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Hazard! You have been instructed to anticipate it, however nonetheless you made your descent down the chilly, granite steps. The 2020 MLB season is barely every week outdated and you’re already feeling the burn of optimistic COVID assessments, quarantined gamers and, worst of all, no extra guarantees of a 60-game season.

Consequently, your fantasy baseball season turned that rather more tough.

With the short-term shutdown of the Marlins, the postponements, and even potential cancellation of the Yankees-Phillies collection and now a optimistic take a look at looming within the Cardinals’ clubhouse, there may be an ominous feeling the fantasy group that stays the healthiest would be the one atop the standings come season’s finish.

Sadly, you can’t predict well being. As a fantasy participant, your response ought to be to accumulate as many high quality at-bats as you may.

In a traditional season, we might have checked out names equivalent to JaCoby Jones, Teoscar Hernandez, Shed Lengthy and Kyle Lewis, and scoffed on the scorching begin. This 12 months, they may very well be our fantasy saviors.

Heading into the weekend, every has performed each recreation for his or her respective group and every is hitting for energy, common and even kicking in some velocity. These are the gamers you need in your roster proper now. They’re accumulating at-bats, and although sure, they might begin to fade statistically over time, they’re producing at a powerful degree and vaulting fantasy groups to the highest of the standings.

Contrarily, Edwin Encarnacion has simply 19 at-bats and is hitting .105, and Andrew Benintendi is batting a woeful .095 with virtually no statistical contribution. Elite gamers off to a chilly begin deserve a bit of extra leash earlier than you pull the plug. However if you’re taking a look at Josh Bell batting .174 or Jonathan Villar in a clubhouse of COVID, you want to jettison them off your roster in lieu of anybody who is definitely enjoying and performing.

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Dangerous stats are, cumulatively, simply as detrimental to your group pretty much as good stats are useful. They could even be extra damaging at this time limit.

Perhaps it hasn’t hit you but. Your group could also be wholesome and performing effectively. However don’t get too comfy. Powerful cuts are tough sufficient in a 162-game season, so although you might hate your self for dropping an arm or bat who you usually would afford further time to show issues round, these days are gone. Don’t take one other step. It’s time to make your transfer.

Howard Bender is the VP of operations and head of content material at Comply with him on Twitter @rotobuzzguy and catch him on the award-winning “Fantasy Alarm Radio Present” on the SiriusXM fantasy sports activities channel weekdays from 6-Eight p.m. Go to for all of your fantasy baseball recommendation.

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2020 Fantasy Football TE Rankings: Is Rob Gronkowski still a starting tight end?

At first glance, our 2020 fantasy TE rankings look deep, but it’s important to remember that this position remains one of the toughest to navigate on draft day. The very top tier is generally reliable, but most fantasy football owners don’t want to spend the high draft picks required to get them. The middle tier always seems overpriced, and the lower tiers are a gamble.

Of course, at least one or two players from those tiers rank among the very best tight ends at the end of the season (see Darren Waller last year), so many owners try to hit on a big sleeper. There’s nothing wrong with that (especially if you draft two players from those tiers), but ask owners who have gone down the Ricky Seals-Jones and Austin Seferian-Jenkins rabbit holes one too many times how that can work out. Getting one reliable, if unexciting, veteran and one high-upside lotto ticket is often the way to go if you don’t want to pay up for a stud.

Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Defense | Kicker

But just who qualifies as a “reliable veteran?” Does that label still apply to Rob Gronkowski? After a year off and multiple injury-plagued seasons, we don’t think so, ranking him outside the starting tier. He could still score a good amount of touchdowns, but even that is in question. Jared Cook is also lower in our rankings than most sites after the Sa ints acquired yet another possession receiver in Emmanuel Sanders. Cook is still a borderline starter, but breakout candidates Jonnu Smith, Hayden Hurst, and Tyler Higbee seem to have more upside. 

Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end

Fortunately, there are a lot of sleeper candidates. Guys like Noah Fant, Chris Herndon, Ian Thomas, Blake Jarwin, and Irv Smith Jr., among others, could easily finish well ahead of our rankings and their average draft positions. At tight end, a hot start and simply staying healthy goes a long way, which is why it’s a good idea to grab a backup during your draft. This position is more than “touchdown-or-bust,” so don’t settle.

We’ll update these TE rankings throughout the preseason, so check back for updates and individual analysis.

2020 Fantasy Football TE Rankings

The following rankings are for non-PPR leagues.

Rank Player
1 George Kittle, 49ers
2 Travis Kelce, Chiefs
3 Zach Ertz, Eagles
4 Mark Andrews, Ravens
5 Evan Engram, Giants
6 Darren Waller, Raiders
7 Hunter Henry, Chargers
8 Hayden Hurst, Falcons
9 Tyler Higbee, Rams
10 Austin Hooper, Browns
11 Jonnu Smith, Titans
12 Jack Doyle, Colts
13 Jared Cook, Saints
14 Eric Ebron, Steelers
15 Rob Gronkowski, Buccaneers
16 T.J. Hockenson, Lions
17 Mike Gesicki, Dolphins
18 Ian Thomas, Panthers
19 Noah Fant, Broncos
20 O.J. Howard, Buccaneers
21 Dallas Goedert, Eagles
22 Chris Herndon, Jets
23 Blake Jarwin, Cowboys
24 Irv Smith Jr., Vikings
25 Greg Olsen, Seahawks
26 Dawson Knox, Bills
27 C.J. Uzomah, Bengals
28 Taysom Hill, Saints (ESPN)
29 Jace Sternberger, Packers
30 Jimmy Graham, Bears
31 Kyle Rudolph, Vikings
32 David Njoku, Browns
33 Cole Kmet, Bears
34 Darren Fells, Texans
35 Will Dissly, Seahawks
36 Tyler Eifert, Jaguars
37 Trey Burton, Colts
38 Devin Asiasi, Patriots
39 Vance McDonald, Steelers
40 Logan Thomas, Washington
41 Albert Okwuegbunam, Broncos

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