2018 Fantasy Baseball Rankings (AL)

Expert Consensus Ranking (41 of 45 Experts) -
Rank Player (Team, Position) Overall Notes
1 Mike Trout (LAA - CF) 1 1.0
Trout missed significant time in 2017 with a torn UCL in his thumb, which marred an otherwise truly elite season. He hit 33 home runs and stole 22 bases in just 114 games, setting career-bests in both walk-rate and strikeout-rate. Simply put, the 26-year-old is as good as he's ever been, and with an improved lineup around him, the sky is the limit in 2018.
2 Jose Altuve (HOU - 2B) 2 2.0
If anyone is ever going to challenge Mike Trout for the top spot in fantasy baseball, it's Altuve, one of the true five-category producers in the game. Altuve's strikeout-rate jumped a few points last year, but he otherwise had nearly a carbon copy of his fantastic 2016 season. With an elite batting average and outstanding counting stats, Altuve should once again have a dominant fantasy season batting near the top of an excellent Astros lineup.
3 Mookie Betts (BOS - RF) 3 4.0 +1.0
Betts had a "disappointing" season in 2017, but the world would be a better place if everyone could disappoint that way. The majority of his counting stats (other than steals) dropped a bit, but the big falloff was in batting average, where he dropped from .318 in 2016 to just .264 in 2017. That precipitous drop seems largely luck-based, as his batted ball profile and speed simply do not support the .268 BABIP that he had last year. Either way, when a disappointing season is a .264-101-24-102-26 line, you know you've arrived as a fantasy stud. Betts should be drafted in the first round again with confidence.
4 Giancarlo Stanton (NYY - RF) 4 3.0 -1.0
Stanton finally had the year that fantasy owners had been waiting for, and boy, was it worth the wait. His counting stats (59 home runs, 123 runs scored, and 132 RBI) were off the charts, but he also made significant gains as a hitter. Stanton dropped his strikeout rate to just 23.6%, by far the lowest of his career, and raised his walk-rate. Now batting in one of the most homer-friendly stadiums in the game in the middle of a stacked lineup, the sky is the limit for Stanton. Although it seems implausible for him to improve on last year's numbers, it's not out of the range of possibilities, particularly because his hard-contact rate was the lowest it had been in five seasons. Simply put, Stanton should be a fantasy stud this season.
5 Carlos Correa (HOU - SS) 5 7.0 +2.0
Correa left his sophomore slump in the past last season, putting up career-highs in home runs, runs scored, and batting average, despite playing in just 109 games because of a thumb injury. There's little reason to doubt his ability to contribute meaningfully in four offensive categories, but it's worth noting that he stole just two bases last season. Given that Correa has always had a solid success rate, it seems like this was simply a conscious choice, and considering his thumb injury was a result of a slide on the basepaths, he may simply avoid stolen base attempts to stay healthy in the future. If so, that puts a minor damper on Correa's fantasy prospects. But his pedigree, his position, his performance to date, and his place in an outstanding lineup, keeps him as a first-rounder heading into 2018 regardless of his steals.
6 Manny Machado (BAL - 3B) 8 8.0
Machado had a "down" year, which was largely the product of a terrible first two months of the season. But other than in the batting average department, where he batted a career-low .259, his numbers largely wound up in the range of his career-norms. That batting average drop appears to be a mirage, as Machado set a career-high in hard-contact percentage but had a career-worst .265 BABIP. Expect his batting average to jump back closer to his .279 career mark this season, and with soon-to-come dual eligibility, Machado should once again be considered a borderline first-rounder.
7 J.D. Martinez (BOS - RF) 9 12.0 +3.0
After a lengthy dance, Martinez finally signed with the Red Sox in mid-February, placing him in an ideal situation. Martinez had an other-worldly year last season, hitting 45 home runs in just 119 games and leading the league in hard-contact rate. He'll now bat in the middle of a strong Boston lineup, one that should allow him to surpass both 100 runs scored and 100 RBI. It's unclear whether Martinez has truly morphed into a potential 60-home-run-hitter, but his move to Boston essentially guarantees that he will be an elite fantasy outfielder this season.
8 Aaron Judge (NYY - RF) 10 9.0 -1.0
After an embarrassingly awful cup of coffee in 2016, Judge went crazy in 2017, hitting an incredible 52 home runs and easily winning rookie of the year. Although he was plagued by a shoulder injury and slumped after the All-Star break, he rebounded nicely in September, showing that he could adjust when things got tough. Judge's strikeout-rate (30.7%) likely means that his .284 batting average is going to drop this season, though he hits the ball so incredibly hard (45.3% hard-hit rate) that he's bound to have a high BABIP. Either way, you can easily give away some batting average for the massive power Judge is guaranteed to bring. And don't ignore his nine steals last season, either. If he comes anywhere close to a repeat performance in 2018, he'll likely find himself a perennial first-rounder for the foreseeable future.
9 Francisco Lindor (CLE - SS) 11 10.0 -1.0
Lindor, like many hitters, had an absurd power jump in 2017, hitting 33 home runs, more than he had in his last two seasons combined. The good news for fantasy owners is that he looked like almost an identical hitter to his previous years, with the same exact walk and strikeout percentages to his 2016 season. All Lindor did is start doing what many hitters did - hit the ball in the air more. The results were predictable - more home runs and a lower batting average. Whether he continues with that same approach or returns to his previous one, he'll be one of the elite fantasy shortstops in the game in 2018.
10 Jose Ramirez (CLE - 2B,3B) 13 11.0 -2.0
Ramirez's 2017 numbers didn't look all that different from his 2016 numbers, with one drastic exception - a dramatic increase in power. Ramirez upped his home run total to what was a then-career-high of 11 in 2016 to 29 in 2017, and increased his doubles from 46 to 56. Nothing about the gains seems particularly fluky, as Ramirez appears to have made a conscious effort to pull the ball and hit more fly balls last year, which usually does (and did for Ramirez) produce a jump in power. If he stays with that approach, he should have little trouble keeping his power gains, and should once again be one of the most valuable infielders in all of fantasy in 2018.
11 George Springer (HOU - CF,RF) 12 14.0 +2.0
Springer's stolen base totals are trending in the wrong direction, but that's essentially the only negative thing you can say about him. His home runs have risen in three straight seasons, he dropped his strikeout percentage by more than six points last year, and he set a career-high in batting average and RBI. In short, Springer has developed into a reliable four-category producer, and he'll at least chip in a bit in the fifth category (steals). Add all that up and Springer should be considered a borderline second-rounder, one with significant upside even at that price.
12 Josh Donaldson (TOR - 3B) DL10 14 15.0 +1.0
