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2024 Fantasy Baseball Draft Pitcher Rankings: Expert Picks & Predictions

2024 Fantasy Baseball Draft Pitcher Rankings: Expert Picks & Predictions

It can be helpful to get an early sense of where the experts stand in terms of initial fantasy baseball rankings. We’ll have you covered as we approach the spring and new season, but for now let’s take a look at 2024 fantasy baseball rankings.

2024 Fantasy Baseball Rankings

Rank Player Team Positions Overall Best Worst Avg Std Dev ADP vs. ADP
1 Spencer Strider ATL SP 11 1 2 1.4 0.5 10 -1
2 Gerrit Cole NYY SP 17 1 3 2.6 0.5 13 -4
3 Corbin Burnes BAL SP 22 3 8 4.1 0.7 19 -3
4 Zack Wheeler PHI SP 27 3 6 4.9 0.6 27
5 Kevin Gausman TOR SP 29 4 10 6.2 1 28 -1
6 Luis Castillo SEA SP 33 5 14 7.6 1.8 30 -3
7 Pablo Lopez MIN SP 36 6 13 8.8 1.5 38 2
8 George Kirby SEA SP 38 6 27 9.4 2 41 3
9 Zac Gallen ARI SP 41 6 26 11.5 3.7 32 -9
10 Tyler Glasnow LAD SP 42 2 24 11.8 3.1 42
11 Tarik Skubal DET SP 45 9 25 14.3 3.6 48 3
12 Yoshinobu Yamamoto LAD SP 44 7 27 14.4 4.5 39 -5
13 Devin Williams MIL RP 47 8 27 15.6 4.8 46 -1
14 Josh Hader HOU RP 48 11 29 15.9 3.3 54 6
15 Aaron Nola PHI SP 52 6 27 17.4 5.1 44 -8
16 Logan Webb SF SP 53 14 23 17.5 2.5 49 -4
17 Freddy Peralta MIL SP 56 13 27 18.6 3.3 55 -1
18 Framber Valdez HOU SP 55 11 32 18.7 2.2 53 -2
19 Max Fried ATL SP 59 8 30 19.4 4.7 47 -12
20 Edwin Diaz NYM RP 62 11 37 20.2 6.2 58 -4
21 Blake Snell SP 64 12 42 22.1 5.6 62 -2
22 Emmanuel Clase CLE RP 66 10 33 23.1 5.2 56 -10
23 Shohei Ohtani LAD DH,SP 12 1 4 2.2 1.1 12
24 Kodai Senga NYM SP 67 16 34 23.8 5.6 61 -6
25 Logan Gilbert SEA SP 68 18 35 24.2 3.2 67 -1
26 Grayson Rodriguez BAL SP 71 10 43 26.9 3.5 70 -1
27 Jhoan Duran MIN RP 74 14 35 27.4 5.3 73 -1
28 Camilo Doval SF RP 72 17 54 27.5 5 71 -1
29 Zach Eflin TB SP 76 14 38 28.4 4 80 4
30 Eury Perez MIA SP 77 18 36 29 4 89 12
31 Bobby Miller LAD SP 79 20 40 29.6 4.7 85 6
32 Jesus Luzardo MIA SP 87 22 40 32.7 4.7 82 -5
33 Raisel Iglesias ATL RP 89 22 55 33.4 4.3 78 -11
34 Joe Ryan MIN SP 90 22 47 33.9 4.8 91 1
35 Jordan Romano TOR RP 91 21 50 34.4 3.9 84 -7
36 David Bednar PIT RP 92 21 59 35.4 6.4 87 -5
37 Alexis Diaz CIN RP 96 20 55 37.6 5.4 93 -3
38 Justin Steele CHC SP 99 24 46 38.9 4.7 92 -7
39 Joe Musgrove SD SP 102 34 51 39.9 4.1 97 -5
40 Paul Sewald ARI RP 105 31 53 40.6 3.2 108 3
41 Cole Ragans KC SP,RP 108 30 59 42.2 7.1 102 -6
42 Andres Munoz SEA RP 112 32 64 43.7 6.2 114 2
43 Tanner Bibee CLE SP 115 34 55 45 3.5 106 -9
44 Dylan Cease CWS SP 113 27 59 45.4 5.2 94 -19
45 Sonny Gray STL SP 114 32 59 46.6 4.6 111 -3
46 Ryan Helsley STL RP 119 40 67 48.4 5 115 -4
47 Pete Fairbanks TB RP 124 34 63 48.4 6.9 119 -5
48 Justin Verlander HOU SP 121 32 82 48.6 7 117 -4
49 Evan Phillips LAD RP 123 35 69 49.6 6.5 120 -3
50 Walker Buehler LAD SP 128 37 115 49.9 9.3 127 -1
51 Clay Holmes NYY RP 132 43 63 53.5 5 135 3
52 Chris Bassitt TOR SP 131 44 82 54.9 6.9 125 -6
53 Tanner Scott MIA RP 138 43 107 56.1 9.2 141 3
54 Hunter Greene CIN SP 140 36 71 56.2 6.3 132 -8
55 Kenley Jansen BOS RP 142 46 81 57.7 5.7 168 26
56 Michael King SD SP,RP 152 41 77 57.9 8.5 152
57 Chris Sale ATL SP 145 40 75 59.4 9.2 148 3
58 Merrill Kelly ARI SP 154 47 82 60.6 6.3 136 -18
59 Jordan Montgomery SP 148 48 87 60.6 10 134 -14
60 Shane Bieber CLE SP 161 36 76 63.9 6.4 137 -24
61 Mitch Keller PIT SP 165 47 89 64.6 8.5 142 -23
62 Bailey Ober MIN SP 168 53 78 64.9 7.1 159 -9
63 Gavin Williams CLE SP 167 52 86 65.9 7.1 185 18
64 Carlos Rodon NYY SP 176 38 81 66.2 7.8 165 -11
65 Craig Kimbrel BAL RP 178 44 75 59.9 9.8 157 -21
66 Hunter Brown HOU SP 180 60 77 67 4.4 171 -9
67 Adbert Alzolay CHC RP 184 51 77 67.9 8.2 160 -24
68 Yu Darvish SD SP 177 46 85 68.3 6.5 181 4
69 Cristian Javier HOU SP 181 49 87 70 8.7 170 -11
70 Jose Berrios TOR SP 186 51 105 71.7 11.5 166 -20
71 Ryan Pepiot TB RP 196 48 92 73.4 10.2 194 -2
72 Bryce Miller SEA SP 192 60 86 74.1 6.5 180 -12
73 Bryan Woo SEA SP 198 51 89 74.9 6.9 201 3
74 Nathan Eovaldi TEX SP 200 56 89 75 8.9 192 -8
75 Eduardo Rodriguez ARI SP 199 49 90 75.2 6.7 186 -13
76 Shane Baz TB SP 211 26 119 77.4 13 193 -18
77 Brandon Pfaadt ARI SP 206 62 95 77.4 8 220 14
78 Braxton Garrett MIA SP 214 61 106 74.2 11.4 191 -23
79 Alex Lange DET RP 225 63 91 80.8 6.6 205 -20
80 Nick Pivetta BOS SP,RP 222 51 112 81.4 16 188 -34
81 Aaron Civale TB SP 224 69 93 81.4 4.2 225 1
82 Jose Leclerc TEX RP 227 66 95 81.7 8.1 208 -19
83 Shota Imanaga CHC SP 228 68 101 83.5 9.9 199 -29
84 Jose Alvarado PHI RP 230 33 110 84.2 10.4 197 -33
85 Nick Lodolo CIN SP 231 56 98 85.4 7.3 235 4
86 Brayan Bello BOS SP 239 76 102 88.8 5.8 238 -1
87 Triston McKenzie CLE SP 240 82 112 89.5 7.3 223 -17
88 Lucas Giolito BOS SP 242 73 97 89.9 3.4 200 -42
89 Charlie Morton ATL SP 238 66 101 86.8 5.6 202 -36
90 Taj Bradley TB SP 248 65 99 93.5 4.3 296 48
91 Kyle Bradish BAL SP 243 24 157 82.7 39.7 103 -140
92 Mason Miller OAK SP 263 76 111 94.6 7.7 253 -10
93 Reid Detmers LAA SP 256 78 108 96.1 6.1 254 -2
94 Andrew Abbott CIN SP 255 73 148 97.1 15.7 231 -24
95 Cristopher Sanchez PHI SP 258 75 111 97.6 8 289 31
96 Kenta Maeda DET SP 264 79 144 99.4 14.1 259 -5
97 Emmet Sheehan LAD SP 268 78 110 100.1 5.9 286 18
98 Kyle Finnegan WSH RP 277 92 116 99.3 5.6 230 -47
99 Nestor Cortes Jr. NYY SP 275 86 108 101.6 3.1 228 -47
100 Ryan Pressly HOU RP 270 25 122 84.6 26.6 204 -66


