2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings (AL)

Expert Consensus Ranking (63 of 66 Experts) -
Rank Player (Team, Position) Overall Notes
1 Blake Treinen (OAK - RP) MiLB 31 29.0 -2.0
Treinen was simply phenomenal for Oakland last season, and he enters 2019 neck-and-neck with Edwin Diaz for the title of fantasy's number one closer.
2 Aroldis Chapman (NYY - RP) 38 31.0 -7.0
Aroldis Chapman was his typical dominant self last season and enters 2019 as the clear closer in the Bronx. This shapes up as arguably the best bullpen in baseball, however, so the Yankees will have no shortage of potential replacements should Chapman struggle or get hurt.
3 Brad Hand (CLE - RP) 43 40.0 -3.0
The Indians let Andrew Miller and Cody Allen walk in free agency, clearing the path for Brad Hand to serve as the team's clear-cut closer this season. At age 28, Hand has put together three straight seasons with an ERA under 3.00 and a WHIP of 1.11 or better, and his already impressive K/9 rate grew to 13.25 last season. Hand didn't experience any drop-off after moving from San Diego to Cleveland, and with little in the way of competition, he is fully capable of being one of the very best closers in fantasy baseball this year.
4 Roberto Osuna (HOU - RP) 45 36.0 -9.0
Astros manager A.J. Hinch has affirmed that Osuna will again serve as the team's closer, a role he inherited last year upon returning from a 75-game suspension and getting traded from the Blue Jays. Osuna was a dominant closer from 2015-2017, but his K/9 rate alarmingly fell to 7.58 between Toronto and Houston last year. The good news is that he maintained an above-average 14.7 percent swinging-strike rate, indicating that he should return to striking out over a batter per inning while maintaining elite control. Save opportunities should also be plentiful on the World Series-contending Astros, so it makes sense for Osuna to get drafted as one of the first 10, if not five, closers off the board.
5 Jose Leclerc (TEX - RP) 58 54.0 -4.0
Leclerc emerged from relative obscurity in 2018 to become a dominant closer, producing a 1.56 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, and 13.27 K/9. That performance clearly impressed manager Chris Woodward, who has left no doubt that Leclerc will be the Rangers' closer again in 2019. He could be one of the better fantasy closers in the league even if Texas doesn't win a ton of games.
6 Ken Giles (TOR - RP) 67 63.0 -4.0
The Blue Jays took on Ken Giles in the Osuna trade last year. Although Giles' 2018 stats don't look pretty at first glance, his underlying numbers - including a terrific 53-to-7 strikeout-to-walk ratio - weren't too bad. Giles actually makes for a decent bounce-back candidate and potential draft-day value if your leaguemates are scared off by last year's 4.65 ERA.
7 Jose Alvarado (TB - RP) IL60 75 76.0 +1.0
The Rays appear to be in no hurry to name a closer, and they may not assign the job to a single pitcher. But the early frontrunner should be Jose Alvarado, who earned eight handshakes last year while posting helpful ratios.
8 Mychal Givens (BAL - RP) 98 113.0 +15.0
Although Baltimore may only win 50 games, Givens is one of the closers who has no competition for saves on his team. Even 25 save opportunities is better than what someone like Josh Hader or Zach Britton will get. Pair that with another 80 strikeouts and respectable ratios and we are looking at a top 30 fantasy reliever.
9 Alex Colome (CWS - RP) 99 86.0 -13.0
Although you may expect Herrera to be the closer battle in Chicago, some reports are suggesting that Colome has the upper-hand in the competition. This will be one to watch in spring training to see how it plays out. If Colome gets the job, he would be a top 25 closer.