Donaldson finally succumbed to the calf injury he seemed to have been battling for the last two seasons, and missed six weeks on the disabled list. Although he struggled mightily for a bit after his return, he found his form in the second half, hitting 24 home runs for a total of 33 in just 113 games. Donaldson's strikeout-rate jumped significantly last year, which is always a little worrisome as he likely begins the downside of his career. But playing in a hitter's park and in his walk year, Donaldson should at least have one more big season in the bag, and should return to being an elite hitter this year.
13 Gary Sanchez (NYY - C) 15 13.0 -2.0
Sanchez followed up his sizzling 53-game stretch in the majors in 2016 by smacking 33 home runs in just 122 games in 2017. He easily finished as the top catcher in fantasy despite missing time with injuries. Sure, his walk rate and hard-contact percentage dropped a tiny bit, but there's no reason to nitpick. Batting in the middle of an incredible (and somehow improved) Yankees lineup, Sanchez should once again top 30 home runs and be drafted as the top fantasy catcher in the game in 2018.
14 Jose Abreu (CWS - 1B) 17 21.0 +4.0
Abreu has quickly established himself as one of the most consistent players in all of fantasy baseball. In his four seasons in the majors, he's never hit fewer than 25 home runs, driven in fewer than 100 RBI, or batted lower than .290. The fact that his numbers were so gaudy last year (.304/.354/.552) is particularly impressive given the dearth of offensive talent on the White Sox roster. Essentially, there are no concerns at this point with Abreu, and his safety makes him a rock-solid option at first base, just behind the elite names.
15 Brian Dozier (MIN - 2B) 16 16.0
Dozier came close to repeating his career-best numbers from 2016, but his fantasy owners certainly weren't complaining. Dozier continues to be a strong four-category player with a batting average that won't hurt you. His best trait may be his durability, as he has played in at least 152 games in each of the past four seasons. Even if you took his worst single-season totals over that stretch, he would still give you a 101-23-71-12 line, and his outstanding floor keeps him near the top of the second-base ranks. With an improved walk-rate and little signs of decline elsewhere, Dozier makes an outstanding pick in the early rounds.
16 Dee Gordon (SEA - 2B) 18 17.0 -1.0
After he missed half of the 2016 season with a PED suspension, Gordon got right back to work in 2017, hitting above .300 and stealing 60 bases. Gordon put the ball in play more then ever, putting up just a 13.4% strikeout rate, best of his career. His reward was a trade to the Mariners, where he'll move from second base to center field. The trade shouldn't impact Gordon's value much, as he'll continue to bat leadoff in front of a strong lineup. And with soon-to-be dual eligibility, Gordon's fantasy stock only rises.
17 Nelson Cruz (SEA - RF,DH) 23 27.0 +4.0
Cruz is now 37 years old so you might be inclined to think his career is well on the downturn, but he was actually superb again last year. He now has 40+ HR, 100+ RBI, 90 R and a .287 or higher average in 3 of the last 4 seasons.
18 Justin Upton (LAA - LF) 20 25.0 +5.0
It took long enough, but the phenom finally broke out 10 years later. Last season, Upton went for 35 homers, 100+ runs, 100+ RBI and 14 steals. In fact, he got better as the season went on so don't be surprised to see him repeat his stellar campaign.
19 Edwin Encarnacion (CLE - 1B,DH) 21 24.0 +3.0
Encarnacion got off to a very rough start with the Indians, but in the end, he wound up with his standard stat line. He hit at least 34 home runs and tallied 98 RBI for the sixth consecutive season, his strikeout rate remained constant, and he actually set a career-high in walk rate (15.5%). In the end, there's little to suggest a decline is imminent, even as Encarnacion enters his age-35 season. With enough appearances at first base to retain eligibility at the position, Encarnacion can and should once again be valued as a strong fantasy option.
20 Andrew Benintendi (BOS - LF,CF) 22 23.0 +1.0
It's rare that a 20-20 rookie season feels disappointing, but that's exactly how it was for Benintendi. Always a high-average hitter in the minors, Benintendi hit just .271, the lowest he has hit in any level. But all the signs are there that Benintendi will improve on his already impressive numbers this year. He dropped his strikeout-rate and upped his walk-rate significantly from his 2016 cup of coffee, and his numbers against lefties (.622 OPS) are bound to come up. That means that Benintendi's average is bound to rise, and so too will his already excellent counting stats. A breakout is likely coming, so buy in accordingly.
21 Alex Bregman (HOU - 3B,SS) 25 22.0 -3.0
Both in his 49-game cameo in 2016 and his full season last year, Bregman got off to a painfully slow start before coming on strong in the latter part of the season. He carried over his excellent second half last year (.903 OPS) into the playoffs, where he became a household name with home runs in the World Series off of Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jansen. All the signs point to a breakout for the youngster, as his strong strikeout- and walk-rates, and his rare power-speed combination, make him an intriguing option. The problem is that Bregman is exactly the type of guy who will be on everyone's "breakout" list, and you'll likely need to pay a high price for him if you want him on your team.
22 Khris Davis (OAK - LF,DH) 27 33.0 +6.0
Somehow Davis has now batted exactly .247 each of the previous three seasons. That won't kill you if he repeats in 2018. This is among the most reliable sources for power and RBI, so put 40 HR and 100 RBI in ink if you add him.
23 Jonathan Schoop (BAL - 2B) 28 31.0 +3.0
While there may be much more depth at second base this year than in years past, the second tier is a bit bare. Schoop leads the pack thanks to elite power for the position and a reliable batting average from year to year.
24 Elvis Andrus (TEX - SS) 29 34.0 +5.0
Andrus has now gone nine consecutive seasons stealing at least 20 bases. He is a near-lock to play 150+ games and pile up the runs scored while helping you quite a bit in batting average. Even the power came on last season!
25 Robinson Cano (SEA - 2B) MiLB 31 36.0 +5.0
Cano might not be the .320 hitter he was for most of his career, but you can still bet on .280 with 20+ homers and a bunch of runs and RBI. That should be enough to tempt you into snatching him in the first 70 picks.
26 Byron Buxton (MIN - CF) DL10 32 30.0 -2.0
Many were proclaiming Buxton to be the breakout player of the year. It just so happens that he needed a few months to figure the league out like another former top overall prospect, Mike Trout. Now clearly Buxton is not nor will ever be on Trout's level, but he was superb in the second half, batting .300 with 11 homers, 13 steals, 40 runs and 35 RBIs in just 207 at bats. We have not even seen the youngster in his prime. Perhaps this year he stretches it out to 25 HR and 40 stolen bases.
27 Xander Bogaerts (BOS - SS) 33 35.0 +2.0
Xander started to turn it around at the end of the season, but the final numbers looked quite bad. We have, however, see him hit .320 and score 115 runs with 20+ homers, so the potential is there for a top 20 fantasy season and he still is young enough to have not reached his full potential.
28 Jean Segura (SEA - SS) 35 39.0 +4.0
