2018 Fantasy Baseball Rankings
Expert Consensus Ranking (47 of 51 Experts) -
|Rank||Player (Team, Position)||Notes|
|1||Mike Trout (LAA - CF,DH)||1||8||1.3||1.1||1.0||‐||
Trout missed significant time in 2017 with a torn UCL in his thumb, which marred an otherwise truly elite season. He hit 33 home runs and stole 22 bases in just 114 games, setting career-bests in both walk-rate and strikeout-rate. Simply put, the 26-year-old is as good as he's ever been, and with an improved lineup around him, the sky is the limit in 2018.
|2||Jose Altuve (HOU - 2B)||1||7||2.3||1.1||2.0||‐||
If anyone is ever going to challenge Mike Trout for the top spot in fantasy baseball, it's Altuve, one of the true five-category producers in the game. Altuve's strikeout-rate jumped a few points last year, but he otherwise had nearly a carbon copy of his fantastic 2016 season. With an elite batting average and outstanding counting stats, Altuve should once again have a dominant fantasy season batting near the top of an excellent Astros lineup.
|3||Nolan Arenado (COL - 3B)||3||14||4.4||2.3||3.0||‐||
Arenado has become one of the most consistently elite performers in baseball, as 2017 marked his third straight season with at least 37 home runs and 130 RBI. Batting in Colorado certainly helps, but Arenado's numbers on the road (.283 batting average and a .531 slugging percentage) show that he's not merely a product of Coors Field. Even if he were, he'll remain in Colorado for the foreseeable future, and Arenado owners can put about 40 homers, 130 RBI, and outstanding production in the other fantasy categories in the bank for 2018, making him an easy top-five pick.
|4||Trea Turner (WSH - SS)||2||15||6.3||3.3||4.0||‐||
Turner missed more than a third of the season after fracturing his wrist from a hit-by-pitch, but he did nothing to make fantasy owners doubt his status as a true fantasy stud. Turner stole an incredible 46 bases in just 98 games, making him the most elite base-stealer in the game. The fact that he also chipped in 11 home runs, 75 runs, and a decent batting average only makes him all the more desirable. Given the scarcity of steals in the game, Turner is a sure-fire first-round pick, and can easily be considered in the top-five.
|5||Mookie Betts (BOS - CF,RF)||2||19||7.4||3.6||10.0||+5.0||
Betts had a "disappointing" season in 2017, but the world would be a better place if everyone could disappoint that way. The majority of his counting stats (other than steals) dropped a bit, but the big falloff was in batting average, where he dropped from .318 in 2016 to just .264 in 2017. That precipitous drop seems largely luck-based, as his batted ball profile and speed simply do not support the .268 BABIP that he had last year. Either way, when a disappointing season is a .264-101-24-102-26 line, you know you've arrived as a fantasy stud. Betts should be drafted in the first round again with confidence.
|6||Charlie Blackmon (COL - CF)||3||18||7.8||3.2||9.0||+3.0||
Blackmon won the National League batting title last season, and also hit a whopping 37 home runs while totaling an impressive 137 runs scored. It's difficult to expect a repeat of those numbers, which far surpassed anything Blackmon had done in the past. On the downside, his stolen base output (and efficiency) continued to dip, as Blackmon stole just 14 bases in 24 attempts. Blackmon is a first-rounder, for sure, but betting on the soon-to-be 32-year-old to put up a repeat performance is a bit aggressive. Look for closer to his excellent 2016 numbers (.324 average, 29 home runs and 111 runs scored) and you'll probably be satisfied with his output in 2018.
|7||Paul Goldschmidt (ARI - 1B)||3||20||8.1||4.0||7.0||‐||
Goldschmidt had another truly elite season, bouncing back from his minor power outage in 2016 to hit 36 home runs and finish as the fifth-ranked player in fantasy. There's little to discuss with Goldschmidt at this point - he's just 30 years old, has been an elite fantasy producer for five years, and shows no signs of decline. In fact, he had his highest hard-contact rate of his career in 2017. The addition of a humidor puts a minor damper on Goldschmidt's outlook, but don't overthink it, as he remains an elite hitter on the road. He's a top-10 pick in all fantasy formats this year.
|8||Bryce Harper (WSH - CF,RF)||4||29||8.2||4.6||6.0||-2.0||
Harper was well on his way to a career season before a grotesque knee injury knocked him out for a significant portion of the year. It wasn't all great news for Harper - his walk-rate dropped, his strikeout-rate rose, and he barely contributed in the stolen base department. But his 29 home runs and .319 batting average through 111 games showed just how high the ceiling is. Entering a contract year, expect a motivated Harper to give it everything he has this year and, health-willing, put up an elite fantasy season.
|9||Giancarlo Stanton (NYY - LF,RF,DH)||1||21||8.7||4.8||8.0||-1.0||
Stanton finally had the year that fantasy owners had been waiting for, and boy, was it worth the wait. His counting stats (59 home runs, 123 runs scored, and 132 RBI) were off the charts, but he also made significant gains as a hitter. Stanton dropped his strikeout rate to just 23.6%, by far the lowest of his career, and raised his walk-rate. Now batting in one of the most homer-friendly stadiums in the game in the middle of a stacked lineup, the sky is the limit for Stanton. Although it seems implausible for him to improve on last year's numbers, it's not out of the range of possibilities, particularly because his hard-contact rate was the lowest it had been in five seasons. Simply put, Stanton should be a fantasy stud this season.
|10||Clayton Kershaw (LAD - SP)||2||22||10.0||4.1||5.0||-5.0||
Kershaw had his worst year since 2012, as he struggled mightily to the tune of a 2.31 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP, with just a 10.39 K/9 rate. Seriously. That is what a bad year from Kershaw looks like. But although his numbers were elite as usual, it's worth noting that Kershaw once again missed time with an injury and his walk-rate regressed, and if not for an incredible 18 wins in just 27 starts, his season could have been a major disappointment. Kershaw is still the top fantasy pitcher in the game, but his days of being in a tier unto himself may finally be over.
|11||Max Scherzer (WSH - SP)||2||22||12.1||4.2||11.0||‐||
Scherzer just keeps on keepin' on, as he posted his fifth-straight season of at least 200 innings pitched and a strikeout-rate of greater than 10 K/9 in 2017. He also finished with a sub 3.00 ERA and sub-1.00 WHIP for the fourth time in his last five seasons. Scherzer set career-bests in strikeout-rate and ERA in 2017, and simply has shown no decline whatsoever over the last several years. He's one of the few true guaranteed aces in the game, and should be drafted no worse than the second pitcher off the board.
|12||Kris Bryant (CHC - 3B,RF)||4||36||13.1||5.5||15.0||+3.0||
Bryant had a bizarre year, in that he disappointed with just 29 homers and a shockingly low 73 RBI. But he showed plenty of signs of growth as a hitter, cutting his strikeout-rate and raising his walk-rate significantly. In the end, Bryant still bats near the top of an elite lineup, and he is just now entering his prime. Expect the home run and RBI totals to rise (even if he continues to bat second as he did most of last year), and for him to provide first-round production in 2018 and beyond.
|13||Carlos Correa (HOU - SS)||6||23||14.2||4.2||14.0||+1.0||
Correa left his sophomore slump in the past last season, putting up career-highs in home runs, runs scored, and batting average, despite playing in just 109 games because of a thumb injury. There's little reason to doubt his ability to contribute meaningfully in four offensive categories, but it's worth noting that he stole just two bases last season. Given that Correa has always had a solid success rate, it seems like this was simply a conscious choice, and considering his thumb injury was a result of a slide on the basepaths, he may simply avoid stolen base attempts to stay healthy in the future. If so, that puts a minor damper on Correa's fantasy prospects. But his pedigree, his position, his performance to date, and his place in an outstanding lineup, keeps him as a first-rounder heading into 2018 regardless of his steals.
|14||Corey Kluber (CLE - SP)||4||26||15.5||4.2||13.0||-1.0||
Kluber battled back issues which required a DL-stint and struggled a bit in the playoffs. There, you have now learned everything negative about Kluber's 2017 season. On the bright side, he topped 200 innings for the fourth straight year, won 18 games for the third time in four seasons, set career-bests in ERA, WHIP, and strikeout-rate, and won the American League Cy Young award. Back issues are always scary, but Kluber has given no reason to doubt him, and he's one of the few truly guaranteed pitchers in all of fantasy.
|15||Joey Votto (CIN - 1B)||4||40||15.5||6.4||17.0||+2.0||
Votto, who has been an elite fantasy option for several years, somehow took his game to another level last year in his age-33 season. He tied his career-high in runs scored, and came close to matching his career-highs in home runs, RBI, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and walk rate. He also had the lowest strikeout rate of his career (just 11.7 percent) by a wide margin. Simply put, he was as good as he's ever been last year, and there's no reason to doubt him this season. Even with the depth at the first base position, taking Votto with an early pick is an obviously safe and wise move.
|16||Chris Sale (BOS - SP)||5||28||15.5||4.9||12.0||-4.0||
Sale faded just a tad down the stretch to take his truly remarkable season down to just an outstanding one. Sale struck out an incredible 308 batters, kept his WHIP below 1.00, and won 17 games for the second straight year. Although Sale entered the league with injury concerns because of his slight frame and wild delivery, he has surpassed 200 innings pitched in four of the last five seasons, and is a true ace of a fantasy staff. Whether you draft him before Corey Kluber, Max Scherzer, or even Clayton Kershaw is simply a matter of personal preference at this point.
|17||Manny Machado (LAD - 3B,SS)||8||32||17.0||5.6||16.0||-1.0||
Machado had a "down" year, which was largely the product of a terrible first two months of the season. But other than in the batting average department, where he batted a career-low .259, his numbers largely wound up in the range of his career-norms. That batting average drop appears to be a mirage, as Machado set a career-high in hard-contact percentage but had a career-worst .265 BABIP. Expect his batting average to jump back closer to his .279 career mark this season, and with soon-to-come dual eligibility, Machado should once again be considered a borderline first-rounder.
|18||Freddie Freeman (ATL - 1B,3B)||8||45||18.3||5.9||19.0||+1.0||
Absent his wrist injury that cost him more than six weeks of action, Freeman easily would have had his best season ever. Regardless, he showed that the power gains he made in 2016 were real, and he posted the lowest strikeout rate and highest ISO of his career. Playing in the bandbox that is SunTrust Park, there's little reason to doubt Freeman's ability to be an elite power hitter going forward. Especially if he has third-base eligibility in your league, Freeman should be a very early pick and can be relied on as one of the building blocks of your fantasy team.
|19||Anthony Rizzo (CHC - 1B,2B)||5||36||18.8||5.4||21.0||+2.0||
Rizzo has been perhaps the most reliable fantasy player in the game over the past four seasons, hitting either 31 or 32 home runs in each season, tallying between 89 and 99 RBI, and throwing in a handful of steals. But although his fantasy numbers remained consistent, he showed plenty of gains last year, cutting his strikeout rate and increasing his walk rate significantly. In other words, there's still plenty of room for growth for the young slugger. He remains one of the top first-base options in the game right now, but to the extent he gained second-base eligibility thanks to Joe Maddon's quirky shifts, he should be considered a truly elite fantasy option this year.
|20||J.D. Martinez (BOS - LF,RF,DH)||8||31||19.7||4.9||23.0||+3.0||
After a lengthy dance, Martinez finally signed with the Red Sox in mid-February, placing him in an ideal situation. Martinez had an other-worldly year last season, hitting 45 home runs in just 119 games and leading the league in hard-contact rate. He'll now bat in the middle of a strong Boston lineup, one that should allow him to surpass both 100 runs scored and 100 RBI. It's unclear whether Martinez has truly morphed into a potential 60-home-run-hitter, but his move to Boston essentially guarantees that he will be an elite fantasy outfielder this season.
|21||Aaron Judge (NYY - RF,DH)||7||34||20.8||5.6||18.0||-3.0||
After an embarrassingly awful cup of coffee in 2016, Judge went crazy in 2017, hitting an incredible 52 home runs and easily winning rookie of the year. Although he was plagued by a shoulder injury and slumped after the All-Star break, he rebounded nicely in September, showing that he could adjust when things got tough. Judge's strikeout-rate (30.7%) likely means that his .284 batting average is going to drop this season, though he hits the ball so incredibly hard (45.3% hard-hit rate) that he's bound to have a high BABIP. Either way, you can easily give away some batting average for the massive power Judge is guaranteed to bring. And don't ignore his nine steals last season, either. If he comes anywhere close to a repeat performance in 2018, he'll likely find himself a perennial first-rounder for the foreseeable future.
|22||Francisco Lindor (CLE - SS)||11||33||21.0||4.4||20.0||-2.0||
Lindor, like many hitters, had an absurd power jump in 2017, hitting 33 home runs, more than he had in his last two seasons combined. The good news for fantasy owners is that he looked like almost an identical hitter to his previous years, with the same exact walk and strikeout percentages to his 2016 season. All Lindor did is start doing what many hitters did - hit the ball in the air more. The results were predictable - more home runs and a lower batting average. Whether he continues with that same approach or returns to his previous one, he'll be one of the elite fantasy shortstops in the game in 2018.
|23||George Springer (HOU - CF,RF,DH)||12||52||25.4||6.1||27.0||+4.0||
Springer's stolen base totals are trending in the wrong direction, but that's essentially the only negative thing you can say about him. His home runs have risen in three straight seasons, he dropped his strikeout percentage by more than six points last year, and he set a career-high in batting average and RBI. In short, Springer has developed into a reliable four-category producer, and he'll at least chip in a bit in the fifth category (steals). Add all that up and Springer should be considered a borderline second-rounder, one with significant upside even at that price.
|24||Josh Donaldson (CLE - 3B,DH)||15||53||27.4||7.4||29.0||+5.0||
Donaldson finally succumbed to the calf injury he seemed to have been battling for the last two seasons, and missed six weeks on the disabled list. Although he struggled mightily for a bit after his return, he found his form in the second half, hitting 24 home runs for a total of 33 in just 113 games. Donaldson's strikeout-rate jumped significantly last year, which is always a little worrisome as he likely begins the downside of his career. But playing in a hitter's park and in his walk year, Donaldson should at least have one more big season in the bag, and should return to being an elite hitter this year.
|25||Cody Bellinger (LAD - 1B,LF,CF)||15||51||27.5||7.2||26.0||+1.0||
Absent Aaron Judge's season, the baseball community would have been talking about Cody Bellinger's rookie year as perhaps the greatest of all time. Despite beginning the year in the minors and missing time on the disabled list, Bellinger swatted 39 home runs, and added 10 steals to boot. He did struggle some in the playoffs, especially in the World Series, where he struck out 17 times in 28 at-bats. That could mean that there's a book out on Bellinger, which could result in more strikeouts and a bit of a sophomore slump. Still, there's plenty of room for regression with the youngster, and he should still be an excellent fantasy option this year, even if his numbers dip a bit.
|26||Stephen Strasburg (WSH - SP)||15||55||29.1||6.8||25.0||-1.0||
Strasburg had the best full season of his career in 2017, going 15-4 with a career-best 2.52 ERA. As usual, he missed time with injury (a nerve impingment in his elbow), though he was utterly dominant after he returned, showing that there are few lingering concerns. In the end, when you draft Strasburg, you can usually pencil in relatively elite numbers across the board, but probably can't bank on more than 175 innings pitched. That makes him still a top-10 fantasy starter, but a tick below the elite.
|27||Noah Syndergaard (NYM - SP)||14||65||31.3||8.7||28.0||+1.0||
Syndergaard foolishly bulked up prior to the 2017 season and then tried to pitch through a strain in his arm before tearing his lat muscle. He returned to throw a few innings at the end of the season and, although it was the smallest of sample sizes, both his velocity and the results were peak Syndergaard. Now leaner and with a manager who is essentially a top pitching coach, Syndergaard should be ready to return to form. Though he has battled several nagging injuries, he hadn't missed significant time prior to last season, as he threw at least 190 innings in both 2015 and 2016. If he can stay healthy, he has almost unlimited potential, and should be considered a top-10 starter heading into 2018 drafts.
|28||Gary Sanchez (NYY - C,DH)||10||94||31.4||12.6||24.0||-4.0||
Sanchez followed up his sizzling 53-game stretch in the majors in 2016 by smacking 33 home runs in just 122 games in 2017. He easily finished as the top catcher in fantasy despite missing time with injuries. Sure, his walk rate and hard-contact percentage dropped a tiny bit, but there's no reason to nitpick. Batting in the middle of an incredible (and somehow improved) Yankees lineup, Sanchez should once again top 30 home runs and be drafted as the top fantasy catcher in the game in 2018.
|29||Jose Ramirez (CLE - 2B,3B)||13||137||25.7||17.9||22.0||-7.0||
Ramirez's 2017 numbers didn't look all that different from his 2016 numbers, with one drastic exception - a dramatic increase in power. Ramirez upped his home run total to what was a then-career-high of 11 in 2016 to 29 in 2017, and increased his doubles from 46 to 56. Nothing about the gains seems particularly fluky, as Ramirez appears to have made a conscious effort to pull the ball and hit more fly balls last year, which usually does (and did for Ramirez) produce a jump in power. If he stays with that approach, he should have little trouble keeping his power gains, and should once again be one of the most valuable infielders in all of fantasy in 2018.
|30||Brian Dozier (LAD - 2B)||20||44||32.0||4.9||30.0||‐||
Dozier came close to repeating his career-best numbers from 2016, but his fantasy owners certainly weren't complaining. Dozier continues to be a strong four-category player with a batting average that won't hurt you. His best trait may be his durability, as he has played in at least 152 games in each of the past four seasons. Even if you took his worst single-season totals over that stretch, he would still give you a 101-23-71-12 line, and his outstanding floor keeps him near the top of the second-base ranks. With an improved walk-rate and little signs of decline elsewhere, Dozier makes an outstanding pick in the early rounds.
|31||Jose Abreu (CWS - 1B,DH)||19||75||33.0||10.0||37.0||+6.0||
Abreu has quickly established himself as one of the most consistent players in all of fantasy baseball. In his four seasons in the majors, he's never hit fewer than 25 home runs, driven in fewer than 100 RBI, or batted lower than .290. The fact that his numbers were so gaudy last year (.304/.354/.552) is particularly impressive given the dearth of offensive talent on the White Sox roster. Essentially, there are no concerns at this point with Abreu, and his safety makes him a rock-solid option at first base, just behind the elite names.
|32||Corey Seager (LAD - SS) DL60||19||68||33.9||9.4||35.0||+3.0||
Seager is an outstanding real-life ballplayer, but his fantasy totals don't really stand out anywhere. He's not much of a basestealer and has yet to top either 26 home runs or 77 RBI. Still, it's obvious that there's potential for much, much more with the young shortstop, and your worst case scenario is a player who will contribute in four categories and provide elite production in one (batting average). That safety makes Seager a valuable asset with upside, worthy of an early-round selection.
|33||Jacob deGrom (NYM - SP)||25||73||38.3||8.8||36.0||+3.0||
deGrom was one of the few (only?) bright spots for the Mets in 2017, as he surpassed 200 innings pitched for the first time in his career and set a career-high in strikeout rate. An increased HR/FB rate, as with most pitchers last year, inflated his ERA a bit, but there was no doubt that deGrom pitched like an ace in 2017. He also got better as the season went along, lowing his walk-rate significantly in the second half. If the Mets improve as expected, deGrom could be a dark horse Cy Young candidate and a potential fantasy ace.
|34||Dee Gordon (SEA - 2B,CF)||18||86||38.9||11.7||31.0||-3.0||
After he missed half of the 2016 season with a PED suspension, Gordon got right back to work in 2017, hitting above .300 and stealing 60 bases. Gordon put the ball in play more then ever, putting up just a 13.4% strikeout rate, best of his career. His reward was a trade to the Mariners, where he'll move from second base to center field. The trade shouldn't impact Gordon's value much, as he'll continue to bat leadoff in front of a strong lineup. And with soon-to-be dual eligibility, Gordon's fantasy stock only rises.
|35||Carlos Carrasco (CLE - SP)||20||66||39.9||9.0||33.0||-2.0||
Last year the knock on Carrasco was durability. Well, he posted 200 innings and was dynamite throughout the season. There is nothing holding him back now from being one of the top 10 pitchers in baseball.
|36||Andrew Benintendi (BOS - LF,CF)||29||76||41.2||9.4||40.0||+4.0||
It's rare that a 20-20 rookie season feels disappointing, but that's exactly how it was for Benintendi. Always a high-average hitter in the minors, Benintendi hit just .271, the lowest he has hit in any level. But all the signs are there that Benintendi will improve on his already impressive numbers this year. He dropped his strikeout-rate and upped his walk-rate significantly from his 2016 cup of coffee, and his numbers against lefties (.622 OPS) are bound to come up. That means that Benintendi's average is bound to rise, and so too will his already excellent counting stats. A breakout is likely coming, so buy in accordingly.
|37||Christian Yelich (MIL - LF,CF,RF)||23||80||41.9||10.7||42.0||+5.0||
Yelich is coming off another fine season, which saw him hit 18 home runs, steal 16 bases, and finish as the 20th-ranked outfielder in fantasy. But with his trade to the Brewers, he should be drafted significantly higher this season. Marlins Park has greatly depressed Yelich's numbers over the past two seasons. He hit 24 of his 39 home runs in that span on the road, and had an OPS 126 points lower at home 2017 and 170 points lower at home in 2016. Not only does he move out of Miami, but he goes to a hitters' haven in Miller Park, to a team that had the second-most stolen bases last season. Simply put, Yelich could easily go 25-25 this year and is knocking on the door of the top-10 outfielders.
|38||Justin Upton (LAA - LF,DH)||23||79||42.0||9.4||49.0||+11.0||
It took long enough, but the phenom finally broke out 10 years later. Last season, Upton went for 35 homers, 100+ runs, 100+ RBI and 14 steals. In fact, he got better as the season went on so don't be surprised to see him repeat his stellar campaign.
|39||Edwin Encarnacion (CLE - 1B,DH)||25||69||42.4||9.5||48.0||+9.0||
Encarnacion got off to a very rough start with the Indians, but in the end, he wound up with his standard stat line. He hit at least 34 home runs and tallied 98 RBI for the sixth consecutive season, his strikeout rate remained constant, and he actually set a career-high in walk rate (15.5%). In the end, there's little to suggest a decline is imminent, even as Encarnacion enters his age-35 season. With enough appearances at first base to retain eligibility at the position, Encarnacion can and should once again be valued as a strong fantasy option.
|40||Nelson Cruz (SEA - RF,DH)||14||74||42.5||10.8||52.0||+12.0||
Cruz is now 37 years old so you might be inclined to think his career is well on the downturn, but he was actually superb again last year. He now has 40+ HR, 100+ RBI, 90 R and a .287 or higher average in 3 of the last 4 seasons.
