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2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings (NL)

Expert Consensus Ranking (62 of 66 Experts) -
Rank Player (Team, Position) Overall Notes
1 Trea Turner (WSH - SS) 3 4.0 +1.0
Fantasy owners may have been disappointed with Turner's performance last year, but he still averages 20 HR, 56 SB and 106 runs with a .289 average per 162 games. Only Rickey Henderson and Joe Morgan have matched those totals over a full season. Turner is an extraordinary fantasy baseball asset and well worth a top 15 pick
2 Manny Machado (SD - 3B,SS) 9 8.0 -1.0
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 Trevor Story (COL - SS) 8 11.0 +3.0
You can snag Story in the late second, or even third round despite the fact that he outproduced top-five pick, Francisco Lindor in BA, SB, RBI and was just one behind him in homers. There is more risk with Story, but his 2018 campaign was among the all-time greats for fantasy shortstops
4 Javier Baez (CHC - 2B,3B,SS) 12 9.0 -3.0
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
5 Jean Segura (PHI - SS) 27 33.0 +6.0
It might not feel sexy drafting Segura, but you can expect a .300+ batting average and 20+ steals for the fourth consecutive season from him. If he finally plays a full season, we may be looking at a 20/30 year with a .310 batting average which would make Segura a top 25 fantasy asset
6 Corey Seager (LAD - SS) 32 37.0 +5.0
It can be easy to forget that as a rookie in 2016, Seager was not only the rookie of the year, but an MVP finalist. He was plenty useful in 2017 fantasy baseball too, but missed most of 2018 with Tommy John surgery and hip surgery. He should be ready to roll by opening day so while there is some risk, consider that he is still just 24 so we may not have seen his best yet
7 Jose Peraza (CIN - SS) 49 53.0 +4.0
Peraza broke out last season with 13 homers, 23 steals and a .288 batting average. Whether or not the power stays is a question, but he seems to be a safe source for runs, steals and batting average in the middle of drafts.
8 Paul DeJong (STL - SS) 72 79.0 +7.0
DeJong is one of the better power options at shortstop, but he doesn't project to be of any help in batting average or stolen bases, meaning he'll need a big boost in runs and RBIs to become interesting in standard 5x5 leagues.
9 Amed Rosario (NYM - SS) 74 80.0 +6.0
Rosario is a former top prospect but that doesn't mean he has much more upside with the bat that we have already seen early in his career. A dozen homers and a .260 batting average is likely his cap, but with 25 stolen bases, that makes for a decent depth piece.
10 Eduardo Escobar (ARI - 3B,SS) 94 83.0 -11.0
 
11 Fernando Tatis Jr. (SD - SS) 98 116.0 +18.0
The Padres presented a pleasant surprise by including Tatis on their Opening Day roster. Arguably MLB's best prospect behind Vladimir Guerrero Jr., the 20-year-old shortstop batted .286/.355/.507 with 16 homers and steals apiece in 88 Double-A games last season. He also recorded a 27.7% strikeout rate, so expect some growing pains in his debut. An early slump could send him back to the minors, where Luis Urias will wait for another call-up. Like Yoan Moncada, Tatis could offer double-digit homers and steals with a low batting average, but he's certainly worth rostering just in case he breaks out sooner than expected.
12 Garrett Hampson (COL - 2B,SS) 102 98.0 -4.0
Entrenched in a heated battle for Colorado's second-base gig, Hampson has teased immense fantasy upside with three homers and five steals in his first 13 spring games. The career .315/.389/.457 minor league hitter has swiped 125 bases in three professional seasons, so he could be a major difference-maker if given the opportunity to start regularly while calling Coors Field home. Drafters still must be careful, as Ryan McMahon and Pat Valakia are also making compelling cases for playing time this spring. Hampson, however, would help fantasy investors the most, and thus warrants a late-round gamble.
13 Ketel Marte (ARI - 2B,SS) 105 115.0 +10.0
We have seen enough from Marte to know he will never produce useful batting averages or the speed he teased as a prospect. There is something to be said for an everyday player in terms of counting stats, but outside of that, he is replacement-level.
14 Chris Taylor (LAD - 2B,SS,LF,CF) 119 104.0 -15.0
The Dodgers will oddly relegate Taylor to a super-utility role after recording 7.9 fWAR over the last two years combined. Although he didn't fully repeat a breakout 2017, he was still a productive starter (113 wRC+, 3.1 WAR) in 2018. He's versatile enough to still play more often than not, and an injury (or poor performance from Enrique Hernandez as the full-time second baseman) could propel him right back into an everyday role. He's droppable in shallow mixed leagues with three starting outfielders and no corner/middle infielders, but everyone else should stand pat.
15 Kike Hernandez (LAD - 1B,2B,SS,LF,CF,RF) 127 136.0 +9.0
Hernandez's production has risen (67, 92, and 118 wRC+) along with playing time (244, 342, 462 PAs) over the past three seasons. The latter trend will at least continue, as he will open 2019 as the Dodgers' starting second baseman. He no longer needs to hide in a platoon after popping 12 homers and a 123 wRC+ against righties last season. His strikeouts also continue to decline, so the featured role could lead to a solid average with 20-25 homers. The 27-year-old is also eligible at least three positions (2B, SS, and OF), making him a useful spark plug to pluck off the waiver wire.
16 Dansby Swanson (ATL - SS) 180 155.0 -25.0
Swanson had another rough season for fantasy owners in 2018, batting .238, but he did manage 14 homers and 10 stolen bases in a shortened season and let's not forget that there is untapped potential here as well. He isn't the worst late-round flier.
17 Orlando Arcia (MIL - SS) 179 194.0 +15.0
 