What is Fantasy Baseball?

Fantasy baseball is an online game where participants act as managers of virtual baseball teams based on real-life Major League Baseball (MLB) players. The performance of these players in actual games determines the results in the fantasy league. It’s a blend of skill, strategy, and a little bit of luck, akin to the real-world decisions team managers must make.

Basic Strategy for Fantasy Baseball Success

1. Understand Your League’s Format and Scoring

Before drafting your team, it’s essential to understand the scoring system and rules of your specific league, as this will influence your drafting and management strategy. Knowing whether you’re in a points-based, category-based, or head-to-head league will guide you in selecting players whose strengths align with the scoring system.

2. Drafting Your Team Wisely

A solid draft is the foundation of a successful season. Here are a few tips for the drafting phase:

  • Balanced Team: Ensure you have a balanced team with a mix of power hitters, average hitters, speedsters, starting pitchers, and relievers.
  • Position Scarcity: Be aware of the depth of talent at each position. Some positions, like shortstop, may have fewer high-quality players, making it beneficial to draft a top player at that position early.
  • High-Floor Players: Early in the draft, focus on players with a proven track record of consistency.
  • Upside Picks: In the later rounds, look for “upside” players. These are athletes who have the potential to outperform their draft position.

3. In-Season Management

  • Stay Active: Constantly look for ways to improve your team through waivers, trades, and free-agent pickups.
  • Mind the Matchups: Pay attention to player matchups, platoon splits, and ballparks. Starting a pitcher in a hitter-friendly park, for example, can be risky.
  • Injury Management: Stay on top of player injuries and have backups ready for your key players.


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