FANTASY BASEBALL RANKINGS: Here’s the expert consensus on the top 50 players

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Fantasy baseball season is almost here, so we’ve rounded up the top 50 picks from experts to help you ace your draft. AP Photo/Elaine Thompson
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  • To help you prepare, we’ve put together a consensus ranking based on the predictions of fantasy experts from several different outlets.
  • There’s no wrong way to draft your team, but a bit of guidance from experts never hurts.
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Baseball season is fast approaching and with it, comes fantasy baseball.

While there’s no foolproof way of drafting your fantasy team, it’s key to get your first few picks right if you hope to compete for your league’s championship.

With the help of Fantasy Pros, we gathered the rankings of 12 experts from Yahoo! Sports, FantasyPros, Rotoballer, and The Athletic in order to put together a consensus ranking from experts across the sports world.

Five-tool players such as Mike Trout and Mookie Betts once again highlight the top of the draft board for their ability to help fantasy teams across categories, but there’s some interesting value to found in the later rounds.

Take a look below and plan out your strategy for the first few rounds of your upcoming draft. All stat projections are from ESPN.


1. Ronald Acuna Jr. — OF, Atlanta Braves

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Average rank: 1.6

2019 stats: .280, 41 HR, 101 RBI, 127 R, 37 SB

2020 projections:.283, 41 HR, 90 RBI, 114 R, 33 SB


2. Mike Trout — OF, Los Angeles Angels

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Average rank: 1.9

2019 stats: .294, 45 HR, 104 RBI, 110 R, 11 SB

2020 projections:.300, 44 HR, 105 RBI, 118 R, 16 SB


3. Christian Yelich — OF, Milwaukee Brewers

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Average rank: 2.5

2019 stats: .329, 44 HR, 97 RBI, 100 R, 30 SB

2020 projections:.316, 36 HR, 106 RBI, 113 R, 25 SB


4. Cody Bellinger — 1B/OF, Los Angeles Dodgers

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Average rank: 4.5

2019 stats: .305, 47 HR, 115 RBI, 121 R, 15 SB

2020 projections:.288, 40 HR, 111 RBI, 111 R, 12 SB


5. Mookie Betts — OF, Los Angeles Dodgers

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Average rank: 5.0

2019 stats: .296, 29 HR, 80 RBI, 135 R, 16 SB

2020 projections:.294, 30 HR, 81 RBI, 121 R, 22 SB


6. Trevor Story — SS, Colorado Rockies

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Average rank: 7.3

2019 stats: .294, 35 HR, 85 RBI, 111 R, 23 SB

2020 projections:.275, 36 HR, 90 RBI, 94 R, 16 SB


7. Francisco Lindor — SS, Cleveland Indians

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Average rank: 7.4

2019 stats: .284, 32 HR, 74 RBI, 101 R, 22 SB

2020 projections:.279, 33 HR, 77 RBI, 103 R, 23 SB


8. Trea Turner — SS, Washington Nationals

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Average rank: 8.7

2019 stats: .298, 19 HR, 57 RBI, 96 R, 35 SB

2020 projections:.290, 21 HR, 63 RBI, 98 R, 38 SB


9. Gerrit Cole — SP, New York Yankees

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Average rank: 9.7

2019 stats: 20 W, 2.50 ERA, 326 Ks, 0.89 WHIP

2020 projections: 18 W, 2.83 ERA, 296 Ks, 0.96 WHIP


10. Jacob deGrom — SP, New York Mets

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Average rank: 10.7

2019 stats: 11 W, 2.43 ERA, 255 Ks, 0.97 WHIP

2020 projections: 17 W, 2.50 ERA, 251 Ks, 0.98 WHIP


11. Nolan Arenado — 3B, Colorado Rockies

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Average rank: 10.9

2019 stats: .315, 41 HR, 118 RBI, 102 R, 3 SB

2020 projections:.305, 42 HR, 115 RBI, 98 R, 2 SB


12. Juan Soto — OF, Washington Nationals

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Average rank: 11.4

2019 stats: .282, 34 HR, 110 RBI, 110 R, 12 SB

2020 projections:.295, 36 HR, 110 RBI, 110 R, 10 SB


13. Justin Verlander — SP, Houston Astros

