Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2019 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes
Mike Trout photo 1. Mike Trout CF,DH - LAA
As long as Mike Trout continues to put up 30+ homers, 20+ steals, 100+ runs and bat .300 every season, you can bet he will be worth the first overall pick. Chances are, we have another decade of this consistent dominance.
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Mookie Betts photo 2. Mookie Betts CF,RF - BOS
It may be tempting to snag Betts with the 1st pick over Trout, after the ridiculous season he just put together, but remember that he is just one year removed from batting .264 with 24 homers. There is a chance Betts outproduces Trout, but that isn't a risk you should gamble on.
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Nolan Arenado photo 3. Nolan Arenado 3B - COL
Arenado might not feel like the sexiest pick at this stage because he isn't the hot new name, nor is he a five-category star, but there is nothing wrong with boring old reliability. He has averaged 40 homers, 125 RBIs and 100 runs while batting .297 over the last four seasons. Don't let him slip past this 5th pick in your drafts.
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J.D. Martinez photo 4. J.D. Martinez LF,RF,DH - BOS
It's funny how one healthy season can help you forget that a player missed 40+ games in three of the past four seasons. While Martinez has a legitimate shot at the Triple Crown, he is also a bit riskier than many of the other first round picks so proceed soberly.
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Jose Ramirez photo 5. Jose Ramirez 2B,3B - CLE
Jose Ramirez may have been the best fantasy player in baseball last year, knocking 39 homers with 34 steals, 110 runs and 105 RBIs, but he is still 1-C behind both Trout and Mookie Betts because of their consistent production over the last three seasons
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Max Scherzer photo 6. Max Scherzer SP - WSH
Looking for 18 wins, 220 innings and nearly 300 strikeouts? You can virtually lock it in with Scherzer. Not only that, be he has a 0.975 WHIP over the past six seasons. That is downright unfair. Don't hesitate to grab him late in the 1st round this year.
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Trea Turner photo 7. Trea Turner SS - WSH
Fantasy owners may have been disappointed with Turner's performance last year, but he still averages 20 HR, 56 SB and 106 runs with a .289 average per 162 games. Only Rickey Henderson and Joe Morgan have matched those totals over a full season. Turner is an extraordinary fantasy baseball asset and well worth a top 15 pick
5 weeks ago
Christian Yelich photo 8. Christian Yelich LF,CF,RF - MIL
There is no denying that Yelich was a first round value in 2018 and perhaps even the #1 fantasy asset thanks to a .326 average with 36 homers, 22 steals and 110+ runs and RBIs. These numbers blew away his career marks, however, so projection models all have him regressing to a high-end second round value this year
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Ronald Acuna Jr. photo 9. Ronald Acuna Jr. LF,CF - ATL
Per plate apperance, Acuna was every bit as productive as consensus top-5 pick, Francisco Lindor, last season. Granted, Acuna doesn't qualify at shortstop, but that should tell you that the hype somehow hasn't driven him far enough up draft boards yet.
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Chris Sale photo 10. Chris Sale SP - BOS
There are a handful of starting pitchers that stand out above the rest, but Sale and Scherzer may belong in a tier of their own at this point. Sale posted an unfathomable 0.861 WHIP last season and 13.5 K/9. As long as he returns to health, we could be looking at a 340 Ks
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Jacob deGrom photo 11. Jacob deGrom SP - NYM
deGrom was magical in 2018 and while there is a chance that continues into this season, we have to remember that the two prior seasons, he carried a 3.32 ERA with just 382 Ks and 22 wins. While that makes for a useful pitcher, the risk of him returning to that leaves him below Sale and Scherzer's tier
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Bryce Harper photo 12. Bryce Harper CF,RF - PHI
Harper may have posted just a .249 batting average in 2018, but the rest of his fantasy production was tremendous, plus his underlying metrics indicate the average returning closer to the .270 mark in 2019. His fantasy value improved when he signed with Philly because their ballpark is great for lefties, but he is still just a 2nd round pick.
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Jose Altuve photo 13. Jose Altuve 2B - HOU
It can be easy to be discouraged by Altuve "only" batting .316 with limited power and steals, but the injury seemed to influence his performance much more than most realize. You can expect a return to his 20 homer, 30 steal, 110 runs season with a batting average north of .330
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Aaron Judge photo 14. Aaron Judge RF,DH - NYY
Judge had a down year in 2018 which means his OPS was merely .919. If he can get back to playing 150 games this year, fantasy owners can bank on 45 homers, 110 runs and 100 RBIs. That may have you ready to grab him in the first round, but he comes with more injury risk than anyone else in the top 20
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Alex Bregman photo 15. Alex Bregman 3B,SS - HOU
Bregman had 83 extra-base hits last season to go with 105 runs and 103 RBIs despite being just 24 years old. Chances are high that his fantasy value continues to trend north. With that said, he is currently recovering from elbow surgery so be sure to keep an eye on his progress before picking him up in the 1st round this spring.
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Manny Machado photo 16. Manny Machado 3B,SS - SD
Regardless of what you think about Machado, he has been a reliable force of nature the last few years and likely hasn't even come into his prime yet. The landing spot in San Diego isn't quite what you would think, as it has actually been a top half of the league ballpark for right-handed hitters since they moved their fences in. So don't hesitate to snag him at the end of the first round, as he seems destined for another 35+ homer, 90+ RBI, 90+ run season
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Trevor Story photo 17. Trevor Story SS - COL
You can snag Story in the late second, or even third round despite the fact that he outproduced top-five pick, Francisco Lindor in BA, SB, RBI and was just one behind him in homers. There is more risk with Story, but his 2018 campaign was among the all-time greats for fantasy shortstops
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Giancarlo Stanton photo 18. Giancarlo Stanton LF,RF,DH - NYY
After obliterating pitchers in 2017, Stanton cooled off in a big way last year, striking out 211 times and hitting just .266 with 38 homers. There is upside for 60+ bombs this year, but believe it or not, he has only hit 40 or more once his entire career
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Paul Goldschmidt photo 19. Paul Goldschmidt 1B - STL
Goldschmidt was incredible over his last 100 games, posting a .334/.424/.608 line. You may think his stats will take a big hit moving out of Chase Field, but with the humidor in place, it was actually among the worst park for hitters last season. In St. Louis, he should continue his run of 30+ homers, 95+ runs and a .290+ batting average
5 weeks ago
Freddie Freeman photo 20. Freddie Freeman 1B - ATL
First basemen isn't as deep as it once was so commodities like Freeman are well worth investing in toward the middle of the third round. He is a lock for 90 runs, 90 RBIs and a .300 batting average each year and that type of player doesn't grow on trees
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Justin Verlander photo 21. Justin Verlander SP - HOU
Verlander may be turning 36 years old soon, but his velocity is still as impressive as ever and he 2018 was actually his best K% (34.8%, second best 28.1%) of his career while his BB% (4.4%) was his lowest. Don't avoid him because of his age. He is rocking better than ever before
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Charlie Blackmon photo 22. Charlie Blackmon CF - COL
While Blackmon wasn't the number one fantasy asset like in 2017, he still knocked 29 homers, led the league in runs and batted .291, and don't forget, that was a down year. If that is his floor, fantasy owners are getting a steal in the late 2nd round.
5 weeks ago
Javier Baez photo 23. Javier Baez 2B,3B,SS - CHC
Baez was excellent last year, hitting 34 homers with 21 steals, 101 runs and a league-leading 111 RBIs. While he is surely a star, every projection model sees those numbers regressing in 2019, especially his batting average which was propped up by a .347 BABIP
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Francisco Lindor photo 24. Francisco Lindor SS - CLE
Lindor kicked it up another notch in 2018, mashing 38 homers to go with 25 steals and his league-leading 129 runs. We can't bank on a repeat performance in 2019, but with even 80% of those numbers at shortstop, he'd return easy 1st round value.
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Gerrit Cole photo 25. Gerrit Cole SP - HOU
You can look at Cole's 3.50 second half ERA and assume he got worse over the season, but all the underlying numbers suggest he was actually better. Don't shy away from him because of a false fear of his risk. Rather, expect another 250+ strikeouts with plenty of wins and excellent ratios
5 weeks ago
Corey Kluber photo 26. Corey Kluber SP - CLE
Each of the past five years, Kluber has given fantasy owners 200 innings while compiling 1,228 strikeouts. In four of those five seasons, he has provided 18 or more wins. If you draft him in the second round, you can be certain to get a true ace
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Andrew Benintendi photo 27. Andrew Benintendi LF,CF - BOS
Benintendi is a spectacular real life player, but in fantasy, he was extremely similar to Jean Segura who happens to be going five rounds later. The arrow is pointing up for Benintendi, but not enough to warrant a top 30 draft pick
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Kris Bryant photo 28. Kris Bryant 3B,RF - CHC
Bryant missed 60 games last year and had his least efficient season of his career by quite a bit. There is some risk in drafting Bryant in the 3rd round, but he also comes with 40 homer upside, a batting average near .300 and both 100+ runs and RBIs
5 weeks ago
Aaron Nola photo 29. Aaron Nola SP - PHI
Nola took another major leap forward last year, and while he may never be a 300 or even 250 strikeout guy like the handful of pitchers being drafted above him, 220+ with a sub 1.00 WHIP and 2.50 ERA will certainly warrant a third round pick
5 weeks ago
Juan Soto photo 30. Juan Soto LF - WSH
Soto was every bit as good as top-ten pick, Alex Bregman per plate appearance last season, but is going 20 picks later. Keep in mind, he accomplished that as a teenager. Don't hesitate to reach an entire round to grab him before he progresses even more
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Anthony Rizzo photo 31. Anthony Rizzo 1B - CHC
Rizzo took a major step backwards in the first half last year, but his final line of 25 homers, 101 RBIs and a .283 batting average ended up being about as good as his average season. We were drafting him in the 3rd round last year so don't hesitate to scoop him up for a discount this season
5 weeks ago
Starling Marte photo 32. Starling Marte CF - PIT
Marte bounced back from his 2017 suspension season with another big year. He stolen 33 bases, knocked 20 homers and batted a quality .277. While he may not swipe 45 bags anymore, that power/speed combo makes him well worth a fourth round pick in standard leagues
5 weeks ago
Blake Snell photo 33. Blake Snell SP - TB
Snell may have posted the single greatest second half of any pitcher in the last 50 years with a 1.17 ERA, .155 BAA and 12.7 K/9. There is a chance he finishes as the #1 fantasy pitcher this season, but both Scherzer and Sale are safer bets because of their sustained reliability
5 weeks ago
Carlos Carrasco photo 34. Carlos Carrasco SP - CLE
Although Cleveland doesn't pay him like it, Carrasco has been a true ace for five straight years, posting a sparkling 3.27 ERA with 193 Ks per season in that time. There is more upside with a pitcher like Syndergaard or Strasburg, but Carrasco's floor makes him one of the top 15 pitchers in this year's fantasy drafts
5 weeks ago
Trevor Bauer photo 35. Trevor Bauer SP - CLE
Prior to an injury in the second half, Bauer was among the top pitchers in baseball. He still struck out 221 batters in 175 innings, but with health, those numbers could easily climb to 270 in 215 innings
5 weeks ago
Rhys Hoskins photo 36. Rhys Hoskins 1B,LF - PHI
Hoskins has plenty of power, as evidenced by his 52 homers in just 728 career at-bats, but his career batting average now sits at .249. There will surely be plenty or runs and RBIs once again, but there isn't much value in grabbing him during any of the first five rounds.
11 weeks ago
Anthony Rendon photo 37. Anthony Rendon 3B - WSH
Every single season, fantasy owners draft Rendon in the fourth or fifth round and every single year he outproduces that draft value. 2018 was no different, as he hit .308 with 24 homers, 92 RBIs and 88 runs scored in just 136 games. Don't make the mistake of letting him slip by you in the fourth again this season
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Khris Davis photo 38. Khris Davis LF,DH - OAK
Looking for 40 homers? Draft Davis and write it in ink. He has knocked 133 over the last three seasons with 335 RBIs in that time. The floor is as high as you'll find in the first five rounds but the batting average is almost certainly going to be around .250 again
5 weeks ago
Whit Merrifield photo 39. Whit Merrifield 1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
With the Royals not expected to compete in 2019, there is little doubt that Merrifield will surpass 40 stolen bases again. He doesn't have much in the way of power, nor will he score a load of runs in this offense, but the batting average should end up around .300 once again
5 weeks ago
Noah Syndergaard photo 40. Noah Syndergaard SP - NYM
Thor has elite stuff without a doubt, but the numbers haven't quite made it to the top tier of pitchers. Rather, he has just one season with 170 strikeouts and has yet to win 15 games. You may argue that a Cy Young is right around the corner, but we've been saying that for three years now and it is starting to look like we have another Strasburg on our hands
5 weeks ago
Cody Bellinger photo 41. Cody Bellinger 1B,CF - LAD
Last year was a major disappointment for Bellinger owners after he hit 39 homers in just 132 rookie games in 2017. He still managed to hit 25 bombs with 14 steals, however, so the floor is plenty high. At just 23 years old, we clearly haven't seen the best of Bellinger so don't be surprised if he breaks out for 50 bombs this year or next
5 weeks ago
Xander Bogaerts photo 42. Xander Bogaerts SS - BOS
Xander has been around for so long that it is easy to forget he is still just 26 years old. Although there have been periods of disappointment in the past, Bogaerts still has averaged 15 homers, 91 runs, 84 RBIs and a .295 BA over the last four seasons. Add in that 2018 was his best yet and we may be looking at another big step forward this season
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George Springer photo 43. George Springer CF,RF,DH - HOU
Springer is one of a handful of stars who started off their season with a rough patch. He started to turn in around in the second half before his injury, but only enough to get his final line to 22 homers and a .265 batting average. If he can stay healthy, Springer might lead the AL in runs scored along with plenty of homers and RBIs, but the speed has essentially disappeared
5 weeks ago
Carlos Correa photo 44. Carlos Correa SS - HOU
Correa has missed a significant chunk of time in each of the past two seasons, and while he struggled in 2018, don't forget that he is still just 24 years old and one year removed from being the MVP front-runner prior to his injury. There is major upside here and he may prove to be a league winner
5 weeks ago
Walker Buehler photo 45. Walker Buehler SP - LAD
After tearing through the minors, Buehler pitcher pretty well for the Dodgers in the first half. Then a flip switched and he proceeded to become one of the top pitchers in baseball over the second half, posting a 2.03 ERA with 92 Ks and just a .165 BA allowed in 80 innings. Draft him accordingly
5 weeks ago
Eugenio Suarez photo 46. Eugenio Suarez 3B - CIN
In the first half last year, Suarez was sensational, hitting 19 homers with 71 RBIs while batting .312. The second half wasn't as pretty, so we may see him take a step back in 2019, but you can still bank on 30+ homers and around 100 RBIs with a decent batting average
5 weeks ago
Adalberto Mondesi photo 47. Adalberto Mondesi 2B,SS - KC
If you pro-rate Mondesi's 75 games to a full season, it comes out to 30 homers, 68 steals and 100 RBIs. I don't need to tell you that a season like that would put him above Mike Trout from a fantasy perspective. Granted, he is due for some regression, but don't hesitate to reach several rounds to get him on your roster.
