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2024 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Freddie Freeman Note
Freddie Freeman photo 1. Freddie Freeman LAD
Freddie Freeman has established himself as an irreplaceable cornerstone for the Dodgers, entering 2024 as one of baseball's most consistent and elite performers. At 34, he's defying age-related expectations, showcasing a blend of power, skill, and speed rarely seen at his position. In 2023, Freeman delivered an elite .334 batting average while driving in 101 runs and smashing 28 home runs. He also reached the milestone of 200 hits for the first time in his career. His season was filled with career highs, including 21 stolen bases, 125 runs scored, and 56 doubles, nearing the first 60-double season in the majors since 1936. Heading into 2024, Freddie Freeman isn't just an asset for the Dodgers; he's a fantasy baseball gem, offering a rare mix of average, power, and speed. He should be the first 1B off the board.
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Matt Olson Note
Matt Olson photo 2. Matt Olson ATL
Matt Olson's 2023 season marked a significant improvement over his 2022 performance. His batting average jumped from .240 to .283, and he saw a notable increase in his on-base percentage (OBP), going from .325 to .389. More impressively, Olson's slugging percentage (SLG) spiked to .604, substantially improving from his .477 in 2022. His home run count highlights this surge in power; he smashed 54 homers with 139 RBI, leading all of MLB. Additionally, Olson played in all 162 games for the formidable Atlanta Braves, a role he will return to in 2024. While Freddie Freeman offers better all-around numbers, Olson is the powerful corner infielder worth a second-round pick.
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Bryce Harper Note
Bryce Harper photo 3. Bryce Harper PHI
Bryce Harper returned triumphantly from elbow surgery in May instead of the predicted July and rewarded every fantasy manager who took a flier on him late in 2023 drafts. He played 126 games and remained an elite hitter in the majors, slashing .293/.401/.499 in the middle of a Phillies lineup that finished sixth in team OPS. Harper is now primarily a DH/1B, which should work just fine in fantasy leagues, and fantasy managers can anticipate a 30/90/90 season with double-digit steals (he stole 11 in '23). After Freddie Freeman is off the board, whether Matt Olson or Harper goes next is a coin flip. A full season of Bryce Harper is never a bad thing to have on your fantasy roster.
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Pete Alonso Note
Pete Alonso photo 4. Pete Alonso NYM
In 2023, Alonso showcased his home run prowess, belting 46 to finish third in the majors. His batting average disintegrated to .217 from .271 in 2022, and his OBP cratered to .318 from .352. His run production remained high, with 92 runs scored and 118 RBIs over 658 plate appearances. Chances are good that Alonso's ratios will settle somewhere between his 2022 and 2023 numbers. If you're looking for monster counting stats from your first baseman, Alonso has you covered in three categories and most likely will be around in the third round.
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Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Note
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. photo 5. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. TOR
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. played 156 games and raised his walk rate while lowering his strikeout rate. Those were the highlights. Unfortunately, his other numbers took a fall across the board. The good news for 2024 is that Vladdy's expected numbers were more in line with what fantasy managers were looking for when they drafted him. For his age-25 season, he should see a bounce back to mid-30s in homers and close to 100/100 in runs and RBIs. The biggest discrepancy was his .264 average compared to his xBA of .295. Vladdy should be an asset, but he is now a Round 3 or 4 guy.
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Cody Bellinger Note
Cody Bellinger photo 6. Cody Bellinger CHC
Cody Bellinger notably outperformed expectations with a .307/.356/.525 slash line against his predicted .270/.331/.437. He is returning to the Cubs on a three-year, $80 million contract with opt-outs after each of the first two years. Wrigley Field is a great landing spot for him overall, but Bellinger presents a challenge for fantasy managers, with caution advised due to the typical decline following a standout season. While a 20/20 season is plausible, managers should temper expectations for a repeat of his 2023 performance.
