2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings (AL)

Expert Consensus Ranking (62 of 64 Experts) -
Rank Player (Team, Position) Overall Notes
1 Jose Ramirez (CLE - 2B,3B) 4 3.0 -1.0
A second-half slump removed Ramirez from the AL MVP and No. 1 pick conversations. Don't punish him too severely for the .218 batting average after the All-Star break, as the 26-year-old infielder still tallied 39 homers, 34 steals and 26 more walks (106) than strikeouts (80). Given his excellent plate approach and career 88.0% contact rate, his average should improve from .270 closer to his .285 career norm if he curtails last year's pop-up woes (13.0%). After giving everyone a late scare in spring with a knee injury, he's expected to be ready for Opening Day.
2 Jose Altuve (HOU - 2B) 6 8.0 +2.0
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 Whit Merrifield (KC - 1B,2B,CF,RF,DH) 18 16.0 -2.0
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
4 Adalberto Mondesi (KC - 2B,SS) IL10 22 19.0 -3.0
Few people could have foreseen the impact Mondesi would make down the stretch last season, finishing as a top-five overall hitter in standard roto/categories leagues from August 1 on. His plate discipline left a lot to be desired, but his 14 HRs and 32 SBs in 75 games led a lot of fantasy managers to the championship circle. If you believe most of the projection systems, he's due for a 20-40 kind of season in 2019, production that would again place him right alongside the very best roto options in the game. His limited track record makes him a risk-reward pick, but his skills are very real and his current sixth-round draft cost is very reasonable.
5 Gleyber Torres (NYY - 2B,SS) 33 28.0 -5.0
Torres is a former elite prospect who is coming off an excellent rookie season in New York. He strikes out a bit too much at this stage of his career to be a reliable asset in batting average, but he won't kill you there and should be able to match or exceed last season's 24 home runs while also chipping in 5-10 steals and solid run and RBI totals. At just 22 years old, there's also a chance that Torres takes a big step forward this year and jumps into the upper echelon at the position, but his fifth-round ADP means you'll be paying for that upside if you draft him.
6 Rougned Odor (TEX - 2B,DH) 47 58.0 +11.0
After back-to-back 30 HR campaigns, Odor managed to hit just 18 in 129 games last year, but there is little in his batted ball profile to suggest the power drop-off will be permanent. Of greater concern is the fact that Odor's strikeout rate has increased significantly over the last two seasons, and his stolen base success rate plummeted last season. Odor is certainly capable of producing a .250-30-15 season, but that outcome feels a little closer to his ceiling than his floor at this point. Still, unless he gets the red light on the base paths, Odor is a solid bet to again finish among the top-12 second basemen in standard 5x5 leagues.
7 Jonathan Villar (BAL - 2B,SS) 50 43.0 -7.0
Villar was Adalberto Mondesi version 1.0, posting an unreal .285-19 HRs-62 SBs line in 2016 before falling back to .241-11-23 in 2017. He split the difference last year, and with regular playing time ahead of him in Baltimore, he seems likely to post another .250-15-30 season. It's rarely pretty with Villar, but he could be a solid roto/categories league value going outside the top-100 picks in fantasy drafts.
8 Dee Gordon (SEA - 2B,CF) 52 47.0 -5.0
Gordon is going to absolutely destroy you in two categories and his batting average isn't anything to write home about. With that said, the potential of 60 stolen bases makes him worth the price of admission toward the middle of drafts.
9 Yoan Moncada (CWS - 2B) IL10 64 70.0 +6.0
Moncada has both double-digit power and speed, but the batting average is lackluster. You can make the case that he has more potential as a former #1 overall prospect, but more likely, the holes in his game will prove too much for a big breakout to be a possibility.
10 Jurickson Profar (OAK - 1B,2B,3B,SS) 68 60.0 -8.0
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.
11 Jonathan Schoop (MIN - 2B) 71 80.0 +9.0
Schoop takes a hit this season in home ballpark factor, but even still, has been a consistent enough source of power that fantasy owners can accept his .233 batting average from last year. Keep in mind, also, he carried a .293 mark in 2017 so the upside is there for a big season again.
12 DJ LeMahieu (NYY - 2B) 104 89.0 -15.0
With LeMahieu now away from Coors, you can't expect him to hit .348 again, or even .300. His stolen bases have essentially disappeared over the past few seasons and we aren't likely to get double-digit homers either. At this point, LeMahieu is a replacement level fantasy asset.
13 Willy Adames (TB - 2B,SS) 105 120.0 +15.0
Adames broke onto the scene last year as a 22-year-old posting a 19-homer, 11 stolen base pace with a .278 batting average. It was a limited sample size, however, and there are still some holes in his swing. Think of him on the same terms as Dansby Swanson who also had a nice rookie campaign before everyone realized he had quite a bit to go offensively.
14 Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (TOR - 2B,SS) IL10 110 104.0 -6.0
On a 162-game pace, Gurriel was a 27 homer hitter with a .281 batting average and 87 RBIs. He may not keep up that pace with a full season's worth of at bats, but you can argue that is his upside which would make for an exceptional value late in drafts.
15 Marwin Gonzalez (MIN - 1B,2B,SS,LF) 115 98.0 -17.0
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.
16 Joey Wendle (TB - 2B,LF) IL10 116 101.0 -15.0
It is easy to look at a .300 batting average and assume a rookie will only get better. Wendle likely played over his head last year, though, and was a 28-year-old rookie. There is no power to his game, and while he may offer 15 to 20 steals, it won't be enough to make him anything more than a late-round pick.
17 Brandon Lowe (TB - 2B) IL10 152 193.0 +41.0
 
