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2024 Fantasy Baseball Rankings

Expert Consensus Ranking (20 of 26 Experts) -

Rank Player (Team, Position) Notes
1 Ronald Acuna Jr. (ATL - RF) 1 1 1.0 0.0 1.0
Ronald Acuna Jr. is a top pick for all 2024 fantasy leagues. At 25, he showcased his prowess in 2023 by playing 159 games with a .337/.416/.596 slash line. His remarkable performance included 41 homers, 106 RBIs, and 149 runs. Impressively, he also stole 73 bases. Acuna excelled against nearly all pitch types and maintained a low strikeout rate of 11.4%. Despite a slightly lower walk percentage, he redefined a five-category fantasy player. If you have the top pick, don't overthink it.
2 Bobby Witt Jr. (KC - SS) 2 6 2.5 0.7 3.0 +1.0
Bobby Witt Jr. showed up for his second season and made strides across the board. The 24-year-old played in 158 games and hit 30 home runs. He also stole 49 bases, scored 97 runs, drove in 96, and slashed .276/.319/.495. The sole knock against Witt is the team he plays for, but that seems like splitting hairs, considering he almost managed to go 100/100 anyway. Witt should be the first shortstop off the board in 2024, and if he's not someone else's, he should be yours.
3 Julio Rodriguez (SEA - CF) 2 5 2.8 0.5 6.0 +3.0
At the end of June 2023, no one would have said Julio Rodriguez should be a first-round pick in 2024 fantasy drafts. The 22-year-old had a slash line of .238/.302/.407 through the first three months of the season. Yet, his post-July performance was remarkable, hitting .312/.364/.561, contributing 32 HRs, 37 SBs, and over 100 runs and RBIs. Despite a 24.5% strikeout rate, his overall .279 average and balanced stats make him a strong OF1 for fantasy managers.
4 Corbin Carroll (ARI - LF,CF,RF) 2 9 4.6 0.9 5.0 +1.0
Corbin Carroll arrived on the scene in 2023 and immediately showcased his power and speed, launching 25 homers and swiping 54 bases. He crossed the plate 116 times and notched 76 RBIs. With a solid .362 on-base percentage, Carroll stands out, especially given his top-tier speed, ranked in the 99th percentile. There is concern that his OBP was slightly inflated, which could slightly dampen his numbers, but he is still a solid first-round pick. Carroll's contact skills hint at sustained high-level performance into 2024 and beyond.
5 Mookie Betts (LAD - 2B,RF) 2 7 4.8 1.2 2.0 -3.0
Mookie Betts, at 30, continues to be an elite asset in fantasy baseball with a .307/.408/.579 slash line, 39 homers, 126 runs, and 107 RBIs in 2023. Though his 14 stolen bases are modest, Betts compensates with power and a superb eye, boasting a 13.9% walk rate and an elite 15.4% strikeout rate. He continued to be durable, playing in 152 games with 693 plate appearances. As Betts ages, expect a trade-off of speed for power, yet with a sustained high average. The Dodgers' strong lineup bolsters him, and his multi-position eligibility makes him a dependable, Top-6 fantasy asset.
6 Kyle Tucker (HOU - RF) 4 15 6.8 1.4 4.0 -2.0
Kyle Tucker nearly achieved a 30/30 season and topped the American League with 112 RBIs last year. His walk rate hit a career-high of 11.9%, while his strikeout rate dropped to 13.6%. In 5x5 leagues, his .284/.369/.517 line was impressive. Tucker's consistent underlying metrics hint at sustained production, and he is poised for a 35/25 season in 2024. Don't forget about him in the first round on draft day.
7 Fernando Tatis Jr. (SD - RF) 4 29 8.4 3.9 11.0 +4.0
In 2023, Fernando Tatis Jr. showed a deceiving decline, batting .257/.322/.449 post-suspension. Yet, a deeper look reveals a promising expected slash line of .282/.332/.511, with a low BABIP (.299) impacting his performance. Tatis achieved a career-low strikeout rate (22.2%), hitting 25 homers and swiping 29 bases. A weaker team offense hinders him, so his overall stats don't reflect his potential. Avoiding off-field mishaps, Tatis, at 25, is a strong candidate for a significant rebound. He's a steal in drafts if available at a reduced price.
8 Freddie Freeman (LAD - 1B) 5 17 9.0 1.7 8.0
Freddie Freeman has established himself as an irreplaceable cornerstone for the Dodgers, entering 2024 as one of baseball's most consistent and elite performers. At 34, he's defying age-related expectations, showcasing a blend of power, skill, and speed rarely seen at his position. In 2023, Freeman delivered an elite .334 batting average while driving in 101 runs and smashing 28 home runs. He also reached the milestone of 200 hits for the first time in his career. His season was filled with career highs, including 21 stolen bases, 125 runs scored, and 56 doubles, nearing the first 60-double season in the majors since 1936. Heading into 2024, Freddie Freeman isn't just an asset for the Dodgers; he's a fantasy baseball gem, offering a rare mix of average, power, and speed. He should be the first 1B off the board.
9 Juan Soto (NYY - LF) 5 18 10.1 1.9 7.0 -2.0
Juan Soto delivered an impressive 2023 season, overcoming a sluggish start to finish with 35 homers, 109 RBIs, 97 runs, and 12 steals. His outstanding .410 OBP and .519 slugging, highlighted by a stellar 18.6% walk rate, underscore his advanced plate discipline. Despite a slightly higher strikeout rate at 18.2%, Soto remains a top pick, particularly in OBP leagues. Chances are good that the 25-year-old will be playing somewhere other than San Diego before hitting free agency in 2025; however, he is easily a Top-10 draft pick in all fantasy formats.
10 Aaron Judge (NYY - RF,DH) 6 15 10.3 2.1 9.0 -1.0
In 2023, Aaron Judge played 106 games, the least since 2019. Despite this, he delivered impressive stats: a .267/.406/.613 slash line with 37 homers. While remarkable, these figures probably disappointed those who expected more from a Top 5 pick. Statcast ranks Judge at the absolute top of several metrics, including xwOBA, xSLG, avgEV, Barrel%, HardHit%, and BB%. Judge remains an offensive powerhouse, but some health risks put him at a better value as a second-round pick in 12-team leagues.
11 Spencer Strider (ATL - SP) 6 29 11.3 4.2 10.0 -1.0
Spencer Strider performed as advertised in 2023. He struck out a ridiculous 281 batters in 186 2/3 innings for a 13.55 K/9. His walk rate dropped for the third straight season, and his xBAA was .205. His outlier was a 3.86 ERA, but don't let this stop you from drafting him, as his xERA was 3.09. Strider is currently the first pitcher off the board in NFBC drafts. He is neck-and-neck with Gerrit Cole for best fantasy SP1.
12 Trea Turner (PHI - SS) 6 27 12.7 2.6 17.0 +5.0
Trea Turner struggled in his first season in Philadelphia, leading to the infamous game where his own mother booed him. He eventually turned it around and ended the season, slashing .266/.320/.459 with 102 runs, 76 RBIs, 26 home runs, and 30 stolen bases. Turner's baserunning value remains in the 99th percentile, according to Statcast, and many of his underlying metrics suggest improvement in the 2024 season. At this point, however, Turner's ADP is in the first round in NFBC leagues, and there may be better value elsewhere at shortstop this year.
13 Shohei Ohtani (LAD - DH,SP) 7 24 12.9 3.6 12.0 -1.0
Shohei Ohtani remains a fantasy giant, even if he is only a hitter in 2024. Despite playing for an underwhelming Angels team, he delivered 95 RBIs, 102 runs, 44 homers, and 20 steals in 135 games. His recovery from an elbow injury should mirror Bryce Harper's successful return, indicating minimal impact on his elite performance. Statcast ranks Ohtani in the top 98th percentile for batting run value, leading in barrel percentage, exit velocity, and expected slugging. The only concern is the trend of players underperforming after big free-agent deals, but Ohtani's exceptional skill set makes him a solid addition to fantasy lineups. There is a chance he could slip to the second round, which boosts his value even higher.
14 Jose Ramirez (CLE - 3B,DH) 9 20 13.7 1.9 15.0 +1.0
Jose Ramirez turned in another stellar season in 2023, hitting 24 home runs and stealing 28 bases while slashing .282/.356/.475. His other counting stats took a hit due to a subpar lineup around him. He only knocked in 80 and scored 87 across 156 games. Ramirez will be in his age-31 season, typically a time when stolen bases begin to slow down, but his superb batting skills will continue to have high fantasy value. If Cleveland does not improve the lineup around him, he is a first-round talent in a later-round situation that will leave fantasy managers wanting more.
15 Matt Olson (ATL - 1B) 7 17 14.7 1.9 14.0 -1.0
Matt Olson's 2023 season marked a significant improvement over his 2022 performance. His batting average jumped from .240 to .283, and he saw a notable increase in his on-base percentage (OBP), going from .325 to .389. More impressively, Olson's slugging percentage (SLG) spiked to .604, substantially improving from his .477 in 2022. His home run count highlights this surge in power; he smashed 54 homers with 139 RBI, leading all of MLB. Additionally, Olson played in all 162 games for the formidable Atlanta Braves, a role he will return to in 2024. While Freddie Freeman offers better all-around numbers, Olson is the powerful corner infielder worth a second-round pick.
16 Gerrit Cole (NYY - SP) 10 31 16.3 4.3 13.0 -3.0
As Gerrit Cole enters the 2024 season at age 33, he continues to be a cornerstone of the New York Yankees' rotation. Cole made 33 starts last season, totaling 209.0 innings pitched and struck out 222 batters. He maintained an elite ace, allowing 157 hits and 48 walks, with a home run total of 20, reflecting his ability to limit long balls, a critical factor in his success. His K/9 of 9.56 was lower than the five seasons before, but that number is projected to get north of 10 again in 2024. While his age might raise concerns about potential decline, his 2023 season showed that Cole still possesses the skills to be a top-tier pitcher. He should still be one of the first two pitchers off the board (Spencer Strider).