10 Tyler Glasnow (TB - SP,RP) 77 73.0 -4.0
A former elite prospect, Glasnow couldn't quite get his act together in Pittsburgh, but things started looking up when he was moved to the Rays. He struggled mightily with the long ball during his brief stint in Tampa, but the much more important thing is that he nearly cut his walk rate in half. Glasnow can miss bats with the best of them, so if he can stop giving away so many free passes we could suddenly be looking at a pitcher who can provide solid ratios to go along with the elite strikeout numbers. He's an exciting breakout candidate.
11 Matt Barnes (BOS - RP) 101 87.0 -14.0
Assuming Craig Kimbrel does not return, Barnes is reportedly the favorite to serve as Boston's closer. Barnes is coming off an impressive 2018 campaign in which his 14.01 K/9 was fourth-highest among all pitchers who threw at least 60 innings. His struggles with command (3.85 career BB/9) should keep his ERA north of 3.00 and WHIP above 1.20, but he can still be a pretty significant mixed-league asset if he's earning most of the team's saves.
12 Dellin Betances (NYY - RP) IL60 107 108.0 +1.0
Betances is merely a closer in waiting, but besides Josh Hader, the best in the game. He is a sure bet for 90+ Ks, with upside ranging to nearly 130. Likewise, his ratios will be terrific each year and you can even rely on a handful of wins and saves too.
13 Trevor May (MIN - SP,RP) 104 104.0
Plenty are suggesting that Blake Parker was brought in to be the closer for Minnesota, but
14 Collin McHugh (HOU - RP,SP) MiLB 89 88.0 -1.0
McHugh was terrific in relief for the Astros last season and is now slated for a return to the starting rotation. This is a pitcher capable of helping in ERA, WHIP, and strikeouts, and the win potential is certainly there as well. He's a nice sleeper.
15 Brad Peacock (HOU - RP,SP) 106 110.0 +4.0
Peacock has been very effective as both a starter and reliever for the Astros over the last two seasons and looks likely to open the season in Houston's rotation this year. While it's possible he's eventually pushed out by Josh James or Forrest Whitley, Peacock can be nearly as valuable as a reliever, particularly in innings-capped roto leagues. He's well worth drafting.
16 Kelvin Herrera (CWS - RP) 146 131.0 -15.0
Herrera was presumably signed to close for the White Sox, but they also added Alex Colome who has closing experience. This one is too close to call for now so you may want to add both in a late round just to make sure you get some saves.
17 Ryan Brasier (BOS - RP) 137 162.0 +25.0
Assuming the Red Sox keep their word and don't re-sign Kimbrel, Braiser will be battling it out with Matt Barnes for one of the most coveted closer jobs in the league. If he wins it, you can count on stellar ratios to go along with all the save opportunities.
18 Adam Ottavino (NYY - RP) 156 125.0 -31.0
Ottavino might be stuck behind Chapman, Betances, Britton and Chad Green for the closer job, but he is a force of nature who could strike out 100 batters this season to go with sparkling ratios and a handful of wins. Don't hesitate to add him late in drafts to boost you in three categories.
19 Chad Green (NYY - RP) 155 154.0 -1.0
Green wasn't as electric in 2018 as the year before, but he still registered 94 strikeouts with excellent ratios and 8 wins. He isn't the closer, nor does he have a path to saves, but you can certainly make a case for drafting him even in standard sized leagues.
20 Ryan Pressly (HOU - RP) 138 135.0 -3.0
Pressly isn't expected to pick up more than a save or two this season because of Roberto Osuna's presence, but if Osuna were to suffer an injury, Pressly would likely take over the job and be a top 10 closer right away.
21 Sergio Romo (MIN - SP,RP) 142 176.0 +34.0
 