13 weeks ago
Joey Votto photo 48. Joey Votto 1B - CIN
Votto did not return second round value or even close to it last year, but his ADP should be around the fifth this year. You can expect his batting average to bounceback above .300, and don't forget that he had 94 HRs in the previous three years before his 12 in 2018
5 weeks ago
Lorenzo Cain photo 49. Lorenzo Cain CF - MIL
In the past five years, Cain is one of only 15 players averaging a .300 batting average, and among them, he is 2nd behind only Jose Altuve with 126 steals. There isn't much in the way of power, but you can bank on him contributing in all five categories with plenty of durablity.
10 weeks ago
Ozzie Albies photo 50. Ozzie Albies 2B - ATL
Albies is dripping with potential and there is no denying that after his 20 homer first half with 9 steals. With that said, his second half was dreadful, batting .226 with just 4 bombs. There is a chance he returns first round value, but the downside would torch your team if he returns to second half form.
11 weeks ago
Jean Segura photo 51. Jean Segura SS - PHI
It might not feel sexy drafting Segura, but you can expect a .300+ batting average and 20+ steals for the fourth consecutive season from him. If he finally plays a full season, we may be looking at a 20/30 year with a .310 batting average which would make Segura a top 25 fantasy asset
5 weeks ago
Jose Abreu photo 52. Jose Abreu 1B,DH - CWS
Since Abreu joined the league, he is fifth in the majors with 288 RBIs and #1 among that group with a .295 batting average. As you know, he provides plenty of homers and runs as well. It may not feel interesting to draft Abreu, but with first base more shallow than years past, he is an excellent 6th round pick
5 weeks ago
James Paxton photo 53. James Paxton SP - NYY
Paxton was excellent last year with a whopping 208 Ks in just 160 innings, but this is also the first time he ever pitched above 140 innings. While the ceiling is clearly exciting with Paxton, re-injury is a significant risk, but he is moving from one of the best pitching parks in Seattle to one of the worst at Yankee Stadium.
11 weeks ago
Nelson Cruz photo 54. Nelson Cruz DH - MIN
Cruz has seen his batting average fall from .302 slowly down to .256 over the last four seasons, but the homers and RBIs are still firmly among the top of the league even despite his advanced again. You can rely on his durability and power in 2019 so don't hesitate to grab him in the 6th or 7th round.
10 weeks ago
Edwin Diaz photo 55. Edwin Diaz RP - NYM
There is a top tier of three or four closers, but among them, Diaz is likely the best. He racked up 124 Ks in 73 innings last year, and while you can't bank on 57 saves again, 40 is well within question for a surprisingly good Mets team this year. His ratios will surely be stellar, but even so, with only 70 innings, they won't help you enough to warrant using a fifth or even earlier pick on him or any other closer.
10 weeks ago
Daniel Murphy photo 56. Daniel Murphy 1B,2B - COL
Murphy's overall stat line wasn't all that impressive last year, but once he was healthy in the second half, he returned to hittin .315 with a 25 HR pace. Move that to Coors Field and we may be looking at the NL Batting Champion with plenty of homers, RBI and runs. Be mindful that he rarely plays a full season, but when he is on the field we are looking at a top 30 fantasy asset
5 weeks ago
Yasiel Puig photo 57. Yasiel Puig RF - CIN
Puig's career has been a bit of a disappointment, but even so, his last two seasons have been excellent. In that time, he has 30 homers and 18 SB per 162 games. If he is able to stay healthy, we could be looking at a further breakout to 35 and 20 thanks to a major ballpark upgrade in Cincy this year.
8 weeks ago
Tommy Pham photo 58. Tommy Pham LF,CF - TB
Despite playing 34 fewer games than Andrew Benintendi over the last two seasons, Pham has outplayed him from a fantasy perspective. Pham is being drafted four rounds later and is coming off one of the best second-halfs in the MLB
5 weeks ago
Stephen Strasburg photo 59. Stephen Strasburg SP - WSH
There is a lot of appeal in drafting an upside pitcher like Strasburg, but keep in mind that he averages just 145 innings over the last four years. Even with an excellent strikeout rate, that comes to just 174 Ks per season. The ratios will likely be golden again, but know that there is plenty of risk in spending a 5th or 6th round pick on him this year
5 weeks ago
Eddie Rosario photo 60. Eddie Rosario LF - MIN
Rosario has been remarkably consistent the past two years with a .290 and .288 batting average, 27 and 24 homers, 78 and 77 RBIs and 9 and 8 steals. Expect much of the same from him again this season, making him worthy of a 6th round pick in standard leagues.
10 weeks ago
Patrick Corbin photo 61. Patrick Corbin SP - WSH
Corbin was an absolute monster last season, striking out 246 batters with a 1.05 WHIP and 3.15 ERA. Granted, those ratios are likely to jump, perhaps even half a run in ERA, but he should also add considerably to his 11 wins from 2018 now that he is in Washington
5 weeks ago
Marcell Ozuna photo 62. Marcell Ozuna LF - STL
Ozuna may have taken a huge step back last year, but even so, he put up 23 homers, 88 RBIs and a .280 batting average while playing with a significant shoulder injury. We don't know yet whether or not he will be ready to go on opening day, but assuming health, we might be closer to the 37 HR, 124 RBIs, and .312 BA we got from Ozuna in 2017.
10 weeks ago
Corey Seager photo 63. Corey Seager SS - LAD
It can be easy to forget that as a rookie in 2016, Seager was not only the rookie of the year, but an MVP finalist. He was plenty useful in 2017 fantasy baseball too, but missed most of 2018 with Tommy John surgery and hip surgery. He should be ready to roll by opening day so while there is some risk, consider that he is still just 24 so we may not have seen his best yet
5 weeks ago
Jack Flaherty photo 64. Jack Flaherty SP - STL
Flaherty was absurdly good last season as a rookie and seemed to improve as the year went on, striking out 95 in 76 second half innings. With that said, his walk rate climbed to a dangerous 3.52 per nine innings by seasons end. He has the upside to strike out 240 batters, but there is some risk here as well
5 weeks ago
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. photo 65. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 3B - TOR
The always conservative Steamer projection model sees Vlad Jr. as a similar player to Nolan Arenado from the get-go with a .300+ BA, 30 homers and both 100 RBIs and runs over a full season's at bats. This issue, however, will be whether he gets those at-bats. You can gamble on him as early as the 4th round, but it may not be early enough to beat others to the punch
5 weeks ago
Zack Greinke photo 66. Zack Greinke SP - ARI
Greinke's age is now 35 and he did have a rough season three years ago, but besides then, he has been phenomenal since 2009. Expect plenty more of the same in 2019 with excellent ratios, about 15 wins and around 200 strikeouts. This makes him a top 20 starting pitcher for 2019 fantasy leagues
5 weeks ago
J.T. Realmuto photo 67. J.T. Realmuto C,1B - PHI
Realmuto's .277 batting average with 21 homers and 74 RBIs doesn't seem all that impressive, but the fact of the matter is that he blew the rest of the catcher scene away with those numbers. Realmuto is as safe as it comes at the position and should produce far above the lousy replacement level once again. This is especially true now that he has been traded to a great hitter's ballpark in Philly. Don't hesitate to reach for him so you don't get stuck with an awful catcher
5 weeks ago
Jameson Taillon photo 68. Jameson Taillon SP - PIT
If you look at Taillon's second half, it may seem as though he broke out into an ace, but the underlying metrics tell a different story. Rather, he was propped up by a great deal of BABIP and HR/FB ratio luck. Most likely, he will continue to pitch like a good #3 this season for Pittsburgh.
6 weeks ago
Matt Carpenter photo 69. Matt Carpenter 1B,2B,3B - STL
Over the last five years, Carpenter has a remarkable 468 walks, which obviously has contributed to his 483 runs. In that time, his power has steadily improved, all the way to 36 homers last year, and while that total may not be repeatable, 30 homers with 100 runs makes him well worth a sixth round pick in 2019 fantasy leagues
5 weeks ago
Blake Treinen photo 70. Blake Treinen RP - OAK
Treinen was magical last season, floating a 0.78 ERA and 0.834 WHIP to go with 100 Ks and 38 saves. That made him the number two fantasy closer behind only Edwin Diaz, and that is precisely how he should be drafted this year. With that said, no closer taken in the first five rounds ever returns enough value so be patient.
10 weeks ago
Mitch Haniger photo 71. Mitch Haniger CF,RF - SEA
Although Haniger hasn't done it for as long as someone like Nelson Cruz or Justin Upton, he was better than both last year thanks to a .285 batting average on top of his 90+ runs, 90+ RBIs and power. Projection models are fond of him once again this year, but there is a bit more risk than the aforementioned annual powerhouses.
10 weeks ago
Gleyber Torres photo 72. Gleyber Torres 2B,SS - NYY
Torres isn't a big contributor in stolen bases, but he is plenty useful in each of the other four main categories. If you expand his rates out to a full season, Torres would have posted 32 homers, 101 RBIs and a .271 batting average. You would be thrilled to get that type of production out of your seventh round shortstop.
10 weeks ago
Mike Clevinger photo 73. Mike Clevinger SP - CLE
After dominating in a smaller 2017 sample size, Clevinger took it up another notch in 2018, this time with 200 innings of proof. He might not win 16 games or strikeout 240 batters like some of the top tier aces, but his ratios and 200 Ks put him firmly in the 6th-8th rounds of this season's drafts
5 weeks ago
Kenley Jansen photo 74. Kenley Jansen RP - LAD
Jansen has been so good for so long that you might automatically assume him to be the top closer once again in 2019, but last year, he was nowhere close to it. Rather, his ERA plummeted to 3.01 with "just" 82 Ks. You can still grab him among the top tier, but you shouldn't even be considering taking him in the first five or six rounds.
5 weeks ago
Nicholas Castellanos photo 75. Nicholas Castellanos RF - DET
Castellanos was a disappointment for so long that it may still be hanging over his stock. The fact of the matter, however, is that he has been great the past two season, hitting .285 with 49 homers and 190 RBIs. He only qualifies as an outfielder now, but should be regarded every bit as high as someone like Justin Upton or Mitch Haniger.
10 weeks ago
Clayton Kershaw photo 76. Clayton Kershaw SP - LAD
For the first time in a decade, there is quite a bit of risk with drafting Kershaw. He hasn't pitched 180 innings since 2015 and saw his strikeout rate plummet from 10.4 to 8.6 per nine innings. You can bank on top-notch ratios, but because of the innings a low strikeout totals and a potential shoulder injury, Kershaw has fallen into the third-tier of fantasy pitchers this year.
5 weeks ago
Jose Berrios photo 77. Jose Berrios SP - MIN
There is a chance Berrios has another level of potential yet to be seen, but more likely, he has settled in as a third tier pitcher that will produce above average ratios with about 200 strikeouts. That is perfectly sufficient for an 8th round pick. He may not have finished the season strong on paper, but his underlying metrics showed no reason for lingering concern.
8 weeks ago
Gary Sanchez photo 78. Gary Sanchez C,DH - NYY
There is no getting past the fact that Sanchez was a train wreck last season., batting .186 with only 18 homers. With that said, he is still just 26 years old and we are talking about the fastest player to ever reach 50 homers in the MLB. Chance are high that he will bounce back in the batting average department, and if he can stay healthy, bank on 25 to 40 homers making him well worth a 7th or 8th round pick.
10 weeks ago
Aroldis Chapman photo 79. Aroldis Chapman RP - NYY
Chapman has been exceptional for nearly a decade now. It may surprise you to learn that he hasn't struck out 100 batters since 2015, though. Edwin Diaz, meanwhile, had 123 last year to go with 25 more saves than Aroldis. Chapman is obviously one of the top closers in baseball still, but doesn't deserve any consideration as a top 50 fantasy pick.
10 weeks ago
Justin Turner photo 80. Justin Turner 3B - LAD
Batting average is difficult to come by after the first four or five rounds, but then there is Turner, who over the last five seasons, has racked up a .305 batting average which beats out plays like Trout, Yelich and Freeman. There isn't a ton in the way of homers or steals, but he won't hurt you in any category unless he deals with yet another injury. For that reason, he is a bit risky.
10 weeks ago
Jesus Aguilar photo 81. Jesus Aguilar 1B - MIL
Aguilar is currently being drafted ahead of players like Scooter Gennett, Eddie Rosario, Justin Upton, Josh Donaldson, and A.J. Pollock. He may have put together a great first half, but once pitchers built a book on him, his last 60 games saw him hit just .245 with 27 homers. His consensus projections aren't much higher, at 30 homers and a .258 batting average. You can find production like that off the waiver wire at first base, and while there is a chance he returns to first-half form, you may be better off waiting 170 picks and grabbing a similar player like C.J. Cron.
