MLB Fantasy Rankings: Early Projections for 2020

Out of the top 60 outfielders based on total projected fantasy points, 11 have a projected rank that is substantially better than their season to date rank. Danny Santana (#24) and Lourdes Gurriel (#33) are a couple outfielders who are projected to improve on their season rank. But the highest ranking outfielders with improved projected ranking is Eloy Jimenez.

There are 8 outfielders that have been fantasy starters, that you may need to bench in weeks the rest of the way. Alex Gordon, for example, is projected to be just the #57 outfielder and some owners may have better options. 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.

[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) 652 FP, 4.3 perW. Calhoun (TEX) 459 FP, 3.2 per +T. Pham (SD) 415 FP, 2.7 per -
C. Yelich (MIL) 614 FP, 4 perE. Rosario (MIN) 456 FP, 3.1 perO. Mercado (CLE) 414 FP, 2.7 per +
M. Betts (LAD) 596 FP, 3.8 perM. Brantley (HOU) 454 FP, 3.1 per -M. Canha (OAK) 412 FP, 3 per
G. Springer (HOU) 560 FP, 3.6 perD. Santana (TEX) 454 FP, 3 per +R. Grichuk (TOR) 410 FP, 2.8 per
C. Bellinger (LAD) 539 FP, 3.7 perD. Peralta (ARI) 452 FP, 3.1 perB. Nimmo* (NYM) 409 FP, 2.8 per
C. Blackmon (COL) 524 FP, 3.4 perM. Conforto (NYM) 451 FP, 3 per -A. Pollock (LAD) 408 FP, 3.1 per +
J. Soto (WAS) 522 FP, 3.3 perJ. Upton (LAA) 450 FP, 3 perA. McCutchen* (PHI) 407 FP, 3 per
T. Mancini (BAL) 512 FP, 3.3 perK. Schwarber (CHC) 447 FP, 3.1 perAnthony Santander* (BAL) 407 FP, 2.7 per
S. Marte (ARI) 510 FP, 3.4 perA. Judge (NYY) 446 FP, 3.1 perK. Calhoun (ARI) 402 FP, 2.8 per -
K. Marte (ARI) 503 FP, 3.4 perG. Stanton (NYY) 443 FP, 3 per +N. Senzel (CIN) 400 FP, 2.7 per
R. Acuna (ATL) 498 FP, 3.2 perD. Dahl (COL) 440 FP, 3 per +M. Yastrzemski* (SF) 399 FP, 2.6 per
B. Harper (PHI) 495 FP, 3.3 perJ. Pederson (LAD) 433 FP, 3.3 perH. Renfroe (TB) 395 FP, 3 per
N. Castellanos (CIN) 494 FP, 3.4 perLourdes Gurriel (TOR) 433 FP, 2.9 per +G. Polanco* (PIT) 393 FP, 2.7 per
E. Jimenez (CHW) 484 FP, 3.2 per +A. Benintendi (BOS) 430 FP, 2.8 per -R. Laureano (OAK) 392 FP, 3 per
M. Kepler (MIN) 481 FP, 3.3 perR. Braun (MIL) 429 FP, 2.9 perA. Eaton (WAS) 391 FP, 2.7 per -
J. Gallo (TEX) 479 FP, 3.1 per +B. Buxton* (MIN) 429 FP, 2.9 perB. Goodwin* (LAA) 391 FP, 2.7 per
A. Meadows (TB) 469 FP, 3.2 per +S. Choo (TEX) 426 FP, 3 per -A. Gordon (KC) 390 FP, 2.7 per -
M. Ozuna (ATL) 469 FP, 3.1 perJ. McNeil (NYM) 424 FP, 2.9 perS. Kingery (PHI) 390 FP, 2.7 per
K. Pillar (BOS) 464 FP, 3.4 perB. Reynolds (PIT) 416 FP, 2.8 per +N. Markakis* (ATL) 389 FP, 2.6 per