17 Yordan Alvarez (HOU - LF,DH) 12 22 16.4 2.5 16.0 -1.0
Despite missing 68 games in 2023, Yordan Alvarez showcased his exceptional batting skills. He posted a .293/.407/.583 line with 31 home runs and 97 RBIs, mirroring his 2022 RBI count in fewer games. Statcast ranks him in the 99th percentile for batting run value, underscoring his undeniable value in four fantasy categories. While his 18.5% strikeout rate is notable, his 13.9% walk rate compensates well. Alvarez is an excellent second-round choice for fantasy teams, especially if you're flexible with stolen bases.
18 Bryce Harper (PHI - 1B,DH) 14 27 18.5 2.5 19.0 +1.0
Bryce Harper returned triumphantly from elbow surgery in May instead of the predicted July and rewarded every fantasy manager who took a flier on him late in 2023 drafts. He played 126 games and remained an elite hitter in the majors, slashing .293/.401/.499 in the middle of a Phillies lineup that finished sixth in team OPS. Harper is now primarily a DH/1B, which should work just fine in fantasy leagues, and fantasy managers can anticipate a 30/90/90 season with double-digit steals (he stole 11 in '23). After Freddie Freeman is off the board, whether Matt Olson or Harper goes next is a coin flip. A full season of Bryce Harper is never a bad thing to have on your fantasy roster.
19 Austin Riley (ATL - 3B) 12 21 18.8 1.2 18.0 -1.0
Austin Riley continued solidifying his position as the premier power-hitting third baseman in the National League during the 2023 season. He finished with a .281 batting average with 37 home runs and 97 RBIs. His slugging percentage stood at .516, contributing to an OPS of .861. Riley scored 27 more runs than the year before due to being in such a potent lineup. He doesn't walk much and strikes out more than we'd like. But Riley's ability to consistently hit for power while maintaining a reasonable batting average makes him a valuable asset in fantasy baseball, especially considering his position at third base.
20 Rafael Devers (BOS - 3B) 18 27 21.6 2.0 20.0
At 27 years old, Rafael Devers remains a linchpin in the Red Sox lineup. His 2023 season saw him at the plate 656 times, where he notched 157 hits, including 33 home runs and 100 RBIs, and scored 90 runs. His performance slightly dropped in batting average to .271 from .295 in 2022. Still, he maintained a solid on-base percentage of .351 and a slugging percentage of .500. Devers always seems to be overlooked in fantasy drafts. Still, he is a set-and-forget third baseman who will play 150+ games.
21 Francisco Lindor (NYM - SS) 13 35 23.6 3.3 29.0 +8.0
Francisco Lindor had the quietest 31-homer season in recent memory. He also stole 31 bases, scored 108 runs, and drove in 98. To put this in perspective, among shortstops who played 20 games at the position, Lindor's ranks are as follows: Home runs (2nd), runs (1st), RBI (1st), and stolen bases (7th). His incredible fantasy year was buried under the Mets' real-life struggles and underperformance, but make no mistake about it. Lindor is a Top 5 shortstop who is perceived as much lower. Take advantage of the discount if it is available in your leagues.
22 Pete Alonso (NYM - 1B) 16 44 23.9 3.1 26.0 +4.0
In 2023, Alonso showcased his home run prowess, belting 46 to finish third in the majors. His batting average disintegrated to .217 from .271 in 2022, and his OBP cratered to .318 from .352. His run production remained high, with 92 runs scored and 118 RBIs over 658 plate appearances. Chances are good that Alonso's ratios will settle somewhere between his 2022 and 2023 numbers. If you're looking for monster counting stats from your first baseman, Alonso has you covered in three categories and most likely will be around in the third round.
23 Ozzie Albies (ATL - 2B) 14 42 24.1 5.3 22.0 -1.0
After an injury-marred 2022 season, Ozzie Albies made a triumphant return in 2023, reasserting himself as one of the premier second basemen in the league. At just 26, Albies has already etched his name as a three-time All-Star and two-time Silver Slugger recipient. The 2023 season saw him play 148 games, boasting a robust 124 OPS+, and delivering a .280/.336/.513 slash line. Albies' power was on full display, with a career-high 33 home runs and 109 RBIs, part of his 68 extra-base hits. This marked improvement in power numbers was complemented by a more patient approach at the plate, evident in his on-base percentage. He also contributed 13 stolen bases. Albie's blend of power, speed, and defense makes him a top fantasy pick, especially at a position not typically known for such prolific power numbers.
24 Corbin Burnes (BAL - SP) 13 39 24.4 4.2 21.0 -3.0
Corbin Burnes is in the last year of his contract with the Milwaukee Brewers, and it would be somewhat surprising if he still plays for them at the end of the year. The important thing to note is that his pending free agency makes him an even better draft pick in 2024 than usual. And his "usual" is still elite. Burnes landed at 200 strikeouts in 193 2/3 innings with a 3.39 ERA and microscopic 1.07 WHIP. Hitters struggle to make good contact on Burnes's pitches (avgEV of 86.4), but his K% dropped five percent to 25.5. As the third pitcher in Tier 1, he has the most to gain in 2024 and will make an excellent SP1 in fantasy.
25 Marcus Semien (TEX - 2B) 13 40 24.4 4.4 25.0
Marcus Semien excelled in the 2023 season with a .276 batting average across 670 at-bats. He demonstrated notable power, hitting 28 home runs and driving in 100 RBIs. Over his career, Semien has a .258 average with 215 home runs and 120 stolen bases. For the 2024 season, fantasy managers can look to Semien for consistent power and run production in a powerful lineup that should get even better as the young hitters come into their own. His ability to contribute in multiple categories and projections in the 25 HR and 100 RBI range, along with double-digit steals, should make him the top 2B off the board after Mookie Betts.
26 Corey Seager (TEX - SS) 12 38 26.7 7.3 23.0 -3.0
Corey Seager had an outstanding 2023. His rankings in the American League in batting categories were a batting average of .327 (2nd), OBP of .390 (3rd), SLG of .623 (2nd), and OPS of 1.103 (2nd). Seager's power was on full display, as he smashed 33 home runs, tying him for 5th in the AL, and he led the league in doubles with 42. Even with slight regression in store, the 29-year-old offers exceptional power numbers from a tough position and should be a Top 3 shortstop off the board.
27 Zack Wheeler (PHI - SP) 19 50 27.3 3.9 27.0
Zack Wheeler continued his SP1 ways in 2023, racking up 212 strikeouts in 192 innings. His ERA was a little high (for him) at 3.61, and his xFIP supported that at 3.54. Wheeler is in the 95th percentile in BB% (5.0), so you can draft him knowing he will protect your WHIP better than many other aces. He also started 32 games, making his durability an asset as well. Wheeler remains at the top of Tier 2 after the Strider/Cole/Burnes triad, and you can probably get him in the third round.
28 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (TOR - 1B,DH) 20 41 29.1 5.0 24.0 -4.0
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. played 156 games and raised his walk rate while lowering his strikeout rate. Those were the highlights. Unfortunately, his other numbers took a fall across the board. The good news for 2024 is that Vladdy's expected numbers were more in line with what fantasy managers were looking for when they drafted him. For his age-25 season, he should see a bounce back to mid-30s in homers and close to 100/100 in runs and RBIs. The biggest discrepancy was his .264 average compared to his xBA of .295. Vladdy should be an asset, but he is now a Round 3 or 4 guy.
29 Luis Robert Jr. (CWS - CF) 17 40 29.9 5.3 34.0 +5.0
In 2023, Luis Robert Jr. finally delivered on his potential, playing 145 games and hitting .264 with 38 homers, 20 steals, 90 runs, and 80 RBIs. Despite Chicago's weak lineup, Robert's performance was a bright spot, showcasing his power-speed blend vital for fantasy outfielders. His limited walks (5.0 BB%) and injury history remain concerns, but his healthy season boosts his draft appeal for 2024.
30 Kevin Gausman (TOR - SP) 13 49 30.8 4.4 28.0 -2.0
Kevin Gausman had a great second season north of the border, pitching 185 innings and striking out 237. His 11.53 K/9 was the second-highest of his career, but his walk rate went back up to 7.2% from his career low in 2022 (3.9). He has a couple of questionable metrics, namely his 3.87 xERA compared to his actual 3.16 ERA. His xFIP ended at 3.22, though, so chances are good that number will settle somewhere in the middle. His 31.1% strikeout rate might come back down to earth a little as well. Gausman is a good SP1 from Tier 2.
31 Michael Harris II (ATL - CF) 24 42 32.7 3.6 33.0 +2.0
Michael Harris II finished with a .293/.331/.477 slash line, along with 18 homers, 76 runs, and 20 steals. Positioned as the starting center fielder for 2024 with minimal competition, Harris, despite potential bust predictions, offers valuable five-category contributions for fantasy teams. He's not an exciting OF1, but he'll fit the bill if you wait a few rounds.
32 Gunnar Henderson (BAL - 3B,SS) 25 44 32.9 3.8 31.0 -1.0
Gunnar Henderson had an atrocious start to the 2023 season. He ended April with a .189 batting average and 29 strikeouts in 92 plate appearances, and May wasn't much better. In June, however, the stud prospect version appeared, and fantasy managers everywhere were rewarded for their patience. Henderson should continue his growth in his second full year in the majors, and a powerful Orioles lineup should keep his counting stats up. He is going to cost you, but the rewards could be league-winning.
