2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings

Expert Consensus Ranking (61 of 63 Experts) -
Rank Player (Team, Position) Overall Notes
1 Paul Goldschmidt (STL - 1B) 19 1 6 1.6 0.7 19.0
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) 20 1 4 1.7 0.7 23.0 +3.0
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) 31 1 7 3.3 0.8 34.0 +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) 36 1 8 4.8 1.4 38.0 +2.0
Although his slugging percentage dropped from .618 to .496, Hoskins still popped 34 homers in his first full season. Boasting MLB's highest fly-ball rate (51.7%) and launch angle (22.6°) of all qualified hitters, drafters can expect more of the same. Yet it will come at the cost of batting average, and he'll only offer a handful of steals when pitchers aren't looking. Last year's 48th-ranked hitter on ESPN's Player Rater probably needs 40-plus homers to validate his hefty cost. At least he'll get plenty of RBI opportunities hitting alongside Bryce Harper.
5 Cody Bellinger (LAD - 1B,CF) 41 1 10 5.8 1.4 39.0 -2.0
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) 48 3 17 7.8 2.3 52.0 +4.0
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) 53 6 15 8.9 1.5 74.0 +21.0
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) 57 3 18 9.4 2.6 67.0 +10.0
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) 71 2 47 10.9 3.6 65.0 -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) 82 5 44 12.0 2.6 78.0 -4.0
After hitting .265 with 16 HRs in 279 at-bats in 2017, Aguilar got the chance to be a full-time player in 2018, and took advantage to the sweet tune of a .274/80/35/108 line that made him a top-three first baseman in standard 5x5 roto leagues. Aguilar is a zero on the base paths and he strikes out too much to be of much help in batting average, either, but the power is very real and his run production numbers should continue to be excellent in a loaded lineup and great home park. Call Aguilar a HR/RBI specialist if you must, but at least recognize that he is one of the better HR/RBI specialists in the game.
11 Joey Gallo (TEX - 1B,LF,CF,RF) 81 5 23 12.4 3.6 99.0 +18.0
Gallo has reached 40 HRs in each of his two full Major League seasons, and will enter 2019 as one of the best pure power hitters in the game. Unfortunately, that power comes attached to a .203 career batting average, meaning that fantasy owners who draft Gallo in standard 5x5 formats will need to either punt batting average or make a concerted effort to offset the damage he'll do there. Whether you draft Gallo or not is largely a matter of roster construction, but expect him to finish right around the top-100 players in terms of overall fantasy value. He does walk quite a bit, giving him a major boost in OBP formats.
12 Whit Merrifield (KC - 1B,2B,CF,RF,DH) 39 3 19 5.7 2.8 32.0 -7.0
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
13 Edwin Encarnacion (NYY - 1B,DH) 114 7 30 15.7 3.9 113.0 -1.0
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.
14 Max Muncy (LAD - 1B,2B,3B) 122 7 48 17.6 6.2 110.0 -12.0
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.
15 Travis Shaw (MIL - 1B,3B,2B) 90 10 29 14.0 3.1 97.0 +7.0
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.
16 Miguel Cabrera (DET - 1B,DH) 147 5 32 18.7 5.1 152.0 +5.0
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.
17 Eric Hosmer (SD - 1B) 134 11 30 19.5 3.6 167.0 +33.0
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.
18 J.T. Realmuto (PHI - C,1B) 67 3 24 11.4 3.9 46.0 -21.0
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
19 Ian Desmond (COL - 1B,LF) 150 16 49 21.6 4.3 147.0 -3.0
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.
20 Carlos Santana (CLE - 1B,3B) 164 11 42 22.1 5.5 178.0 +14.0
