Fantasy Baseball Rankings 2020: Top sleepers from computer model that called Kenta Maeda's strong season
SportsLine simulated the 2020 MLB season 10,000 times and identified must-draft Fantasy baseball sleepers
Now that Spring Training has begun, Fantasy baseball injuries are already piling up. The Indians are hoping to battle the Twins and White Sox for the AL Central crown, but they've already lost Mike Clevinger for six to eight weeks after he had left knee surgery and now fellow pitcher Carlos Carrasco is experiencing knee discomfort and is on crutches. Could another Indians starter take advantage and become one of the 2020 Fantasy baseball sleepers? And where should Carrasco and Clevinger be among your 2020 Fantasy baseball picks?
A reliable set of 2020 Fantasy baseball rankings is the best way to find unheralded players who will dramatically outperform their 2020 Fantasy baseball ADP. That's the key to outfoxing your league rivals in upcoming drafts and employing optimal Fantasy baseball strategy. 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: Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong. The 29-year-old has been a fixture for the Cardinals for the last six years, but he elevated his game offensively in 2019, slashing .285/.361/.423 while hitting 11 home runs and stealing 24 bases.
Wong's hard-hit contact rate reached a career-high 34.0 percent in 2019 and he improved his launch angle from 6.8 degrees to 10.6 from 2018 to 2019. That helped him find the outfield grass more often and take advantage of his speed. That's why the model ranks him ahead of second basemen like Garrett Hampson, Robinson Cano and Ryan McMahon despite the fact that they're all being drafted at least two rounds earlier on average.
Another sleeper that SportsLine's Fantasy baseball rankings 2020 are extremely high on: Athletics center fielder Mark Canha. Entering his sixth MLB season, Canha is coming off a 2019 campaign that saw him hit a career-best .273 with 25 home runs, 16 doubles, 58 RBIs and 80 runs scored. For those efforts, Canha received a one-year deal worth $4.8 million from Oakland, a hefty bump from his $2.05 million salary last season.
Part of Canha's value lies in his flexibility. The 30-year-old played at least 10 games at each outfield spot as well as first base and designated hitter as part of his 126-game workload last season. He also appears far removed from 2017 surgery to remove a cyst on his right wrist. The Athletics are high on Canha, and so is the model, ranking him as the eighth-best center fielder in MLB despite a 2020 Fantasy baseball ADP near the top 20 at his position.
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.
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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