33 Bo Bichette (TOR - SS) 26 45 33.9 3.7 39.0 +6.0
Bo Bichette had a down year in 2023, which kept him in line with more than one of his Blue Jays teammates. He batted .306, albeit with an inflated .355 BABIP, and hit 20 home runs. However, he scored only 69 runs and knocked in 73. He only swiped five bags in a year when stolen bases went up across the board. Since counting stats in the lineup are dependent on production around him, Bichette should see a bounceback in 2024 and land somewhere in the 90/90 range. The 25-year-old will help with batting average and could end up a steal in the fourth round, but the allure of him having first-round value is no more.
34 Luis Castillo (SEA - SP) 24 50 34.6 6.8 30.0 -4.0
Luis Castillo had a successful first season in Seattle, which was to be expected when he got out of Great American Ball Park. Castillo struck out 219 batters in 197 innings and started 33 games for the Mariners, striking out 10.01 K/9 and a 27.3 K%. One negative on his report card was his xERA of 3.82 and xFIP of 3.81, suggesting his 3.34 ERA may have been a bit lucky. Also of note was his 1.28 HR/9, which was the highest it had been since 2018. There is a lot to like about Castillo, but he is one of the more volatile pitchers in Tier 2.
35 Jose Altuve (HOU - 2B) 23 53 35.9 6.3 37.0 +2.0
Jose Altuve began the season dealing with an injury he sustained in the World Baseball Classic. Upon his return, he delivered a stellar .311 batting average and .915 OPS in the 2023 season over 360 at-bats. His 14 home runs and 51 RBIs showcased his power, while 14 stolen bases highlighted his agility on the basepaths. Altuve's career stats, with a .307 average, 209 home runs, and 293 stolen bases, emphasize his long-term consistency and multi-dimensional play​​​​. In the 2023 postseason, he maintained a solid .286 average, adding to his reputation for performing in high-pressure situations. Altuve remains a prime fantasy pick in 2024, offering reliability in batting average and diverse category contributions.
36 Randy Arozarena (TB - LF) 20 52 38.2 5.6 42.0 +6.0
Randy Arozarena stands out for his reliable performance, appearing in over 140 games for three consecutive seasons and achieving a 20/20 in each. While he has a solid walk rate of 12.2%, his batting average and strikeout rate rank in the 35th percentile. While these stats limit his reach as a comprehensive fantasy contributor, his power at the plate is undeniable. Arozarena is a dependable choice, and fantasy managers can bank on another 20/20 season in 2024.
37 Pablo Lopez (MIN - SP) 25 65 38.3 4.9 38.0 +1.0
Pablo Lopez had a great first year in Minnesota and established himself as their SP1. He threw 194 innings and struck out 234 batters. Lopez ended the season with a 3.86 ERA and 1.18, but his xERA was much lower at 3.00 with an xFIP of 3.25. Statcast has him ranked in the 98th percentile of pitching run value, and he may come at a small discount compared to where his projections have him. Lopez isn't a flashy SP1 for fantasy managers, but he offers stellar stats and consistency, which ain't bad.
38 Adolis Garcia (TEX - RF) 23 69 39.2 5.4 44.0 +6.0
In 2023, Adolis Garcia smashed 39 home runs, notched 107 RBIs, and scored 106 runs, contributing significantly to his team's World Series victory. Although his stolen bases dipped to nine, his impressive stats in xSLG, AvgEV, Barrel%, and Hard Hit% show no signs of decline. Fantasy managers should be cautious during drafts, as his excellent postseason performance could inflate his value. Now a robust three-category player, Garcia is a complex but potentially rewarding pick.
39 Elly De La Cruz (CIN - 3B,SS) 20 87 39.9 14.3 36.0 -3.0
Elly De La Cruz might be the most exciting and riskiest player on the board. He has a ton of potential that he occasionally flashed in his rookie season. For instance, he stole 35 bases in only 98 games and is in the 100th percentile in sprint speed at 30.5. He also hit the ball hard... when he hit it. His K%, Whiff%, and Chase% are all in the "highly undesirable" range, which drove his OBP down to .300. The primary question for fantasy managers is: When do you believe he will figure out major league pitching? De La Cruz's minor league stats suggest that day will come, and as part of Cincinnati's wave of the future, the 21-year-old will have a very long leash to figure things out in 2024. If you want his potential on your fantasy team, you will have to grab him earlier than you probably want. I'd stay away from him until the fifth round in 2024.
40 George Kirby (SEA - SP) 26 75 41.4 9.4 40.0
George Kirby has a lot of stats to love, but the one that jumps off the page is that he walked 19 batters in 190 2/3 innings. He struck out 172 batters and carried a 3.35 ERA with 1.04 WHIP. Both his xERA and xFIP were higher than his actual numbers, but he started 31 games, and there is nothing overtly alarming in his underlying metrics. Kirby will cost you a fourth or fifth-round pick in 2024, but there is no better anchor for your ratios.
41 Zac Gallen (ARI - SP) 30 73 41.6 5.7 32.0 -9.0
Zac Gallen had a dominant 2023 and finished third in the NL Cy Young race. The 28-year-old tossed 210 innings and struck out 220 with a 3.47 ERA and 1.11 WHIP. If we include the postseason, Gallen threw 243 2/3 innings, 60 innings more than his previous high. He gave up a lot of hard contact, and his xERA was 4.16. Gallen's xFIP was 3.49 on the plus side, and he continued to strike out more than one batter per inning. Gallen is a risky SP1, and his cost (currently in the third round) looks pretty high, given all the red flags heading into 2024.
42 CJ Abrams (WSH - SS) 15 82 43.7 8.5 58.0 +16.0
CJ Abrams showed remarkable progress in the 2023 season. At just 23, Abrams became a significant asset for fantasy baseball managers, especially for his speed on the bases. In the 2023 regular season, Abrams showcased his potential by hitting .245 with 18 home runs and 64 RBIs over 563 at-bats. His OPS stood at .712. Abrams' real value, however, lies in his base-stealing abilities. He swiped 47 bases, ranking 3rd in the NL, and this aspect of his game will be particularly valuable in fantasy leagues where stolen bases are a premium. Heading into the 2024 season, fantasy managers should consider Abrams a high-upside player, particularly for stolen bases and runs scored, with potential for batting average and power growth. His youth and displayed talent suggests that he could continue to develop into an even more impactful player in the coming years.
43 Tyler Glasnow (LAD - SP) 29 107 45.7 9.2 41.0 -2.0
Tyler Glasnow returned with a vengeance in 2023. Upon his return from Tommy John surgery, he threw 120 innings and struck out 162 batters. His 33.4 K% is in the 97th percentile, and his fastball velocity sat in the 96-mph range. His ERA was 3.53, but his xFIP was 2.75, suggesting that he dealt with some bad luck. (And if you know Glasnow, you know that he has dealt with a lot of bad luck in his career.) His WHIP also remained low at 1.08. Now, he joins a burgeoning SuperTeam in the Dodgers, where he will remain for the foreseeable future. He offers so much strikeout upside that it doesn't really matter where he plays. He would be in my Tier 1 of pitchers except for his injury history, which knocks him down ever so slightly.
44 Yoshinobu Yamamoto (LAD - SP) 35 123 50.3 12.0 45.0 +1.0
Yoshinobu Yamamoto will arrive in MLB with the powerhouse Dodgers in 2024, and while there may be an adjustment period for the 25-year-old, it shouldn't last too long. Yamamoto should come close to 200 strikeouts, though his ERA is projected to be near 4.00. However, as with all pitchers on outstanding teams, he does have slightly more win equity than others. As part of the $1 billion package that Los Angeles dropped on Yamamoto and Shohei Ohtani, the former's ADP seems somewhat inflated for a pitcher who has yet to face MLB hitters. He will cost you a sixth-round draft pick, and there may be better value elsewhere that early.
45 Manny Machado (SD - 3B,DH) 29 77 50.7 8.6 50.0 +5.0
Manny Machado had a down year by his standards and by the standards of fantasy managers who took him early in 2023 drafts. In 138 games, he hit 30 home runs and drove in 91, which is in line with his career average. However, his batting average (.258) and OBP (.319) did not hold up their end of the bargain. Of course, neither did the Padres All-Star lineup. According to Statcast, he is right around average in Batting Run Value, which should drop his draft cost considerably, and his counting numbers may not hold steady with the departure of Juan Soto in the offseason. When you take into consideration the overall increase in talent at 3B and couple it with an aging Machado (he will turn 32 in July), there may be better value on the board in 2024.
46 Tarik Skubal (DET - SP) 38 106 50.8 8.2 49.0 +3.0
Tarik Skubal arrived in 2023 and quickly became the Detroit ace. He started 15 games for the Tigers, throwing 80 1/3 innings and striking out 102 batters. More impressively, he ended with a 2.80 ERA and 0.90 WHIP. On top of that, his xERA was 2.30, and his xFIP was 2.56, which suggests that his production was not an aberration. Looking ahead to 2024, Skubal slots in as an SP2 with an SP1 ceiling that is hard to ignore. He is worth targeting in the fourth or fifth rounds of drafts.
47 Devin Williams (MIL - RP) 34 75 52.8 7.9 46.0 -1.0
Devin Williams saved 36 games in 2023 and struck out 87 in 58 2/3 innings. He had a sparkling ERA of 1.53, though this was somewhat misleading, with an xERA of 2.75 and an xFIP of 2.79. Williams consistently gives up more walks than fantasy managers would like, but we forgive him due to his 99th percentile K% (37.7 in 2023). Even with the walks, he finished with a 0.92 WHIP. He should be the top reliever taken in 2024.
