2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings (AL)

Expert Consensus Ranking (61 of 62 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 Alex Bregman (HOU - 3B,SS) 8 7.0 -1.0
Bregman had 83 extra-base hits last season to go with 105 runs and 103 RBIs despite being just 24 years old. Chances are high that his fantasy value continues to trend north. With that said, he is currently recovering from elbow surgery so be sure to keep an eye on his progress before picking him up in the 1st round this spring.
3 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (TOR - 3B) 29 26.0 -3.0
Nobody is doubting Guerrero's skills. Especially not Steamer, as the typically pessimistic projection system has the 19-year-old batting .306/.368/.511 with 22 homers in 550 plate appearances. Toronto's teenage prodigy has nothing left to prove in the minors after collectively batting .381/.437/.636 in Double-A and Triple-A. The problem is opportunity, with the Blue Jays almost certain to hold baseball's top prospect back for service-time manipulation. Since he was never going to make the Opening Day roster, supporters shouldn't get cold feet because of an oblique injury that guarantees a delay to his anticipated arrival. With Ronald Acuna's sensational debut fresh in everyone's mind, there's still little chance of snagging Vlad Jr. at a discount. Don't bite so soon in re-drafts, but it'll get tougher to resist if he lasts to the late fifth or sixth round.
4 Miguel Andujar (NYY - 3B,DH) IL60 41 36.0 -5.0
Andujar flew under the radar until his major breakout last season. We've seen players like that face major challenges in their sophomore campaign so beware of the risk associated with picking him, but as we've seen, the upside is tantalizing and may prove well worth a mid-round pick.
5 Matt Chapman (OAK - 3B) 42 47.0 +5.0
While it may be appealing to draft incredible real-life players, there is a major difference between fringe AL MVP candidate and top 80 fantasy baseball player. Chapman's defensive prowess doesn't transfer over, unfortunately, so rather, we are looking at a mediocre power hitter with some batting average concerns.
6 Rafael Devers (BOS - 3B) 54 61.0 +7.0
Devers was somewhat disappointing in his first full Major League season, hitting just .240 and missing some time with a hamstring strain. But the low batting average was largely due to an unusually low .281 BABIP -- his batted ball profile was nearly identical to his promising 2017 debut. He also managed to produce 21 homers and five steals in just 121 games, not too shabby for a guy who was just 21-years old. The full breakout could be coming this year.
7 Jurickson Profar (OAK - 1B,2B,3B,SS) 67 59.0 -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.
8 Carlos Santana (CLE - 1B,3B) 69 80.0 +11.0
Santana had some of the worst BABIP luck in baseball last year so you can expect his batting average to jump back into the .250s this year to go with his usual 20+ homers and 80+ runs. That makes him a quality late-round corner infielder as always.
9 Yuli Gurriel (HOU - 1B,3B,DH) 97 82.0 -15.0
Gurriel isn't going to mash 25 homers like many of the others going in his late-round range, but he is a sure-bet to boost your batting average which is difficult to find as the draft comes to a close.
10 Asdrubal Cabrera (TEX - 2B,3B,SS) 108 86.0 -22.0
Now that Cabrera is with the Rangers and expected to play every day, we can feel comfortable grabbing him late in drafts as a reliable source of power to go with a decent batting average.
11 Miguel Sano (MIN - 1B,3B,DH) 117 120.0 +3.0
Sano is out until at least May with a heel injury so he may not be worth drafting unless your league has DL spots available. If not, he is a great waiver wire pickup a few weeks into the season as his career per-162 profile is near identical to fifth round pick, Rhys Hoskins.
12 Kyle Seager (SEA - 3B) IL60 131 121.0 -10.0
Seager is starting the season on the DL after hand surgery and may miss the first six weeks. As a result, you may not want to draft him, but he should be in the back of your mind as a waiver wire pickup within a couple of weeks. He is a reliable source of power and shouldn't hurt you in batting average as much as we saw last year.
13 Jeimer Candelario (DET - 3B) MiLB 130 159.0 +29.0
There is nothing sexy about drafting Candelario, but you can anticipate his batting average coming up 20 points this year, as he was among the most unlucky hitters in that department last year. Along with that, fantasy owners should get around 20 homers from him.
14 Niko Goodrum (DET - 1B,2B,3B,SS,LF,RF) 160 134.0 -26.0
 