8 weeks ago
Joey Gallo photo 82. Joey Gallo 1B,LF,CF,RF - TEX
You may not love the idea of destroying your team's batting average with his .210 line, but you'll be hard-pressed to find 40 homers, and perhaps even 50 from anyone 50 picks early, let alone around the 9th round of drafts. If you combine him with Daniel Murphy in the 5th, you've got two players who combine for a .260 average with 65-70 homers. When you look at it that way, Gallo's value jumps off the page.
8 weeks ago
Luis Severino photo 83. Luis Severino SP - NYY
Over the past two seasons, only Scherzer, Sale, Verlander, deGrom and Kluber have a better ERA and more strikeouts than Severino, who is quickly becoming a true durable ace. He doesn't belong in that first tier, but may already lead the next group.
13 weeks ago
David Dahl photo 84. David Dahl LF,CF,RF - COL
There is plenty of reason to be excited about David Dahl, as his upside is a true five-category contributor. With that said, he has been among the most injury-prone players in baseball so even 400 plate appearances is no guarantee.
6 weeks ago
Michael Conforto photo 85. Michael Conforto LF,CF,RF - NYM
We've seen enough of Conforto by now to know that the hype was overblown. Sure, he has had some extremely promising stretches, but over a full year of health in 2018, he wasn't as good as Randal Grichuk who is going over 100 picks later because of the difference in name value.
6 weeks ago
Justin Upton photo 86. Justin Upton LF,DH - LAA
Upton is one of the only players with at least 30 homers in each of the last three seasons. You can also bank on 80+ RBIs and runs, and while his stolen bases have come down over the years, 10 is a good bet once again. Upton's batting average won't help you, but it should be enough to warrant a sixth round pick in standard leagues.
10 weeks ago
A.J. Pollock photo 87. A.J. Pollock CF - LAD
Prior to yet another injury, Pollock was among the best fantasy assets in baseball. He had 12 homers, 9 steals and 38 RBIs through just 186 at bats. The ceiling for Pollock is a 30/20 player with a batting average near .300, but he has only played more than 115 games just twice in his career so don't forget about the risk in drafting him.
11 weeks ago
Matt Chapman photo 88. Matt Chapman 3B - OAK
While it may be appealing to draft incredible real-life players, there is a major difference between fringe AL MVP candidate and top 80 fantasy baseball player. Chapman's defensive prowess doesn't transfer over, unfortunately, so rather, we are looking at a mediocre power hitter with some batting average concerns.
6 weeks ago
Andrew McCutchen photo 89. Andrew McCutchen LF,RF - PHI
McCutchen might not be that first round pick he once was when we were getting 30 homers, 20 steals and a .320 batting average, but he is still a plenty capable fantasy asset. He is as durable as they come and has managed 20+ homers in 8 straight seasons. Not only that. but he still steals double-digit bags per year and is moving into by far the best ballpark of his career so don't be surprised if we get a resurgence.
8 weeks ago
Travis Shaw photo 90. Travis Shaw 1B,3B,2B - MIL
Shaw has back to back seasons with 30 homers, and while his batting average may linger in the .240's again, that type of power is difficult to come by after pick 100, especially for someone who qualifies as a second basemen in most leagues.
5 weeks ago
Wil Myers photo 91. Wil Myers 3B,LF,RF - SD
Myers is commonly thought of as injury prone and last year's 79 missed games certainly doesn't help. With that said, he averages 23 homers and 20 steals over the last three years even despite last year's disappointing season. There is major upside here even though his batting average is almost certain to stay under .260 again.
10 weeks ago
Brad Hand photo 92. Brad Hand RP - CLE
Cleveland isn't as great as they've been in the past few years, but Hand should still get a load of save opportunities for the clear AL Central favorites. He now has three straight years with over 100 saves and ERA under 3.00 so don't hesitate to snag him in the top 110 picks of your draft.
9 weeks ago
Josh Donaldson photo 93. Josh Donaldson 3B,DH - ATL
Over the last two years, Donaldson has missed half of his team's games, but he has still be exceptional when he plays, with 41 homers, 101 RBIs and 95 runs in 165 games. If he is healthy, you've got a second round value, but that is a big if so proceed at your own risk.
10 weeks ago
Zack Wheeler photo 94. Zack Wheeler SP - NYM
Wheeler has had struggles staying on the field but even if we can get 120 innings of the way he pitched to close the season, he would prove well worth a mid-round pick's investment. He may be the breakout ace that no one in the industry seems to be talking about this year.
6 weeks ago
Roberto Osuna photo 95. Roberto Osuna RP - HOU
Osuna didn't accomplish much last year because of his legal issues and the time missed as a result, but he as still extremely efficient, driving a 2.37 ERA with a 0.97 WHIP. Assuming he stays on the field, you can bank on 30 saves and plenty of strikeouts on top of the strong ratios.
10 weeks ago
Miguel Andujar photo 96. Miguel Andujar 3B,DH - NYY
Andujar flew under the radar until his major breakout last season. We've seen players like that face major challenges in their sophomore campaign so beware of the risk associated with picking him, but as we've seen, the upside is tantalizing and may prove well worth a mid-round pick.
6 weeks ago
Felipe Vazquez photo 97. Felipe Vazquez RP - PIT
You may not expect the Pirates to be great, but Vasquez is durable and has no competition for saves. Lock him in for 85 Ks, stellar ratios and enough save opportunities to warrant being selected as one of the top 10 closers in 2019.
9 weeks ago
David Price photo 98. David Price SP - BOS
Price isn't going to thrill anyone as a workhorse ace anymore, but he still posts plenty of Ks to go with useful ratios each and every season. With Boston's lineup behind him, we can expect plenty of wins as well, making him one of the most appealing third-tier starting pitchers this year.
6 weeks ago
Rougned Odor photo 99. Rougned Odor 2B,DH - TEX
Despite fewer games over the last three years, Odor has 10 more homers than Javier Baez and is neck and neck with him in steals, runs and RBIs. There is a considerable difference in BA, but in terms of batted ball data, Baez was hardly above Odor in xBA last season so you may be getting a tremendous value in the 9th or 10th round of drafts this season.
8 weeks ago
Robinson Cano photo 100. Robinson Cano 2B - NYM
Cano may be old, but he has not shown any signs of slowing down. In last year's shortened season, his production was still exceptional with a 20 HR, 100 RBI, .303 BA pace. Not only that, but he may be the game's most durable player so don't hesitate to add him prior to his ADP just to make sure no one beats you to the punch.
8 weeks ago
Eloy Jimenez photo 101. Eloy Jimenez LF,RF - CWS
Jimenez may not be Vlad Jr. but most other years, he would be the consensus top fantasy prospect. His game is in the mold of Manny Ramirez where he could be a mainstay in the middle of a lineup, hitting 30 homers with 100 RBIs and a .290 BA every year. That might not all come right away, but from the moment he is called up, you can expect a top 30 fantasy outfielder.
11 weeks ago
German Marquez photo 102. German Marquez SP - COL
Jose Peraza photo 103. Jose Peraza SS - CIN
Peraza broke out last season with 13 homers, 23 steals and a .288 batting average. Whether or not the power stays is a question, but he seems to be a safe source for runs, steals and batting average in the middle of drafts.
5 weeks ago
David Peralta photo 104. David Peralta LF - ARI
Miles Mikolas photo 105. Miles Mikolas SP - STL
Michael Brantley photo 106. Michael Brantley LF,DH - HOU
Victor Robles photo 107. Victor Robles RF - WSH
If Alex Reyes doesn't make the Cardinals' rotation, Robles is far and away the favorite to win NL Rookie of the Year. Robles is a true five-tool talent that is polished enough to be a top 45 fantasy outfielder right away. The power may come a little later, but he will steal more than enough bases to warrant a mid-round pick.
11 weeks ago
Charlie Morton photo 108. Charlie Morton SP - TB
Mike Moustakas photo 109. Mike Moustakas 3B,DH - MIL
Moustakas has been an excellent source of power for several years running now and doesn't have as much swing and miss in his game as you might imagine. Now that he qualifies at second base and is back in Milwaukee, there is a strong case for drafting him within the top 100 overall.
5 weeks ago
Dee Gordon photo 110. Dee Gordon 2B,CF - SEA
Gordon is going to absolutely destroy you in two categories and his batting average isn't anything to write home about. With that said, the potential of 60 stolen bases makes him worth the price of admission toward the middle of drafts.
5 weeks ago
Masahiro Tanaka photo 111. Masahiro Tanaka SP - NYY
Jonathan Villar photo 112. Jonathan Villar 2B,SS - BAL
Villar was a major disappointment in 2017 after being selected in the third, and even second round of fantasy drafts. As a result, he was an afterthought in 2018, and for the first half of the season, it was a good call. Once Villar was dealt to the Orioles, though, he took off. In those 54 games, he managed eight homers and 21 steals, which over a full season would have been 24 and 64, respectively. Think that type of production is impossible? Rewind to 2016 when he hit 19 with 62 steals and a .285 batting average. Villar still has that ceiling and you can get him in the middle of your drafts this year.
8 weeks ago
Sean Doolittle photo 113. Sean Doolittle RP - WSH
Doolittle only had 25 saves and 60 strikeouts last year, but he had an absurd 0.600 WHIP. That isn't a typo. With a full season, don't be surprised when Doolittle finishes in the elite tier of fantasy closers.
9 weeks ago
Edwin Encarnacion photo 114. Edwin Encarnacion 1B,DH - SEA
Encarnacion may be getting up there in age, but there are few hitters who have produced consistent power at the rate he has. There is little reason to expect a sudden drop-off but with that said, his RBIs and runs should take a hit with Seattle losing some of their best offensive pieces.
6 weeks ago
Craig Kimbrel photo 115. Craig Kimbrel RP - FA
Kimbrel still hasn't signed so wherever he plays will obviously impact his fantasy upside. Boston would offer plenty more save opportunities, of course, than somewhere like San Diego. You can bank on excellent ratios with nearly 100 Ks regardless, however, so don't hesitate to grab him toward the end of the top tier of closers once again.
10 weeks ago
Madison Bumgarner photo 116. Madison Bumgarner SP - SF
Rafael Devers photo 117. Rafael Devers 3B - BOS
If it weren't for Vlad Jr, Eloy Jimenez would be the top prospect in baseball. He is one month older than Devers, who has already compiled 31 homers in 179 MLB games. He may have struggled last year, but let's not forget that when Alex Bregman was his age, he hadn't even been drafted yet. Devers is a former top prospect and while you may have been disappointed by his performance last year, that type of production is light years ahead of the best 21-year-old sluggers in the world.
8 weeks ago
Robbie Ray photo 118. Robbie Ray SP - ARI
Ray took a big step backward last year in the ratios but still racked up 165 Ks in just over 120 innings pitcher. There is still upside for an ace pitcher here and the floor may be about what we got last year which didn't kill anyone's championship hopes. He makes for a quality mid-round pick.
6 weeks ago
Luis Castillo photo 119. Luis Castillo SP - CIN
Castillo quickly became a darling of the analytics community last season but failed to meet the expectations of those who reached for him in fantasy. He is still plenty young and talented, however, so don't give up on him less the breakout comes a year later than everyone planned for.
6 weeks ago
Max Muncy photo 120. Max Muncy 1B,2B,3B - LAD
Muncy was 2nd in HR-rate among all MLB hitters last season. Granted, he slowed down toward the end of the year and his batting average wasn't ideal, but that type of power certainly warrants a top 100 pick. This is especially the case when he qualifies at second base and third base too.
5 weeks ago
Kirby Yates photo 121. Kirby Yates RP - SD
The Padres aren't expected to compete with the Dodgers or even Rockies for the division, but San Diego plays in enough low scoring close games that their closers tend to rack up the saves. This year should be no different for their new closer, who just so happened to be one of the best setup men in baseball before Brad Hand left the closer job open. Yates should find his way to 80+ Ks to go with amazing ratios once again.
9 weeks ago
Josh Hader photo 122. Josh Hader RP - MIL
You may not get a dozen saves out of Hader again, but the 143 strikeouts and lights out ratios are here to stay. Those video game numbers make him a top 10 fantasy relief pitcher, as you won't find anyone more apt to help you in those three big categories.
9 weeks ago
Brian Dozier photo 123. Brian Dozier 2B - WSH
Dozier may not have had the best season last year, but he still hit 21 homers with 12 steals. The batting average is expected to rise in 2019 and let's not forget that he has 40 homer, 20 steal upside.
5 weeks ago
Chris Archer photo 124. Chris Archer SP - PIT
Kyle Hendricks photo 125. Kyle Hendricks SP - CHC
Ender Inciarte photo 126. Ender Inciarte CF - ATL
Aaron Hicks photo 127. Aaron Hicks CF - NYY
Yu Darvish photo 128. Yu Darvish SP - CHC
Nomar Mazara photo 129. Nomar Mazara RF - TEX
Raisel Iglesias photo 130. Raisel Iglesias RP - CIN
Iglesias has been one of the better closers over the past two seasons with 58 saves and 172 Ks, but the Reds have been suggesting that he might not be the every day closer this year. The Ks and ratios would still be good enough to own even if he didn't get any saves, but this undoubtedly causes a hit in his overall fantasy value.
9 weeks ago
Jose Leclerc photo 131. Jose Leclerc RP - TEX
Don't look now, but Leclerc may already be the most dominant reliever in baseball. His ERA last year was 1.56 with a 0.850 WHIP and 13.3 K/9. The saves could triple to 35+ this season so don't hesitate to reach a few rounds to secure a stud on draft day.
9 weeks ago
Mallex Smith photo 132. Mallex Smith LF,CF,RF - SEA
Shane Bieber photo 133. Shane Bieber SP - CLE
Eric Hosmer photo 134. Eric Hosmer 1B - SD
Hosmer was a wreck in the second half, posting a negative average launch angle. While that is no guarantee to be fixed, he is still a career .280 hitter with excellent durability and sufficient power. Eventually every player becomes a value and Hosmer's ADP may have fallen enough that it has become the case.
5 weeks ago
Wade Davis photo 135. Wade Davis RP - COL
You may feel comfortable with the fact that Wade Davis is incredible, but beware of Coors. The saves will come, but chances are high that his ratios will lag behind what you are looking for in a closer. At his current ADP, you will almost certainly be able to wait and snag a better option.
