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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. Also be sure to check out the rest of our fantastic Fantasy Baseball content such as waivers, drop list, hitting/pitching planners and more.

Top Risers

Corbin Burnes, SP, Milwaukee Brewers (+ 169 spots to 460)

Burnes was a guy that I needed to see more of before I could give him a big jump.  Well, he has shown me that he deserved that bump this year.  Still just 25, Burnes is pitching more like the 2018 version than the 2019 version.  I was on the bandwagon after 2018, though considered his small sample size.  All in all he still has a small career sample size but the difference this year is he is striking guys out at significantly higher level than before.  I am getting back on the Burnes train.

Elieser Hernandez, SP, Miami Marlins (+149 spots to 484)

Quite similar to Corbin Burnes in fact.  Hernandez is also just 25 and had limited innings in 2018 and 2019.  Hernandez was pretty consistent between the two years.  He is pitching more to his upside in 2020 as he seems to have matured at a pitcher.  His numbers are not quite as good as Burnes but he has a much higher ceiling in my eyes.  At this point Burnes deserves to be higher but as you can see only slightly in these rankings because of the upside advantage Elieser presents.

Top Faller

Julio Teheran, SP, Los Angeles Angels (-86 spots to 541)

I have always like Teheran more than most.  For years I felt like he was severely underrated and was much higher than most on him. Granted, I never viewed him as an Ace or the leader of your rotation.  I did however think his numbers were much better than those being drafted or valued around him.  He is also a consistent player as he puts up similar innings and similar ratios year after year.  So why the all of a sudden drop ?  For me I am convinced that he is injured and I think his days of being underrated with solid ratios are done.  It is a shame because for years he was a guy I was able to get better than expected production from.

Honorable Mention

Ian Happ, Chicago Cubs

Happ is a bit of a polarizing figure as not many people are sure what to make of him.  He has been around on a pretty consistent basis since 2017 but has never had the opportunity he has been given in 2020.  While his defense leaves quite a bit to be desired, leading off for a solid Cubs offense definitely boosts his value to a new level.  Ian Happ is a guy who’s value has continued to rise for me as he has scaled up these rankings.  Meanwhile. a guy like Andrew Benintendi, who used to be a top 50 guy for me has continued to fall.  In a recent poll on my Twitter page Happ destroyed Benintendi in a “which would you rather own”.  Is that saying more about Happ or Benintendi ?  I will let you decide.

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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35 Comments

  1. Dave Eddy

    February 3, 2020 at 8:36 pm

    Unfortunately, he isn’t listed yet on the site we use for these rankings *sigh*

  2. 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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  4. 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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  6. 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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  8. 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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  14. 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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  18. 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.

  19. 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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  21. 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 !

  22. Brian

    August 11, 2020 at 8:35 am

    Awesome rankings thank you for the hard work.

    BTW, Jared Kelley CWS is listed twice

  23. Alex Wolter

    August 13, 2020 at 10:04 am

    Where do you have Dylan Moore?

    • Dave Eddy

      August 29, 2020 at 12:17 pm

      Waiting for him to be part of the player pool. Once he is I will have to see where he fits in. Likely somewhere in the 300’s in my guess without much research into it. Hopefully he will be in the rankings soon !

  24. Eric

    August 18, 2020 at 8:41 am

    Love these rankings! Is Austin Martin a purposeful omission? Too far away and uncertain? Is he on the list and I just can’t find him?

    • Dave Eddy

      August 29, 2020 at 12:16 pm

      Hey Eric, I appreciate your support ! Oddly enough Austin Martin was not available in the player pool. He is now though ! Make sure you check in with the latest update. I think you will be happy with where he gets slotted in.

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  26. Michael

    August 30, 2020 at 1:17 pm

    Is Jake Cronenworth mistakenly missing or can I just not find him?

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