15 Zack Cozart (LAA - 2B,3B,SS) 174 215.0 +41.0
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.
16 Willians Astudillo (MIN - C,3B) 172 129.0 -43.0
It is tempting to draft everyone's favorite short chubby catcher, but the fact of the matter is that he likely won't even open the season on the big league club. There is some intrigue here if/when he gets called up, but until then, he belongs on the waivers.
17 Chad Pinder (OAK - 2B,3B,LF,RF) 179 239.0 +60.0
 
18 Tim Beckham (SEA - 3B,SS) 176 185.0 +9.0
 
19 Yandy Diaz (TB - 3B) 203 189.0 -14.0
 
20 Renato Nunez (BAL - 3B) 190 273.0 +83.0
 
21 Eduardo Nunez (BOS - 2B,3B) 198 176.0 -22.0
 
22 Yolmer Sanchez (CWS - 2B,3B) 208 251.0 +43.0
 
23 Matt Duffy (TB - 3B) IL60 239 238.0 -1.0
 
24 David Fletcher (LAA - 2B,3B) 231 271.0 +40.0
 
25 Isiah Kiner-Falefa (TEX - C,2B,3B) 242 157.0 -85.0
 
26 Hunter Dozier (KC - 1B,3B,RF) 250 275.0 +25.0
 
27 Patrick Wisdom (TEX - 3B) MiLB 206 362.0 +156.0
 
28 Brandon Drury (TOR - 2B,3B) 241 276.0 +35.0
 
29 J.P. Crawford (SEA - 3B,SS) 301 284.0 -17.0
 
30 Alen Hanson (TOR - 2B,3B,SS,LF) MiLB 265 317.0 +52.0
 
31 Chris Owings (KC - 2B,3B,CF,RF) 290 301.0 +11.0
 
32 Christian Arroyo (TB - 2B,3B) MiLB 269 296.0 +27.0
 
33 Aledmys Diaz (HOU - 3B,SS) DTD 286 236.0 -50.0
 
34 Matt Davidson (TEX - 1B,3B,DH) MiLB 297 374.0 +77.0
 
35 Daniel Robertson (TB - 2B,3B,SS) 370 259.0 -111.0
 
36 Kaleb Cowart (LAA - 2B,3B) MiLB 372 496.0 +124.0
 
37 Logan Forsythe (TEX - 2B,3B) 302 342.0 +40.0
 
38 Taylor Ward (LAA - 3B) MiLB 364 393.0 +29.0
 
39 Rio Ruiz (BAL - 3B) 588    
 
40 Ehire Adrianza (MIN - 1B,3B,SS) 325 395.0 +70.0
 
41 Tommy La Stella (LAA - 2B,3B) 609    
 
42 Cheslor Cuthbert (KC - 1B,3B,DH) MiLB 661    
 
43 Michael Chavis (BOS - 3B) 644 320.0 -324.0
 
44 Ronald Torreyes (MIN - 2B,3B,SS) MiLB 664 286.0 -378.0
 
45 Tony Renda (BOS - 2B,3B,LF) 603    
 
46 Ronny Rodriguez (DET - 2B,3B,SS) 624 438.0 -186.0
 
47 Drew Jackson (BAL - 2B,3B,SS) MiLB 605 466.0 -139.0
 
48 Ramon Torres (KC - 3B) FA 613    
 
49 Pete Kozma (DET - 3B,SS) NRI      
 
50 Jace Peterson (BAL - 2B,3B,LF,RF) NRI 652 343.0 -309.0
 
51 Ryan Flaherty (CLE - 3B) MiLB 667    
 
52 Chase d'Arnaud (TEX - 2B,3B) NRI 638    
 
53 Cliff Pennington (NYY - 3B) MiLB      
 
54 Gio Urshela (NYY - 3B,SS) 670    
 
55 Kelvin Gutierrez (KC - 3B) MiLB 666    
 
56 Emilio Bonifacio (TB - 2B,3B,LF) MiLB 674 409.0 -265.0
 
57 Dustin Peterson (DET - 3B,LF) MiLB 680    
 
58 Marco Hernandez (BOS - 2B,3B) IL10 678