22 Zack Britton (NYY - RP) 179 134.0 -45.0
Britton isn't going to be the closer in New York, nor is he likely the next man up since Dellin Betances is also ahead of him, but Britton is still well worth owning if your league allows you to start four or five relievers. He will help your ratios significantly while adding nearly 80 Ks as usual.
23 Joe Jimenez (DET - RP) 148 178.0 +30.0
Most depth charts have Shane Greene slotted into the closer role for Detroit but this job is up in the air. Jimenez was an all-star last season, and while he pitched poorly down the stretch, don't sleep on him winning the job this spring.
24 Wily Peralta (KC - RP) FA 181 143.0 -38.0
Boxberger is expected to have the closer job in Kansas City to start the season, but he is among the worst closers in baseball so keep Peralta on speed dial in case he takes over the job.
25 Diego Castillo (TB - RP) 160 203.0 +43.0
If you play in a deeper league, Castillo can be a ratio master that racks up plenty of saves, or better yet, if you employ the Marmol Strategy, Castillo qualifies as a starting pitcher so you can plug him on days where you don't have enough starters going.
26 Ty Buttrey (LAA - RP) 172 182.0 +10.0
 
27 Domingo German (NYY - SP,RP) RST 163 171.0 +8.0
 
28 Brad Keller (KC - SP,RP) 217 168.0 -49.0
 
29 Yonny Chirinos (TB - SP,RP) 210 195.0 -15.0
 
30 Chris Devenski (HOU - RP) MiLB 248 193.0 -55.0
 
31 Taylor Rogers (MIN - RP) 224 236.0 +12.0
May and Parker are seemingly in a batter at the top of Minnesota's depth chart, but Rogers is the type of guy who could find himself in the role at some point, and if it were to happen, he would dominate.
32 Ryan Yarbrough (TB - SP,RP) 252 144.0 -108.0
 
33 Nate Jones (TEX - RP) IL60 243 220.0 -23.0
 
34 Joakim Soria (OAK - RP) 197 298.0 +101.0
 
35 Wade LeBlanc (SEA - SP,RP) 185 163.0 -22.0
 
36 Matt Festa (SEA - RP) MiLB 170 362.0 +192.0
 
37 Justus Sheffield (SEA - SP,RP) 247 206.0 -41.0
 
38 Martin Perez (MIN - SP,RP) MiLB 200 315.0 +115.0
 
39 Austin Pruitt (TB - RP) MiLB 192    
 
40 Hector Velazquez (BOS - SP,RP) 280 276.0 -4.0
 
41 Yusmeiro Petit (OAK - RP) 203 196.0 -7.0
 
42 Ty Blach (BAL - SP,RP) MiLB 289 406.0 +117.0
 
43 Lou Trivino (OAK - RP) MiLB 233 221.0 -12.0
 
44 Jalen Beeks (TB - RP) MiLB 266 365.0 +99.0
 
45 Keynan Middleton (LAA - RP) 275 356.0 +81.0
 
46 Jake Diekman (OAK - RP) 240    
 
47 Will Harris (HOU - RP) 241 418.0 +177.0
 
48 Cam Bedrosian (LAA - RP) 273 387.0 +114.0
 
49 Jace Fry (CWS - RP) 313 235.0 -78.0
The closer job in Chicago seems to be between Herrera and Colome, but don't be shocked if Fry jumps in at some point in the season, as he has the best raw stuff and numbers.
50 Kyle Zimmer (KC - SP,RP) 412 344.0 -68.0
 
