5 Most Overrated MLB Players Heading into 2020 Season

By michael obermuller
Jose Altuve and the Houston Astros have a big year ahead after a controversial offseason.
Jose Altuve and the Houston Astros have a big year ahead after a controversial offseason. / Elsa/Getty Images
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With every sports preseason comes hype, and there's no better way to talk up your team than by touting your star players. But all that hype can often lead to increased scrutiny.

With that in mind, here are the five most overrated MLB players heading into the 2020 season.

5. Anthony Rendon

Angels fans will be expecting a lot from Anthony Rendon.
Angels fans will be expecting a lot from Anthony Rendon. / Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

Anthony Rendon had a career season in his 2019 contract year (34 HR, 126 RBI). With the added stardom that comes from winning a World Series, Rendon signed a seven-year, $245 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels, making him one of the highest-paid players in baseball. While he's undoubtedly talented, 2019 was Rendon's first season with more than 25 HRs, and just his second with at least 100 RBI.

4. Giancarlo Stanton

Giancarlo Stanton's time in New York has not gone as planned for the Yanks or the slugger.
Giancarlo Stanton's time in New York has not gone as planned for the Yanks or the slugger. / Elsa/Getty Images

Contrary to the others on this list, Giancarlo Stanton is less hyped by his own New York Yankees fan base than he is by analysts. Coming off a 2019 campaign that saw him play just 18 games, Stanton hasn't really played up to his usual standards since joining the Bronx Bombers. In his last four seasons with the Miami Marlins, Stanton hit .271/.366/.573, but since joining the Yankees, that's down to .268/.349/.507. His ceiling is as high as it gets, having won the NL MVP in 2017, but Stanton needs a bounce-back season in 2020.

3. Bryce Harper

Bryce Harper has to prove to fans that he is a winner in 2020 and beyond.
Bryce Harper has to prove to fans that he is a winner in 2020 and beyond. / Rich Schultz/Getty Images

Bryce Harper had a decent 2019 statistically, with more RBI than his 2015 MVP season with the Washington Nationals. Still, Harper underwhelmed given the expectations thrust upon him in the offseason. His batting average (.260) was way down, and more importantly, the Philadelphia Phillies finished fourth in the NL East. To make matters worse, the Nationals went on to win the 2019 World Series in their first season without Harper. Considering he's one of the highest-paid players in baseball, Harper needs to produce at a much higher level in his second season in Philadelphia.

2. Chris Sale

Chris Sale has to prove his arm can still hold up an entire season.
Chris Sale has to prove his arm can still hold up an entire season. / Adam Glanzman/Getty Images

Since winning a World Series with the Boston Red Sox in 2018, it has been all downhill for Chris Sale. He had a 4.40 ERA in 2019, the worst mark of his career, and it was the only time Sale has finished a season with an ERA higher than 3.42. Still, Sale (+800) is currently tied with Justin Verlander for the second-best odds to win the AL Cy Young, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. The expectations put on Sale this season certainly don't line up with what he's done recently.

1. Jose Altuve

Jose Altuve has been at the center of the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal.
Jose Altuve has been at the center of the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal. / Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Possibly the most controversial player in the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal, Jose Altuve's recent achievements are now under the microscope (especially his 2017 AL MVP season). If his numbers take a hit in 2020, Altuve will be an extremely difficult player to evaluate going forward. He needs a big-time 2020 campaign to stave off any added criticism.


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Michael Obermuller is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Michael also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username king_mizzard. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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