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2020 Fantasy Baseball Dynasty Buy-Sell-Hold

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In this article, I am going to give you some Dynasty players to buy-sell-hold for the 2020 Fantasy Baseball season. Before we begin, let me breakdown the difference between the three.

A “buy” is someone whose value, for a variety of reasons, is lower now than I expect it to be down the road.

A sell candidate is the opposite. It is a guy who is at peak value right now whose stock could drop relatively soon.

A hold is someone that could be viewed as a buy low or sell high candidate but if you own them I think you keep them for now.

In each section you will get one current MLB player and one prospect.

2020 Fantasy Baseball Dynasty Buy-Sell-Hold

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Buy

Max Fried, SP, Atlanta Braves

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I am hoping this name surprises you. If it does, it means I am not only doing my job but you have found the right article for you.  In 2019 only 21 pitchers posted a SIERA below 4.00. Three of those players also had an ERA over 4.00.  Statistically speaking that alone makes Fried very interesting heading into 2020.

Fried was top-five in ground ball rates and was hampered by a high .336 BABIP.  He has all the makings of a guy that is set to see his value go even higher considering he is just 25.

He has added a slider that almost immediately became his best pitch but also boasts a plus heater and a curveball with a high spin rate.  Another underrated aspect of Fried’s is that he simply doesn’t give up much hard contact.  Buy low on Friend while you still have the chance.

He currently ranks 182 in my Dynasty Baseball Rankings.

Mitch Keller, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates

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Keller’s introduction to the big leagues in 2019 went poorly, to say the least.  He got pounded to the tune of a 7.13 ERA while sporting a 1.83 WHIP.  From that alone, I wouldn’t blame you for wanting to stay far, far away from this guy.  However, there are a lot of things going in his favor that make him a player I think you need to get in on while his value is likely at his all-time low.

He managed to produce a 3.19 FIP while also putting a 12.19 K/9. Maybe the craziest stat is that he was struck with a ridiculous .475 BABIP.  Clearly, that number is sky high and is certain to regress back towards MLB average.

Keller has been a highly regarded prospect for a while and what he experienced in 2019 was shocking.  When you look deeper into the numbers you can see it was an anomaly.

His arsenal contains a heater than sits 92-94 MPH and is complemented by a plus curveball.  If Keller is able to add a third offering to his repertoire, he has the potential to be a perennial top 50 SP in Dynasty for a decade.

He currently ranks 338 in my Dynasty Baseball Rankings.

Sell

Gary Sanchez, C, New York Yankees

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My thoughts on catchers and relievers in Dynasty are well chronicled. Sanchez is a no doubt top-2 option currently at the position, and while I argue for either going big or waiting until late to grab your starting catcher, I strongly prefer to hold off on the position.

He certainly has as much high upside as any catcher in baseball. However, his inability to stay on the field concerns me enough that I would pass on him well past the point that he would ever be available to me in a draft or trade value-wise.

With Sanchez entering the likely end of his prime, at a physically taxing position, I would suggest that if you own Sanchez to aggressively look to part ways with him to an owner who will still values him before it is too late.

He currently ranks 67 in my Dynasty Baseball Rankings.

Nick Madrigal, 2B, Chicago White Sox

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Listen, let me start off by being very clear here, I really like Madrigal as a Baseball player. This is a case of where the lines between real life and fantasy get blurred for some owners. This leaves him massively overrated for the purposes of this article and a prime sell-high candidate. Yes, he is likely to be a .300 hitter in his prime and it’s well documented that this guy is difficult to strikeout.

After that, things begin to fall apart quickly. He doesn’t look like he is going to score enough runs or steal enough bags to make up for his absolutely zero power profile. The most certain thing about his game is simply that he generates no power and has no further projection to do so. Thus massively limiting any upside he can provide fantasy-wise.

Madrigal has a fine floor for fantasy as a low end starting 2B because his profile is so safe but to expect him to be a legit, top-5 starting 2B at any point in his career isn’t very likely. If you own him, find the guy that doesn’t realize the truth in everything in the paragraph above and get good value for him and don’t look back.

He currently ranks 205 in my Dynasty Baseball Rankings.

Hold

Andrew Benintendi, OF, Boston Red Sox

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Benintendi suffered a miserable 2019 for a guy that was trending upward. Now, after hitting just .266 with a measly 13 home runs and 10 stolen bases he has seen his stock plummet.

While I am not going to suggest buying low on him because I am scared to some extent of the Boston offense in 2020 a smidge, after losing Mookie Betts, I am also not selling him at an all-time low.

This is a classic holding situation. He’s still only 25, so you can safely hope that we see the 2018 version of Benintendi coming back in 2020 and beyond.

He currently ranks 89 in my Dynasty Baseball Rankings.

Adrian Morejon, P, San Diego Padres

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A shoulder injury ended his season early in August during his first taste of the Big Leagues. San Diego has deployed him as a 1-2 inning pitcher in the minors and during his MLB debut.  Despite his usage, I still project him to be a starter with the upside of a No.3.  It is more of a way for them to limit his innings while still being able to get him on the Big League roster.

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I wouldn’t suggest him as a buy-low because there are concerns that they never allow him to be a regular.  I definitely am not selling on him though because I think moving him to a regular spot in the rotational is the most likely scenario.

He currently ranks 353 in my Dynasty Baseball Rankings.

About Dave Eddy

Dave covers the Detroit Tigers over at Prospects1500.com Feel free to reach out to him anytime on twitter @CorporalEddy

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