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Paul Goldschmidt Note
Paul Goldschmidt photo 7. Paul Goldschmidt STL
Paul Goldschmidt continued to do what he does, albeit at a lesser pace than his torrid 2022. He hit 25 home runs, scored 89 runs, knocked in 80, and stole 11 bases. He continued to be a picture of stability, playing in over 150 games for the eighth year in a row (excluding 2020). His batting average tumbled from .317 to .268, and his slugging fell to .447 from .578. Essentially, the regression that we expected hit, yet he still had an overall productive season. Looking ahead, fantasy managers can probably expect numbers in line with 2023.
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Christian Walker Note
Christian Walker photo 8. Christian Walker ARI
Will Christian Walker remain a sleeper first baseman for the third year in a row, or are people finally onto his production? The 32-year-old hit 33 home runs and drove in 103 while slashing .258/.333/.497 for an exciting Arizona lineup. Walker has an impressive K% (19.2) and xwOBACON (.380), and he has also remained healthy, playing 160 games in 2022 and 157 last year. While he is not a full sleeper in 2024, he is still the cheapest of the top 1B options, going in the fifth or sixth round in most drafts. Don't be afraid to wait - the return on investment will be worth it.
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Triston Casas Note
Triston Casas photo 9. Triston Casas BOS
Triston Casas is the next star at the first base position. He took a leap in 2023 at the age of 23, hitting 24 home runs in 132 games with an impressive slash line of .263/.367/.490. He is in the 93rd percentile of BB% at 13.9 and the 92nd percentile in xwOBA at .370. His counting stats weren't great, only tallying 65 RBIs and 66 runs, but this should improve with the return of some key Boston players. He might come at a wild discount, going in the early 100s, but this will be the last time you will be able to get him there. He is worth reaching for because chances are good he will outproduce his ADP.
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Nolan Jones Note
Nolan Jones photo 10. Nolan Jones COL
Nolan Jones made a significant impact in the 2023 season, showcasing his power and speed as a 20/20 player in Colorado. With an impressive .297/.389/.542 slash line and a strong Barrel% of 15.7, Jones is a reliable source of power and on-base ability (xwOBACON .475). However, his high .401 BABIP suggests his batting average might decline. Despite a high strikeout rate around 30%, Jones's combination of power, walks, and 15-20 stolen bases, especially in Coors Field, makes him a valuable fantasy asset, albeit with a potential downside in batting average.
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Spencer Torkelson Note
Spencer Torkelson photo 11. Spencer Torkelson DET
Spencer Torkelson hit 31 home runs and drove in 94, and his ISO went from .117 to .213 in 2023. He ranked in the 94th percentile in hard-hit percentage at 50.9, and he should be in line for another 30/90 season in 2024. Torkelson can hopefully continue to improve his patience while reducing his strikeouts, and he may end up being a steal at his current 10th-round ADP.
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Yandy Diaz Note
Yandy Diaz photo 12. Yandy Diaz TB
Yandy Diaz broke out of his power deficiency in a big way in 2023. After hitting only nine home runs in 2022, the 32-year-old smacked 22 dingers while slashing .330/.410/.522 in 2023. He rescued many fantasy managers who waited too long on 3B in drafts by setting career highs across 137 games. That's the good news. The bad news is that Diaz will probably return to his regularly scheduled self in 2024, and he no longer has 3B eligibility in most leagues, leaving him among the middle-rounds first basemen. Drafting him in the 12th round or beyond feels right for next year, but don't let him be your first 1B. He's not going to save fantasy managers two years in a row.
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Josh Naylor Note
Josh Naylor photo 13. Josh Naylor CLE
Josh Naylor suffers from BatsInTheGuardiansLineupitis, but he offers enough upside to nab as a second or third corner infielder in the middle rounds. Naylor dealt with injuries in 2023, limiting him to 121 games. However, he hit 17 home runs and drove in 97 while slashing .308/.354/.489. He also kicked in 10 stolen bases for good measure. As long as he continues to bat behind Jose Ramirez, he should be a boon to the RBI category, but it's his 95th percentile xBA (.293) and K% (13.7) that makes him a valuable pick.
