2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings (NL)

Expert Consensus Ranking (63 of 65 Experts) -
Rank Player (Team, Position) Overall Notes
1 Nolan Arenado (COL - 3B) 1 2.0 +1.0
Drafters know what they're getting in Arenado, who has batted no lower than .287 with at least 37 homers and 110 RBI in the last four years. He has played all but 16 games in those four seasons, making him a durable beacon of consistency worthy of a first-round selection. He signed an extension during the offseason, so investors no longer need to worry about a midseason trade removing him from Coors Field. A lack of steals is an unfortunate, but acceptable tradeoff for locking in bankable production at every other category.
2 Manny Machado (SD - 3B,SS) 8 8.0
Regardless of what you think about Machado, he has been a reliable force of nature the last few years and likely hasn't even come into his prime yet. The landing spot in San Diego isn't quite what you would think, as it has actually been a top half of the league ballpark for right-handed hitters since they moved their fences in. So don't hesitate to snag him at the end of the first round, as he seems destined for another 35+ homer, 90+ RBI, 90+ run season
3 Javier Baez (CHC - 2B,3B,SS) 13 9.0 -4.0
Baez was excellent last year, hitting 34 homers with 21 steals, 101 runs and a league-leading 111 RBIs. While he is surely a star, every projection model sees those numbers regressing in 2019, especially his batting average which was propped up by a .347 BABIP
4 Kris Bryant (CHC - 3B,RF) 14 17.0 +3.0
Bryant missed 60 games last year and had his least efficient season of his career by quite a bit. There is some risk in drafting Bryant in the 3rd round, but he also comes with 40 homer upside, a batting average near .300 and both 100+ runs and RBIs
5 Anthony Rendon (WSH - 3B) 21 24.0 +3.0
Every single season, fantasy owners draft Rendon in the fourth or fifth round and every single year he outproduces that draft value. 2018 was no different, as he hit .308 with 24 homers, 92 RBIs and 88 runs scored in just 136 games. Don't make the mistake of letting him slip by you in the fourth again this season
6 Eugenio Suarez (CIN - 3B) 26 30.0 +4.0
In the first half last year, Suarez was sensational, hitting 19 homers with 71 RBIs while batting .312. The second half wasn't as pretty, so we may see him take a step back in 2019, but you can still bank on 30+ homers and around 100 RBIs with a decent batting average
7 Matt Carpenter (STL - 1B,2B,3B) 39 36.0 -3.0
Over the last five years, Carpenter has a remarkable 468 walks, which obviously has contributed to his 483 runs. In that time, his power has steadily improved, all the way to 36 homers last year, and while that total may not be repeatable, 30 homers with 100 runs makes him well worth a sixth round pick in 2019 fantasy leagues
8 Justin Turner (LAD - 3B) 45 45.0
Turner has played more than 130 games just once in his eight-year career, but he's been consistently excellent when he's on the field. If you pro-rate his stats over a full season, you are typically looking at 25 home runs and 90 RBIs. Most importantly, with a batting average of at least .312 in three of the last five seasons, Turner is on the very short list of players who are capable of winning the batting title. His value gets a big boost in leagues with daily lineups and/or multiple DL spots -- he is highly underrated in those formats.
9 Josh Donaldson (ATL - 3B,DH) 51 46.0 -5.0
Donaldson was one of the very best hitters in fantasy in 2015 and 2016. A calf injury cost him a big chunk of the 2017 season, but he still hit 33 home runs in 113 games. Then, in 2018, calf and shoulder injuries limited Donaldson to 52 games -- and had a huge impact on his performance while on the field. It's possible that Donaldson's body is falling apart and he'll never be the same, but it's also possible that he has one or two more big years left in the tank. That makes Donaldson a boom-or-bust pick, but the potential reward far outweighs the risk at his current ADP of 98.7.
10 Travis Shaw (MIL - 1B,3B,2B) 47 52.0 +5.0
Shaw has back to back seasons with 30 homers, and while his batting average may linger in the .240's again, that type of power is difficult to come by after pick 100, especially for someone who qualifies as a second basemen in most leagues.