48 Adley Rutschman (BAL - C,DH) 40 80 53.6 8.6 35.0 -13.0
Adley Rutschman arrived in 2023 in a big way. He slashed .277/.374/.435 and hit 20 home runs, drove in 80, and scored 84 times. The upstart Orioles offense is loaded with weapons, and the 26-year-old should continue to bat at the top of it. He will never steal bases, but he will protect your ratios better than any other catcher on the board. Don't be surprised when he is the first backstop drafted in 2024.
49 Mike Trout (LAA - CF) 30 88 54.3 10.6 52.0 +3.0
Mike Trout's performance in 2023 showcased his exceptional hitting abilities, though injuries limited him to just 82 games. Averaging slightly over 100 games annually since 2016 (excluding the 2020 shortened season), Trout's recent playing time has been inconsistent, with 82, 119, and 36 games in the last three seasons. His .263/.367/.490 slash line last season reflected a dip that can likely be attributed to a wrist injury. At 32, Trout's base-stealing days are behind him, with only 17 steals in the past five years. Additionally, his lineup may no longer include Shohei Ohtani. While a fully healthy Trout could warrant a first or second-round fantasy pick, relying on his full-season availability is risky. Trout remains a viable OF1, but drafting him as an OF2 with a plan for potential absences might be more prudent.
50 Logan Webb (SF - SP) 43 65 54.7 5.3 48.0 -2.0
If you dig the ground ball, Logan Webb might be your soulmate. The 27-year-old is in the 99th percentile of GB% at 62.7 and BB% of 3.6. He struck out 194 batters in 216 innings pitched, so while he is not the strikeout artist of an SP1, he will do wonders for your ratios. And if you're interested in a durable starter, Webb started 33 games last year and 32 games the year before. Webb is a set-and-forget guy who rarely blows up, protecting your weekly numbers as well.
51 Aaron Nola (PHI - SP) 27 78 54.8 9.5 43.0 -8.0
Aaron Nola had a mixed bag of results for fantasy teams in 2023. He threw 193 2/3 innings across 32 starts, so durability was not an issue. He struck out 202 batters and maintained his excellent BB% (5.7) for a WHIP of 1.15. His ERA, however, was an unseemly 4.46, and he gave up a career-high 1.49 HR/9. Nola's xERA and xFIP suggest improvement in ERA for 2024, and he has started precisely 32 games each of the last three seasons. In the offseason, he signed a seven-year, $172 million contract with the Phillies, a significant deal for a guy who will turn 31 in June. The perception of Nola is that he is an SP1, but his stats suggest grabbing someone to anchor your staff in 2024 and slot him in as an SP2.
52 Josh Hader (HOU - RP) 39 99 55.4 10.0 53.0 +1.0
Josh Hader experienced the bounceback foretold last offseason. He dropped his ERA from 5.22 to 1.28, which was much more in line with his career numbers. He struck out 85 batters in 56 1/3 innings and collected 33 saves. His elite xBA of .157 is in the 100th percentile, and batters have yet to figure out how to get any barrel on the Southpaw's pitches. Hader's downfall will always be his BB% (13.0), but fantasy managers inclined to take a closer early in drafts should feel confident they're getting one of the top two here.
53 Nolan Jones (COL - LF,RF) 40 74 55.4 7.8 65.0 +12.0
Nolan Jones made a significant impact in the 2023 season, showcasing his power and speed as a 20/20 player in Colorado. With an impressive .297/.389/.542 slash line and a strong Barrel% of 15.7, Jones is a reliable source of power and on-base ability (xwOBACON .475). However, his high .401 BABIP suggests his batting average might decline. Despite a high strikeout rate around 30%, Jones's combination of power, walks, and 15-20 stolen bases, especially in Coors Field, makes him a valuable fantasy asset, albeit with a potential downside in batting average.
54 Paul Goldschmidt (STL - 1B,DH) 30 83 55.6 11.9 63.0 +9.0
Paul Goldschmidt continued to do what he does, albeit at a lesser pace than his torrid 2022. He hit 25 home runs, scored 89 runs, knocked in 80, and stole 11 bases. He continued to be a picture of stability, playing in over 150 games for the eighth year in a row (excluding 2020). His batting average tumbled from .317 to .268, and his slugging fell to .447 from .578. Essentially, the regression that we expected hit, yet he still had an overall productive season. Looking ahead, fantasy managers can probably expect numbers in line with 2023, but he does not need to be drafted before the seventh round in 2024.
55 Cody Bellinger (1B,CF) FA 25 89 56.6 11.0 54.0 -1.0
Cody Bellinger notably outperformed expectations with a .307/.356/.525 slash line against a predicted .270/.331/.437. Currently a free agent, Bellinger presents a challenge for fantasy managers, with caution advised due to the typical decline following a standout season. While a 20/20 season is plausible, managers should temper expectations for a repeat of his 2023 performance.
56 Royce Lewis (MIN - 3B) 40 92 56.7 12.3 66.0 +10.0
Royce Lewis is the latest Minnesota Twin to offer superstar-level stats with an unfortunate injury-prone profile. In 58 games last season, Lewis smacked 15 home runs, drove in 52 runs, and slashed .309/.372/.548. His average was inflated (xBA .265), but the power is very real. The 24-year-old's xwOBACON is .410; even though his xSLG was lower, it was still .476. An entire season of Lewis has first-round upside, but fantasy managers should draft him expecting fewer games. With a bit of luck, Lewis avoids becoming Byron Buxton 2.0, and those who draft him will be rewarded handsomely.
57 Freddy Peralta (MIL - SP) 42 100 57.4 6.8 55.0 -2.0
In 2023, Freddy Peralta finished sixth in K/9 among qualified starting pitchers who threw 100 or more innings. He struck out 210 batters in only 165 2/3 innings across 30 starts. His ERA was high at 3.86, but his xERA was 3.35, and his xFIP was 3.42. Peralta occasionally gives up hard contact, and his 1.4 HR/9 isn't great, but his 3.89 K/BB ratio was good for the 23rd-best in the majors. He will turn 28 in June, and even though he threw the most innings of his career last year, there isn't much to be concerned about. Slot him in as an SP2 that you can probably grab in the fifth or sixth round.
58 Framber Valdez (HOU - SP) 42 94 58.5 9.5 51.0 -7.0
Framber Valdez took a step back in 2023 but still pitched 198 innings of stellar ball for the Astros. He ended with a 3.46 ERA, though his 4.33 xERA suggests he was lucky. On the other hand, his xFIP was 3.39, and he was one of 17 pitchers who struck out 200 or more. Valdez remains a cheat code in leagues with Quality Starts as a category. Even in traditional 5x5 leagues, he is an excellent SP2 with SP1 upside that you can probably get in the fifth round.
59 Max Fried (ATL - SP) 40 88 58.7 7.4 47.0 -12.0
Max Fried dealt with a couple of injuries in 2023, which limited him to 14 starts and 77 2/3 innings. He made the most of those innings, though, with a 2.55 ERA and 1.13 WHIP. While fantasy managers shouldn't chase wins, Fried's 8-1 record is notable because of the team he plays for. If he continues with his current pitching profile (Pitching Run-Value of 88, according to Statcast), the wins should come thanks to the prolific Braves offense. Fried does not give up much in the way of hard hits, and his ground ball percentage of 59.2 lands in the 97th percentile. He will be a solid SP1 if you wait until the fifth or sixth round to start your pitching staff.
60 Jazz Chisholm Jr. (MIA - CF) 27 103 59.1 10.3 81.0 +21.0
Jazz Chisholm's 2022 season with the Miami Marlins was limited to 97 games due to injuries. Despite this, he showcased his talent with 19 home runs and 22 stolen bases. His advanced metrics indicated struggles, notably with a high strikeout rate over 30% and a drop in walk rate. Chisholm also experienced a decrease in sprint speed, ranking in the 78th percentile, likely impacted by a turf toe injury, which was surgically addressed in October. Looking ahead to 2024, if he stays healthy, Chisholm has the potential to achieve over 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases, along with 70-80 RBIs and runs. However, he will no longer be eligible as a second baseman, affecting his versatility in fantasy lineups.
61 Matt McLain (CIN - 2B,SS) 41 116 61.2 12.9 64.0 +3.0
Matt McLain played 89 games for the Reds in 2023 and arrived with a bang. He hit 16 home runs and stole 14 bases while slashing an impressive .290/.357/.507. As with many rookies, he struggled with strikeouts, racking up 115 of them. McLain's expected stats leave something to be desired (xBA of 2.56 and xSLG of .436), but assuming growth in his sophomore season and batting in a hitter's haven make the 24-year-old a high-upside pick in the fifth or sixth round.
62 Edwin Diaz (NYM - RP) 41 146 62.9 15.1 57.0 -5.0
Edwin Diaz was in line for another stellar campaign when a patellar tendon tear ended his season during the World Baseball Classic. We'll just run it back for 2024, though, as Diaz's Statcast page shows that he leads the world in almost every pitching metric. The 29-year-old probably won't come with much of a discount in 2024, and the latest reports are that he is fully healthy. Diaz is a minimal-risk, extremely-high reward reliever.
63 Christian Yelich (MIL - LF,DH) 37 90 63.8 4.6 73.0 +10.0
In 2023, Christian Yelich bounced back impressively, showcasing a potent mix of power and speed with 19 homers, 106 runs, 76 RBIs, and 28 steals. His .278 batting average matched his expected average, underlined by a top-tier Hard-Hit% in the 93rd percentile. Yelich's on-base skills shone, too, reaching a .370 OBP, partly thanks to the new shift rules. Despite a less-than-stellar Brewers lineup, he surpassed 100 runs, a trend likely to continue in 2024. While nagging back issues are a concern, a healthy Yelich offers strong outfield value, fitting comfortably as an OF3 with potential for more.