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Spencer Steer Note
Spencer Steer photo 14. Spencer Steer CIN
Spencer Steer is expected to be eligible for 1B/3B/OF, and possibly even 2B in some formats. With a solid 2023 season of 156 games, 23 homers, and 15 steals for the Reds, Steer is a promising fantasy pick. Batting in the middle of an exciting lineup with huge potential, he's on track to surpass his 86 RBI from last year. While not standing out in advanced metrics, Steer's consistent performance offers value in Round 9 and beyond, and the fact he plays half his games at Great American Ballpark is a plus for fantasy managers.
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Christian Encarnacion-Strand Note
Christian Encarnacion-Strand photo 15. Christian Encarnacion-Strand CIN
Christian Encarnacion-Strand got 241 plate appearances for Cincinnati in 2023, hitting 13 home runs and slashing .270/.328/.477. The acquisition of Jeimer Candelario leaves the 24-year-old without a regular position other than DH, but that's all fantasy managers will need him for. CES has the profile to become a very helpful fantasy bat and can slot in as a corner infielder in lineups nicely.
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Vinnie Pasquantino Note
Vinnie Pasquantino photo 16. Vinnie Pasquantino KC
Vinnie Pasquantino's 2023 shoulder injury cut his season short at 61 games. It was apparent he was dealing with something, as his usual stellar AVG and OBP dropped to .247 and .324. Assuming the shoulder is good to go, Pasquantino should be a significant boost to batting average and counting stats, batting close to Bobby Witt Jr.
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Rhys Hoskins Note
Rhys Hoskins photo 17. Rhys Hoskins MIL
Anthony Santander Note
Anthony Santander photo 18. Anthony Santander BAL
In 2023, Anthony Santander's performance was a blend of pros and cons. While his home run tally dipped and strikeout rate rose, he improved his batting average to .257 and saw an uptick in key statistics. Heading into 2024, the 29-year-old faces more potential risks than gains. With Baltimore's wealth of emerging prospects, Santander's role could be at risk if he doesn't start strong.
13 weeks ago
Alec Bohm Note
Alec Bohm photo 19. Alec Bohm PHI
Alec Bohm offers fantasy managers an intriguing later-round third-base option. He will help your team's batting average (.274 last year), provide a little pop (16-20 homers), and collect some RBIs along the way. With an ADP in the 150s, he shouldn't be your 3B1, but he can certainly fill a CI role at a difficult position.
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Luis Arraez Note
Luis Arraez photo 20. Luis Arraez SD
Last season was a landmark year for Luis Arraez. He became one of baseball's best hitters known for his exceptional contact skills, underlined by his .354 batting average, .393 on-base percentage, and .469 slugging percentage. He tallied 203 hits and 10 home runs over 617 plate appearances. Arraez's success is attributed to his elite strike-zone recognition and smart swing decisions. While chances are high that he won't hit .354 again, his xBA was still .325, and he is in the 100th percentile in K% and Whiff%. Arraez is THE stereotypical "empty batting average" player, but he is a nice offset to a power-only guy.
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Yainer Diaz Note
Yainer Diaz photo 21. Yainer Diaz HOU
Yainer Diaz will probably be on every Sleepers list for 2024 drafts because he offers a ton of offense at a position that lacks it. The 25-year-old hit 23 home runs in 104 games while slashing an impressive .278/.306/.532. Yes, the OBP is low, which is attributable to his 2.9 percent walk rate. (If you're looking for the player in the first percentile in this category and Chase% (44), you've found him.) The good news is that his xBA is .288, and his xSLG is .543. He will get plenty of at-bats in Houston, and since defensive metrics don't matter in fantasy, he is definitely someone to target.
