2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings

Expert Consensus Ranking (27 of 32 Experts) -
Rank Player (Team, Position) Overall Notes
1 Jose Ramirez (CLE - 2B,3B) 3 1 1 1.0 0.0 3.0
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.
2 Jose Altuve (HOU - 2B) 13 2 3 2.1 0.3 13.0
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.
3 Javier Baez (CHC - 2B,3B,SS) 22 2 5 3.0 0.5 16.0 -6.0
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.
4 Whit Merrifield (KC - 1B,2B,CF,RF,DH) 39 3 14 4.9 1.5 33.0 -6.0
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.
5 Ozzie Albies (ATL - 2B) 51 4 11 5.8 1.5 53.0 +2.0
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.
6 Raul Adalberto Mondesi (KC - 2B,SS) 56 4 17 7.3 3.2 75.0 +19.0
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.
7 Daniel Murphy (COL - 1B,2B) 66 5 16 8.0 1.6 86.0 +20.0
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.
8 Matt Carpenter (STL - 1B,2B,3B) 67 5 21 8.2 2.5 67.0
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.
9 Gleyber Torres (NYY - 2B,SS) 68 4 13 8.3 2.0 56.0 -12.0
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 Scooter Gennett (CIN - 2B) 90 7 16 11.1 2.3 90.0
 
11 Robinson Cano (NYM - 2B) 95 7 16 12.1 1.9 119.0 +24.0
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.
12 Rougned Odor (TEX - 2B,DH) 96 6 22 12.8 2.6 145.0 +49.0
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.
13 Jonathan Villar (BAL - 2B,SS) 99 6 24 13.2 2.5 101.0 +2.0
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.
14 Dee Gordon (SEA - 2B,CF) 108 9 19 13.8 2.5 100.0 -8.0
 
15 Travis Shaw (MIL - 1B,3B,2B) 107 8 26 13.4 4.8 93.0 -14.0
 
16 Max Muncy (LAD - 1B,2B,3B) 120 7 29 15.7 3.7 120.0
 
17 Brian Dozier (WSH - 2B) 125 11 27 16.5 2.1 131.0 +6.0
 
18 Yoan Moncada (CWS - 2B) 144 4 27 18.6 2.6 162.0 +18.0
 
19 Jurickson Profar (OAK - 1B,2B,3B,SS) 143 10 26 19.1 2.7 141.0 -2.0
 
20 Cesar Hernandez (PHI - 2B) 166 15 34 21.2 2.6 168.0 +2.0
 
21 Jonathan Schoop (MIN - 2B) 165 10 31 21.5 3.7 171.0 +6.0
 
22 DJ LeMahieu (NYY - 2B) 182 15 33 22.8 3.0 184.0 +2.0
 
23 Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (TOR - 2B,SS) 206 9 40 24.4 5.2 215.0 +9.0
 
24 Ketel Marte (ARI - 2B,SS) 215 17 39 24.9 4.2 253.0 +38.0
 
25 Chris Taylor (LAD - 2B,SS,LF,CF) 204 19 51 25.7 5.9 205.0 +1.0
 
26 Willy Adames (TB - 2B,SS) 240 20 42 28.6 4.1 223.0 -17.0
 
27 Jed Lowrie (NYM - 2B,3B) 232 17 40 28.6 4.4 220.0 -12.0
 
28 Joe Wendle (TB - 2B,LF) 250 23 37 29.6 3.1 244.0 -6.0
 
29 Garrett Hampson (COL - 2B,SS) 253 10 56 29.2 8.1 361.0 +108.0
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.
30 Asdrubal Cabrera (TEX - 2B,3B,SS) 255 18 52 29.8 7.1 212.0 -43.0
 
31 Starlin Castro (MIA - 2B) 268 24 41 31.8 4.9 283.0 +15.0
 
32 Marwin Gonzalez (MIN - 1B,2B,SS,LF) 263 24 50 32.7 6.2 232.0 -31.0
 
33 Wilmer Flores (ARI - 1B,2B,3B) 271 12 47 31.4 7.2    
 
34 Jason Kipnis (CLE - 2B,CF,DH) 307 21 48 35.8 4.5 316.0 +9.0
 
35 Enrique Hernandez (LAD - 1B,2B,SS,LF,CF,RF) 338 25 51 38.7 5.0 288.0 -50.0
 
36 Ian Kinsler (SD - 2B) 323 27 60 38.7 7.2 329.0 +6.0
 
37 Luis Urias (SD - 2B) 324 25 52 39.3 6.8 420.0 +96.0
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.
38 Niko Goodrum (DET - 1B,2B,3B,SS,LF,RF) 317 26 56 38.0 5.6 284.0 -33.0
 