64 Nico Hoerner (CHC - 2B,SS) 34 112 66.2 16.5 59.0 -5.0
Nico Hoerner impressed in 2023 with a .283 batting average and 43 stolen bases, highlighting his speed and versatility. Earning a Rawlings NL Gold Glove, he excelled defensively while being a consistent offensive contributor, scoring 98 runs and amassing 175 hits. His ability to consistently reach base reflected in 688 plate appearances, and his prowess on the basepaths make him a valuable fantasy asset. Going into 2024, Hoerner is poised to continue his multi-category contributions, with a particular emphasis on stolen bases and runs, making him a solid pick in fantasy baseball.
65 Blake Snell (SP) FA 44 114 66.8 9.6 60.0 -5.0
Blake Snell won the 2023 NL Cy Young Award, but will come with plenty of risk in 2024. As of right now, we don't know where he will be, which is part of the battle, but his 2.25 ERA last year was a mirage. Snell's xERA was 3.77, and xFIP was 3.62. In the positive column, he struck out 234 batters in 180 innings and was one of only 11 qualified starters with an 11 K/9 or higher. If walks drive you crazy, don't even consider the 31-year-old, but if you need strikeouts and plan to have ratio help elsewhere, Snell can be a nice SP2.
66 Oneil Cruz (PIT - SS) 39 103 67.6 13.1 87.0 +21.0
Oneil Cruz suffered another ankle injury in 2023, which limited him to only nine games, though he did steal three bases in that small sample. Cruz has all the talent in the world, but recurrent ankle injuries pose a risk going forward. He will be 25 years old during the 2024 season, so there is still plenty of time for the former top prospect to turn his career around. The question is whether or not you're willing to pay the cost to take that chance.
67 Emmanuel Clase (CLE - RP) 36 97 68.8 10.9 56.0 -11.0
Emmanuel Clase led all of baseball with 44 saves, and he did so with a 7.93 K/9. His secret is a GB% of 56.6, which is in the 93rd percentile. His ERA, however, took a precipitous jump from 1.36 to 3.22. If you're planning to use an early-round draft pick on a closer, there are three Tier 1 guys before Clase, who seems a bit more of a risk in 2024.
68 Logan Gilbert (SEA - SP) 50 96 69.1 10.8 67.0 -1.0
Logan Gilbert pitched 190 2/3 innings, struck out 189 batters, and ended with a 3.73 ERA and 1.08 WHIP. The 26-year-old offered an elite BB% of 4.7, and his xERA and xFIP are in line with his actual numbers. Gilbert has started 32 games in each of the last two years, so the durability is there. He has an average K% and Whiff%, which keeps him out of an elite SP tier, but he is a solid SP3 with SP2 upside for those who want to take that risk.
69 Josh Lowe (TB - RF,DH) 40 108 72.0 12.6 89.0 +20.0
In 2023, Josh Lowe emerged as a fantasy gem, especially for those lucky enough to snag him off waivers. Lowe significantly bolstered fantasy lineups by contributing a solid .273/.323/.457 slash line, 20 homers, and 32 steals. His metrics indicate this performance wasn't a fluke, with high percentile rankings in expected batting average, slugging, and sprint speed. Looking ahead, Lowe shows promise for another 20/20 season, making him a valuable second or third outfielder in fantasy leagues that you can get in the seventh round.
70 Christian Walker (ARI - 1B) 48 145 76.0 10.6 76.0 +6.0
Will Christian Walker remain a sleeper first baseman for the third year in a row, or are people finally onto his production? The 32-year-old hit 33 home runs and drove in 103 while slashing .258/.333/.497 for an exciting Arizona lineup. Walker has an impressive K% (19.2) and xwOBACON (.380), and he has also remained healthy, playing 160 games in 2022 and 157 last year. While he is not a full sleeper in 2024, he is still the cheapest of the top 1B options, going in the fifth or sixth round in most drafts. Don't be afraid to wait - the return on investment will be worth it.
71 Jhoan Duran (MIN - RP) 44 133 76.4 13.2 72.0 +1.0
Jhoan Duran is the reliever to target if you're looking to build your reliever roster with a guy who throws 101.8 mph. The 25-year-old struck out 84 batters in 62 1/3 innings while collecting 27 saves last season. Opposing batters had an xBA of .185 and a 32.9 K% against him. Things got a little messy in the Twins bullpen in 2023, but fantasy managers should expect 30 saves from Duran in 2024. And if the league has a K/9 or equivalent category, he should be an early target.
72 Kyle Schwarber (PHI - LF,DH) 45 118 76.6 17.2 61.0 -11.0
Kyle Schwarber is one of the most predictable players in fantasy baseball. He will hit bombs (40+). He will score runs (100+). He is going to drive in teammates (100+). And he will absolutely crater your batting average (.197 in 2023). These stats seem like a "The sun rises in the East" type of guarantee. Schwarber does get on base, thanks to a 17.5% walk rate, and he continued to hit atop a powerful Phillies batting order. You just need to decide if you're punting the average category before you take him because you don't get to be surprised by it later.
73 Grayson Rodriguez (BAL - SP) 44 135 77.1 14.2 70.0 -3.0
I think it's fair to say that Grayson Rodriguez stumbled onto the scene in 2023. In the first half of the season, the rookie threw 45 1/3 innings and gave up 13 home runs and 21 walks on his way to a 7.35 ERA and a trip back to Triple-A. When he returned, the prospect everyone wanted to see arrived. He allowed only three home runs over his final 76 2/3 innings and finished that half with a 2.58 ERA. The good news is that the 24-year-old's second season should be more in line with the latter half of 2023. With a 94th percentile (97.4 mph) fastball velocity, Rodriguez is best considered an SP3 with an SP2 upside in 2024.
74 J.T. Realmuto (PHI - C) 51 104 77.1 8.4 74.0
J.T. Realmuto's run as the clear No. 1 catcher in fantasy may be over. Realmuto's batting average and OBP have fallen to below-average, and he may fall in the Phillies batting order as a result. Make no mistake, though, that he still offers double-digit upside in homers and steals, which makes him a valuable backstop, even if he now has competition at the top.
75 Zach Eflin (TB - SP) 49 106 77.3 12.2 80.0 +5.0
Before 2023, Zach Eflin received an abundance of "sleeper" predictions because of the Tampa Bump. Pitchers going TO the Rays are targets. Pitchers going away from them are typically labeled busts. It was difficult to believe a guy with a career ERA over 4.00 would suddenly be worth chasing. Alas, Eflin bought into his hype, apparently. He had a career-high K/9 of 9.42, striking out 186 batters in 177 2/3 innings. He ended with an ERA of 3.50, and his xFIP of 3.12 suggests he was even better than that. His WHIP was 1.02 thanks to a BB% of 3.4 and a Chase% of 34. Eflin's 2024 outlook suggests some regression but nothing to scare fantasy managers away from his SP3 draft price.
76 Alex Bregman (HOU - 3B) 53 109 78.5 12.9 68.0 -8.0
Alex Bregman will turn 30 in 2024, and yet, he just keeps plugging away at the hot corner in Houston. He actually improved on all of his 2022 stats last season, hitting 25 homers, knocking in 98, and crossing the plate 103 times. His consistency in ratios is impressive, and fantasy managers can expect numbers in the ballpark of .265/.365/.450. He doesn't strike out and mashes lefties. Bregman is the overlooked-because-he's-boring guy that you can steal in the ninth round or later, and he should be well worth the pick.
77 Eury Perez (MIA - SP) 57 102 78.5 11.2 96.0 +19.0
Eury Perez started 19 games for the Marlins and gave every fantasy manager a glimpse of how incredible he could be. He struck out 108 in 91 1/3 innings with a 3.15 ERA and 1.13. His fastball velocity sits in the 94th percentile at 97.5, and he had a 33.7 Whiff%. Batters had a difficult time with his breaking stuff, but they touched up his four-seamer more than ideal. Expect Perez's ERA to jump a notch into the 3.80 to 4.00 range, but he should continue striking out 10 per nine. Hopefully, the 20-year-old can limit the hard contact and home runs in 2024, but he is definitely in SP2 territory.
78 Camilo Doval (SF - RP) 53 164 78.8 19.5 71.0 -7.0
Camilo Doval finished 2023 tied for the National League lead in saves with 39. He offers an elite mix of offerings, with his slider and cutter leading the way. His strikeout rate is 31.0 percent, xBA is .203, and he is in the 88th percentile of GB% at 52.5. Doval should cross the 35-save mark again in 2024, making him the last of the Tier 1 closers.
79 Bryan Reynolds (PIT - LF) 40 109 81.6 10.6 78.0 -1.0
Bryan Reynolds, consistently selected in the 8th or 9th rounds, delivers reliable value in those slots. Though his batting average has dipped below .270 in recent seasons, he maintains steady on-base skills with a potential for over 20 homers annually. His 12 stolen bases last season reflect adaptability to new baserunning rules, offering a well-rounded fantasy profile. After signing an eight-year extension with the Pirates in 2023, Reynolds epitomizes a stable and dependable fantasy option.
80 Nolan Arenado (STL - 3B) 52 153 82.0 8.6 77.0 -3.0
Nolan Arenado hit 26 home runs in 2023, his first year below 30 since 2014 (excluding 2020). He also fell short of 100 RBIs for the first time since that year, too, coming in at 93. Essentially, Arenado showed signs of decline with an average slash line of .266/.315/.459. At age 32, it's difficult to know if this was the new normal or a perfect storm of unfortunate breaks that hit the Cardinals as a team. It is hard to justify passing on higher-upside players in the general vicinity of Arenado's ADP. However, he and Alex Bregman constitute the "boring veteran" section of the 3B position, and fantasy managers could certainly do worse.