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Isaac Paredes Note
Isaac Paredes photo 22. Isaac Paredes TB
Salvador Perez Note
Salvador Perez photo 23. Salvador Perez KC
Salvador Perez remained a staple of the Kansas City Royals lineup in 2023, playing in 140 games and racking up 580 plate appearances. He hit .254 with a miserable .292 OBP and .422 SLG. He hit 23 home runs for the second year in a row and drove in 80. His projections for 2024 suggest more of the same for the 33-year-old. Perez is a catcher who isn't going to drag down your batting average and give you 20+ homers. That is a rare bird; at his ADP of 133, he isn't a bad value in 2024.
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Jeimer Candelario Note
Jeimer Candelario photo 24. Jeimer Candelario CIN
Nathaniel Lowe Note
Nathaniel Lowe photo 25. Nathaniel Lowe TEX
Ryan Mountcastle Note
Ryan Mountcastle photo 26. Ryan Mountcastle BAL
Andrew Vaughn Note
Andrew Vaughn photo 27. Andrew Vaughn CWS
Brandon Drury Note
Brandon Drury photo 28. Brandon Drury LAA
Anthony Rizzo Note
Anthony Rizzo photo 29. Anthony Rizzo NYY
Justin Turner Note
Justin Turner photo 30. Justin Turner TOR
Jose Abreu Note
Jose Abreu photo 31. Jose Abreu FA
Josh Bell Note
Josh Bell photo 32. Josh Bell MIA
Ty France Note
Ty France photo 33. Ty France SEA
Kris Bryant Note
Kris Bryant photo 34. Kris Bryant COL
Luke Raley Note
Luke Raley photo 35. Luke Raley SEA
Alex Kirilloff Note
Alex Kirilloff photo 36. Alex Kirilloff MIN
Jake Cronenworth Note
Jake Cronenworth photo 37. Jake Cronenworth SD
Brendan Donovan Note
Brendan Donovan photo 38. Brendan Donovan STL
Joey Meneses Note
Joey Meneses photo 39. Joey Meneses WSH
Kyle Manzardo Note
Kyle Manzardo photo 40. Kyle Manzardo CLE
DJ LeMahieu Note
DJ LeMahieu photo 41. DJ LeMahieu NYY
Ryan O'Hearn Note
Ryan O'Hearn photo 42. Ryan O'Hearn BAL
Nolan Schanuel Note
Nolan Schanuel photo 43. Nolan Schanuel LAA
Wilmer Flores Note
Wilmer Flores photo 44. Wilmer Flores SF
Hunter Renfroe Note
Hunter Renfroe photo 45. Hunter Renfroe KC
LaMonte Wade Jr. Note
LaMonte Wade Jr. photo 46. LaMonte Wade Jr. SF
Ryan Noda Note
Ryan Noda photo 47. Ryan Noda OAK
Mark Canha Note
Mark Canha photo 48. Mark Canha DET
Carlos Santana Note
Carlos Santana photo 49. Carlos Santana MIN
Rowdy Tellez Note
Rowdy Tellez photo 50. Rowdy Tellez PIT
Elehuris Montero Note
Elehuris Montero photo 51. Elehuris Montero COL
J.D. Davis Note
J.D. Davis photo 52. J.D. Davis OAK
Seth Brown Note
Seth Brown photo 53. Seth Brown OAK
Joey Gallo Note
Joey Gallo photo 54. Joey Gallo WSH
Jared Triolo Note
Jared Triolo photo 55. Jared Triolo PIT
Jonathan Aranda Note
Jonathan Aranda photo 56. Jonathan Aranda TB
C.J. Cron Note
C.J. Cron photo 57. C.J. Cron FA
Hunter Goodman Note
Hunter Goodman photo 58. Hunter Goodman COL
Cavan Biggio Note
