Early 2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings (Top 250)

by Bobby Sylvester | @bobbyfantasypro | Featured Writer
Oct 5, 2018

Don’t sleep on Cody Bellinger becoming a star next year

With the MLB playoffs underway, it is officially time to begin looking at the 2019 fantasy baseball season. In the coming weeks, I’ll be rolling out my dynasty rankings and early bold predictions, but we’ve got to first begin with the top 250 rankings. Much is subject to change as players change rosters and we get more information on injuries, but as of now, this is how I would draft my teams and it should give you a pretty reliable glimpse on how fantasy drafts may shape up five months from now. I’ll take it 50 players at a time and highlight one ranking that I’m particularly passionate about from each group.

Top 50

1 Mike Trout LAA OF
2 Mookie Betts BOS OF
3 Jose Ramirez CLE 3B
4 Francisco Lindor CLE SS
5 Nolan Arenado COL 3B
6 Christian Yelich MIL OF
7 J.D. Martinez BOS OF
8 Manny Machado FA SS
9 Jose Altuve HOU 2B
10 Chris Sale BOS SP
11 Max Scherzer WSH SP
12 Corey Kluber CLE SP
13 Aaron Judge NYY OF
14 Bryce Harper FA OF
15 Trea Turner WSH SS
16 Alex Bregman HOU 3B/SS
17 Paul Goldschmidt ARI 1B
18 Andrew Benintendi BOS OF
19 Ronald Acuna Jr. ATL OF
20 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B
21 Javier Baez CHC 2B/SS/3B
22 Giancarlo Stanton NYY OF
23 Carlos Correa HOU SS
24 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP
25 Trevor Story COL SS
26 Aaron Nola PHI SP
27 Charlie Blackmon COL OF
28 Jacob deGrom NYM SP
29 Kris Bryant CHC 3B/OF
30 Noah Syndergaard NYM SP
31 Juan Soto WSH OF
32 Ozzie Albies ATL 2B
33 Blake Snell TB SP
34 Trevor Bauer CLE SP
35 Anthony Rendon WSH 3B
36 Rhys Hoskins PHI OF
37 Gerrit Cole HOU SP
38 Justin Verlander HOU SP
39 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B/OF
40 Eugenio Suarez CIN 3B
41 George Springer HOU OF
42 Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B
43 Matt Carpenter STL 1B/3B
44 Corey Seager LAD SS
45 Starling Marte PIT OF
46 Khris Davis OAK DH
47 Whit Merrifield KC 2B/OF
48 Gleyber Torres NYY 2B/SS
49 Eddie Rosario MIN OF
50 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS

 
Cody Bellinger (1B/OF – LAD)
You may have been burned by Bellinger this year, but that doesn’t mean you should say never again on a 23-year-old power-phenom. Here is the list of players with 60+ homers in their first two years under 24 years old: Albert Pujols, Eddie Matthews, Ryan Braun, Frank Robinson, Kris Bryant, Mark Teixeira, Evan Longoria and Bellinger. That’s it. Giancarlo Stanton and Barry Bonds didn’t do it and neither did Miguel Cabrera or Ted Williams. The list is exclusive to superstars and Bellinger belongs to it. Oh, by the way, he’s got 24 stolen bases already too which only Braun can stake claim to from the list above. He is a special player and despite the lackluster 2018 results, I’m still buying a ticket. he gave us reason to hope in the second half too. From August 1st until the end of the year, Bellinger batted .312/.388/.509 with a prorated pace of 24 homers and 27 stolen bases. That will do.

51 to 100

51 Luis Severino NYY SP
52 Walker Buehler LAD SP
53 J.T. Realmuto MIA C
54 Joey Votto CIN 1B
55 Justin Upton LAA OF
56 Jose Abreu CWS 1B
57 Jack Flaherty STL SP
58 A.J. Pollock FA OF
59 James Paxton SEA SP
60 Jean Segura SEA SS
61 Lorenzo Cain MIL OF
62 Stephen Strasburg WSH SP
63 Carlos Carrasco CLE SP
64 Tommy Pham TB OF
65 Mitch Haniger SEA OF
66 Gary Sanchez NYY C
67 Madison Bumgarner SF SP
68 Adalberto Mondesi KC SS
69 Wil Myers SD OF/3B
70 Daniel Murphy FA 2B
71 Nelson Cruz FA DH
72 Marcell Ozuna STL OF
73 Zack Greinke ARI SP
74 Justin Turner LAD 3B
75 Mike Foltynewicz ATL SP
76 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. TOR 3B
77 Nicholas Castellanos DET OF
78 Willson Contreras CHC C
79 Shohei Ohtani LAA DH/SP
80 Kenley Jansen LAD RP
81 Ender Inciarte ATL OF
82 Jose Berrios MIN SP
83 Edwin Diaz SEA RP
84 Patrick Corbin FA SP
85 Yoan Moncada CWS 2B
86 Aroldis Chapman NYY RP
87 Rougned Odor TEX 2B
88 Jonathan Villar BAL 2B
89 Aaron Hicks NYY OF
90 Craig Kimbrel FA RP
91 Carlos Martinez STL SP
92 Jesus Aguilar MIL 1B
93 Miguel Sano MIN 3B
94 Edwin Encarnacion CLE 1B
95 Nomar Mazara TEX OF
96 Matt Chapman OAK 3B
97 Roberto Osuna HOU RP
98 Blake Treinen OAK RP
99 Dee Gordon SEA 2B/OF
100 David Price BOS SP