Segura seems to be a steady .300 hitter all of a sudden the past few years. If he had stayed healthy all year, he likely would have hit 15 homers with near 30 steals. That is a quality middle infielder in a time where offensive shortstops don't grow on trees.
29 Miguel Cabrera (DET - 1B) DL10 36 43.0 +7.0
Cabrera had the worst season of his career by far, batting just .249 and hitting just 16 home runs. He battled back and hip injuries for pretty much the entire season, and although he tried to play through them, he was clearly not the same player. His jump in strikeout rate and drop in walk rate suggests that age may also be catching up to the slugger as he enters his age-35 season. But Cabrera has had down years before (i.e., 2015) and bounced back with superb seasons, so it's probably unwise to write him off completely. But the days of needing to take him with an early pick appear to be over.
30 Rougned Odor (TEX - 2B) 40 68.0 +28.0
Odor is a good lesson in how important batting average can be. The fact that the young second baseman topped 30 homers yet again and added 15 steals to boot should make him a desirable fantasy commodity. But a .204 batting average and his inability to get on base generally has taken the shine of Odor this season. That batting average, however, is bound to come up, as a player with Odor's speed who does not hit the ball in the air at an egregious rate should do much better than a .224 BABIP. If he can raise his batting average to just the .230 range, which would still be well below average, the effect on his overall numbers would leave him as a top-10 second baseman, without question. Draft him with those expectations.
31 Miguel Sano (MIN - 1B,3B,DH) MiLB 41 45.0 +4.0
You cannot find five hitters in all of baseball with more power than Sano. We haven't seen it fully realized quite yet, but he is still just 24 and hasn't played more than 120 games in his career. If he does this year, don't be startled if he knocks 45 out of the yard with a healthy batting average and a load of RBIs.
32 Whit Merrifield (KC - 2B,RF) 42 40.0 -2.0
You may have missed this one, but Whit actually led the American League with 34 steals last season. He also added some power to his game to accompany a .286 career average. If you are waiting on second base, Whit will be a great option.
33 Adrian Beltre (TEX - 3B,DH) 44 67.0 +23.0
At this point, it seems as though the now 39-year-old Beltre might play until he is 50. He is still cruising along with a .312 batting average and a pro-rated 30+ HR, 100+ RBI rate over a full season. Draft away still in the top 100.
34 Rafael Devers (BOS - 3B) 47 49.0 +2.0
We saw an amazing hitter at times and a 20-year-old who wasn't ready at others. I can't quite tell you which Devers we will see in 2017, but know that the upside is that of a superstar and the floor is that he gets sent back down to the minors for more tuning up.
35 Kyle Seager (SEA - 3B) 48 60.0 +12.0
Seager went from being the most consistent hitter in all of fantasy baseball to the most consistent hitter with an odd BABIP-induced drop in his batting average. Expect his usual 25 HR, .270 BA and 90 RBI this season.
36 Joey Gallo (TEX - 1B,3B,LF) 50 53.0 +3.0
Yes, the batting average is disgusting and will almost certainly remain that way, but you can't easily replace the 40 to 50 homers we should expect this year. Plus, we have to consider that he got substantially better each year in the minors so growth in the BA department can't be ruled out.
37 Adam Jones (BAL - CF) 51 61.0 +10.0
Adam Jones does not steal bases anymore, but he is one of the games most durable players and a safe source of power and a useful batting average.
38 Nicholas Castellanos (DET - 3B,RF) 53 54.0 +1.0
Castellanos has consistently been a batted ball outlier in the fact that his data screams for positive regression. For whatever reason, it hasn't quite happened yet, but a 30 HR, .290 season with 100+ RBI may be right around the corner.
39 Justin Smoak (TOR - 1B) 52 69.0 +17.0
A former top prospect, Smoak was largely forgotten in fantasy circles heading into last season. But he exploded for 38 home runs, setting career highs across the board. The only truly dramatic change in Smoak's underlying numbers was a significant decrease in strikeout rate, which seemed to come from a legitimate effort by him to lay off on pitches outside the strike zone. Though it's always a worry to rely on a breakout season from a 30-year-old, Smoak's profile suggest that his gains are legitimate and repeatable.
40 Matt Olson (OAK - 1B,RF) 56 58.0 +2.0
Olson played in only 59 games with the A's last year, but hit an incredible 24 home runs in that span. Although there's little reason to doubt his status as a power hitter, his HR/FB rate was an unsustainable 41.4% last season, meaning dreams of him hitting 50-plus home runs are likely unrealistic. Still, Olson should provide plenty of pop, along with a mediocre batting average and tons of strikeouts. Although his skillset isn't particularly unique, he should provide decent fantasy value in 2018, particularly in rotisserie formats.
41 Mike Moustakas (KC - 3B) 57 59.0 +2.0
For a while, Moose seemed like a bust, but he has been improving each year lately and suddenly became a 38 HR masher in 2018. With him finally signing, he becomes a fringe top 100 pick. It would have been substantially better had he landed in the Bronx.
42 Eddie Rosario (MIN - LF,CF,RF) 61 62.0 +1.0
Rosario has been generating some hype around the industry and for good reason. He knocked 27 homers and stole 9 bases with a .290 batting average last season and likely hasn't reached his ceiling. He is a quality mid-round pickup this season.
43 Didi Gregorius (NYY - SS) 62 55.0 -7.0
Didi won't steal you any bases, but shorstops with 20+ HR and a .275+ batting average don't grow on trees and that's what he'll give you.
44 Nomar Mazara (TEX - LF,RF) 63 73.0 +10.0
Mazara hasn't found his potential yet, but he is still just 22 years old and drove in 101 runs last season. Don't be shocked if he swats 35 out of the yard this year with a .270 batting average.
45 Ian Kinsler (LAA - 2B) 64 79.0 +15.0
Kinsler is a bit old and his batting average plummeted, but the batted ball rates indicate he should be back around .270 this season, which when paired with 20 HR, 15 SB is a quality second basemen.
46 Brett Gardner (NYY - LF,CF) 66 76.0 +10.0
Gardner was one of many examples of the fly ball revolution that took place last year. He jumped from 7 to 21 homers while retaining his streak of 5 straight seasons with 20+ steals. While the batting average is merely mediocre, that power-speed combo will help out in the mid rounds of drafts.
47 Yoan Moncada (CWS - 2B) 69 71.0 +2.0
There are some major holes in Moncada's screen, as indicated in his 54 game sample size last year, but his ceiling is enormous. We could be talking about a 20/40 fantasy player if he realizes his potential. There is substantial bust-potential, though, so draft at your own risk.
48 Kevin Kiermaier (TB - CF) 70 83.0 +13.0
There is much to love about Kiermaier's game as a whole, but it doesn't quite carry over to fantasy baseball. Sure, he could steal 25 bases, but without much in the way of power, plus he carries just a .262 career batting average. On top of that, he plays reckless enough that injuries seem to follow him around.
49 Trey Mancini (BAL - 1B,LF) 73 78.0 +5.0
