MLB officials have considered a number of options for how to bring baseball back from the coronavirus pandemic. One proposal was that the league would realign into three 10-team divisions based on geography and begin the season in late June. It would feature East, Central and West divisions, turning longtime crosstown rivalries like White Sox vs. Cubs, Yankees vs. Mets and Dodgers vs. Angels into even more meaningful matchups and sending shockwaves through the 2020 Fantasy baseball rankings.
Would that mean that designated hitters are implemented in every game? Should you target different players with your 2020 Fantasy baseball picks? Which 2020 Fantasy baseball sleepers will define the upcoming season? Before you go on the clock, check out the 2020 Fantasy baseball cheat sheets and rankings from the proven computer model at SportsLine.
Last season, SportsLine's Projection Model identified several top Fantasy baseball sleepers, including Kenta Maeda. The 31-year-old was the No. 52 starting pitcher drafted on average in CBS Sports Fantasy baseball leagues in 2019, but wound up returning value as a starter and reliever. Maeda went 10-8 with a 4.04 ERA and struck out 169 while also earning three saves later in the year to finish as the No. 41 starting pitcher in standard leagues.
The team at SportsLine was all over Maeda as a Fantasy sleeper from the start. Their model had him listed much higher than expert consensus rankings, and anyone who listened to their advice was well positioned for a league title.
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 sleepers, breakouts and busts 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.
In fact, 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 sleepers
One of the 2020 Fantasy baseball sleepers the model is all over: Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons. The 30-year-old made his name defensively throughout the first eight seasons of his career, winning four Gold Gloves and earning consideration as one of the best defenders in the game.
Simmons' 2019 season was hampered by ankle injuries and he wound up with a disappointing .673 OPS. However, he had posted OPS numbers of .752 and .754 the previous two seasons with a combined 25 home runs, 144 RBIs, and 29 stolen bases. The model says he'll be a bigger threat on the base paths while he's healthy, and that's why he's rated ahead of shortstops like Corey Seager and Bo Bichette, who are going four rounds earlier on average.
Another sleeper that SportsLine's Fantasy baseball rankings 2020 are extremely high on: Cubs catcher Josh Phegley. Although Phegley isn't likely to upend starter Wilson Contreras anytime soon, he gives the Cubs the best catcher rotation in baseball. Phegley recorded 12 home runs, 18 doubles and 62 RBIs for the Oakland Athletics last year, all career-highs.
An eight-year veteran, Phegley played a career-best 106 games in 2019 and also scored a career-high 44 runs. Phegley also caught Mike Fiers' second career no-hitter and the Cubs are high on his pitch-framing improvements during spring training. The model is also high on Phegley, ranking him as the No. 9 catcher in the majors, ahead of full-time starters like Yadier Molina, Wilson Ramos and Robinson Chirinos despite all three having a better 2020 Fantasy baseball ADP.
How to find proven 2020 Fantasy baseball rankings
SportsLine is also high on a first baseman with a Fantasy baseball ADP outside the top 20 that finishes ahead of studs like Josh Bell and Edwin Encarnacion as a top-five player. This pick could be the difference in winning your league or going home with nothing. You can see who it is here.
So which 2020 Fantasy baseball sleepers should you snatch in your draft? And which undervalued first baseman can help you win a championship? Visit SportsLine now to get Fantasy Baseball rankings for every single position, all from the model that called Kenta Maeda's huge breakout last season, and find out.