 
Jonathan Villar (2B – BAL)
I never thought I’d be recommending this name again, yet here we are. Just two seasons prior, Villar was a fantasy superstar, swiping 62 bags and swatting 19 homers while qualifying at both 2B and SS. In 2017 and for the start of 2018, he took a big dip, but once he was dealt to the Orioles, Villar took off again. In just 54 starts (exactly one-third of the season), he hit 8 homers and stole 21 basses. That 24/63 pace looks awfully familiar. Sign me up for a lottery ticket in 2018 when Villar could return second round value out of a ninth-round draft slot.

101 to 150

101 Tim Anderson CWS SS
102 Brian Dozier FA 2B
103 Felipe Vazquez PIT RP
104 Didi Gregorius NYY SS
105 Gregory Polanco PIT OF
106 Joey Gallo TEX OF/1B
107 Eric Hosmer SD 1B
108 Scooter Gennett CIN 2B
109 Max Muncy LAD 1B/3B
110 Rafael Devers BOS 3B
111 David Dahl COL OF
112 Matt Olson OAK 1B
113 Elvis Andrus TEX SS
114 Michael Conforto NYM OF
115 Jameson Taillon PIT SP
116 David Peralta ARI OF
117 Josh Hader MIL RP
118 Robinson Cano SEA 2B
119 Michael Brantley FA OF
120 Robbie Ray ARI SP
121 Jonathan Schoop MIL 2B
122 Sean Doolittle WSH RP
123 Jose Peraza CIN SS
124 Kyle Schwarber CHC OF
125 Brad Hand CLE RP
126 Raisel Iglesias CIN RP
127 Eloy Jimenez CHW OF
128 Yasiel Puig LAD OF
129 Andrew McCutchen FA OF
130 Yoenis Cespedes NYM OF
131 Lance McCullers Jr. HOU SP
132 Josh Donaldson FA 3B
133 Jon Lester CHC SP
134 Sean Newcomb ATL SP
135 Zack Wheeler NYM SP
136 Harrison Bader STL OF
137 Luis Castillo CIN SP
138 Chris Archer PIT SP
139 Masahiro Tanaka NYY SP
140 Nick Pivetta PHI SP
141 Victor Robles WSH OF
142 Odubel Herrera PHI OF
143 DJ LeMahieu FA 2B
144 Buster Posey SF C
145 Cesar Hernandez PHI 2B
146 Miguel Andujar NYY 3B
147 Ken Giles TOR RP
148 Wilson Ramos FA C
149 Kyle Hendricks CHC SP
150 Byron Buxton MIN OF

 
David Dahl (OF – COL)
It sure did take long enough, but it appears that Dahl has finally arrived. After years of hype followed by injuries and let-down, the Rockies’ potential star has implanted himself firmly into the heart of Colorado’s lineup. The young slugger was phenomenal in September, batting .287/.330/.985 with 9 homers and 27 RBIs. While he may not exactly be Nolan Arendo with that RBI pace, the batting average could actually rise over .300 as he continues to mature as a hitter. Dahl won’t steal 20 bags, but his 32/10 prorated pace will certainly please fantasy owners if he can keep it up, and frankly, there is room for much more if the September breakout was, in fact, legitimate.

