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2024 Fantasy Baseball Rankings (NL)

Expert Consensus Ranking (18 of 26 Experts) -

Rank Player (Team, Position) Overall Notes
1 Freddie Freeman (LAD - 1B) 5 4.0 -1.0
Freddie Freeman has established himself as an irreplaceable cornerstone for the Dodgers, entering 2024 as one of baseball's most consistent and elite performers. At 34, he's defying age-related expectations, showcasing a blend of power, skill, and speed rarely seen at his position. In 2023, Freeman delivered an elite .334 batting average while driving in 101 runs and smashing 28 home runs. He also reached the milestone of 200 hits for the first time in his career. His season was filled with career highs, including 21 stolen bases, 125 runs scored, and 56 doubles, nearing the first 60-double season in the majors since 1936. Heading into 2024, Freddie Freeman isn't just an asset for the Dodgers; he's a fantasy baseball gem, offering a rare mix of average, power, and speed. He should be the first 1B off the board.
2 Matt Olson (ATL - 1B) 9 8.0 -1.0
Matt Olson's 2023 season marked a significant improvement over his 2022 performance. His batting average jumped from .240 to .283, and he saw a notable increase in his on-base percentage (OBP), going from .325 to .389. More impressively, Olson's slugging percentage (SLG) spiked to .604, substantially improving from his .477 in 2022. His home run count highlights this surge in power; he smashed 54 homers with 139 RBI, leading all of MLB. Additionally, Olson played in all 162 games for the formidable Atlanta Braves, a role he will return to in 2024. While Freddie Freeman offers better all-around numbers, Olson is the powerful corner infielder worth a second-round pick.
3 Bryce Harper (PHI - 1B,DH) 10 11.0 +1.0
Bryce Harper returned triumphantly from elbow surgery in May instead of the predicted July and rewarded every fantasy manager who took a flier on him late in 2023 drafts. He played 126 games and remained an elite hitter in the majors, slashing .293/.401/.499 in the middle of a Phillies lineup that finished sixth in team OPS. Harper is now primarily a DH/1B, which should work just fine in fantasy leagues, and fantasy managers can anticipate a 30/90/90 season with double-digit steals (he stole 11 in '23). After Freddie Freeman is off the board, whether Matt Olson or Harper goes next is a coin flip. A full season of Bryce Harper is never a bad thing to have on your fantasy roster.
4 Pete Alonso (NYM - 1B) 14 13.0 -1.0
In 2023, Alonso showcased his home run prowess, belting 46 to finish third in the majors. His batting average disintegrated to .217 from .271 in 2022, and his OBP cratered to .318 from .352. His run production remained high, with 92 runs scored and 118 RBIs over 658 plate appearances. Chances are good that Alonso's ratios will settle somewhere between his 2022 and 2023 numbers. If you're looking for monster counting stats from your first baseman, Alonso has you covered in three categories and most likely will be around in the third round.
5 Paul Goldschmidt (STL - 1B,DH) 27 32.0 +5.0
Paul Goldschmidt continued to do what he does, albeit at a lesser pace than his torrid 2022. He hit 25 home runs, scored 89 runs, knocked in 80, and stole 11 bases. He continued to be a picture of stability, playing in over 150 games for the eighth year in a row (excluding 2020). His batting average tumbled from .317 to .268, and his slugging fell to .447 from .578. Essentially, the regression that we expected hit, yet he still had an overall productive season. Looking ahead, fantasy managers can probably expect numbers in line with 2023, but he does not need to be drafted before the seventh round in 2024.
6 Nolan Jones (COL - 1B,LF,RF) 25 34.0 +9.0
Nolan Jones made a significant impact in the 2023 season, showcasing his power and speed as a 20/20 player in Colorado. With an impressive .297/.389/.542 slash line and a strong Barrel% of 15.7, Jones is a reliable source of power and on-base ability (xwOBACON .475). However, his high .401 BABIP suggests his batting average might decline. Despite a high strikeout rate around 30%, Jones's combination of power, walks, and 15-20 stolen bases, especially in Coors Field, makes him a valuable fantasy asset, albeit with a potential downside in batting average.
