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2024 Fantasy Baseball Rankings (NL)

Expert Consensus Ranking (20 of 28 Experts) -

Rank Player (Team, Position) Overall Notes
1 Mookie Betts (LAD - 2B,SS,RF) 3 2.0 -1.0
Mookie Betts, at 30, continues to be an elite asset in fantasy baseball with a .307/.408/.579 slash line, 39 homers, 126 runs, and 107 RBIs in 2023. Though his 14 stolen bases are modest, Betts compensates with power and a superb eye, boasting a 13.9% walk rate and an elite 15.4% strikeout rate. He continued to be durable, playing in 152 games with 693 plate appearances. As Betts ages, expect a trade-off of speed for power, yet with a sustained high average. The Dodgers' strong lineup bolsters him, and his multi-position eligibility makes him a dependable, Top-6 fantasy asset.
2 Ozzie Albies (ATL - 2B) 13 12.0 -1.0
After an injury-marred 2022 season, Ozzie Albies made a triumphant return in 2023, reasserting himself as one of the premier second basemen in the league. At just 26, Albies has already etched his name as a three-time All-Star and two-time Silver Slugger recipient. The 2023 season saw him play 148 games, boasting a robust 124 OPS+, and delivering a .280/.336/.513 slash line. Albies' power was on full display, with a career-high 33 home runs and 109 RBIs, part of his 68 extra-base hits. This marked improvement in power numbers was complemented by a more patient approach at the plate, evident in his on-base percentage. He also contributed 13 stolen bases. Albie's blend of power, speed, and defense makes him a top fantasy pick, especially at a position not typically known for such prolific power numbers.
3 Matt McLain (CIN - 2B,SS) 32 34.0 +2.0
Matt McLain played 89 games for the Reds in 2023 and arrived with a bang. He hit 16 home runs and stole 14 bases while slashing an impressive .290/.357/.507. As with many rookies, he struggled with strikeouts, racking up 115 of them. McLain's expected stats leave something to be desired (xBA of 2.56 and xSLG of .436), but assuming growth in his sophomore season and batting in a hitter's haven make the 24-year-old a high-upside pick in the fifth or sixth round.
4 Nico Hoerner (CHC - 2B,SS) 35 30.0 -5.0
Nico Hoerner impressed in 2023 with a .283 batting average and 43 stolen bases, highlighting his speed and versatility. Earning a Rawlings NL Gold Glove, he excelled defensively while being a consistent offensive contributor, scoring 98 runs and amassing 175 hits. His ability to consistently reach base reflected in 688 plate appearances, and his prowess on the basepaths make him a valuable fantasy asset. Going into 2024, Hoerner is poised to continue his multi-category contributions, with a particular emphasis on stolen bases and runs, making him a solid pick in fantasy baseball.
5 Ha-Seong Kim (SD - 2B,3B,SS) 44 46.0 +2.0
Entering the 2024 season, Ha-Seong Kim has established himself as a valuable asset for fantasy baseball managers. At 28 years old, Kim's versatility on the field is evident with his multi-positional eligibility. His performance in 2023 was impressive, as he racked up 84 runs, 140 hits, 17 home runs, and an exceptional 38 stolen bases, ranking fifth in the NL for steals. This was a significant increase from his 12 stolen bases in 2022. Kim had 626 plate appearances and 538 at-bats during the season, highlighting his consistent presence in the lineup. His advanced metrics indicate an increased comfort at the plate, reflected in his improved walk and strikeout rates and his on-base plus slugging (OPS) reaching .749. Kim's blend of speed, improving power, and position versatility make him a strong asset for fantasy teams. His growth at the plate and on the field suggests the potential for an even more impactful 2024 season.
6 Ketel Marte (ARI - 2B) 56 56.0
Ketel Marte posted a .276 batting average, hit 25 home runs, and contributed 82 RBIs over 150 games. He also notched 94 runs, eight stolen bases, and an OPS of .843. While his power and hitting haven't always peaked simultaneously, his overall performance, including an OPS+ over 100 in the last five full MLB seasons, underscores his reliability. Marte's overall hitting profile lands in the 90th percentile on Statcast. He should continue batting near the top of an exciting Arizona lineup, and another 20/90/80 season should be on its way.
