2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings (AL)

Expert Consensus Ranking (63 of 65 Experts) -
Rank Player (Team, Position) Overall Notes
1 Gary Sanchez (NYY - C,DH) 37 24.0 -13.0
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) 104 82.0 -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) 118 95.0 -23.0
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) 132 90.0 -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) 149 112.0 -37.0
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) 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.
7 Omar Narvaez (SEA - C) 177 131.0 -46.0
 
8 Isiah Kiner-Falefa (TEX - C,2B,3B) MiLB 223 148.0 -75.0
 
9 John Hicks (DET - C,1B) 175 189.0 +14.0
 
10 Mitch Garver (MIN - C) 246 188.0 -58.0
 
11 Christian Vazquez (BOS - C) 241 213.0 -28.0
 
12 Salvador Perez (KC - C,DH) IL60   121.0  
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.
13 Grayson Greiner (DET - C) IL60 232 220.0 -12.0
 
14 Martin Maldonado (HOU - C) 269 221.0 -48.0
 
15 Chance Sisco (BAL - C) 271 230.0 -41.0
 
16 Tom Murphy (SEA - C) 262 298.0 +36.0
 
17 Jason Castro (MIN - C) 298 310.0 +12.0
 
18 Josh Phegley (OAK - C) 237 248.0 +11.0
 
19 James McCann (CWS - C) 215 268.0 +53.0
 
20 Kevin Plawecki (CLE - C) 304 274.0 -30.0
 
21 Chris Herrmann (OAK - C) 391 382.0 -9.0
 
22 Sandy Leon (BOS - C) 229 232.0 +3.0
 
23 Meibrys Viloria (KC - C) 248    
 
24 Michael Perez (TB - C) MiLB 329 408.0 +79.0
 
25 Travis d'Arnaud (TB - C) 333 320.0 -13.0
 
26 Austin Romine (NYY - C) 264 234.0 -30.0
 
27 Max Stassi (LAA - C) 301 271.0 -30.0
 
28 Kevan Smith (LAA - C) IL10 365 330.0 -35.0
 
29 Austin Wynns (BAL - C) MiLB 279 341.0 +62.0
 
30 Jeff Mathis (TEX - C) 312    
 
31 Luke Maile (TOR - C) IL10 418 357.0 -61.0
 
32 Jesus Sucre (BAL - C) MiLB 311    
 
33 Sean Murphy (OAK - C) MiLB   335.0  
 
34 Roberto Perez (CLE - C) 280 212.0 -68.0
 
35 Cam Gallagher (KC - C) IL10 529 362.0 -167.0
 
36 Andrew Susac (BAL - C) MiLB 603 393.0 -210.0
 
37 Pedro Severino (BAL - C) 316 484.0 +168.0
 
38 Jose Ruiz (CWS - C,1B) MiLB   432.0  
 
39 Cameron Rupp (OAK - C) MiLB 589 290.0 -299.0
 
40 Jett Bandy (TEX - C) MiLB 586    
 
41 Bruce Maxwell (OAK - C) MiLB      
 
42 Brett Nicholas (CWS - C) RET 583 500.0 -83.0
 
43 Zack Collins (CWS - C) MiLB 599 387.0 -212.0
 
44 Jose Trevino (TEX - C) 587 458.0 -129.0
 
45 Reese McGuire (TOR - C) 573    
 
46 Erik Kratz (NYY - C) MiLB 577 356.0 -221.0
 
47 Bobby Wilson (DET - C) MiLB 585    
 
48 Tim Federowicz (TEX - C) MiLB 606    
 
49 Kyle Higashioka (NYY - C) MiLB 590 419.0 -171.0
 
50 Eric Haase (CLE - C) MiLB 593    
 
51 Seby Zavala (CWS - C) MiLB 595    
 
52 Hector Sanchez (DET - C) MiLB 597    
 
53 Garrett Stubbs (HOU - C) MiLB 596    
 
54 Rocky Gale (TB - C) MiLB 601    
 
55 Beau Taylor (TOR - C) MiLB 602