7 weeks ago
Stephen Piscotty photo 136. Stephen Piscotty RF - OAK
Ryan Braun photo 137. Ryan Braun 1B,LF - MIL
Braun isn't often healthy, but when he is on the field, he has continued to rake over the last three years. In that time, his per 162 game average is 30 homers, 18 steals and a .279 batting average. If he can finally stay on the field, fantasy owners will hit the jackpot this year.
5 weeks ago
Tim Anderson photo 138. Tim Anderson SS - CWS
Anderson was remarkable in the first half but really slowed down to close the season. Even still, he managed 20 homers and 26 steals. While he may be hard pressed to repeat that this year, 15 and 15 would make him a useful mid-round pick so long as his batting average doesn't plummet further.
5 weeks ago
Eduardo Rodriguez photo 139. Eduardo Rodriguez SP - BOS
J.A. Happ photo 140. J.A. Happ SP - NYY
Nick Pivetta photo 141. Nick Pivetta SP - PHI
Rich Hill photo 142. Rich Hill SP - LAD
Yasmani Grandal photo 143. Yasmani Grandal C - MIL
Grandal's batting average may not seem all that appealing in the .240s range, but that is actually at replacement-level for the position so he won't hurt you there. He will definitely help in HRs, RBIs and runs, though. Over the last three seasons, he trails only (the injured) Salvador Perez in homers, and that was before he moved from an awful park for hitters in L.A. to a hitter's have in Milwaukee.
5 weeks ago
Yoan Moncada photo 144. Yoan Moncada 2B - CWS
Moncada has both double-digit power and speed, but the batting average is lackluster. You can make the case that he has more potential as a former #1 overall prospect, but more likely, the holes in his game will prove too much for a big breakout to be a possibility.
5 weeks ago
Ken Giles photo 145. Ken Giles RP - TOR
Giles may have been an elite closer in 2015 and 2017, but his other two seasons have been disappointing for fantasy owners. Although he straightened is out with Toronto in his final 20 innings, we were still looking at a low K-rate and an ERA over 4.00. Plus, it isn't like there will be a ton of save opportunities in Toronto like he saw in Houston the past few years.
9 weeks ago
Miguel Cabrera photo 146. Miguel Cabrera 1B,DH - DET
You may be inclined to believe Cabrera is done since he has had two subpar seasons in a row, but he is apparently in the best shape of his life. Add in the fact that he will be spending most of his time as the Tigers DH and we might just have the biggest bounceback player on our hands.
6 weeks ago
Cole Hamels photo 147. Cole Hamels SP - CHC
Mike Foltynewicz photo 148. Mike Foltynewicz SP - ATL
David Robertson photo 149. David Robertson RP - PHI
It was easy to forget how great Robertson is since he only managed 19 saves over the past two seasons. He has racked up 88 Ks per season and excellent ratios over the last 8 years, however. With plenty of save opportunities in store, we could see him return to being a top 10 closer this year.
9 weeks ago
Ian Desmond photo 150. Ian Desmond 1B,LF - COL
Desmond has now gone 20/20 in five of his last six healthy seasons. His .236 batting average isn't what you'd hope for, but keep in mind that he batted .285 and .274 the previous two seasons so he should jump back in 2019.
5 weeks ago
Elvis Andrus photo 151. Elvis Andrus SS - TEX
Andrus was downright awful in the 97 games he played last year, batting .256 with 6 homers and 5 steals. With full health, however, don't be surprised if he returns to the .300 hitting, 20 homer, 25 steal player that finished 2017 as a top fantasy shortstop.
5 weeks ago
Paul DeJong photo 152. Paul DeJong SS - STL
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.
8 weeks ago
Kenta Maeda photo 153. Kenta Maeda SP - LAD
Amed Rosario photo 154. Amed Rosario SS - NYM
Rosario is a former top prospect but that doesn't mean he has much more upside with the bat that we have already seen early in his career. A dozen homers and a .260 batting average is likely his cap, but with 25 stolen bases, that makes for a decent depth piece.
5 weeks ago
Austin Meadows photo 155. Austin Meadows LF,CF,RF - TB
The Pirates had him buried on their depth chart for what seemed like forever thanks to the presence of Andrew McCutchen, Gregory Polanco and Starling Marte. Now that he has been freed to Tampa Bay (with Tyler Glasnow) in the Chris Archer trade, we will finally get to see the kid shine. Meadows was once considered a future all-star, and while he likely won't venture into that territory any time soon, if at all, we are looking at someone who, even as a rookie, should hold a mediocre batting average while contributing in all four of the other roto categories.
11 weeks ago
Jurickson Profar photo 156. Jurickson Profar 1B,2B,3B,SS - OAK
Profar finally got a full chance last year for Texas and posted 20 homers and 10 stolen bases. He takes a hit in projections moving from Texas to Oakland's ballpark, but keep in mind that he just turned 26 years old and very likely hasn't hit his prime yet.
5 weeks ago
Cody Allen photo 157. Cody Allen RP - LAA
It seemed as though Ty Buttrey, Bedrosian and Anderson were going to compete for saves in LA, but then they signed Allen who figures to get the job. Don't be surprised if he losses the gig early, however, if he struggles like we saw last season. Don't consider him a lock for 25 saves again.
9 weeks ago
Jose Quintana photo 158. Jose Quintana SP - CHC
Adam Eaton photo 159. Adam Eaton LF,RF - WSH
Willson Contreras photo 160. Willson Contreras C - CHC
Contreras was a major disappointment for fantasy owners in 2018 after starting off his career with 33 HRs, 109 RBIs and a .278 batting average through 629 at-bats in his first two years. He is still young, however, and expected to improve from last season.
5 weeks ago
Carlos Santana photo 161. Carlos Santana 1B,3B - CLE
Santana had some of the worst BABIP luck in baseball last year so you can expect his batting average to jump back into the .250s this year to go with his usual 20+ homers and 80+ runs. That makes him a quality late-round corner infielder as always.
5 weeks ago
Rick Porcello photo 162. Rick Porcello SP - BOS
Nathan Eovaldi photo 163. Nathan Eovaldi SP - BOS
Cesar Hernandez photo 164. Cesar Hernandez 2B - PHI
Hernandez may be about as boring as it gets, but you should be glad to welcome 15 homers, 20 steals and 90 runs onto your roster. That is the production he gave fantasy owners last year and you may want to keep in mind that he had a .294 batting average the two previous seasons.
5 weeks ago
Brandon Nimmo photo 165. Brandon Nimmo LF,CF,RF - NYM
Domingo Santana photo 166. Domingo Santana RF - SEA
Jonathan Schoop photo 167. Jonathan Schoop 2B - MIN
Schoop takes a hit this season in home ballpark factor, but even still, has been a consistent enough source of power that fantasy owners can accept his .233 batting average from last year. Keep in mind, also, he carried a .293 mark in 2017 so the upside is there for a big season again.
5 weeks ago
Kyle Schwarber photo 168. Kyle Schwarber LF - CHC
Yusei Kikuchi photo 169. Yusei Kikuchi SP - SEA
Kikuchi's numbers from Japan translate to an MLB pitcher similar to Zack Wheeler last year, and like Wheeler, Kikuchi's arm could potentially blossom into much more to fantasy owners. He is by no means similar to Ohtani or Darvish before him, but 370 Ks and a 2.45 ERA in his last two seasons is nothing to sneeze at.
11 weeks ago
Jose Alvarado photo 170. Jose Alvarado RP - TB
With a full season as the Rays' closer, Alvarado could end up one of the top 10 closers in baseball. There is some more risk with him than the guys who have done it for years, but we could be looking at 90 Ks with excellent ratios and 35 saves which makes him a total steal late in drafts.
9 weeks ago
Will Smith photo 171. Will Smith RP - SF
Smith doesn't have much competition for saves at this point, but he hasn't exactly been the most durable reliever. More importantly, he will be a valuable trade chip mid-season as a lefty setup man, so take the saves while you can with Smith, but know they might not stick around all year.
7 weeks ago
Yadier Molina photo 172. Yadier Molina C - STL
Catcher's don't often get 450 trips to the plate, but Tadi has done it every year since 2008. As you can imagine, the runs and RBIs pile up with extra playing time, and it certainly helps that he increases your team's batting average and may add another 20 homers this season.
5 weeks ago
Luke Voit photo 173. Luke Voit 1B - NYY
Voit was extraordinary for the Yankees once they acquired him from St. Louis last year. In fact, he may have been one of the best hitters in baseball. Don't expect that for all of 2019, but don't be shocked if he puts up a Jesus Aguilar type of season either.
5 weeks ago
Wilson Ramos photo 174. Wilson Ramos C,DH - NYM
Ramos missed most of 2017 and struggled while he was healthy, but that seems to be the outlier, as he was tremendous in both 2016 and 2018, batting over .300 both seasons with plenty of power. Ramos is one of the safest fantasy catchers and may have as much upside as anyone besides Sanchez and Realmuto.
5 weeks ago
Corey Dickerson photo 175. Corey Dickerson LF,DH - PIT
Jake Arrieta photo 176. Jake Arrieta SP - PHI
Hyun-Jin Ryu photo 177. Hyun-Jin Ryu SP - LAD
Tyler Glasnow photo 178. Tyler Glasnow SP,RP - TB
The former top pitching prospect has struggled enough with his command that the Pirates relegated him back to Triple-A and eventually the bullpen. Once he was traded to Tampa, however, Glasnow showed flashes of his true-ace stuff. In the second half, his walk rate plummeted and he surrendered just a .195 batting average. Perhaps more impressive is the fact that he struck out 11 hitters per nine innings, which is the same as Blake Snell and Patrick Corbin and better than Stephen Strasburg and Luis Severino. With a full season, we could be looking at 220+ Ks to go with solid ratios.
8 weeks ago
Andrelton Simmons photo 179. Andrelton Simmons SS - LAA
It is too bad we can't track web gems for fantasy baseball because Simmons just isn't as valuable in fantasy. Despite the lack of power, he doesn't offer some value in the fact that he should hit in the .280s with double-digit steals and near 70 runs scored.
5 weeks ago
Jorge Polanco photo 180. Jorge Polanco SS - MIN
Polanco batted .288 for fantasy owners in a shortened season last year and offers respectable power and speed. Don't be surprised if he knocks 15 homers with 15 steals this season.
5 weeks ago
Jon Gray photo 181. Jon Gray SP - COL
Buster Posey photo 182. Buster Posey C,1B - SF
Although Posey isn't likely a .300 hitter anymore, his .280s batting average is the equivilant of a .310 hitter when compared to the replacement-level at his position. Add in a dozen homers, if he can stay healthy this year, and you've got yourself a boring, yet extremely useful top 8 fantasy catcher.
5 weeks ago
Byron Buxton photo 183. Byron Buxton CF - MIN
Jordan Hicks photo 184. Jordan Hicks RP - STL
Contrary to popular belief, Hicks is the favorite to land the Cardinals' closer job over Andrew Miller this season. He may not be as dynamite a reliever, but Hicks is excellent in his own respect. If he does get the job, expect loads of save opportunities to go with 70+ Ks and excellent ratios.
9 weeks ago
Joey Lucchesi photo 185. Joey Lucchesi SP - SD
Matt Olson photo 186. Matt Olson 1B - OAK
After lighting the world on fire as a rookie, Olson's small sample size didn't translate to the monster power numbers some were banking on in 2018. With that said, he still offers loads of power for a 10th round pick, and while the batting average isn't ideal, it won't kill you like Joey Gallo's.
6 weeks ago
Harrison Bader photo 187. Harrison Bader LF,CF,RF - STL
Jesse Winker photo 188. Jesse Winker LF,RF - CIN
Justin Smoak photo 189. Justin Smoak 1B,DH - TOR
Smoak may not have hit 38 homers with 90 RBIs again like he did in 2017, but there is certainly nothing wrong with the 25 and 77 line he put together. His .242 batting average hurts, but at this stage in the draft, you have to give a little to get this type of power.
5 weeks ago
Marcus Semien photo 190. Marcus Semien SS - OAK
You won't get much help from Semien in terms of batting average, but he is a good bet for 15 homers and 15 steals, plus last season he provided fantasy owners with 89 runs scored. Expect more of the same from this durable and reliable depth piece.
5 weeks ago
Ramon Laureano photo 191. Ramon Laureano RF - OAK
Joe Musgrove photo 192. Joe Musgrove SP - PIT
Tyler Skaggs photo 193. Tyler Skaggs SP - LAA
Jackie Bradley Jr. photo 194. Jackie Bradley Jr. CF,RF - BOS
Jon Lester photo 195. Jon Lester SP - CHC
Jon Lester had 18 wins with a 3.32 ERA in 2018, so everyone seems to just assume he is still an ace. That couldn't be further from the truth, however. His skill-indicative ERA was 47th out of 57 qualified pitchers and he was a disaster in the second half. Like his former teammate, Jake Arrieta, things can fall apart quickly even for those who were once at the top of the game. He shouldn't be touched until at least the 13th round in a standard sized redraft league this year.
8 weeks ago
Billy Hamilton photo 196. Billy Hamilton CF - KC
Hamilton is going to give you no power, of course, and his batting average will almost certainly drag you down, but 50 steals will more than make up for both of those problem spots. If you are low on steals in the middle of your draft, Hamilton can quickly solve that problem.
6 weeks ago
Eduardo Escobar photo 197. Eduardo Escobar 3B,SS - ARI
Ross Stripling photo 198. Ross Stripling SP,RP - LAD
Stripling may have faded toward the end of the season, but his start to the season was so absurd that he still managed to finish top five in xFIP among all starting pitchers with at least 120 innings. Stripling is like Mike Clevinger this time last year in that his dominant sample size is large enough to assume he can be a top 30 starting pitcher with a full season worth of work.