81 Bobby Miller (LAD - SP) 58 137 82.0 13.2 84.0 +3.0
Bobby Miller throws hard. He has a fastball velocity in the 98th percentile (98.9 mph), and the speed did not transfer to a high Whiff%. The 24-year-old started 22 games for the Dodgers, and he should have no issue sliding into their 2024 rotation. And it won't be hard to justify anyone wearing a Dodgers uniform this year. His ERA is projected to sit around 4.00, but the win equity and solid pitching organization give him slightly more upside. If you feel the need for speed, he's your guy. But if you feel the need for strikeouts, he doesn't offer a ton. He slots in as an SP3/4.
82 Gleyber Torres (NYY - 2B) 67 134 82.8 13.8 88.0 +6.0
Gleyber Torres rewarded fantasy managers who took a chance on him in 2023. He hit 25 home runs, stole 13 bases, and scored 90 runs in an offense that lacked Aaron Judge for two-thirds of the season. Now that Juan Soto is in tow, Torres should creep to the century mark in runs, and he no longer comes with the baggage of a bad K%. He reduced his strikeout rate from 22.6 percent to 14.6, and he used that increased contact to raise his batting average to .273 (xBA .283) and his OBP to .347 without losing anything in his slugging. Torres is a Top 10 second baseman in 2024.
83 Will Smith (LAD - C) 66 105 83.7 8.4 69.0 -14.0
Will Smith has become an Ol' Reliable of the catching position in fantasy baseball. He only played in 126 games, which suppressed his home run total (19) to below 20 for the first time since 2020. Smith hits in the middle of the powerful Dodgers lineup, and his counting stats should continue being boosted because of it. His Statcast hitting profile shows that he excels at patience, though his batting average will hover in the .260 range. Smith should be the third catcher off the board somewhere in the early middle rounds.
84 Ha-Seong Kim (SD - 2B,3B,SS) 63 183 84.3 19.2 83.0 -1.0
Entering the 2024 season, Ha-Seong Kim has established himself as a valuable asset for fantasy baseball managers. At 28 years old, Kim's versatility on the field is evident with his multi-positional eligibility. His performance in 2023 was impressive, as he racked up 84 runs, 140 hits, 17 home runs, and an exceptional 38 stolen bases, ranking fifth in the NL for steals. This was a significant increase from his 12 stolen bases in 2022. Kim had 626 plate appearances and 538 at-bats during the season, highlighting his consistent presence in the lineup. His advanced metrics indicate an increased comfort at the plate, reflected in his improved walk and strikeout rates and his on-base plus slugging (OPS) reaching .749. Kim's blend of speed, improving power, and position versatility make him a strong asset for fantasy teams. His growth at the plate and on the field suggests the potential for an even more impactful 2024 season.
85 Triston Casas (BOS - 1B) 52 113 86.0 11.1 94.0 +9.0
Triston Casas is the next star at the first base position. He took a leap in 2023 at the age of 23, hitting 24 home runs in 132 games with an impressive slash line of .263/.367/.490. He is in the 93rd percentile of BB% at 13.9 and the 92nd percentile in xwOBA at .370. His counting stats weren't great, only tallying 65 RBIs and 66 runs, but this should improve with the return of some key Boston players. He might come at a wild discount, going in the early 100s, but this will be the last time you will be able to get him there. He is worth reaching for because chances are good he will outproduce his ADP.
86 Kodai Senga (NYM - SP) 50 217 86.8 39.6 62.0 -24.0
In his first season in MLB, Kodai Senga struck out 202 batters in 166 1/3 innings. He had an impressive 29.1 K% and 2.98 ERA. However, his xERA was almost an entire run higher (3.87), and his BB% was a disappointing 11.1. Fantasy managers should expect more of the same in 2024. He will strike out around 10 per nine, but walks and home runs will remain problematic. Senga falls right in that early-middle rounds window, where he is much more appealing as long as you have already grabbed your SP1.
87 Jesus Luzardo (MIA - SP) 55 107 88.1 8.7 82.0 -5.0
Jesus Luzardo was on a lot of 2023 sleeper lists, and he lived up to the billing. He struck out 208 batters in 178 2/3 innings with a 3.58 ERA and 1.21 WHIP. Heading into his age-26 season, he is stretched out and ready to throw 180+ innings in 2024. Luzardo should stay north of 10 K/9, and even though there is some risk in him being prone to walks and home runs, he is a high-upside starter who can fill an SP3 slot comfortably.
88 William Contreras (MIL - C,DH) 59 165 91.9 18.2 75.0 -13.0
William Contreras arrived in 2023 and produced at a Top 10 catcher rate for the entire season. He provides a nice balance of power and average from the backstop position, hitting 17 home runs and slashing .289/.367/.457. Nothing stands out as something fantasy managers will have to "account for" when drafting him, ideally past the eighth round.
89 Raisel Iglesias (ATL - RP) 63 146 91.9 18.9 79.0 -10.0
Raisel Iglesias finished in the Top 10 in saves with 33 last season. This number might seem low, but the Atlanta Braves didn't have many save opportunities while routinely blowing out opponents. Iglesias remains elite in Chase% (35.4), but batters lit up his fastball and sinker more than in past seasons. Iglesias will remain a Tier 2 closer because of the team he plays for, but look out for that to continue to be a double-edged sword when it comes to saves. There are other relievers with more ratio upside later in the draft.
90 David Bednar (PIT - RP) 57 151 92.3 13.6 86.0 -4.0
David Bednar finished 2023 tied for the National League lead in saves. He struck out 80 batters in 67 1/3 innings and had a 222 ERA+, which puts him in the elite tier of relievers just behind Josh Hader, Devin Williams, and Felix Bautista. There isn't much to dislike about Bednar, and as last year proved, a closer doesn't have to be on a good team to rack up saves. The 29-year-old should be going higher in drafts than he is, so take advantage of the discount.
91 Jordan Romano (TOR - RP) 60 133 92.4 11.4 85.0 -6.0
Jordan Romano saved 36 games for the Blue Jays in 2023 and struck out 72 batters in 59 innings. He continued with a decent K% (29), but his BB% jumped to 9.7, which is a concerning change for a high-end closer. He had a respectable ERA of 2.90, but the WHIP moved to 1.22, a full two-tenths higher than his 2022 number. Romano is on a good team, so crossing the 30-save mark shouldn't be an issue as long as he stays healthy.
92 Joe Ryan (MIN - SP) 62 146 95.8 16.7 90.0 -2.0
Joe Ryan started 29 games for the Twins last year, ending up with an ERA (4.51) that was almost a full run higher than in 2022 (3.55). His xERA last year, though, was 3.53, and chances are good that he was just snakebit by a .305 BABIP. He also gave up a lot of hard contact (1.78 HR/9), but he struck out 197 batters and walked fewer than two per game. He should bounce back nicely in 2024, and you can draft him in the ninth round to be your SP2 or SP3.
93 Spencer Torkelson (DET - 1B) 77 131 96.7 9.3 112.0 +19.0
Spencer Torkelson hit 31 home runs and drove in 94, and his ISO went from .117 to .213 in 2023. He ranked in the 94th percentile in hard-hit percentage at 50.9, and he should be in line for another 30/90 season in 2024. Torkelson can hopefully continue to improve his patience while reducing his strikeouts, and he may end up being a steal at his current 10th-round ADP.
94 Nick Castellanos (PHI - RF) 70 132 97.4 12.5 100.0 +6.0
Nick Castellanos, with his consistent power, is a solid pick for an OF2/3 in 2024. Last year, he belted 29 homers, notched 106 RBIs, scored 79 runs, and swiped 11 bases, all while maintaining a .272 average. At 31, his low walk rate (5.4%) and high chase rate (41%) persist, but his spot in a potent lineup featuring Bryce Harper and a revitalized Trea Turner should help him maintain near 100 RBIs. Castellanos is a wise middle-round selection, especially for RBI contributions.
95 Alexis Diaz (CIN - RP) 62 129 98.6 12.7 91.0 -4.0
Alexis Diaz finished second in the National League with 37 saves and had a 3.07 ERA and 1.19 WHIP. He also struck out 86 batters in 67 1/3 innings, and he held opponents to an xBA of .192. The knocks against Diaz are that he was in the sixth percentile in BB% at 12.6, and he pitches in Cincinnati, which always feels like playing with fire. The 27-year-old is a step away from being in the upper tier of closers, but he will provide plenty of saves if you can tolerate the walks.
96 Josh Jung (TEX - 3B) 73 176 98.6 23.5 113.0 +17.0
Josh Jung played 121 games for the World Series champs in 2023, and he arrived in fashion. The 25-year-old hit 23 home runs, scored 75 runs, knocked in 70, and slashed .266/.316/.467. Jung is in the 98th percentile in Sweet-Spot% at 41.9, but he struggled in typical rookie fashion with strikeouts (29.3 K%) and plate discipline (5.8 BB%). If he can get to that 150-game mark, he will land in the ballpark of 30 home runs and 100 RBIs. Not too shabby for a third baseman currently going ninth round of drafts.
97 Xander Bogaerts (SD - SS) 58 166 98.9 21.3 97.0
Xander Bogaerts signed an 11-year contract with the Padres to join what looked like a deep lineup but turned out to be disappointing. The 31-year-old had 19 home runs and 19 stolen bases (a career-high), but his other counting stats took a hit. He slashed .285/.350/.440, but his expected slash numbers were .255/.318/.401. Those red flags should steer fantasy managers off the shortstop until later rounds at the earliest. With news he will gain second-base eligibility in 2024, his value gets a slight boost, but only if he falls to you.
