2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings

Expert Consensus Ranking (54 of 58 Experts) -
Rank Player (Team, Position) Overall Notes
1 Paul Goldschmidt (STL - 1B) 20 1 3 1.5 0.6 19.0 -1.0
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
2 Freddie Freeman (ATL - 1B) 21 1 4 1.7 0.7 23.0 +2.0
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
3 Anthony Rizzo (CHC - 1B) 30 1 7 3.3 0.8 33.0 +3.0
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
4 Rhys Hoskins (PHI - 1B,LF) 37 1 11 5.2 1.5 38.0 +1.0
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.
5 Cody Bellinger (LAD - 1B,CF) 41 2 10 5.7 1.5 40.0 -1.0
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
6 Joey Votto (CIN - 1B) 46 3 15 7.7 2.2 51.0 +5.0
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
7 Jose Abreu (CWS - 1B,DH) 51 6 16 8.8 1.6 74.0 +23.0
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
8 Daniel Murphy (COL - 1B,2B) 60 5 18 9.7 2.2 67.0 +7.0
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
9 Matt Carpenter (STL - 1B,2B,3B) 68 2 24 10.4 3.3 62.0 -6.0
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
10 Jesus Aguilar (MIL - 1B) 87 5 45 12.5 3.0 75.0 -12.0
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.
11 Joey Gallo (TEX - 1B,LF,CF,RF) 88 6 24 13.4 3.5 96.0 +8.0
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.
12 Matt Olson (OAK - 1B) 109 4 39 14.4 5.9 108.0 -1.0
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.
13 Whit Merrifield (KC - 1B,2B,CF,RF,DH) 40 2 19 5.8 2.9 31.0 -9.0
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
14 Edwin Encarnacion (SEA - 1B,DH) 111 7 25 15.7 3.3 114.0 +3.0
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.
15 Max Muncy (LAD - 1B,2B,3B) 122 7 37 17.2 5.4 113.0 -9.0
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.
16 Travis Shaw (MIL - 1B,3B,2B) 97 10 29 14.7 3.3 95.0 -2.0
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.
17 Miguel Cabrera (DET - 1B,DH) 151 5 31 19.2 4.4 154.0 +3.0
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.
18 Eric Hosmer (SD - 1B) 139 12 27 19.8 3.2 166.0 +27.0
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.
19 J.T. Realmuto (PHI - C,1B) 70 4 21 11.4 4.0 47.0 -23.0
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
20 Ian Desmond (COL - 1B,LF) 153 16 49 21.9 4.1 147.0 -6.0
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.
21 Jurickson Profar (OAK - 1B,2B,3B,SS) 156 11 37 22.6 5.2 130.0 -26.0
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.
22 Carlos Santana (CLE - 1B,3B) 172 11 45 22.9 5.8 179.0 +7.0
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.
23 Ryan Braun (MIL - 1B,LF) 145 8 35 21.3 5.0 185.0 +40.0
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.
24 Justin Smoak (TOR - 1B,DH) 181 13 42 25.6 4.9 209.0 +28.0
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.
25 Luke Voit (NYY - 1B) 194 15 47 26.1 5.3 172.0 -22.0
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.
26 Josh Bell (PIT - 1B) 202 17 36 27.5 4.3 253.0 +51.0
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.
27 Tyler White (HOU - 1B) 229 4 58 30.7 7.8 267.0 +38.0
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.
28 Jake Bauers (CLE - 1B,LF) 214 19 42 28.5 5.2 248.0 +34.0
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.
29 Buster Posey (SF - C,1B) 162 14 37 23.7 5.3 126.0 -36.0
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.
30 Yuli Gurriel (HOU - 1B,3B,DH) 218 15 46 29.8 5.9 184.0 -34.0
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.
31 C.J. Cron (MIN - 1B,DH) 219 21 47 31.7 5.6 244.0 +25.0
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.
32 Trey Mancini (BAL - 1B,LF) 225 14 47 31.4 6.0 254.0 +29.0
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.
33 Pete Alonso (NYM - 1B,DH) MiLB 255 16 43 33.8 6.6 230.0 -25.0
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.
34 Jose Martinez (STL - 1B,RF) 250 11 59 33.0 7.6 198.0 -52.0
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.
35 Ryan Zimmerman (WSH - 1B) 243 23 46 34.3 5.0 336.0 +93.0
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.
36 Miguel Sano (MIN - 1B,3B,DH) 242 13 48 33.4 6.6 271.0 +29.0
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.
37 Brandon Belt (SF - 1B,LF) 267 26 52 36.8 5.1 333.0 +66.0
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.
38 Yonder Alonso (CWS - 1B) 280 20 53 37.0 6.1 368.0 +88.0
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.
39 Marwin Gonzalez (MIN - 1B,2B,SS,LF) 259 21 60 36.1 6.4 234.0 -25.0
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.
40 Wilmer Flores (ARI - 1B,2B,3B) 278 18 53 38.7 7.3 358.0 +80.0
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.
41 Kendrys Morales (TOR - 1B,DH) 287 25 50 39.8 4.2 430.0 +143.0
 
42 Jay Bruce (SEA - 1B,RF) 322 30 58 42.5 5.5 314.0 -8.0
 
43 Ryan McMahon (COL - 1B,2B,3B) 312 21 52 40.4 6.6 331.0 +19.0
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.
44 Justin Bour (LAA - 1B) 333 20 56 42.2 6.3 352.0 +19.0
 