18 Brandon Crawford (SF - SS) 193 152.0 -41.0
Crawford is never going to steal bases or hit for a great average, but you can count on him to play 150 games which will add up in the RBIs and runs department, plus he is good for a dozen homers every year.
19 Freddy Galvis (CIN - SS) 181 251.0 +70.0
 
20 Brendan Rodgers (COL - SS) 205 207.0 +2.0
With the Rockies signing Daniel Murphy, Ryan McMahon shifted over to second base. This puts Rodgers even further away from the bigs, which is saying something because Garrett Hampson was already ahead of him. As it is now, Rodgers doesn't even make sense as a stash and hold in standard sized leagues.
21 Mauricio Dubon (SF - SS) 207 329.0 +122.0
 
22 Scott Kingery (PHI - 3B,SS) 220 177.0 -43.0
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.
23 Nick Ahmed (ARI - SS) 210 221.0 +11.0
 
24 Johan Camargo (ATL - 3B,SS) 209 159.0 -50.0
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.
25 Kevin Newman (PIT - SS) 302 278.0 -24.0
 
26 Hernan Perez (MIL - 2B,3B,SS,LF,RF) FA 216 193.0 -23.0
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.
27 Yairo Munoz (STL - 3B,SS,CF) 257 222.0 -35.0
 
28 Addison Russell (CHC - SS) 230 199.0 -31.0
Russell is starting the season on the DL and although he is a former top prospect, has never shown enough with the bat to warrant a draft and stash in standard-sized leagues. With that said, you can make a case for owning him in deeper formats.
29 Erik Gonzalez (PIT - 1B,2B,3B,SS) 249 280.0 +31.0
 
30 Tyler Saladino (MIL - SS) 248 333.0 +85.0
 
31 JT Riddle (MIA - SS) 266 297.0 +31.0
 
32 Cole Tucker (PIT - SS) 396 337.0 -59.0
 
33 Carter Kieboom (WSH - SS) 294 287.0 -7.0
 
34 Miguel Rojas (MIA - 1B,3B,SS) 441 262.0 -179.0
 
35 Charlie Culberson (ATL - 3B,SS,LF) 274 204.0 -70.0
 
36 Alex Blandino (CIN - 2B,3B,SS) MiLB 295    
 
37 Esteban Quiroz (SD - SS) MiLB 346    
 
38 Andres Gimenez (NYM - SS) MiLB   377.0  
 
39 Greg Garcia (SD - 2B,3B,SS) 469    
 
40 Edmundo Sosa (STL - SS) 402 396.0 -6.0
 
41 Isan Diaz (MIA - 2B,SS)   361.0  
 
42 Cristhian Adames (SF - 2B,3B,SS) MiLB 446    
 
43 Gregorio Petit (PHI - 2B,SS) NRI 489    
 
44 Pedro Florimon (PHI - SS) MiLB 491    
 
45 Eric Stamets (COL - SS) NRI 492 386.0 -106.0
 
46 Domingo Leyba (ARI - SS)      
 
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