98 Justin Steele (CHC - SP) 61 132 100.5 11.5 92.0 -6.0
Justin Steele was in the NL Cy Young conversation for much of the 2023 season, finishing fifth when all was said and done. The 28-year-old had an elite BB% (5.0), and batters struggled to barrel up his pitches. He has hovered in the 24% K-rate for each of his three seasons, but last year's 1.17 WHIP is due for some regression in 2024. Steele is a difficult pitcher to assess, but he should serve as a nice SP3 at his current ADP.
99 Ketel Marte (ARI - 2B) 51 129 100.8 12.8 99.0
Ketel Marte posted a .276 batting average, hit 25 home runs, and contributed 82 RBIs over 150 games. He also notched 94 runs, eight stolen bases, and an OPS of .843. While his power and hitting haven't always peaked simultaneously, his overall performance, including an OPS+ over 100 in the last five full MLB seasons, underscores his reliability. Marte's overall hitting profile lands in the 90th percentile on Statcast. He should continue batting near the top of an exciting Arizona lineup, and another 20/90/80 season should be on its way.
100 George Springer (TOR - RF,DH) 62 130 102.1 12.5 102.0 +2.0
At age 33, George Springer played in 154 games, marking a high since 2016. While achieving his first 20/20 season, Springer's hitting showed notable dips with career lows in batting average (.258), OBP (.327), and SLG (.405). His Statcast data reveals an average performance, except in Chase% and K%. Springer remains a crucial player atop the potent Blue Jays lineup, expected to regain power but lose a few stolen bases. For 2024, he's ideally suited as an OF3/4.
101 Joe Musgrove (SD - SP) 63 131 102.8 13.4 98.0 -3.0
Joe Musgrove dealt with an injury-plagued 2023, where he started only 17 games for the underperforming Padres. He pitched 97 1/3 innings and struck out 97 batters with a 3.05 ERA and 1.14 WHIP. The 31-year-old pitcher remains in the 90th percentile in BB% at 5.3, but his K% has decreased in each year since 2020. If he stays healthy, he profiles as a decent SP3 for 2024, but be prepared for an uptick in his ERA.
102 Bryson Stott (PHI - 2B) 43 198 103.4 13.2 109.0 +7.0
Bryson Stott took quite the leap in 2023, richly rewarding fantasy managers who probably grabbed him on waivers. He played in 151 games, smacking 15 home runs and stealing 31 bases. He scored 78 runs, knocked in 62, and slashed .280/.329/.419. How much can this production be trusted going forward? The 15 HR and 25+ SB are sustainable, but fantasy managers should expect a drop in batting average, though not to an extreme degree. Second base looks a little shallow this season, leaving Stott as an acceptable 2B1 who you can get in the ninth round or later.
103 Seiya Suzuki (CHC - RF) 79 134 103.8 11.1 110.0 +7.0
In 2023, Seiya Suzuki found his groove with the Cubs, showcasing the skills fantasy managers anticipated in 2022. At 29, he presents a balanced offensive profile, combining a solid batting average with respectable power. His discerning eye at the plate (19.8% Chase rate) and solid walk rate (10.1%) add to his value. While Suzuki may not top the fantasy charts, he's a reliable option as an OF3/4 in most fantasy setups.
104 Cole Ragans (KC - SP,RP) 65 161 105.5 15.5 101.0 -3.0
Cole Ragans arrived on the scene in 2023 and has quickly risen to the top of the Darlings of Fantasy Baseball. It's not hard to see why. In 96 innings, the 26-year-old struck out 113 batters while maintaining a stellar 3.47 ERA and 1.16 WHIP. His fastball touches 96, but his changeup that induced a 35.6 Whiff% is the pitch that made him rise up draft boards this season. Projections have his ERA landing closer to 4.00 and his K% dropping a few points to the 25 range. (This is still solid.) As with every hot name in draft season, balancing value with excitement is essential. His current ADP of 101 feels right, considering we're not sure what we'll get from an entire season.
105 Spencer Steer (CIN - 1B,3B,LF) 37 142 105.9 15.7 95.0 -10.0
Spencer Steer is expected to be eligible for 1B/3B/OF, and possibly even 2B in some formats. With a solid 2023 season of 156 games, 23 homers, and 15 steals for the Reds, Steer is a promising fantasy pick. Batting in the middle of an exciting lineup with huge potential, he's on track to surpass his 86 RBI from last year. While not standing out in advanced metrics, Steer's consistent performance offers value in Round 9 and beyond, and the fact he plays half his games at Great American Ballpark is a plus for fantasy managers.
106 Jordan Walker (STL - RF) 65 166 106.6 12.2 121.0 +15.0
In his debut season, Jordan Walker showcased potential with a .276 average, .342 OBP, and .445 slugging. His performance included 16 home runs and seven steals. Despite a challenging year for the Cardinals, Walker's power was evident. Expectations for 2024 lean towards a 20-homer, 10-steal output, but his full potential is yet to be fully realized.
107 Dansby Swanson (CHC - SS) 85 162 109.8 15.7 122.0 +15.0
Dansby Swanson took the step back everyone expected in 2023 after signing his massive free-agent contract with the Cubs. His power numbers held steady, hitting 22 home runs, but his batting average dropped to .244. He scored 81 runs and knocked in 80, though his nine stolen bases were disappointing. Swanson still played in 147 games, so his availability remains a strong plus for those who wait on shortstop. He is one of those "no hurt, no help" fantasy players worth his ADP in the 116 range.
108 Paul Sewald (ARI - RP) 81 177 110.0 17.6 107.0 -1.0
Paul Sewald split time in Seattle and Arizona last season, racking up 34 saves between the two clubs. Sewald's stuff is the real deal, with a K% of 32.1, xERA of 2.75, and xBA of .189. He walked more batters than his career average, but he has the makeup of a solid closer for a competitive squad in 2024. Fantasy managers should expect around 30 saves from the veteran.
109 Tanner Bibee (CLE - SP) 67 131 110.8 13.3 105.0 -4.0
Tanner Bibee arrived in the majors in 2023 and produced an impressive 2.98 ERA with a promising 3.13 K/BB rate. There is a lot to like about Bibee, though it would be prudent to expect an uptick in ERA (FIP of 3.52, xFIP of 4.22) in 2024. One of the best things about him is that his ADP is in the SP "dead zone" around 107. He can serve as an SP3, though he's probably better considered an SP4 heading into drafts.
110 Yandy Diaz (TB - 1B) 78 151 111.8 13.7 103.0 -7.0
Yandy Diaz broke out of his power deficiency in a big way in 2023. After hitting only nine home runs in 2022, the 32-year-old smacked 22 dingers while slashing .330/.410/.522 in 2023. He rescued many fantasy managers who waited too long on 3B in drafts by setting career highs across 137 games. That's the good news. The bad news is that Diaz will probably return to his regularly scheduled self in 2024, and he no longer has 3B eligibility in most leagues, leaving him among the middle-rounds first basemen. Drafting him in the 12th round or beyond feels right for next year, but don't let him be your first 1B. He's not going to save fantasy managers two years in a row.
111 Evan Carter (TEX - LF) 79 162 113.9 18.1 108.0 -3.0
Evan Carter, at just 21, swiftly ascended through the Rangers' farm system, spending minimal time in Triple-A before his major league debut. In his brief 2023 stint with 75 plate appearances, he showed potential. Projected as the starting left fielder, Carter could hit around 15 homers and steal 20 bases, thanks to his solid on-base abilities. He's a promising pick in a strong lineup, but temper expectations as his impressive early stats may not sustain over a full season.
112 Lane Thomas (WSH - RF) 64 220 116.1 33.9 118.0 +6.0
During the 2023 season, Lane Thomas surpassed expectations with 28 home runs, 20 stolen bases, and 101 runs, emerging as a surprise fantasy asset from the waiver wire. However, a high .325 BABIP inflated his .268 average, well above his career norm. Projections for 2024 suggest a respectable 20 homers and 15 steals, but a modest .310 OBP could limit his overall fantasy impact. Caution is advised in drafting him, as his inflated 2023 performance may lead to an overvalued pick in early rounds.
113 Andres Gimenez (CLE - 2B) 84 189 116.2 18.1 124.0 +11.0
 
114 Sonny Gray (STL - SP) 90 151 116.6 7.0 111.0 -3.0
Sonny Gray had a superb year in Minnesota in 2023. He threw 184 innings, striking out 183 batters and maintaining a 2.79 ERA and 1.15 WHIP. He also allowed only eight home runs the entire season. Gray now returns to the NL with the Cardinals; Busch Stadium is even better than Target Field when it comes to Park Factors favoring pitchers. While his K% isn't elite, he is a solid contributor to fantasy squads as an SP3 in 2024.
115 Dylan Cease (CWS - SP) 76 158 117.0 16.6 93.0 -22.0
Dylan Cease had the letdown in 2023 that many fantasy experts predicted. After being the Cy Young Award runner-up in 2022, the 28-year-old returned and threw 177 innings with an ERA of 4.58 and an ugly 1.42 WHIP. Sure, Cease was snakebit by an unsustainably high BABIP (.330) and a terrible defensive squad behind him (27th in fielding runs above average at -64). He is an intriguing bounceback candidate with an xERA of 4.07 and xFIP of 4.08, but fantasy managers must note that none of his metrics suggest the 2022 version is ever coming back. Cease is best as an SP3/4 on fantasy squads.