|41||Luis Severino (NYY - SP)||26||77||42.5||9.7||32.0||-9.0||
We saw flashes of a true ace in 2015, and last year Severino proved he has the makings of a perennial Cy Young candidate. While he isn't on the same level as Kluber and Sale, it may only be a matter of time before he reaches them.
|42||Starling Marte (PIT - LF,CF)||20||163||43.1||20.0||53.0||+11.0||
Marte obviously had a disappointing year considering he missed half the season after a PED suspension, and his .275 batting average and .379 slugging percentage were career-lows. But had he simply reached his average plate appearances from 2013-2016, he would have wound up with a .275-80-12-52-35 line, which essentially puts his floor at Lorenzo Cain-like production. With speed and batting average difficult to fill, Marte should be considered a borderline top-10 outfielder, even with the lack of a supporting cast.
|43||Alex Bregman (HOU - 3B,SS)||26||151||45.4||19.5||39.0||-4.0||
Both in his 49-game cameo in 2016 and his full season last year, Bregman got off to a painfully slow start before coming on strong in the latter part of the season. He carried over his excellent second half last year (.903 OPS) into the playoffs, where he became a household name with home runs in the World Series off of Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jansen. All the signs point to a breakout for the youngster, as his strong strikeout- and walk-rates, and his rare power-speed combination, make him an intriguing option. The problem is that Bregman is exactly the type of guy who will be on everyone's "breakout" list, and you'll likely need to pay a high price for him if you want him on your team.
|44||Marcell Ozuna (STL - LF)||28||85||46.1||13.1||45.0||+1.0||
Ozuna may have been the breakout player of the year, driving in an extra 50 runs from the previous season, batting 45 points higher and hitting for substantially more power. Another bump could come this year now that he is out of the Marlins' pitcher-friendly park.
|45||Justin Verlander (HOU - SP)||25||84||46.6||11.2||34.0||-11.0||
Verlander was sensational once he moved to Houston, but doing that over a full season at the age of 35 is another story. While is a clearly a top 10 fantasy pitcher in drafts, his ceiling seems to be last among the group.
|46||Anthony Rendon (WSH - 3B)||23||126||48.0||17.5||46.0||‐||
Rendon simply had a fantastic year in 2017, batting over .300 with solid counting stats all around. Perhaps most impressively, Rendon upped his walk-rate and dropped his strikeout significantly, so much so that he was one of just a few players to have more walks than strikeouts last year. The only thing truly keeping him down was Dusty Baker's insistence on batting him sixth, which depressed his run scored total (just 81). That shouldn't be a problem this year under Dave Martinez and, health-willing, Rendon should continue his growth as a hitter and perhaps put up a career-best season.
|47||Rhys Hoskins (PHI - 1B,LF)||22||287||50.1||37.0||41.0||-6.0||
Hoskins had an incredible season between Triple-A and the majors, swatting 47 home runs and totaling 115 RBI between the two levels. His 48 RBI in his first 50 Major League games is the best mark ever by a rookie, and his incredibly high walk rate and manageable strikeout rate suggests that his performance was not a fluke. With an improving Phillies lineup and another year under his belt, the sky is the limit for Hoskins heading into this season, and he should have dual-eligibility at both first base and outfield.
|48||Yu Darvish (CHC - SP) DL60||33||105||53.2||16.3||44.0||-4.0||
Darvish may not have gotten quite the payday he was looking for, but fantasy owners can't complain with him landing with the Cubs. Much has been made of Darvish's terrible World Series, but he had a relatively down year before that, finishing with a 3.86 ERA. He did, however, improve significantly after going to the Dodgers, both because of the switch in leagues and because of a lower arm slot that gave him more bite on his breaking ball. Sticking in the National League, Darvish should return to being the low-end ace that he was considered prior to his Tommy John surgery.
|49||Kenley Jansen (LAD - RP)||31||106||53.4||13.2||38.0||-11.0||
If you are going to draft a closer early, of course it ought to be Jansen. He has been the best closer in baseball for years running. With that said, why not wait 100 picks and grab 85% of the production from Archie Bradley or Sean Doolittle?
|50||Khris Davis (OAK - LF,DH)||25||76||55.4||10.2||64.0||+14.0||
Somehow Davis has now batted exactly .247 each of the previous three seasons. That won't kill you if he repeats in 2018. This is among the most reliable sources for power and RBI, so put 40 HR and 100 RBI in ink if you add him.
|51||Zack Greinke (ARI - SP)||28||137||56.2||19.7||43.0||-8.0||
Greinke is never going to strike out 270 hitters like some of the other top pitchers in baseball, but with the humidor now in Chase Field, you should move him a good 20 spots up your rankings and expect him to compete for the NL Cy Young again like we saw in 2015.
|52||Jonathan Schoop (MIL - 2B)||35||119||59.3||16.8||61.0||+9.0||
While there may be much more depth at second base this year than in years past, the second tier is a bit bare. Schoop leads the pack thanks to elite power for the position and a reliable batting average from year to year.
|53||Wil Myers (SD - 1B,LF,RF)||34||110||61.7||16.7||68.0||+15.0||
Myers' batting average dropped and his strikeout rate rose in 2017, but those are really the only negatives you can point to. He went 30-20, increased his walk rate to a career high 10.8%, and set a career high in hard-contact rate by a large margin. Yes, his runs and RBI totals dropped significantly, but those declines are hardly his fault, as the Padres' abysmal offense prevented him from padding his totals in those categories. Although the Padres may not be strong offensively again, Myers' combination of power and speed makes him an outstanding fantasy option at first base in 2018.
|54||Chris Archer (PIT - SP)||41||129||62.1||14.5||55.0||+1.0||
You can say what you want about Archer's talent, and you may be right seeing that he has 230+ strikeouts in three straight seasons, but he also has never won more than 12 games and is coming off back to back seasons with an ERA north of 4.00 so make of that what you will.
|55||A.J. Pollock (ARI - CF)||38||141||62.1||18.3||66.0||+11.0||
Pollock is not the same top 20 fantasy player that we saw three seasons ago, but a 20-30 season seems probable even with the humidor in Chase. Even with a mediocre batting average, that power/speed combo makes him a top 50 asset.
|56||Tommy Pham (TB - LF,CF)||34||131||62.4||15.9||57.0||+1.0||
Pham's 20-20 breakout season came out of nowhere, as the 29-year-old had barely produced at the major league level before last season. Buoyed by a correction of a vision problem (that had apparently affected his depth perception) and an everyday role, Pham thrived, cutting his strikeout-rate significantly and developing into one of the few true power-speed threats in fantasy. If you believe the narrative, then there's little reason to have Pham outside of your top-20 outfielders. But we've also seen plenty of random excellent years from players late in their career that ultimately tend to be outliers. Your best bet is to proceed with caution, and draft Pham expecting about 80% of what you got last year, which still makes him plenty valuable in fantasy.
|57||Carlos Martinez (STL - SP)||36||152||64.5||22.8||54.0||-3.0||
Martinez had his highest ERA since 2014 last year (3.64) and he won just 12 games, but that's about where the bad news ends. The good news is that he set career bests in innings pitched (205), K/9 rate (9.53), BB/9 rate (3.12) and strikeouts (217). In the end, Martinez's somewhat "down" year was largely due to bad luck in the wins department and a fluky low left-on-base percentage of just 74.9%. It's unlikely that he'll take the jump to the upper echelon of fantasy starters until he can get his walk rate a bit lower, but as is, Martinez makes a rock solid starter. Expect improvement on his ERA and for him to hold the gains he has made elsewhere over the last few seasons.
|58||Robinson Cano (SEA - 2B)||31||115||64.6||17.4||70.0||+12.0||
Cano might not be the .320 hitter he was for most of his career, but you can still bet on .280 with 20+ homers and a bunch of runs and RBI. That should be enough to tempt you into snatching him in the first 70 picks.
|59||Elvis Andrus (TEX - SS)||18||162||60.9||22.7||65.0||+6.0||
Andrus has now gone nine consecutive seasons stealing at least 20 bases. He is a near-lock to play 150+ games and pile up the runs scored while helping you quite a bit in batting average. Even the power came on last season!
|60||Robbie Ray (ARI - SP)||34||192||66.4||27.1||47.0||-13.0||
Last season, Ray became one of the premier pitchers in baseball. Granted, he only threw 162 innings, but if he can bump that up to 200 with the new humidor in Phoenix, he may crack the top 5 fantasy arms.
|61||Craig Kimbrel (BOS - RP)||38||129||66.4||16.8||50.0||-11.0||
After a disappointing 2016, Kimbrel bounced right back to being among the best relievers in the sport. His 126 Ks a 0.681 WHIP are virtually video game numbers. He is a top 3 closer in baseball again this year.
|62||Byron Buxton (MIN - CF)||38||167||67.0||24.2||59.0||-3.0||
Many were proclaiming Buxton to be the breakout player of the year. It just so happens that he needed a few months to figure the league out like another former top overall prospect, Mike Trout. Now clearly Buxton is not nor will ever be on Trout's level, but he was superb in the second half, batting .300 with 11 homers, 13 steals, 40 runs and 35 RBIs in just 207 at bats. We have not even seen the youngster in his prime. Perhaps this year he stretches it out to 25 HR and 40 stolen bases.
|63||Xander Bogaerts (BOS - SS)||28||107||67.2||16.8||69.0||+6.0||
Xander started to turn it around at the end of the season, but the final numbers looked quite bad. We have, however, see him hit .320 and score 115 runs with 20+ homers, so the potential is there for a top 20 fantasy season and he still is young enough to have not reached his full potential.
|64||Andrew McCutchen (NYY - CF,RF)||40||102||69.2||12.6||79.0||+15.0||
McCutchen was unbelievably good in the second half, but before you jump up and proclaim he is a top 40 fantasy player again, keep in mind that he now plays his home games in San Francisco and may see a dip in power.
|65||Lorenzo Cain (MIL - CF)||45||126||69.4||14.8||82.0||+17.0||
Fantasy owners should be salivating over Cain's move to the Brewers. Miller Park is one of the best hitter's parks in baseball, and the Brewers have led MLB in stolen base attempts since Craig Counsell took over as manager. There are some warning signs under the surface for Cain's power, so dreams of a 25-homer season may be a little optimistic. But batting near the top of an outstanding lineup and in a great park, he should be in line for one of the best seasons of his career.
|66||Eric Hosmer (SD - 1B)||27||130||71.1||21.2||81.0||+15.0||
Hosmer had a career-year at just the right time, hitting 25 home runs for the second consecutive season but raising his batting average to an impressive .318. That season garnered him a large contract from the Padres (after a lengthy wait), where he'll man first base for the next several seasons. Petco Park isn't nearly the pitcher's park it once was, and Hosmer shouldn't see too much of a dip in power with the move from Kauffman Stadium. The bigger issue for Hosmer is whether he can keep his average gains despite an extremely high ground ball-rate (fourth-highest in the league among qualified hitters last season). If he does, expect him to be a low-end starting first baseman in mixed leagues or a strong corner infielder.
|67||Yoenis Cespedes (NYM - LF) DL60||30||289||71.4||36.0||80.0||+13.0||
A bulked-up Cespedes could not stay healthy last year, missing significant time with hamstring issues. Even when he played, he was essentially battling through on one leg all season, which makes his production all the more remarkable. Despite playing hurt and in a depleted lineup, if you gave Cespedes his average plate appearances throughout his career, he would have wound up with a line of .292-85-31-78, which is more than respectable. Now healthy and with a better supporting cast, Cespedes should once again be a solid four-category producer and a valuable fantasy asset.
|68||Aaron Nola (PHI - SP)||33||124||71.6||18.3||62.0||-6.0||
Nola may be the games most underrated pitcher in the public opinion. He is an elite groundball pitcher and whiffs hitters at a rate that suggests he may be primed to jump into the top 10 pitchers in baseball this season.
|69||Jean Segura (SEA - SS)||28||120||71.8||16.6||75.0||+6.0||
Segura seems to be a steady .300 hitter all of a sudden the past few years. If he had stayed healthy all year, he likely would have hit 15 homers with near 30 steals. That is a quality middle infielder in a time where offensive shortstops don't grow on trees.
|70||Miguel Cabrera (DET - 1B,DH) DL60||31||168||76.6||26.4||84.0||+14.0||
Cabrera had the worst season of his career by far, batting just .249 and hitting just 16 home runs. He battled back and hip injuries for pretty much the entire season, and although he tried to play through them, he was clearly not the same player. His jump in strikeout rate and drop in walk rate suggests that age may also be catching up to the slugger as he enters his age-35 season. But Cabrera has had down years before (i.e., 2015) and bounced back with superb seasons, so it's probably unwise to write him off completely. But the days of needing to take him with an early pick appear to be over.
|71||Jose Quintana (CHC - SP) MiLB||38||113||77.7||14.1||67.0||-4.0||
While Quintana saw his ERA finally rise a full run to where his underlying stats indicated they should be, his K/9 jumped nearly two batters per game. The ERA may stay the same, but at least you are getting 200 Ks now with 12 to 15 wins for the Cubs.
|72||Dallas Keuchel (HOU - SP)||47||149||78.3||18.1||58.0||-14.0||
You may be impressed by his reputation and the 2.90 ERA accompanied by 14 wins. His WHIP is solid as always, but the strikeouts are non-existent and let's not forget that he had a rough 2016. His ceiling is capped by the K's and his floor is actually a bit risky.
|73||Aroldis Chapman (NYY - RP)||51||185||78.4||24.2||63.0||-10.0||
While it's true that Aroldis is officially a human, that doesn't mean we should expect his disappointing season to repeat in 2018. Rather, he looks like a safe bet for 30+ saves and 100+ Ks on top of solid ratios.
|74||Daniel Murphy (CHC - 1B,2B)||38||209||79.1||35.5||76.0||+2.0||
If there were any lingering doubts that Murphy had completely changed as a hitter, last year put them to bed. With another season of more than 20 home runs, at least 90 RBI, and at least a .320 batting average, Murphy has firmly established himself as an elite fantasy option at second base. There were a few warning signs last year as Murphy continues to age - his strikeout rate jumped more than three percentage points, for example. But the biggest worry is that Murphy had knee surgery in the offseason and is questionable to be ready for Opening Day. Monitor his status closely this spring. If he looks like he'll miss little or no time, then you should have few concerns and draft him with confidence expecting similar numbers to the last two years.
|75||James Paxton (SEA - SP)||52||191||80.1||27.0||72.0||-3.0||
Paxton has shown hints of being an ace, but in the second half last season, he emerged as one of the best arms in baseball. If he can finally stay on the mound for more than 150 innings, we may be talking about a Cy Young contender. Think Carlos Carrasco this time last year.
|76||Willson Contreras (CHC - C)||38||160||81.8||28.2||60.0||-16.0||
If not for a strained hamstring that limited him to just 117 games last season, Contreras likely would have been a top-three catcher. As it is, he still finished ranked sixth at the position, swatting 21 home runs, knocking in 74 RBI, and throwing in five steals. All the underlying numbers support his breakout, as he boasted a 10.5% walk rate with a .223 ISO and a passable 22.9% strikeout rate. Batting in the middle of a strong Cubs lineup, expect Contreras to be one of the top catchers in fantasy again in 2018.
|77||Ryan Braun (MIL - 1B,LF)||47||160||81.7||21.8||108.0||+31.0||
It seemed as though it would never happen, but Braun seems to have finally hit a wall. He finished last year with just 17 homers, 52 RBI and a .268 batting average because of multiple lingering injuries. If he can stay healthy, he may bounce back, but your expectations ought to be closer to what we saw last season.
|78||Travis Shaw (MIL - 3B)||42||166||86.7||26.0||85.0||+7.0||
Shaw had a true breakout season with the Brewers, swatting 31 home runs, totaling 101 RBI, and throwing in 10 steals. His ability to hold his own against lefties led to him keeping the everyday job at third base, and though he struggled a bit down the stretch as he fought through injuries, there are few warning signs heading into this season. Shaw set career-bests in walk percentage and strikeout rate, and he should be a fine fantasy option at the hot corner this season.
|79||Billy Hamilton (CIN - CF)||48||225||87.0||33.0||71.0||-8.0||
If we knew Billy Hamilton would have a job all year, it might make sense to add his 60 steals and just deal with the crummy batting average and power numbers, but he has been so bad that 400+ at bats is nowhere close to a guarantee.
|80||Buster Posey (SF - C,1B) DL60||30||159||83.9||27.5||56.0||-24.0||
From a fantasy standpoint, Posey had perhaps the worst full season of his career last year, hitting just 12 home runs and knocking in just 67 RBI, though he still finished as the third-best catcher in fantasy baseball. But his dip in performance was largely based on his lack of supporting cast, as he had the second-highest batting average and on-base percentage of his career. That supporting cast should look much better this year with Andrew McCutchen and Evan Longoria on board. Posey will be just 31 years old on Opening Day, and should still have another year or two before the inevitable "catcher decline." Though he may have been surpassed by Gary Sanchez, he's still an easy second choice at the position.
|81||Rougned Odor (TEX - 2B,DH)||45||219||90.4||31.5||136.0||+55.0||
Odor is a good lesson in how important batting average can be. The fact that the young second baseman topped 30 homers yet again and added 15 steals to boot should make him a desirable fantasy commodity. But a .204 batting average and his inability to get on base generally has taken the shine of Odor this season. That batting average, however, is bound to come up, as a player with Odor's speed who does not hit the ball in the air at an egregious rate should do much better than a .224 BABIP. If he can raise his batting average to just the .230 range, which would still be well below average, the effect on his overall numbers would leave him as a top-10 second baseman, without question. Draft him with those expectations.
|82||Whit Merrifield (KC - 1B,2B,CF,RF,DH)||41||215||91.4||35.7||77.0||-5.0||
You may have missed this one, but Whit actually led the American League with 34 steals last season. He also added some power to his game to accompany a .286 career average. If you are waiting on second base, Whit will be a great option.
|83||Roberto Osuna (HOU - RP)||68||182||96.7||21.4||78.0||-5.0||
Osuna's ERA ended at 3.38 last year which is not ideal, but he is among the best closers in baseball and still just 23 years old. You can count on him for a stellar WHIP , 35+ saves and 80 Ks.
|84||Miguel Sano (MIN - 1B,3B,DH)||47||172||92.8||28.5||89.0||+5.0||
You cannot find five hitters in all of baseball with more power than Sano. We haven't seen it fully realized quite yet, but he is still just 24 and hasn't played more than 120 games in his career. If he does this year, don't be startled if he knocks 45 out of the yard with a healthy batting average and a load of RBIs.
|85||Adrian Beltre (TEX - 3B,DH)||43||200||98.8||26.4||135.0||+50.0||
At this point, it seems as though the now 39-year-old Beltre might play until he is 50. He is still cruising along with a .312 batting average and a pro-rated 30+ HR, 100+ RBI rate over a full season. Draft away still in the top 100.
|86||Yasiel Puig (LAD - RF)||44||207||99.2||29.2||103.0||+17.0||
Puig had the best fantasy campaign of his career in 2017 and it wasn't even close with 28 HR and 1 SB. In fact, batted ball numbers indicate his BA may further climb in 2018.
|87||Rafael Devers (BOS - 3B)||52||288||99.5||42.9||94.0||+7.0||
We saw an amazing hitter at times and a 20-year-old who wasn't ready at others. I can't quite tell you which Devers we will see in 2017, but know that the upside is that of a superstar and the floor is that he gets sent back down to the minors for more tuning up.
|88||Gerrit Cole (HOU - SP)||43||195||97.2||28.5||74.0||-14.0||
Everything Cole gains in picking up likely 5 more wins with the Astros is cancelled out with the hit his ratios should see moving way from Pittsburgh's pitcher-friendly environment. Expect a near repeat performance from him as a borderline top 100 overall player this year.
|89||Corey Knebel (MIL - RP)||62||218||101.7||33.6||73.0||-16.0||
It is rare for a reliever to have such a dominant season (1.78 ERA, 126 Ks in 76 IP) and fall apart the next year outside of an injury. Expect more of the same from the Brewers' star closer in 2018.
|90||Masahiro Tanaka (NYY - SP)||56||272||98.9||31.4||83.0||-7.0||
Every year, there are a handful of quality starting pitchers who completely bust for whatever reason. Last year, it seemed as though Tanaka would be another example when he posted a 5.47 ERA in 102 first half innings. In the second half, however, everything turned around. Sure, his 3.77 ERA was pedestrian, but his underlying metrics lined up with the best in all of baseball. In fact, his 2.83 xFIP was third behind only Corey Kluber and Chris Sale. While there is a chance Tanaka falls back into whatever funk he was in a 10 months ago, you've got to be encouraged as a potential fantasy owner at the filthy metrics he posted to close the season.
|91||Kyle Seager (SEA - 3B)||58||172||103.5||23.5||122.0||+31.0||
Seager went from being the most consistent hitter in all of fantasy baseball to the most consistent hitter with an odd BABIP-induced drop in his batting average. Expect his usual 25 HR, .270 BA and 90 RBI this season.
|92||Trevor Story (COL - SS)||21||218||105.6||38.3||101.0||+9.0||
Story had a disappointing 2017. hitting just 24 home runs with a .239 batting average. He improved significantly in the second half, coming in with an .834 OPS, but even those gains can't make up for his nearly 35% strikeout rate. Story's production - even if he repeats his 2017 numbers - isn't awful, but with Brendan Rodgers waiting in the wings, it's unclear if it will be enough for him to hold his job all year. In the end, Story is a high-risk, high-reward player, who could easily hit 35 home runs or be out of a job by July. Whether you draft him depends on your risk tolerance and how desperate you are for power.
|93||David Price (BOS - SP,RP)||52||310||103.2||41.9||96.0||+3.0||
Price struggled at times last year, but he nearly matched his career ERA, WHIP and K/9 so don't be so quick to assume he is done. We may again see the top 10 pitcher he once was.
|94||DJ LeMahieu (COL - 2B)||59||202||105.0||32.0||109.0||+15.0||
LeMahieu is one of those players that fantasy owners hate to draft. He contributes significantly in two largely forgotten categories (batting average and runs scored) and is just sort of there, without helping or hurting, in the other categories. The good thing is that LeMahieu rarely misses time - he's played in at least 146 games in each of the last four seasons - and his home park pretty much guarantees that he'll contribute. But there are no signs that a power jump or an uptick in stolen bases is imminent, making LeMahieu the grilled cheese sandwich of fantasy baseball (reliable but unexciting without much upside).
|95||Joey Gallo (TEX - 1B,3B,LF)||41||415||109.4||63.2||105.0||+10.0||
Yes, the batting average is disgusting and will almost certainly remain that way, but you can't easily replace the 40 to 50 homers we should expect this year. Plus, we have to consider that he got substantially better each year in the minors so growth in the BA department can't be ruled out.