7 weeks ago
Shohei Ohtani photo 199. Shohei Ohtani SP,DH - LAA
It is too bad that we don't get to see Ohtani pitch this season since he was so dominant, but his bat is very nearly on the same level. His full season pace last year had him at 34 homers, 16 steals, 95 RBIs, 92 runs and a .285 BA. That is a second round level season. Granted, he likely won't debut until May since he is recovering from an injury, but remember that he was only 23 last year and will finally get to focus on just hitting for the first time in his life.
8 weeks ago
Arodys Vizcaino photo 200. Arodys Vizcaino RP - ATL
Reports were suggesting that Vizcaino was in a closer battle with A.J. Minter, but now that Minter is banged up, it seems as though Vizcaino will open the season as the closer for a playoff contending team. That should make him worthwhile to draft, but that doesn't exactly mean he will hang onto the job for long if he slips up.
7 weeks ago
Andrew Miller photo 201. Andrew Miller RP - STL
Some are under the impression that Miller was signed to close in St. Louis, but the Cardinals have made it clear that Miller will be a multi-inning middle of the game type of beast like we saw in his Cleveland days. Rather, Jordan Hicks or potentially even Carlos Martinez will close. Regardless, Miller should be able to pile up the Ks and keep his ratios down enough to warrant a late-round pick.
7 weeks ago
Andrew Heaney photo 202. Andrew Heaney SP - LAA
Shin-Soo Choo photo 203. Shin-Soo Choo LF,RF,DH - TEX
Josh Bell photo 204. Josh Bell 1B - PIT
Bell has shown us a .273 batting average before and another year he swatted 26 homers with 90 RBIs. Last year was a little bit in between, but he has the potential to do both one day and perhaps this year.
5 weeks ago
Max Kepler photo 205. Max Kepler CF,RF - MIN
Odubel Herrera photo 206. Odubel Herrera CF - PHI
Chris Paddack photo 207. Chris Paddack SP - SD
Kyle Freeland photo 208. Kyle Freeland SP - COL
Franmil Reyes photo 209. Franmil Reyes LF,RF - SD
Collin McHugh photo 210. Collin McHugh RP,SP - HOU
Jake Bauers photo 211. Jake Bauers 1B,LF - CLE
Although Bauers was awful last year with a .201 batting average, there is plenty of reason for optimism. Bauers should provide 15 to 20 homers with double-digit steals and a significantly better batting average in 2019.
5 weeks ago
Mychal Givens photo 212. Mychal Givens RP - BAL
Although Baltimore may only win 50 games, Givens is one of the closers who has no competition for saves on his team. Even 25 save opportunities is better than what someone like Josh Hader or Zach Britton will get. Pair that with another 80 strikeouts and respectable ratios and we are looking at a top 30 fantasy reliever.
9 weeks ago
Alex Wood photo 213. Alex Wood SP - CIN
Randal Grichuk photo 214. Randal Grichuk CF,RF - TOR
C.J. Cron photo 215. C.J. Cron 1B,DH - MIN
While he won't help much in batting average, Cron did hit 30 homers in just 140 games last season. He may see a further bump with full playing time and a ballpark upgrade from Tampa to Minnesota.
5 weeks ago
Scooter Gennett photo 216. Scooter Gennett 2B - CIN
Over the last two years, Gennett has compiled 50 homers, 190 RBIs and a .300 batting average. He may not be the most physically imposing ballplayer, but that is too large of a sample size to be a fluke. Don't hesitate to take advantage of the industry's lack of excitement over him.
6 weeks ago
Alex Colome photo 217. Alex Colome RP - CWS
Although you may expect Herrera to be the closer battle in Chicago, some reports are suggesting that Colome has the upper-hand in the competition. This will be one to watch in spring training to see how it plays out. If Colome gets the job, he would be a top 25 closer.
7 weeks ago
Dallas Keuchel photo 218. Dallas Keuchel SP - FA
Tyler White photo 219. Tyler White 1B - HOU
White closed out the season on a terror for Houston, finishing with an .888 OPS. He likely will open the season as their DH and has a chance at breaking out, but may be pushed out of the lineup by Kyle Tucker if he slips up.
5 weeks ago
Pedro Strop photo 220. Pedro Strop RP - CHC
Brandon Morrow is technically the Cubs' closer, but it seems as though he will miss at least a month to open the season. That makes Strop the likely replacement and for one of the best teams in baseball. Don't be surprised if Morrow misses longer or even losses the job to Strop while he is on the IL.
7 weeks ago
Zack Godley photo 221. Zack Godley SP - ARI
Steven Matz photo 222. Steven Matz SP - NYM
Yuli Gurriel photo 223. Yuli Gurriel 1B,3B,DH - HOU
Gurriel isn't going to mash 25 homers like many of the others going in his late-round range, but he is a sure-bet to boost your batting average which is difficult to find as the draft comes to a close.
5 weeks ago
Trey Mancini photo 224. Trey Mancini 1B,LF - BAL
Mancini's batting average dropped 50 points last year, but much of that was due to a rough BABIP. While he likely won't bounce-back up to the .290's his batting average likely won't kill you while he provides another 25 homers for fantasy owners.
5 weeks ago
Ketel Marte photo 225. Ketel Marte 2B,SS - ARI
We have seen enough from Marte to know he will never produce useful batting averages or the speed he teased as a prospect. There is something to be said for an everyday player in terms of counting stats, but outside of that, he is replacement-level.
5 weeks ago
Pete Alonso photo 226. Pete Alonso 1B,DH - NYM
Like Vlad Jr. and Eloy, Alonso's true impact will depend on whether on not the big league club makes space for him. As it stands now, Todd Frazier is likely to play first base with Jed Lowrie manning the other corner. It is possible that Alonso pushes the envelope in the spring, forcing Lowrie to shortstop, but more than likely, we are looking at his arrival coming when the first infielder heads to the DL. With an older group of players, that may be sooner than later. When he arrives, he will come with a dangerous stick right away and could be one of the stronger second half rookies. In the minors last year, Alonso swatted 36 homers and drove in 119 runners in just 478 at-bats.
11 weeks ago
Gregory Polanco photo 227. Gregory Polanco RF - PIT
Hunter Renfroe photo 228. Hunter Renfroe LF,RF - SD
Kevin Gausman photo 229. Kevin Gausman SP - ATL
Garrett Hampson photo 230. Garrett Hampson 2B,SS - COL
The signing of Daniel Murphy should cause Hampson's ECR to drop another 50 spots, as that transaction shifts Ryan McMahon over to second base. Hampson could force the Rockies hands with a strong Spring, but more than likely, he won't get the call until someone hits the DL. At that point, McMahon could slide over to first, third or the outfield. If it is Story that goes down, Hampson would fill the gap. He could eventually be a better version of D.J. LeMahieu offensively, posting a batting average near .300 with more power and speed. Right away, he will merely hold his own in the batting average department while contributing nearly 30 steals per 162 games.
11 weeks ago
Trevor May photo 231. Trevor May SP,RP - MIN
Plenty are suggesting that Blake Parker was brought in to be the closer for Minnesota, but
7 weeks ago
Archie Bradley photo 232. Archie Bradley RP - ARI
Bradley isn't a 90 strikeout guy, nor should we expect an ERA south of 2.00, but he is the heavy favorite to get saves in Arizona, which certainly counts for something. Granted, they won't win 80 games, but even 35 saves is plenty to warrant a late-round pick.
9 weeks ago
Jake Lamb photo 233. Jake Lamb 3B - ARI
You may not feel great about drafting Lamb after his trainwreck 2018 season, but he is just one year removed from 30 homers and 105 RBIs so don't sleep on him bouncing back. With that said, the move to the humidor in Arizona makes it seem as though his ceiling is a bit lower than what we saw from him in 2017.
5 weeks ago
Maikel Franco photo 234. Maikel Franco 3B - PHI
Franco has always had plenty of potential, but has yet to put it together for a full season. Over his final 350 at-bats last year, he was excellent and now that the Phillies bulked up their lineup, it is possible that Franco could break out for a .280, 25 homer, 100 RBI season.
5 weeks ago
Danny Jansen photo 235. Danny Jansen C - TOR
Now that Martin was dealt to the Dodgers, Jansen is the favorite to start at catcher for the Blue Jays. He doesn't have much power, but his average will be quality and he should play enough that the RBIs and runs will make him a fringe top 12 fantasy catcher.
11 weeks ago
Matt Barnes photo 236. Matt Barnes RP - BOS
There may be no other relief pitcher who is slipping under the radar as much as Barnes. Unless the Red Sox sign Craig Kimbrel, it seems as though Barnes will be the closer for a team that should win around 100 games once again. Don't hesitate to grab him late if your draft happens before Kimbrel signs.
9 weeks ago
DJ LeMahieu photo 237. DJ LeMahieu 2B - NYY
With LeMahieu now away from Coors, you can't expect him to hit .348 again, or even .300. His stolen bases have essentially disappeared over the past few seasons and we aren't likely to get double-digit homers either. At this point, LeMahieu is a replacement level fantasy asset.
5 weeks ago
Willy Adames photo 238. Willy Adames 2B,SS - TB
Adames broke onto the scene last year as a 22-year-old posting a 19-homer, 11 stolen base pace with a .278 batting average. It was a limited sample size, however, and there are still some holes in his swing. Think of him on the same terms as Dansby Swanson who also had a nice rookie campaign before everyone realized he had quite a bit to go offensively.
5 weeks ago
Carlos Martinez photo 239. Carlos Martinez SP - STL
Sean Newcomb photo 240. Sean Newcomb SP - ATL
Marco Gonzales photo 241. Marco Gonzales SP - SEA
Dellin Betances photo 242. Dellin Betances RP - NYY
Betances is merely a closer in waiting, but besides Josh Hader, the best in the game. He is a sure bet for 90+ Ks, with upside ranging to nearly 130. Likewise, his ratios will be terrific each year and you can even rely on a handful of wins and saves too.
7 weeks ago
Ryan Zimmerman photo 243. Ryan Zimmerman 1B - WSH
You may not feel sexy drafting Ryan Zimmerman, but he is just one year removed from hitting 36 homers with a .303 batting average and 108 RBIs. Last year wasn't bad either with an .824 OPS, but he caught the injury bug again. He is a classic boom or bust late-round pick.
5 weeks ago
Nick Markakis photo 244. Nick Markakis RF - ATL
Seranthony Dominguez photo 245. Seranthony Dominguez SP,RP - PHI
The majority of Dominguez' appeal was ruined when the Phillies signed David Robertson, who will almost certainly be their closer. With that said, Dominguez should be a three-category monster and well worth owning even without the saves.
9 weeks ago
Asdrubal Cabrera photo 246. Asdrubal Cabrera 2B,3B,SS - TEX
Now that Cabrera is with the Rangers and expected to play every day, we can feel comfortable grabbing him late in drafts as a reliable source of power to go with a decent batting average.
5 weeks ago
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. photo 247. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. 2B,SS - TOR
On a 162-game pace, Gurriel was a 27 homer hitter with a .281 batting average and 87 RBIs. He may not keep up that pace with a full season's worth of at bats, but you can argue that is his upside which would make for an exceptional value late in drafts.
5 weeks ago
Nick Senzel photo 248. Nick Senzel 3B - CIN
Fantasy owners were disappointed to get nothing out of Senzel at the MLB level last year, but they shouldn't give up hope. Rather, barring another series of injuries, he will be with the big league club, weather in Cincy, Miami, San Diego or Cleveland (pending potential trades) rather quickly. He is a true five-tool player and could end up qualifying at 2B, 3B, SS and OF.
11 weeks ago
Shane Greene photo 249. Shane Greene RP - DET
Although Greene had a rough 2018 season, he comes into this year as the expected closer for Detroit. Joe Jimenez might take over before long, but as long as Greene continues to offer saves and strikeouts, he deserves a roster spot.
7 weeks ago
Brandon Morrow photo 250. Brandon Morrow RP - CHC
It sounds as though Morrow is going to miss the start of the season. That could very well turn into multiple months as we've seen with "minor" pitching injuries many times before. It is a dangerous game to draft based on injury optimism, even if the closer does have considerable upside.
9 weeks ago
Luke Weaver photo 251. Luke Weaver SP - ARI
Jimmy Nelson photo 252. Jimmy Nelson SP - MIL
Matt Strahm photo 253. Matt Strahm SP,RP - SD
Strahm is the ultimate sleeper, as he is a great bet to post killer numbers if he beats out the odds and makes the Padres rotation. He has been a stud in the bullpen when healthy but may end up there once again.
7 weeks ago
A.J. Minter photo 254. A.J. Minter RP - ATL
Minter was supposed to be in the heat of the competition for saves in Atlanta, and while that may happen down the road, an injury setback for him has handed the job over to Vizcaino. Unless you play in a deeper league, this should make Minter undraftable, but worth keeping an eye on in free agency.
7 weeks ago
Sonny Gray photo 255. Sonny Gray SP - CIN
Josh James photo 256. Josh James SP - HOU
Josh James went from one of the best sleepers in fantasy baseball this year to a draft and stash when news surfaced that he has a strained quad and is now out of the rotation battle. Chances are that he will start in the minor leagues and be called up the moment a spot in the rotation becomes available. From the moment it happens, he should be a top 30 starter.
7 weeks ago
Jose Martinez photo 257. Jose Martinez 1B,RF - STL
Martinez rakes, there is no doubt about that, but he also lost his path to playing time when Paul Goldschmidt was acquired this off-season. Now, he requires an injury to either Marcell Ozuna or Dexter Fowler/Tyler O'Neill to see more than 300 at-bats.
5 weeks ago
Fernando Tatis Jr. photo 258. Fernando Tatis Jr. SS - SD
Tatis isn't expected to break camp with the Padres, but it shouldn't take long for him to get the call to San Diego. When he does, you can expect a useful mix of both power and speed and a premium position. He is among the top draft and stash options for those of you that play in leagues with deeper benches or a farm spot.
11 weeks ago
Miguel Sano photo 259. Miguel Sano 1B,3B,DH - MIN
Sano is out until at least May with a heel injury so he may not be worth drafting unless your league has DL spots available. If not, he is a great waiver wire pickup a few weeks into the season as his career per-162 profile is near identical to fifth round pick, Rhys Hoskins.