18 Niko Goodrum (DET - 1B,2B,3B,SS,LF,RF) DTD 161 129.0 -32.0
 
19 Jason Kipnis (CLE - 2B,CF,DH) 151 160.0 +9.0
Kipnis has been around forever and reached his peak long ago, but he is still just 32 years old and has plenty of baseball left in him. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, it will come without any speed or a quality batting average. Still, 20 homers and 70 RBIs will do the trick as a late-round pick.
20 Zack Cozart (LAA - 2B,3B,SS) IL60 165 203.0 +38.0
Cozart may miss time at the start of the season with a mild calf strain, and after his 2018 performance, it is fair to forget about him, but don't be so quick to forget how excellent he was in 2017 with the Reds, knocking 24 homers with a .297 batting average in just 122 games.
21 Josh Harrison (DET - 2B) FA 154 217.0 +63.0
 
22 Chad Pinder (OAK - 2B,3B,LF,RF) 168 223.0 +55.0
 
23 David Fletcher (LAA - 2B,3B) 211 254.0 +43.0
 
24 Yolmer Sanchez (CWS - 2B,3B) 196 236.0 +40.0
 
25 Franklin Barreto (OAK - 2B) MiLB 212 198.0 -14.0
 
26 Devon Travis (TOR - 2B) IL60 213 286.0 +73.0
 
27 Isiah Kiner-Falefa (TEX - C,2B,3B) 222 148.0 -74.0
 
28 Brandon Drury (TOR - 2B,3B) 221 258.0 +37.0
 
29 Chris Owings (BOS - 2B,3B,CF,RF) 276 284.0 +8.0
 
30 Dustin Pedroia (BOS - 2B) IL60 264 175.0 -89.0
 
31 Alen Hanson (TOR - 2B,3B,SS,LF) MiLB 252 299.0 +47.0
 
32 Christian Arroyo (CLE - 2B,3B) IL60 256 279.0 +23.0
 
33 Brock Holt (BOS - 2B,SS,RF) 254 211.0 -43.0
 
34 Leury Garcia (CWS - 2B,LF,CF,RF) 318 347.0 +29.0
 
35 Daniel Robertson (TB - 2B,3B,SS) MiLB 352 244.0 -108.0
 
36 Shed Long (SEA - 2B) MiLB 626 445.0 -181.0
 
37 Logan Forsythe (TEX - 2B,3B) 289 322.0 +33.0
 
38 Kaleb Cowart (LAA - 2B,3B) MiLB 354 474.0 +120.0
 
39 Cavan Biggio (TOR - 2B) 360 365.0 +5.0
 
40 Dawel Lugo (DET - 2B) 445 496.0 +51.0
 
41 Gordon Beckham (DET - 2B) 623    
 
42 Kelby Tomlinson (SEA - 2B,SS) MiLB 582    
 
43 Ronald Torreyes (MIN - 2B,3B,SS) MiLB 629 270.0 -359.0
 
44 Tyler Wade (NYY - 2B) 434 266.0 -168.0
 
45 Harold Castro (DET - 2B,CF) 566    
 
46 Tommy La Stella (LAA - 2B,3B) IL10 573    
 
47 Ronny Rodriguez (DET - 2B,3B,SS) 589 415.0 -174.0
 
48 Max Moroff (CLE - 2B) MiLB 567 306.0 -261.0
 
49 Drew Jackson (BAL - 2B,3B,SS) MiLB 570 444.0 -126.0
 
50 Tony Renda (BOS - 2B,3B,LF) 568    
 
51 Jose Rondon (BAL - 2B,SS,DH) MiLB 576    
 
52 Jace Peterson (BAL - 2B,3B,LF,RF) 615 323.0 -292.0
 
53 Breyvic Valera (NYY - 2B) MiLB 634 402.0 -232.0
 
54 Chris Bostick (BAL - 2B,LF) MiLB 638    
 
55 Willi Castro (DET - 2B,SS) MiLB 609 497.0 -112.0
 
56 Nolan Fontana (TEX - 2B) NRI 614    
 
57 Corban Joseph (OAK - 1B,2B) 630    
 
58 Nick Franklin (LAA - 2B) MiLB 616    
 
59 Nick Solak (TB - 2B) MiLB 618 473.0 -145.0
 
60 Emilio Bonifacio (TB - 2B,3B,LF) MiLB 639 386.0 -253.0
 
61 Eric Sogard (TB - 2B,SS) 641    
 
62 Marco Hernandez (BOS - 2B,3B) IL10 643