Fantasy Baseball Rankings 2020: Busts from top model that predicted Chris Archer's disappointing season

Two major pitching injuries revealed during the pause between spring training and Opening Day helped owners avoid huge 2020 Fantasy baseball busts. Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale was the first to undergo Tommy John surgery on his left elbow, and just days later, New York Mets ace Noah Syndergaard underwent surgery on the same torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. But what other busts are lurking out there for owners to avoid when crafting their 2020 Fantasy baseball strategy?

Finding 2020 Fantasy baseball rankings built on modeling the entire season, however long it goes, is key. Before going on the clock, be sure to check out the 2020 Fantasy baseball cheat sheets from the proven computer model at SportsLine.

Last season, SportsLine's Projection Model identified several top Fantasy baseball busts, including Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Chris Archer. The 30-year-old was drafted in the 10th round on average in CBS Sports Fantasy baseball leagues in 2019, but wound up struggling mightily. Archer went 3-9 with a 5.19 ERA and gave up a career-high 1.9 home runs per nine innings to finish outside the top 100 starting pitchers.

The team at SportsLine was all over Archer as one of its Fantasy baseball busts from the start. Their model had him listed much lower than expert consensus rankings, and anyone who listened to their advice dodged a major bullet.

Their model is powered by the same people who powered projections for all three major Fantasy sites. And that same group is sharing its 2020 Fantasy Baseball rankings and cheat sheets over at SportsLine, helping you find Fantasy Baseball breakouts, busts and sleepers long before your competition. Their cheat sheets, available for leagues on many major sites, are updated multiple times every day. Any time an injury occurs or there's a change on a depth chart, the team at SportsLine updates its Fantasy baseball cheat sheets.

When it came to ranking players in Fantasy football, SportsLine's Projection Model beat human experts last season when there were big differences in ranking. And the model was the closest to the hole overall, meaning it best pinpointed where every player would finish each week. That could literally be the difference between winning your league or going home empty-handed.

Top 2020 Fantasy baseball busts

One of the 2020 Fantasy baseball busts the model is fading: Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil. The former Long Beach State standout is coming off a strong season in which he hit .318 with 23 home runs and 75 RBIs. While he earned an All-Star Game berth for his efforts, McNeil's season ended prematurely when he was hit by a pitch in late September and required surgery to repair his broken right wrist. 

McNeil's versatility in the field, and the Mets' frequency to use him at different positions on defense, could limit consistent productivity at the plate in 2020. Also, McNeil's unusual ability to be hit by pitches (he was plunked 21 times last season) exposes him to more potential injury. That's why SportsLine's model has McNeil ranked as its No. 12 left fielder despite the fact that he's been the fourth left fielder drafted on average in CBS Sports Fantasy baseball leagues.

Another bust that SportsLine's Fantasy baseball rankings 2020 are wary of: Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez. The six-year veteran might have swatted a career-best 34 home runs last season, but the other stats he produced should cause plenty of concern. He hit just .232 and struck out 125 times against just 40 walks in 106 games, far below his comparable numbers from 2017. 

In 2016, his best year at the plate, Sanchez had 229 at-bats, hit 20 home runs, drove in 42 runs, and boasted a .299 batting average. His OBP, SLG, and OPS in 2016 were an impressive .376, .657, and 1.032, respectively. In 2019, however, Sanchez declined significantly in OBP (.316), SLG (.525), and OPS (.841). That's why the model lists him well behind players like Salvador Perez, Buster Posey and Yadier Molina in CBS Sports Fantasy baseball leagues.

How to find proven 2020 Fantasy baseball rankings

SportsLine is also fading one of the top 10 catchers off the board, saying he doesn't even crack the top 20. This pick could be the difference in winning your league or going home with nothing. 

So which 2020 Fantasy baseball busts should you snatch in your draft? And which catcher should you avoid at all costs? Visit SportsLine now to get Fantasy Baseball rankings for every single position, all from the model that called Chris Archer's huge flop last season, and find out.

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