Mancini quietly had an extremely productive season for the Orioles, batting .293 with 24 home runs. Although his HR/FB rate was a bit high for his profile (19.8%, 29th-best among qualified hitters), little in his underlying metrics suggested that his season was unsustainable. Batting in an excellent hitter's park in Camden Yards atop an above-average lineup, Mancini should once again deliver solid counting stats and decent all-around numbers in 2018.
50 Marwin Gonzalez (HOU - 1B,2B,3B,SS,LF) 78 65.0 -13.0
Marwin broke out in the first-half last season with a top 10 OPS in all of baseball. He took a step backward after the all-star break but was still more than a quality fantasy asset. The concern will be playing time, as Derek Fisher and others are breathing down his neck.
51 Evan Gattis (HOU - C,DH) 81 72.0 -9.0
Gattis missed tons of time with injuries last season, playing just a bit more than half a season, but his poor performance wasn't just about his missed time. His power output shrank significantly, as he hit just 12 home runs and posted his lowest HR/FB rate of his career. But there were positive signs, too, as Gattis posted a career-low 15.4 percent strikeout rate. For his 2018 outlook, the most important thing is that with Carlos Beltran's retirement, it appears that Gattis should get most of the at-bats at DH, which should keep him in the lineup most days and lead to good health. Considering that the entire league saw an uptick in power last year, Gattis' low home-run totals should probably be considered a one-off and blamed on his injuries. If fully healthy coming into Spring Training, getting back to the 30-homer plateau should be well within reach.
52 Avisail Garcia (CWS - RF) 75 91.0 +16.0
You might not have noticed, but Garcia batted .330 last season with 18 homers. While those numbers will certainly be difficult to attain again in 2018, it is worth noting that he improved as the season went on so it may not have been a fluke.
53 Chris Davis (BAL - 1B) 79 101.0 +22.0
Davis had nearly a carbon copy season to his dreadful 2014, and he was essentially unplayable in fantasy. Never one to make much contact, Davis's strikeout rate ballooned to a league-worst 37.2%, and he simply could not hit lefties at even his usual anemic rate. Davis's skillset doesn't play well in the new environment where 35 home runs simply does not mean what it used to. He's still young enough to bounce back, and he obviously did so after his similar 2014 season. But he's much more of a late-round flyer than anything else.
54 Eduardo Nunez (BOS - 2B,3B,SS,LF) 85 70.0 -15.0
Nunez was an all-star two years ago, but was actually better last season, driving his batting average up to .313 and swatting 12 homers with 24 steals in just 114 games. He may reach 20 and 35 this season if he can stay healthy.
55 Delino DeShields (TEX - LF,CF) 83 82.0 -1.0
The Rangers appear to be set on DeShields opening the season as a starter. If he can stick around in the lineup, 40+ steals is a virtual certainty. He won't provide a lick of power, but the batting average will be above league average.
56 Salvador Perez (KC - C) 87 52.0 -35.0
Although he was sidelined late in the season with a strained intercostal muscle, Perez had perhaps his finest fantasy season, posting a career-high 27 home runs and 80 RBI. His power spike was significant (his .227 ISO was nearly 40 points higher than his previous season-best), but even if he goes back to his career norms, the fact remains that he has now topped 20 home runs three years in a row. Yes, you can count on him slumping hard in the second half, but on draft day, he should be considered just a tick behind the truly elite names.
57 Shin-Soo Choo (TEX - RF,DH) 82 131.0 +49.0
Long gone are the days where Choo will bat .300 or even help you at all in average, but he is still swatting 20 homers a year with double-digit steals and near 100 runs every season. That is well worth a mid-round price.
58 Bradley Zimmer (CLE - CF) MiLB 86 96.0 +10.0
Zimmer ended the season batting ust .241 with a .692 OPS, but he showed flashes of the type of fantasy player he can be. While he may be risky, don't be shocked if he posts a .270 BA with 20 HR and 35 steals as this year's breakout player of the season.
59 Wilson Ramos (TB - C) 95 93.0 -2.0
Ramos missed the majority of 2017 recovering from a torn ACL he had suffered the year prior and, as a whole, underwhelmed on the season, with just a .737 OPS in 64 games. But his poor numbers were largely the result of a terrible start as he shook off the rust. He rebounded in August to bat .274, and then truly rounded into form in September when he batted .317 with five home runs and a .600 slugging percentage. His last two months are more in line with what we can expect from Ramos this year in a full season with the Rays. He's certainly below the elite tier of catcher, but he should be one of the few reliable options at the position in 2018.
60 Greg Bird (NYY - 1B) 101 81.0 -20.0
Bird looked like a breakout candidate after a big spring training, but a late ankle injury got his season off to a terrible start, before he finally missed a large chunk of the season with the injury. When he returned, however, he showed how dynamic he could be, hitting eight home runs over his final 29 games and playing well in the postseason. Bird should be the everyday first baseman and, given the Yankees' lineup and home park, and Bird's performance to close out the season, he should once again be a prime breakout candidate heading into 2018.
61 Jason Kipnis (CLE - 2B,CF) 88 98.0 +10.0
It is remarkable how far Kipnis has fallen after batting .275 with 23 HR, 15 SB, 90+ runs and 80+ RBI in 2016. Just know that while last year was a disaster, he isn't far enough removed from those numbers to discount a significant bounceback. Plus, he has been killing it in Spring Training, which may not mean much, but has to be a little encouraging.
62 Mitch Haniger (SEA - RF) 89 116.0 +27.0
Last season, Haniger got off to a great start, but he missed 60 games and many appear to have lost of impressive he is. The struggled in Spring Training have only multiplied that, but he should be a reliable source of power and average late in drafts.
63 Tim Anderson (CWS - SS) 91 112.0 +21.0
Anderson traded batting average for some pop last season and offers fantasy owners 20/20 potential this year in the middle infield.
64 Andrelton Simmons (LAA - SS) 93 105.0 +12.0
Simmons is without question the best defensive shortstop in the world, but his bat was also quite good last season. He batted .278 with 14 homers and 19 stolen bases. He is just now coming into the prime of a hitter's career so don't be so quick to dismiss him as a fluke.
65 Michael Brantley (CLE - LF) 100 120.0 +20.0
Brantley finally looked healthy last season and while another injury might be right around the corner, he offers .310 BA upside with 15 homers and 15 stolen bases which is a near-impossible combo to find late in drafts.
66 Jackie Bradley (BOS - CF) 94 124.0 +30.0
Everyone remembers the hitting streak and that many were calling for him to be a future star, but he's got a career batting average of .239 and his best tool is his mediocre power so be careful with the lingering hype surrounding him.
67 Marcus Semien (OAK - SS) 97 126.0 +29.0
Semien missed half the season and still managed double-digit steals and homers. While he likely won't bat .260, getting both power and speed from a shortstop is a rare combo.
68 Josh Reddick (HOU - LF,CF,RF) 103 128.0 +25.0
Reddick has been consistently improving his batting average each season, all the way up to the .314 he gave us in 2017. The issue with him is whether the Astros will hold of Derek Fisher for his behalf. If they do, Reddick may be a draft day steal.
