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2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings (NL)

Expert Consensus Ranking (62 of 65 Experts) -
Rank Player (Team, Position) Overall Notes
1 J.T. Realmuto (PHI - C,1B) 37 24.0 -13.0
Realmuto's .277 batting average with 21 homers and 74 RBIs doesn't seem all that impressive, but the fact of the matter is that he blew the rest of the catcher scene away with those numbers. Realmuto is as safe as it comes at the position and should produce far above the lousy replacement level once again. This is especially true now that he has been traded to a great hitter's ballpark in Philly. Don't hesitate to reach for him so you don't get stuck with an awful catcher
2 Willson Contreras (CHC - C) 78 62.0 -16.0
Contreras was a major disappointment for fantasy owners in 2018 after starting off his career with 33 HRs, 109 RBIs and a .278 batting average through 629 at-bats in his first two years. He is still young, however, and expected to improve from last season.
3 Wilson Ramos (NYM - C,DH) 84 71.0 -13.0
Ramos missed most of 2017 and struggled while he was healthy, but that seems to be the outlier, as he was tremendous in both 2016 and 2018, batting over .300 both seasons with plenty of power. Ramos is one of the safest fantasy catchers and may have as much upside as anyone besides Sanchez and Realmuto.
4 Buster Posey (SF - C,1B) 86 66.0 -20.0
Although Posey isn't likely a .300 hitter anymore, his .280s batting average is the equivilant of a .310 hitter when compared to the replacement-level at his position. Add in a dozen homers, if he can stay healthy this year, and you've got yourself a boring, yet extremely useful top 8 fantasy catcher.
5 Yadier Molina (STL - C) 88 70.0 -18.0
Catcher's don't often get 450 trips to the plate, but Tadi has done it every year since 2008. As you can imagine, the runs and RBIs pile up with extra playing time, and it certainly helps that he increases your team's batting average and may add another 20 homers this season.
6 Francisco Mejia (SD - C,DH) 147 113.0 -34.0
Catcher is so bad that prospect pedigree has kept Mejia in top-10 consideration despite batting .176 (12-for-69) in the majors. Even his Triple-A production dipped (.279/.328/.426) after getting traded from Cleveland to San Diego, where Austin Hedges is still clamoring for reps behind the plate. Contact and power upside still makes the 23-year-old Mejia a viable dart throw for anyone who missed out on the big names. Those in one-catcher leagues, however, should move on quickly if he's not playing much in April.
7 Tucker Barnhart (CIN - C) 166 138.0 -28.0
Barnhart doesn't have the best bat, but his elite defense will keep him on the field for nearly 500 at-bats again. In a killer Red's lineup, that should be plenty to get him the counting stats he needs to be draftable.
8 Jorge Alfaro (MIA - C) 164 126.0 -38.0
Alfaro is dealing with a knee issue that may keep him out at the start of the season, but he has so little competition in Miami that fantasy owners may still get 350 to 400 at-bats and the counting stats that go with it. Don't be surprised if he hits near his career .270 average once again either.
9 Yan Gomes (WSH - C) 162 127.0 -35.0
Gomes was one of only two catchers last year to bat .266 with 50+ runs scored. That may not feel like much, but the catching position is rough. He'll add 15 homers too, making him a top 10 fantasy catching option this year.
10 Kurt Suzuki (WSH - C) 173 170.0 -3.0
Suzuki has been useful the last two seasons with a .276 batting average, 31 HRs and 100 RBIs in 623 at-bats, but his playing time is expected to take a hit as he likely backs up Yan Gomes in Washington. Even so, he is better than punting the position altogether.
11 Omar Narvaez (MIL - C) 183 148.0 -35.0
 
12 Austin Barnes (LAD - C,2B) 203 156.0 -47.0
 
13 Austin Hedges (SD - C) 207 160.0 -47.0
Hedges is no help in the batting average department, but he has enough power (32 homers in his last 700 at-bats) that he warrants a late-round pick if you still need a catcher. If he gets traded mid-season to clear up room for Mejia, Hedges could see a bump in his offensive production away from San Diego's ballpark.
14 Tyler Flowers (ATL - C) 223 207.0 -16.0
 
