Fantasy Baseball Rankings 2020: Top breakouts from same model that nailed Shane Bieber's All-Star year

The coronavirus pandemic shut down the 2020 MLB season before it had any chance of getting off the ground, and while many players are taking the extended break as a time to rest their bodies for a season that could linger into the winter, some have already been bitten by the injury bug. Red Sox ace Chris Sale and Mets flamethrower Noah Syndergaard both found out they'd need Tommy John surgery since the virus hit and will miss all of 2020. Could their absences open the door for 2020 Fantasy baseball breakouts in the Red Sox and Mets rotations? And how should you adjust your 2020 Fantasy baseball rankings accordingly?

Landing under-the-radar 2020 Fantasy baseball prospects who can slide into your lineups and provide value could give you a huge edge in your leagues. Before studying the latest 2020 Fantasy baseball ADP and searching for overlooked gems set to return plenty of value, be sure to see the Fantasy baseball rankings 2020 and cheat sheets from the team at SportsLine.

Last season, SportsLine's Projection Model identified several top Fantasy baseball breakouts, including Cleveland Indians All-Star starting pitcher Shane Bieber. The 24-year-old broke through with a 15-8 record, 3.28 ERA and 259 strikeouts over 214.1 innings to finish as the No. 5 starting pitcher in all of Fantasy baseball even though he was being drafted in the 15th round in standard 12-team leagues.

The team at SportsLine was all over Bieber as a Fantasy breakout 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 busts, breakouts 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.

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 breakouts

One of the 2020 Fantasy baseball breakouts the model is all over: Astros starting pitcher Jose Urquidy. The 24-year-old prospect has risen steadily through the Astros' farm system and earned a big league call-up last summer, posting a solid 3.95 ERA with 40 strikeouts in 41 innings. He has an effective four-pitch arsenal that includes a four-seam fastball, changeup, curveball and slider, while both of his breaking balls generated whiff rates of 41 percent or higher. 

When opposing hitters do make contact, it's typically pretty weak, as his average exit velocity against of 85.5 mph would have been 12th in the league had he qualified. Now, Urquidy enters the 2020 MLB season slated to be Houston's No. 4 starter and the upside is pretty clear, which is why SportsLine ranks him ahead of pitchers like Lucas Giolito, Yu Darvish and Corey Kluber, all big names being drafted at least three rounds earlier on average.

Another breakout that SportsLine's Fantasy baseball rankings 2020 are extremely high on: Royals third baseman Hunter Dozier. The 28-year-old enjoyed a standout 2019 for the Royals, hitting .279 with 26 homers and 84 RBIs. Those gaudy stats earned Dozier a day-to-day spot in Kansas City's lineup and a 2.1 WAR in the process. 

Dozier's only potential weakness is an eager eye, as he struck out 148 times in 139 games last season. Still, Dozier piled up an .870 OPS and a .522 slugging percentage in 523 at-bats. That's why SportsLine's Fantasy baseball rankings 2020 list Dozier as the No. 16 third baseman in 2020, ahead of players like Brian Anderson and Miguel Sano despite the fact that he has an overall 2020 Fantasy baseball ADP of 163.12.

How to find proven 2020 Fantasy baseball rankings

SportsLine is also high on a shortstop who is going undrafted in many leagues to finish as a top-15 option at the position. This pick could be the difference in winning your league or going home with nothing.

So which 2020 Fantasy baseball breakouts should you snatch in your draft? And which shortstop is a must-draft? Visit SportsLine now to get 2020 Fantasy Baseball rankings for every single position, all from the model that called Shane Bieber's breakthrough last season, and find out.

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