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Average rank: 12.7

2019 stats: 21 W, 2.62 ERA, 300 Ks, 0.81 WHIP

2020 projections: 17 W, 2.93 ERA, 263 Ks, 0.91 WHIP


14. Alex Bregman — 3B/SS, Houston Astros

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Average rank: 16.1

2019 stats: .296, 41 HR, 112 RBI, 122 R, 5 SB

2020 projections:.288, 34 HR, 102 RBI, 109 R, 7 SB


15. Jose Ramirez — 3B, Cleveland Indians

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Average rank: 16.4

2019 stats: .255, 23 HR, 83 RBI, 68 R, 24 SB

2020 projections:.268, 29 HR, 89 RBI, 85 R, 23 SB


16. Freddie Freeman — 1B, Atlanta Braves

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Average rank: 16.4

2019 stats: .293, 38 HR, 121 RBI, 113 R, 6 SB

2020 projections:.303, 38 HR, 104 RBI, 102 R, 5 SB


17. Max Scherzer — SP, Washington Nationals

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Average rank: 16.6

2019 stats: 11 W, 2.92 ERA, 243 Ks, 1.03 WHIP

2020 projections: 16 W, 2.92 ERA, 266 Ks, 0.96 WHIP


18. Walker Buehler — SP, Los Angeles Dodgers

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Average rank: 18.3

2019 stats: 14 W, 3.26 ERA, 215 Ks, 1.04 WHIP

2020 projections: 15 W, 3.26 ERA, 222 Ks, 1.04 WHIP


19. J.D. Martinez — OF/DH, Boston Red Sox

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Average rank: 18.9

2019 stats: .304, 36 HR, 105 RBI, 98 R, 2 SB

2020 projections:.309, 36 HR, 106 RBI, 94 R, 3 SB


20. Anthony Rendon — 3B, Los Angeles Angels

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Average rank: 20.0

2019 stats: .319, 34 HR, 126 RBI, 117 R, 5 SB

2020 projections:.306, 31 HR, 109 RBI, 100 R, 4 SB


21. Rafael Devers — 3B, Boston Red Sox

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Average rank: 20.6

2019 stats: .311, 32 HR, 115 RBI, 129 R, 8 SB

2020 projections:.285, 30 HR, 98 RBI, 104 R, 3 SB


22. Fernando Tatis Jr. — SS, San Diego Padres

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Average rank: 22.8

2019 stats: .291, 22 HR, 53 RBI, 61 R, 16 SB

2020 projections:.284, 31 HR, 77 RBI, 100 R, 19 SB


23. Bryce Harper — OF, Philadelphia Phillies

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Average rank: 22.8

2019 stats: .260, 35 HR, 114 RBI, 98 R, 15 SB

2020 projections:.269, 37 HR, 110 RBI, 101 R, 10 SB


24. Aaron Judge — OF, New York Yankees

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Average rank: 27.7

2019 stats: .272, 27 HR, 55 RBI, 75 R, 3 SB

2020 projections:.274, 37 HR, 84 RBI, 103 R, 4 SB


25. Stephen Strasburg — SP, Washington Nationals

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Average rank: 28.1

2019 stats: 18 W, 3.32 ERA, 251 Ks, 1.04 WHIP

2020 projections: 14 W, 3.34 ERA, 219 Ks, 1.10 WHIP


26. Xander Bogaerts — SS, Boston Red Sox

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Average rank: 29.3

2019 stats: .311, 33 HR, 117 RBI, 110 R, 4 SB

2020 projections:.288, 25 HR, 100 RBI, 95 R, 6 SB


27. Javier Baez — SS, Chicago Cubs

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Average rank: 30.3

2019 stats: .281, 29 HR, 85 RBI, 89 R, 11 SB

2020 projections:.270, 28 HR, 94 RBI, 92 R, 9 SB


28. Shane Bieber — SP, Cleveland Indians

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Average rank: 30.7

2019 stats: 15 W, 3.28 ERA, 259 Ks, 1.05 WHIP

2020 projections: 14 W, 3.65 ERA, 225 Ks, 1.11 WHIP


29. Jack Flaherty — SP, St. Louis Cardinals

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Average rank: 31.1

2019 stats: 11 W, 2.75 ERA, 231 Ks, 0.97 WHIP

2020 projections: 14 W, 3.22 ERA, 222 Ks, 1.05 WHIP


30. Starling Marte — OF, Arizona Diamondbacks

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Average rank: 31.3

2019 stats: .295, 23 HR, 82 RBI, 97 R, 25 SB

2020 projections:.293, 24 HR, 82 RBI, 96 R, 22 SB


31. Blake Snell — SP, Tampa Bay Rays

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Average rank: 31.6

2019 stats: 6 W, 4.29 ERA, 147 Ks, 1.27 WHIP

2020 projections: 12 W, 3.30 ERA, 221 Ks, 1.14 WHIP


32. Yordan Alvarez — OF, Houston Astros