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.
21 Jurickson Profar (OAK - 1B,2B,3B,SS) 159 12 41 22.3 5.5 140.0 -19.0
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 Ryan Braun (MIL - 1B,LF) 137 8 34 20.7 5.0 186.0 +49.0
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.
23 Matt Olson (OAK - 1B) 191 6 49 24.5 9.6 141.0 -50.0
Before most of the majors even started the season, Olson got hit on his right hand by a pitch in Tokyo. He underwent hamate surgery, which will keep him out of action for at least a month. A tricky injury from which to recover, he may also need some time to rediscover his power upon returning. Just like that, a popular breakout pick throughout the offseason becomes someone to ignore -- unless given a sizable discount -- in drafts right before the league-wide Opening Day.
24 Luke Voit (NYY - 1B) 173 13 40 24.7 5.7 168.0 -5.0
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.
25 Justin Smoak (TOR - 1B,DH) IL10 188 13 41 25.9 5.4 197.0 +9.0
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.
26 Josh Bell (PIT - 1B) 207 19 38 28.0 4.5 254.0 +47.0
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 Pete Alonso (NYM - 1B,DH) 227 12 44 29.7 7.5 234.0 +7.0
While Jed Lowrie and Todd Frazier both starting 2019 on the IL, Alonso forced the Mets' hand and won an Opening Day by displayed his Herculean power throughout spring training. The rookie could promptly crush 30 long balls if locked into the starting role all year. Their infield, however, could get crowded when Lowrie and Frazier return, so he may need to hit out of the gate to preserve a big league role.
28 Jake Bauers (CLE - 1B,LF) 212 19 43 28.1 5.2 251.0 +39.0
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 Tyler White (HOU - 1B) 219 4 58 30.6 6.7 267.0 +48.0
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.
30 Yuli Gurriel (HOU - 1B,3B,DH) 224 16 45 29.6 6.0 184.0 -40.0
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) 216 19 46 31.1 6.3 243.0 +27.0
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) 220 13 48 31.4 6.2 272.0 +52.0
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 Buster Posey (SF - C,1B) 185 12 48 24.8 6.9 127.0 -58.0
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.
34 Ryan Zimmerman (WSH - 1B) IL10 243 17 48 34.6 5.5 337.0 +94.0
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.
35 Jose Martinez (STL - 1B,RF) 263 11 59 35.7 7.6 201.0 -62.0
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.
36 Brandon Belt (SF - 1B,LF) 266 26 56 37.5 5.3 331.0 +65.0
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.
37 Yonder Alonso (CWS - 1B) 276 20 62 37.7 7.1 374.0 +98.0
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.
38 Marwin Gonzalez (MIN - 1B,2B,SS,LF) IL10 265 23 60 36.4 6.3 232.0 -33.0
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.
39 Miguel Sano (MIN - 1B,3B,DH) 268 16 51 36.9 7.1 269.0 +1.0
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.
40 Wilmer Flores (ARI - 1B,2B,3B) IL10 284 17 59 38.4 8.3 364.0 +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 Ryan McMahon (COL - 1B,2B,3B) 297 19 59 36.4 9.6 307.0 +10.0
After hitting .424 with nine doubles and three homers in spring, McMahon made the Rockies' roster and Opening Day lineup. Also heavily hyped entering 2018, he managed a meager .232/.307/.683 slash line in 202 plate appearances. He'll also still have to compete with Garrett Hampson for playing time at second base, but all managers need to pay attention to a promising 24-year-old hitter who gets to play in Coors Field. The breakout may be coming a year later than anticipated.
42 Kendrys Morales (NYY - 1B,DH) DFA 292 23 50 40.6 4.6 449.0 +157.0
 