39 Ryan McMahon (COL - 1B,2B,3B) 329 20 46 38.6 5.1 418.0 +89.0
 
40 Zack Cozart (LAA - 2B,3B,SS) 318 23 49 37.2 6.9    
 
41 Adam Frazier (PIT - 2B,LF,RF) 333 21 63 38.3 8.8 370.0 +37.0
 
42 Jeff McNeil (NYM - 2B) 374 23 56 39.9 7.9 394.0 +20.0
 
43 Hernan Perez (MIL - 2B,3B,SS,LF,RF) 385 37 68 43.9 7.8 435.0 +50.0
 
44 Ben Zobrist (CHC - 2B,LF,RF) 391 30 54 43.9 5.0 373.0 -18.0
 
45 Eduardo Nunez (BOS - 2B,3B) 462 28 62 46.2 6.1 323.0 -139.0
 
46 Isiah Kiner-Falefa (TEX - C,2B,3B) 407 30 59 44.8 6.9 339.0 -68.0
 
47 Josh Harrison (DET - 2B) 390 26 55 44.9 6.7    
 
48 Austin Barnes (LAD - C,2B) 441 29 60 46.8 6.4 397.0 -44.0
 
49 Kolten Wong (STL - 2B) 484 33 59 48.3 6.2    
 
50 Joe Panik (SF - 2B) 416 27 59 48.6 6.2    
 
51 Dustin Pedroia (BOS - 2B) 464 36 68 51.8 8.3 452.0 -12.0
 
52 David Fletcher (LAA - 2B,3B) 427 32 68 47.1 11.3    
 
53 Jedd Gyorko (STL - 2B,3B) 443 31 67 50.3 10.0    
 
54 Keston Hiura (MIL - 2B) NRI 497 40 55 49.0 4.7 345.0 -152.0
 
55 Yolmer Sanchez (CWS - 2B,3B) 448 28 76 51.4 10.5    
 
56 Franklin Barreto (OAK - 2B) 432 25 60 51.1 6.5 417.0 -15.0
 
57 Brandon Lowe (TB - 2B) 571 36 70 53.8 10.1    
 
58 Devon Travis (TOR - 2B) 488 30 64 54.3 8.0 505.0 +17.0
 
59 Howie Kendrick (WSH - 2B,LF)   38 79 57.0 17.8 517.0  
 
60 Alen Hanson (SF - 2B,3B,SS,LF) 522 32 71 58.4 7.3    
 
61 Daniel Robertson (TB - 2B,3B,SS) 603 49 56 53.0 2.7    
 
62 Chad Pinder (OAK - 2B,3B,LF,RF) 533 31 71 57.0 8.3 483.0 -50.0
 
63 Brandon Drury (TOR - 2B,3B) 527 35 76 61.2 12.0    
 
64 Neil Walker (MIA - 1B,2B,3B) 701 48 73 57.8 9.4 453.0 -248.0
 
65 Christian Arroyo (TB - 2B,3B) 523 33 69 54.3 15.4    
 
66 Chris Owings (KC - 2B,3B,CF,RF) 552 36 67 58.7 5.3    
 
67 David Bote (CHC - 2B,3B) 565 37 71 58.0 15.0    
 
68 Logan Forsythe (2B,3B) FA 570 43 75 58.3 13.1    
 
69 Leury Garcia (CWS - 2B,LF,CF,RF) 730 41 75 65.8 12.9    
 
70 Yangervis Solarte (SF - 2B,3B,SS) NRI 674 43 67 60.5 5.0    
 
71 Wilmer Difo (WSH - 2B,3B) 645 48 69 61.6 7.5 507.0 -138.0
 
72 Cory Spangenberg (MIL - 2B,3B,LF) 727 46 74 66.5 11.9    
 
73 Jose Pirela (SD - 1B,2B,LF,RF) 658 55 77 67.0 9.1    
 
74 Kaleb Cowart (DET - 2B,3B) 642 60 83 68.0 10.6    
 
75 Brock Holt (BOS - 2B,SS,RF) 679 63 81 72.3 7.5 454.0 -225.0
 
76 Tyler Wade (NYY - 2B) 649 63 70 66.5 3.5    
 
77 Brad Miller (1B,2B,SS,DH) DFA 661 64 78 69.0 6.4    
 
78 Erik Gonzalez (PIT - 1B,2B,3B,SS)   64 72 67.0 3.6    
 
79 Daniel Descalso (CHC - 1B,2B,3B) 722 69 70 69.3 0.5 508.0 -214.0
 
80 Pat Valaika (COL - 1B,2B) 724 72 77 74.5 2.5    
 
81 Cavan Biggio (TOR - 2B) MiLB   75 82 78.5 3.5 635.0