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Average rank: 32.5

2019 stats: .313, 27 HR, 78 RBI, 58 R, 0 SB

2020 projections:.277, 40 HR, 120 RBI, 89 R, 2 SB


33. Jose Altuve — 2B, Houston Astros

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Average rank: 33.3

2019 stats: .298, 31 HR, 74 RBI, 89 R, 6 SB

2020 projections:.309, 26 HR, 76 RBI, 97 R, 10 SB


34. Pete Alonso — 1B, New York Mets

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Average rank: 33.6

2019 stats: .260, 53 HR, 120 RBI, 103 R, 1 SB

2020 projections:.247, 46 HR, 123 RBI, 102 R, 0 SB


35. Chris Sale — SP, Boston Red Sox

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Average rank: 33.9

2019 stats: 6 W, 4.40 ERA, 218 Ks, 1.09 WHIP

2020 projections: 13 W, 3.51 ERA, 236 Ks, 1.02 WHIP


36. Gleyber Torres — 2B/SS, New York Yankees

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Average rank: 34.1

2019 stats: .280, 38 HR, 91 RBI, 96 R, 5 SB

2020 projections:.273, 33 HR, 92 RBI, 87 R, 5 SB


37. Charlie Blackmon — OF, Colorado Rockies

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Average rank: 34.4

2019 stats: .316, 32 HR, 86 RBI, 112 R, 2 SB

2020 projections:.308, 32 HR, 80 RBI, 109 R, 3 SB


38. Ozzie Albies — 2B, Atlanta Braves

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Average rank: 37.2

2019 stats: .295, 24 HR, 86 RBI, 102 R, 15 SB

2020 projections:.276, 23 HR, 73 RBI, 94 R, 13 SB


39. Austin Meadows — OF/DH, Tampa Bay Rays

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Average rank: 37.9

2019 stats: .291, 33 HR, 89 RBI, 83 R, 12 SB

2020 projections:.284, 33 HR, 91 RBI, 86 R, 9 SB


40. George Springer — OF, Houston Astros

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Average rank: 40.2

2019 stats: .292, 39 HR, 96 RBI, 96 R, 6 SB

2020 projections:.280, 37 HR, 95 RBI, 106 R, 4 SB


41. Ketel Marte — 2B/SS/OF, Arizona Diamondbacks

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Average rank: 41.0

2019 stats: .329, 32 HR, 92 RBI, 97 R, 10 SB

2020 projections:.291, 23 HR, 77 RBI, 86 R, 7 SB


42. Adalberto Mondesi — SS, Kansas City Royals

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Average rank: 42.2

2019 stats: .264, 9 HR, 62 RBI, 58 R, 43 SB

2020 projections:.250, 16 HR, 71 RBI, 70 R, 39 SB


43. Giancarlo Stanton — OF, New York Yankees

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Average rank: 47.3

2019 stats: .288, 3 HR, 13 RBI, 8 R, 0 SB

2020 projections:.266, 41 HR, 94 RBI, 85 R, 1 SB


44. Clayton Kershaw — SP, Los Angeles Dodgers

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Average rank: 47.5

2019 stats: 16 W, 3.08 ERA, 189 Ks, 1.04 WHIP

2020 projections: 13 W, 3.41 ERA, 188 Ks, 1.03 WHIP


45. Luis Castillo — SP, Cincinnati Reds

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Average rank: 48.8

2019 stats: 15 W, 3.45 ERA, 226 Ks, 1.14 WHIP

2020 projections: 12 W, 3.51 ERA, 219 Ks, 1.16 WHIP


46. Patrick Corbin — SP, Washington Nationals

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Average rank: 49.8

2019 stats: 14 W, 3.25 ERA, 238 Ks, 1.18 WHIP

2020 projections: 14 W, 3.71 ERA, 227 Ks, 1.23 WHIP


47. Kris Bryant — 3B/OF, Chicago Cubs

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Average rank: 51.0

2019 stats: .282, 31 HR, 77 RBI, 108 R, 4 SB

2020 projections:.278, 29 HR, 79 RBI, 111 R, 4 SB


48. Whit Merrifield — 2B/OF, Kansas City Royals

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Average rank: 52.4

2019 stats: .302, 16 HR, 74 RBI, 105 R, 20 SB

2020 projections:.290, 14 HR, 66 RBI, 87 R, 20 SB


49. Charlie Morton — SP, Tampa Bay Rays

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Average rank: 52.6

2019 stats: 16 W, 3.05 ERA, 240 Ks, 1.08 WHIP

2020 projections: 13 W, 3.29 ERA, 216 Ks, 1.13 WHIP


50. Anthony Rizzo — 1B, Chicago Cubs

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Average rank: 53.3

2019 stats: .293, 27 HR, 94 RBI, 89 R, 5 SB

2020 projections:.293, 26 HR, 99 RBI, 87 R, 4 SB


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