43 Jay Bruce (PHI - 1B,RF) 321 21 53 41.9 5.4 317.0 -4.0
 
44 Kike Hernandez (LAD - 1B,2B,SS,LF,CF,RF) 296 21 60 38.5 9.0 288.0 -8.0
Hernandez's production has risen (67, 92, and 118 wRC+) along with playing time (244, 342, 462 PAs) over the past three seasons. The latter trend will at least continue, as he will open 2019 as the Dodgers' starting second baseman. He no longer needs to hide in a platoon after popping 12 homers and a 123 wRC+ against righties last season. His strikeouts also continue to decline, so the featured role could lead to a solid average with 20-25 homers. The 27-year-old is also eligible at least three positions (2B, SS, and OF), making him a useful spark plug to pluck off the waiver wire.
45 Justin Bour (LAA - 1B) 315 25 56 42.8 6.4 351.0 +36.0
 
46 Ryan O'Hearn (KC - 1B) MiLB 322 19 54 40.9 8.3 343.0 +21.0
 
47 Niko Goodrum (DET - 1B,2B,3B,SS,LF,RF) 345 28 63 43.5 6.5 298.0 -47.0
 
48 Ronald Guzman (TEX - 1B) 342 27 66 44.6 7.3 550.0 +208.0
 
49 Eric Thames (MIL - 1B,LF,RF) 408 20 63 48.8 7.7 398.0 -10.0
 
50 Ryon Healy (SEA - 1B) IL10 361 26 62 47.6 5.5 353.0 -8.0
 
51 Mitch Moreland (BOS - 1B) IL10 390 34 61 49.2 5.0 401.0 +11.0
 
52 Albert Pujols (LAA - 1B,DH) 404 27 61 50.2 4.1 362.0 -42.0
 
53 Greg Bird (NYY - 1B) IL60 400 24 79 51.7 10.1 369.0 -31.0
 
54 Chris Davis (BAL - 1B) 446 27 70 55.6 8.0 419.0 -27.0
 
55 John Hicks (DET - C,1B) 419 27 75 53.6 9.8 367.0 -52.0
 
56 Adam Duvall (ATL - 1B,LF) MiLB 487 40 69 56.1 7.2 470.0 -17.0
 
57 Hunter Dozier (KC - 1B,3B,RF) 489 38 78 55.4 7.9 597.0 +108.0
 
58 Steve Pearce (BOS - 1B,LF,DH) IL10 496 46 66 56.3 4.2 366.0 -130.0
 
59 Matt Adams (WSH - 1B,LF) 518 46 83 57.6 7.8 425.0 -93.0
 
60 Peter O'Brien (MIA - 1B) MiLB 548 37 72 56.4 8.1 615.0 +67.0
 
61 Colin Moran (PIT - 1B,3B) 481 36 65 55.4 6.9 575.0 +94.0
 
62 Nate Lowe (TB - 1B) MiLB 502 39 77 57.6 10.4 595.0 +93.0
 
63 Neil Walker (MIA - 1B,2B,3B) 547 44 71 58.6 6.0 432.0 -115.0
 
64 Rowdy Tellez (TOR - 1B) 530 42 88 60.0 13.2 507.0 -23.0
 
65 Daniel Vogelbach (SEA - 1B,DH) 536 31 81 60.1 10.7 533.0 -3.0
 
66 Hanley Ramirez (CLE - 1B,DH) FA 726 41 90 62.8 15.4 549.0 -177.0
 
67 Tyler Austin (SF - 1B,DH) 541 44 82 62.0 9.5 626.0 +85.0
 
68 Matt Davidson (TEX - 1B,3B,DH) MiLB 586 47 81 64.2 8.7 694.0 +108.0
 
69 J.D. Davis (NYM - 1B,3B) 546 26 94 65.9 15.2 559.0 +13.0
 
70 Mark Canha (OAK - 1B,LF,CF,RF) 670 56 76 66.2 6.9 630.0 -40.0
 