|96||Jake Arrieta (PHI - SP)||49||202||108.5||35.2||86.0||-10.0||
Arrieta's slide from his apex in the second half of 2015 continued last season, as he clocked in with his highest ERA (3.53) since 2013. But on the positive side, Arrieta clearly made adjustments in the second half, and looked much more like the old version of himself, improving in both ERA (4.35 in the first half, 2.25 in the second half) and WHIP (1.30 in the first half, 1.09 in the second half). The improvement came largely on his seemingly intentional effort to throw more strikes and strike out fewer hitters, as both his K/9 rate and BB/9 rate dropped significantly in the second half. That's a tradeoff that fantasy owners would likely take going forward, and it would make Arrieta a very solid, though not elite option. Citizens Bank Park won't do him any favors, and if his big jump in HR rate (1.23/9, highest since 2012) continues, he could be in for some trouble. But for now, after a second-half turnaround and with him staying in the National League, Arrieta remains a desirable commodity.
|97||Nicholas Castellanos (DET - 3B,RF)||57||194||109.7||32.0||106.0||+9.0||
Castellanos has consistently been a batted ball outlier in the fact that his data screams for positive regression. For whatever reason, it hasn't quite happened yet, but a 30 HR, .290 season with 100+ RBI may be right around the corner.
|98||Domingo Santana (MIL - RF)||58||208||110.1||35.8||90.0||-8.0||
If you draft Santana, just know that the Brewers may trade him to a team like the Rays, who's ballpark would be a big blow to Santana's production. If he stays in Milwaukee, we are looking at a potential repeat of 30 HR and 15 SB with plenty of R and RBI.
|99||Ozzie Albies (ATL - 2B)||35||293||115.8||48.8||130.0||+31.0||
Albies has a historically good season for a 20 year old in the majors, but that came without many homers or RBI. Repeating that efficiency as a sophomore will be a challenge, but he does possess 20 HR/40 SB upside and may end up the breakout of the season.
|100||Adam Jones (BAL - CF,DH)||53||190||111.9||27.2||123.0||+23.0||
Adam Jones does not steal bases anymore, but he is one of the games most durable players and a safe source of power and a useful batting average.
|101||Ender Inciarte (ATL - CF)||69||235||112.4||28.5||125.0||+24.0||
While Ender won't exactly provide power or RBIs, you can expect a .290 BA with 20+ SB and seeing that he was one of only nine players who did that last year, it's fair to say he is a solid 10th or 11th round pick.
|102||Lance McCullers (HOU - SP)||44||248||113.1||37.2||113.0||+11.0||
If Lance McCullers wins the pitching triple crown, it would likely surprise no one. With that said, we saw how terrible he can be at times. Just be sure you realize the risk you are taking if you add him in fantasy drafts this year.
|103||Chris Taylor (LAD - 2B,SS,LF,CF)||54||173||117.4||28.3||110.0||+7.0||
The first 250 at-bats of Taylor's career were uninspiring, but he had always been a solid hitter in the minors. A repeat of his 21/17 season seems unlikely, however, so don't draft him as the top 50 hitter he was in 2017.
|104||Justin Smoak (TOR - 1B,DH)||64||260||114.0||31.9||137.0||+33.0||
A former top prospect, Smoak was largely forgotten in fantasy circles heading into last season. But he exploded for 38 home runs, setting career highs across the board. The only truly dramatic change in Smoak's underlying numbers was a significant decrease in strikeout rate, which seemed to come from a legitimate effort by him to lay off on pitches outside the strike zone. Though it's always a worry to rely on a breakout season from a 30-year-old, Smoak's profile suggest that his gains are legitimate and repeatable.
|105||Jon Lester (CHC - SP)||60||163||114.0||20.7||97.0||-8.0||
Last year, Lester went from being the most consistent pitcher in baseball not named Kershaw to being a disappointment who might just be over the hill. While we might not see him compete for a Cy Young again, his floor is higher than most in the middle of drafts.
|106||Ken Giles (TOR - RP)||61||195||114.2||32.5||92.0||-14.0||
Giles had a rough 2016, but bounced rigt back to being one of the top 5 closers in baseball last year. His WHIP likely won't be under 1.00, but you can bet on 80+ Ks and 30+ saves.
|107||Felipe Vazquez (PIT - RP)||68||196||115.2||28.4||88.0||-19.0||
Don't expect the Pirates to offer Rivero 40+ save opportunities this season, but Rivero is a safe investment if you want 25 saves and killer ratios from a mid-round closer.
|108||Alex Wood (LAD - SP)||65||182||115.4||24.3||98.0||-10.0||
Wood is an interesting case study because everyone was screaming for regression after his 10-0 start with a 1.67 ERA, .173 BAA and 10.9 K/9 in the first-half. When the regression came (3.89 ERA, .262 BAA and 6.8 K/9), no one seemed to notice because the final numbers were those of an ace. The second half ought to concern you enough that you don't even consider taking him within the first 10 rounds.
|109||Ian Desmond (COL - 1B,LF)||63||207||116.0||27.5||127.0||+18.0||
Weighed down by a league-leading 62.7% ground-ball rate, Desmond failed to take advantage of playing in Coors Field, hitting just seven home runs in 95 games last season. He missed significant time with a fractured hand early and a strained calf in the middle of the season, and just never seemed to get in a groove. Despite his troubles, he still managed to steal 15 bases in limited time, and his .274 batting average certainly didn't hurt you in today's landscape. With dual-eligibility at both first base and outfield, Desmond should be able to bounce back to being a reliable fantasy option if he can get get the ball in the air a bit more next season.
|110||Rich Hill (LAD - SP)||35||198||116.4||31.5||119.0||+9.0||
Over his last 175 innings, there may not have been a better pitcher in all of baseball and that is not hyperbole. With that said, don't expect much more than 120 innings this year and a dozen wins. Those innings should be dominant though.
|111||Matt Olson (OAK - 1B,RF)||50||291||118.3||40.2||120.0||+9.0||
Olson played in only 59 games with the A's last year, but hit an incredible 24 home runs in that span. Although there's little reason to doubt his status as a power hitter, his HR/FB rate was an unsustainable 41.4% last season, meaning dreams of him hitting 50-plus home runs are likely unrealistic. Still, Olson should provide plenty of pop, along with a mediocre batting average and tons of strikeouts. Although his skillset isn't particularly unique, he should provide decent fantasy value in 2018, particularly in rotisserie formats.
|112||Carlos Santana (PHI - 1B,RF)||68||209||118.7||28.3||144.0||+32.0||
Santana had a decent season overall and played in at least 152 games for the fifth-consecutive season. But his home run total dropped from 34 to 23, suggesting that 2016's surge was an outlier. He should have the opportunity to move his home run number back in the opposite direction, however, as his move to the Phillies and hitter-friendly Citizens Bank Ballpark should lead to a bit of a power spike. Regardless, you know what you'll generally get from Santana - a mediocre average, decent counting stats, and a bunch of walks. Although he's more valuable in points formats and OBP leagues, his safety is valuable in rotisserie leagues, too.
|113||Kyle Hendricks (CHC - SP)||69||171||115.6||26.9||100.0||-13.0||
While the Cubs, righty may have a career 2.94 ERA, his underlying numbers and merely mediocre stuff scream for a substantial drop-off this season. He doesn't help much in strikeouts either.
|114||Mike Moustakas (MIL - 3B,DH)||78||212||119.7||32.8||121.0||+7.0||
For a while, Moose seemed like a bust, but he has been improving each year lately and suddenly became a 38 HR masher in 2018. With him finally signing, he becomes a fringe top 100 pick. It would have been substantially better had he landed in the Bronx.
|115||Edwin Diaz (SEA - RP)||71||219||119.8||28.8||93.0||-22.0||
As is true with most closers, Diaz has gone through some rough spells, but overall, the 23-year-old has been spectacular and may only get better from here.
|116||Jake Lamb (ARI - 3B) DL60||70||225||120.3||32.9||140.0||+24.0||
Lamb was superb in the first-half last year, but really fell off in the second-half. With the humidor now in place, don't expect 30 HR or 100 RBI again this year. That .250 BA won't seem as manageable without all the power in place.
|117||Cody Allen (CLE - RP)||85||178||116.4||19.8||87.0||-30.0||
Allen has been the same pitcher now for five straight seasons so we have a pretty strong idea of what to expect: 30+ saves, 2.70 ERA and 90+ Ks. That's a clear-cut top-10 closer.
|118||Shohei Ohtani (LAA - SP,DH)||55||273||121.5||36.9||91.0||-27.0||
If Ohtani wasn't coming off an injury riddled season and expected to be capped in his usage, you could make a case for him being similar to Luis Severino. With that said, the question marks are there so don't jump out of the seat of your pants expecting a Cy Young right away. His bat is unlikely to be ready, so maybe .260 with a dozen homers in 200 to 300 at bats.
|119||Didi Gregorius (NYY - SS)||55||192||121.7||30.5||107.0||-12.0||
Didi won't steal you any bases, but shorstops with 20+ HR and a .275+ batting average don't grow on trees and that's what he'll give you.
|120||Ronald Acuna (ATL - LF,CF)||45||199||118.0||35.4||114.0||-6.0||
While there is no doubt about it that Acuna has MVP type upside, he is still extremely young and his swing has too many holes in it. The hype has gone too far and we shouldn't expect a Cody Bellinger type season from Acuna. Plus, he is starting the season in the minor leagues.
|121||Luis Castillo (CIN - SP)||60||302||122.6||39.4||138.0||+17.0||
You may not have noticed, but Castillo was positively dominant last season in his 90 inning debut. If he were to sustain that production over 200 innings, we'd be talking at a top 10 fantasy baseball pitcher.
|122||Ryan Zimmerman (WSH - 1B)||57||249||123.0||33.8||146.0||+24.0||
Zimmerman went largely undrafted in 2017, but turned in one of the most surprising seasons in recent memory. Buoyed by a torrid April in which he bashed 11 home runs and batted over .400, Zimmerman set career highs in both home runs and RBI in 2018. He slowed down a bit in the second half but he kept his power gains, showing that he was a fantasy-relevant first base option regardless of his hot start. Even if Zimmerman regresses as expected, there's plenty of room for him to remain a fantasy-relevant option even with decreased numbers. There are always question marks surrounding his health, but don't be afraid to buy into last year if your league gives you a discount.
|123||Eddie Rosario (MIN - LF,CF,RF)||57||215||123.9||36.3||124.0||+1.0||
Rosario has been generating some hype around the industry and for good reason. He knocked 27 homers and stole 9 bases with a .290 batting average last season and likely hasn't reached his ceiling. He is a quality mid-round pickup this season.
|124||Raisel Iglesias (CIN - RP)||73||187||121.2||23.4||102.0||-22.0||
Iglesias took another big step forward last season, seeing his K/9 jump 1.4 and both of his fantasy ratios improve. While he may not get many save opportunities, Iglesias is safe this season as a fantasy asset.
|125||Gregory Polanco (PIT - LF,RF) DL10||46||205||122.5||31.2||148.0||+23.0||
Polanco has always left fantasy owners with the feeling like he should be much better than he is. With excellent speed and burgeoning power, he has all the makings of a perennial 20-20 player, but injuries have held him back. He drastically cut his strikeout rate last year, however, and has embarked on an extreme training regimen this offseason. If he can manage to stay healthy for most of the season, he could finally have that breakout year. But he warned - the total lack of supporting cast in Pittsburgh could keep in check his runs scored and RBI numbers, even if he does have that breakout season fantasy owners are waiting for.
|126||Adam Eaton (WSH - LF,CF,RF)||70||201||127.2||27.7||151.0||+25.0||
We only got to see 23 games from Eaton last year, but he looked as good as ever before. With a full season in 2018, we can expect 10 to 15 homers, 15 SB and a quality average to go with plenty of runs scored.
|127||Madison Bumgarner (SF - SP)||25||223||125.3||41.8||51.0||-76.0||
Bumgarner missed about three months of the season last year after he injured his shoulder and his ribs in a dirt bike accident. The results were mediocre on his return, as he posted a decent 3.43 ERA and 1.10 WHIP, but lost several strikeouts over his career pace. The reason was likely a drop in velocity, but it rose back to Bumgarner's standard level by the end of the season, lessening concerns. In the end, given that his injury was a freak accident and that he returned (mostly) to form, there should be few worries with the big lefty heading into 2018.
|128||Nomar Mazara (TEX - LF,RF,DH)||65||225||129.8||32.0||157.0||+29.0||
Mazara hasn't found his potential yet, but he is still just 22 years old and drove in 101 runs last season. Don't be shocked if he swats 35 out of the yard this year with a .270 batting average.
|129||Ian Happ (CHC - 2B,3B,LF,CF,RF)||78||263||131.2||39.8||131.0||+2.0||
If we can guarantee Happ a full season worth of at-bats, we'd be looking at a middle infielder with 35 homers and double-digit steals. The problem is that the Cubs are so loaded that he will probably only see 400 at-bats unless an injury opens up full playing time.
|130||Zack Godley (ARI - SP)||58||305||132.2||46.4||111.0||-19.0||
Many are wondering if Godley is a fluke, but the underlying data backs up his breakout as legitimate. Add a humidor and we may see him kick it up another gear this season.
|131||Matt Carpenter (STL - 1B,2B,3B)||38||245||133.6||45.4||145.0||+14.0||
Carpenter's batting average dropped to a career-low .241, but the rest of his numbers remained almost entirely consistent with his career norms. He may have been one of the few victims of the fly-ball revolution, as his large jump in fly-ball rate (50.8%) led to a career low in BABIP (.274), despite a strong hard-contact percentage. In the end, don't let the .241 batting average fool you. Carpenter has not declined much if at all, and he should once again put up excellent numbers in 2018 batting at or near the top of a strong Cardinals lineup.
|132||Jose Berrios (MIN - SP)||77||404||139.7||62.9||99.0||-33.0||
Berrios was not a dominant fantasy asset last season, but he has shown enough that it is not out of the realm of possibility for him to pull a Luis Severino on the AL this season as a 24-year-old.
|133||Wade Davis (COL - RP)||79||290||134.2||34.3||112.0||-21.0||
Davis has been a top 3 closer in baseball over the past four seasons. With that said, moving to Colorado should bump his ERA north of 3.00 and WHIP up above 1.2 so he is only a fringe top-10 fantasy closer this year.
|134||Ian Kinsler (BOS - 2B)||80||239||138.6||30.7||169.0||+35.0||
Kinsler is a bit old and his batting average plummeted, but the batted ball rates indicate he should be back around .270 this season, which when paired with 20 HR, 15 SB is a quality second basemen.
|135||Jay Bruce (NYM - 1B,RF)||65||256||138.6||37.3||141.0||+6.0||
Bruce had another fine year at the plate last season, hitting 36 home runs and totaling 101 RBI between his time with the Mets and the Indians. He'll return to the Mets on a three-year deal, playing a mix of outfield and first base and batting in the middle of the order. Bruce's underlying metrics have remained steady, as his walk rate and strikeout rate remained generally consistent with his career norms. All in all, there's little reason to expect a decline from Bruce heading into 2018, and another season of 30-plus home runs, around 100 RBI, and a .250-ish batting average can be penciled in with confidence.
|136||Brad Hand (CLE - RP)||90||249||135.5||32.6||118.0||-18.0||
Hand has been lights out in back to back seasons, posting stellar WHIPs with over 100+ Ks in each season. This year, he should have the closer job full-time too so he has top-5 reliever upside and a fairly safe floor.
|137||Javier Baez (CHC - 2B,3B,SS)||72||298||143.2||45.8||126.0||-11.0||
It is easy to forget that Baez is still just 25 years old and that we likely haven't seen his prime yet. That may be 30 HR and 10 SB with a .280 average. For a middle infielder, that is well worth a top 100 pick.
|138||Brett Gardner (NYY - LF,CF)||82||209||143.8||27.0||165.0||+27.0||
Gardner was one of many examples of the fly ball revolution that took place last year. He jumped from 7 to 21 homers while retaining his streak of 5 straight seasons with 20+ steals. While the batting average is merely mediocre, that power-speed combo will help out in the mid rounds of drafts.
|139||Josh Bell (PIT - 1B)||80||233||144.1||31.4||175.0||+36.0||
Overall, it was a mildly disappointing season from Bell, who despite being a high-average hitter in the minors, struggled to the tune of a .255 batting average. Both his walk rate and strikeout rate were significantly worse than he showed in his 45-game stretch in the majors in 2016, and he simply didn't take the leap that some people expected. Still, Bell did hit 26 home runs and made strides over the second half of the season, so there's reason for optimism going forward. But there's little currently to suggest a true breakout in 2018, and he should be considered more of a roster-filler than a potential difference-maker in fantasy leagues in 2018
|140||Luke Weaver (STL - SP)||86||268||141.4||40.4||117.0||-23.0||
Luke Weaver, was a smashing success to close 2016, this proceeded to begin the year in Triple-A in 2017. Everyone was excited for him to be called back up, but few beyond his own mother perhaps, expected him to finish 6th in xFIP in front of the likes of Justin Verlander, Jacob deGrom, Carlos Carrasco and Luis Severino. His 11.0 K/9 were elite, as was virtually every other underlying metric. The Cardinals have a legitimate ace on their hands, and you can too with just an 11th round pick this year.
|141||Johnny Cueto (SF - SP) DL60||87||263||141.4||32.9||139.0||-2.0||
The most similar pitchers to Cueto according to Baseball Reference are Peavy, Milwood, Beckett, Appier, Drabek and Weaver. How many of them had a single decent season after they turned 31? Zero,. Cueto appears to have hit the same wall in 2017.
|142||Kyle Schwarber (CHC - LF)||78||387||148.3||43.5||156.0||+14.0||
There is significant bust potential with Schwarber, who struck out 150 times in just 129 games while batting .211. With that said, he may be the only catcher besides Gary Sanchez with a shot at hitting 40 bombs. If you want to buy a lottery ticket, Schwarber is your man.
|143||Sean Doolittle (WSH - RP)||98||235||143.2||30.4||116.0||-27.0||
Doolittle's problem has never been effectiveness, but rather just injuries. And although last year was ultimately a successful season, Doolittle was limited to just 51 1/3 innings, and has pitched just 104 innings total over the previous three seasons. Still, he is truly an elite pitcher when healthy, and excelled as the Nationals closer last season. His ability to limit walks and hard hit fly balls (his HR/FB rate almost always ranks among the league leaders), as well as his excellent strikeout rate, makes him the perfect option in the ninth inning. On a team that will provide him with plenty of save opportunities, Doolittle makes one of the best fantasy options at relief pitcher.
|144||Michael Conforto (NYM - LF,CF,RF)||65||296||151.0||36.8||179.0||+35.0||
This may be the biggest lottery pick of the fantasy season. If his shoulder injury lingers, it will be a waste of a pick, but we are looking at a player with .280/40/100 potential if he gets a full season.
|145||Justin Turner (LAD - 3B)||51||384||154.1||68.5||95.0||-50.0||
Turner missed time with leg injuries but he proved, once again, that he is a completely changed hitter. He set career-bests in walk rate, strikeout rate, and OPS, and even threw in seven steals to boot. Injuries will always be an issue - last year's 130 games played were the second-most of Turner's career - but there is no reason to doubt his production when he's in the lineup. Forget the part-time player that the Mets cast off years ago - Turner's a legitimate fantasy stud when he plays, and is worthy of an early-mid round pick.
|146||Evan Longoria (SF - 3B)||87||299||152.7||40.3||180.0||+34.0||
Longoria was fantastic in 2016, so his 2017 season may have seemed like a major disappointment. The fact is, however, that it was very much in line with what he did in both 2014 and 2015, so don't be banking on a bounce-back.
|147||Sonny Gray (NYY - SP) MiLB||90||301||150.3||37.8||115.0||-32.0||
Gray had a miserable 2016 season, but bounced back admirably last year with a 3.55 ERA and 153 strikeouts. While he likely won't ever be more than a #3 SP again, those kind of numbers could net him 15 wins pitching in front of that Yankees lineup.
|148||Eugenio Suarez (CIN - 3B)||85||242||151.1||38.9||194.0||+46.0||
Suarez doesn't offer much in the way of batting average or stolen bases, but he is useful in the other three main categories and makes for a reliable mid-round third basemen.
|149||Marcus Stroman (TOR - SP)||85||256||159.4||37.0||134.0||-15.0||
Stroman somehow only has 37 wins in his career despite always throwing a ton of innings and offering solid ratios. That number may come up, but his strikeouts are likely capped at 160, making him a safe play without much upside.
|150||Odubel Herrera (PHI - CF)||90||244||159.5||29.7||207.0||+57.0||
At this point, it is quite clear that Herrera will give us a .280 batting average with a hint of power and speed. It is nice to have a reliable asset like that later on in drafts, but his upside is limited.
|151||Justin Bour (PHI - 1B)||100||272||160.5||31.3||188.0||+37.0||
There's little reason to doubt Bour's ability at this point, as he's established himself as a legitimate power hitter over the last three seasons. An increase in hard-contact rate led to a 26% HR/FB rate last season, which was 13th-best in the league despite Bour playing his home games in Marlins Park. The total lack of supporting cast this season is certainly worrisome for Bour, and his RBI totals may take a dip. But he should still be considered a relatively safe source of home runs heading into 2018.
|152||Yoan Moncada (CWS - 2B)||63||355||158.7||44.2||147.0||-5.0||
There are some major holes in Moncada's screen, as indicated in his 54 game sample size last year, but his ceiling is enormous. We could be talking about a 20/40 fantasy player if he realizes his potential. There is substantial bust-potential, though, so draft at your own risk.
|153||Kevin Kiermaier (TB - CF)||112||295||161.1||37.6||173.0||+20.0||
There is much to love about Kiermaier's game as a whole, but it doesn't quite carry over to fantasy baseball. Sure, he could steal 25 bases, but without much in the way of power, plus he carries just a .262 career batting average. On top of that, he plays reckless enough that injuries seem to follow him around.
|154||Trevor Bauer (CLE - SP)||83||308||159.8||42.1||128.0||-26.0||
You may look at Bauer's 5.24 ERA in the first-half and see that he went 10-2 with a 3.01 in the second-half, but he was actually every bit as good in the first-half in terms of underlying metrics. Rather, he just had some bad luck. This may be the year we finally get a top 30 starting pitcher out of him with 220+ Ks.
|155||Manuel Margot (SD - CF)||98||269||160.6||39.7||152.0||-3.0||
Margot played more than expected last season, but didn't put up nearly the counting stats fantasy owners hoped for. His upside is that of a 20/35 power/speed combo, but virtually all projections have him performing near the mediocre stats he put up in 2017.
|156||Alex Colome (SEA - RP)||106||270||161.0||36.5||132.0||-24.0||
Colome led the AL with 47 saves last year, but the ratios were mediocre and he doesn't strike many batters out. Seeing that the Rays are forfeiting their season, 40+ saves seems unlikely in 2018.
