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2024 Fantasy Baseball Rankings (AL)

Expert Consensus Ranking (17 of 25 Experts) -

Rank Player (Team, Position) Overall Notes
1 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (TOR - 1B,DH) 13 12.0 -1.0
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. played 156 games and raised his walk rate while lowering his strikeout rate. Those were the highlights. Unfortunately, his other numbers took a fall across the board. The good news for 2024 is that Vladdy's expected numbers were more in line with what fantasy managers were looking for when they drafted him. For his age-25 season, he should see a bounce back to mid-30s in homers and close to 100/100 in runs and RBIs. The biggest discrepancy was his .264 average compared to his xBA of .295. Vladdy should be an asset, but he is now a Round 3 or 4 guy.
2 Triston Casas (BOS - 1B) 38 41.0 +3.0
Triston Casas is the next star at the first base position. He took a leap in 2023 at the age of 23, hitting 24 home runs in 132 games with an impressive slash line of .263/.367/.490. He is in the 93rd percentile of BB% at 13.9 and the 92nd percentile in xwOBA at .370. His counting stats weren't great, only tallying 65 RBIs and 66 runs, but this should improve with the return of some key Boston players. He might come at a wild discount, going in the early 100s, but this will be the last time you will be able to get him there. He is worth reaching for because chances are good he will outproduce his ADP.
3 Spencer Torkelson (DET - 1B) 42 50.0 +8.0
Spencer Torkelson hit 31 home runs and drove in 94, and his ISO went from .117 to .213 in 2023. He ranked in the 94th percentile in hard-hit percentage at 50.9, and he should be in line for another 30/90 season in 2024. Torkelson can hopefully continue to improve his patience while reducing his strikeouts, and he may end up being a steal at his current 10th-round ADP.
4 Yandy Diaz (TB - 1B,3B) 45 45.0
Yandy Diaz broke out of his power deficiency in a big way in 2023. After hitting only nine home runs in 2022, the 32-year-old smacked 22 dingers while slashing .330/.410/.522 in 2023. He rescued many fantasy managers who waited too long on 3B in drafts by setting career highs across 137 games. That's the good news. The bad news is that Diaz will probably return to his regularly scheduled self in 2024, and he no longer has 3B eligibility in most leagues, leaving him among the middle-rounds first basemen. Drafting him in the 12th round or beyond feels right for next year, but don't let him be your first 1B. He's not going to save fantasy managers two years in a row.
5 Josh Naylor (CLE - 1B,DH) 50 57.0 +7.0
Josh Naylor suffers from BatsInTheGuardiansLineupitis, but he offers enough upside to nab as a second or third corner infielder in the middle rounds. Naylor dealt with injuries in 2023, limiting him to 121 games. However, he hit 17 home runs and drove in 97 while slashing .308/.354/.489. He also kicked in 10 stolen bases for good measure. As long as he continues to bat behind Jose Ramirez, he should be a boon to the RBI category, but it's his 95th percentile xBA (.293) and K% (13.7) that makes him a valuable pick.
6 Vinnie Pasquantino (KC - 1B) 56 66.0 +10.0
 
7 Anthony Santander (BAL - 1B,RF,DH) 52 53.0 +1.0
In 2023, Anthony Santander's performance was a blend of pros and cons. While his home run tally dipped and strikeout rate rose, he improved his batting average to .257 and saw an uptick in key statistics. Heading into 2024, the 29-year-old faces more potential risks than gains. With Baltimore's wealth of emerging prospects, Santander's role could be at risk if he doesn't start strong.
8 Salvador Perez (KC - C,1B,DH) 65 59.0 -6.0
Salvador Perez remained a staple of the Kansas City Royals lineup in 2023, playing in 140 games and racking up 580 plate appearances. He hit .254 with a miserable .292 OBP and .422 SLG. He hit 23 home runs for the second year in a row and drove in 80. His projections for 2024 suggest more of the same for the 33-year-old. Perez is a catcher who isn't going to drag down your batting average and give you 20+ homers. That is a rare bird; at his ADP of 133, he isn't a bad value in 2024.
9 Yainer Diaz (HOU - C,1B,DH) 58 47.0 -11.0
Yainer Diaz will probably be on every Sleepers list for 2024 drafts because he offers a ton of offense at a position that lacks it. The 25-year-old hit 23 home runs in 104 games while slashing an impressive .278/.306/.532. Yes, the OBP is low, which is attributable to his 2.9 percent walk rate. (If you're looking for the player in the first percentile in this category and Chase% (44), you've found him.) The good news is that his xBA is .288, and his xSLG is .543. He will get plenty of at-bats in Houston, and since defensive metrics don't matter in fantasy, he is definitely someone to target.
10 Nathaniel Lowe (TEX - 1B) 82 87.0 +5.0
 
11 Isaac Paredes (TB - 1B,2B,3B) 87 72.0 -15.0
 
12 Ryan Mountcastle (BAL - 1B,DH) 108 136.0 +28.0
 
13 Andrew Vaughn (CWS - 1B) 131 119.0 -12.0
 
14 Brandon Drury (LAA - 1B,2B) 122 118.0 -4.0
 
15 Justin Turner (TOR - 1B,2B,3B,DH) 121 103.0 -18.0
 
16 Anthony Rizzo (NYY - 1B) 119 157.0 +38.0
 
17 Jose Abreu (HOU - 1B) 145 169.0 +24.0
 
18 Luke Raley (SEA - 1B,LF,CF,RF) 127 229.0 +102.0
 
19 Ty France (SEA - 1B) 109 154.0 +45.0
 
20 Kyle Manzardo (CLE - 1B) NRI 152 171.0 +19.0
 
21 Alex Kirilloff (MIN - 1B,LF,RF) 129 205.0 +76.0
 
22 Hunter Renfroe (KC - 1B,RF) 148 201.0 +53.0
 
23 Jonathan Aranda (TB - 1B) 208 264.0 +56.0
 
24 DJ LeMahieu (NYY - 1B,2B,3B) 204 126.0 -78.0
 
25 Carlos Santana (MIN - 1B) 202 226.0 +24.0
 
26 Ryan O'Hearn (BAL - 1B,RF) 169 234.0 +65.0
 
27 Mark Canha (DET - 1B,LF,RF,DH) 207 185.0 -22.0
 
28 Ryan Noda (OAK - 1B) 186    
 
29 Nolan Schanuel (LAA - 1B) 216 208.0 -8.0
 
30 Tyler Soderstrom (OAK - C,1B) 197 253.0 +56.0
 
31 Seth Brown (OAK - 1B,LF,RF) 226    
 
32 Nick Pratto (KC - 1B,LF)      
 
33 Coby Mayo (BAL - 1B,3B) NRI   187.0  
 
34 Cavan Biggio (TOR - 1B,2B,3B,RF)   231.0  
 
35 Gavin Sheets (CWS - 1B,RF)      
 
36 Ramon Urias (BAL - 1B,2B,3B)   269.0  
 
37 Bobby Dalbec (BOS - 1B)   276.0