Bobby Sylvester’s 2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings
Although Bryce Harper still hasn’t signed, we are closing in on fantasy baseball draft day. Tomorrow, I’ll be posting my updated top 1000 dynasty rankings, but first, let’s take a look at my top 400 of redraft leagues. There will be plenty changing as more players sign and we get more information on injuries and depth charts, but as of now, this is how I would draft my teams. This list is also dynamic, so as I make tweaks every week, you’ll see those update on this page. We’ll get to the rankings in a moment, but first I’ll tell you about four players I am especially bullish on this season at their current prices.
Blake Snell (#17 vs ADP #28)
The AL Cy Young Award winner didn’t just have a great season last year, he had a historically great season. The only other pitchers in the past 50 years to join him with an ERA under 2.00, a WHIP under 1.00 and with 11 K/9 in 180+ innings are Jacob deGrom last year and Pedro Martinez in both 1997 and 2000. He was absolutely sensational and only improved as the season went on. We might not get 280 Ks like Chris Sale and Max Scherzer, but I’m all for taking Snell in the second round this season as my #3 starting pitcher.
Daniel Murphy (#49 vs ADP #86)
In the past three seasons, Murphy is second in batting average with a .326 mark. In fact, #3 is all the way down at .315 with Jose Altuve closer at .334. The difference between Altuve (a second-round pick), is less than you’d think. Murphy has more HR/PA, more RBI/PA and is suddenly playing half his games in Coors Field. The speed isn’t there and durability is a concern, but while he is on the field, you’ve got yourself a top 30 fantasy player and potentially top 15.
Shohei Ohtani (#86 vs ADP #142)
Like Murphy above him, the concern with Ohtani is health. He is currently expected to be ready for opening day, however, which might mean a full season of one of the best hitters in baseball. Wait, you don’t believe me? Ohtani had a better wOBA than Ronald Acuna, Manny Machado, Freddie Freeman, Francisco Lindor and Matt Carpenter just to name a few. His 367 plate appearance pace would have seen him hit 34 homers with 16 steals over the course of a full season. Not only that, but he will be focusing solely on hitting this time around so don’t be shocked if he outproduces a handful of second-round hitters despite his 12th round price tag.
Paul DeJong (#120 vs ADP #183)
Since joining the league, DeJong is fifth among shortstops in homers per trip to the plate. He is right behind Francisco Lindor and Trevor Story, who are being drafted in the first and second rounds. Granted, the speed is a major difference but the batting average isn’t at .275, .267 and .263. If DeJong can stay on the field this year, consensus projections like him to produce a very similar season to Carlos Correa who is being drafted 140 picks higher. You know what to do.
ADP – Average Draft Position