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2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings (AL)

Expert Consensus Ranking (64 of 67 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) 17 15.0 -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) 21 18.0 -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) 29 27.0 -2.0
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) 42 52.0 +10.0
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 Dee Gordon (SEA - 2B,CF) 47 41.0 -6.0
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.
8 Yoan Moncada (CWS - 2B) 57 62.0 +5.0
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.
9 Jonathan Schoop (MIN - 2B) FA 64 72.0 +8.0
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.
10 DJ LeMahieu (NYY - 2B) 93 80.0 -13.0
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.
11 Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (TOR - 2B,SS) 95 93.0 -2.0
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.
12 Willy Adames (TB - 2B,SS) 97 103.0 +6.0
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.
13 Marwin Gonzalez (MIN - 1B,2B,SS,LF) 109 87.0 -22.0
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.
14 Joey Wendle (TB - 2B,LF) 108 90.0 -18.0
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.
15 Brandon Lowe (TB - 2B) 129 155.0 +26.0
16 Niko Goodrum (DET - 1B,2B,3B,SS,LF,RF) 140 112.0 -28.0
17 Zack Cozart (LAA - 2B,3B,SS) 143 164.0 +21.0
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.
18 Chad Pinder (OAK - 2B,3B,LF,RF) 149 177.0 +28.0
19 David Fletcher (LAA - 2B,3B) 160 198.0 +38.0
20 Franklin Barreto (OAK - 2B) 162 144.0 -18.0
21 Isiah Kiner-Falefa (TEX - C,2B,3B) 178 129.0 -49.0
22 Brandon Drury (TOR - 2B,3B) 177 202.0 +25.0
23 Dustin Pedroia (BOS - 2B) 213 128.0 -85.0
24 Alen Hanson (TOR - 2B,3B,SS,LF) MiLB 204 235.0 +31.0
25 Christian Arroyo (CLE - 2B,3B) 207 221.0 +14.0
26 Leury Garcia (CWS - 2B,LF,CF,RF) 252 266.0 +14.0
27 Daniel Robertson (TB - 2B,3B,SS) 280 190.0 -90.0
28 Shed Long (SEA - 2B) 506 347.0 -159.0
29 Cavan Biggio (TOR - 2B) 286 282.0 -4.0
30 Dawel Lugo (DET - 2B) 351 395.0 +44.0
31 Ronald Torreyes (MIN - 2B,3B,SS) FA 509 213.0 -296.0
32 Tyler Wade (NYY - 2B) 342 209.0 -133.0
33 Pat Valaika (BAL - 1B,2B) 297    
34 Harold Castro (DET - 2B,CF) 454    
35 Tommy La Stella (LAA - 2B,3B) 459    
36 Ronny Rodriguez (DET - 2B,3B,SS) 473 319.0 -154.0
37 Drew Jackson (BAL - 2B,3B,SS) MiLB 456 346.0 -110.0
38 Tony Renda (BOS - 2B,3B,LF) 455    
39 Jose Rondon (BAL - 2B,SS,DH) MiLB 461    
40 Breyvic Valera (TOR - 2B) 512 312.0 -200.0
41 Chris Bostick (BAL - 2B,LF) MiLB 516    
42 Willi Castro (DET - 2B,SS) 493 396.0 -97.0
43 Nolan Fontana (TEX - 2B) NRI 498    
44 Nick Solak (TEX - 2B) 500 376.0 -124.0
45 Marco Hernandez (BOS - 2B,3B) IL10 518    
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