Fantasy Baseball Rankings 2020: Sleepers from model that called Kenta Maeda's strong year
SportsLine simulated the 2020 MLB season 10,000 times and identified must-draft Fantasy Baseball sleepers
With spring training just around the corner, 2020 Fantasy baseball ADP is beginning to take shape as drafts continue to unfold. Braves outfield Ronald Acuna has been the consensus top pick thus far, followed closely by Mike Trout, Christian Yelich, Cody Bellinger and Mookie Betts, who recently agreed to a one-year, $27 million deal to return to the Red Sox. A quality set of 2020 Fantasy baseball rankings can help you make the call on Fantasy baseball picks at the top of drafts and unearth 2020 Fantasy baseball sleepers that are set to outperform their average draft position.
That's where the team at SportsLine comes in. Before you go on the clock, be sure to see the 2020 Fantasy baseball cheat sheets from the proven computer model at SportsLine. They'll help you identify players who will outperform their ADP while you're crafting your Fantasy baseball strategy.
Last season, SportsLine's Projection Model identified several top Fantasy baseball sleepers, including Dodgers starting pitcher 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.
One of the 2020 Fantasy baseball sleepers the model is all over: Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer. The 30-year-old lefty found a comfort level in Year 2 in San Diego, upping his number of hits (155 to 164), home runs (18 to 22), RBIs (69 to 99) and batting average (.253 to .265).
And after adding Manny Machado before the 2019 season, San Diego made another big splash in trading for Tommy Pham before 2020. That boosts the lineup with a player who had 155 hits, 21 home runs and 25 steals last season. Even though he's going off the board as the No. 24 first baseman according to the latest Fantasy baseball ADP 2020, SportsLine's model has Hosmer No. 13 in its Fantasy baseball 1B rankings, making him one of the potential Fantasy baseball sleepers you should be all over.
Another sleeper that SportsLine's Fantasy baseball rankings 2020 are extremely high on: Dodgers second baseman Max Muncy. The 29-year-old is coming off his first all-star appearance in 2019 and hit 35 home runs, but his slash numbers fell dramatically to .251/.374/.515 last year. Some of the drop can be attributed to a BABIP that dropped from .299 to .283.
Muncy should see bounce-back towards a league-average BABIP, which will raise his offensive profile. That's why the SportsLine projection model ranks him as the No. 3 second baseman for 2020 despite the fact that he's the 13th player drafted at the position overall.
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.
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.
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