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2020 Fantasy Baseball Positional Eligibility Guide

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One of my favorite differences between fantasy baseball and other sports is the ability to qualify at multiple positions. The added strategy for drafts really allows me to geek out even more than normal.

However, there’s also the downside of assuming a player qualifies at a position only to find out that they didn’t according to the site you use for your league. If you are like me, you just imagine players appear at certain positions and don’t think twice about double-checking.

Well, imagine no more! We’ve got the all-inclusive chart right here. Props to Baseball-Reference for having an awesome chart that helped immensely with this exercise.

PlatformPrevious Season (Appearances)Current Season (Appearances)Additional Notes
CBS205
ESPN2010
NFBC2010If minor leaguer with less than 20 career MLB games, then use appearances from minor leagues.
Fantrax2010
Yahoo!10 (5 starts)10 (5 starts)
Ottoneu10 (5 starts)10 (5 starts)

Here’s a chart describing positional standards by each platform. Mostly an FYI, but it will serve as a complimentary table to the large table seen below.

2020 Fantasy Baseball Position Eligibility Guide

Before we begin though, I want to be sure everyone understands what the chart is depicting. If the player has an ‘X’ under a column, he has eligibility at that position on all platforms with 20 or more appearances. If there is a number from 5 to 19, then that player will be eligible in your Yahoo.

I’ve kept DH in here just in case we have some interesting league types floating around out there. Use the filter and sorting tools to your advantage!

PLAYERTEAM 2019C1B2B3BSSOFDH
Aaron JudgeNYYX10
Addison RussellCHCXX
Adeiny Hechavarria--X9X
Albert PujolsLAAXX
Aledmys DiazHOUXX195
Alen HansonTOR86
Alex BregmanHOUXX6
Aramis GarciaSFG115
Asdrubal Cabrera--XX
Austin DeanMIA5X
Austin MeadowsTBRXX
Austin NolaSEA7X15
Austin RileyATL65X
Austin SlaterSFG8X
Avisail GarciaTBRXX
Ben ZobristCHCX17
Billy McKinneyTOR9X
Blake Swihart--819
Bobby BradleyCLE58
Brad Miller--131917
Brandon BeltSFGX15
Brandon DixonDETXX18
Brandon DruryTOR1216X5X
Brandon LoweTBR5X7
Brendan RodgersCOL169
Brian AndersonMIAXX
Brock HoltBOS11X69
Carlos Gonzalez--X9
Carlos SantanaCLEXX
Cavan BiggioTOR8X8
Chad PinderOAKX17X
Charlie CulbersonATL107X
Cheslor CuthbertKCRXX
Chris Owings--X131015
Chris TaylorLADX6XX
Christian VazquezBOSX1011
Christin StewartDETX13
Clint FrazierNYYX15
Cody BellingerLADXX
Colin MoranPIT811X
Cory SpangenbergMILX6
Daniel RobertsonTBRXX16
Daniel VogelbachSEAXX
Danny MendickCHW55
Danny SantanaTEXX1789X
David BoteCHCXX9
David FletcherLAAXXXX
Derek DietrichCINXX16
Derek Fisher--X5
DJ LeMahieuNYYXXX
Domingo SantanaSEAX17
Dominic SmithNYMXX
Donovan SolanoSFGX19
Dwight Smith Jr.BALX7
Dylan MooreSEA51814XX5
Eduardo EscobarARIXX
Eduardo NunezBOSX8612
Edwin Encarnacion--XX
Edwin RiosLAD125
Ehire AdrianzaMINX7XX7
Eloy JimenezCHWX8
Enrique HernandezLADX11X
Eric Sogard--X6716
Eric ThamesMILX12
Erik GonzalezPIT16X5
Francisco LindorCLEX5
Franklin BarretoOAK185
Franmil Reyes--XX
Freddy Galvis--XX5
Garrett CooperMIAXX
Garrett HampsonCOLX15X
Garrett StubbsHOU117
Gary SanchezNYYX15
George SpringerHOUX13
Gerardo Parra--14X
Giancarlo StantonNYY135
Gleyber TorresNYYXX5
Gordon BeckhamDETX51812
Greg GarciaSDPX139
Hanser AlbertoBALXX
Harold CastroDETX10X
Hernan PerezMIL5X14X10
Howie KendrickWSNXX157
Hunter DozierKCR7XX15
Hunter PenceTEXXX
Ian HappCHC7138X
Ildemaro VargasARIX14
Isiah Kiner-FalefaTEXXX
J.D. DavisNYMXX
J.D. MartinezBOSXX
Jace PetersonBAL5919
Jack MayfieldHOU5X
Jake BauersCLEXXX
Jake LambARIXX
Jake MarisnickHOUX6
James McCannCHWX13
Jay Bruce--16X7
Jedd Gyorko--8X
Jeff McNeilNYMXXX
Jeimer CandelarioDETXX
Jesus Aguilar--X13
Ji-Man ChoiTBRX16
Joc PedersonLADXX
Joey GalloTEXX7
Joey WendleTBRXX10
Johan CamargoATL18X16
John HicksDETXX
Jon BertiMIAXXX
Jonathan Lucroy--X9
Jonathan VillarBALXX
Jordy MercerDET58X
Jorge PolancoMINX11
Jorge SolerKCRXX
Jose AbreuCHWXX
Jose MartinezSTLX8
Jose OsunaPITX19X
Jose PerazaCINX5XX
Jose Rondon--1913156
Josh BellPITX7
Josh VanMeterCIN17186X
JT RiddleMIA12X
Jung Ho KangPITX15
Jurickson ProfarOAKX88
Justin SmoakTORXX
Justin UptonLAAX5
Kendrys Morales--X16
Ketel MarteARIX11X
Kevan SmithLAAX6
Kevin NewmanPITX6X
Kris BryantCHCXX
Kyle FarmerCIN1518X12
Leury GarciaCHW19X
Logan ForsytheTEXX8X15
Lourdes Gurriel Jr.TOR9X9
Lucas DudaKCR1914
Luis ArraezMINX178X5
Luis GuillormeNYM858
Luis RengifoLAAX12
Luis UriasSDPXX
Luke VoitNYYXX
Manny MachadoSDPXX
Mark CanhaOAK15X16
Martin PradoMIAXX
Marwin GonzalezMINXXX
Matt BeatyLADX9X
Matt SkoleCHW911
Matt ThaissLAA13X
Matthew JoyceATLX6
Mauricio Dubon--X10
Max MoroffCLE1010
Max MuncyLADXXX
Michael BrantleyHOUXX
Michael ChavisBOSXX5
Miguel CabreraDETXX
Miguel RojasMIA6X
Miguel SanoMIN9X6
Mike BrosseauTBRX1811
Mike FordNYYX14
Mike FreemanCLEX1896
Mike MoustakasMILXX
Mike TroutLAAX12
Mookie BettsBOSX7
Myles StrawHOUX18
Nate LoweTBRX17
Neil WalkerMIAXX
Nicholas Castellanos--X11
Nick SolakTEX51117
Nicky LopezKCRXX
Niko GoodrumDET18XXX
Nomar MazaraTEXX8
Omar NarvaezSEAXX
Pablo ReyesPIT7X
Pablo SandovalSFGXX
Pat ValaikaCOL137
Phil GosselinPHI56
Randal GrichukTORX10
Renato NunezBALX9X
Richard UrenaTOR9613
Rio RuizBAL12X
Robel GarciaCHC186
Ronny RodriguezDET13X6X7
Rowdy TellezTORXX
Russell MartinLADX7
Ryan CourtSEA75
Ryan GoinsCHWX148
Ryan McBroomKCR614
Ryan McMahonCOL19XX
Ryon HealySEA11X
Sam TravisBOSX199
Scott KingeryPHI10X18X
Sean RodriguezPHIX1114
Shed LongSEAX16
Sheldon NeuseOAKX5
Shin-Soo ChooTEXXX
Starlin CastroMIAXX
Stephen VogtSFGX7
Steve PearceBOS195
Stevie WilkersonBAL13X
Thairo EstradaNYY179
Tim BeckhamSEA5810X1310
Tom MurphySEAX5
Tommy EdmanSTLXX13
Tommy La StellaLAAXX
Tommy PhamTBRXX
Tony Kemp--XX6
Tony WoltersCOLX8
Travis d'Arnaud--XX
Travis ShawMIL6X
Trey ManciniBALXX17
Ty FranceSDPXX
Tyler Austin--XX
Tyler SaladinoMIL6137
Tyler WadeNYY18518
Tyler White--X19
Victor CaratiniCHCXX
Vladimir Guerrero Jr.TORXX
Welington CastilloCHWXX
Whit MerrifieldKCR5XX8
Wil MyersSDP7X
Willians AstudilloMINX15138
Willie CalhounTEXX7
Wilmer DifoWSN6X
Wilmer FloresARI16X
Yadiel RiveraMIA88
Yairo MunozSTLX17X
Yandy DiazTBRXX16
Yangervis SolarteSFG109
Yasmani GrandalMILXX
Yonder Alonso--XX
Yordan AlvarezHOU10X
Yu ChangCLEX8
Yuli GurrielHOUXX
Zack CollinsCHW1014
Zack CozartLAAX5