15 Carson Kelly (ARI - C) 204 216.0 +12.0
 
16 Francisco Pena (SF - C) MiLB 236    
 
17 Manny Pina (MIL - C) 267 179.0 -88.0
 
18 Travis d'Arnaud (ATL - C) 284 280.0 -4.0
 
19 Victor Caratini (CHC - C,1B) 274 241.0 -33.0
 
20 Andrew Knapp (PHI - C) 244 358.0 +114.0
 
21 Tony Wolters (COL - C) 268 353.0 +85.0
 
22 Aramis Garcia (SF - C) 283 327.0 +44.0
 
23 Curt Casali (CIN - C) 257 316.0 +59.0
 
24 Keibert Ruiz (LAD - C) 356 303.0 -53.0
 
25 Stephen Vogt (ARI - C,1B) 460 288.0 -172.0
 
26 Andrew Knizner (STL - C) 456 326.0 -130.0
 
27 Ryan Lavarnway (CIN - C,1B) MiLB 451    
 
28 Chad Wallach (MIA - C) 455    
 
29 David Freitas (MIL - C) 447 274.0 -173.0
 
30 Jacob Stallings (PIT - C) 462 336.0 -126.0
 
31 Tomas Nido (NYM - C) 464 382.0 -82.0
 
32 Raudy Read (WSH - C) 470    
 
33 Jacob Nottingham (MIL - C) 466 285.0 -181.0
 
34 Luis Torrens (SD - C) 471    
 
35 Rocky Gale (LAD - C) MiLB 469    
 
36 Alex Jackson (ATL - C,RF) 473    
 
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1Derrick Henry (TEN)RB
2Chris Carson (SEA)RB
3Christian McCaffrey (CAR)RB
4Dalvin Cook (MIN)RB
5Ezekiel Elliott (DAL)RB
6Nick Chubb (CLE)RB
7Leonard Fournette (JAC)RB
8Aaron Jones (GB)RB
9Saquon Barkley (NYG)RB
10DeAndre Hopkins (HOU)WR
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11Todd Gurley (LAR)RB
12Melvin Gordon (LAC)RB
13Michael Thomas (NO)WR
14Tyreek Hill (KC)WR
15Alvin Kamara (NO)RB
16Mark Ingram (BAL)RB
17Chris Godwin (TB)WR
18Phillip Lindsay (DEN)RB
19Davante Adams (GB)WR
20D.J. Moore (CAR)WR
21George Kittle (SF)TE
22Julian Edelman (NE)WR
23Miles Sanders (PHI)RB
24Julio Jones (ATL)WR
25Travis Kelce (KC)TE
26David Montgomery (CHI)RB
27Joe Mixon (CIN)RB
28Austin Ekeler (LAC)RB
29Allen Robinson (CHI)WR
30Raheem Mostert (SF)RB
1Ronald Acuna Jr. (ATL)LF,CF
2Nolan Arenado (COL)3B
3Mookie Betts (BOS)CF,RF
4J.D. Martinez (BOS)LF,RF
5Trevor Story (COL)SS
6Justin Verlander (HOU)SP
7Cody Bellinger (LAD)1B,CF
8Trea Turner (WSH)SS
9Alex Bregman (HOU)3B,SS
10Jacob deGrom (NYM)SP
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11Max Scherzer (WSH)SP
12Francisco Lindor (CLE)SS
13Gerrit Cole (NYY)SP
14Freddie Freeman (ATL)1B
15Javier Baez (CHC)2B,3B
16Charlie Blackmon (COL)CF
17Aaron Judge (NYY)RF,DH
18Juan Soto (WSH)LF
19Anthony Rendon (FA)3B
20Bryce Harper (PHI)CF,RF
21Jose Altuve (HOU)2B
22Xander Bogaerts (BOS)SS
23Starling Marte (PIT)CF
24Walker Buehler (LAD)SP
25Manny Machado (SD)3B,SS
26Anthony Rizzo (CHC)1B
27Kris Bryant (CHC)3B,RF
28Whit Merrifield (KC)1B,2B
29George Springer (HOU)CF,RF
30Paul Goldschmidt (STL)1B
1Anthony Davis (LAL)PF,C
2James Harden (HOU)PG,SG
3Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL)SF,PF
4Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)C
5Kevin Durant (BKN)SF,PF
6LeBron James (LAL)SF,PF
7Stephen Curry (GSW)PG,SG
8Nikola Jokic (DEN)PF,C
9Damian Lillard (POR)PG
10Russell Westbrook (HOU)PG
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11Victor Oladipo (IND)PG,SG
12Paul George (LAC)SF,PF
13Joel Embiid (PHI)PF,C
14Kawhi Leonard (LAC)SG,SF
15Chris Paul (OKC)PG
16Jimmy Butler (MIA)SG,SF
17Kemba Walker (BOS)PG
18Ben Simmons (PHI)PG,SF
19Kyrie Irving (BKN)PG,SG
20Jrue Holiday (NOR)PG,SG
21Rudy Gobert (UTH)C
22Andre Drummond (DET)PF,C
23John Wall (WAS)PG
24Kyle Lowry (TOR)PG
25Donovan Mitchell (UTH)PG,SG
26Khris Middleton (MIL)SG,SF
27Bradley Beal (WAS)SG
28Kevin Love (CLE)PF,C
29Draymond Green (GSW)PF,C
30LaMarcus Aldridge (SAS)PF,C