51 Taylor Cole (LAA - RP) 257    
 
52 Hunter Wood (CLE - RP) 327 386.0 +59.0
 
53 David Paulino (TOR - SP,RP) FA 424 401.0 -23.0
 
54 Heath Hembree (BOS - RP) 376 287.0 -89.0
 
55 Cionel Perez (HOU - RP) MiLB 297    
 
56 Shawn Armstrong (BAL - RP) 236 326.0 +90.0
 
57 Drew VerHagen (DET - RP) 335    
 
58 Liam Hendriks (OAK - RP) 336    
 
59 Ryan Borucki (TOR - SP,RP) IL60 291 277.0 -14.0
 
60 Jacob Barnes (KC - RP) 193 375.0 +182.0
 
61 Mike Montgomery (KC - SP,RP) 283 264.0 -19.0
 
62 Paul Fry (BAL - RP) 403 428.0 +25.0
 
63 Adam Cimber (CLE - RP) 316 303.0 -13.0
 
64 Fernando Romero (MIN - SP,RP) MiLB 304 267.0 -37.0
 
65 Jesse Chavez (TEX - RP) IL60 333 341.0 +8.0
 
66 Ryan Tepera (TOR - RP) 265 311.0 +46.0
 
67 Ryan Buchter (OAK - RP) 334    
 
68 Trevor Hildenberger (MIN - RP) MiLB 326 237.0 -89.0
 
69 Hector Rondon (HOU - RP) 270 319.0 +49.0
 
70 Oliver Perez (CLE - RP) 349 383.0 +34.0
 
71 Luis Cessa (NYY - SP,RP) 302 233.0 -69.0
 
72 Phil Maton (CLE - RP) 284 456.0 +172.0
 
73 Miguel Castro (BAL - RP) 321 346.0 +25.0
 
74 Matt Wisler (SEA - SP,RP) 285    
 
75 Chaz Roe (TB - RP) 337 348.0 +11.0
 
76 Francis Martes (HOU - SP,RP) SUS 429    
 
77 Justin Anderson (LAA - RP) 348 382.0 +34.0
 
78 Blaine Hardy (DET - SP,RP) IL60 354    
 
79 Brian Johnson (BOS - SP,RP) 356 488.0 +132.0
 
80 Cody Carroll (BAL - RP) MiLB 471 322.0 -149.0
 
81 Tyler Olson (CLE - RP) IL60 430 309.0 -121.0
 
82 Bud Norris (TOR - RP) FA 386 279.0 -107.0
 
83 Shawn Kelley (TEX - RP) 422 414.0 -8.0
 
84 Sam Dyson (MIN - RP) MiLB 359 394.0 +35.0
 
85 Colin Poche (TB - RP) 303 408.0 +105.0
 
86 Tommy Kahnle (NYY - RP) 371 342.0 -29.0
 
87 Dan Altavilla (SEA - RP) 374 430.0 +56.0
 
88 Emilio Pagan (TB - RP) 368 338.0 -30.0
 
89 Zac Reininger (DET - RP) 552    
 
90 Jonathan Holder (NYY - RP) IL60 353    
 
91 Wilmer Font (TOR - SP,RP) 378    
 
92 Kevin McCarthy (KC - RP) 390 453.0 +63.0
 
93 Cory Gearrin (NYY - RP) MiLB 332 403.0 +71.0
 
94 Trent Thornton (TOR - SP,RP) 382 495.0 +113.0
 
95 Sam Gaviglio (TOR - SP,RP) 338 455.0 +117.0
 
96 Adam Plutko (CLE - SP,RP) 425 443.0 +18.0
 
97 Nick Goody (CLE - RP) 464    
 
98 Richard Bleier (BAL - RP) 341    
 
99 Brett Anderson (OAK - SP,RP) MiLB 372    
 
100 Matt Bush (TEX - RP) NRI 465    
 
101 Steven Wright (BOS - SP,RP) IL60 423 305.0 -118.0
 
102 Tyler Clippard (CLE - RP) 355 307.0 -48.0
 
103 Matt Moore (DET - SP,RP) IL60 499 282.0 -217.0
 
104 Jorge Lopez (KC - RP) 362 272.0 -90.0
 
105 Tyler Danish (SEA - RP) FA 363    
 
106 J.B. Wendelken (OAK - RP) 417 421.0 +4.0
 
107 Joe Biagini (HOU - SP,RP) MiLB 478 431.0 -47.0
 
108 David Hess (BAL - SP,RP) 369 320.0 -49.0
 
109 Hector Santiago (CWS - SP,RP) 373 491.0 +118.0
 
110 Jesse Biddle (TEX - RP) IL60 380    
 
111 Tanner Scott (BAL - SP,RP) 436 389.0 -47.0
 
112 Thomas Pannone (TOR - SP,RP) 401 268.0 -133.0
 
113 Hansel Robles (LAA - RP) 375 416.0 +41.0
 
114 Chasen Bradford (SEA - RP) IL60 379    
 
115 Brock Stewart (TOR - SP,RP) 448 424.0 -24.0
 
116 Noe Ramirez (LAA - RP) 404 374.0 -30.0
 
117 Chandler Shepherd (BAL - RP) MiLB 389    
 
118 Edwin Jackson (DET - SP,RP)   380.0  
 
119 Jose De Leon (TB - SP,RP) MiLB 392 395.0 +3.0
 
120 Dan Otero (CLE - RP) 397 397.0
 
121 Randall Delgado (CWS - RP) MiLB 458    
 
122 Ryan Dull (TOR - RP) 432    
 
123 Justin Shafer (TOR - RP) 387    
 
124 Joe Smith (HOU - RP) 514    
 