69 Yonder Alonso (CLE - 1B) 108 129.0 +21.0
Alonso wasted away to begin his career in San Diego after being recognized as a top prospect. He joined the fly ball revolution last season, swatting 28 homers and scoring 70 runs. Now that he is out of a pitcher's park and into Cleveland, which plays just fine for hitters, we may just see 30+ bombs from him.
70 Yulieski Gurriel (HOU - 1B) 105 127.0 +22.0
It took Gurriel a while to get going after a few seasons away from baseball, but he ended the season batting .299 with enough homers, RBIs and runs make him a worthwhile mid-round first basemen if he can get off the disabled list quick enough to get 450+ at bats.
71 Zack Cozart (LAA - SS) DL10 104 102.0 -2.0
You may not have noticed, but Cozart broke away from his typical .250 BA and lackluster power to become a .300 hitter with plenty of pop last season. He won't be playing in the Great American Ballpark this year, and he is now a third basemen, but should still be worth rostering in fantasy leagues.
72 Welington Castillo (CWS - C) SUS 106 99.0 -7.0
Despite his advancing age, Castillo had a fine, though injury-plagued season last year with the Orioles, hitting a career-high 20 home runs in just 96 games. Though he clearly benefited from playing in Camden Yards, his underlying numbers, including his strikeout rate and hard-contact percentage, remained right in line with his career-marks, suggesting that his strong season was anything but a fluke. Though he'll leave the friendly confines of Baltimore, he'll find himself in another hitter-friendly home venue with the White Sox in Guaranteed Rate Field. That suggests that Castillo should be able to put up similar numbers to last year's, and he could be an excellent option at the catcher position if he can manage to stay healthier.
73 Mike Zunino (SEA - C) 110 87.0 -23.0
Zunino finally reminded everyone why he was such a heralded prospect, hitting 25 home runs with an .840 OPS in just 435 plate appearances last season. But the idea that Zunino has truly figured things out seems far-fetched, as he struck out nearly 37 percent of the time, the highest mark of his career. That number, as well as his inflated BABIP of .355, suggests that his passable batting average of .251 last season is simply unrepeatable. Unlike previous seasons, Zunino likely bought himself some time heading into this year, and so he probably won't be immediately sent down if he reverts back to his ways of a sub-.200 batting average. But don't buy in completely, and only move on Zunino if you have a strong batting average team otherwise and are in a shallow league where replacement level catchers will be available.
74 Logan Morrison (MIN - 1B) 113 125.0 +12.0
Until last season, Morrison had never topped 500 at bats or 25 homers, but he earned himself a full-time gig and broke out for 38 homers. Even if he takes a step backward, 30 homers with a .240 batting average is nothing to sneeze at with a late pick, and his power might actually improve with the home ballpark change.
75 Kendrys Morales (TOR - 1B,DH) 114 143.0 +29.0
Over the past three seasons, Morales has averaged 27 homers, 95 RBI and a .265 batting average. If he can come close to maintaining that in his age 35 season this year, you've got yourselves a steal to fill your bench late in drafts.
76 Kole Calhoun (LAA - RF) 111 139.0 +28.0
Calhoun isn't a sexy pick by any means, but he always provides 75+ runs, 75+ RBI and 17+ HR with a batting average that won't kill you. You could do much worse late into drafts.
77 Stephen Piscotty (OAK - RF) 107 142.0 +35.0
After two productive seasons to begin his career, Piscotty's numbers dropped off last season as he dealt with personal issues. Now that he is in the Bay Area with his sick mother, don't be surprised if he returns to 20+ homers, a .270 BA and 80+ runs and RBI.
78 Mark Trumbo (BAL - RF,DH) 115 140.0 +25.0
It may be tempting to assume Trumbo's career is on the backend and that his 23 HR, .234 BA are now the new expectation, but don't be so quick to forget that he led baseball with 47 homers in 2016 and a bounceback, while not likely, is by no means out of the question.
79 Randal Grichuk (TOR - LF,RF) 121 154.0 +33.0
Grichuk's ribs are banged up, but even if he misses opening day, he should be back and ready to go in no time. He possesses 30+ home run type of pop if he can stay in the Blue Jays' lineup all season.
80 Aaron Hicks (NYY - LF,CF,RF) 120 122.0 +2.0
Hicks hasn't been able to play more than 400 plate appearances once in his 5-year career, but last season showed plenty of fantasy upside. He hit 15 homers and stole 10 bases in just 301 at bats. If he can stay healthy, we are looking at a 25/20 player.
81 Tim Beckham (BAL - 2B,SS) DL60 123 144.0 +21.0
After being dealt to Baltimore last summer, Beckham broke out to hit .306 with 10 HR in 50 games. No one is expecting him to keep that pace, but if he bats .280 with 20 homers, that would be well worth a late-round pick.
82 Albert Pujols (LAA - 1B,DH) 126 145.0 +19.0
We won't pretend it is likely that Pujols will bounce back as a 38 year old, but it is entirely possible considering he hit 31 and 40 homers in two of the past three seasons. Even if he just sustains his recent production, 100+ RBI, 20 HR and a .240 BA is well worth owning in fantasy baseball.
83 Willie Calhoun (TEX - LF) MiLB 133 153.0 +20.0
Calhoun has the pop to win AL Rookie of the Year if the Rangers are wise enough to call him up some time soon. It is a risk to draft him and let him sit on your bench while you wait, but a risk worth taking at the end of your fantasy drafts.
84 Ryon Healy (SEA - 1B,3B,DH) 129 123.0 -6.0
Healy had a nice season for the A's and now averages 28 HR, 84 RBI, 75 R and a .282 batting average over his career per 162 games played. The problem here, is that he might start the season on the DL with a hand injury. If he is healthy, you'll end up with a late-round steal.
85 Brian McCann (HOU - C) 128 111.0 -17.0
McCann's nine-season streak of at least 20 home runs was snapped last year, as injuries limited him to just 399 plate appearances and 18 home runs. There were warning signs for the veteran, such as a career-low in hard-contact rate, but overall, his numbers remained relatively consistent. He'll continue to sit against lefties, but his consistent power stroke and his place in a strong lineup keeps him as a definite starter in mixed leagues, even as he reaches the wrong end of the aging curve for catchers.
86 Max Kepler (MIN - CF,RF) 124 146.0 +22.0
Kepler has crazy potential but hasn't quite put it together yet. You may get the .243 BA with limited power and speed we saw last year, or he may end up as the top breakout of the season. He is a risky pick, but there isn't much to lose by drafting him late.
87 Jonathan Lucroy (OAK - C) 139 107.0 -32.0
Lucroy has dealt with injuries the last few seasons and although he is leaving Coors Field for Kansas City, he should still offer fantasy teams a quality batting average and mediocre pop making him a top-end second catcher in two-catcher leagues.
88 Matt Chapman (OAK - 3B) DL10 135 138.0 +3.0
Chapman is not only one of the league's best young defenders, but he's got some pop in his bat too. If you extend his 14 homers out to a full season, he would have knocked 27 with 75 runs and 77 RBI. The batting average will obviously hurt some, but the power more than makes up for it.
89 C.J. Cron (TB - 1B) 145 207.0 +62.0
 