11 Wil Myers (SD - 3B,LF,RF) 49 54.0 +5.0
Myers will play the outfield in San Diego this year, but will carry over third base eligibility from last season, making him one of the very few options for speed at 3B. He averaged 29 home runs and 24 stolen bases between 2016 and 2017, and was on pace to again go 20-20 last year if not for missing nearly half the season due to a host of different injuries. You can't expect Myers to do much better than his .253 career batting average, but his combination of power and speed makes him a sneaky contender to finish as a top-12 third baseman in roto/categories leagues if he can stay healthy.
12 Mike Moustakas (MIL - 3B,DH) 59 79.0 +20.0
Moustakas has been an excellent source of power for several years running now and doesn't have as much swing and miss in his game as you might imagine. Now that he qualifies at second base and is back in Milwaukee, there is a strong case for drafting him within the top 100 overall.
13 Max Muncy (LAD - 1B,2B,3B) 64 61.0 -3.0
Muncy was 2nd in HR-rate among all MLB hitters last season. Granted, he slowed down toward the end of the year and his batting average wasn't ideal, but that type of power certainly warrants a top 100 pick. This is especially the case when he qualifies at second base and third base too.
14 Eduardo Escobar (ARI - 3B,SS) 108 96.0 -12.0
15 Maikel Franco (PHI - 3B) 129 141.0 +12.0
Franco has always had plenty of potential, but has yet to put it together for a full season. Over his final 350 at-bats last year, he was excellent and now that the Phillies bulked up their lineup, it is possible that Franco could break out for a .280, 25 homer, 100 RBI season.
16 Jake Lamb (ARI - 3B) 125 147.0 +22.0
You may not feel great about drafting Lamb after his trainwreck 2018 season, but he is just one year removed from 30 homers and 105 RBIs so don't sleep on him bouncing back. With that said, the move to the humidor in Arizona makes it seem as though his ceiling is a bit lower than what we saw from him in 2017.
17 Nick Senzel (CIN - 2B,3B,CF) 134 117.0 -17.0
Senzel can't catch a break. Shortly after getting optioned to Triple-A, he suffered a sprained ankle that will sideline him for a few weeks to start the season. That derails his chances of replacing the injured Scooter Gennett (groin) at second base. Most scouts believe the 23-year-old can make an immediate mark, but injuries and a crowded Reds lineup could continue to delay his anticipated debut. The latest setback makes it tougher to stash him in standard mixed leagues.
18 Asdrubal Cabrera (WSH - 2B,3B,SS) 137 113.0 -24.0
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.
19 Brian Anderson (MIA - 3B,RF) IL60 165 181.0 +16.0
20 Evan Longoria (SF - 3B) 159 196.0 +37.0
Longoria had a rough season for fantasy owners in 2018, but the batting average was held back by an abnormally low BABIP and his power was right on track for another 20 to 25 homers had he been healthy for the full season. In deeper leagues, his reliability is exactly what you should be targeting.
21 Wilmer Flores (ARI - 1B,2B,3B) 153 201.0 +48.0
Over the last four seasons, Flores has been a useful fantasy player when he gets at-bats, posting 21 homers, 72 RBIs and a .267 batting average per 162 games. He should see plenty of playing time in Arizona this year and qualifies at second base, driving up his value.
22 Ryan McMahon (COL - 1B,2B,3B) 151 172.0 +21.0
After hitting .424 with nine doubles and three homers in spring, McMahon made the Rockies' roster and Opening Day lineup. Also heavily hyped entering 2018, he managed a meager .232/.307/.683 slash line in 202 plate appearances. He'll also still have to compete with Garrett Hampson for playing time at second base, but all managers need to pay attention to a promising 24-year-old hitter who gets to play in Coors Field. The breakout may be coming a year later than anticipated.
23 Jed Lowrie (NYM - 2B,3B) 162 156.0 -6.0
Lowrie gave fantasy owners a surprising boost in power last season in Oakland and always offers a decent batting average. He might start the season on the DL with a knee injury, but once he returns, Lowrie should be owned in every league.
24 Jung Ho Kang (MIL - 3B) MiLB 168 191.0 +23.0
Kang may not open the season as the starter in Pittsburgh, but with the way he is playing this spring, you'll want to keep a close eye on him. After all, we've seen Kang be a useful fantasy piece in years prior.