125 Tim Mayza (TOR - RP) IL60 396 454.0 +58.0
 
126 Ryan Weber (BOS - SP,RP) 391    
 
127 Jake Jewell (LAA - SP,RP) 466    
 
128 Joe Palumbo (TEX - SP,RP) 408    
 
129 Jesus Castillo (LAA - RP) MiLB 409    
 
130 Dean Deetz (HOU - RP) MiLB 469    
 
131 Aaron Bummer (CWS - RP) 475    
 
132 Andrew Moore (SEA - SP,RP) MiLB 416    
 
133 Cody Anderson (CLE - SP,RP) IL60 454    
 
134 Ian Gibaut (TEX - RP) 405    
 
135 Jen-Ho Tseng (TEX - SP,RP) MiLB 421    
 
136 Riley Ferrell (HOU - RP) MiLB 411    
 
137 Shane Carle (TEX - RP) MiLB 431    
 
138 Kodi Medeiros (CWS - SP,RP) MiLB 439    
 
139 Taylor Hearn (TEX - SP,RP) IL60 441    
 
140 Jefry Rodriguez (CLE - SP,RP) 446    
 
141 Aaron Brooks (BAL - SP,RP) 427 388.0 -39.0
 
142 Mike Hauschild (TOR - RP) MiLB 434    
 
143 Luis Garcia (LAA - RP) 445    
 
144 Gabriel Moya (MIN - RP) MiLB 456    
 
145 Brandon Workman (BOS - RP) 437    
 
146 Tim Hill (KC - RP) 461    
 
147 Brendan McCurry (HOU - RP) MiLB 449    
 
148 Victor Alcantara (DET - RP) 452    
 
149 Matt Magill (SEA - RP) 457    
 
150 Danny Coulombe (NYY - RP) MiLB 460    
 
151 James Hoyt (CLE - RP) 463    
 
152 Jon Edwards (CLE - RP) MiLB 486    
 
153 Luis Santos (TB - RP) MiLB 467    
 
154 Adam McCreery (LAA - SP,RP) MiLB 470    
 
155 Jimmy Yacabonis (BAL - RP) MiLB 481    
 
156 Max Povse (SEA - SP,RP) MiLB 473    
 
157 Jhan Marinez (BAL - RP) MiLB 476    
 
158 Ryan Carpenter (DET - SP,RP) FA 496    
 
159 Colten Brewer (BOS - SP,RP) 497    
 
160 Connor Sadzeck (SEA - RP) IL60 501    
 
161 Gerson Bautista (SEA - RP) MiLB 480    
 
162 Bobby Poyner (BOS - RP) 503    
 
163 Jordan Romano (TOR - RP) 487    
 
164 Buck Farmer (DET - RP) 490 426.0 -64.0
 
165 Ben Taylor (CLE - RP) FA 511    
 
166 Joshua Smoker (DET - RP) 495    
 
167 Sam Tuivailala (SEA - RP) 507    
 
168 Brandon Cumpton (TOR - SP,RP) MiLB 500    
 
169 Andrew Kittredge (TB - SP,RP) MiLB 515    
 
170 Rhiner Cruz (TOR - RP) FA 504    
 
171 Scott Barlow (KC - SP,RP) 505    
 
172 Daniel Stumpf (DET - RP) IL60 516    
 
173 Tyler Lyons (NYY - RP) 517    
 
174 Jake Barrett (NYY - RP) IL60 506    
 
175 Stephen Tarpley (NYY - RP) MiLB 513    
 
176 Oliver Drake (TB - RP) 519    
 
177 Nick Wittgren (CLE - RP) 508    
 
178 Rex Brothers (NYY - RP) NRI 509    
 
179 Miguel Almonte (LAA - SP,RP) MiLB      
 
180 Jeremy Bleich (BOS - SP,RP) MiLB 510    
 
181 Hoby Milner (TB - RP) IL60 512    
 
182 Derek Law (TOR - RP) 522    
 
183 Marcus Walden (BOS - SP,RP) 520    
 
184 Dean Kiekhefer (OAK - RP) MiLB 521    
 
185 Drew Hutchison (LAA - SP,RP) MiLB 538    
 
186 Tanner Anderson (OAK - RP) MiLB 529    
 
187 Luke Bard (LAA - RP) 534    
 
188 Greg Infante (BAL - RP) MiLB 524    
 
189 Anthony Bass (SEA - RP) 525    
 
190 Drew Storen (KC - RP) 541    
 
191 Jason Adam (TOR - SP,RP) 528    
 
192 Sandy Baez (DET - RP) MiLB 532    
 
193 Gabriel Ynoa (BAL - SP,RP) 540    
 
194 Randy Rosario (KC - RP) 533    
 
195 Ryan Burr (CWS - RP) IL60 535    
 
196 Glenn Sparkman (KC - SP,RP) 539    
 
197 David Hale (SP,RP) DFA 543    
 
198 Eduardo Paredes (DET - RP) NRI 544    
 
199 Thyago Vieira (CWS - RP) MiLB 546    
 
200 Evan Phillips (BAL - RP) 547    
 
201 Taylor Guerrieri (TEX - RP) 548    
 
202 Pedro Araujo (BAL - RP) MiLB 549    
 
203 A.J. Cole (CLE - RP) IL60 550    
 
204 Jose Manuel Fernandez (DET - RP) MiLB 551 452.0 -99.0