90 Robinson Chirinos (TEX - C) 146 150.0 +4.0
 
91 Carlos Gomez (TB - CF) 141 183.0 +42.0
 
92 Jorge Soler (KC - RF) DL10 155 208.0 +53.0
Soler is a former top 10 prospect who has struggled in and out of injuries to start his career. He is still young, though, and swatted 6 homers in Spring Training so don't rule out a post-hype breakout. He is an excellent flyer late in drafts.
93 Leonys Martin (DET - CF,RF) 172 226.0 +54.0
 
94 Matt Davidson (CWS - 1B,3B,DH) 166 210.0 +44.0
 
95 Dustin Pedroia (BOS - 2B) DL10 152 193.0 +41.0
The power and speed are apparently gone for Pedroia at this stage in the career, but he was playing through an injury. With that said, he will miss the start of the year on the DL. When he returns, expect a batting average up near .300, plenty of runs and not much else.
96 Chance Sisco (BAL - C) MiLB 184 206.0 +22.0
 
97 Victor Martinez (DET - DH) 169 195.0 +26.0
 
98 Lucas Duda (KC - 1B,DH) DL10 162 213.0 +51.0
Duda's batting average killed fantasy owners last year, but he has managed 27+ homers in each of the last three seasons that he stayed healthy. That makes up for the batting average deficiencies and makes him a worthwhile fantasy bench bat.
99 Mallex Smith (TB - LF,CF,RF) 161 175.0 +14.0
If you are looking for a cheap source of steals late in drafts, look no further than Mallex who will be starting and batting leadoff with Dickerson out of the equation. He's got 40 steal upside and shouldn't kill your team batting average.
100 Kevin Pillar (TOR - CF) 160 155.0 -5.0
 