M. Tauchman* (NYY) 462 FP, 3.1 perN. Mazara (CHW) 415 FP, 2.8 perA. Garcia* (MIL) 385 FP, 2.6 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. Lance McCullers, at #17, is the highest ranking starting pitcher of this waiver wire group. 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 #19, Lucas Giolito is the highest ranking must start. There are 8 starting pitchers who are expected to trend down in fantasy production. Carlos Martinez, for example, is projected to be just the #57 starting pitcher and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-2021-4041-60
J. deGrom (NYM) 203 FP, 6.2 perC. Paddack (SD) 107 FP, 3.2 per +Z. Eflin* (PHI) 68 FP, 2.3 per
J. Verlander (HOU) 191 FP, 6.2 perJ. Urquidy* (HOU) 105 FP, 3.6 perN. Syndergaard (NYM) 68 FP, 2.1 per -
Z. Greinke (HOU) 175 FP, 5.6 perZ. Wheeler (PHI) 98 FP, 3 perA. Civale (CLE) 67 FP, 2.3 per +
M. Scherzer (WAS) 175 FP, 5.3 perC. Carrasco* (CLE) 95 FP, 3.3 perM. Fiers (OAK) 65 FP, 2.2 per -
G. Cole (NYY) 170 FP, 5.2 perS. Manaea (OAK) 95 FP, 3.1 per +A. Sanchez* (WAS) 65 FP, 2.2 per
W. Buehler (LAD) 162 FP, 5.4 perM. Soroka (ATL) 93 FP, 3.1 perJ. Urias* (LAD) 64 FP, 2.2 per
S. Strasburg (WAS) 160 FP, 5.2 perK. Hendricks (CHC) 90 FP, 3 perM. Bumgarner (ARI) 62 FP, 2.1 per
C. Kershaw (LAD) 152 FP, 5.4 perF. Montas* (OAK) 90 FP, 3 perM. Fried (ATL) 62 FP, 2.1 per
M. Clevinger (CLE) 141 FP, 5 perJ. Paxton (NYY) 81 FP, 3.2 perJ. James* (HOU) 60 FP, 2.3 per
L. Castillo (CIN) 141 FP, 4.5 perJ. Quintana (CHC) 81 FP, 2.5 per +C. Kluber (TEX) 59 FP, 2 per -
C. Morton (TB) 132 FP, 4 perM. Tanaka (NYY) 76 FP, 2.6 perM. Foltynewicz (ATL) 59 FP, 2 per -
B. Snell (TB) 132 FP, 4 perT. Bauer (CIN) 76 FP, 2.4 per -M. Pineda* (MIN) 58 FP, 2.6 per
P. Corbin (WAS) 130 FP, 4.2 perA. Wood* (LAD) 74 FP, 2.8 perH. Bailey* (MIN) 57 FP, 2 per
J. Flaherty (STL) 127 FP, 4.1 perS. Gray (CIN) 73 FP, 2.4 perD. Bundy* (LAA) 57 FP, 1.8 per
S. Bieber (CLE) 123 FP, 4.1 perC. Sale* (BOS) 71 FP, 3.4 perJ. Lucchesi (SD) 54 FP, 1.7 per +
D. Price (LAD) 118 FP, 4.4 perH. Ryu (TOR) 71 FP, 2.4 per -M. Kelly* (ARI) 52 FP, 1.8 per
L. McCullers* (HOU) 117 FP, 3.7 perT. Glasnow (TB) 71 FP, 2.4 per +C. Martinez (STL) 50 FP, 1.9 per -
J. Berrios (MIN) 117 FP, 3.5 perGerman Marquez (COL) 71 FP, 2.3 perL. Weaver* (ARI) 50 FP, 1.7 per
L. Giolito (CHW) 114 FP, 3.8 per +S. Ohtani (LAA) 69 FP, 2.6 per +D. Lamet* (SD) 50 FP, 1.5 per
A. Nola (PHI) 108 FP, 3.5 per -R. Ray (ARI) 69 FP, 2.2 perS. Matz (NYM) 49 FP, 1.7 per +

Top 30 Projected Catchers Rest of Season

There are a number of catchers widely available on waiver wires that will be quality fantasy starters 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 #21 catcher and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
G. Sanchez (NYY) 414 FP, 2.8 per +W. Ramos (NYM) 300 FP, 2.5 per -C. Vazquez (BOS) 267 FP, 2.8 per -
J. Realmuto (PHI) 387 FP, 3.1 perR. Chirinos (TEX) 299 FP, 2.2 per -T. Barnhart* (CIN) 265 FP, 2.3 per
