 60 FP, 1 perS. Greene (ATL) 27 FP, 0.4 per
H. Robles (LAA) 226 FP, 3 perT. May (MIN) 52 FP, 0.9 perS. Dominguez (PHI) 27 FP, 0.4 per