5 weeks ago
Corey Knebel photo 260. Corey Knebel RP - MIL
Knebel was injured and had a rough year, but still tallied up 88 strikeouts in 55 innings with a killer WHIP. Expect the ERA to improve closer to that 1.78 rate from 2017, and with that and a full bill of health should come a bounceback to 30 or even 40 saves.
9 weeks ago
Alex Reyes photo 261. Alex Reyes SP - STL
Believe it or not, Reyes should be ready to go out of Spring Training. You may be worried about Adam Wainwright beating him out for the #5 spot in the Cardinals' rotation, but they have made it clear that they want Reyes in the rotation. He has to be one of the favorites to win NL Rookie of the Year as he is polished and absolutely dominant.
11 weeks ago
Welington Castillo photo 262. Welington Castillo C - CWS
Castillo only saw 49 games worth of action last season, but his bat was still quality when he played. Over the last five years, he averages 26 homers with a .261 BA and 85 RBIs per 162 games, so now that he is starting, fantasy owners can expect useful production out of him.
5 weeks ago
Brandon Belt photo 263. Brandon Belt 1B,LF - SF
Belt still hasn't surpassed 20 homers in any season and over the last two seasons, his batting average has dropped down below .255. If he can stay healthy for once, however, Belt may reach 25 homers if he keeps up his HR-rate.
5 weeks ago
Chris Taylor photo 264. Chris Taylor 2B,SS,LF,CF - LAD
With the way the Dodgers' team is constructed, it is tough to tell whether Taylor will see another 500 at-bats this year, but if he does, we are probably looking at 20 homers and double-digit steals to go with a decent batting average and plenty of runs.
5 weeks ago
Marwin Gonzalez photo 265. Marwin Gonzalez 1B,2B,SS,LF - MIN
Outside of Marwin's huge 2017 season, he hasn't offered much from an offensive perspective. There is some power, but his batting average will hurt fantasy teams and the depth chart doesn't guarantee even 450 at-bats for him.
5 weeks ago
Starlin Castro photo 266. Starlin Castro 2B - MIA
Castro went from one of the best ballparks to the worst possible offensive ballpark last season and it showed in his stats as he dropped from a .300 batting average and 20 homer pace to 12 homers and just a .278 average. More than likely, that is the mediocre type of production fantasy owners will get this year.
5 weeks ago
Joc Pederson photo 267. Joc Pederson LF,CF - LAD
Cedric Mullins photo 268. Cedric Mullins CF - BAL
Kyle Gibson photo 269. Kyle Gibson SP - MIN
Kevin Kiermaier photo 270. Kevin Kiermaier CF - TB
Brad Peacock photo 271. Brad Peacock RP,SP - HOU
Adam Jones photo 272. Adam Jones CF,DH - ARI
Drew Steckenrider photo 273. Drew Steckenrider RP - MIA
The Marlins likely won't win 70 games, but even so, there will be saves to be found on the roster and Steckenrider is the early favorite to get the job done. How long the role stays his is anyone's guess, but saves are saves so add him late if you are desperate.
7 weeks ago
Hunter Strickland photo 274. Hunter Strickland RP - SEA
You might not love Strickland's pure stuff or his sky-high WHIP, but he is one of the few closers who you can get late that isn't going to face any competition for the job. If you are in need for saves, don't hesitate to plug your nose and add Strickland.
7 weeks ago
Joey Wendle photo 275. Joey Wendle 2B,LF - TB
It is easy to look at a .300 batting average and assume a rookie will only get better. Wendle likely played over his head last year, though, and was a 28-year-old rookie. There is no power to his game, and while he may offer 15 to 20 steals, it won't be enough to make him anything more than a late-round pick.
5 weeks ago
Brian Anderson photo 276. Brian Anderson 3B,RF - MIA
Yonder Alonso photo 277. Yonder Alonso 1B - CWS
Alonso wasn't especially impressive last year with a .250 batting average and just 23 homers, but he is just one year removed from posting an .866 OPS with Oakland and Seattle so don't discount a big bounce-back campaign.
5 weeks ago
Evan Longoria photo 278. Evan Longoria 3B - SF
Longoria had a rough season for fantasy owners in 2018, but the batting average was held back by an abnormally low BABIP and his power was right on track for another 20 to 25 homers had he been healthy for the full season. In deeper leagues, his reliability is exactly what you should be targeting.
5 weeks ago
Jed Lowrie photo 279. Jed Lowrie 2B,3B - NYM
Lowrie gave fantasy owners a surprising boost in power last season in Oakland and always offers a decent batting average. He might start the season on the DL with a knee injury, but once he returns, Lowrie should be owned in every league.
5 weeks ago
Manuel Margot photo 280. Manuel Margot CF - SD
Julio Urias photo 281. Julio Urias SP - LAD
Kole Calhoun photo 282. Kole Calhoun RF - LAA
Jeimer Candelario photo 283. Jeimer Candelario 3B - DET
There is nothing sexy about drafting Candelario, but you can anticipate his batting average coming up 20 points this year, as he was among the most unlucky hitters in that department last year. Along with that, fantasy owners should get around 20 homers from him.
5 weeks ago
Mike Zunino photo 284. Mike Zunino C - TB
Zunino killed his fantasy teams in batting average last year, but he was up at .251 the year before so you'd have to think he will settle somewhere in between this year. When it comes with 20 homers and 50 RBIs at the catcher position, the batting average is much easier to swallow.
5 weeks ago
Wilmer Flores photo 285. Wilmer Flores 1B,2B,3B - ARI
Over the last four seasons, Flores has been a useful fantasy player when he gets at-bats, posting 21 homers, 72 RBIs and a .267 batting average per 162 games. He should see plenty of playing time in Arizona this year and qualifies at second base, driving up his value.
5 weeks ago
Kevin Pillar photo 286. Kevin Pillar CF - SF
Dylan Bundy photo 287. Dylan Bundy SP - BAL
Jeff McNeil photo 288. Jeff McNeil 2B - NYM
Carlos Rodon photo 289. Carlos Rodon SP - CWS
Brett Gardner photo 290. Brett Gardner LF,CF - NYY
Matt Kemp photo 291. Matt Kemp LF,RF - CIN
Jorge Soler photo 292. Jorge Soler RF,DH - KC
Kendrys Morales photo 293. Kendrys Morales 1B,DH - OAK
Kyle Seager photo 294. Kyle Seager 3B - SEA
Seager is starting the season on the DL after hand surgery and may miss the first six weeks. As a result, you may not want to draft him, but he should be in the back of your mind as a waiver wire pickup within a couple of weeks. He is a reliable source of power and shouldn't hurt you in batting average as much as we saw last year.
5 weeks ago
Matthew Boyd photo 295. Matthew Boyd SP - DET
Michael Pineda photo 296. Michael Pineda SP - MIN
Brandon Woodruff photo 297. Brandon Woodruff SP,RP - MIL
Blake Parker photo 298. Blake Parker RP - MIN
After Parker signed with the Twins, many assumed he will be the closer, but it seems as though Trevor May is the favorite. In fact, Parker is likely the third-best reliever in this bullpen behind May and Rogers so beware on draft day.
7 weeks ago
Ryan McMahon photo 299. Ryan McMahon 1B,2B,3B - COL
McMahon may have struggled in a limited sample last year, but there are countless fantasy baseball studs with that on their resume as rookies. The fact of the matter is that the dude can hit. In 125 Triple-A games, he has tallied 68 extra-base hits with a .337 batting average. Over a full season, that would have been close to 90! Not only that, but he should steal double-digit bases as well while qualifying for potentially every position except shortstop and catcher. If the Rockies make room in their lineup for him, we are looking at one of the biggest breakout candidates of 2019.
8 weeks ago
Anibal Sanchez photo 300. Anibal Sanchez SP - WSH
Kike Hernandez photo 301. Kike Hernandez 1B,2B,SS,LF,CF,RF - LAD
Last season we saw a major breakout from Hernandez who was previously a platoon-only bat versus lefties. Kike swatted 21 bombs in just 402 at-bats, and while that may happen again, he offers nothing in terms of speed and is more than likely a .230 batting average guy.
5 weeks ago
Francisco Mejia photo 302. Francisco Mejia C,DH - SD
Much of Mejia's production will depend on where he plays this season. The Padres are among the front-runners to land J.T. Realmuto, which oddly enough, would help Mejia a great deal. As it is now, the catching prospect is stuck behind Austin Hedges, who is among the top defensive catchers in baseball, but a trade to Miami, or perhaps even Cleveland or Cincinnati, would make him a fringe top 12 fantasy catcher right away. Mejia has more pop than your average catcher already and could eventually hit around .290 as his approach matures.
11 weeks ago
Francisco Cervelli photo 303. Francisco Cervelli C - PIT
Avisail Garcia photo 304. Avisail Garcia RF - TB
Tyler O'Neill photo 305. Tyler O'Neill LF,RF - STL
Jesus Luzardo photo 306. Jesus Luzardo SP - OAK
Oakland's rotation is a total mystery. We may not see Luzardo until September, or he could even break camp as their ace. The fact of the matter is that this 21-year-old lefty will answer the bell when it is time. He was dominant last year in the minors, striking out 129 in 109 innings with a 2.88 ERA and 1.088 WHIP. It was enough to cause his stock to soar from fringe top 100 prospect to fringe top 10. If it wasn't for Whitley in Houston, we'd be talking about Luzardo as perhaps the best pitcher in the minors.
11 weeks ago
Jung Ho Kang photo 307. Jung Ho Kang 3B - PIT
Kang may not open the season as the starter in Pittsburgh, but with the way he is playing this spring, you'll want to keep a close eye on him. After all, we've seen Kang be a useful fantasy piece in years prior.
5 weeks ago
Greg Holland photo 308. Greg Holland RP - ARI
Freddy Peralta photo 309. Freddy Peralta SP - MIL
Despite finishing top 10 in both strikeouts per nine innings and batting average against, Peralta is somehow not a lock to make the Brewers' rotation. If he pitches well enough in spring training, we've got one of the favorite candidates to break out this season. He'll have to earn his shot first.
8 weeks ago
Jhoulys Chacin photo 310. Jhoulys Chacin SP - MIL
Reynaldo Lopez photo 311. Reynaldo Lopez SP - CWS
Kyle Tucker photo 312. Kyle Tucker LF - HOU
The Astros don't currently have a spot for Tucker with Michael Brantley now joining George Springer and Josh Reddick in the outfield. With prospects like Tucker, however, there is no need for a spot. He is good enough that they will make room. When he gets the call, expect him to be a top 35 fantasy outfielder right away, and perhaps even more. Tucker may be the top draft and stash prospect this year if you've got room on your bench.
11 weeks ago
Adam Frazier photo 313. Adam Frazier 2B,LF,RF - PIT
Justin Bour photo 314. Justin Bour 1B - LAA
Michael Wacha photo 315. Michael Wacha SP - STL
Kelvin Herrera photo 316. Kelvin Herrera RP - CWS
Herrera was presumably signed to close for the White Sox, but they also added Alex Colome who has closing experience. This one is too close to call for now so you may want to add both in a late round just to make sure you get some saves.
7 weeks ago
Mike Minor photo 317. Mike Minor SP - TEX
Jay Bruce photo 318. Jay Bruce 1B,RF - SEA
Marcus Stroman photo 319. Marcus Stroman SP - TOR
Teoscar Hernandez photo 320. Teoscar Hernandez LF,RF - TOR
Scott Schebler photo 321. Scott Schebler CF,RF - CIN
Ian Happ photo 322. Ian Happ 3B,LF,CF,RF - CHC
There isn't a direct path to consistent playing time in the Cubs lineup for Happ, but you can bet Maddon will find a way to get him nearly 400 at-bats, and if one of their starters suffers an injury, Happ has an outside chance at 25 homers and 15 steals which would be an incredible value late into drafts.
5 weeks ago
Christin Stewart photo 323. Christin Stewart LF - DET
Stewart is expected to start for the Tigers, but their offense is so barren that he can't be relied on for many RBIs or runs. His batting average might be ok, but more likely, his power would be the calling card. He is one worth keeping an eye on, but shouldn't be on your draft radar in standard-sized mixed leagues.
11 weeks ago
Brad Boxberger photo 324. Brad Boxberger RP - KC
Boxberger is expected to hold off Peralta for the Royals' closer job, and while it may not be the most envied role, he should still be able to compile 20 to 25 saves if he can hang onto the job. His ratios won't be ideal, but he does offer some K-upside as we've seen before.
7 weeks ago
Ryan O'Hearn photo 325. Ryan O'Hearn 1B - KC
Ryan Brasier photo 326. Ryan Brasier RP - BOS
Assuming the Red Sox keep their word and don't re-sign Kimbrel, Braiser will be battling it out with Matt Barnes for one of the most coveted closer jobs in the league. If he wins it, you can count on stellar ratios to go along with all the save opportunities.
7 weeks ago
Julio Teheran photo 327. Julio Teheran SP - ATL
Daniel Palka photo 328. Daniel Palka LF,RF,DH - CWS
Corbin Burnes photo 329. Corbin Burnes RP - MIL
Vince Velasquez photo 330. Vince Velasquez SP - PHI
Jeremy Jeffress photo 331. Jeremy Jeffress RP - MIL
Jakob Junis photo 332. Jakob Junis SP - KC
Tucker Barnhart photo 333. Tucker Barnhart C - CIN
Barnhart doesn't have the best bat, but his elite defense will keep him on the field for nearly 500 at-bats again. In a killer Red's lineup, that should be plenty to get him the counting stats he needs to be draftable.
5 weeks ago
Caleb Smith photo 334. Caleb Smith SP - MIA
Ryan Pressly photo 335. Ryan Pressly RP - HOU
Pressly isn't expected to pick up more than a save or two this season because of Roberto Osuna's presence, but if Osuna were to suffer an injury, Pressly would likely take over the job and be a top 10 closer right away.