|157||J.T. Realmuto (MIA - C,1B)||76||443||170.3||60.4||129.0||-28.0||
While Realmuto showed last season that his .303 batting average from 2016 was a fluke, he did tack on 6 more homers and 17 extra RBIs. He is also the most stolen base friendly catcher, so depending on the makeup of your team, you may want to target him toward the middle of your drafts.
|158||Jonathan Gray (COL - SP) MiLB||106||314||162.7||36.9||158.0||‐||
It is amazing what Gray was able to do at Coors Field last year (3.13 ERA, 4 HR allowed), but we've never seen anyone sustain that type of success over a full season for the Rockies. He may strike out 200 and win 15 games, but don't bank on useful ratios again this season.
|159||Adam Duvall (ATL - 1B,LF)||106||441||169.3||55.1||155.0||-4.0||
For two straight seasons now, Duvall has hit 30+ HR and driven in 99+ runs. The batting average isn't pretty, but won't single-handedly kill your team in that category.
|160||Trey Mancini (BAL - 1B,LF)||53||299||163.7||52.5||168.0||+8.0||
Mancini quietly had an extremely productive season for the Orioles, batting .293 with 24 home runs. Although his HR/FB rate was a bit high for his profile (19.8%, 29th-best among qualified hitters), little in his underlying metrics suggested that his season was unsustainable. Batting in an excellent hitter's park in Camden Yards atop an above-average lineup, Mancini should once again deliver solid counting stats and decent all-around numbers in 2018.
|161||Brandon Morrow (CHC - RP) DL60||98||258||168.0||34.0||154.0||-7.0||
Morrow's turn from mediocre starter to elite reliever became complete last year, as he turned in a dominant season for the Dodgers. He became an integral part of the team's success, and even pitched in all seven games in the World Series. He parlayed his season into a three-year deal with the Cubs to be their closer, which instantly made him one of the most coveted relief pitchers in all of fantasy. Assuming the Cubs don't swoop in and sign Greg Holland, Morrow should be a strong source of ratios, strikeouts, and saves, as there's little reason to doubt his ability to pitch well when healthy. But tread lightly - he has not pitched more than 57 innings in any season since 2012, and his checkered injury history suggests more caution is warranted than most relievers.
|162||Paul DeJong (STL - 2B,SS)||59||237||168.6||37.9||149.0||-13.0||
The batted ball data suggests that Dejong's power is legitimate. He does have holes in his wing, however, and may see the batting average drop to around .255. Still, with 30+ homers and at shortstop, that is a quality mid-round pick.
|163||Andrew Miller (CLE - RP)||85||282||171.5||35.5||187.0||+24.0||
Outside of Kenley Jansen, there has been no better reliever in all of baseball over the past few seasons. He is a near-lock to strikeout 90+ with unbelievable ratios, but don't expect more than 5 saves.
|164||Marwin Gonzalez (HOU - 1B,2B,3B,SS,LF)||93||311||177.0||48.9||133.0||-31.0||
Marwin broke out in the first-half last season with a top 10 OPS in all of baseball. He took a step backward after the all-star break but was still more than a quality fantasy asset. The concern will be playing time, as Derek Fisher and others are breathing down his neck.
|165||Danny Duffy (KC - SP)||97||254||172.0||36.4||163.0||-2.0||
Duffy has shown flashes of being an excellent pitcher at times in his career. Last season, he was merely mediocre however, so realize there is a bit of risk with this pick and a small ceiling in regards to wins.
|166||Avisail Garcia (CWS - RF)||79||294||174.8||39.1||192.0||+26.0||
You might not have noticed, but Garcia batted .330 last season with 18 homers. While those numbers will certainly be difficult to attain again in 2018, it is worth noting that he improved as the season went on so it may not have been a fluke.
|167||Garrett Richards (LAA - SP) DL60||101||257||174.0||41.0||162.0||-5.0||
Richards has been limited to just 62 1/3 innings over the past two seasons, as arm injuries have derailed his promising career to this point. Now fully healthy, he makes an intriguing pick on draft day. Armed with elite velocity and both a plus-slider and a plus-curveball, Richards is a master at limiting hard contact. With an improved Angels lineup, Richards should be in line for plenty of wins with solid peripherals if -- and that is the key word -- if he can stay healthy. His troubling injury history should keep his price under control, but he offers nearly as much upside as anyone going in the late rounds.
|168||Jameson Taillon (PIT - SP)||108||274||174.8||32.8||177.0||+9.0||
It's hard to know what to make of Taillon, who missed two full years in the minors because of injuries and then missed a chunk of time last year due to testicular cancer. His recovery and return from the illness was one of the feel-good stories of the year, but it is difficult to know whether his struggles after his return were because of the illness or just poor performance. Taillon led the league in BABIP-against last year (.352) and, not surprisingly, had a FIP about a run lower than his 4.44 ERA. Your best bet is to draft Taillon expecting him to improve on last year's numbers, but keeping below a 4.00 ERA, and not much more than that, should be your baseline expectation.
|169||Chris Davis (BAL - 1B)||39||258||179.0||39.5||210.0||+41.0||
Davis had nearly a carbon copy season to his dreadful 2014, and he was essentially unplayable in fantasy. Never one to make much contact, Davis's strikeout rate ballooned to a league-worst 37.2%, and he simply could not hit lefties at even his usual anemic rate. Davis's skillset doesn't play well in the new environment where 35 home runs simply does not mean what it used to. He's still young enough to bounce back, and he obviously did so after his similar 2014 season. But he's much more of a late-round flyer than anything else.
|170||Hector Neris (PHI - RP)||110||247||179.7||30.1||153.0||-17.0||
While it seems clear that Neris is the best reliever in the Phillies bullpen, his role as the closer may not be a lock. He is worth owning regardless, but make sure to keep tabs on the news coming out of camp, as it would effect his draft stock nearly 100 slots.
|171||Delino DeShields (TEX - LF,CF)||108||301||181.8||43.8||172.0||+1.0||
The Rangers appear to be set on DeShields opening the season as a starter. If he can stick around in the lineup, 40+ steals is a virtual certainty. He won't provide a lick of power, but the batting average will be above league average.
|172||Evan Gattis (HOU - C,DH)||99||441||186.2||62.8||150.0||-22.0||
Gattis missed tons of time with injuries last season, playing just a bit more than half a season, but his poor performance wasn't just about his missed time. His power output shrank significantly, as he hit just 12 home runs and posted his lowest HR/FB rate of his career. But there were positive signs, too, as Gattis posted a career-low 15.4 percent strikeout rate. For his 2018 outlook, the most important thing is that with Carlos Beltran's retirement, it appears that Gattis should get most of the at-bats at DH, which should keep him in the lineup most days and lead to good health. Considering that the entire league saw an uptick in power last year, Gattis' low home-run totals should probably be considered a one-off and blamed on his injuries. If fully healthy coming into Spring Training, getting back to the 30-homer plateau should be well within reach.
|173||Michael Fulmer (DET - SP) DL60||99||309||181.7||42.9||170.0||-3.0||
Fulmer may produce solid ratios, but the strikeouts are non-existent and you can't even bank on 10 wins considering the Tigers' lineup he will be pitching in front of.
|174||Salvador Perez (KC - C,DH)||74||449||181.6||74.0||104.0||-70.0||
Although he was sidelined late in the season with a strained intercostal muscle, Perez had perhaps his finest fantasy season, posting a career-high 27 home runs and 80 RBI. His power spike was significant (his .227 ISO was nearly 40 points higher than his previous season-best), but even if he goes back to his career norms, the fact remains that he has now topped 20 home runs three years in a row. Yes, you can count on him slumping hard in the second half, but on draft day, he should be considered just a tick behind the truly elite names.
|175||Shin-Soo Choo (TEX - LF,RF,DH)||134||253||182.2||25.6||256.0||+81.0||
Long gone are the days where Choo will bat .300 or even help you at all in average, but he is still swatting 20 homers a year with double-digit steals and near 100 runs every season. That is well worth a mid-round price.
|176||Charlie Morton (HOU - SP)||126||265||183.0||33.4||167.0||-9.0||
Morton had a surprising start last year (3.82 ERA, .250 BAA, 9.7 K/9), but he never regressed back to his mediocre level we had seen for years. In fact, he kicked it up a few more notches, posting a .210 BAA with 10.3 K/9. In fact, he was among the best pitchers in the playoffs as well. He is going for cheap, but may just be one of the top 25 pitchers in all of baseball.
|177||Dexter Fowler (STL - CF,RF) DL60||121||288||189.1||30.3||220.0||+43.0||
Fowler puts up quality numbers whenever he is on the field, but he has only played more than 125 games once in the past five seasons. If he can stay healthy, we can bet on 20 HR, 10 SB and 90 runs, but that is a big if.
|178||Gio Gonzalez (MIL - SP)||105||274||187.0||40.3||143.0||-35.0||
Gio resurged last year for the Nationals, winning 15 games with a 2.96 ERA in 201 IP. His peripheral numbers suggest much of it was luck driven, however, so don't be naive to expect a repeat performance in 2018.
|179||Kelvin Herrera (WSH - RP)||108||322||189.3||39.0||185.0||+6.0||
Herrera used to be among the best relievers in baseball, but last season he was merely mediocre. He may be the lock at closer, but the Royals might not even provide 30 save opportunities this season.
|180||Eduardo Nunez (BOS - 2B,3B,SS,LF,DH)||82||400||183.5||60.8||142.0||-38.0||
Nunez was an all-star two years ago, but was actually better last season, driving his batting average up to .313 and swatting 12 homers with 24 steals in just 114 games. He may reach 20 and 35 this season if he can stay healthy.
|181||Jonathan Villar (BAL - 2B,CF)||34||297||191.4||53.5||199.0||+18.0||
Villar may have been the biggest non-injury bust in fantasy baseball last year. You may be sensing a trend here, as Villar is like many of the other names on this list having put up a terrible first-half. He still finished the season with double-digit homers and 20+ steals, which is a far cry from the 20/60 line he put together in 2016. With that said, it isn't crazy to think he can cut the difference in half going 15/40 with the .280 batting average he put together after the all-star break and throughout both 2015 and 2016. That, folks, is a top 30 fantasy hitter, and worth far more than just a few bucks.
|182||Bradley Zimmer (CLE - CF)||123||303||194.4||38.2||203.0||+21.0||
Zimmer ended the season batting ust .241 with a .692 OPS, but he showed flashes of the type of fantasy player he can be. While he may be risky, don't be shocked if he posts a .270 BA with 20 HR and 35 steals as this year's breakout player of the season.
|183||Jeurys Familia (OAK - RP)||106||287||192.2||39.1||160.0||-23.0||
Familia missed most of last season after developing a blood clot in his throwing shoulder, but he returned at the end of the season and looked strong. It's fair to write off his overall poor numbers last year due to the injury, but Familia had taken a pretty big step back from 2015 to 2016 anyway. Heading into this season and with AJ Ramos on board, the Mets had talked about a closer-by-committee approach, but there were quickly rumblings that Familia would get the bulk of the chances. Unfortunately, he's already dealt with a "tight" shoulder this spring, so his outlook is murky, at best. For now, draft Familia assuming he leads the Mets in saves, but don't bank on much more than 20 or so. Anything more than that would be gravy.
|184||Kenta Maeda (LAD - SP)||105||272||190.5||32.8||183.0||-1.0||
After a terrific rookie campaign, Maeda took a small step backward last year. It wasn't for lack of efficiency, however, considering he improved all over the board. Rather, it was an innings issue which again is the concern for 2018.
|185||Yadier Molina (STL - C)||97||340||193.4||52.2||161.0||-24.0||
Molina's value often came from just a heavy workload, as his ability to compile stats usually resulted in a top-12 finish at the catcher position, even if it didn't seem like a great ride. But his 2017 was truly miraculous, as he swatted 18 home runs and stole nine bases, both of which were the second-best marks at his career. His solid year was backed up by a decline in his ground-ball percentage and career-high in hard-contact rate, suggesting it was no fluke. Molina has seen an incredibly high workload in his career and will be 36 years old this season, so the ride should likely end sometime soon. But at an incredibly weak position, he's certainly a safe bet to provide decent and starting-caliber fantasy numbers.
|186||Jeff Samardzija (SF - SP) DL60||110||296||191.5||51.8||182.0||-4.0||
Samardzija had a fine year other than his inflated ERA. He finished the season with the best walk rate (just 3.8%) and strikeout to walk rate (20.4%) of his career, and his second best WHIP (1.14) and strikeout rate (24.2%). The problem for the Shark, as it has been throughout his career, was his home run rate, as his 1.30 HR/9 rate was one of the worst in the league. If he can just correct that number and bring it back to his career mark of 1.05 HR/9, he could be a borderline elite starter. That, combined with his five straight 200-inning seasons, leaves him as a valuable mid-to-late round selection in fantasy drafts.
|187||Chase Anderson (MIL - SP)||107||285||191.9||43.1||164.0||-23.0||
Anderson lept from being a #4 starting pitcher in the majors to posting a 2.74 ERA and 1.09 WHIP through 141 innings last season. Don't count on a repeat performance, however, as his underlying metrics remained the same season to season, suggesting loads of luck last year.
|188||Arodys Vizcaino (ATL - RP)||104||319||195.9||42.3||159.0||-29.0||
Vizcaino found his control last season, and turned in a fine year, holding down the closer's role with ease in the latter part of the season. His control, which had been downright awful in 2016, was much improved, as he cut his walk rate from 6.05/9 to a passable 3.30/9. Combined with an above-average strikeout rate, Vizcaino has plenty of tools to be a successful closer. But it is worth noting that in light of his inflated hard contact rate and his luck in strand rate, Vizcaino's FIP (3.72) and xFIP (4.21) were much higher than his ERA (2.83) last season. If his luck regresses, he could lose his grip on the role, especially with A.J. Minter waiting in the wings.
|189||Jason Kipnis (CLE - 2B,CF,DH)||95||287||195.7||37.9||206.0||+17.0||
It is remarkable how far Kipnis has fallen after batting .275 with 23 HR, 15 SB, 90+ runs and 80+ RBI in 2016. Just know that while last year was a disaster, he isn't far enough removed from those numbers to discount a significant bounceback. Plus, he has been killing it in Spring Training, which may not mean much, but has to be a little encouraging.
|190||Eric Thames (MIL - 1B,LF,RF)||109||281||200.6||41.6||200.0||+10.0||
We all rememeber how phenomenal Thames was to start last season, but don't forget that he only hit 8 homers and drove in 20 runs in the second half last year. That isn't to say he will be a complete flop, but be advised that his 2018 numbers are unlikely to mirror his 2017 breakout.
|191||Mitch Haniger (SEA - CF,RF)||67||287||201.2||36.4||237.0||+46.0||
Last season, Haniger got off to a great start, but he missed 60 games and many appear to have lost of impressive he is. The struggled in Spring Training have only multiplied that, but he should be a reliable source of power and average late in drafts.
|192||Steven Souza (ARI - RF)||101||428||201.0||63.1||196.0||+4.0||
Souza certainly won't help you in the batting average department, but he is a quality source of homers and steals. Bonus points if you play in an OBP league.
|193||Dylan Bundy (BAL - SP)||134||293||198.2||39.1||176.0||-17.0||
Bundy's ERA wasn't where fantasy owners would have wanted to see it, but over the course of the season, his peripheral numbers looked more and more like the #2 pitcher the Orioles were hoping he would eventually become.
|194||Blake Snell (TB - SP)||107||323||201.3||46.9||193.0||-1.0||
Snell's strikeout rates dropped last season and his ERA went up, but that doesn't mean he is a bust. Rather, let's try to remember that he was recently the minor league pitcher of the year and has substantial untapped potential that may show it's face this season.
|195||Tim Anderson (CWS - SS)||90||284||203.2||40.3||225.0||+30.0||
Anderson traded batting average for some pop last season and offers fantasy owners 20/20 potential this year in the middle infield.
|196||Wilson Ramos (PHI - C,DH)||102||409||210.7||64.0||195.0||-1.0||
Ramos missed the majority of 2017 recovering from a torn ACL he had suffered the year prior and, as a whole, underwhelmed on the season, with just a .737 OPS in 64 games. But his poor numbers were largely the result of a terrible start as he shook off the rust. He rebounded in August to bat .274, and then truly rounded into form in September when he batted .317 with five home runs and a .600 slugging percentage. His last two months are more in line with what we can expect from Ramos this year in a full season with the Rays. He's certainly below the elite tier of catcher, but he should be one of the few reliable options at the position in 2018.
|197||Andrelton Simmons (LAA - SS)||119||305||203.1||33.0||214.0||+17.0||
Simmons is without question the best defensive shortstop in the world, but his bat was also quite good last season. He batted .278 with 14 homers and 19 stolen bases. He is just now coming into the prime of a hitter's career so don't be so quick to dismiss him as a fluke.
|198||Carlos Gonzalez (COL - RF)||111||325||205.2||47.4||250.0||+52.0||
Ok, so maybe Car-Go isn't quite a stud anymore, but he is significantly better than his overall 2017 numbers indicated. Apparently, he was playing through an injury to start the season, but once he got right, we were looking at the same ole' numbers. He batted .314/.390/.531 over the second half, thanks primarily to a September in which he was the best hitter on the planet. We may get a top 50 fantasy player 150 picks later if he can stay on the field for the Rockies.
|199||Jackie Bradley (BOS - CF,RF)||148||284||206.6||27.4||248.0||+49.0||
Everyone remembers the hitting streak and that many were calling for him to be a future star, but he's got a career batting average of .239 and his best tool is his mediocre power so be careful with the lingering hype surrounding him.
|200||Blake Treinen (OAK - RP)||138||328||208.0||42.3||178.0||-22.0||
It was a tale of two seasons for Treinen, as he flopped when given the closer's role for the Nationals, but then excelled in the role after his trade to the Athletics. Treinen didn't pitch all that well with the Nationals, but he was incredibly unlucky given his BABIP when combined with his 60.5% ground ball rate. His numbers with Oakland (2.13 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, strikeout rate above 20%) are more indicative of what owners can expect. The A's are mediocre, of course, but that shouldn't stop Treinen from being a fine relief option late in drafts.
|201||Michael Brantley (CLE - LF,DH)||66||337||205.8||48.3||244.0||+43.0||
Brantley finally looked healthy last season and while another injury might be right around the corner, he offers .310 BA upside with 15 homers and 15 stolen bases which is a near-impossible combo to find late in drafts.
|202||David Peralta (ARI - LF,RF)||93||350||210.2||38.0||280.0||+78.0||
Peralta is as good of a bet as you will find in the middle of drafts to bat .290, but he might not even provide a dozen homers with the humidor now in action.
|203||Taijuan Walker (ARI - SP) DL60||119||327||207.8||44.4||186.0||-17.0||
Since being compared to Dwight Gooden as a prospect, Walker has been a bit of a disappointment in fantasy terms. Still, he has been improving with each year including posting a 3.49 in Coors Field lite last season. Now that they have the humidor, we may see him take a leap to being an MLB #2 starting pitcher.
|204||Mark Melancon (SF - RP)||103||369||209.3||54.5||166.0||-38.0||
For four consecutive seasons, Melancon was a dynamite closer. After signing the huge contract with San Francisco, however, he had a terrible season. He's got dibs at the save opportunities, but the ratios aren't a guarantee to bounce back.
|205||Kevin Gausman (ATL - SP)||128||335||206.2||41.8||189.0||-16.0||
There may have been no starting pitcher who killed more fantasy teams last year than Gausman in the first-half. In the second, however, he was right in line with the top 15 starting pitchers in baseball and that would also be his upside this season.
|206||Marcus Semien (OAK - SS)||109||298||207.8||42.7||251.0||+45.0||
Semien missed half the season and still managed double-digit steals and homers. While he likely won't bat .260, getting both power and speed from a shortstop is a rare combo.
|207||Maikel Franco (PHI - 3B)||92||469||212.3||56.6||234.0||+27.0||
Franco has been around long enough that you may think we know exactly who he is, but he's still just 24 years old and could break out into a 30 HR, .270 BA type of monster any time. If you need a lottery ticket late in drafts, Franco fits the description.
|208||Danny Salazar (CLE - SP) DL60||123||525||207.8||65.6||212.0||+4.0||
Everyone and their grandma knew Danny Salazar had front of the rotation stuff, but he had a rough first half thanks to a sore shoulder in June. When he came back, he was as good as ever, placing second in baseball with 12.8 K/9 over the second half and a 3.00 ERA. There is plenty of risk if you draft him, but the upside is that of a Cy Young winner, and I don't throw that term around lightly.
|209||Josh Reddick (HOU - LF,CF,RF)||130||343||215.8||48.4||253.0||+44.0||
Reddick has been consistently improving his batting average each season, all the way up to the .314 he gave us in 2017. The issue with him is whether the Astros will hold of Derek Fisher for his behalf. If they do, Reddick may be a draft day steal.
|210||Scooter Gennett (CIN - 2B,3B,LF)||99||370||215.9||53.7||190.0||-20.0||
While it is reasonable to expect Scooter to take a major step back after last year's major breakout, even regression would leave him as a .270 hitter with 20 homers which is a plenty useful fantasy middle infielder.
|211||Zack Cozart (LAA - 2B,3B,SS) DL60||107||297||213.1||38.2||211.0||‐||
You may not have noticed, but Cozart broke away from his typical .250 BA and lackluster power to become a .300 hitter with plenty of pop last season. He won't be playing in the Great American Ballpark this year, and he is now a third basemen, but should still be worth rostering in fantasy leagues.
|212||Greg Bird (NYY - 1B)||97||459||207.9||83.1||171.0||-41.0||
Bird looked like a breakout candidate after a big spring training, but a late ankle injury got his season off to a terrible start, before he finally missed a large chunk of the season with the injury. When he returned, however, he showed how dynamic he could be, hitting eight home runs over his final 29 games and playing well in the postseason. Bird should be the everyday first baseman and, given the Yankees' lineup and home park, and Bird's performance to close out the season, he should once again be a prime breakout candidate heading into 2018.
|213||Drew Pomeranz (BOS - SP)||132||291||211.6||34.3||201.0||-12.0||
For the second straight season, Pomeranz posted an ERA below 3.40. He isn't going to strike out 220 batters, nor will his WHIP be a major help, but in front of that Red Sox lineup, he should be a reliable source of wins.
|214||Corey Dickerson (PIT - LF,DH)||94||269||205.7||34.9||223.0||+9.0||
Dickerson's batting average bounced back up last season to his career line of .280 and the power stayed despite playing his home games in Tampa. He should have no trouble repeating his 25 HR, .280 BA output in Pittsburgh if he can stay healthy.