25 Ian Happ (CHC - 3B,LF,CF,RF) 180 180.0
Surprisingly demoted to Triple-A, Happ will open 2019 on many waiver wires while working his way back to the majors. Despite his strikeout woes, the 24-year-old has displayed a strong batting eye and solid pop for the Cubs. There's a good chance he'll quickly work his way back to the bigs, so monitor closely in shallow leagues and keep him stashed in deeper formats.
26 Todd Frazier (NYM - 3B) 236 266.0 +30.0
Frazier is already a little banged up and has Peter Alonso breathing down his neck, but as long as he is in the lineup, you can expect a 25 homer, 10 stolen base pace, but with a lousy batting average that will bring your team down. Even still, he is a worthwhile depth piece in deeper leagues.
27 Johan Camargo (ATL - 3B,SS) MiLB 239 198.0 -41.0
Camargo flew under the radar last season and somehow swatted 19 homers and batted .272 in a utility role. He should get back to those 450 at-bats this year thanks to all the positions he plays, and we know his bat can be trusted while he is in the lineup.
28 Scott Kingery (PHI - 3B,SS) 250 212.0 -38.0
Kingery was dreadful last year. No one can deny that, but he is still young and offers 20/20 upside if his bat finds a way into the lineup at any number of positions. The is minimal risk at taking a chance on him late in drafts.
29 Colin Moran (PIT - 1B,3B) 235 272.0 +37.0
30 Hernan Perez (MIL - 2B,3B,SS,LF,RF) 272 232.0 -40.0
Although Perez likely won't steal 34 bases like we saw in 2016, he is a sufficient source of speed late into drafts with enough at-bats that he'll add counting stats. There won't be much in the way of power, but his batting average won't kill you either.
31 Neil Walker (MIA - 1B,2B,3B) 287 267.0 -20.0
32 J.D. Davis (NYM - 1B,3B) 205 322.0 +117.0
33 Yangervis Solarte (MIA - 2B,3B,SS) MiLB 285 302.0 +17.0
34 Jedd Gyorko (LAD - 2B,3B) MiLB 262 319.0 +57.0
35 Russell Martin (LAD - C,3B) 302 214.0 -88.0
36 Erik Gonzalez (PIT - 1B,2B,3B,SS) 311 358.0 +47.0
37 Yairo Munoz (STL - 3B,SS,CF) 323 274.0 -49.0
38 David Bote (CHC - 2B,3B) 329 260.0 -69.0
39 Ke'Bryan Hayes (PIT - 3B) MiLB 609 396.0 -213.0
40 Martin Prado (MIA - 3B) 330 326.0 -4.0
41 Wilmer Difo (WSH - 2B,3B) MiLB 333 312.0 -21.0
42 Cory Spangenberg (MIL - 2B,3B,LF) 367 363.0 -4.0
43 Austin Riley (ATL - 3B) MiLB 398 289.0 -109.0
44 Miguel Rojas (MIA - 1B,3B,SS) 543 332.0 -211.0
45 Jose Osuna (PIT - 1B,3B,RF) 324 346.0 +22.0
46 Alex Blandino (CIN - 2B,3B,SS) MiLB 375    
47 Pablo Sandoval (SF - 1B,3B) IL60 562 273.0 -289.0
48 Kyle Farmer (CIN - 3B) 577 423.0 -154.0
49 Daniel Descalso (CHC - 1B,2B,3B) 433 286.0 -147.0
50 Charlie Culberson (ATL - 3B,SS,LF) IL60 347 256.0 -91.0
51 Taylor Davis (CHC - 1B,3B) MiLB 568 450.0 -118.0
52 Kevin Kramer (PIT - 3B) 476    
53 Greg Garcia (SD - 2B,3B,SS) 580    
54 Ryder Jones (SF - 1B,3B) MiLB 597 436.0 -161.0
55 Cristhian Adames (SF - 2B,3B,SS) 548    
56 Luis Guillorme (NYM - 3B) 601 461.0 -140.0
57 Rosell Herrera (MIA - 2B,3B,CF,RF) MiLB 586 477.0 -109.0
58 Pedro Alvarez (MIA - 3B,DH) NRI 559    
59 Mitch Walding (PHI - 3B) MiLB 592 471.0 -121.0