7 weeks ago
Jorge Alfaro photo 336. Jorge Alfaro C - MIA
Alfaro is dealing with a knee issue that may keep him out at the start of the season, but he has so little competition in Miami that fantasy owners may still get 350 to 400 at-bats and the counting stats that go with it. Don't be surprised if he hits near his career .270 average once again either.
5 weeks ago
Trevor Richards photo 337. Trevor Richards SP - MIA
Richards carried a 4.42 ERA with 4 wins last year and formerly played independent baseball after going undrafted. It helps, however, that he has the best changeup in baseball. Richards' changeup is Trevor Hoffman-esque. It carried a 41.2% whiff rate with a .214 xWOBA. It certainly helped his performance when he adjusted by throwing it 38% of the time instead of 23% of the time at the start of the season. In those closing months, hitters were so focused on his filthy change-up that his slider suddenly became even more deadly than the changeup. With two of the most useful pitches in baseball, Richards could breakout this year in Miami much like Jake Peavy did in in 2004 after a rough start to his career.
8 weeks ago
Adam Ottavino photo 338. Adam Ottavino RP - NYY
Ottavino might be stuck behind Chapman, Betances, Britton and Chad Green for the closer job, but he is a force of nature who could strike out 100 batters this season to go with sparkling ratios and a handful of wins. Don't hesitate to add him late in drafts to boost you in three categories.
7 weeks ago
Forrest Whitley photo 339. Forrest Whitley SP - HOU
The Astros replaced Keuchel with Wade Miley and Charlie Morton with rookie Josh James, but now that he is hurt, you'd better believe that as soon as Whitley is ready, the Astros will call him up. Assuming that is before the All-Star break, Whitley is an excellent draft and stash option if you have enough bench spots. He could have a Walker Buehler like impact from the get-go.
7 weeks ago
Jeff Samardzija photo 340. Jeff Samardzija SP - SF
Yan Gomes photo 341. Yan Gomes C - WSH
Gomes was one of only two catchers last year to bat .266 with 50+ runs scored. That may not feel like much, but the catching position is rough. He'll add 15 homers too, making him a top 10 fantasy catching option this year.
5 weeks ago
Leonys Martin photo 342. Leonys Martin OF - CLE
Trevor Williams photo 343. Trevor Williams SP - PIT
Ronald Guzman photo 344. Ronald Guzman 1B - TEX
Niko Goodrum photo 345. Niko Goodrum 1B,2B,3B,SS,LF,RF - DET
Derek Holland photo 346. Derek Holland SP - SF
Sergio Romo photo 347. Sergio Romo SP,RP - MIA
Mike Soroka photo 348. Mike Soroka SP - ATL
With five, yes FIVE, talented starting pitchers ready to make a rookie splash in Atlanta, projection models aren't too sure what to make of Soroka, but he is the most polished and we expect him to come out of Spring Training with a spot in the rotation. Soroka has premier command of his pitches, and while he isn't a big strikeout guy, we could be looking at a Kyle Hendricks like fantasy asset. That is someone you'll want to get your hands on if he emerges as the Braves #5 starter.
11 weeks ago
Ian Kinsler photo 349. Ian Kinsler 2B - SD
Robinson Chirinos photo 350. Robinson Chirinos C - HOU
Chirinos likely won't get 450 at-bats like some of the other names above him, but he is the starter for Houston which should come with it's share of runs and RBIs. The batting average clearly won't be ideal, but his 15 to 20 HR power off-sets that pain.
5 weeks ago
Franchy Cordero photo 351. Franchy Cordero LF,CF - SD
Josh Harrison photo 352. Josh Harrison 2B - DET
Jason Kipnis photo 353. Jason Kipnis 2B,CF,DH - CLE
Kipnis has been around forever and reached his peak long ago, but he is still just 32 years old and has plenty of baseball left in him. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, it will come without any speed or a quality batting average. Still, 20 homers and 70 RBIs will do the trick as a late-round pick.
5 weeks ago
Joe Jimenez photo 354. Joe Jimenez RP - DET
Most depth charts have Shane Greene slotted into the closer role for Detroit but this job is up in the air. Jimenez was an all-star last season, and while he pitched poorly down the stretch, don't sleep on him winning the job this spring.
9 weeks ago
Delino DeShields photo 355. Delino DeShields CF - TEX
Zack Cozart photo 356. Zack Cozart 2B,3B,SS - LAA
Cozart may miss time at the start of the season with a mild calf strain, and after his 2018 performance, it is fair to forget about him, but don't be so quick to forget how excellent he was in 2017 with the Reds, knocking 24 homers with a .297 batting average in just 122 games.
5 weeks ago
Willians Astudillo photo 357. Willians Astudillo C,3B - MIN
It is tempting to draft everyone's favorite short chubby catcher, but the fact of the matter is that he likely won't even open the season on the big league club. There is some intrigue here if/when he gets called up, but until then, he belongs on the waivers.
5 weeks ago
Danny Duffy photo 358. Danny Duffy SP - KC
Dereck Rodriguez photo 359. Dereck Rodriguez SP - SF
Brandon Crawford photo 360. Brandon Crawford SS - SF
Crawford is never going to steal bases or hit for a great average, but you can count on him to play 150 games which will add up in the RBIs and runs department, plus he is good for a dozen homers every year.
5 weeks ago
Didi Gregorius photo 361. Didi Gregorius SS - NYY
Gregorius should be plenty useful with power and batting average when he returns, but it likely won't be until after the all-star break, so unless you have plenty of DL spots available, he is better left undrafted in standard-sized leagues.
5 weeks ago
Orlando Arcia photo 362. Orlando Arcia SS - MIL
Greg Allen photo 363. Greg Allen CF,RF - CLE
Mark Trumbo photo 364. Mark Trumbo RF,DH - BAL
Ryon Healy photo 365. Ryon Healy 1B - SEA
Lewis Brinson photo 366. Lewis Brinson OF - MIA
Tanner Roark photo 367. Tanner Roark SP - CIN
Luis Urias photo 368. Luis Urias 2B - SD
Urias seems to be the favorite to start the season as the Padres' primary shortstop. If he were playing in a different home park, we might be talking about him as a challenger to Victor Robles to win the NL Rookie of the Year award. Rather, his offensive production will most probably be limited to a replacement level fantasy player. With that said, he does have a much higher ceiling so make sure to keep an eye on him from the get-go.
11 weeks ago
Zach Eflin photo 369. Zach Eflin SP,RP - PHI
Brandon Lowe photo 370. Brandon Lowe 2B - TB
Chad Green photo 371. Chad Green RP - NYY
Green wasn't as electric in 2018 as the year before, but he still registered 94 strikeouts with excellent ratios and 8 wins. He isn't the closer, nor does he have a path to saves, but you can certainly make a case for drafting him even in standard sized leagues.
9 weeks ago
Pablo Lopez photo 372. Pablo Lopez SP,RP - MIA
Domingo German photo 373. Domingo German SP,RP - NYY
Dansby Swanson photo 374. Dansby Swanson SS - ATL
Swanson had another rough season for fantasy owners in 2018, batting .238, but he did manage 14 homers and 10 stolen bases in a shortened season and let's not forget that there is untapped potential here as well. He isn't the worst late-round flier.
5 weeks ago
Jake Odorizzi photo 375. Jake Odorizzi SP - MIN
Trevor Cahill photo 376. Trevor Cahill SP - LAA
Mark Melancon photo 377. Mark Melancon RP - SF
Will Smith is the closer for now in San Francisco but he hasn't been all that durable, plus he may be on the trade market before long as a coveted lefty setup man. Don't sleep on Melancon getting saves again within a few months.
7 weeks ago
Josh Reddick photo 378. Josh Reddick LF,RF - HOU
Jeurys Familia photo 379. Jeurys Familia RP - NYM
The Mets added the best closer in baseball this off-season so Familia takes a step back, but if anything happens to Diaz, Familia is the clear closer-in-waiting and would be top 20 at the position right away.
7 weeks ago
Yoenis Cespedes photo 380. Yoenis Cespedes LF - NYM
Steven Souza Jr. photo 381. Steven Souza Jr. RF - ARI
Touki Toussaint photo 382. Touki Toussaint SP - ATL
Mike Fiers photo 383. Mike Fiers SP - OAK
Zack Britton photo 384. Zack Britton RP - NYY
Britton isn't going to be the closer in New York, nor is he likely the next man up since Dellin Betances is also ahead of him, but Britton is still well worth owning if your league allows you to start four or five relievers. He will help your ratios significantly while adding nearly 80 Ks as usual.
7 weeks ago
Omar Narvaez photo 385. Omar Narvaez C - SEA
Tyler Anderson photo 386. Tyler Anderson SP - COL
Mitch Moreland photo 387. Mitch Moreland 1B - BOS
Anthony DeSclafani photo 388. Anthony DeSclafani SP - CIN
Chase Anderson photo 389. Chase Anderson SP - MIL
Nick Ahmed photo 390. Nick Ahmed SS - ARI
Jason Heyward photo 391. Jason Heyward CF,RF - CHC
Keone Kela photo 392. Keone Kela RP - PIT
Vasquez is the closer in Pittsburgh for now, but Kela has immense upside if he slips up or is injured so be sure to keep him on waiver wire speed dial.
7 weeks ago
Seth Lugo photo 393. Seth Lugo SP,RP - NYM
Lugo is one of those rare assets who qualifies as both a starting pitcher and reliever. Most likely, he will be used exclusively in the bullpen where he may pile up another 100 innings of stellar ratios.
7 weeks ago
Kyle Wright photo 394. Kyle Wright SP - ATL
Johan Camargo photo 395. Johan Camargo 3B,SS - ATL
Camargo flew under the radar last season and somehow swatted 19 homers and batted .272 in a utility role. He should get back to those 450 at-bats this year thanks to all the positions he plays, and we know his bat can be trusted while he is in the lineup.
5 weeks ago
Greg Bird photo 396. Greg Bird 1B - NYY
Jonathan Lucroy photo 397. Jonathan Lucroy C - LAA
Tim Beckham photo 398. Tim Beckham 3B,SS - SEA
Jose Urena photo 399. Jose Urena SP - MIA
Diego Castillo photo 400. Diego Castillo RP - TB
If you play in a deeper league, Castillo can be a ratio master that racks up plenty of saves, or better yet, if you employ the Marmol Strategy, Castillo qualifies as a starting pitcher so you can plug him on days where you don't have enough starters going.
7 weeks ago
Ben Zobrist photo 401. Ben Zobrist 2B,LF,RF - CHC
Zobrist isn't going to see 500 at-bats, nor does he offer much in the way of power or speed, but he is a reliable source of batting average late in drafts and that should be enough to warrant owning him as a depth piece.
5 weeks ago
Austin Barnes photo 402. Austin Barnes C,2B - LAD
Willie Calhoun photo 403. Willie Calhoun LF - TEX
Kurt Suzuki photo 404. Kurt Suzuki C - WSH
Suzuki has been useful the last two seasons with a .276 batting average, 31 HRs and 100 RBIs in 623 at-bats, but his playing time is expected to take a hit as he likely backs up Yan Gomes in Washington. Even so, he is better than punting the position altogether.
5 weeks ago
Albert Pujols photo 405. Albert Pujols 1B,DH - LAA
Albert Almora Jr. photo 406. Albert Almora Jr. CF - CHC
CC Sabathia photo 407. CC Sabathia SP - NYY
Eric Thames photo 408. Eric Thames 1B,LF,RF - MIL
Brad Keller photo 409. Brad Keller SP,RP - KC
Yolmer Sanchez photo 410. Yolmer Sanchez 2B,3B - CWS
Wade Miley photo 411. Wade Miley SP - HOU
Tyler Flowers photo 412. Tyler Flowers C - ATL
Merrill Kelly photo 413. Merrill Kelly P - ARI
Kelly is a real player, believe it or not. The reason you haven't heard of him is because he has been playing in South Korea the last few years. You might not know it from looking, but his 3.60 ERA and 9.0 K/9 actually made him the most impressive pitcher in the KBO. The reason, of course, is that virtually every game in that league is played in a Coors Field like offensive environment. Kelly doesn't quite have the control of a Miles Mikolas, but he has better strikeout stuff and could be every bit the surprise off the waiver wire in April if he makes the rotation.
4 weeks ago
Yonny Chirinos photo 414. Yonny Chirinos SP,RP - TB
Yandy Diaz photo 415. Yandy Diaz 3B - TB
Chad Pinder photo 416. Chad Pinder 2B,3B,LF,RF - OAK
Ryan Yarbrough photo 417. Ryan Yarbrough SP,RP - TB
Eduardo Nunez photo 418. Eduardo Nunez 2B,3B - BOS
Scott Kingery photo 419. Scott Kingery 3B,SS - PHI
Kingery was dreadful last year. No one can deny that, but he is still young and offers 20/20 upside if his bat finds a way into the lineup at any number of positions. The is minimal risk at taking a chance on him late in drafts.
5 weeks ago
Austin Hedges photo 420. Austin Hedges C - SD
Hedges is no help in the batting average department, but he has enough power (32 homers in his last 700 at-bats) that he warrants a late-round pick if you still need a catcher. If he gets traded mid-season to clear up room for Mejia, Hedges could see a bump in his offensive production away from San Diego's ballpark.
5 weeks ago
Joe Panik photo 421. Joe Panik 2B - SF
Wily Peralta photo 422. Wily Peralta RP - KC
Boxberger is expected to have the closer job in Kansas City to start the season, but he is among the worst closers in baseball so keep Peralta on speed dial in case he takes over the job.
7 weeks ago
Lucas Giolito photo 423. Lucas Giolito SP - CWS
Ty Buttrey photo 424. Ty Buttrey RP - LAA
Todd Frazier photo 425. Todd Frazier 3B - NYM
Frazier is already a little banged up and has Peter Alonso breathing down his neck, but as long as he is in the lineup, you can expect a 25 homer, 10 stolen base pace, but with a lousy batting average that will bring your team down. Even still, he is a worthwhile depth piece in deeper leagues.
