Howdy pardners! It’s Day 703 of quarantine (feels like it!), and we’re doing a Deadwood-themed quarantine day. Cougs is cussing like Swearagen and I’m mopping the floor like Jewel. She sure is being harsh to me, but I sure do deserve it! Hopefully tomorrow’s “Sitcoms ruined by adding a character late in the show’s run”-theme works out better for me. Cougs is gonna be Nellie from The Office and I’m gonna be Cousin Oliver. “C’mon, guys, I’m just a little accident prone,” as I tumble off a roof. Good, right? Nope, not stir crazy at all! Any hoo! The top 20 starters for 2020 fantasy baseball were updated with new projections for a 100-game season. With this series, I will take a look around the 2020 fantasy baseball rankings to see if there’s any differences now that we might only play a 100-game season. Projections have been updated on all my positional rankings. Anyway, here’s thoughts on the top 20 starters for 2020 fantasy baseball with the new Corona timeline:
11. Mike Clevinger – At some point in the near future while we wait for the season to begin some time in like roughly 70 days (it’ll fly by! The month of March alone was 70 days long and you see how fast that went, right?), I’m going to go over what it even means to draft a starter in a shortened season. Do they matter? Profound stuff. I may write the post, then immediately send it to the Library of Congress. “To Whom It May Concern or To Who It May Concern (I never know the difference),” is how I will start that letter to the Library of Congress. By the way, who exactly is the Librarian of Congress? Someone named Mildred would be my guess. A sexy name, if I’ve ever heard one. Any hoo! I moved Mike Clevinger back up in my rankings where he was prior to his meniscus tear, because tears heal…Or…so…I’m…*sobbing loudly*…told.
14. Tyler Glasnow – I didn’t like Glasnow in a full season of games. Not even a little. I refused to draft him in TFP (The First Preseason). Back in TFP, when people shook hands willy-nilly and sneezed into the wind, I was worried Glasnow would never reach a number of innings to make him worth his draft price. Well, oopsie-poopsie, that’s no longer a concern. Due to the shortened season, I’m jazzed about the idea of Glasnow in less innings. Jazznow? *insert GIF of Jack Nicholson with a Cheshire cat grin while nodding his head* While I’m also a bit peeved, I don’t own Glasnow in any leagues, so I’m not lucking into him anywhere getting a boost in value. Makes things a little bittersweet, like finding one more roll of toilet paper, then realizing it’s actually sandpaper.
18. Blake Snell – When he was deemed unavailable for Opening Day, due to a cortisone shot in his elbow — or deux to his elbow, if you’re French or have two elbows — I moved Snell down in my rankings. This was back during TFP, when people would say things like, “I sure could go for a Corona,” and not have some weird hospital fetish. Since the season’s start has been moved and less games seem likely if not obvious, I have *not* moved Snell back up in my rankings. I still don’t want him. An elbow issue is not something people just come back from like they’re John Q. Sport. I’d prefer to take a pass on Snell this year, even with more time for him to get to 100%. There’s just too many starters to be worrying about a guy with elbow issues.
19. Justin Verlander – During TFP, Verlander was moved down in my rankings because of a lat strain and news that he would miss at least six weeks of the season. Well, the season went into hiatus, and Verlander had time to heal. Then Verlander decided to have groin surgery. He must’ve really needed it, because if I were being quarantined for eight weeks with Kate Upton, I would’ve pushed back groin surgery to the winter. Verlander still seems capable of returning to start the season, and if I owned him (I don’t), I’d be less concerned about him then during TFP, but I did *not* move Verlander up into a tier I’d draft, after the delay. Too many things flying around about him with injuries for me to risk it. For what it’s Werth, Rudy thought my coconut bank head was fraying husk for not moving Verlander up higher in my rankings, saying he’ll be fine.