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2020 Fantasy Baseball Dynasty Rankings

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Welcome to the 2020 Fantasy Baseball Dynasty Rankings

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The List

This list will be updated every other Sunday (during the Season), with a Podcast to accompany it on various platforms.  Because these are Dynasty rankings with a 5-8 year window taken into consideration you won’t see many jumps from week to week. A Dynasty rankings list is done with the long term in mind so there isn’t a lot a player can really do to drastically improve his value in such a short period of time.

Major injuries, promotions and situation changes will be the main reasons for a player moving up or down. Hot or cold streaks won’t move the needle much.

It is very important to keep in mind that not all leagues, teams and owners will be alike.  These rankings are meant to be a guideline as it is impossible to get a list that equally covers all leagues.  Depending on a lot of variables the rankings for these players can be drastically different at times depending on the settings and values of your individual leagues.  Consider these rankings a good baseline and adjust accordingly based on your individual needs.

Be sure to check back often to see how your guys’ stocks move up and down throughout the season and the years.

For redraft leagues check out our 2020 Fantasy Baseball Rest of Season Rankings to get an edge in your leagues.

Top Risers

Aaron Civale, SP, Cleveland Indians (+ 170 spots to 261)

Civale has really cemented himself in the Indians rotation after a hot start to the season.  I wanted to move him up further in the off season but really wanted to see him on the mound again first.  He has followed up his strong but small sample size in 2019 with similar numbers out of the gate in 2020.  If this continues he is a guy that will continue to jump up the rankings.

Spencer Turnbull, SP, Detroit Tigers (+135 spots to 393)

After a respectful showing in 2019, Turnbull has been impressive thus far in 2020 and is looking their best Pitcher right now.  Even when guys like Mize, Manning and Skubal get their shots Turnbull is proving this he deserves to get his spot in the rotation.

Top Faller

Francisco Mejia, C, San Diego Padres (-175 spots to 477)

Best known for his hitting streak in the Minors, Mejia hasn’t shown a whole lot.  I have been higher on him than most because I felt his bat was playable at a position where that is rare.  In a half seasons worth of at bats in 2019 he showed some potential but has been a travesty in 2020.  He has likely sealed his fate to be overtaken by Campusano in the next few years as he hasn’t shown he can be an impact bat at the Big League level.

Brent Honeywell Jr, SP, Tampa Bay Rays (-137 spots to 602)

This move is quite simple, Honeywell cannot stay healthy.  It looks more likely than ever that the once promising arm will never throw a pitch at the Big League level.  It is a shame because once upon a time this guy was looking like a potential ace.  He is one of many examples of why young arms are so volatile.

Dynasty leagues, in my eyes, are the ultimate Fantasy Baseball experience.  This is your chance to play General Manager and build your team the way you see fit.  Do you want to go all-in and win now?  Do you want to rebuild and play to dominate in the future?  In a Dynasty league, the options are seemingly endless, but you have to be smart.  So starting here to get an idea of where all of these guys rank is a shrewd move.

My Strategy

My strategy in a Dynasty league is pretty simple but complex at the same time (if that even makes any sense). I want my starting lineup to be a good mix of quality veterans that provide me with value now, a couple of cornerstone young players and a wealth of talent in the minors. I try the difficult task of walking a fine line between competing for a title but also having a solid farm. There is a couple of reason for this.

First, I want to win a title, so I want my starting lineup to be competitive. I want to have a good farm system because I want to be able to sell off veterans a year or two before they lose their value and replace them with a young up and comer.  Having quality prospect depth also allows you to make moves to sure up your starting roster as you see fit.

Granted it is tough to walk a fine line like that because the worst-case scenario is that your team is not a title contender and your prospects aren’t good enough to bank on them turning your team into a title contender in the future. So you really have to make smart trades, at the right time to keep both sides of the fence in good order. Definitely not for the faint of heart!

Hitting Trumps Pitching

As a rule of thumb, I value hitting well above pitching. Especially when we start talking about prospects. To me, the most volatile type of a player is a pitcher that is at least two years away from the big leagues.  Injuries, specifically to pitchers scare me to death!  They should scare you too. Now with that being said I like to target guys that have recently been injured, specifically pitching.