Cavan Biggio photo 59. Cavan Biggio LAD
Patrick Wisdom Note
Patrick Wisdom photo 60. Patrick Wisdom CHC
Matt Mervis Note
Matt Mervis photo 61. Matt Mervis CHC
Coby Mayo Note
Coby Mayo photo 62. Coby Mayo BAL
Gio Urshela Note
Gio Urshela photo 63. Gio Urshela DET
Tyler Soderstrom Note
Tyler Soderstrom photo 64. Tyler Soderstrom OAK
Brandon Belt Note
Brandon Belt photo 65. Brandon Belt FA
Mark Vientos Note
Mark Vientos photo 66. Mark Vientos NYM
Justin Foscue Note
Justin Foscue photo 67. Justin Foscue TEX
Nick Pratto Note
Nick Pratto photo 68. Nick Pratto KC
Connor Joe Note
Connor Joe photo 69. Connor Joe PIT
Garrett Cooper Note
Garrett Cooper photo 70. Garrett Cooper FA
Kike Hernandez Note
Kike Hernandez photo 71. Kike Hernandez LAD
Alec Burleson Note
Alec Burleson photo 72. Alec Burleson STL
Joey Votto Note
Joey Votto photo 73. Joey Votto TOR
Gabriel Arias Note
Gabriel Arias photo 74. Gabriel Arias CLE
Gavin Sheets Note
Gavin Sheets photo 75. Gavin Sheets CWS
Jiman Choi Note
Jiman Choi photo 76. Jiman Choi NYM
Luken Baker Note
Luken Baker photo 77. Luken Baker STL
Miguel Sano Note
Miguel Sano photo 78. Miguel Sano LAA
Ramon Urias Note
Ramon Urias photo 79. Ramon Urias BAL
Jared Walsh Note
Jared Walsh photo 80. Jared Walsh CWS
David Fry Note
David Fry photo 81. David Fry CLE
Mike Ford Note
Mike Ford photo 82. Mike Ford FA
Jake Bauers Note
Jake Bauers photo 83. Jake Bauers MIL
Jerry Sands Note
Jerry Sands photo 84. Jerry Sands FA
Dustin Harris Note
Dustin Harris photo 85. Dustin Harris TEX
Jordan Diaz Note
Jordan Diaz photo 86. Jordan Diaz OAK
Trey Mancini Note
Trey Mancini photo 87. Trey Mancini FA
Matt Carpenter Note
Matt Carpenter photo 88. Matt Carpenter STL
Abraham Toro Note
Abraham Toro photo 89. Abraham Toro OAK
Jake Cave Note
Jake Cave photo 90. Jake Cave COL
Bobby Dalbec Note
Bobby Dalbec photo 91. Bobby Dalbec BOS
Michael Toglia Note
Michael Toglia photo 92. Michael Toglia COL
Wil Myers Note
Wil Myers photo 93. Wil Myers FA
Deyvison De Los Santos Note
Deyvison De Los Santos photo 94. Deyvison De Los Santos ARI
Spencer Horwitz Note
Spencer Horwitz photo 95. Spencer Horwitz TOR
Greg Bird Note
Greg Bird photo 96. Greg Bird FA
Nick Loftin Note
Nick Loftin photo 97. Nick Loftin KC
Owen Miller Note
Owen Miller photo 98. Owen Miller MIL
Donovan Solano Note
Donovan Solano photo 99. Donovan Solano SD
Aledmys Diaz Note
Aledmys Diaz photo 100. Aledmys Diaz OAK
Emmanuel Rivera Note
Emmanuel Rivera photo 101. Emmanuel Rivera MIA
Dominic Smith Note
Dominic Smith photo 102. Dominic Smith BOS
Mike Moustakas Note
Mike Moustakas photo 103. Mike Moustakas FA
Carlos Perez Note
Carlos Perez photo 104. Carlos Perez OAK
Juan Yepez Note
Juan Yepez photo 105. Juan Yepez WSH
Harry Ford Note
Harry Ford photo 106. Harry Ford SEA
Austin Shenton Note
Austin Shenton photo 107. Austin Shenton TB
