Power Rankings Countdown: Are No. 1 Los Angeles Dodgers really the best squad in fantasy and reality?

Dalton Del Don
·2 min read

The Dodgers enter 2020 with arguably the best roster in baseball and the clear favorites to win the National League, especially after trading for Mookie Betts (and David Price) during the offseason. A.J. Pollock is the team’s fourth outfielder, while Ross Stripling and Dustin May are their sixth and seventh starters (despite Hyun-Jin Ryu departing through free agency). The Dodgers’ projected No. 8 hitter is one of the very best prospects in baseball (Gavin Lux).

It’s not the worst spot to be both top-heavy and overloaded with depth.

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Betts quietly saw a big upgrade in home parks in regards to power with the move from Boston to LA, and he’ll join a lineup that should score among the most runs in baseball despite playing in the NL.

Max Muncy has developed into one of baseball’s best hitters and is eligible everywhere, while Justin Turner has turned it on after the All-Star break each of the last two seasons when he led MLB in wRC+ in 2018 and then hit 17 homers (with a .971 OPS) over 190 ABs, post-ASB last year.

Los Angeles dodgers projected lineup (Photo by Paul Rosales/Yahoo Sports)
Los Angeles dodgers projected lineup (Photo by Paul Rosales/Yahoo Sports)

Walker Buehler is legit and, given his situation, worth a first-round fantasy pick on my board. This version of Clayton Kershaw, which features lower velocity that has kept him healthier and his ADP lower, is someone to target this year. He and Kenley Jansen reportedly benefitted from offseason visits to Driveline.

David Price, Julio Urias, and Alex Wood are all strong fantasy targets as well. Urias is nasty, while Price saw a massive upgrade going from the AL East to LA, and he has feeling in his pitching hand again after finally undergoing surgery to remove a cyst from his wrist.

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When injuries strike LA’s rotation (and they will), Dustin May will go down as one of the season’s bigger FAAB adds where he’s available.

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