|215||Hanley Ramirez (1B,DH) FA||48||476||217.1||71.3||274.0||+59.0||
After a resurgent 2016, Ramirez disappointed last season, hitting just 23 home runs and batting a career-low .242. There was certainly some noise in Ramirez's numbers, as he batted just .179 against lefties after hammering them his whole career, and the underlying metrics, such as his increased line-drive percentage, suggested that he saw his fair share of bad luck. Still, Ramirez is 34 years old at this point and has earned his draft position just once in the last four seasons. While another rebound season is certainly possible, it's not worth wasting significant draft capital on.
|216||Yulieski Gurriel (HOU - 1B,3B,DH)||126||450||213.2||55.5||252.0||+36.0||
It took Gurriel a while to get going after a few seasons away from baseball, but he ended the season batting .299 with enough homers, RBIs and runs make him a worthwhile mid-round first basemen if he can get off the disabled list quick enough to get 450+ at bats.
|217||Todd Frazier (NYM - 3B)||111||410||220.4||49.3||241.0||+24.0||
Frazier had a rough year splitting time between the White Sox and the Yankees, but he still clubbed 27 home runs. Although his batting average was anemic even by his standards (just .213), he set a career high in walk rate at 14.4% and his strikeout rate remained consistent. Now batting in the middle of suddenly solid Mets lineup and playing close to his home town, Frazier should be able to once again top 25 home runs with decent counting stats. If he gets his steals back up into the double digits, he could be a draft day bargain.
|218||Yonder Alonso (CLE - 1B)||93||325||211.4||56.9||254.0||+36.0||
Alonso wasted away to begin his career in San Diego after being recognized as a top prospect. He joined the fly ball revolution last season, swatting 28 homers and scoring 70 runs. Now that he is out of a pitcher's park and into Cleveland, which plays just fine for hitters, we may just see 30+ bombs from him.
|219||Orlando Arcia (MIL - SS)||136||297||218.3||38.7||197.0||-22.0||
Arcia may be a defense first shortstop, but he also offered fantasy owners 15 homers, 14 steals and a .277 batting average last year. Even a repeat would be welcomed in fantasy lineups, but he was just 22 years old last year so perhaps he takes another step or two forward.
|220||Mike Clevinger (CLE - SP,RP)||134||335||220.5||46.2||198.0||-22.0||
Clevinger is officially in the rotation to start the season and may just be the steal of fantasy drafts this year. He was a top 15 pitcher when he was on the mound for 21 starts last season and might strikeout 220 this year if he has the chance from Cleveland.
|221||Logan Morrison (MIN - 1B,DH) DL60||109||327||221.3||48.7||249.0||+28.0||
Until last season, Morrison had never topped 500 at bats or 25 homers, but he earned himself a full-time gig and broke out for 38 homers. Even if he takes a step backward, 30 homers with a .240 batting average is nothing to sneeze at with a late pick, and his power might actually improve with the home ballpark change.
|222||Welington Castillo (CWS - C)||134||397||227.0||55.2||208.0||-14.0||
Despite his advancing age, Castillo had a fine, though injury-plagued season last year with the Orioles, hitting a career-high 20 home runs in just 96 games. Though he clearly benefited from playing in Camden Yards, his underlying numbers, including his strikeout rate and hard-contact percentage, remained right in line with his career-marks, suggesting that his strong season was anything but a fluke. Though he'll leave the friendly confines of Baltimore, he'll find himself in another hitter-friendly home venue with the White Sox in Guaranteed Rate Field. That suggests that Castillo should be able to put up similar numbers to last year's, and he could be an excellent option at the catcher position if he can manage to stay healthier.
|223||Stephen Piscotty (OAK - RF)||137||324||222.3||37.6||275.0||+52.0||
After two productive seasons to begin his career, Piscotty's numbers dropped off last season as he dealt with personal issues. Now that he is in the Bay Area with his sick mother, don't be surprised if he returns to 20+ homers, a .270 BA and 80+ runs and RBI.
|224||Mike Zunino (SEA - C)||127||382||227.4||54.4||181.0||-43.0||
Zunino finally reminded everyone why he was such a heralded prospect, hitting 25 home runs with an .840 OPS in just 435 plate appearances last season. But the idea that Zunino has truly figured things out seems far-fetched, as he struck out nearly 37 percent of the time, the highest mark of his career. That number, as well as his inflated BABIP of .355, suggests that his passable batting average of .251 last season is simply unrepeatable. Unlike previous seasons, Zunino likely bought himself some time heading into this year, and so he probably won't be immediately sent down if he reverts back to his ways of a sub-.200 batting average. But don't buy in completely, and only move on Zunino if you have a strong batting average team otherwise and are in a shallow league where replacement level catchers will be available.
|225||Kole Calhoun (LAA - RF)||107||331||226.2||46.3||269.0||+44.0||
Calhoun isn't a sexy pick by any means, but he always provides 75+ runs, 75+ RBI and 17+ HR with a batting average that won't kill you. You could do much worse late into drafts.
|226||Cole Hamels (CHC - SP)||106||305||220.3||45.1||191.0||-35.0||
Hamels really struggled for the first time in his career in 2017. He failed to reach 200 innings pitched for the first time since 2009, saw his strikeout rate dip to a career low, and had a 4.20 ERA (with a 4.62 FIP and 4.83 xFIP). Father time eventually catches up to everyone not named David Ortiz, and in light of Hamels' decreased velocity, it certainly appears on the surface that it has finally caught up to him. Still, even with his struggles, he had just a 1.20 WHIP, and a crafty veteran like Hamels probably still has tricks up his sleeve. But he's much more of a back-end-of-the-rotation starter, and you probably shouldn't expect that much from him in 2018.
|227||Brad Brach (ATL - RP)||142||306||227.0||32.1||205.0||-22.0||
Brach was a fine waiver-wire pickup last year, filling in for Zach Britton and totaling 18 saves. Unfortunately, the rest of his numbers weren't quite up to his usual standards, especially in the second half when his control left him. Still, he did enough to show he could handle the closer's role, and he'll be thrust right back into the job in 2018 given Britton's Achilles injury. The exact timetable for Britton is unclear, but even if he's back by late-May or early-June, that is plenty of time for Brach to provide fantasy owners with value. Draft him expecting 15 saves or so as the floor, and there's upside for more if Britton has any setbacks in his recovery.
|228||Kendrys Morales (TOR - 1B,DH)||95||342||224.0||48.9||282.0||+54.0||
Over the past three seasons, Morales has averaged 27 homers, 95 RBI and a .265 batting average. If he can come close to maintaining that in his age 35 season this year, you've got yourselves a steal to fill your bench late in drafts.
|229||Mark Trumbo (BAL - RF,DH) DL60||95||399||229.2||52.3||270.0||+41.0||
It may be tempting to assume Trumbo's career is on the backend and that his 23 HR, .234 BA are now the new expectation, but don't be so quick to forget that he led baseball with 47 homers in 2016 and a bounceback, while not likely, is by no means out of the question.
|230||Archie Bradley (ARI - RP)||122||372||232.0||49.9||184.0||-46.0||
After struggling in the rotation through 34 career starts, Arizona made the decision to move Bradley to the bullpen where he was lights out last season. He posted stellar ratios and struck out nearly 10 hitters per 9 innings. If the Diamondbacks do name him the closer, we would be looking at a top 10 reliever in baseball.
|231||Jacob Faria (TB - SP)||154||319||229.1||36.7||217.0||-14.0||
Faria was impressive in his 86 inning big league debut, but there is much more potential to be tapped into. Last season before his call up, Faria was striking out an unbelievable 12.9 batter per nine innings. He' got 200 K upside with a low-3's ERA if he gets enough innings.
|232||Cesar Hernandez (PHI - 2B)||128||327||229.2||37.7||265.0||+33.0||
It may seem like a boring pick to you, but Hernandez has now hit over .290 in consecutive full seasons and scored 85 runs last year. He won't hit for much power, but the 15 to 20 stolen bases certainly help.
|233||Jose Peraza (CIN - 2B,SS)||143||386||225.2||46.1||239.0||+6.0||
Peraza is certainly no source of power, but he is a .277 hitter through his MLB career thus far and averages 34 stolen bases per 162 games played. He is a safe source of steals late into drafts as we can virtually guarantee he holds onto the starting job all season even if he struggles a bit.
|234||J.A. Happ (NYY - SP)||121||299||229.9||40.5||243.0||+9.0||
It may not feel good to draft a boring arm like J.A. Happ, but the matter of the fact is that if you need a safe source of wins and low ratios, he might be your best option late into drafts. He should provide a mid 3's ERA with at least a dozen wins.
|235||Michael Wacha (STL - SP) DL60||115||320||229.6||43.3||224.0||-11.0||
It was once thought that Wacha would compete each year with Matt Harvey to be the NL Cy Young. That clearly isn't the case anymore, but he does seem to be a reliable mediocre pitcher at this point in his career, and it never hurt anyone to add an arm like that at the end of their drafts.
|236||Starlin Castro (MIA - 2B)||147||324||230.9||43.9||300.0||+64.0||
Castro does take a sizeable ballpark factor dip this season which could knock his HR, RBI and R down, but let's try to not be so quick to forget that he batted .300 last season and was on pace for over 20 homers for the second straight season if it weren't for his injury.
|237||Brandon Belt (SF - 1B,LF)||146||334||232.7||46.5||304.0||+67.0||
Belt's batting average dipped last season as he struggled to stay healthy, but if he can get on the field this year, we know Belt should return to delivering a .275 BA with 15 to 20 HR, 65+ RBI and 70+ runs. That isn't a great fantasy player, but it is a useful bench asset for sure.
|238||Lance Lynn (NYY - SP)||118||420||235.0||48.4||215.0||-23.0||
With Byron Buxton roaming around in centerfield, Lynn has the potential to see his ADP jump to make him a top 60 fantasy SP.
|239||Aaron Hicks (NYY - LF,CF,RF)||141||401||236.5||46.5||246.0||+7.0||
Hicks hasn't been able to play more than 400 plate appearances once in his 5-year career, but last season showed plenty of fantasy upside. He hit 15 homers and stole 10 bases in just 301 at bats. If he can stay healthy, we are looking at a 25/20 player.
|240||Randal Grichuk (TOR - LF,CF,RF)||105||341||234.7||49.3||298.0||+58.0||
Grichuk's ribs are banged up, but even if he misses opening day, he should be back and ready to go in no time. He possesses 30+ home run type of pop if he can stay in the Blue Jays' lineup all season.
|241||Sean Manaea (OAK - SP) MiLB||162||374||235.8||36.2||261.0||+20.0||
Manaea looked sharp in the first ha;f and has showed a great deal of promise at times in his career. Taking the wrong medications derailed his season, though, so you'll be able to get a discount on draft day for a quality pitcher.
|242||Addison Russell (CHC - SS) RST||157||348||236.6||39.8||228.0||-14.0||
Russell is more well known as a result of the Cubs' success and his wizardry in the field than for his offensive prowess. The potential for 25 HR is there for the youngster, but his .240 career batting average tells the story about his limits.
|243||Tim Beckham (BAL - 2B,3B,SS)||128||334||236.7||45.9||286.0||+43.0||
After being dealt to Baltimore last summer, Beckham broke out to hit .306 with 10 HR in 50 games. No one is expecting him to keep that pace, but if he bats .280 with 20 homers, that would be well worth a late-round pick.
|244||Max Kepler (MIN - CF,RF)||159||338||241.2||35.8||289.0||+45.0||
Kepler has crazy potential but hasn't quite put it together yet. You may get the .243 BA with limited power and speed we saw last year, or he may end up as the top breakout of the season. He is a risky pick, but there isn't much to lose by drafting him late.
|245||Julio Teheran (ATL - SP)||142||362||243.7||44.7||204.0||-41.0||
The Braves' veteran struggled last year as his ERA ballooned from 3.21 to 4.49 in just one season, but he has been superb in Spring Training. Teheran won't provide much in the way of strikeouts, but he is a durable pitcher who shouldn't kill your ratios.
|246||Ryan McMahon (COL - 1B,2B,3B)||121||849||249.5||114.3||309.0||+63.0||
McMahon batted .355 with 69 extra-base hits and 11 steals in just 119 minor league games last season. He offers elite rookie potential playing half of his games in Coors if he can earn the starting job out of Spring Training.
|247||Blake Parker (LAA - RP)||127||306||236.5||36.5||230.0||-17.0||
The Angels seem to be going with the inferior Bedrosian as their closer to begin the season, but if he slips up one bit, you can bet on Parker taking over again. If and when he is the closer, he is a top 15 reliever in baseball.
|248||Tanner Roark (WSH - SP)||100||448||246.9||50.9||231.0||-17.0||
For most of his career, Roark offered nothing in the way of strikeouts, but that has changed suddenly. The issue is that his ratios have suffered at the same time. He isn't safe, but there is always a chance you get that 2.83 ERA with 16 wins that we saw in 2016.
|249||Dinelson Lamet (SD - SP) DL60||151||464||248.9||63.7||222.0||-27.0||
Last year as a rookie, the 6'4" righty had some rough stretches which led to a season-long 4.57 ERA, but his peripheral stats suggest much better is on the horizon. The difference between his 10.9 K/9 and 6.9 H/9 was only topped by five starting pitchers: Chris Sale, Max Scherzer, Corey Kluber, Rich Hill and Robbie Ray. Sure, he needs to work on his command and consistency a little, as most youngsters do, but that is mighty impressive company.
|250||Rick Porcello (BOS - SP)||117||439||246.8||50.3||213.0||-37.0||
Bouncing back to Cy Young form is extremely unlikely for Porcello, but his 4.65 ERA last season and 17 losses were the product of much bad luck. He should return cloer to his career norm of a low 4's ERA with 12 to 15 wins.
|251||Fernando Rodney (OAK - RP)||170||359||249.6||35.8||209.0||-42.0||
The Twins are planning on using Rodney as their closer and saves are saves so go ahead and draft him late if you need to fill the category. That doesn't mean his role will last long, however, as Rodney is one of the worst closers entering the season.
|252||Albert Pujols (LAA - 1B,DH) DL60||100||318||241.8||44.4||288.0||+36.0||
We won't pretend it is likely that Pujols will bounce back as a 38 year old, but it is entirely possible considering he hit 31 and 40 homers in two of the past three seasons. Even if he just sustains his recent production, 100+ RBI, 20 HR and a .240 BA is well worth owning in fantasy baseball.
|253||Greg Holland (WSH - RP)||94||354||237.1||62.0||202.0||-51.0||
We don't know where Holland will sign yet, but we can count on him being the closer wherever he ends up. He should see a major improvement in his ratios pitching away from Coors this season.
|254||Brian McCann (HOU - C) DL10||128||431||255.8||56.6||221.0||-33.0||
McCann's nine-season streak of at least 20 home runs was snapped last year, as injuries limited him to just 399 plate appearances and 18 home runs. There were warning signs for the veteran, such as a career-low in hard-contact rate, but overall, his numbers remained relatively consistent. He'll continue to sit against lefties, but his consistent power stroke and his place in a strong lineup keeps him as a definite starter in mixed leagues, even as he reaches the wrong end of the aging curve for catchers.
|255||Scott Kingery (PHI - 2B,3B,SS)||57||390||235.6||75.5||227.0||-28.0||
Kingery has the skill-set to push the envelope. If he ends up slated to start opening day, consider him a top 200 overall fantasy player, otherwise he is merely a draft and stash play for deeper leagues.
|256||Michael Taylor (WSH - CF)||151||360||244.0||43.9||238.0||-18.0||
We knew Taylor possessed fantasy potential for a while, but he finally put it together last season. In less than 400 at-bats, he posted 19 homers and 17 SB with a solid .271 BA. Pro-rated to a full-season, we could be looking at a 25/25 type of player.
|257||Aaron Sanchez (TOR - SP)||154||442||254.9||57.8||174.0||-83.0||
Sanchez was only able to throw 36 innings last season and they weren't all that good. He does have a career 3.01 ERA, however, so if he can stay on the mound, we might get a big-time surprise late in drafts.
|258||Jose Martinez (STL - 1B,LF,RF)||131||425||251.5||70.3||281.0||+23.0|
|259||Lucas Giolito (CWS - SP)||155||419||247.5||50.9||218.0||-41.0||
Most will flock to Giolito after posting a sparkling 2.38 ERA and sub 1.00 WHIP in 45 innings last year. After all, he was a former top 5 prospect, right? While that is true, it is not necessarily accurate to regard him as such at the time he re-entered the majors. Giolito may be 6'6" and 255 pounds, but he has lost several ticks off his fastball and no longer has the stuff to strike out 200 hitters in a season. In fact, last year his 6.8 K/9 was in the same range as Clayton Richard and Jason Vargas, which is a far cry from Cy Young territory.
|260||Matt Kemp (LAD - LF,RF)||120||468||258.2||80.8||278.0||+18.0||
Kemp can still mash, but his durability and defensive liabilities may keep him out of the lineup for a third of the season. The .275 BA with 20 HR and 65 RBI he gave us last year is about what we should expect in 2018.
|261||Ryon Healy (SEA - 1B,3B,DH)||157||376||246.4||44.8||247.0||-14.0||
Healy had a nice season for the A's and now averages 28 HR, 84 RBI, 75 R and a .282 batting average over his career per 162 games played. The problem here, is that he might start the season on the DL with a hand injury. If he is healthy, you'll end up with a late-round steal.
|262||Shane Greene (DET - RP)||159||468||255.0||52.5||219.0||-43.0|
|263||Jordan Montgomery (NYY - SP) DL60||144||324||255.2||38.1||245.0||-18.0||
While Jordan Montgomery was not a big prospect, he possesses enough swing and miss stuff that he could take another leap forward this season. His ceiling isn't huge, but he is a safe bet to be a fantasy relevant pitcher and we just might get more.
|264||Willie Calhoun (TEX - LF)||103||535||261.3||70.1||297.0||+33.0||
Calhoun has the pop to win AL Rookie of the Year if the Rangers are wise enough to call him up some time soon. It is a risk to draft him and let him sit on your bench while you wait, but a risk worth taking at the end of your fantasy drafts.
|265||Aaron Altherr (PHI - LF,CF,RF)||161||448||258.4||48.6||314.0||+49.0||
We've seen Altherr go white-hot for an extended period of time so thee is definitely upside to be found here, but the second-half did not paint a pretty picture so proceed with risk in mind.
|266||Josh Harrison (PIT - 2B,3B,LF)||142||368||255.7||51.8||283.0||+17.0||
Harrison's power has been up and down over the last few seasons, but you can be sure he will get you a .270 batting average with double digit steals and around 60 runs scored. The homers may or not be there, but that is a quality late-round utility player.
|267||Dellin Betances (NYY - RP)||174||342||252.9||33.7||240.0||-27.0||
Betances likely won't be saving more than a handful of games, but even in last year's down season, he still managed 100 Ks and solid ratios. You can bet on the safety late in drafts if you need help in those three categories.
|268||Lewis Brinson (MIA - LF,CF)||146||847||268.3||105.3||272.0||+4.0||
Lew was beyond abysmal in his cup of coffee last year, batting .106 with just 1 steal, but in the long-run, that is not who he is. More likely, we are looking at a .250 hitter with both power and speed in the same mold as Carlos Gomez or Michael Taylor.
|269||Matt Chapman (OAK - 3B)||122||393||258.0||50.6||268.0||-1.0||
Chapman is not only one of the league's best young defenders, but he's got some pop in his bat too. If you extend his 14 homers out to a full season, he would have knocked 27 with 75 runs and 77 RBI. The batting average will obviously hurt some, but the power more than makes up for it.
|270||Patrick Corbin (ARI - SP)||180||340||254.6||41.8||226.0||-44.0||
Corbin's WHIP was dreadful last season, but he did throw 190 decent innings and won 14 games. Now that he'll be pitching with the humidor in place, we can expect the ERA to drop to near 3.50 this season while the wins likely remain in place.
|271||Yasmani Grandal (LAD - C)||144||450||262.2||60.5||235.0||-36.0||
Grandal had a fine fantasy season for a catcher last season, swatting 22 home runs. But his production dropped off in the second half, and by the end of the season, he had lost significant playing time to Austin Barnes. In the Dodgers' 15 playoff games, Grandal started just two of them, suggesting that he should be in a platoon (at best) with Barnes this year. Still, Grandal has passed the 20-homer plateau in each of the last two years and plays fine defense, so unless word comes out that his playing time will be significantly reduced this year, he can still be drafted as a borderline starter in mixed leagues.
|272||Amed Rosario (NYM - SS)||160||330||259.8||43.4||273.0||+1.0||
There is a little too much hype surrounding the offensively raw rookie who hit just .248 with no power last season. Sure, he batted .328 in Triple-A, but Las Vegas is the minor league equivalent to Coors Field, and the power was still absent. He may steal 20 bags in the Bigs this season, though.
|273||Brad Peacock (HOU - SP,RP)||179||491||273.7||63.9||236.0||-37.0||
It seems as though the Astros will be forced to leave Peacock out of the starting rotation to open the season, but even with that being the case, he was so dominant out of the pen last year that he ought to be drafted. He also provides that rare SP eligibility for a relief pitcher than essentially gives you free quality innings.
|274||Bradley Boxberger (ARI - RP)||154||626||280.8||103.8||258.0||-16.0|
|275||Jonathan Lucroy (OAK - C)||147||428||275.9||62.6||216.0||-59.0||
Lucroy has dealt with injuries the last few seasons and although he is leaving Coors Field for Kansas City, he should still offer fantasy teams a quality batting average and mediocre pop making him a top-end second catcher in two-catcher leagues.
|276||Luke Gregerson (STL - RP) DL60||169||451||269.5||53.0||303.0||+27.0||
To begin Spring Training, Mike Matheny said Gregerson would be the Cardinals closer, but as it stands now, Dominic Leone is looking more and more like the guy. Don't give up on Gregerson altogether, but at this point he isn't worth drafting in standard leagues.
|277||Jake Odorizzi (MIN - SP)||170||394||269.8||46.6||259.0||-18.0||
The Twins' opening day starter struggled through the second half of last season, but he is healthy now and set to return to posting the quality numbers we saw throughout his career. If you need a safe pitcher late into drafts, Odorizzi fits the bill.
|278||Carlos Gomez (TB - CF,RF)||188||396||274.6||51.0||372.0||+94.0|
|279||David Robertson (NYY - RP)||195||422||267.3||48.0||257.0||-22.0||
Robertson is the number three reliever for the Yanks so saves aren't in the cards, but he has been so good for quite a while that you can still rely on him to provide loads of strikeouts and both a terrific WHIP and ERA.
|280||Jedd Gyorko (STL - 1B,2B,3B,SS)||129||403||271.3||59.9||423.0||+143.0||
Jedd has 50 HRs in his last 825 at bats and batted .272 last season. If he remains the starter, fantasy owners will have a bargain utility player late in drafts.
|281||David Dahl (COL - LF,CF,RF)||186||425||283.3||58.5||260.0||-21.0||
Dahl has five-tool upside and could very well turn into another Carlos Gonzalez for the Rockies. The issue here, is that the Rockies are expected to start him in the minor leagues and he'll have to knock off an established major leaguer or two to get his crack at big league at-bats.
