2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings (AL)

Expert Consensus Ranking (64 of 65 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) DTD 29 25.0 -4.0
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 42 38.0 -4.0
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) 44 48.0 +4.0
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) 55 62.0 +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) 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.
8 Carlos Santana (CLE - 1B,3B) 70 79.0 +9.0
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) 95 81.0 -14.0
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 Miguel Sano (MIN - 1B,3B,DH) 112 116.0 +4.0
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.
11 Kyle Seager (SEA - 3B) 124 117.0 -7.0
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.
12 Jeimer Candelario (DET - 3B) IL10 127 150.0 +23.0
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.
13 Zack Cozart (LAA - 2B,3B,SS) IL60 166 203.0 +37.0
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.
14 Niko Goodrum (DET - 1B,2B,3B,SS,LF,RF) DTD 158 129.0 -29.0
 
15 Chad Pinder (OAK - 2B,3B,LF,RF) 170 223.0 +53.0
 
16 Willians Astudillo (MIN - C,3B) IL10 169 124.0 -45.0
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 Tim Beckham (SEA - 3B,SS) SUS 172 174.0 +2.0
 
18 Yandy Diaz (TB - 3B) IL10 196 176.0 -20.0
 
19 Yolmer Sanchez (CWS - 2B,3B) 197 236.0 +39.0
 
20 Matt Duffy (TB - 3B) 217 222.0 +5.0
 
21 David Fletcher (LAA - 2B,3B) 206 254.0 +48.0
 
22 Renato Nunez (BAL - 3B) 184 256.0 +72.0
 
23 Isiah Kiner-Falefa (TEX - C,2B,3B) 222 148.0 -74.0
 
24 Hunter Dozier (KC - 1B,3B,RF) 234 257.0 +23.0
 
25 Patrick Wisdom (TEX - 3B) MiLB 193 342.0 +149.0
 
26 Brandon Drury (TOR - 2B,3B) 221 258.0 +37.0
 
27 J.P. Crawford (SEA - 3B,SS) 289 267.0 -22.0
 
28 Alen Hanson (TOR - 2B,3B,SS,LF) MiLB 253 299.0 +46.0
 
29 Chris Owings (BOS - 2B,3B,CF,RF) 277 284.0 +7.0
 
30 Christian Arroyo (CLE - 2B,3B) IL60 257 279.0 +22.0
 
31 Aledmys Diaz (HOU - 3B,SS) IL10 273 226.0 -47.0
 
32 Matt Davidson (TEX - 1B,3B,DH) MiLB 282 352.0 +70.0
 
33 Daniel Robertson (TB - 2B,3B,SS) MiLB 353 244.0 -109.0
 
34 Kaleb Cowart (LAA - 2B,3B) MiLB 355 474.0 +119.0
 
35 Logan Forsythe (TEX - 2B,3B) 290 322.0 +32.0
 
36 Taylor Ward (LAA - 3B) MiLB 348 369.0 +21.0
 
37 Rio Ruiz (BAL - 3B) 555    
 
38 Ehire Adrianza (MIN - 1B,3B,SS) 313 371.0 +58.0
 
39 Tommy La Stella (LAA - 2B,3B) IL10 574    
 
40 Cheslor Cuthbert (KC - 1B,3B,DH) 626    
 
41 Michael Chavis (BOS - 1B,2B,3B) IL10 608 302.0 -306.0
 
42 Ronald Torreyes (MIN - 2B,3B,SS) MiLB 630 270.0 -360.0
 
43 Tony Renda (BOS - 2B,3B,LF) 569    
 
44 Ronny Rodriguez (DET - 2B,3B,SS) 590 415.0 -175.0
 
45 Drew Jackson (BAL - 2B,3B,SS) MiLB 571 444.0 -127.0
 
46 Ramon Torres (KC - 3B) FA 578    
 
47 Pete Kozma (DET - 3B,SS) NRI      
 
48 Jace Peterson (BAL - 2B,3B,LF,RF) 616 323.0 -293.0
 
49 Ryan Flaherty (CLE - 3B) MiLB 633    
 
50 Gio Urshela (NYY - 3B,SS) 636    
 
51 Kelvin Gutierrez (KC - 3B) MiLB 632    
 
52 Emilio Bonifacio (TB - 2B,3B,LF) MiLB 640 386.0 -254.0
 
53 Dustin Peterson (DET - 3B,LF) MiLB 646    
 
54 Marco Hernandez (BOS - 2B,3B) IL10 644