How to Handle TJ Injuries

The above paragraph seems a little contrary but I have some logic. I truly believe that the majority of pitchers will need TJ surgery these days.  Believe it or not, I am actually less scared of a player that has had the surgery. I no longer have to wait for the day they get hurt and subsequently miss the next 12-18 months. I consider TJ pitchers that are recovering to be great buy-low candidates.  These are the guys I will try and target via trade. Just something for you to chew on.

2020 Fantasy Baseball Dynasty Rankings

*Note ECR column is not how much the players rank has changed, it is the difference between my ranks and Fantasy Pros Expert Consensus 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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29 Comments

  1. Jeff

    February 3, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    Any particular reason Bregman took such a hit? I would guess that it had to do with the sign stealing scandal, but Correa looks to have gotten a bump.

    • Dave Eddy

      February 15, 2020 at 8:17 am

      Bregman was dropped a little too much after the cheating scandal. I’m going to revisit his ranking in the next update

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  3. Steve

    February 4, 2020 at 2:09 am

    Any reason Bregman got dropped so much? I thought it may be because of the sign stealing scandal, but Correa got boosted a bunch. Would you really prefer someone like Jose Ramirez over Bregman long term?

    Love your work, keep it up!

    • Dave Eddy

      February 9, 2020 at 3:25 pm

      Bregman was dropped a little too much after the cheating scandal. I’m going to revisit his ranking in the next update.

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  5. Drew

    February 10, 2020 at 11:58 am

    I chose Starling over Ketel in a 6×6 h2h categories keeper league. Based on your rankings, it seems like you would agree. What are the main reasons why you have the two a difference of 60+ spots between each other?

    Also, thoughts on Trevor Bauer for 2020?

    Thank you!

    • Dave Eddy

      February 15, 2020 at 8:16 am

      Flat out, I think Starling is a better all around player. Ketel also doesn’t have the track record that Starling does and I just trust him more. I am still higher on Bauer than most. 2020 will be a big season for him in my opinion as he is starting to really slip and it is concerning because it isn’t from injury or regressing talent. Curious to see how his 2020 season will go.

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  7. Gordy Meyers

    February 13, 2020 at 12:40 am

    Thanks for a full 600! Hard to find and I appreciate the effort!

    There’s fresh buzz around Tex’s Luisangel Acuna and Maximo Acosta, among others, maybe in updates soon? Also surprised not to see CHC’s Brennen Davis and Brailyn Marquez, who tend to rank among the Bleday-Bishop zone and the Lynch-Espino zone, respectively. Not necessary that they be grouped, but not listed is interesting.

    • Dave Eddy

      February 15, 2020 at 8:13 am

      Long story short, there are some issues with the rankings site that we use. These guys will eventually be on the list and stay on the list.

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  13. David

    March 2, 2020 at 10:17 pm

    I can choose five keepers in my league and am going with Betts, Baez, Alvarez, Altuve, and Strasburg. Opinions?

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  17. Joseph

    July 31, 2020 at 6:49 pm

    Tristan Casas listed twice in these rankings….

    • Dave Eddy

      August 9, 2020 at 7:43 pm

      This has been fixed. Thank you for catching it.

  18. Eric

    August 3, 2020 at 8:06 am

    Are you doing any updates in-season this year?

    • Dave Eddy

      August 9, 2020 at 5:49 pm

      Absolutely ! 2020 is a very weird year and I wanted to get some games in before making any adjustments to the rankings. They will be consistently updated from here on out. Thanks for following along !

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  20. Steve

    August 5, 2020 at 8:26 pm

    So do these not get updated weekly?

    • Dave Eddy

      August 9, 2020 at 5:52 pm

      They typically get updated every other week. I wanted to take a little breather and allow the season to begin before making any adjustments. Now that the season is underway these rankings will go back to being consistently updated every other week. Thank you for following along, it is greatly appreciated !

  21. Brian

    August 11, 2020 at 8:35 am

    Awesome rankings thank you for the hard work.

    BTW, Jared Kelley CWS is listed twice

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