2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings (AL)

Expert Consensus Ranking (60 of 62 Experts) -
Rank Player (Team, Position) Overall Notes
1 Gary Sanchez (NYY - C,DH) 36 25.0 -11.0
How why are you willing to take a guy who batted .186 last season? Turns out the answer is pretty high for Sanchez, who's challenging J.T. Realmuto as the top catcher off the board. He did, after all, hit .284/.354/.568 in 754 prior MLB plate appearances. A groin injury also hampered his production, and he additionally underwent offseason shoulder surgery. He struggled mightily against breaking balls, but actually deposited more walks without significant contact declines. The average could easily rise back to .250 with around 30 long balls, but is that enough to justify an investment around pick 60? Catcher is worse than usual, but that's still too steep in one-catcher formats.
2 Danny Jansen (TOR - C) 105 83.0 -22.0
After batting .323 across three minor league levels in 2017, Jansen hit .275 with 12 homers and five steals through 88 games in AAA in 2018 before earning an August call-up to the Blue Jays. He hit .247 with three homers over 31 games in Toronto, and it's reasonable to expect him to maintain a similar pace over his first full Big League season with the potential for more. Given the sorry state of the catcher position, it could make sense to take a chance on Jansen's unknown upside once the seven or eight surefire starters at the position are off the board.
3 Welington Castillo (CWS - C) 123 99.0 -24.0
Castillo only saw 49 games worth of action last season, but his bat was still quality when he played. Over the last five years, he averages 26 homers with a .261 BA and 85 RBIs per 162 games, so now that he is starting, fantasy owners can expect useful production out of him.
4 Mike Zunino (TB - C) IL10 134 92.0 -42.0
Zunino killed his fantasy teams in batting average last year, but he was up at .251 the year before so you'd have to think he will settle somewhere in between this year. When it comes with 20 homers and 50 RBIs at the catcher position, the batting average is much easier to swallow.
5 Robinson Chirinos (HOU - C) 157 115.0 -42.0
Chirinos likely won't get 450 at-bats like some of the other names above him, but he is the starter for Houston which should come with it's share of runs and RBIs. The batting average clearly won't be ideal, but his 15 to 20 HR power off-sets that pain.
6 Willians Astudillo (MIN - C,3B) 173 129.0 -44.0
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.
7 Omar Narvaez (SEA - C) 183 138.0 -45.0
 
8 Jonathan Lucroy (LAA - C) 182 137.0 -45.0
 
9 Isiah Kiner-Falefa (TEX - C,2B,3B) 244 157.0 -87.0
 
10 John Hicks (DET - C,1B) 185 194.0 +9.0
 
11 Mitch Garver (MIN - C) IL10 260 198.0 -62.0
 
12 Christian Vazquez (BOS - C) 257 229.0 -28.0
 
13 Salvador Perez (KC - C,DH) IL60   127.0  
Perez has been a top-eight backstop in standard roto leagues in five straight seasons and was shaping up to be one again, but that was before he injured his ulnar collateral ligament in Spring Training. He is now set for Tommy John surgery that will knock him out for the entire 2019 season.
14 Grayson Greiner (DET - C) 251 234.0 -17.0
 
15 Martin Maldonado (KC - C) 283 236.0 -47.0
 
16 Chance Sisco (BAL - C) MiLB 285 246.0 -39.0
 
17 Tom Murphy (SEA - C) 276 317.0 +41.0
 
18 Jason Castro (MIN - C) 310 329.0 +19.0
 
19 James McCann (CWS - C) 238 286.0 +48.0
 
20 Josh Phegley (OAK - C) 254 264.0 +10.0
 
21 Kevin Plawecki (CLE - C) 316 292.0 -24.0
 
22 Travis d'Arnaud (TB - C) 347 341.0 -6.0
 
23 Chris Herrmann (OAK - C) IL60 408 407.0 -1.0
 
24 Sandy Leon (BOS - C) PL 249 248.0 -1.0
 
25 Meibrys Viloria (KC - C) MiLB 261    
 
26 Michael Perez (TB - C) IL10 343 432.0 +89.0
 
27 Austin Romine (NYY - C) 278 250.0 -28.0
 
28 Max Stassi (HOU - C) 312 288.0 -24.0
 
29 Nick Hundley (OAK - C) 394 337.0 -57.0
 
30 Kevan Smith (LAA - C) 381 351.0 -30.0
 
31 Austin Wynns (BAL - C) 293 362.0 +69.0
 
32 Jeff Mathis (TEX - C) 325    
 
33 Luke Maile (TOR - C) 438 381.0 -57.0
 
34 Jesus Sucre (BAL - C) MiLB 324    
 
35 Sean Murphy (OAK - C) MiLB   357.0  
 
36 Roberto Perez (CLE - C) 295 226.0 -69.0
 
37 Cam Gallagher (KC - C) 560 386.0 -174.0
 
38 Andrew Susac (BAL - C) MiLB 640 417.0 -223.0
 
39 Jose Briceno (LAA - C,DH) MiLB 320    
 
40 Pedro Severino (BAL - C) 329 508.0 +179.0
 
41 Ryan Lavarnway (NYY - C,1B) NRI 609    
 
42 Jose Ruiz (CWS - C,1B)   456.0  
 
43 Cameron Rupp (OAK - C) MiLB 623 308.0 -315.0
 
44 Jett Bandy (TEX - C) MiLB 620    
 
45 Bruce Maxwell (OAK - C) MiLB      
 
46 Brett Nicholas (CWS - C) RET 618 524.0 -94.0
 
47 Zack Collins (CWS - C) MiLB 636 411.0 -225.0
 
48 Jose Trevino (TEX - C) MiLB 621 480.0 -141.0
 
49 Reese McGuire (TOR - C) MiLB 607    
 
50 Erik Kratz (TB - C) 612 380.0 -232.0
 
51 Bobby Wilson (DET - C) MiLB 619    
 
52 Kyle Higashioka (NYY - C) MiLB 624 443.0 -181.0
 
53 Eric Haase (CLE - C) MiLB 627    
 
54 Jose Lobaton (SEA - C) MiLB 629    
 
55 Seby Zavala (CWS - C) MiLB 630    
 
56 Hector Sanchez (DET - C) MiLB 633    
 
57 Garrett Stubbs (HOU - C) MiLB 631    
 
58 Nick Ciuffo (TB - C) MiLB 635    
 
59 Beau Taylor (OAK - C) 638