45 Ryan O'Hearn (KC - 1B) 329 21 54 41.1 7.1 364.0 +35.0
 
46 Niko Goodrum (DET - 1B,2B,3B,SS,LF,RF) 341 31 59 44.8 6.1 298.0 -43.0
 
47 Eric Thames (MIL - 1B,LF,RF) 401 20 61 46.4 7.5 355.0 -46.0
 
48 Ronald Guzman (TEX - 1B) 367 32 66 46.4 7.1 533.0 +166.0
 
49 Ryon Healy (SEA - 1B) 381 36 62 48.1 5.1 427.0 +46.0
 
50 Mitch Moreland (BOS - 1B) 396 33 61 48.3 4.9 397.0 +1.0
 
51 Kike Hernandez (LAD - 1B,2B,SS,LF,CF,RF) 377 26 113 48.7 16.0 297.0 -80.0
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.
52 Albert Pujols (LAA - 1B,DH) 426 26 61 50.2 4.1 389.0 -37.0
 
53 Adam Duvall (ATL - 1B,LF) 453 39 65 53.8 7.4 455.0 +2.0
 
54 Greg Bird (NYY - 1B) 473 30 67 54.6 7.8 404.0 -69.0
 
55 John Hicks (DET - C,1B) 382 27 72 51.4 10.8 366.0 -16.0
 
56 Chris Davis (BAL - 1B) 444 27 70 55.2 8.6 488.0 +44.0
 
57 Peter O'Brien (MIA - 1B) 472 28 72 54.4 8.3 595.0 +123.0
 
58 Colin Moran (PIT - 1B,3B) 436 35 68 53.1 7.4 547.0 +111.0
 
59 Steve Pearce (BOS - 1B,LF,DH) 475 46 63 55.2 4.1 360.0 -115.0
 
60 Nate Lowe (TB - 1B) MiLB 446 39 74 55.8 10.7 574.0 +128.0
 
61 Hunter Dozier (KC - 1B,3B,RF) 505 38 78 56.4 8.9 585.0 +80.0
 
62 Matt Adams (WSH - 1B,LF) 548 46 83 57.8 9.1 459.0 -89.0
 
63 Neil Walker (MIA - 1B,2B,3B) 496 48 71 56.9 5.9 423.0 -73.0
 
64 Tyler Austin (MIN - 1B,DH) 522 44 79 59.0 8.4 607.0 +85.0
 
65 Daniel Vogelbach (SEA - 1B,DH) 487 29 81 60.9 9.9 524.0 +37.0
 
66 J.D. Davis (NYM - 1B,3B) 500 25 83 59.4 13.7 686.0 +186.0
 
67 Matt Davidson (TEX - 1B,3B,DH) MiLB 566 47 72 61.0 8.9 678.0 +112.0
 
68 Rowdy Tellez (TOR - 1B) 498 45 84 64.2 8.0 566.0 +68.0
 
69 Dominic Smith (NYM - 1B,LF) 695 51 91 68.6 11.9 499.0 -196.0
 
70 Lewin Diaz (MIN - 1B)   51 55 53.0 2.0    
 
71 Hanley Ramirez (CLE - 1B,DH) NRI 791 42 97 71.0 12.3 723.0 -68.0
 
72 Derek Dietrich (CIN - 1B,LF) NRI 646 57 67 63.6 2.1 599.0 -47.0
 
73 Christian Walker (ARI - 1B) 574 46 84 67.3 9.0 718.0 +144.0
 
74 Mark Reynolds (COL - 1B) NRI 606 50 82 67.5 12.2 755.0 +149.0
 
75 David Freese (LAD - 1B,3B) 605 53 77 67.7 7.9 518.0 -87.0
 
76 Lucas Duda (1B,DH) MiLB 797 60 82 66.3 7.7 806.0 +9.0
 
77 Logan Morrison (1B,DH) FA 719 55 80 68.3 6.8 821.0 +102.0
 
78 Victor Caratini (CHC - C,1B) 771 60 78 66.6 6.4 504.0 -267.0
 
79 Blake Swihart (BOS - C,1B,LF,RF,DH) 584 47 82 70.2 8.7 369.0 -215.0
 
80 Mark Canha (OAK - 1B,LF,CF,RF) 724 57 76 69.8 5.3 676.0 -48.0
 
81 Miguel Rojas (MIA - 1B,3B,SS)   61 70 66.3 3.9 620.0  
 
82 Brad Miller (1B,2B,SS,DH) FA 779 62 87 77.0 9.4 684.0 -95.0
 
83 AJ Reed (HOU - 1B) 794 65 86 73.2 7.6 754.0 -40.0
 
84 Jose Osuna (PIT - 1B,3B,RF) 657 65 93 77.8 10.1 973.0 +316.0
 
85 Matt Duffy (TEX - 1B,3B) MiLB 665 65 67 66.0 1.0    
 
86 Daniel Descalso (CHC - 1B,2B,3B) 819 66 75 70.3 3.7 529.0 -290.0
 
87 Jose Pirela (SD - 1B,2B,LF,RF) 688 67 77 72.4 3.6 549.0 -139.0
 
88 Ehire Adrianza (MIN - 1B,3B,SS) 671 68 86 76.2 6.8 727.0 +56.0
 
89 Erik Gonzalez (PIT - 1B,2B,3B,SS) 818 68 81 74.5 4.7 700.0 -118.0
 
90 Stephen Vogt (SF - C,1B) NRI   69 81 75.0 6.0 851.0  
 
91 Pat Valaika (COL - 1B,2B) 775 71 89 77.8 7.2    
 
92 Joe McCarthy (TB - 1B,LF) MiLB 856 83 96 89.5 6.5    
 
93 Pablo Sandoval (SF - 1B,3B)   83 92 87.5 4.5 625.0  
 
94 Ryder Jones (SF - 1B,3B) MiLB   85 94 89.5 4.5