2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings (AL)

Expert Consensus Ranking (60 of 63 Experts) -
Rank Player (Team, Position) Overall Notes
1 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.
2 Francisco Lindor (CLE - SS) 12 6.0 -6.0
Originally expected to return from a calf injury in early April, Lindor suffered an ankle ailment while rehabbing. There's now no timetable for his recovery, and it's increasingly hard to see Cleveland letting him run once back on the diamond. Investors have little choice but to wait and hope for the best, but they shouldn't expect him to return first-round value.
3 Xander Bogaerts (BOS - SS) 20 22.0 +2.0
Xander has been around for so long that it is easy to forget he is still just 26 years old. Although there have been periods of disappointment in the past, Bogaerts still has averaged 15 homers, 91 runs, 84 RBIs and a .295 BA over the last four seasons. Add in that 2018 was his best yet and we may be looking at another big step forward this season
4 Carlos Correa (HOU - SS) IL60 22 21.0 -1.0
Correa has missed a significant chunk of time in each of the past two seasons, and while he struggled in 2018, don't forget that he is still just 24 years old and one year removed from being the MVP front-runner prior to his injury. There is major upside here and he may prove to be a league winner
5 Adalberto Mondesi (KC - 2B,SS) IL10 23 20.0 -3.0
Few people could have foreseen the impact Mondesi would make down the stretch last season, finishing as a top-five overall hitter in standard roto/categories leagues from August 1 on. His plate discipline left a lot to be desired, but his 14 HRs and 32 SBs in 75 games led a lot of fantasy managers to the championship circle. If you believe most of the projection systems, he's due for a 20-40 kind of season in 2019, production that would again place him right alongside the very best roto options in the game. His limited track record makes him a risk-reward pick, but his skills are very real and his current sixth-round draft cost is very reasonable.
6 Gleyber Torres (NYY - 2B,SS) 32 28.0 -4.0
Torres is a former elite prospect who is coming off an excellent rookie season in New York. He strikes out a bit too much at this stage of his career to be a reliable asset in batting average, but he won't kill you there and should be able to match or exceed last season's 24 home runs while also chipping in 5-10 steals and solid run and RBI totals. At just 22 years old, there's also a chance that Torres takes a big step forward this year and jumps into the upper echelon at the position, but his fifth-round ADP means you'll be paying for that upside if you draft him.
7 Jonathan Villar (BAL - 2B,SS) 49 41.0 -8.0
Villar was Adalberto Mondesi version 1.0, posting an unreal .285-19 HRs-62 SBs line in 2016 before falling back to .241-11-23 in 2017. He split the difference last year, and with regular playing time ahead of him in Baltimore, he seems likely to post another .250-15-30 season. It's rarely pretty with Villar, but he could be a solid roto/categories league value going outside the top-100 picks in fantasy drafts.
8 Tim Anderson (CWS - SS) IL10 59 58.0 -1.0
Anderson was remarkable in the first half but really slowed down to close the season. Even still, he managed 20 homers and 26 steals. While he may be hard pressed to repeat that this year, 15 and 15 would make him a useful mid-round pick so long as his batting average doesn't plummet further.
9 Jurickson Profar (OAK - 1B,2B,3B,SS) 67 59.0 -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.
10 Elvis Andrus (TEX - SS) 69 76.0 +7.0
Andrus was downright awful in the 97 games he played last year, batting .256 with 6 homers and 5 steals. With full health, however, don't be surprised if he returns to the .300 hitting, 20 homer, 25 steal player that finished 2017 as a top fantasy shortstop.
11 Jorge Polanco (MIN - SS) 79 102.0 +23.0
Polanco batted .288 for fantasy owners in a shortened season last year and offers respectable power and speed. Don't be surprised if he knocks 15 homers with 15 steals this season.
12 Andrelton Simmons (LAA - SS) 85 96.0 +11.0
It is too bad we can't track web gems for fantasy baseball because Simmons just isn't as valuable in fantasy. Despite the lack of power, he doesn't offer some value in the fact that he should hit in the .280s with double-digit steals and near 70 runs scored.
13 Marcus Semien (OAK - SS) 87 95.0 +8.0
You won't get much help from Semien in terms of batting average, but he is a good bet for 15 homers and 15 steals, plus last season he provided fantasy owners with 89 runs scored. Expect more of the same from this durable and reliable depth piece.
14 Asdrubal Cabrera (TEX - 2B,3B,SS) 107 86.0 -21.0
Now that Cabrera is with the Rangers and expected to play every day, we can feel comfortable grabbing him late in drafts as a reliable source of power to go with a decent batting average.
15 Willy Adames (TB - 2B,SS) 106 123.0 +17.0
Adames broke onto the scene last year as a 22-year-old posting a 19-homer, 11 stolen base pace with a .278 batting average. It was a limited sample size, however, and there are still some holes in his swing. Think of him on the same terms as Dansby Swanson who also had a nice rookie campaign before everyone realized he had quite a bit to go offensively.
16 Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (TOR - 2B,SS) 112 106.0 -6.0
On a 162-game pace, Gurriel was a 27 homer hitter with a .281 batting average and 87 RBIs. He may not keep up that pace with a full season's worth of at bats, but you can argue that is his upside which would make for an exceptional value late in drafts.
17 Marwin Gonzalez (MIN - 1B,2B,SS,LF) 116 101.0 -15.0
Outside of Marwin's huge 2017 season, he hasn't offered much from an offensive perspective. There is some power, but his batting average will hurt fantasy teams and the depth chart doesn't guarantee even 450 at-bats for him.
18 Niko Goodrum (DET - 1B,2B,3B,SS,LF,RF) DTD 156 133.0 -23.0
 