101 Derek Fisher (HOU - LF,RF) DL10 167 220.0 +53.0
 
102 Neil Walker (NYY - 1B,2B) 158 179.0 +21.0
Walker is still looking for a big league team to join, but he is a quality enough player that one will eventually pay up to get him in the starting lineup. From there, we can expect him to continue his trend of hitting .260 over higher with about 15 runs.
103 Joe Mauer (MIN - 1B) 164 174.0 +10.0
Mauer won't hit homers or steal any bases, but he offers a likely .290 BA once again with 65+ runs and 65+ RBI. He doesn't qualify at catcher anymore, but that is plenty useful if you need a safe option to fill out your bench.
104 Curtis Granderson (TOR - LF,CF,RF) 177 173.0 -4.0
 
105 Devon Travis (TOR - 2B) 165 169.0 +4.0
 
106 Yangervis Solarte (TOR - 2B,3B,SS) 171 141.0 -30.0
Had Solarte played a full season last year, he likely would have hit 22 or 23 homers. That was in Petco, so imagine what he may do playing his games in Toronto. 30 is a distinct possibility, and coming with a .267 career batting average, that is a very useful late-round fantasy pick.
107 Colby Rasmus (BAL - LF,RF) 202 316.0 +114.0
You may be surprised to see this, but Colby Rasmus nearly had a .900 OPS last season. Granted, he didn't play all that much then retired, but the bat is still there and if he can stay on the field for the Orioles, he may prove to be a quality late-round investment.
108 Jeimer Candelario (DET - 3B) 178 197.0 +19.0
You won't see the 24-year-old drafted in most standard leagues this year, but you can bet he will be a hot pickup after a few weeks of starting for the Tigers. Prior to last season, he was a top 100 prospect who always hit well in the minors. He was dealt to the Cubs and most people seem to have forgotten about him because he had a BABIP driven .265 BA in Triple-A before he was called-up. While Jeimer isn't a star in the making, Detroit may have another Travis Fryman on their hands.
109 Mitch Moreland (BOS - 1B) 188 239.0 +51.0
 
110 Brandon Drury (NYY - 2B) MiLB 189 181.0 -8.0
 
111 Dustin Fowler (OAK - RF) 181 212.0 +31.0
 
112 Russell Martin (TOR - C,3B) 182 164.0 -18.0
Unless you are in a 15-team league or there is some odd manager hoarding catchers, there isn't much of a draw to select Martin because of how limited his ceiling is.
113 Matt Duffy (TB - 2B,3B,SS) 203 249.0 +46.0
 
114 Austin Hays (BAL - CF,RF) MiLB 187 184.0 -3.0
 
115 James McCann (DET - C) 196 182.0 -14.0
 
116 Rajai Davis (CLE - LF,CF) NRI 201 202.0 +1.0
 
117 Shohei Ohtani (LAA - DH) 207    
 
118 Eduardo Escobar (MIN - 2B,3B,SS,DH) 210 190.0 -20.0
 
119 Jorge Polanco (MIN - SS) SUS 174 157.0 -17.0
Polanco was suspended 80 games for PED use on 3/18 which means he should be avoided in drafts.
120 Gleyber Torres (NYY - SS) 175 148.0 -27.0
There is plenty of reason to be excited about Gleyber, who is a consensus top 5 prospect. With that said, he has just 81 at-bats above Double-A and is coming off of a significant injury so it might make sense for the Yankees to let him take his time in development before they call him up.
121 Clint Frazier (NYY - LF,RF) 205 262.0 +57.0
 
122 Christian Vazquez (BOS - C) 226 160.0 -66.0
 
123 Mikie Mahtook (DET - LF,CF,RF) MiLB 200 209.0 +9.0
 
124 Jake Bauers (TB - 1B,LF) 220 285.0 +65.0
 
125 Francisco Mejia (CLE - C,DH) MiLB 197 178.0 -19.0
If you've got a deep bench, Mejia is a terrific late-round flier to take a shot on. He's got the talent to force his way onto the Indians' opening day roster, and if he does, he will likely get 3B at bats while qualifying at catcher. Some have said he can bat .280 as a rookie with decent pop.
126 Denard Span (SEA - CF) 194 247.0 +53.0
 
127 Teoscar Hernandez (TOR - LF) 206 218.0 +12.0
 
128 Jed Lowrie (OAK - 2B) 193 238.0 +45.0
 
129 Lonnie Chisenhall (CLE - LF,CF,RF) 208 225.0 +17.0
 
130 Raul Adalberto Mondesi (KC - 2B) 227 233.0 +6.0
He is a former top 20 prospect who despite already having two major league seasons under his belt, is still just 22 years old. He has struggled thus far in less than 200 MLB at-bats, but in that time he has stolen a base 30% of the time he got on. To put that into perspective, that is the same rate as Trea Turner and barely behind Billy Hamilton. While it won't matter much if Mondesi never gets on, it is worth noting that he did bat .305 last year in Triple-A. That isn't all though, Mondesi also carried a .234 ISO which measures raw power. Anthony Rizzo had the same exact .234 line in the bigs. Mondesi is a legitimate power/speed threat like his old man who was a multi-time 30/30 guy.
131 Troy Tulowitzki (TOR - SS) DL60 212 161.0 -51.0
Tulo missed nearly 100 games last season and struggled while he was on the field, but try to remember that he managed to swat 24 homers and drove in 79 in just 490 at-bats during the 2016 season. If he can stay healthy are return to form, he still possesses top 10 fantasy upside at the shortstop position.
132 Matt Joyce (OAK - LF,RF) 219 273.0 +54.0
 