71 Derek Dietrich (CIN - 1B,LF) 617 54 75 65.2 4.0 532.0 -85.0
 
72 Dominic Smith (NYM - 1B,LF) 707 59 99 72.9 13.0 502.0 -205.0
 
73 Erik Gonzalez (PIT - 1B,2B,3B,SS) IL60 636 49 81 66.3 9.7 688.0 +52.0
 
74 Christian Walker (ARI - 1B) 644 46 84 66.5 9.4 557.0 -87.0
 
75 Logan Morrison (NYY - 1B,DH) MiLB 689 50 81 67.1 9.7 836.0 +147.0
 
76 Victor Caratini (CHC - C,1B) 715 50 82 68.3 9.4 519.0 -196.0
 
77 Blake Swihart (ARI - C,1B,LF,RF,DH) IL10 657 47 82 70.0 9.8 372.0 -285.0
 
78 Lewin Diaz (MIN - 1B)   42 55 48.5 6.5    
 
79 David Freese (LAD - 1B,3B) IL10 616 54 79 68.8 7.6 525.0 -91.0
 
80 Lucas Duda (KC - 1B,DH) 838 51 86 71.0 8.1 811.0 -27.0
 
81 Daniel Descalso (CHC - 1B,2B,3B) 905 60 88 72.7 8.5 541.0 -364.0
 
82 Miguel Rojas (MIA - 1B,3B,SS) 1172 63 91 72.6 9.6 641.0 -531.0
 
83 Jordan Patterson (TOR - 1B,RF) MiLB 842 57 109 84.3 21.3    
 
84 Frank Schwindel (DET - 1B) MiLB   66 68 67.0 1.0 653.0  
 
85 Mark Reynolds (COL - 1B) 676 50 84 74.2 6.5 642.0 -34.0
 
86 Brad Miller (PHI - 1B,2B,SS,DH) 808 64 89 79.2 8.5 546.0 -262.0
 
87 Matt Duffy (TEX - 1B,3B) MiLB   67 71 69.0 2.0    
 
88 Brent Rooker (MIN - 1B,LF) MiLB 976 69 89 79.3 8.2 1,034.0 +58.0
 
89 Jose Pirela (SD - 1B,2B,LF,RF) MiLB 684 67 85 77.8 4.5 491.0 -193.0
 
90 Jose Osuna (PIT - 1B,3B,RF) 710 65 96 83.0 7.8 820.0 +110.0
 
91 AJ Reed (HOU - 1B) MiLB 825 66 95 81.3 8.3 761.0 -64.0
 
92 Ehire Adrianza (MIN - 1B,3B,SS) IL10 718 68 87 81.5 4.1 735.0 +17.0
 
93 Pat Valaika (COL - 1B,2B) 798 71 91 84.2 5.4    
 
94 Stephen Vogt (SF - C,1B) 1205 75 96 86.3 8.6 754.0 -451.0
 
95 Ryan Lavarnway (NYY - C,1B) NRI 1184 78 92 84.7 5.7    
 
96 Taylor Davis (CHC - 1B,3B) MiLB 1232 80 98 91.0 7.9 955.0 -277.0
 
97 Joe McCarthy (TB - 1B,LF) MiLB 1020 83 105 94.5 8.6    
 
98 Pablo Sandoval (SF - 1B,3B) 1213 83 94 89.8 4.6 649.0 -564.0
 
99 Ryder Jones (SF - 1B,3B) MiLB 1299 85 106 97.5 7.8 930.0 -369.0
 
100 Ryan Rua (1B,LF,RF) FA   86 102 94.0 8.0    
 
101 Brandon Dixon (DET - 1B,RF) 1243 86 97 91.7 4.5    
 
102 Bobby Bradley (CLE - 1B) 1235 91 104 97.0 5.4    
 
103 Jim Adduci (CHC - 1B,RF) MiLB 1276 92 101 97.3 3.9    
 
104 Adrian Gonzalez (NYM - 1B) FA 1246 93 113 101.3 8.5 960.0 -286.0
 
105 Cheslor Cuthbert (KC - 1B,3B,DH) 1290 100 106 102.7 2.5    
 
106 Corban Joseph (OAK - 1B,2B) MiLB 1300 102 103 102.7 0.5    
 
107 Edwin Rios (LAD - 1B) MiLB 1311 103 108 105.0 2.2 962.0 -349.0
 
108 Matt Thaiss (LAA - 1B) MiLB 1329 104 107 106.0 1.4 810.0 -519.0