Notable/Potential In-Season Qualifiers

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First Base

  • With Josh Donaldson signing in Minnesota, Miguel Sano is expected to shift to first base full-time. The defensive alignment for the Twins makes a big jump in value with these moves. With first base being pretty top-heavy, Sano could be a sneaky pick at his current ADP with the flexibility to move to a 1B slot.
  • The primary goal of the Rangers this spring seems to be finding at-bats for rookie Nick Solak. They plan to try him out both at first base and center field while playing Danny Santana around the infield to spell guys like Todd Frazier, Rougned Odor, and Ronald Guzman. If Solak gets consistent playing time, he’ll be an excellent target in the later rounds of redraft leagues.

Second Base

  • The Phillies are running experiments this spring to see where they will place Jean Segura and Scott Kingery. Right now, it appears that they really want to move Segura to third so that Kingery can be at his natural position of second base. Regardless, I would expect each to get eligibility at third and second as the season progresses.

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Third Base

  • With the departure of Anthony Rendon, the Nationals are looking for a replacement at third. While they re-signed Asdrubal CabreraCarter Kieboom is expected to compete for the job in Spring Training. They prepped him for the move at the end of 2019 in Triple-A.
  • At the moment, Eric Sogard is the best option that the Brewers have at third base. He should gain eligibility there within the first couple of weeks.

Shortstop

  • The Dodgers like to mix and match lineups to give guys rest with how deep their team is. With this in mind, expect Gavin Lux to fill in at shortstop frequently to spell Corey Seager.

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