Troy Johnston Note
Troy Johnston photo 108. Troy Johnston MIA
Kole Calhoun Note
Kole Calhoun photo 109. Kole Calhoun FA
Damiano Palmegiani Note
Damiano Palmegiani photo 110. Damiano Palmegiani TOR
Keston Hiura Note
Keston Hiura photo 111. Keston Hiura LAA
Yuli Gurriel Note
Yuli Gurriel photo 112. Yuli Gurriel ATL
Samuel Basallo Note
Samuel Basallo photo 113. Samuel Basallo BAL
Jon Singleton Note
Jon Singleton photo 114. Jon Singleton HOU
Harold Castro Note
Harold Castro photo 115. Harold Castro FA
Trey Cabbage Note
Trey Cabbage photo 116. Trey Cabbage HOU
Andrew Knapp Note
Andrew Knapp photo 117. Andrew Knapp TEX
Tyler Nevin Note
Tyler Nevin photo 118. Tyler Nevin OAK
Ivan Melendez Note
Ivan Melendez photo 119. Ivan Melendez ARI
Michael Chavis Note
Michael Chavis photo 120. Michael Chavis CWS
Andres Chaparro Note
Andres Chaparro photo 121. Andres Chaparro ARI
Jesus Aguilar Note
Jesus Aguilar photo 122. Jesus Aguilar FA
Wes Clarke Note
Wes Clarke photo 123. Wes Clarke MIL
Pavin Smith Note
Pavin Smith photo 124. Pavin Smith ARI
Luke Voit Note
Luke Voit photo 125. Luke Voit FA
Yu Chang Note
Yu Chang photo 126. Yu Chang TB
Hunter Dozier Note
Hunter Dozier photo 127. Hunter Dozier FA
Christian Arroyo Note
Christian Arroyo photo 128. Christian Arroyo MIL
Kevin Newman Note
Kevin Newman photo 129. Kevin Newman ARI
Alfonso Rivas Note
Alfonso Rivas photo 130. Alfonso Rivas STL
Franchy Cordero Note
Franchy Cordero photo 131. Franchy Cordero FA
Matt Duffy Note
Matt Duffy photo 132. Matt Duffy FA
Kody Clemens Note
Kody Clemens photo 133. Kody Clemens PHI
Ben Gamel Note
Ben Gamel photo 134. Ben Gamel NYM
Jake Lamb Note
Jake Lamb photo 135. Jake Lamb FA
Darin Ruf Note
Darin Ruf photo 136. Darin Ruf FA
Darick Hall Note
Darick Hall photo 137. Darick Hall PHI
Nathan Martorella Note
Nathan Martorella photo 138. Nathan Martorella MIA
Lewin Diaz Note
Lewin Diaz photo 139. Lewin Diaz FA
Evan White Note
Evan White photo 140. Evan White LAA
P.J. Higgins Note
P.J. Higgins photo 141. P.J. Higgins CIN
Jhonkensy Noel Note
Jhonkensy Noel photo 142. Jhonkensy Noel CLE
Bligh Madris Note
Bligh Madris photo 143. Bligh Madris DET
Jordan Groshans Note
Jordan Groshans photo 144. Jordan Groshans NYY
Jared Young Note
Jared Young photo 145. Jared Young STL
Yunior Severino Note
Yunior Severino photo 146. Yunior Severino MIN
Niko Goodrum Note
Niko Goodrum photo 147. Niko Goodrum FA
Tristan Gray Note
Tristan Gray photo 148. Tristan Gray MIA
Seth Beer Note
Seth Beer photo 149. Seth Beer PIT
Niko Kavadas Note
Niko Kavadas photo 150. Niko Kavadas BOS
Carlos De La Cruz Note
Carlos De La Cruz photo 151. Carlos De La Cruz PHI
Blaine Crim Note
Blaine Crim photo 152. Blaine Crim TEX
Matt Beaty Note
Matt Beaty photo 153. Matt Beaty FA
Logan Davidson Note
Logan Davidson photo 154. Logan Davidson OAK