Willson Contreras (CHC) 384 FP, 3 perT. d`Arnaud* (ATL) 296 FP, 2.3 perJ. Lucroy* (BOS) 262 FP, 2.7 per
W. Smith (LAD) 364 FP, 2.6 per +W. Castillo* (WAS) 294 FP, 2.4 perC. Kelly* (ARI) 254 FP, 3.1 per
Y. Grandal (CHW) 358 FP, 2.9 perT. Murphy* (SEA) 294 FP, 2.4 perW. Astudillo* (MIN) 250 FP, 3.1 per
Mitch Garver (MIN) 354 FP, 3.4 perC. Iannetta* (NYY) 291 FP, 3 perK. Smith* (TB) 247 FP, 2.5 per
S. Perez* (KC) 328 FP, 2.8 perO. Narvaez (MIL) 290 FP, 3 per -S. Vogt* (ARI) 243 FP, 3 per
B. Posey (SF) 307 FP, 2.1 perM. Maldonado* (HOU) 285 FP, 2.3 perA. Avila* (MIN) 242 FP, 2.5 per
Y. Molina (STL) 305 FP, 2.3 perPedro Severino* (BAL) 283 FP, 2.3 perJ. Alfaro* (MIA) 242 FP, 2.3 per
J. Phegley* (OAK) 301 FP, 2.5 perK. Suzuki* (WAS) 272 FP, 2.8 perD. Jansen* (TOR) 237 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. Miguel Andujar, at #16, is the highest ranking first baseman of this waiver wire group. There are only 6 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 4 first basemen who are projected to be fantasy busts. Khris Davis, for example, is projected to be just the #21 first baseman and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
N. Cruz (MIN) 566 FP, 3.9 per +J. Bell (PIT) 457 FP, 3.1 perK. Davis (OAK) 396 FP, 2.6 per -
F. Freeman (ATL) 518 FP, 3.3 perR. Hoskins (PHI) 454 FP, 3 per -M. Chavis* (BOS) 391 FP, 2.6 per
J. Abreu (CHW) 515 FP, 3.5 per +P. Goldschmidt (STL) 451 FP, 2.9 per -L. Voit (NYY) 386 FP, 3 per +
Y. Alvarez (HOU) 513 FP, 3.4 per +E. Encarnacion (CHW) 444 FP, 2.9 perY. Alonso* (ATL) 384 FP, 2.6 per
A. Rizzo (CHC) 512 FP, 3.3 perM. Olson (OAK) 440 FP, 3 perD. Vogelbach* (SEA) 380 FP, 2.5 per
J. Soler (KC) 503 FP, 3.4 per +Miguel Andujar* (NYY) 437 FP, 3 perM. Moreland* (BOS) 374 FP, 3.1 per
C. Santana (CLE) 502 FP, 3.4 perJ. Votto (CIN) 426 FP, 2.8 perN. Solak* (TEX) 374 FP, 2.9 per
P. Alonso (NYM) 489 FP, 3.2 per +E. Hosmer (SD) 411 FP, 2.6 perJ. Choi* (TB) 372 FP, 2.7 per
Y. Gurriel (HOU) 483 FP, 3.3 perJ. Smoak* (MIL) 401 FP, 2.7 perM. Cabrera* (DET) 369 FP, 2.5 per
J. Martinez (BOS) 474 FP, 3.2 per -D. Murphy (COL) 400 FP, 3 perR. Nunez* (BAL) 362 FP, 2.7 per

Top 30 Projected Second Basemen Rest of Season

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 the rest of the season. Tommy La Stella, at #5, is the highest ranking second baseman of this waiver wire group. There are only 3 second basemen whose projected rank is significantly better than their season-to-date rank. Keston Hiura, at #7, is the highest ranking second baseman of this 'must start' group. 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) 530 FP, 3.4 perB. Lowe* (TB) 411 FP, 2.8 perJ. Profar* (SD) 365 FP, 2.6 per
D. LeMahieu (NYY) 490 FP, 3.4 perR. Odor* (TEX) 402 FP, 2.8 perG. Lux* (LAD) 360 FP, 2.8 per