7 Bryson Stott (PHI - 2B) 58 61.0 +3.0
Bryson Stott took quite the leap in 2023, richly rewarding fantasy managers who probably grabbed him on waivers. He played in 151 games, smacking 15 home runs and stealing 31 bases. He scored 78 runs, knocked in 62, and slashed .280/.329/.419. How much can this production be trusted going forward? The 15 HR and 25+ SB are sustainable, but fantasy managers should expect a drop in batting average, though not to an extreme degree. Second base looks a little shallow this season, leaving Stott as an acceptable 2B1 who you can get in the ninth round or later.
8 Spencer Steer (CIN - 1B,2B,3B,LF) 59 54.0 -5.0
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 Luis Arraez (MIA - 2B) 80 69.0 -11.0
Last season was a landmark year for Luis Arraez. He became one of baseball's best hitters known for his exceptional contact skills, underlined by his .354 batting average, .393 on-base percentage, and .469 slugging percentage. He tallied 203 hits and 10 home runs over 617 plate appearances. Arraez's success is attributed to his elite strike-zone recognition and smart swing decisions. While chances are high that he won't hit .354 again, his xBA was still .325, and he is in the 100th percentile in K% and Whiff%. Arraez is THE stereotypical "empty batting average" player, but he is a nice offset to a power-only guy.
10 Thairo Estrada (SF - 2B,SS) 83 91.0 +8.0
Thairo Estrada played in 120 games last season for the Giants, and he took a step back in many of the hitting metrics. His BB% went from 6.1 to 4.2, and his K% went from 16.5 to 22.6. He managed a .271 batting average, though an unsustainable .331 BABIP boosted this. His numbers will probably land in between these two seasons, but he doesn't offer much in the way of upside.
11 Nolan Gorman (STL - 2B,3B,DH) 91 97.0 +6.0
Nolan Gorman offers the possibility of 30 home runs from the second base position, and you can have him past pick 180. The question is how many opportunities he will have, given that his K% is north of 30. Gorman feels like the type of fantasy player who hits most of his home runs while on your bench because you benched him after a week of 40 strikeouts. If your ratios are protected elsewhere, Gorman can provide pop in your MI slot.
12 Tommy Edman (STL - 2B,SS,CF,RF) 96 93.0 -3.0
13 Christopher Morel (CHC - 2B,CF,RF,DH) 103 106.0 +3.0
14 Jonathan India (CIN - 2B) 110 116.0 +6.0
15 Ryan McMahon (COL - 2B,3B) 132 134.0 +2.0
16 Gavin Lux (LAD - 2B,LF) 141 140.0 -1.0
17 Whit Merrifield (PHI - 2B,LF) 158 138.0 -20.0
18 Jeff McNeil (NYM - 2B,LF,RF) 160 118.0 -42.0
19 Luis Garcia (WSH - 2B) 162    
20 Brendan Donovan (STL - 1B,2B,LF,RF) 155 186.0 +31.0
21 Xavier Edwards (MIA - 2B) 163    
22 Brice Turang (MIL - 2B,SS) 184 217.0 +33.0
23 Liover Peguero (PIT - 2B,SS) 168 264.0 +96.0
24 Brendan Rodgers (COL - 2B) 173 242.0 +69.0
25 Jake Cronenworth (SD - 1B,2B) 172 122.0 -50.0
26 Geraldo Perdomo (ARI - 2B,3B,SS)   216.0  
27 Joey Ortiz (MIL - 2B)   290.0  
28 Ronny Mauricio (NYM - 2B,3B) IL60   260.0  
29 Miguel Vargas (LAD - 2B) 215 240.0 +25.0
30 Jon Berti (MIA - 2B,3B,SS,LF) 218 191.0 -27.0
31 Ji Hwan Bae (PIT - 2B,CF)   258.0  
32 Tyler Black (MIL - 2B,3B) NRI 195 180.0 -15.0
33 Nick Gordon (MIA - 2B,LF,CF)      
34 Jared Triolo (PIT - 1B,2B,3B)   228.0  
35 Nick Madrigal (CHC - 2B,3B)      
36 Vidal Brujan (MIA - 2B)