133 Tyler Naquin (CLE - CF) 235 400.0 +165.0
 
134 Matt Duffy (TEX - 1B,3B) MiLB 238    
 
135 Yandy Diaz (CLE - 3B) 218 283.0 +65.0
 
136 Nicky Delmonico (CWS - LF) DL10 214 242.0 +28.0
 
137 Franklin Barreto (OAK - 2B,SS) 236 252.0 +16.0
 
138 Jason Castro (MIN - C) DL60 237 221.0 -16.0
 
139 Eloy Jimenez (CWS - LF,RF) MiLB 253 168.0 -85.0
 
140 Jose Iglesias (DET - SS) 244 222.0 -22.0
 
141 Dan Vogelbach (SEA - 1B) MiLB 242 294.0 +52.0
 
142 Miguel Andujar (NYY - 3B) 257 180.0 -77.0
With the Yankees having traded for Brandon Drury, it seems unlikely that Andujar will arrive in Yankee Stadium for a few months. With that said, he has enough talent to push the envelope so make sure to watch his progress just in case he steals the job outright.
143 Aledmys Diaz (TOR - SS) 247 259.0 +12.0
 
144 Jacoby Ellsbury (NYY - CF) DL60 245 217.0 -28.0
 
145 Ben Gamel (SEA - LF,RF) 262 243.0 -19.0
 
146 Yolmer Sanchez (CWS - 2B,3B) 252 230.0 -22.0
 
147 Danny Valencia (BAL - 1B,RF) 270 315.0 +45.0
 
148 Alex Gordon (KC - LF,CF) 258 289.0 +31.0
 
149 Dixon Machado (DET - 2B,SS) 268 306.0 +38.0
 
150 Jayson Werth (SEA - LF,RF) MiLB      
 
151 Chris Herrmann (SEA - C,LF) 259 269.0 +10.0
 
152 Luis Valbuena (LAA - 1B,3B) 292 250.0 -42.0
 
153 Yan Gomes (CLE - C) 288 229.0 -59.0
 
154 Jake Marisnick (HOU - CF) 276 340.0 +64.0
 
155 Kyle Tucker (HOU - CF,RF) NRI 285 277.0 -8.0
 
156 Boog Powell (OAK - CF) DL60 282 330.0 +48.0
 
157 Charlie Tilson (CWS - CF) 281 256.0 -25.0
 
158 Leury Garcia (CWS - LF,CF,RF) 283 299.0 +16.0
 
159 Caleb Joseph (BAL - C) 291 234.0 -57.0
 
160 Jorge Bonifacio (KC - LF,RF) RST 277 244.0 -33.0
 
161 Robbie Grossman (MIN - LF,RF,DH) 294 354.0 +60.0
 
162 Willy Adames (TB - SS) 302 279.0 -23.0
 
163 Alcides Escobar (KC - SS) 303 214.0 -89.0
 
164 Martin Maldonado (LAA - C) 300 227.0 -73.0
 
165 Chad Pinder (OAK - 2B,SS,RF) 306 251.0 -55.0
 
166 Paulo Orlando (KC - CF,RF) MiLB 325 396.0 +71.0
 
167 Roberto Perez (CLE - C) 298 156.0 -142.0
 
168 Ryan Cordell (CWS - CF,RF) MiLB   378.0  
 
169 Bruce Maxwell (OAK - C) MiLB 296 261.0 -35.0
 
170 Sandy Leon (BOS - C) 344 329.0 -15.0
 
171 Jurickson Profar (TEX - LF) 311 290.0 -21.0
 
172 Steve Pearce (TOR - 1B,LF) 308 300.0 -8.0
 
173 Adam Lind (BOS - 1B,LF) MiLB   270.0  
 
174 Adeiny Hechavarria (TB - SS) 317 253.0 -64.0
 
175 Brandon Moss (OAK - 1B,DH) DFA 338 255.0 -83.0
 
176 Cheslor Cuthbert (KC - 3B) DL10 321 313.0 -8.0
 
177 Adam Engel (CWS - CF)   359.0  
 
178 Tommy Joseph (TEX - 1B) DFA 320 248.0 -72.0
 
179 Tyler White (HOU - 1B)      
 
180 A.J. Reed (HOU - 1B) MiLB 324 327.0 +3.0
 
181 Anthony Santander (BAL - LF,RF) MiLB 328 374.0 +46.0
 
182 Mike Napoli (CLE - 1B,DH) NRI 334 311.0 -23.0
 
183 John Hicks (DET - C,1B) 331 391.0 +60.0
 
184 Kennys Vargas (MIN - 1B,DH)   338.0  
 
185 Omar Narvaez (CWS - C)   397.0  
 
186 Josh Phegley (OAK - C)   376.0  
 
187 Chris Carter (MIN - 1B) MiLB 343    
 
188 Blake Swihart (BOS - C)   205.0  
 
189 Jesus Sucre (TB - C) 347 381.0 +34.0
 
190 Tyler Wade (NYY - 2B) MiLB   360.0  
 
191 Austin Romine (NYY - C,1B)      
 
192 Max Stassi (HOU - C)      
 
193 Victor Reyes (DET - OF) MiLB   387.0  
 
194 Abraham Almonte (KC - LF,CF,RF) 355 271.0 -84.0
 
195 Kaleb Cowart (LAA - 2B,3B) MiLB   393.0  
 
196 Drew Robinson (TEX - 3B,LF) MiLB   415.0  
 
197 Drew Butera (KC - C)      
 
198 Chris Young (LAA - LF,RF,DH)      
 
199 Mike Ford (NYY - IF) MiLB 352    
 
200 Ronald Torreyes (NYY - 2B,3B,SS) MiLB 357 162.0 -195.0
 
201 Rene Rivera (LAA - C) DL10   406.0  
 
202 Ichiro Suzuki (SEA - LF,CF,RF)   351.0  
 
203 Mitch Garver (MIN - C)   321.0  
 
204 Erick Aybar (MIN - SS) NRI   368.0  
 
205 Mike Marjama (SEA - C) MiLB      
 
206 Ehire Adrianza (MIN - 3B,SS,LF)      
 
207 Christian Arroyo (TB - 3B,SS) DL10   291.0  
 
208 Jacoby Jones (DET - CF)      
 
209 Anthony Alford (TOR - LF) MiLB   288.0