7 Christian Walker (ARI - 1B) 36 40.0 +4.0
Will Christian Walker remain a sleeper first baseman for the third year in a row, or are people finally onto his production? The 32-year-old hit 33 home runs and drove in 103 while slashing .258/.333/.497 for an exciting Arizona lineup. Walker has an impressive K% (19.2) and xwOBACON (.380), and he has also remained healthy, playing 160 games in 2022 and 157 last year. While he is not a full sleeper in 2024, he is still the cheapest of the top 1B options, going in the fifth or sixth round in most drafts. Don't be afraid to wait - the return on investment will be worth it.
8 Spencer Steer (CIN - 1B,2B,3B,LF) 59 52.0 -7.0
Spencer Steer is expected to be eligible for 1B/3B/OF, and possibly even 2B in some formats. With a solid 2023 season of 156 games, 23 homers, and 15 steals for the Reds, Steer is a promising fantasy pick. Batting in the middle of an exciting lineup with huge potential, he's on track to surpass his 86 RBI from last year. While not standing out in advanced metrics, Steer's consistent performance offers value in Round 9 and beyond, and the fact he plays half his games at Great American Ballpark is a plus for fantasy managers.
9 Christian Encarnacion-Strand (CIN - 1B,DH) 74 77.0 +3.0
Christian Encarnacion-Strand got 241 plate appearances for Cincinnati in 2023, hitting 13 home runs and slashing .270/.328/.477. The acquisition of Jeimer Candelario leaves the 24-year-old without a regular position other than DH, but that's all fantasy managers will need him for. CES has the profile to become a very helpful fantasy bat and can slot in as a corner infielder in lineups nicely.
10 Rhys Hoskins (MIL - 1B) 83 98.0 +15.0
11 Alec Bohm (PHI - 1B,3B) 87 81.0 -6.0
Alec Bohm offers fantasy managers an intriguing later-round third-base option. He will help your team's batting average (.274 last year), provide a little pop (16-20 homers), and collect some RBIs along the way. With an ADP in the 150s, he shouldn't be your 3B1, but he can certainly fill a CI role at a difficult position.
12 Jeimer Candelario (CIN - 1B,3B) 106 111.0 +5.0
13 Josh Bell (MIA - 1B,DH) 134 127.0 -7.0
14 Wilmer Flores (SF - 1B,3B,DH) 137 123.0 -14.0
15 Kris Bryant (COL - 1B,RF,DH) 139 164.0 +25.0
16 Ji Man Choi (NYM - 1B,DH) NRI 175    
17 Brendan Donovan (STL - 1B,2B,LF,RF) 153 181.0 +28.0
18 Joey Meneses (WSH - 1B,DH) 147 195.0 +48.0
19 Jake Cronenworth (SD - 1B,2B) 172 122.0 -50.0
20 Matt Mervis (CHC - 1B) 161    
21 Rowdy Tellez (PIT - 1B,DH) 171 258.0 +87.0
22 LaMonte Wade Jr. (SF - 1B,LF) 223 211.0 -12.0
23 Elehuris Montero (COL - 1B,3B) 177 231.0 +54.0
24 Joey Gallo (WSH - 1B,CF,LF,RF) 236    
25 Patrick Wisdom (CHC - 1B,3B) 189 235.0 +46.0
26 J.D. Davis (SF - 1B,3B) 198    
27 Hunter Goodman (COL - 1B,RF)   274.0  
28 Luken Baker (STL - 1B,DH)      
29 Mark Vientos (NYM - 1B,3B,DH)   295.0  
30 Jared Triolo (PIT - 1B,2B,3B)   237.0  
31 Michael Toglia (COL - 1B,RF)      
32 Connor Joe (PIT - 1B,LF,RF)   286.0  
33 Emmanuel Rivera (ARI - 1B,3B)