|282||Cameron Maybin (SEA - LF,CF,RF)||181||549||274.8||65.3||351.0||+69.0||
Maybin nearly led the AL in stolen bases last season with 33 of them. He offers more power than speed-only guys like Deshields and Mallex Smith too. If he can get that average back up to .260 this year, we'll be looking at a total steal late into drafts.
|283||Alex Cobb (BAL - SP)||176||408||276.5||47.9||233.0||-50.0||
Cobb has had trouble staying healthy through his career, but he did rack up 180 innings last season and the Orioles paid him a pretty penny this spring. He won't strike out too many hitters, but you can rely on useful ratios as always from Cobb.
|284||Robinson Chirinos (TEX - C)||188||456||291.6||69.2||294.0||+10.0|
|285||Nick Williams (PHI - LF,CF,RF)||82||353||273.8||60.5||364.0||+79.0||
The former top prospect is flying under the radar despite offering 25 homer potential with a near 300 batting average. He will even steal some bags for you.
|286||Scott Schebler (CIN - CF,RF)||154||345||267.8||41.2||344.0||+58.0||
You may not like the .233 batting average that he offered fantasy owners last season, but he did knock 30 homers and there is no subsitute for that kind of late round power.
|287||Marco Estrada (TOR - SP)||153||477||280.1||58.9||296.0||+9.0||
Estrada has always had trouble preventing homers, but last year it was taken to a whole nother level, inflating his ERA from 3.48 to 4.98. He's got the upside to post strong numbers, but it comes with significant risk too.
|288||Ervin Santana (MIN - SP) DL60||190||550||288.1||63.4||255.0||-33.0||
If you are respecting a repeat of Santana'a mostly luck-driven 3.28 ERA and 16 wins, you are in for a rude awakening. He can still be a quality fantasy arm, however, when he returns to the Bigs off the DL in 2 months.
|289||Chad Green (NYY - RP)||139||431||273.8||67.4||264.0||-25.0||
Apologies to Kenley Jansen, but Green was the best reliever in baseball during the second half after a rather dominant first half. Batters hit just .147 off him over the entire season and struck out in 45% of their at-bats. That is not a typo! The Yankees finally got wise and decided to put him in the rotation for 2018. There is, of course, some risk here, but he is going undrafted in most leagues. Buy yourself a lottery ticket and maybe just maybe you will end up with this year's breakout starter of the year.
|290||C.J. Cron (TB - 1B,DH)||145||447||283.6||63.3||428.0||+138.0|
|291||Cameron Bedrosian (LAA - RP)||189||632||287.4||73.7||262.0||-29.0||
The Angels have been grooming Bedrosian to be the closer from some time and he has shown considerable potential, but is not nearly as polished as Blake Parker who seems to be the best reliever in their bullpen. Apparently, Bedrosian is the favorite for the job though. Don't draft him as though it is locked into place, nor that if he has the job, he is bound to hang onto it for too long with Parker breathing down his neck.
|292||Ketel Marte (ARI - 2B,SS)||166||416||281.0||55.6||360.0||+68.0||
Marte has now hit just 8 homers over his first three seasons, but he won't hurt you in batting average and could steal 20 bases if he gets a full season of playing time in Arizona this year.
|293||Keone Kela (PIT - RP)||189||532||291.4||79.1||343.0||+50.0||
The Rangers have not given a conclusive answer as to who their closer will be, but it is seeming more and more likely that Kela, the best man for the job, will be handed the role. If it happens, he would immediately become a top 15 reliever in baseball with even larger upside.
|294||Joe Musgrove (PIT - SP,RP)||178||362||284.3||48.9||405.0||+111.0|
|295||Tyler Chatwood (CHC - SP,RP) MiLB||117||487||291.6||69.3||232.0||-63.0|
|296||Felix Hernandez (SEA - SP)||165||388||283.6||47.2||242.0||-54.0||
Long gone are the days where Felix will pitch 240 innings, winning 20 games, but if he can remain healthy, 14 wins and useful ratios are a real possibility. His floor is high enough that drafting him late is hardly a risk at all.
|297||Brandon Crawford (SF - SS)||143||376||278.9||52.5||277.0||-20.0||
With Crawford's power keeping him below 15 homers and his lack of steals, Crawford's fantasy impact will be dependent on whether his batting average ends up around the .275 mark we got two years go or the .250 mark that he has sat at virtually his entire career. The RBIs and runs will be there, but without the average, he is only a fringe fantasy asset.
|298||Austin Barnes (LAD - C,2B)||191||477||309.2||78.3||229.0||-69.0||
The Dodgers used Barnes and Grandal in a platoon type situation last year. That doesn't mean Barnes is guaranteed at-bats, however, in 2018. If he does, it is safe to expect him to take a step back well outside of the top 12 at his position.
|299||Dustin Pedroia (BOS - 2B) DL60||148||426||284.9||57.6||397.0||+98.0||
The power and speed are apparently gone for Pedroia at this stage in the career, but he was playing through an injury. With that said, he will miss the start of the year on the DL. When he returns, expect a batting average up near .300, plenty of runs and not much else.
|300||Alexander Claudio (TEX - RP)||208||470||292.7||63.2||266.0||-34.0|
|301||Joakim Soria (MIL - RP)||172||468||281.3||58.5||338.0||+37.0||
Soria is slated to start the year as the White Sox closer, and while he was solid last year, Zack Burdi will be breathing down his neck in no time. Plus, Chicago shouldn't offer much in the way of save opportunities so his upside is limited.
|302||Chris Devenski (HOU - RP)||181||395||283.3||41.8||293.0||-9.0|
|303||Miles Mikolas (STL - SP)||116||357||281.0||51.9||317.0||+14.0||
Mikolas is a total question mark. He started the spring as a disaster, but has rebounded and has many thinking he could be another Lance Lynn type pitcher for the Cardinals this season.
|304||Luiz Gohara (ATL - SP,RP) DL60||204||543||294.2||61.1||333.0||+29.0||
It is hard to believe that a 6'3" lefty who has touched 100 MPH was able to go overlooked as a minor league prospect, but he was somehow barely scratching the top 100 in most lists when he made his debut as a 20-year-old despite carrying a 2.62 ERA and 147 Ks in just 123 innings this season. Luiz Gohara didn't finish the season well, but he is the ultimate late-round lottery ticket for next season.
|305||Alex Reyes (STL - SP) DL60||202||497||290.7||49.7||341.0||+36.0||
Many seem to think Reyes will become the closer when he returns from the DL, but Matheny has made it clear that Reyes belongs in the rotation. He is well worth a DL draft and stash as he may end up becoming the Cardinals ace sooner than later.
|306||Jimmy Nelson (MIL - SP) DL60||229||441||294.2||49.4||312.0||+6.0||
The Brewers' new-found ace may not pitch until mid-season, but he is without question worth drafting. When he returns, you might just get a top 20 pitcher in baseball for the rest of the season. Store him on the DL until the time comes then rake in the rewards for your patience.
|307||Eduardo Rodriguez (BOS - SP) DL10||186||537||300.8||72.6||352.0||+45.0||
The Red Sox aren't expected to get E-Rod back by the start of the season, but when he does return, they might have one of the sneakiest fantasy baseball pickups. At times, Rodriguez has shown SP #2 type upside and if he puts it together for a full season, he might strike out 200 batters with 15 wins and quality ratios some day.
|308||Jorge Soler (KC - RF,DH) DL60||176||458||310.1||79.8||430.0||+122.0||
Soler is a former top 10 prospect who has struggled in and out of injuries to start his career. He is still young, though, and swatted 6 homers in Spring Training so don't rule out a post-hype breakout. He is an excellent flyer late in drafts.
|309||Hyun-Jin Ryu (LAD - SP)||191||829||319.5||120.5||411.0||+102.0||
Ryu only threw 126 innings last year, but they were useful innings for a fantasy team. His career ERA is 3.41 and while he may have had a terrible spring, a full season with that type of ERA is a legitimate possibility.
|310||Neil Walker (NYY - 1B,2B,3B)||174||366||278.1||45.3||363.0||+53.0||
Walker is still looking for a big league team to join, but he is a quality enough player that one will eventually pay up to get him in the starting lineup. From there, we can expect him to continue his trend of hitting .260 over higher with about 15 runs.
|311||Jesse Winker (CIN - LF,RF) DL60||90||432||299.2||68.5||380.0||+69.0||
Winker is the player who will slip under the radar despite being a former top 40 prospect then proceeding to rake in the majors after his debut. In 47 games, he batted .298/.375/.529, which if extended to a full season, compares favorably to George Springer and Andrew McCutchen. Now, he won't steal more than a handful of bases, but even without it, he is likely to be vastly overlooked.
|312||Dominic Leone (STL - RP) DL60||192||603||298.1||76.5||267.0||-45.0||
Oh, you actually believed the rumor that Luke Gregerson (4.57 ERA, 13 HR allowed) was going to be the Cardinals closer over Leone? It is only a matter of time before the entire fantasy baseball community catches wind of the fact that Leone is far and away the best reliever in St. Louis. Over the second half, he morphed into a force of nature for the Blue Jays, posting a 2.05 ERA with 11.5 K/9 and a .205 batting average against. This is the cheapest closer you can find right now, and he may just end up top 10 at the position this year.
|313||Addison Reed (MIN - RP)||172||436||301.7||66.7||295.0||-18.0|
|314||Josh Hader (MIL - RP)||212||411||300.3||58.7||284.0||-30.0||
Hader is a former top prospect for the Brewers who was stuck in the bullpen last year. Now, that may happen again, but even if it does and he doesn't find a way to steal the closer job from Corey Knebel, Hader is dominant enough to be owned in even standard leagues. Over the second half of the season, he was better than Craig Kimbrel, Edwin Diaz and a host of other top closers. This season, you can expect him to strike out near 100 hitters with a great ERA and WHIP. Don't sleep on the idea that he ends up as the Brewers closer if Knebel stumbles, or better yet, gets his crack in the rotation where he just may be a future ace.
|315||Kevin Pillar (TOR - CF)||175||420||293.5||59.7||299.0||-16.0|
|316||Zach Britton (NYY - RP)||212||544||311.4||72.9||310.0||-6.0||
The former shutdown closer is expected back in the first few months of the season but even when he comes back, he will need to be eased back into the closer role. Just know that if you draft him, you better be willing to keep a non-closer on your bench for muiltiple months and he might not even be the same pitcher after surgery.
|317||Hunter Renfroe (SD - LF,RF)||222||462||307.3||62.9||358.0||+41.0||
Renfroe did not provide a useful batting average last year, but he does have 30 to 35 homer pop if he gets enough at-bats. With that, obviously, comes plenty of runs and RBIs.
|318||Mallex Smith (TB - LF,CF,RF)||204||433||299.5||58.9||349.0||+31.0||
If you are looking for a cheap source of steals late in drafts, look no further than Mallex who will be starting and batting leadoff with Dickerson out of the equation. He's got 40 steal upside and shouldn't kill your team batting average.
|319||Lucas Duda (ATL - 1B,DH)||156||449||299.8||56.8||437.0||+118.0||
Duda's batting average killed fantasy owners last year, but he has managed 27+ homers in each of the last three seasons that he stayed healthy. That makes up for the batting average deficiencies and makes him a worthwhile fantasy bench bat.
|320||Joe Panik (SF - 2B)||186||464||309.8||78.5||276.0||-44.0|
|321||Joc Pederson (LAD - LF,CF)||169||428||311.4||66.1||347.0||+26.0||
Pederson made the Dodgers' roster and they are teaching him to play some first base. He might not get 300 at-bats once again this season, but he if can find a way on the field, his upside is tantalizing.
|322||Hunter Pence (SF - LF,RF)||182||461||310.4||71.4||326.0||+4.0||
Pence was once a player who never missed a ballgame, but over the past three seasons he has been struggling through injuries. He still has 20 homer upside with a solid batting average but the steals are gone.
|323||Zach Davies (MIL - SP)||167||388||309.3||55.5||263.0||-60.0||
Davies won't strike out 150 hitters for you, but he should provide ratios that you can live with and is a good bet to win a dozen games in front of that Brewers' lineup/
|324||Dansby Swanson (ATL - SS)||203||404||307.3||54.9||287.0||-37.0||
After starting his MLB career with a bang in 2016, Swanson has a rough 2017, batting .232 with just 6 homers and 3 stolen bases. The bat will come along eventually, but it may not be this year. With that said, the upside is there for him to be a top 12 shortstop if he puts it all together in 2018.
|325||Melky Cabrera (CLE - LF,RF)||187||499||307.8||75.3||346.0||+21.0|
|326||Brad Ziegler (RP) RET||193||454||306.3||57.4||325.0||-1.0||
Ziegler has had a great run in this league and still has plenty to offer big league teams, but he doesn't provide loads of strikeouts and may have trouble holding off Kyle Barraclough should he improve his command this season.
|327||Joe Mauer (MIN - 1B,DH)||178||426||308.0||63.5||348.0||+21.0||
Mauer won't hit homers or steal any bases, but he offers a likely .290 BA once again with 65+ runs and 65+ RBI. He doesn't qualify at catcher anymore, but that is plenty useful if you need a safe option to fill out your bench.
|328||Asdrubal Cabrera (PHI - 2B,3B,SS)||205||478||309.4||65.1||301.0||-27.0||
If you are looking for upside, you've come to the wrong place, but in terms of a floor, you won't find a better middle infielder late into drafts. He is a strong bet to hit 15 homers with a solid batting average and both runs and RBI help for your fantasy squad.
|329||Nate Jones (CWS - RP)||211||493||320.4||72.7||331.0||+2.0|
|330||Devon Travis (TOR - 2B)||194||497||336.7||81.5||337.0||+7.0|
|331||Matt Davidson (CWS - 1B,3B,DH)||87||495||334.1||97.5||433.0||+102.0|
|332||Derek Fisher (HOU - LF,CF,RF)||197||577||330.8||84.4||455.0||+123.0|
|333||Keon Broxton (MIL - CF) MiLB||156||470||308.2||82.6||311.0||-22.0||
Broxton is a quality fantasy asset, having it 20 homers and swiped 20 bases last year, but his batting average is low plus the Brewers don't have room for him to play. At this point, he is merely a stash or a waiver wire watch.
|334||Jake Junis (KC - SP)||184||464||328.4||66.4||414.0||+80.0|
|335||Yangervis Solarte (TOR - 2B,3B,SS)||194||426||311.7||58.5||271.0||-64.0||
Had Solarte played a full season last year, he likely would have hit 22 or 23 homers. That was in Petco, so imagine what he may do playing his games in Toronto. 30 is a distinct possibility, and coming with a .267 career batting average, that is a very useful late-round fantasy pick.
|336||Logan Forsythe (MIN - 2B,3B)||172||520||345.7||90.3||377.0||+41.0||
While Forsythe is much better in on-base percentage leagues, you've got to recognize that his .224 BA last year must have been a fluke. He hit .281 and .264 the previous seasons with 27 combined homers and 15 combined stolen bases. That is much more in line with what his 2018 expectations ought to be.
|337||Alex Avila (ARI - C,1B)||199||481||321.8||75.8||335.0||-2.0||
If you whiffed on your top catching targets, there is no need to fret, you can get Avila late and he may just be a top five catcher this year. Last season, his batted ball rates were through the roof. Even with Chase Field adding the humidor, he may be in for a breakout campaign.
|338||Victor Martinez (DET - DH)||175||387||304.6||56.1||400.0||+62.0|
|339||Jack Flaherty (STL - SP)||189||634||349.8||102.9||402.0||+63.0||
The Cardinals are starting Flaherty in the minors despite a terrific spring from the youngster. It might only be a matter of time before he gets called up and when he does, he should be picked up in all formats.
|340||Austin Hedges (SD - C)||189||621||337.2||92.2||291.0||-49.0|
|341||Kyle Barraclough (WSH - RP)||218||427||309.2||48.4||417.0||+76.0||
Barraclough needs to work on his command so that he can bring the ratios down to a more favorable level for fantasy teams, but he is a good bet to rack up 75+ strikeouts and happens to be second behind one of the shakiest closers in baseball.
|342||Chris Owings (ARI - 2B,SS,CF,RF)||225||452||325.3||65.2||318.0||-24.0|
|343||Jorge Polanco (MIN - SS)||233||464||349.0||80.7||308.0||-35.0||
Polanco was suspended 80 games for PED use on 3/18 which means he should be avoided in drafts.
|344||Russell Martin (TOR - C,3B)||215||459||333.5||74.3||329.0||-15.0||
Unless you are in a 15-team league or there is some odd manager hoarding catchers, there isn't much of a draw to select Martin because of how limited his ceiling is.
|345||Gleyber Torres (NYY - 2B,SS)||209||503||316.4||61.4||292.0||-53.0||
There is plenty of reason to be excited about Gleyber, who is a consensus top 5 prospect. With that said, he has just 81 at-bats above Double-A and is coming off of a significant injury so it might make sense for the Yankees to let him take his time in development before they call him up.
|346||Leonys Martin (CLE - CF,RF) DL60||155||483||351.9||92.4||468.0||+122.0|
|347||Carlos Rodon (CWS - SP)||248||538||324.8||73.4||422.0||+75.0||
Rodon struggled with his command after his return from injury, but eventually ironed it out. He's got top 20 starting pitcher upside this season if he can stay healthy and maintain that command all season.
|348||Jose Bautista (PHI - 3B,LF,RF)||116||415||307.0||81.1||357.0||+9.0|
|349||Matt Harvey (CIN - SP) MiLB||220||657||331.9||97.7||285.0||-64.0||
The top-notch velocity isn't quite back and may never be, but it has improved since last season and Harvey has looked just fine in Spring Training. Don't buy him on upside, but if you want a decent pitcher, the Dark Knight might offer you just that.
|350||Ryan Madson (LAD - RP)||214||520||315.1||68.8||319.0||-31.0||
Sean Doolittle should have no trouble hanging on to the coveted Nationals' closer job which should yield 40+ save opportunities. With that said, Madson is next in line and well worth owning even without the saves considering how absolutley dominant he was in the second-half last year.
|351||Nick Markakis (ATL - RF)||151||452||344.7||80.5||379.0||+28.0|
|352||Victor Robles (WSH - RF)||216||469||322.6||63.6||375.0||+23.0||
There is a reason Robles is among the top prospects in baseball. Not only does he carry all five tools, but his stats have been downright amazing in the minors against much older competition. It is only a matter of time before he forces his way into a big league lineup and when he does, you will want to own him quickly.
|353||Jason Heyward (CHC - CF,RF)||225||457||322.0||64.5||327.0||-26.0||
It may seem as though Heyward will never hit sufficiently again, but it is easy to forget that he is still young. There is untapped upside here so feel free to take a flier, especially in a an OBP league where even his floor isn't worthless.
|354||A.J. Minter (ATL - RP)||228||452||320.8||64.1||340.0||-14.0||
The Braves and many around the industry seem to think Minter may be the next Craig Kimbrel. We haven't seen enough yet to warrant owning a project reliever, but he is worth keeping an eye on even if he isn't notching saves for another year. He might be able to be a big help in three categories.
|355||Tyler Glasnow (TB - SP,RP)||194||832||354.6||136.6||445.0||+90.0||
Glasnow may have been the worst pitcher in the big leagues last year because he struggled with his command. He also happened to be the best pitcher in the minors last year too with video game numbers. Expect a major bounceback, and while he may may not be an ace right away, he does offer that type of upside.
|356||Jose Ramirez (ATL - RP) DL60||22||465||357.7||154.0|
|357||Dan Straily (MIA - SP) SUS||203||502||335.3||67.9||393.0||+36.0|
|358||C.J. Edwards (CHC - RP) MiLB||233||417||324.7||54.5||353.0||-5.0||
Brandon Morrow has more of a locked down closers job than many others, but if he were to falter, Edwards might just be a top 5 closer from that point on. He has elite strikeout stuff and will be a tremendous help with both ERA and WHIP regardless of whether or not he sees save opportunities.
|359||Mike Leake (SEA - SP)||182||452||337.1||70.3||399.0||+40.0||
Leake has now given fantasy owners an ERA under 4.00 in four of his last five seasons. The strikeouts won't be there, but if you need a durable volume guy, Leake will do the trick.
|360||Curtis Granderson (MIL - LF,CF,RF,DH)||149||421||343.5||74.4||345.0||-15.0|
|361||Jeimer Candelario (DET - 3B)||201||794||345.6||111.9||408.0||+47.0||
You won't see the 24-year-old drafted in most standard leagues this year, but you can bet he will be a hot pickup after a few weeks of starting for the Tigers. Prior to last season, he was a top 100 prospect who always hit well in the minors. He was dealt to the Cubs and most people seem to have forgotten about him because he had a BABIP driven .265 BA in Triple-A before he was called-up. While Jeimer isn't a star in the making, Detroit may have another Travis Fryman on their hands.
|362||Matt Shoemaker (LAA - SP)||212||486||333.0||63.9||418.0||+56.0||
Shoemaker broke out at the end of 2016 and was supposed to be a great late-round addition this time last year, but he only started 14 games and wasn't all that impressive. The upside is still there, but it comes with some risk.
|363||Gerardo Parra (COL - LF,RF)||157||464||338.4||74.1||440.0||+77.0|
|364||Mychal Antonio Givens (BAL - RP)||238||537||330.2||75.3||421.0||+57.0|
|365||Colin Moran (PIT - 1B,3B)||205||441||320.5||59.6||441.0||+76.0|
|366||Dustin Fowler (OAK - CF,RF)||200||495||338.1||71.8||436.0||+70.0|
|367||Josh Tomlin (CLE - SP,RP)||110||485||350.1||111.5||503.0||+136.0|
|368||Albert Almora (CHC - CF)||57||552||385.8||112.9||480.0||+112.0|
|369||Mike Minor (TEX - SP,RP)||192||459||332.7||64.9||395.0||+26.0|
|370||German Marquez (COL - SP) MiLB||229||483||341.2||65.8||386.0||+16.0|
|371||Vince Velasquez (PHI - SP)||192||468||347.9||66.6||419.0||+48.0||
We will more than likely get something in the neighborhood of the 5.13 ERA Velasquez posted last season, but try to remember that it was just two years ago when he lit the world on fire, striking out 152 batters in 131 innings with manageable ratios.
|372||Jose Pirela (SD - 1B,2B,LF,RF)||191||701||352.4||103.1||406.0||+34.0|
|373||Chance Sisco (BAL - C)||88||490||379.1||110.2||426.0||+53.0|
|374||Austin Hays (BAL - CF,RF) DL60||213||475||325.5||58.4||374.0||‐|
|375||A.J. Ramos (NYM - RP) DL60||253||514||325.3||58.0||373.0||-2.0||
The Mets are expected to give Familia the job back, but if he isn't quite his old self, don't be surprised if they hand the keys over to Ramos who would then become a top 25 relief pitcher. In deeper leagues he is worth owning just for the strikeout and ratio help.