M. Muncy (LAD) 459 FP, 3.2 perK. Wong* (STL) 397 FP, 2.7 perJ. Lowrie* (NYM) 352 FP, 2.6 per
W. Merrifield (KC) 448 FP, 3 perR. Cano* (NYM) 397 FP, 2.6 perJ. Wendle* (TB) 344 FP, 2.4 per
T. La Stella* (LAA) 441 FP, 3 perE. Sogard* (MIL) 396 FP, 2.7 perN. Madrigal* (CHW) 343 FP, 2.6 per
S. Castro* (WAS) 432 FP, 3 perC. Hernandez (CLE) 394 FP, 2.7 per -S. Long* (SEA) 337 FP, 2.6 per
K. Hiura (MIL) 430 FP, 2.8 per +J. Peraza* (BOS) 385 FP, 2.8 perD. Gordon* (SEA) 332 FP, 2.2 per
O. Albies (ATL) 422 FP, 2.8 per -J. Villar (MIA) 385 FP, 2.6 per -N. Lopez* (KC) 325 FP, 2.2 per
L. Arraez* (MIN) 422 FP, 2.8 perR. McMahon (COL) 381 FP, 2.5 per +M. Dubon* (SF) 321 FP, 2.5 per
C. Biggio (TOR) 413 FP, 2.7 per +H. Alberto* (BAL) 374 FP, 2.5 perF. Barreto* (OAK) 317 FP, 2.4 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. Tommy Edman, at #16, 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. At #6, Josh Donaldson is the highest ranking must start. There are only 3 third basemen who are projected to be fantasy busts. Matt Carpenter, for example, is projected to be just the #30 third baseman and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
A. Rendon (LAA) 589 FP, 3.9 perE. Escobar (ARI) 475 FP, 3.3 perG. Urshela (NYY) 415 FP, 2.7 per +
A. Bregman (HOU) 572 FP, 3.8 perJ. Turner (LAD) 474 FP, 3.1 perA. Cabrera* (WAS) 408 FP, 2.7 per
N. Arenado (COL) 570 FP, 3.6 perM. Machado (SD) 460 FP, 3 per -E. Longoria* (SF) 407 FP, 2.6 per
J. Ramirez (CLE) 555 FP, 3.7 perV. Guerrero Jr. (TOR) 460 FP, 3 per +M. Franco* (KC) 390 FP, 2.7 per
R. Devers (BOS) 515 FP, 3.4 perH. Dozier (KC) 455 FP, 3.1 per +R. Ruiz* (BAL) 376 FP, 2.5 per
J. Donaldson (MIN) 514 FP, 3.4 per +T. Edman* (STL) 453 FP, 3 perY. Diaz* (TB) 373 FP, 2.9 per
K. Bryant (CHC) 503 FP, 3.2 per +B. Anderson* (MIA) 447 FP, 3 perJ. Lamb* (ARI) 370 FP, 2.5 per
E. Suarez (CIN) 496 FP, 3.4 perM. Moustakas (CIN) 443 FP, 3 per -N. Tanielu* (HOU) 368 FP, 3.3 per
Y. Moncada (CHW) 494 FP, 3.3 per +M. Sano (MIN) 426 FP, 3.1 per +R. Healy* (MIL) 362 FP, 2.6 per
M. Chapman (OAK) 479 FP, 3.1 perK. Seager* (SEA) 423 FP, 2.7 perM. Carpenter (STL) 329 FP, 2.5 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. At #15, Andrelton Simmons is the highest ranking one. There are only 6 shortstops whose projected rank is significantly better than their season-to-date rank. At #7, Jorge Polanco is the highest ranking must start. There are only 4 shortstops who are projected to be fantasy busts. Dansby Swanson, for example, is projected to be just the #23 shortstop and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
X. Bogaerts (BOS) 536 FP, 3.4 perT. Turner (WAS) 430 FP, 2.7 per -K. Newman* (PIT) 379 FP, 2.5 per