151 to 200

151 Corey Knebel MIL RP
152 Yu Darvish CHC SP
153 Nick Senzel CIN 3B
154 Cole Hamels CHC SP
155 Miguel Cabrera DET 1B
156 Dallas Keuchel FA SP
157 Jeurys Familia FA RP
158 Adam Jones FA OF
159 Mike Clevinger CLE SP
160 Tyler Glasnow TB SP
161 Brandon Morrow CHC RP
162 Billy Hamilton CIN OF
163 Tyler White HOU 1B
164 Stephen Piscotty OAK OF
165 Eduardo Rodriguez BOS SP
166 Salvador Perez KC C
167 Seranthony Dominguez PHI RP
168 Mike Moustakas MIL 3B
169 German Marquez COL SP
170 Jordan Hicks STL RP
171 Evan Longoria SF 3B
172 Ian Happ CHC OF/3B
173 Ian Desmond COL 1B/OF
174 Carlos Santana PHI 1B
175 Jose Martinez STL 1B/OF
176 Amed Rosario NYM SS
177 Charlie Morton FA SP
178 Yasmani Grandal FA C
179 Andrelton Simmons LAA SS
180 Willy Adames TB SS
181 Yadier Molina STL C
182 Kirby Yates SD RP
183 Paul DeJong STL SS
184 Miles Mikolas STL SP
185 Cody Allen FA RP
186 Jurickson Profar TEX SS/3B/1B
187 Travis Shaw MIL 3B/2B
188 Mallex Smith TB OF
189 Brett Gardner NYY OF
190 Francisco Mejia SD C
191 Matt Kemp LAD OF
192 Scott Kingery PHI SS
193 A.J. Minter ATL RP
194 Shin-Soo Choo TEX OF
195 Kevin Gausman ATL SP
196 Zach Britton FA RP
197 Trey Mancini BAL OF/1B
198 Brandon Nimmo NYM OF
199 Jake Lamb ARI 3B
200 Alex Reyes STL SP

 
Tyler Glasnow (SP – TB)
This is a dangerous name to be recommending, but then again, so were Blake Snell and Trevor Bauer this year, but I did that anyway because of the potential they so clearly had. The worst case scenario is that you find out quickly that Glasnow isn’t an ace and you cut ties before he ruins your season. What that is a possibility, it seems more likely that he has finally turned the corner and may join Snell atop that Rays’ rotation for a long time. After posting the best numbers in minor league baseball during the 2017 season, Glasnow struggled in the majors until being dealt to Tampa where he finished out the season with 3 or fewer runs allowed in 9 of 11 starts. In that time, Glasnow cut down on the walks while striking out well over a batter per inning. He wrapped up his season with 9 Ks over 5 innings, finishing with 10.3 K/9 on the season. There is a legitimate chance he carries that momentum over in 2019 and catches the AL East by storm.

201 to 250

201 Hunter Renfroe SD OF
202 Josh Bell PIT 1B
203 Franmil Reyes SD OF
204 Max Kepler MIN OF
205 Kyle Tucker HOU OF
206 Adam Eaton WSH OF
207 Starlin Castro MIA 2B
208 Kyle Gibson MIN SP
209 Keone Kela PIT RP
210 Dellin Betances NYY RP
211 Corey Dickerson PIT OF
212 Mike Zunino SEA C
213 Evan Gattis FA DH
214 Ketel Marte ARI 2B/SS
215 Brad Boxberger ARI RP
216 Rich Hill LAD SP
217 Justin Smoak TOR 1B
218 Tyler Skaggs LAA SP
219 Marcus Semien OAK SS
220 Dakota Hudson STL SP
221 Zack Godley ARI SP
222 Archie Bradley ARI RP
223 David Robertson FA RP
224 Fernando Tatis Jr. SD SS
225 Hyun-Jin Ryu LAD SP
226 Chad Green NYY RP
227 Rick Porcello BOS SP
228 Brandon Belt SF 1B
229 Wade Davis COL RP
230 Maikel Franco PHI 3B
231 Manuel Margot SD OF
232 Jorge Alfaro PHI C
233 Jose Leclerc TEX RP
234 Danny Jansen TOR C
235 Yonder Alonso CLE 1B
236 Kyle Freeland COL SP
237 Luis Urias SD 2B
238 Brendan Rodgers COL 2B/SS
239 Kyle Seager SEA 3B
240 Ryan Zimmerman WSH 1B
241 Carlos Rodon CWS SP
242 Jose Quintana CHC SP
243 Austin Meadows TB OF
244 Greg Bird NYY 1B
245 Carl Edwards Jr. CHC RP
246 Jorge Polanco MIN SS
247 Jed Lowrie FA 2B
248 Shane Bieber CLE SP
249 Ben Zobrist CHC OF/2B
250 Luke Voit NYY 1B

 
Franmil Reyes (OF – SDP)
If you take a look at the exit velocity leaderboard, you’ll see Reyes sandwiched between superstars like Christian Yelich, Mookie Betts and Kris Davis. His launch angle needs some work, but after being called back up to the majors on August 5th, Reyes obliterated MLB pitching, batting .318/.385/.933 with 10 homers in 157 at-bats. That was by no means a fluke either, as it came following a .324/.428/.614 line in Triple-A. The 6’5″275-pound masher is still just 22 years old and will likely only improve over the off-season. You better believe I’ll be getting plenty of shares with hopes that he is a major breakout in 2019.

Bobby Sylvester is a featured writer at FantasyPros. For more from Bobby, check out his archive and follow him @BobbyFantasyPro.

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