|376||Travis d'Arnaud (NYM - C) DL60||239||464||329.5||57.4||323.0||-53.0||
While d'Arnaud hasn't offered fantasy owners much over the first handful of years, try to remember that he is a former top prospect and that catchers develop much more slowly offensivley than other positions. He has the upside to swat 20+ homers while batting around .250.
|377||CC Sabathia (NYY - SP)||171||434||348.5||66.2||290.0||-87.0|
|378||Anthony Swarzak (NYM - RP)||228||466||359.0||76.6||465.0||+87.0|
|379||Brandon McCarthy (ATL - SP) DL60||208||450||357.2||75.7||444.0||+65.0|
|380||Sean Newcomb (ATL - SP)||220||409||327.9||47.0||361.0||-19.0||
Newcomb's final numbers weren't all that pretty, but he flashed the makings of a strong fantasy starter. He is a hoss that can pile up the innings and may just reach 200 Ks this season with a decent ERA.
|381||Freddy Galvis (SD - SS)||240||463||348.3||66.3||446.0||+65.0||
Galvis is never going to hit for average, and now that he is moving from Philly to the Padres, his power should dip, but there is still fantasy value in a shortstop who knocked 32 homers and stole 31 bases over the past two seasons with plenty of runs and RBIs.
|382||Tyler Flowers (ATL - C)||192||466||346.0||67.6||366.0||-16.0|
|383||Mitch Moreland (BOS - 1B)||202||425||358.6||67.7||492.0||+109.0|
|384||Brandon Drury (TOR - 2B,3B) DL60||208||473||356.0||66.1||367.0||-17.0|
|385||Matt Wieters (WSH - C)||216||472||340.9||63.4||359.0||-26.0||
Wieters never quite lived up to his lofty potential and struggled to stay healthy for a while, but at this point in his career, we have a pretty good idea that he will offer us a lackluster batting average and enough pop to be serviceable as a C2.
|386||Collin McHugh (HOU - SP,RP)||172||524||385.9||83.8||409.0||+23.0|
|387||Tyler Lyons (STL - RP) DFA||244||491||347.2||79.7||410.0||+23.0|
|388||James McCann (DET - C)||206||468||353.0||66.9||368.0||-20.0|
|389||Jorge Alfaro (PHI - C)||241||477||354.1||64.8||302.0||-87.0|
|390||Erasmo Ramirez (SEA - SP,RP)||197||447||350.8||77.6||526.0||+136.0|
|391||Francisco Mejia (SD - C,DH)||243||559||366.4||93.6||354.0||-37.0||
If you've got a deep bench, Mejia is a terrific late-round flier to take a shot on. He's got the talent to force his way onto the Indians' opening day roster, and if he does, he will likely get 3B at bats while qualifying at catcher. Some have said he can bat .280 as a rookie with decent pop.
|392||Shohei Ohtani (LAA - DH)||224||415||288.7||89.3|
|393||Tyler Mahle (CIN - SP)||171||700||434.9||147.3||434.0||+41.0|
|394||Ty Blach (SF - SP,RP)||153||615||415.0||168.3||381.0||-13.0|
|395||Darren O'Day (ATL - RP) DL60||224||545||368.2||87.4||571.0||+176.0|
|396||Nick Senzel (CIN - 3B) MiLB||227||493||368.1||89.3||388.0||-8.0||
Senzel may not make the big leagues out of Spring Training, but he is the top draft and stash candidate in fantasy baseball. He should help in all five categories from the moment he arrives in Cincy.
|397||Jed Lowrie (OAK - 2B,3B)||265||495||357.6||63.4||491.0||+94.0|
|398||Yasmany Tomas (ARI - LF) MiLB||231||467||351.4||80.1||370.0||-28.0||
Tomas has tremendous upside and has flashed it for half a season before his 2017 injury. The issue is that the D-Backs have a loaded outfield so he will fight for playing time. If he gets plugged into the starting lineup, you should pick him up immediately.
|399||Denard Span (SEA - LF,CF,DH)||251||446||346.6||57.2||504.0||+105.0|
|400||Mark Reynolds (WSH - 1B)||253||527||372.4||92.7||425.0||+25.0|
|401||Lonnie Chisenhall (CLE - LF,CF,RF) DL60||242||450||358.0||64.3||463.0||+62.0|
|402||Trevor Hildenberger (MIN - RP)||208||581||390.8||125.6||539.0||+137.0|
|403||Jerad Eickhoff (PHI - SP)||222||637||373.6||86.4||431.0||+28.0||
Eickhoff has a lat strain and should miss the first month or two. When he returns, we might see the lousy 4.71 ERA that he gave fantasy owners last season, but remember that his career ERA is below 4.00 and he can strikeout quite a few hitters as well.
|404||J.P. Crawford (PHI - 3B,SS)||259||777||363.3||106.4||355.0||-49.0||
Crawford was once a top 20 prospect and many considered him a favorite to eventually take over as number one overall. He has struggled in the minors, however, but the tools are not gone. The Phillies' new long-term shortstop is your classic case of a big-time boom or bust rookie. Invest at your own risk.
|405||Ivan Nova (PIT - SP)||259||517||362.3||70.0||376.0||-29.0|
|406||Pedro Strop (CHC - RP)||241||505||384.8||76.3||583.0||+177.0|
|407||Chris Stratton (SF - SP)||246||549||380.2||95.8||464.0||+57.0|
|408||Emilio Pagan (OAK - RP)||240||560||392.0||100.4||350.0||-58.0|
|409||Will Harris (HOU - RP) MiLB||244||495||360.4||86.1||328.0||-81.0|
|410||Adam Ottavino (COL - RP)||192||686||406.0||207.0||828.0||+418.0|
|411||Mikie Mahtook (DET - LF,CF,RF)||256||449||352.0||61.3||432.0||+21.0|
|412||Wilmer Flores (NYM - 1B,2B,3B)||240||484||355.4||61.4||429.0||+17.0||
Through his career, Flores has only given fantasy owners 350 or more at bats once. If he can compile 500 at-bats, we should see 25 to 30 homers to go with his steady .260 batting average. It further helps that he qualifies at three positions.
|413||Rajai Davis (CLE - LF,CF,DH)||230||543||363.9||101.4||420.0||+7.0|
|414||Austin Jackson (NYM - LF,CF,RF)||197||480||390.7||78.1||652.0||+238.0|
|415||Colby Rasmus (BAL - LF,RF) MiLB||203||473||369.4||79.1||653.0||+238.0||
You may be surprised to see this, but Colby Rasmus nearly had a .900 OPS last season. Granted, he didn't play all that much then retired, but the bat is still there and if he can stay on the field for the Orioles, he may prove to be a quality late-round investment.
|416||Steven Matz (NYM - SP)||246||414||332.7||38.8||332.0||-84.0||
Matz was truly terrible last season, but we know the type of pitcher he could be if he stays healthy and puts it all together. He had a rough spring, but is getting his crack in the rotation so Matz might be worthy of a flier.
|417||Kolten Wong (STL - 2B)||263||455||344.0||52.3||427.0||+10.0||
If Wong could stay on the field for a full season, we would see that he has 15 HR, 15 SB upside to go with his .285 batting average from last season. With that said, he has only managed even 420 at bats just twice in his career so a full bill of health may be a pipe dream.
|418||Matt Duffy (TB - 2B,3B,SS,DH)||215||590||382.8||102.7||508.0||+90.0|
|419||Juan Minaya (CWS - RP)||254||708||393.1||129.0||389.0||-30.0|
|420||Trevor Williams (PIT - SP,RP)||210||704||444.4||121.1||458.0||+38.0|
|421||Brett Phillips (KC - CF)||210||537||381.3||116.8||611.0||+190.0|
|422||Pat Neshek (PHI - RP)||230||430||342.2||55.8||324.0||-98.0|
|423||Manny Pina (MIL - C)||236||555||414.1||106.6||398.0||-25.0|
|424||Clint Frazier (NYY - LF,RF) DL60||243||441||363.0||72.6||532.0||+108.0|
|425||Michael Kopech (CWS - SP) DL60||246||470||398.5||75.2||391.0||-34.0|
|426||Jason Vargas (NYM - SP)||216||529||389.9||87.7||320.0||-106.0|
|427||Ben Zobrist (CHC - 2B,LF,RF)||239||511||380.9||74.2||306.0||-121.0||
There is no doubt about it that Zobrist is on the last leg of his career, but after hitting .270 or higher for five consecutive years, his .232 line screams positive regression. Zobrist will still hit double-digit homers and tack on both runs and RBI for you.
|428||Jarrod Dyson (ARI - LF,CF,RF) DL60||267||519||390.2||77.0||447.0||+19.0|
|429||Teoscar Hernandez (TOR - LF,RF)||253||443||357.0||55.3||449.0||+20.0|
|430||Brandon Nimmo (NYM - LF,CF,RF)||261||611||400.5||94.6||544.0||+114.0|
|431||Jhoulys Chacin (MIL - SP)||235||457||353.2||61.3||383.0||-48.0|
|432||Mike Foltynewicz (ATL - SP)||245||502||385.1||67.6||401.0||-31.0|
|433||Chase Headley (1B,3B) FA||236||510||386.2||75.7||403.0||-30.0|
|434||Sam Dyson (SF - RP)||271||767||376.7||111.0||486.0||+52.0|
|435||Marco Gonzales (SEA - SP)||232||594||454.0||91.6||396.0||-39.0|
|436||Kyle Gibson (MIN - SP)||237||512||387.6||72.1||482.0||+46.0|
|437||Eduardo Escobar (ARI - 2B,3B,SS,DH)||238||422||365.5||48.2||392.0||-45.0|
|438||Reynaldo Lopez (CWS - SP)||250||459||368.1||59.1||390.0||-48.0||
Lopez was not impressive last season with a 4.72 ERA and just 30 Ks in 47 innings, but he offers considerable upside so if you are in a deep league, feel free to draft him as a late flier.
|439||Troy Tulowitzki (TOR - SS) DL60||268||487||385.4||65.2||321.0||-118.0||
Tulo missed nearly 100 games last season and struggled while he was on the field, but try to remember that he managed to swat 24 homers and drove in 79 in just 490 at-bats during the 2016 season. If he can stay healthy are return to form, he still possesses top 10 fantasy upside at the shortstop position.
|440||Derek Dietrich (MIA - 1B,2B,3B,LF)||246||454||388.2||55.0||567.0||+127.0|
|441||Clayton Richard (SD - SP) DL60||257||526||412.9||90.3||479.0||+38.0|
|442||Tyler Anderson (COL - SP) MiLB||267||493||373.3||67.8||483.0||+41.0|
|443||Tony Watson (SF - RP)||270||510||366.3||79.1||362.0||-81.0|
|444||Yusmeiro Petit (OAK - RP)||259||522||382.7||77.4||551.0||+107.0|
|445||Nicky Delmonico (CWS - LF)||252||625||385.6||87.1||497.0||+52.0|
|446||Tyler Skaggs (LAA - SP)||277||473||372.0||64.7||435.0||-11.0||
The Angels are experimenting with a six-man rotation so don't expect much in the way of innings, but Skaggs still has untapped potential and could take a big leap forward this year if he can stay on the mound.
|447||Matt Moore (TEX - SP,RP)||250||507||411.3||71.3||460.0||+13.0|
|448||Jake Diekman (ARI - RP)||251||558||413.3||126.0||632.0||+184.0|
|449||Yandy Diaz (CLE - 3B)||271||814||433.5||222.9||572.0||+123.0|
|450||Amir Garrett (CIN - SP,RP)||266||539||392.5||94.7||507.0||+57.0||
We saw Garrett jump out to a hot start to begin his career, but then it all came tumbling down. He finished the season with terrible numbers, but it turns out he was pitching at less than 100% most of the season. Garrett is healthy now, however and his velo has spiked 4 MPH, so don't be shocked if he breaks out.
|451||Matt Joyce (OAK - LF,RF,DH)||277||486||358.8||59.8||550.0||+99.0|
|452||Jake Bauers (TB - 1B,LF)||255||559||405.8||103.7||575.0||+123.0|
|453||Enrique Hernandez (LAD - 2B,3B,SS,LF,CF,RF)||255||531||420.0||105.7||625.0||+172.0|
|454||Tommy Kahnle (NYY - RP) MiLB||259||527||386.2||77.5||342.0||-112.0||
Kahnle would need a total Yankees disaster to get save opportunities as he is either fourth or fifth in line for New York. Still, his stuff is good enough that we should be looking at one of the top non-closers in baseball again this season.
|455||Drew Steckenrider (MIA - RP)||260||531||385.7||81.9||443.0||-12.0|
|456||Ross Stripling (LAD - SP,RP)||261||541||418.2||98.5||728.0||+272.0|
|457||Brent Suter (MIL - SP,RP) DL60||261||484||379.5||63.4||502.0||+45.0|
|458||Matt Bush (TEX - RP) DL60||261||480||409.2||65.4||525.0||+67.0|
|459||Adam Wainwright (STL - SP)||262||517||396.0||59.9||387.0||-72.0|
|460||Brad Miller (MIL - 1B,2B,SS,DH) DFA||262||482||382.7||63.0||512.0||+52.0|
|461||Jason Hammel (KC - SP)||266||496||409.1||69.1||549.0||+88.0|
|462||Christian Vazquez (BOS - C)||267||467||390.7||64.4||316.0||-146.0|
|463||Ian Kennedy (KC - SP)||265||489||408.0||57.9||487.0||+24.0|
|464||Tommy Hunter (PHI - RP)||267||556||421.6||89.2||628.0||+164.0|
|465||Brett Cecil (STL - RP)||267||551||407.9||90.4||795.0||+330.0|
|466||Scott Alexander (LAD - RP) MiLB||268||598||471.3||132.8||743.0||+277.0|
|467||Anthony DeSclafani (CIN - SP)||270||466||365.8||50.5||469.0||+2.0|
|468||Jeremy Hellickson (WSH - SP)||271||490||391.3||90.7||537.0||+69.0|
|469||Raul Adalberto Mondesi (KC - 2B,SS)||272||734||422.0||127.5||478.0||+9.0||
He is a former top 20 prospect who despite already having two major league seasons under his belt, is still just 22 years old. He has struggled thus far in less than 200 MLB at-bats, but in that time he has stolen a base 30% of the time he got on. To put that into perspective, that is the same rate as Trea Turner and barely behind Billy Hamilton. While it won't matter much if Mondesi never gets on, it is worth noting that he did bat .305 last year in Triple-A. That isn't all though, Mondesi also carried a .234 ISO which measures raw power. Anthony Rizzo had the same exact .234 line in the bigs. Mondesi is a legitimate power/speed threat like his old man who was a multi-time 30/30 guy.
|470||Brandon Woodruff (MIL - SP,RP)||272||690||441.6||104.9||471.0||+1.0|
|471||Pat Valaika (COL - 1B,2B,3B,SS)||272||521||396.5||124.5||725.0||+254.0|
|472||Seung-Hwan Oh (COL - RP)||280||534||366.4||76.0||330.0||-142.0|
|473||Dominic Smith (NYM - 1B,LF)||274||760||427.9||117.0||523.0||+50.0|
|474||Jose Reyes (NYM - 2B,3B,SS)||276||599||404.8||84.9||356.0||-118.0||
Reyes is far removed from hitting .337 with near 80 stolen bases, but he does still offer 20+ steals to go with a sudden on-surge of power that can help your fantasy team from multiple positions late into drafts.
|475||Yonny Chirinos (TB - SP,RP) MiLB||276||457||393.5||69.8||799.0||+324.0|
|476||Nick Vincent (SEA - RP) DL10||277||552||432.5||90.7||744.0||+268.0|
|477||Jose Leclerc (TEX - RP)||279||676||493.0||129.1||829.0||+352.0|
|478||Pedro Baez (LAD - RP)||279||538||432.7||86.6||688.0||+210.0|
|479||Juan Nicasio (SEA - RP) DL60||279||521||409.8||72.6||500.0||+21.0|
|480||Brandon Phillips (BOS - 2B,3B)||280||494||421.7||100.2||315.0||-165.0|
|481||Martin Prado (MIA - 3B) DL60||285||646||437.8||107.7||514.0||+33.0|
|482||Hector Rondon (HOU - RP)||281||613||445.9||97.3||636.0||+154.0|
|483||Hunter Strickland (SF - RP)||285||616||426.3||106.1||668.0||+185.0|
|484||Steve Cishek (CHC - RP)||282||566||411.0||76.0||558.0||+74.0|
|485||Raimel Tapia (COL - LF,RF) MiLB||282||483||400.6||63.1||453.0||-32.0|
|486||Jacob Barnes (MIL - RP)||283||578||425.2||112.0||609.0||+123.0|
|487||Kurt Suzuki (ATL - C)||283||490||409.5||64.0||339.0||-148.0||
Last season, Suzuki was suddenly among the most efficient hitters in all of baseball. If you are counting on that in 2018, you are in for a wake-up call, but that doesn't mean he can't produce as a fringe C1 if the Braves continue to feed him at-bats.
|488||Stephen Vogt (MIL - C) DL60||283||483||390.6||58.1||450.0||-38.0|
|489||Kirby Yates (SD - RP)||284||593||428.7||93.4||475.0||-14.0|
|490||Jaime Garcia (CHC - SP) MiLB||286||506||404.4||74.3||334.0||-156.0|
|491||Tyler Naquin (CLE - LF,CF,RF) DL60||286||739||472.5||136.6||817.0||+326.0|
|492||Nick Pivetta (PHI - SP)||289||509||399.0||56.7||489.0||-3.0||
Pivetta's second-half looked like a disaster, but his underlying numbers suggest he could be in line for significant improvement. Keep an eye on him in case we start to see hints of that breakout.
|493||Franklin Barreto (OAK - 2B,SS)||291||646||420.5||105.0||513.0||+20.0|
|494||Jason Castro (MIN - C) DL60||291||510||417.4||62.8||457.0||-37.0|
|495||Tyson Ross (STL - SP)||292||835||488.0||182.6||384.0||-111.0|
|496||Chad Kuhl (PIT - SP) DL60||292||501||400.2||63.1||461.0||-35.0|
|497||Paul Sewald (NYM - RP)||293||572||414.3||116.8|
|498||Yoshihisa Hirano (ARI - RP)||293||561||386.2||78.7||394.0||-104.0|
|499||Matt Duffy (TEX - 1B,3B) MiLB||293||551||404.0||93.4|
|500||Ryan Buchter (OAK - RP)||295||576||443.2||91.1||762.0||+262.0|
|501||Hernan Perez (MIL - 2B,3B,SS,LF,CF,RF)||295||542||458.9||73.3||404.0||-97.0|
|502||Cory Spangenberg (SD - 2B,3B,LF)||295||519||433.3||70.2||484.0||-18.0|
|503||Andrew Toles (LAD - LF,CF)||297||640||472.2||108.6||553.0||+50.0|
|504||Liam Hendriks (OAK - RP)||297||522||437.3||74.5||789.0||+285.0|
|505||Mike Montgomery (CHC - SP,RP)||299||528||402.0||62.1||378.0||-127.0|
|506||Nathan Karns (KC - SP) DL60||300||546||411.3||77.6||494.0||-12.0|
|507||Dan Vogelbach (SEA - 1B,DH)||301||845||525.0||189.6||598.0||+91.0|
|508||Matt Andriese (ARI - SP,RP)||301||580||437.6||67.7||554.0||+46.0|
|509||Jose Iglesias (DET - SS) DL60||302||528||408.4||66.5||459.0||-50.0|
|510||Jacoby Ellsbury (NYY - CF) DL60||303||455||386.4||53.1||448.0||-62.0|
|511||Andrew Heaney (LAA - SP)||304||656||406.4||91.5||477.0||-34.0||
Heaney has only given L.A. 27 innings over the past two seasons because of injury and is again nursing an elbow injury, but if he can get on the bound, we may see an ERA around 3.5 with quite a few wins.
|512||Aledmys Diaz (TOR - 3B,SS)||309||529||415.4||75.4||527.0||+15.0|
|513||Nick Goody (CLE - RP) DL60||310||634||466.5||127.9||641.0||+128.0|
|514||Doug Fister (TEX - SP) DL60||310||628||451.4||110.0||608.0||+94.0|
|515||Bud Norris (STL - SP,RP)||312||561||420.3||76.1||467.0||-48.0|
|516||Joe Jimenez (DET - RP)||313||595||443.3||116.1||442.0||-74.0|
|517||Bryan Shaw (COL - RP) MiLB||313||515||441.8||77.0||627.0||+110.0|
|518||Koda Glover (WSH - RP)||315||725||542.7||170.4||672.0||+154.0|
|519||Walker Buehler (LAD - SP,RP)||315||508||412.7||61.2||413.0||-106.0|
|520||Jim Johnson (LAA - RP)||317||693||450.0||131.8||647.0||+127.0|
|521||Jharel Cotton (OAK - SP) DL60||317||523||396.5||76.8|
|522||Yolmer Sanchez (CWS - 2B,3B)||318||612||426.5||91.6||474.0||-48.0|
|523||Justin Wilson (CHC - RP)||320||637||479.2||101.8||615.0||+92.0|
|524||Eloy Jimenez (CWS - LF,RF)||320||575||457.4||83.1||336.0||-188.0|
|525||Alex Wilson (DET - RP)||321||627||474.0||153.0||835.0||+310.0|
|526||Austin Pruitt (TB - SP,RP)||322||660||491.0||169.0||796.0||+270.0|
|527||Miguel Andujar (NYY - 3B,DH)||323||505||433.7||55.6||365.0||-162.0||
With the Yankees having traded for Brandon Drury, it seems unlikely that Andujar will arrive in Yankee Stadium for a few months. With that said, he has enough talent to push the envelope so make sure to watch his progress just in case he steals the job outright.