F. Lindor (CLE) 530 FP, 3.4 perJ. Segura (PHI) 422 FP, 2.7 per -A. Rosario* (NYM) 360 FP, 2.5 per
J. Baez (CHC) 507 FP, 3.2 perC. Seager (LAD) 419 FP, 2.9 per +D. Swanson (ATL) 350 FP, 2.4 per -
G. Torres (NYY) 490 FP, 3.2 perT. Anderson (CHW) 418 FP, 2.8 perW. Adames* (TB) 343 FP, 2.3 per
M. Semien (OAK) 483 FP, 3.3 perA. Simmons* (LAA) 413 FP, 2.8 perF. Galvis* (CIN) 342 FP, 2.6 per
T. Story (COL) 473 FP, 3.2 perP. DeJong (STL) 407 FP, 2.6 per -A. De Goti* (HOU) 340 FP, 3 per
J. Polanco (MIN) 470 FP, 3.1 per +D. Gregorius (PHI) 404 FP, 2.8 perM. Rojas* (MIA) 339 FP, 2.5 per
F. Tatis Jr. (SD) 469 FP, 3.2 per +N. Ahmed* (ARI) 391 FP, 2.7 perN. Goodrum* (DET) 335 FP, 2.5 per
C. Correa (HOU) 439 FP, 2.9 per +E. Andrus (TEX) 387 FP, 2.7 perJ. Crawford* (SEA) 334 FP, 2.5 per
A. Mondesi (KC) 433 FP, 3 per +B. Bichette (TOR) 386 FP, 3 per +N. Hoerner* (CHC) 333 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
K. Jansen (LAD) 344 FP, 5.5 perT. Watson (SF) 217 FP, 3.2 perR. Pressly (HOU) 57 FP, 0.9 per
L. Hendriks (OAK) 337 FP, 5.3 perA. Colome (CHW) 204 FP, 3.1 perSeth Lugo (NYM) 53 FP, 0.9 per
R. Osuna (HOU) 333 FP, 5.3 perS. Doolittle (WAS) 196 FP, 3.2 perD. Betances (NYM) 51 FP, 1.1 per
J. Hader (MIL) 320 FP, 5.2 perK. Kela (PIT) 188 FP, 2.8 perT. Buttrey (LAA) 49 FP, 0.9 per
A. Chapman (NYY) 317 FP, 5 perM. Melancon (ATL) 174 FP, 2.6 perC. Knebel (MIL) 48 FP, 0.8 per
K. Giles (TOR) 301 FP, 4.2 perJ. Jimenez (DET) 167 FP, 2.7 perM. Lorenzen (CIN) 48 FP, 0.8 per
E. Diaz (NYM) 291 FP, 4.5 perH. Harvey (BAL) 142 FP, 2.4 perT. Clippard (MIN) 44 FP, 0.8 per
N. Anderson (TB) 277 FP, 4 perY. Hirano (SEA) 132 FP, 1.7 perT. May (MIN) 44 FP, 0.7 per
B. Workman (BOS) 273 FP, 4.1 perB. Kintzler (MIA) 126 FP, 1.8 perJ. Wendelken (OAK) 43 FP, 0.9 per
H. Robles (LAA) 269 FP, 3.6 perM. Givens (BAL) 125 FP, 1.7 perB. Suter (MIL) 39 FP, 0.9 per
H. Neris (PHI) 266 FP, 4 perW. Smith (ATL) 121 FP, 1.9 perP. Baez (LAD) 36 FP, 0.5 per
C. Kimbrel (CHC) 265 FP, 4.1 perJ. Hicks (STL) 110 FP, 3.7 perD. Castillo (TB) 35 FP, 0.7 per
A. Bradley (ARI) 258 FP, 4 perS. Romo (MIN) 97 FP, 1.6 perY. Petit (OAK) 33 FP, 0.5 per
B. Hand (CLE) 247 FP, 3.9 perB. Treinen (LAD) 83 FP, 1.3 perJ. Webb (ATL) 32 FP, 0.7 per
Giovanny Gallegos (STL) 246 FP, 5.5 perM. Barnes (BOS) 79 FP, 1.2 perA. Munoz (SD) 32 FP, 0.5 per
K. Yates (SD) 242 FP, 3.9 perT. Rogers (SF) 70 FP, 1.1 perB. Morrow (CHC) 29 FP, 7.2 per
Jose Leclerc (TEX) 224 FP, 3.5 perS. Oberg (COL) 68 FP, 0.9 perC. Green (NYY) 29 FP, 0.5 per
I. Kennedy (KC) 223 FP, 3.2 perK. Ginkel (ARI) 65 FP, 1.2 perRyne Stanek (MIA) 29 FP, 0.5 per
T. Rogers (MIN) 222 FP, 3.2 perA. Ottavino (NYY) 60 FP, 1 perJ. Jeffress (CHC) 27 FP, 0.5 per
R. Iglesias (CIN) 220 FP, 3.3 perW. Davis (COL) 57 FP, 1.1 perM. Walden (BOS) 27 FP, 0.4 per