Fantasy Baseball Rankings 2020: Sleepers from dialed-in model that nailed Kenta Maeda’s strong year

The MLB offseason has moved at high speed, and several superstars joined new teams during free agency, shaking up 2020 Fantasy baseball rankings. Gerrit Cole moved from the Astros to the Yankees after New York signed him to a historic nine-year, $324 million deal to make him the highest-paid pitcher in the sport’s history. Meanwhile, Anthony Rendon went from the Nationals to the Angels after signing a seven-year, $245 million deal. However, success in Fantasy is often reliant upon spending your 2020 Fantasy baseball picks wisely in the middle and late rounds.

Locating 2020 Fantasy baseball sleepers can go a long way towards winning a championship. 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: White Sox right fielder Nomar Mazara. A former top-25 MLB prospect who spent his first four seasons with the Rangers, Mazara was traded to Chicago during the offseason and now is an expected regular in what should be one of the most dangerous lineups in the American League. 

Mazara hit 79 home runs in four seasons with the Rangers, but has posted a career OPS of .754 and has been roughly eight percent worse than league average according to his wRC+ (92). However, Mazara has shown flashes of power and is coming off a season where he posted career-highs in OPS (.786) and hard-hit contact rate (45.3 percent). 

Mazara will hit primarily against righties (.844 OPS against in 2019), surrounded by talent like Yoan Moncada, Jose Abreu, Yasmani Grandal, Eloy Jimenez, Luis Robert and Tim Anderson. That’s why the model ranks him as the No. 14 right fielder despite a 2020 Fantasy baseball ADP of 24 at the position.

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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