|528||Alex Gordon (KC - LF,CF)||326||569||431.4||82.9||588.0||+60.0|
|529||Chris Herrmann (SEA - C,LF)||326||383||354.5||28.5||541.0||+12.0|
|530||Brandon Kintzler (CHC - RP) MiLB||327||573||456.3||73.0||305.0||-225.0|
|531||Robert Gsellman (NYM - SP,RP)||329||780||505.3||167.8||654.0||+123.0|
|532||Phil Maton (SD - RP)||330||650||537.3||127.9||811.0||+279.0|
|533||Daniel Mengden (OAK - SP)||330||481||402.4||54.7||462.0||-71.0|
|534||J.C. Ramirez (LAA - SP) DL60||331||481||400.6||50.5|
|535||Tom Murphy (COL - C) MiLB||331||424||377.5||46.5||578.0||+43.0|
|536||Danny Barnes (TOR - RP)||332||467||400.7||55.1|
|537||Brandon Finnegan (CIN - SP)||333||497||411.3||68.6||520.0||-17.0|
|538||Ben Gamel (SEA - LF,RF)||335||528||405.7||54.5||498.0||-40.0|
|539||Ryan Dull (OAK - RP)||336||580||458.0||122.0||716.0||+177.0|
|540||Adrian Gonzalez (NYM - 1B) FA||336||495||421.3||52.7||548.0||+8.0|
|541||Michael Feliz (PIT - RP)||337||694||456.7||167.8||777.0||+236.0|
|542||Brian Anderson (MIA - 3B,RF)||338||591||479.7||85.1||565.0||+23.0|
|543||Carson Smith (BOS - RP) DL60||338||586||423.8||92.1||584.0||+41.0|
|544||John Brebbia (STL - RP)||338||538||426.8||72.8||756.0||+212.0|
|545||Andrew Triggs (OAK - SP) DL60||339||533||434.1||74.2||412.0||-133.0|
|546||Jordan Hicks (STL - SP,RP)||339||500||419.5||80.5||616.0||+70.0|
|547||Miguel Gonzalez (CWS - SP) DL60||343||530||438.6||66.2||788.0||+241.0|
|548||Hisashi Iwakuma (SEA - SP) NRI||343||423||383.0||40.0||538.0||-10.0|
|549||Adam Frazier (PIT - 2B,LF,RF)||346||550||447.9||62.9||493.0||-56.0|
|550||Dixon Machado (DET - 2B,SS) DFA||348||844||561.5||179.3||634.0||+84.0|
|551||Seth Lugo (NYM - SP,RP)||348||593||431.7||87.2||563.0||+12.0|
|552||Kendall Graveman (OAK - SP) DL60||349||509||434.0||50.7||495.0||-57.0|
|553||Zack Wheeler (NYM - SP)||350||554||451.5||68.6||488.0||-65.0|
|554||Danny Valencia (1B,3B,RF,DH) FA||350||544||447.0||97.0||651.0||+97.0|
|555||Joe Smith (HOU - RP)||353||601||462.0||83.3||669.0||+114.0|
|556||Francisco Cervelli (PIT - C)||353||543||449.3||69.5||496.0||-60.0|
|557||Jon Jay (ARI - LF,CF,RF,DH)||354||583||461.5||79.2||679.0||+122.0|
|558||John Lackey (SP) FA||354||512||430.6||52.6||456.0||-102.0||
Lackey hasn't signed anywhere yet and it seems as though his career might have come to a close, but if a team needs an arm, we should get dependable starts from him in decent matchups.
|559||Brandon Maurer (KC - RP)||355||755||470.2||134.3||649.0||+90.0|
|560||James Hoyt (CLE - RP) DL60||355||622||482.0||109.4|
|561||Tucker Barnhart (CIN - C)||357||499||428.7||44.5||371.0||-190.0|
|562||Robert Stephenson (CIN - SP,RP) DL10||358||754||470.2||135.9||490.0||-72.0||
Stephenson had a terrible start to the season, but closed the year with a strong second-half. He's got some potential so monitor him so you can pick him up before any kind of breakout takes place.
|563||Mike Fiers (OAK - SP)||358||527||440.5||46.9||595.0||+32.0|
|564||Matt Boyd (DET - SP)||359||642||475.9||96.7||529.0||-35.0|
|565||Jake Marisnick (HOU - CF) DL10||359||511||411.8||60.5||699.0||+134.0|
|566||Jorge Bonifacio (KC - LF,RF)||359||436||409.3||29.7||499.0||-67.0|
|567||Andrew Cashner (BAL - SP)||360||503||438.4||46.4||472.0||-95.0|
|568||Tyler Duffey (MIN - RP) MiLB||361||706||533.5||172.5|
|569||Craig Stammen (SD - RP)||362||558||459.8||71.3|
|570||Michael Lorenzen (CIN - RP)||363||647||479.5||110.5||528.0||-42.0|
|571||Ryan Tepera (TOR - RP)||363||574||431.6||65.3||657.0||+86.0|
|572||Matt Albers (MIL - RP)||363||555||442.6||61.9|
|573||Charlie Tilson (CWS - LF,CF)||364||756||560.0||196.0||519.0||-54.0|
|574||Wade Miley (MIL - SP)||364||687||524.0||131.9||749.0||+175.0|
|575||Boog Powell (OAK - CF) MiLB||366||545||469.4||54.4||680.0||+105.0|
|576||Jose Urena (MIA - SP,RP)||367||557||434.8||69.6||415.0||-161.0|
|577||Dillon Peters (MIA - SP) MiLB||368||633||483.7||84.1||619.0||+42.0|
|578||Jordy Mercer (PIT - SS) DL10||369||517||439.0||45.8||518.0||-60.0|
|579||Francisco Rodriguez (RP) FA||369||423||396.0||27.0|
|580||Leury Garcia (CWS - 2B,LF,CF,RF)||370||579||452.0||71.2||620.0||+40.0|
|581||Harrison Bader (STL - LF,CF,RF)||370||561||431.8||77.7||614.0||+33.0|
|582||Chad Bettis (COL - SP,RP) MiLB||370||506||438.0||68.0||702.0||+120.0|
|583||Joe Kelly (BOS - RP)||371||588||462.0||92.0||724.0||+141.0|
|584||Alex Verdugo (LAD - LF,CF)||371||434||409.3||27.5||570.0||-14.0|
|585||Homer Bailey (CIN - SP)||372||823||527.0||154.6||577.0||-8.0|
|586||Adam Morgan (PHI - RP)||373||612||492.5||119.5|
|587||Kyle Freeland (COL - SP,RP)||373||505||439.0||66.0||602.0||+15.0|
|588||Kyle Tucker (HOU - LF,CF,RF)||373||464||418.5||45.5||556.0||-32.0|
|589||Brian Johnson (BOS - SP,RP)||374||678||526.0||152.0||631.0||+42.0|
|590||Junior Guerra (MIL - SP,RP)||374||519||455.6||49.1||792.0||+202.0|
|591||Brock Stewart (LAD - SP,RP) DL60||375||630||500.8||88.7||626.0||+35.0|
|592||Nick Ahmed (ARI - SS)||375||557||466.0||91.0||782.0||+190.0|
|593||Wei-Yin Chen (MIA - SP)||375||511||441.0||43.4||803.0||+210.0|
|594||Daniel Norris (DET - SP)||378||643||455.9||80.1||452.0||-142.0|
|595||Yan Gomes (CLE - C)||378||559||451.9||51.6||473.0||-122.0|
|596||Brian Flynn (KC - RP)||379||729||554.0||175.0|
|597||Chris Hatcher (OAK - RP) MiLB||379||666||522.5||143.5|
|598||Magneuris Sierra (MIA - CF,RF) MiLB||379||540||448.3||59.7||640.0||+42.0|
|599||Cameron Rupp (C) FA||380||485||438.0||45.5||622.0||+23.0|
|600||Howie Kendrick (WSH - 2B,LF) DL60||381||565||455.9||54.2||585.0||-15.0|
|601||Matt Adams (STL - 1B,LF)||381||518||462.8||51.3||569.0||-32.0|
|602||Caleb Joseph (BAL - C)||382||616||487.0||75.0||481.0||-121.0|
|603||Luis Valbuena (1B,3B) FA||383||639||468.6||73.7||509.0||-94.0|
|604||Matt Barnes (BOS - RP)||383||617||460.8||87.0||709.0||+105.0|
|605||Robbie Grossman (MIN - LF,RF,DH)||383||520||449.0||56.0||730.0||+125.0|
|606||Tony Wolters (COL - C)||384||638||495.3||106.0||753.0||+147.0|
|607||Steven Wright (BOS - SP,RP) DL10||385||741||563.0||178.0||476.0||-131.0|
|608||Bruce Maxwell (OAK - C) MiLB||385||568||503.8||73.1||530.0||-78.0|
|609||Johan Camargo (ATL - 2B,3B,SS)||385||541||464.9||58.8||506.0||-103.0|
|610||Brian Goodwin (KC - LF,CF,RF)||386||577||481.5||95.5||700.0||+90.0|
|611||Joshua Fields (LAD - RP)||387||605||484.6||79.5||758.0||+147.0|
|612||James Shields (CWS - SP)||388||503||455.7||49.1||555.0||-57.0|
|613||Roberto Perez (CLE - C)||389||619||495.0||82.8||307.0||-306.0|
|614||Carson Fulmer (CWS - SP)||390||674||491.3||91.0||533.0||-81.0|
|615||Martin Maldonado (HOU - C)||390||597||483.8||65.3||470.0||-145.0|
|616||Jesse Hahn (KC - SP) DL60||392||733||529.0||128.4|
|617||Ryan Schimpf (3B) FA||392||545||468.5||76.5||712.0||+95.0|
|618||Matthew Strahm (SD - SP,RP)||393||544||485.7||66.3||597.0||-21.0||
The Padres have not committed to putting Strahm in their rotation yet or he would be worthy of a draft pick even in shallow leagues. Either way, he is well worth watching because once the plug him into the rotation he should be owned everywhere. The young lefty has incredible stuff and should be fantasy relevant for years to come.
|619||Willy Adames (TB - 2B,SS)||394||625||484.0||101.0||560.0||-59.0|
|620||Alcides Escobar (KC - SS,CF)||394||522||456.0||41.5||438.0||-182.0|
|621||Ariel Miranda (SP) FA||395||817||518.6||155.5||535.0||-86.0|
|622||Jarrett Parker (LF) FA||395||522||458.5||63.5|
|623||Parker Bridwell (LAA - SP)||396||830||548.0||140.2||385.0||-238.0|
|624||Julio Urias (LAD - SP)||397||722||517.0||124.3||369.0||-255.0|
|625||Ben Lively (KC - SP) MiLB||399||554||455.6||65.6||601.0||-24.0|
|626||Chad Pinder (OAK - 2B,3B,SS,LF,RF)||401||606||490.7||85.6||511.0||-115.0|
|627||Adam Warren (SEA - RP)||401||582||452.3||75.5||761.0||+134.0|
|628||Steve Pearce (BOS - 1B,LF,DH)||401||564||480.3||54.7||623.0||-5.0|
|629||Andrew Knapp (PHI - C)||403||500||451.5||48.5|
|630||Juan Lagares (NYM - CF) DL60||405||516||460.5||55.5||770.0||+140.0|
|631||Adam Conley (MIA - SP,RP)||407||788||569.3||160.6||752.0||+121.0|
|632||Kevin Shackelford (RP) FA||407||665||536.0||129.0|
|633||Paul Blackburn (OAK - SP) DL60||407||648||498.5||98.2|
|634||Alex Dickerson (SD - LF,RF) DL60||411||826||584.0||176.3|
|635||Andrew Kittredge (TB - SP,RP)||411||535||473.0||62.0||808.0||+173.0|
|636||Jimmie Sherfy (ARI - RP)||412||524||468.0||56.0||658.0||+22.0|
|637||Carter Capps (SD - RP) MiLB||413||589||487.0||60.9||664.0||+27.0|
|638||Jake McGee (COL - RP)||413||582||476.8||65.7||591.0||-47.0|
|639||Jeff Hoffman (COL - SP,RP) MiLB||414||799||547.8||150.9||663.0||+24.0|
|640||Jurickson Profar (TEX - 1B,2B,3B,SS,LF)||415||787||576.8||129.8||589.0||-51.0|
|641||Enny Romero (KC - RP) FA||415||642||528.5||113.5|
|642||Jordan Zimmermann (DET - SP)||415||635||511.7||68.0||382.0||-260.0|
|643||Kazuhisa Makita (SD - RP)||415||512||463.5||48.5|
|644||Anthony Banda (TB - SP,RP)||416||587||476.0||66.8||826.0||+182.0|
|645||Jesus Aguilar (MIL - 1B)||418||571||513.0||67.7||606.0||-39.0|
|646||Miguel Montero (C) FA||418||549||483.5||65.5||831.0||+185.0|
|647||Trevor Cahill (OAK - SP,RP)||419||526||472.5||53.5||629.0||-18.0|
|648||Keynan Middleton (LAA - RP) DL60||420||610||515.0||71.3||674.0||+26.0|
|649||Taylor Rogers (MIN - RP)||421||575||496.3||62.9||594.0||-55.0|
|650||Carlos Asuaje (SD - 2B,3B) MiLB||423||785||572.3||154.4||646.0||-4.0|
|651||Jose De Leon (TB - SP,RP) DL60||423||487||455.0||32.0|
|652||Mark Leiter Jr. (TOR - SP,RP)||424||567||486.4||47.7||645.0||-7.0|
|653||Tom Koehler (LAD - SP,RP) DL60||427||819||623.0||196.0|
|654||Bryan Mitchell (SD - SP,RP)||427||809||567.2||134.1||576.0||-78.0|
|655||Luis Perdomo (SD - SP)||427||598||518.7||70.4||536.0||-119.0|
|656||Shawn Kelley (OAK - RP)||428||738||535.3||143.4|
|657||Adeiny Hechavarria (PIT - SS)||428||596||478.4||60.4||515.0||-142.0|
|658||Sergio Romo (TB - SP,RP)||432||599||499.8||67.0||637.0||-21.0|
|659||David Hernandez (CIN - RP)||434||608||515.5||72.6|
|660||Sandy Alcantara (MIA - SP,RP)||435||635||507.8||68.0||451.0||-209.0|
|661||Zach McAllister (RP) FA||436||614||492.8||64.4|
|662||Tony Cingrani (LAD - RP)||437||662||549.5||112.5|
|663||Tommy Joseph (TEX - 1B) DFA||437||649||494.8||89.2||505.0||-158.0|
|664||Cheslor Cuthbert (KC - 1B,3B,DH) DL60||438||813||538.5||126.1||648.0||-16.0|
|665||George Kontos (NYY - RP) MiLB||439||618||515.7||75.3|
|666||Chris Rusin (COL - RP)||439||460||446.3||9.7||763.0||+97.0|
|667||Luis Garcia (WSH - 2B)||440||699||569.5||129.5|
|668||Francisco Liriano (DET - SP,RP) DL10||440||594||517.0||77.0||711.0||+43.0|
|669||Brendan Rodgers (COL - SS) NRI||441||641||513.3||90.5||501.0||-168.0|
|670||A.J. Reed (HOU - 1B)||442||495||468.5||26.5||673.0||+3.0|
|671||Paulo Orlando (KC - CF,RF)||443||587||518.5||52.1||800.0||+129.0|
|672||Sean Rodriguez (2B,3B,SS,LF,RF) FA||444||672||567.0||93.9||727.0||+55.0|
|673||David Freese (PIT - 1B,3B)||445||640||558.8||70.4||701.0||+28.0|
|674||Justin Grimm (SEA - RP)||446||644||545.0||99.0|
|675||David Phelps (SEA - RP) DL60||446||578||500.3||56.4|
|676||A.J. Cole (NYY - SP,RP) MiLB||447||591||495.7||67.4||407.0||-269.0|
|677||Erick Fedde (WSH - SP)||449||742||551.3||112.8||642.0||-35.0|
|678||Jerry Blevins (NYM - RP)||451||604||528.3||62.5||720.0||+42.0|
|679||Anthony Santander (BAL - LF,RF)||453||854||598.3||181.3||767.0||+88.0|
|680||Preston Tucker (ATL - LF,RF)||453||850||568.8||163.0||837.0||+157.0|
|681||Brandon Workman (BOS - RP)||454||618||536.0||82.0|
|682||Buck Farmer (DET - SP,RP)||455||802||575.7||160.2|
|683||Cory Gearrin (OAK - RP)||456||627||519.0||76.7|
|684||Brian Duensing (CHC - RP) MiLB||458||619||538.5||80.5|
|685||Ian Krol (RP) FA||459||723||591.0||132.0|
|686||Jordan Luplow (PIT - LF,RF)||460||547||503.5||43.5||785.0||+99.0|
|687||Sal Romano (CIN - SP,RP)||461||636||576.3||81.6||610.0||-77.0|
|688||Carson Kelly (STL - C)||463||724||593.5||130.5||613.0||-75.0|
|689||John Hicks (DET - C,1B) DL60||465||603||534.0||69.0||791.0||+102.0|
|690||Ryan Pressly (HOU - RP)||465||602||533.5||68.5|
|691||Chasen Shreve (STL - RP)||466||624||545.0||79.0|
|692||Mike Napoli (CLE - 1B,DH) NRI||467||475||472.3||3.8||643.0||-49.0|
|693||Chih-Wei Hu (TB - RP)||469||479||474.0||5.0|
|694||Daniel Hudson (LAD - RP) DL60||471||667||542.3||88.5||814.0||+120.0|
|695||Nathan Eovaldi (BOS - SP)||471||521||496.0||25.0||439.0||-256.0|
|696||Jeremy Jeffress (MIL - RP)||472||682||577.0||105.0|
|697||Chaz Roe (TB - RP)||472||630||551.0||79.0|
|698||Nick Hundley (SF - C)||472||499||485.5||13.5||621.0||-77.0|
|699||Brandon Moss (OAK - 1B,DH) DFA||473||498||485.5||12.5||517.0||-182.0|
|700||Austin Brice (CIN - RP)||477||720||598.5||121.5|
|701||Shelby Miller (ARI - SP) DL60||477||692||580.3||88.0||742.0||+41.0|
|702||Sam Freeman (ATL - RP)||480||782||631.0||151.0|
|703||Ezequiel Carrera (LF,CF,RF) FA||480||609||544.5||64.5||832.0||+129.0|
|704||Dan Jennings (RP) FA||482||614||560.0||56.5||801.0||+97.0|
|705||Santiago Casilla (COL - RP) MiLB||483||595||522.3||51.4||833.0||+128.0|
|706||Joshua Smoker (DET - RP)||484||751||617.5||133.5|
|707||Devin Mesoraco (NYM - C)||484||620||551.3||65.3||542.0||-165.0|
|708||Joe Biagini (TOR - SP,RP)||485||696||568.0||91.8||581.0||-127.0|
|709||Matthew Bowman (STL - RP)||485||592||538.5||53.5|
|710||James Pazos (SEA - RP)||488||776||632.0||144.0|
|711||Kyle Crick (PIT - RP)||488||679||583.5||95.5|
|712||J.T. Riddle (MIA - SS)||489||600||541.8||42.8||805.0||+93.0|
|713||Trevor Oaks (KC - SP)||489||540||514.5||25.5|
|714||Chris Carter (MIN - 1B) MiLB||492||532||512.0||20.0|
|715||Wandy Peralta (CIN - RP)||494||766||630.0||136.0|
|716||Sandy Leon (BOS - C)||494||602||524.5||44.8||677.0||-39.0|
|717||Francis Martes (HOU - SP,RP)||494||560||527.0||33.0||656.0||-61.0|
|718||Ryne Stanek (TB - SP,RP)||495||775||635.0||140.0|
|719||Hansel Robles (LAA - RP)||496||643||580.0||61.8||660.0||-59.0|
|720||Jesus Sucre (TB - C)||496||626||544.7||57.9||775.0||+55.0|
|721||Josh Ravin (ATL - RP) DFA||498||746||622.0||124.0|
|722||Jared Hughes (CIN - RP)||498||547||522.5||24.5||600.0||-122.0|
|723||Michael Pineda (MIN - SP) DL60||499||748||623.5||124.5||776.0||+53.0|
|724||Adalberto Mejia (MIN - SP) DL60||501||836||652.7||138.6||704.0||-20.0|
|725||Wilmer Difo (WSH - 2B,3B,SS)||501||512||506.5||5.5||454.0||-271.0|
|726||Jeff Mathis (ARI - C)||502||562||532.0||30.0|
|727||Daniel Gossett (OAK - SP) DL60||504||757||630.5||126.5|
|728||Tom Murphy (COL - C) MiLB||507||565||527.0||26.9|
|729||Pablo Sandoval (SF - 1B,3B) DL60||511||842||676.5||165.5|
|730||Mac Williamson (SF - LF,RF)||526||532||529.0||3.0||784.0||+54.0|
|731||Chris Tillman (SP,RP) FA||530||707||618.5||88.5||313.0||-418.0|
|732||Mike Ford (NYY - 1B) MiLB||539||852||695.5||156.5|
|733||Jacob Thompson (P)||539||744||641.5||102.5|
|734||Martin Perez (TEX - SP)||542||576||559.0||17.0||682.0||-52.0|
|735||Aaron Slegers (MIN - SP)||544||737||640.5||96.5||692.0||-43.0|
|736||Abraham Almonte (LF,CF,RF) FA||550||765||657.5||107.5||547.0||-189.0|
|737||Rafael Montero (NYM - SP,RP) DL60||563||840||701.5||138.5|
|738||Gabriel Ynoa (BAL - SP,RP) DL60||590||673||631.5||41.5|
|739||Ronald Torreyes (NYY - 2B,3B,SS)||592||688||640.0||48.0||322.0||-417.0|
|740||Alex Meyer (LAA - SP,RP) DL60||610||631||620.5||10.5|
|741||Miguel Castro (BAL - RP)||623||721||672.0||49.0|
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|Saquon Barkley (NYG)||RB|
|Melvin Gordon (LAC)||RB|
|Ezekiel Elliott (DAL)||RB|
|Kareem Hunt (KC)||RB|
|Joe Mixon (CIN)||RB|
|David Johnson (ARI)||RB|
|Adam Thielen (MIN)||WR|
|Alvin Kamara (NO)||RB|
|Tyreek Hill (KC)||WR|
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|A.J. Green (CIN)||WR|
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|Odell Beckham Jr. (NYG)||WR|
|Christian McCaffrey (CAR)||RB|
|Sony Michel (NE)||RB|
|DeAndre Hopkins (HOU)||WR|
|Carlos Hyde (CLE)||RB|
|Michael Thomas (NO)||WR|
|Mike Evans (TB)||WR|
|Keenan Allen (LAC)||WR|
|Stefon Diggs (MIN)||WR|
|Travis Kelce (KC)||TE|
|Brandin Cooks (LAR)||WR|
|Robert Woods (LAR)||WR|
|Tevin Coleman (ATL)||RB|
|Mark Ingram (NO)||RB|
|Adrian Peterson (WAS)||RB|
|Jordan Howard (CHI)||RB|
|James White (NE)||RB|
|Jarvis Landry (CLE)||WR|
|Mike Trout (LAA)||CF,DH|
|Mookie Betts (BOS)||CF,RF|
|Nolan Arenado (COL)||3B|
|Max Scherzer (WSH)||SP|
|Jose Altuve (HOU)||2B|
|Bryce Harper (WSH)||CF,RF|
|Manny Machado (LAD)||3B,SS|
|J.D. Martinez (BOS)||LF,RF|
|Freddie Freeman (ATL)||1B,3B|
|Charlie Blackmon (COL)||CF|
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|Anthony Rizzo (CHC)||1B,2B|
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