2020 Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet: Rankings, tiers, sleepers, prospects, auction values, team names, moreSporting News — (Matt Lutovsky)
Fantasy baseball draft season is officially here, which means you need a 2020 fantasy baseball cheat sheet if you really want to dominate. Position rankings? We have those. Tiers and draft strategy for each position? Those, too. How about sleepers and breakouts? Check. Top prospects? Check again. There's even a mock draft simulator, auction value projections, auction advice, dynasty/keeper tips, a points league primer, and the best fantasy team name suggestions. Now that's a draft kit, huh?
The start of the season has been pushed back indefinitely because of the Coronavirus outfriend, but we'll continue to update this cheat sheet with everything we publish between now and whenever opening day is. Check back frequently for the latest links, and make sure to bookmark this page for easy access during your draft.
2020 Fantasy Baseball Rankings Cheat Sheet
Top 300: Who's No. 1? Ronald Acuna Jr.? Mike Trout? Christian Yelich? Jordan Yamamoto? Only one way to find out...
Catcher: Is it just us or is catcher better this year? Yeah, you're right -- it's just us.
First Base: You're not going to play Danny Santana at 1B, but he's eligible, so we rank him here because we're just that thorough.
Second Base: Offseason noise be damned: Jose Altuve is our No. 1 2B. Given his talent, we're sure he can overcome all obstacles and find another way to cheat!
Third Base: Remember when third basemen used to steal bases? Now all they do is hit stupid home runs. Lame.
Shortstop: This position has three guys who could hit 20 HRs and steal 40 bases -- and none are ranked in the top four. Pretty good...
Outfield: Imagine how strong these rankings would be if Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton were ever healthy.
Starting Pitcher: Read these now before another pitcher gets injur -- never mind, too late.
Relief Pitcher: Remember last year when everyone liked Blake Treinen and Edwin Diaz? Let's hope we do better this year.
2020 Fantasy Baseball Auction Values
Dollar Projections for Every Position: Study these so you know how much you should make fun of the bid-happy idiot in your league who overpaid for Mark Canha.
2020 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers
30 Teams, 30 Sleepers: No, you're not seeing double -- there are really two different Will Smith's listed here. Also, Buck Farmer.
Catcher: This wasn't intentional, but there are a lot of Irish-sounding names on this list. That's gotta be good luck.
First Base: Look, you're probably not going to draft any of these guys, but when one hits eight HRs in April, don't say we didn't warn you.
Second Base: There's a lot of cheap power on this list, which makes up for the no-power speedster at the end.
Third Base: We have a guy named Yoshi and a guy named Yandy. What more do you want from us?
Shortstop: There's power, there's speed...and there's Dansby Swanson.
Outfield: Which sounds more like a made-up name: Austin Hays or Jake Fraley? Well, they're both real people. Seriously.
Pitcher: When in doubt, just pick an Indians or A's pitcher. We have four on this list.
2020 Fantasy Baseball Busts
All-Overrated Team: The Padres and Diamondbacks each have multiple representatives on this list.
2020 Fantasy Baseball Tiers, Draft Strategies
Catcher: If you draft a catcher from Tier 1 or 2, you'll be in good shape. If you wait, well...you probably don't want to wait.
First Base: Paul Goldschmidt, Tier-1 first baseman. Deal with it!
Second Base: You just know there will be one or two breakouts from Tier 3...but who?
Third Base: You've been waiting all offseason to find out what tier Tommy Edman is in, and now you can finally find out. You're welcome.
Shortstop: Both the first and second tiers have three sub-tiers each, which shows how seriously we take this.
Outfield: There's a dude who hit 48 HRs last year in Tier 3, so you know this position is deep (or we screwed up).
Starting Pitcher: You can make a case for just two or three SPs in Tier 1, but you can also make a case for about 15. We settled on five.
Relief Pitcher: Tiers 1 and 2 are all well and good, but Tier 3 -- that's where you'll find the real values.
2020 MLB Top Prospect Rankings, Sleepers
Top 50: Whether you're in a dynasty or redraft league, you need to know the players on this list.
Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft
Fantasy Pros Mock Draft Simulator: Practice every possible draft strategy in minutes! Yes, even the ultra-rare "Nothing But Catchers" strategy (not recommended).
Fantasy Baseball Auction Draft Strategy
Auction Draft Tips: How to nominate; how to budget; how to dominate!
Fantasy Baseball Keeper/Dynasty Tips
Keeper/Dynasty League Advice: Short version: Don't draft too many old guys in a dynasty league; don't draft too many young guys in a keeper league.
Fantasy Baseball Points League Advice
Points League Tips: Finally -- someone with the guts to call out Dakota Hudson by name. Points leaguers already know why...
Best Fantasy Baseball Team Names
Best Fantasy Baseball Team Names: "Sir, This Is An Albies", "Altuve's Unfinished Tatis", "Kirby Your Enthusiasm" -- something for everyone!