19 Zack Cozart (LAA - 2B,3B,SS) IL60 168 208.0 +40.0
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.
20 Didi Gregorius (NYY - SS) 182 131.0 -51.0
Gregorius should be plenty useful with power and batting average when he returns, but it likely won't be until after the all-star break, so unless you have plenty of DL spots available, he is better left undrafted in standard-sized leagues.
21 Troy Tulowitzki (NYY - SS) IL60 198 138.0 -60.0
 
22 Tim Beckham (SEA - 3B,SS) 171 180.0 +9.0
 
23 Dylan Moore (SEA - SS) 194 496.0 +302.0
 
24 Freddy Galvis (TOR - SS) 205 299.0 +94.0
 
25 Bo Bichette (TOR - SS) MiLB 249 185.0 -64.0
Bichette is an excellent prospect and has a polished bat with plenty of speed. With that said, Bichette has never played above Double-A and the Blue Jays have no need to rush him (see Vlad Jr. last year) so don't be surprised if he doesn't sniff the bigs until September.
26 Alen Hanson (TOR - 2B,3B,SS,LF) MiLB 261 309.0 +48.0
 
27 Aledmys Diaz (HOU - 3B,SS) IL10 280 231.0 -49.0
 
28 Brock Holt (BOS - 2B,SS,RF) 263 220.0 -43.0
 
29 Richie Martin (BAL - SS) 360 336.0 -24.0
 
30 J.P. Crawford (SEA - 3B,SS) 296 274.0 -22.0
 
31 Daniel Robertson (TB - 2B,3B,SS) IL10 363 250.0 -113.0
 
32 Jordy Mercer (DET - SS) 341 350.0 +9.0
 
33 Nick Gordon (MIN - SS) MiLB 328 226.0 -102.0
 
34 Ehire Adrianza (MIN - 1B,3B,SS) 320 385.0 +65.0
 
35 Jose Rondon (CWS - 2B,SS,DH) 596    
 
36 Royce Lewis (MIN - SS) MiLB   300.0  
 
37 Jorge Mateo (OAK - SS) MiLB 658 434.0 -224.0
 
38 Ronny Rodriguez (DET - 2B,3B,SS) MiLB 609 428.0 -181.0
 
39 Ronald Torreyes (MIN - 2B,3B,SS) MiLB 650 277.0 -373.0
 
40 Drew Jackson (BAL - 2B,3B,SS) MiLB 589 456.0 -133.0
 
41 Kelby Tomlinson (SEA - 2B,SS) MiLB 602    
 
42 Ryan Mountcastle (BAL - SS) MiLB   389.0  
 
43 Hanser Alberto (BAL - SS) 641    
 
44 Mike Freeman (CLE - SS) 618    
 
45 Zach Vincej (BAL - SS) MiLB 606    
 
46 Tzu-Wei Lin (BOS - SS) MiLB 648 283.0 -365.0
 
47 Pete Kozma (DET - 3B,SS) NRI      
 
48 Richard Urena (TOR - SS) MiLB 640    
 
49 Gio Urshela (NYY - 3B,SS) 656    
 
50 Willi Castro (DET - 2B,SS) MiLB 630 511.0 -119.0
 
51 Andrew Velazquez (CLE - SS) MiLB 633    
 
52 Sergio Alcantara (DET - SS) MiLB 668    
 
53 Eric Stamets (CLE - SS) MiLB 665 493.0 -172.0
 
54 Eric Sogard (TOR - 2B,SS) 662    
 
55 Yu Chang (CLE - SS) MiLB   343.0