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2023 Fantasy Baseball Rankings (AL)

Expert Consensus Ranking (22 of 23 Experts) -

Rank Player (Team, Position) Overall Notes
1 Jose Ramirez (CLE - 3B,DH) 2 1.0 -1.0
Jose Ramirez remains criminally underrated, considering his productivity remains fantasy relevant across categories. Building on his outstanding 2021 season, he was one home run away from his third career 30/20 season (29/20). The list of third basemen capable of that feat stands at one unless Bobby Witt has 3B eligibility in your league. Ramirez ended up with 90 runs, 126 RBI, and slashed .280/.355/.514 while surrounded in the lineup by some young, inexperienced players who matured as the season progressed. The only statistical knock on the 30-year-old has been two straight years of decreasing wOBA, but that's splitting hairs with it sitting in the .360 range even after the "decline." Ramirez did have UCL repair in November, but there is no doubt he will be ready to go for Spring Training. While you shouldn't overlook him, you can certainly hope your league mates do.
2 Bobby Witt Jr. (KC - 3B,SS) 10 8.0 -2.0
There were a lot of arguments prior to the 2022 season about whether Witt was ready for the majors full time or if he would need some seasoning. The 22-year-old responded by getting 632 plate appearances, hitting 20 HR, stealing 30 bases, and scoring 82 runs while knocking in 80. Not a bad way to introduce yourself to the neighborhood. Witt struggled to get on base, walking away with an OBP of .294 and xwOBA of .313. He also struggled defensively, which could lead to more time at third base, depending on how Kansas City wants to play him. But he will play every day, and with the new base-stealing rules boosting that category, he may run every day, too. In dynasty leagues, he is already taken; for those in redraft, he is worth a high pick.
3 Rafael Devers (BOS - 3B) 12 12.0
Rafael Devers is one of the best players in baseball who seems consistently overlooked in fantasy circles. Perhaps that will change in 2023, though he will be playing in one of the least fearsome Boston lineups of his career. Gone are Xander Bogaerts and J.D. Martinez, so Devers will rely on Trevor Story, international signing Masataka Yoshida, Kike Hernandez, and others to boost his runs and RBI, which fell below 100 for the first time in 2022. As a fantasy player, Devers has all of the skills managers would ask for in a third baseman. He mashes the ball, gets on base, and is a four-category player in a friendly ballpark. He also now has the security of an 11-year, $331 million contract to stay with the only team he's been on, though whether or not that impacts his performance remains to be seen.
4 Alex Bregman (HOU - 3B) 30 30.0
Alex Bregman started 2022 off slowly, but his bat came alive in the second half of the season. He hit 23 homers with 93 RBI and 93 runs scored while batting smack in the middle of one of the most dangerous lineups in baseball. His BABIP was slightly lower than his career average, meaning fantasy managers could see a small bump in batting average. Sure, he doesn't run anymore, but if you need to shore up your runs and RBI category, you can't really beat the guy in the on deck circle after Jose Altuve, Jeremy Pena, and Yordan Alvarez get on base. If you wait on third base, Bregman should be your target.
5 Gunnar Henderson (BAL - 3B,SS) 54 45.0 -9.0
Gunnar Henderson's Double-A and Triple-A numbers were cheat-code level, so the Orioles brought him up for 34 games in 2022. The first overall pick of the 2019 MLB Draft responded with four homers, 12 runs, 18 RBI, and one stolen base while carrying an xwOBA of .338. His on-base skills and power to all fields will be a boon to fantasy teams, even while he gets the kinks out that every 21-year-old player experiences.
6 Ty France (SEA - 1B,3B) 77 84.0 +7.0
 
7 Matt Chapman (TOR - 3B) 82 77.0 -5.0
 
8 Jose Miranda (MIN - 1B,3B,DH) 86 85.0 -1.0
 
9 Eugenio Suarez (SEA - 3B) 88 71.0 -17.0
 
10 Brandon Drury (LAA - 1B,2B,3B,DH) 106 93.0 -13.0
 
11 Anthony Rendon (LAA - 3B) 119 115.0 -4.0
 
12 Josh Jung (TEX - 3B) 120 118.0 -2.0
 
13 Yandy Diaz (TB - 1B,3B) 114 134.0 +20.0
 
14 Justin Turner (BOS - 3B,DH) 122 132.0 +10.0
 
15 DJ LeMahieu (NYY - 1B,2B,3B) 131 124.0 -7.0
 
16 Yoan Moncada (CWS - 3B) 165 150.0 -15.0
 
17 Luis Rengifo (LAA - 2B,3B,SS) 167 143.0 -24.0
 
18 Christian Arroyo (BOS - 1B,2B,3B,SS,RF) 134 288.0 +154.0
 
19 Isaac Paredes (TB - 1B,2B,3B) 212 183.0 -29.0
 
20 Bobby Dalbec (BOS - 1B,3B) 157 211.0 +54.0
 
21 Nicky Lopez (KC - 2B,3B,SS) 292 202.0 -90.0
 
22 Jace Peterson (OAK - 3B,RF) 269 293.0 +24.0
 
23 Gio Urshela (LAA - 3B) 233 158.0 -75.0
 
24 Josh Donaldson (NYY - 3B,DH) 248 178.0 -70.0
 
25 Ramon Urias (BAL - 2B,3B) 222 209.0 -13.0
 
26 Aledmys Diaz (OAK - 1B,2B,3B,SS,LF) 261 260.0 -1.0
 
27 Santiago Espinal (TOR - 2B,3B,SS) 253 265.0 +12.0
 
28 Kyle Farmer (MIN - 3B,SS) 263 184.0 -79.0
 
29 Tyler Freeman (CLE - 3B,SS)   404.0  
 
30 Brad Miller (TEX - 3B,LF,DH) 398 395.0 -3.0
 
31 Ezequiel Duran (TEX - 2B,3B) 306 302.0 -4.0
 
32 Jonathan Aranda (TB - 1B,2B,3B) 272 245.0 -27.0
 
33 Hunter Dozier (KC - 1B,3B,LF,RF,DH) 291 231.0 -60.0
 
34 Nate Eaton (KC - 3B,RF) 312    
 
35 Gabriel Arias (CLE - 3B) 324 346.0 +22.0
 
36 Curtis Mead (TB - 2B,3B) 318 315.0 -3.0
 
37 Jake Burger (CWS - 3B) 300 292.0 -8.0
 
38 Taylor Walls (TB - 2B,3B,SS) 316 311.0 -5.0
 
39 Matt Vierling (DET - 3B,LF,CF,RF) 336 306.0 -30.0
 
40 Dustin Harris (TEX - 1B,3B,LF) 365 378.0 +13.0
 
41 Ryan Kreidler (DET - 3B,SS) 338    
 
42 Ceddanne Rafaela (BOS - 3B,CF) 401