5 weeks ago
John Hicks photo 426. John Hicks C,1B - DET
Alex Gordon photo 427. Alex Gordon LF,CF - KC
Evan Gattis photo 428. Evan Gattis DH - FA
Anthony Swarzak photo 429. Anthony Swarzak RP - SEA
Jake Cave photo 430. Jake Cave CF,RF - MIN
Isiah Kiner-Falefa photo 431. Isiah Kiner-Falefa C,2B,3B - TEX
Eric Lauer photo 432. Eric Lauer SP - SD
Michael Fulmer photo 433. Michael Fulmer SP - DET
Raimel Tapia photo 434. Raimel Tapia CF - COL
Matt Shoemaker photo 435. Matt Shoemaker SP - TOR
Chris Davis photo 436. Chris Davis 1B - BAL
Aaron Sanchez photo 437. Aaron Sanchez SP - TOR
Danny Salazar photo 438. Danny Salazar SP - CLE
Mike Leake photo 439. Mike Leake SP - SEA
Craig Stammen photo 440. Craig Stammen RP - SD
David Fletcher photo 441. David Fletcher 2B,3B - LAA
Chris Iannetta photo 442. Chris Iannetta C - COL
There is reason to be excited about Tom Murphy, but as for now, Iannetta is the starter in Coors Field so don't hesitate to add him in two catcher leagues despite his lackluster batting averages.
5 weeks ago
Matt Harvey photo 443. Matt Harvey SP - LAA
Mitch Garver photo 444. Mitch Garver C - MIN
Trevor Rosenthal photo 445. Trevor Rosenthal RP - WSH
Renato Nunez photo 446. Renato Nunez 3B - BAL
Ivan Nova photo 447. Ivan Nova SP - CWS
Lance Lynn photo 448. Lance Lynn SP - TEX
Keon Broxton photo 449. Keon Broxton CF - NYM
Sandy Alcantara photo 450. Sandy Alcantara SP - MIA
Hector Neris photo 451. Hector Neris RP - PHI
Lou Trivino photo 452. Lou Trivino RP - OAK
Bryse Wilson photo 453. Bryse Wilson SP - ATL
Ji-Man Choi photo 454. Ji-Man Choi DH - TB
Steven Duggar photo 455. Steven Duggar CF,RF,DH - SF
Drew Smyly photo 456. Drew Smyly SP - TEX
Austin Hays photo 457. Austin Hays CF,RF - BAL
Hernan Perez photo 458. Hernan Perez 2B,3B,SS,LF,RF - MIL
Although Perez likely won't steal 34 bases like we saw in 2016, he is a sufficient source of speed late into drafts with enough at-bats that he'll add counting stats. There won't be much in the way of power, but his batting average won't kill you either.
5 weeks ago
Wade LeBlanc photo 459. Wade LeBlanc SP,RP - SEA
Carl Edwards Jr. photo 460. Carl Edwards Jr. RP - CHC
It seems as though Pedro Strop will be the closer to open the season and eventually Brandon Morrow will get the job back. There is a chance Edwards slips in as the closer, however, but he has plenty of upside regardless of saves.
7 weeks ago
Alex Cobb photo 461. Alex Cobb SP - BAL
Alex Verdugo photo 462. Alex Verdugo LF,CF - LAD
Now that the Dodgers signed A.J. Pollock, it seems unlikely that Verdugo will make an impact in the majors until June. When he does, we are looking at a startable fantasy outfielder, but he isn't quite worth drafting in standard leagues as a stash and hold.
11 weeks ago
Carson Kelly photo 463. Carson Kelly C - ARI
Dustin Pedroia photo 464. Dustin Pedroia 2B - BOS
Freddy Galvis photo 465. Freddy Galvis SS - TOR
Kolten Wong photo 466. Kolten Wong 2B - STL
Drew Pomeranz photo 467. Drew Pomeranz SP - SF
Yoshihisa Hirano photo 468. Yoshihisa Hirano RP - ARI
Nick Kingham photo 469. Nick Kingham SP - PIT
Jonathan Loaisiga photo 470. Jonathan Loaisiga SP - NYY
Joakim Soria photo 471. Joakim Soria RP - OAK
Brent Honeywell Jr. photo 472. Brent Honeywell Jr. SP - TB
Honeywell was ready for the MLB rotation last year before he was shut down for the season. There is a chance he breaks camp with the big league club in Tampa, but more likely, he will get more seasoning in the minors before making the jump. When he does, we are probably looking at a top 60 fantasy starting pitcher.
11 weeks ago
Dexter Fowler photo 473. Dexter Fowler RF - STL
Jaime Barria photo 474. Jaime Barria SP - LAA
Chris Devenski photo 475. Chris Devenski RP - HOU
Bradley Zimmer photo 476. Bradley Zimmer CF - CLE
Adam Duvall photo 477. Adam Duvall 1B,LF - ATL
Joe Kelly photo 478. Joe Kelly RP - LAD
Christian Vazquez photo 479. Christian Vazquez C - BOS
Matt Duffy photo 480. Matt Duffy 3B - TB
Gio Gonzalez photo 481. Gio Gonzalez SP - NYY
Wei-Yin Chen photo 482. Wei-Yin Chen SP - MIA
Colin Moran photo 483. Colin Moran 1B,3B - PIT
Brian McCann photo 484. Brian McCann C - ATL
If you are desperate at catcher, Brian McCann may be better than punting the position altogether. He does still have serviceable power, but he won't play often as the backup in Atlanta and his batting average will likely drag your team back.
5 weeks ago
Troy Tulowitzki photo 485. Troy Tulowitzki SS - NYY
Tony Watson photo 486. Tony Watson RP - SF
Taylor Rogers photo 487. Taylor Rogers RP - MIN
May and Parker are seemingly in a batter at the top of Minnesota's depth chart, but Rogers is the type of guy who could find himself in the role at some point, and if it were to happen, he would dominate.
7 weeks ago
Billy McKinney photo 488. Billy McKinney LF,RF - TOR
Framber Valdez photo 489. Framber Valdez SP - HOU
Clay Buchholz photo 490. Clay Buchholz SP - TOR
Steve Pearce photo 491. Steve Pearce 1B,LF,DH - BOS
Steve Cishek photo 492. Steve Cishek RP - CHC
With Brandon Morrow out, the Cubs' closer job will likely end up in Strop or Edwards' hands, but keep an eye on Cishek just in case he takes the coveted role for a month or two to start the season.
7 weeks ago
Will Harris photo 493. Will Harris RP - HOU
Dinelson Lamet photo 494. Dinelson Lamet SP - SD
Elias Diaz photo 495. Elias Diaz C - PIT
Franklin Barreto photo 496. Franklin Barreto 2B - OAK
Nate Jones photo 497. Nate Jones RP - CWS
Hunter Dozier photo 498. Hunter Dozier 1B,3B,RF - KC
Salvador Perez photo 499. Salvador Perez C,DH - KC
Carlos Gonzalez photo 500. Carlos Gonzalez RF - CLE
Martin Perez photo 501. Martin Perez SP,RP - MIN
Chris Owings photo 502. Chris Owings 2B,3B,CF,RF - KC
Grayson Greiner photo 503. Grayson Greiner C - DET
Bo Bichette photo 504. Bo Bichette SS - TOR
Bichette is an excellent prospect and has a polished bat with plenty of speed. With that said, Bichette has never played above Double-A and the Blue Jays have no need to rush him (see Vlad Jr. last year) so don't be surprised if he doesn't sniff the bigs until September.
11 weeks ago
Mac Williamson photo 505. Mac Williamson LF - SF
Tyler Naquin photo 506. Tyler Naquin LF,CF,RF - CLE
Mikie Mahtook photo 507. Mikie Mahtook LF,RF - DET
Robbie Erlin photo 508. Robbie Erlin SP,RP - SD
Erlin may not be a household name and you'll never feel sexy about drafting him, but if you want quality ratios, especially WHIP, he will answer the call late into drafts as your 6th starting pitcher.
6 weeks ago
Zach Davies photo 509. Zach Davies SP - MIL
Luiz Gohara photo 510. Luiz Gohara RP, SP - ATL
Nate Lowe photo 511. Nate Lowe 1B - TB
Brendan Rodgers photo 512. Brendan Rodgers SS - COL
With the Rockies signing Daniel Murphy, Ryan McMahon shifted over to second base. This puts Rodgers even further away from the bigs, which is saying something because Garrett Hampson was already ahead of him. As it is now, Rodgers doesn't even make sense as a stash and hold in standard sized leagues.
11 weeks ago
Michael A. Taylor photo 513. Michael A. Taylor CF - WSH
Daniel Mengden photo 514. Daniel Mengden SP - OAK
Adam Conley photo 515. Adam Conley RP - MIA
Jeremy Hellickson photo 516. Jeremy Hellickson SP - WSH
J.P. Crawford photo 517. J.P. Crawford 3B,SS - SEA
JaCoby Jones photo 518. JaCoby Jones LF,CF - DET
Ryne Stanek photo 519. Ryne Stanek SP,RP - TB
Dakota Hudson photo 520. Dakota Hudson RP - STL
Hudson has quality stuff and produced for the Redbirds last season, but he is going to have a difficult time beating out both Alex Wainwright and Alex Reyes for the final spot in St. Louis' rotation. If it happens, he will be worth owning, but don't bank on it until we get more info.
11 weeks ago
Felix Pena photo 521. Felix Pena SP - LAA
Keston Hiura photo 522. Keston Hiura 2B - MIL
Justus Sheffield photo 523. Justus Sheffield SP,RP - SEA
Rowdy Tellez photo 524. Rowdy Tellez 1B - TOR
Yusmeiro Petit photo 525. Yusmeiro Petit RP - OAK
Max Fried photo 526. Max Fried SP,RP - ATL
Hector Rondon photo 527. Hector Rondon RP - HOU
Taijuan Walker photo 528. Taijuan Walker SP - ARI
Ryan Tepera photo 529. Ryan Tepera RP - TOR
Johnny Cueto photo 530. Johnny Cueto SP - SF
Jedd Gyorko photo 531. Jedd Gyorko 2B,3B - STL
Matt Adams photo 532. Matt Adams 1B,LF - WSH
Seunghwan Oh photo 533. Seunghwan Oh RP - COL
Nick Williams photo 534. Nick Williams LF,RF - PHI
Russell Martin photo 535. Russell Martin C,3B - LAD
Peter O'Brien photo 536. Peter O'Brien 1B - MIA
Andrew Suarez photo 537. Andrew Suarez SP - SF
Lonnie Chisenhall photo 538. Lonnie Chisenhall RF - PIT
Shawn Armstrong photo 539. Shawn Armstrong RP - SEA
Jason Vargas photo 540. Jason Vargas SP - NYM
Richard Rodriguez photo 541. Richard Rodriguez SS - FA
Felix Hernandez photo 542. Felix Hernandez SP - SEA
Devon Travis photo 543. Devon Travis 2B - TOR
Brad Brach photo 544. Brad Brach RP - CHC
Caleb Ferguson photo 545. Caleb Ferguson SP,RP - LAD
Jared Hughes photo 546. Jared Hughes RP - CIN
Dan Straily photo 547. Dan Straily SP - BAL
Brandon Drury photo 548. Brandon Drury 2B,3B - TOR
Jalen Beeks photo 549. Jalen Beeks RP - TB
Junior Guerra photo 550. Junior Guerra SP,RP - MIL
Pedro Baez photo 551. Pedro Baez RP - LAD
Josh Phegley photo 552. Josh Phegley C - OAK
Curtis Granderson photo 553. Curtis Granderson LF,RF,DH - MIA
Logan Allen photo 554. Logan Allen SP - SD
Adam Wainwright photo 555. Adam Wainwright SP - STL
Jake Faria photo 556. Jake Faria SP - TB
J.D. Davis photo 557. J.D. Davis 1B,3B - NYM
Mike Montgomery photo 558. Mike Montgomery SP,RP - CHC
Neil Walker photo 559. Neil Walker 1B,2B,3B - MIA
Tyler Austin photo 560. Tyler Austin 1B,DH - SF
John Brebbia photo 561. John Brebbia RP - STL
John Gant photo 562. John Gant SP,RP - STL
Marco Estrada photo 563. Marco Estrada SP - OAK
Martin Maldonado photo 564. Martin Maldonado C - KC
Tyler Mahle photo 565. Tyler Mahle SP - CIN
Addison Russell photo 566. Addison Russell SS - CHC
Russell is starting the season on the DL and although he is a former top prospect, has never shown enough with the bat to warrant a draft and stash in standard-sized leagues. With that said, you can make a case for owning him in deeper formats.
5 weeks ago
Austin Wynns photo 567. Austin Wynns C - BAL
Reyes Moronta photo 568. Reyes Moronta RP - SF
Brian Goodwin photo 569. Brian Goodwin LF,CF,RF - LAA
Derek Fisher photo 570. Derek Fisher LF,CF - HOU
Michael Lorenzen photo 571. Michael Lorenzen RP - CIN
Daniel Vogelbach photo 572. Daniel Vogelbach 1B,DH - SEA
Spencer Turnbull photo 573. Spencer Turnbull SP - DET
David Hernandez photo 574. David Hernandez RP - CIN
Nate Karns photo 575. Nate Karns SP - BAL
Alen Hanson photo 576. Alen Hanson 2B,3B,SS,LF - TOR
Tyler Saladino photo 577. Tyler Saladino SS - MIL
Ryan Borucki photo 578. Ryan Borucki SP,RP - TOR
Jesse Chavez photo 579. Jesse Chavez RP - TEX
Aaron Altherr photo 580. Aaron Altherr CF,RF - PHI
Dustin Fowler photo 581. Dustin Fowler CF - OAK
Chance Sisco photo 582. Chance Sisco C - BAL
A.J. Puk photo 583. A.J. Puk SP - OAK
Darren O'Day photo 584. Darren O'Day RP - ATL
Cam Bedrosian photo 585. Cam Bedrosian RP - LAA
Pablo Reyes photo 586. Pablo Reyes RF - PIT
Edinson Volquez photo 587. Edinson Volquez SP - TEX
Fernando Romero photo 588. Fernando Romero SP,RP - MIN
Jorge Bonifacio photo 589.