116 Andres Munoz (SEA - RP) 79 213 117.1 20.5 114.0 -2.0
Andres Munoz started 2023 in a "closer by duo" situation with Paul Sewald, but he should have the ninth inning to himself in 2024. He dealt with some injuries last season, which limited him to only 52 game appearances. Instead of the lights-out reliever we saw in 2022, fantasy managers dealt with a decrease in K% and massive increase in BB%. The good news is that he still has an elite Whiff% (39.4) and induces ground balls at a 59-percent rate. Munoz should rack up 25 saves with a K/9 around 12.0. He is a solid Tier 2 RP in 2024.
117 Josh Naylor (CLE - 1B,DH) 98 177 119.6 11.0 126.0 +9.0
Josh Naylor suffers from BatsInTheGuardiansLineupitis, but he offers enough upside to nab as a second or third corner infielder in the middle rounds. Naylor dealt with injuries in 2023, limiting him to 121 games. However, he hit 17 home runs and drove in 97 while slashing .308/.354/.489. He also kicked in 10 stolen bases for good measure. As long as he continues to bat behind Jose Ramirez, he should be a boon to the RBI category, but it's his 95th percentile xBA (.293) and K% (13.7) that makes him a valuable pick.
118 Teoscar Hernandez (LAD - RF,DH) 64 208 120.3 21.6 127.0 +9.0
Teoscar Hernandez appeared in 160 games in his season with Seattle, echoing his typical performance. He notched 26 home runs, tallied 93 RBIs, and scored 70 runs. Excelling in hard hits (90th percentile) and a 13.8% barrel rate, Hernandez is expected to maintain a batting average of around .250. Landing in Los Angeles to bat in the middle of that powerhouse lineup, Hernandez suddenly has extremely high upside in counting stats. Beware of the premium that many fantasy managers will put on all 2024 Dodgers, but at the right price, Hernandez can be a high-end OF3.
119 Justin Verlander (HOU - SP) 91 211 125.4 20.9 120.0 +1.0
Justin Verlander finally began to show his age in 2023. While his ERA was 3.22, his xERA was 3.69, and his xFIP was 4.56 across 162 1/3 innings. His K% fell to 21.5, and his BB% jumped up 6.7. His SIERA was the highest it has been since 2008, and it's also noteworthy to realize that 2008 was 16 years ago. Verlander is a name-brand pitcher, but his ADP of 120.4 is more nostalgia than skill at this point.
120 Anthony Santander (BAL - RF,DH) 75 202 126.6 14.7 119.0 -1.0
In 2023, Anthony Santander's performance was a blend of pros and cons. While his home run tally dipped and strikeout rate rose, he improved his batting average to .257 and saw an uptick in key statistics. Heading into 2024, the 29-year-old faces more potential risks than gains. With Baltimore's wealth of emerging prospects, Santander's role could be at risk if he doesn't start strong.
121 Ryan Helsley (STL - RP) 103 180 126.6 18.7 115.0 -6.0
Ryan Helsley had a shortened season due to injury, appearing in only 33 games before being shut down. When healthy, his strikeout rate continued at an elite rate (35.6 K%), and he sits above 99 mph with his fastball. Helsley mightily struggled with walks (4.17 BB/9), reminiscent of his pre-2022 profile. He should enter the season as the Cardinals closer and could touch 30 saves if his health allows it.
122 Zack Gelof (OAK - 2B) 76 170 126.9 15.7 141.0 +19.0
Zack Gelof arrived on the scene in Oakland and appeared in 69 games, grabbing 300 plate appearances and demonstrating his future 20/20 ability. While it is difficult to have faith in any player in the Athletics organization, the advantage there is that it creates a discounted market for his services. Gelof is worth targeting in the 12th round or later, depending on how sharp your league is.
123 Vinnie Pasquantino (KC - 1B) 83 237 128.6 19.1 146.0 +23.0
Vinnie Pasquantino's 2023 shoulder injury cut his season short at 61 games. It was apparent he was dealing with something, as his usual stellar AVG and OBP dropped to .247 and .324. Assuming the shoulder is good to go, Pasquantino should be a significant boost to batting average and counting stats, batting close to Bobby Witt Jr.
124 Pete Fairbanks (TB - RP) 85 212 128.9 21.6 116.0 -8.0
Pete Fairbanks racked up 68 strikeouts in 45 1/3 innings on his way to 25 saves and a 2.58 ERA and 1.01 WHIP. The 30-year-old struggled with walks (3.97 BB/9), but his 13.50 K/9 helped compensate. The closer role should be his heading into 2024, and his current ADP of 131 seems absurdly low for his projected production.
125 Evan Phillips (LAD - RP) 89 194 129.9 16.9 117.0 -8.0
Evan Phillips appeared in 62 games for the Dodgers in 2023. He struck out 66 in 61 1/3 innings and finished with a sparkling 2.05 ERA and 0.83 WHIP. While his xFIP of 3.37 suggests he benefited from some luck, his 28.2 K% also says he is good in his role. While it seems appealing to grab the L.A. closer, beware of the "Blowout Wins" issue that sometimes drags down save totals. Still, Phillips isn't going to hurt you as a second closer on your roster.
126 Yainer Diaz (HOU - C,DH) 87 176 131.1 20.2 106.0 -20.0
Yainer Diaz will probably be on every Sleepers list for 2024 drafts because he offers a ton of offense at a position that lacks it. The 25-year-old hit 23 home runs in 104 games while slashing an impressive .278/.306/.532. Yes, the OBP is low, which is attributable to his 2.9 percent walk rate. (If you're looking for the player in the first percentile in this category and Chase% (44), you've found him.) The good news is that his xBA is .288, and his xSLG is .543. He will get plenty of at-bats in Houston, and since defensive metrics don't matter in fantasy, he is definitely someone to target.
127 Anthony Volpe (NYY - SS) 96 199 132.2 14.5 136.0 +9.0
Anthony Volpe's rookie season was less than ideal, though he hit 21 home runs and stole 24 bases. He slashed a miserable .209/.283/.383 and was below average in almost all Statcast hitting categories. Fantasy managers can expect another 20/20 season as well as improved counting stats in 2024, thanks to the lineup changes around him. However, there won't be enough improvement to warrant a draft pick prior to the 12th round.
128 Riley Greene (DET - CF) 55 189 136.6 23.2 164.0 +36.0
In 2023, Riley Greene showcased significant improvement, increasing his batting performance to .288/.349/.447 in just a few more games than the previous season. Statcast highlights his prowess with numerous red indicators. Expected to hit around 17 home runs this year, Greene is poised to become the key figure in the Tigers' youthful lineup. A reduction in strikeouts could further enhance his batting average and on-base percentage, potentially elevating him from a reliable OF3 to a promising OF2 in fantasy rankings.
129 Ian Happ (CHC - LF) 49 206 136.7 20.9 147.0 +18.0
Ian Happ offers a reliable fantasy outfield option with a projected 20-25 home runs and a solid on-base percentage despite an average batting average. In the previous season, he added value with 14 stolen bases, 86 runs, and 84 RBIs, fitting the profile of a dependable third or fourth outfielder. Happ has an impressive walk rate (14.3%) and a strong health record. Remaining with the Cubs under a new three-year deal, he's poised to maintain his position high in the batting order.
130 Jorge Soler (SF - RF,DH) 109 203 139.7 13.4 158.0 +28.0
In 2023, Jorge Soler demonstrated formidable power, blasting 36 homers while racking up 77 runs and 75 RBIs. With a .376 xwOBA, placing him in the top tier of hitters, the 31-year-old showcased his strength despite a high 24.3% strikeout rate. His standout ISO of .262 highlights his offensive prowess. Now a free agent, Soler's future lineup impact is uncertain, yet he's expected to maintain his 30+ home run potential and possibly surpass 90 runs and RBIs. Additionally, he retains outfield eligibility, avoiding fantasy limitations.
131 Clay Holmes (NYY - RP) 99 211 140.6 14.3 134.0 +3.0
 
132 Chris Bassitt (TOR - SP) 99 202 141.3 14.6 123.0 -9.0
 
133 Cedric Mullins II (BAL - CF) 36 199 141.6 24.1 129.0 -4.0
In 2023, by April's end, Cedric Mullins kicked off the season with 11 stolen bases. However, persistent injuries hampered his performance, resulting in a modest .233/.305/.416 and only 19 steals. If healthy, Mullins has the potential for 30 steals in 2024, but his poor batting may relegate him lower in the lineup of the promising Orioles team. His position may not be as secure as it has been in the past because of the wealth of talent in the Baltimore pipeline.
134 Jackson Chourio (MIL - CF) 73 239 142.1 37.4 157.0 +23.0
 
135 Tanner Scott (MIA - RP) 93 308 142.7 32.4 138.0 +3.0
 
136 Walker Buehler (LAD - SP) 96 296 142.9 32.9 128.0 -8.0
Walker Buehler missed all of the 2023 following Tommy John surgery. He is a question mark heading into 2024. In 2021, he looked like the dominant pitcher everyone expected him to be, only to crater in 2022 with the injury. The argument for drafting Buehler as an SP3 is that he pitches for the Dodgers (stadium + team = good things) and becomes a free agent after the season. Many pitchers experience a "honeymoon" period following TJ surgery, and it could be a savvy move to grab him in the mid-rounds. The knock against him is that he will turn 30 in July, and his track record has been anything but consistent. It is a dice roll that can pay off for the right price.
137 Marcell Ozuna (ATL - DH) 79 201 144.6 20.1 142.0 +5.0
In 2023, Marcell Ozuna shined for the Atlanta Braves, hitting 40 homers in 144 games and posting a .274/.346/.558 batting line. Ranking in the top 98% for both xwOBA (.400) and xSLG (.558), Ozuna is poised for another strong year in 2024, backed by Atlanta's formidable lineup. However, fantasy managers should note he's likely to be DH-only in their lineups.
138 TJ Friedl (CIN - LF,CF) 96 239 146.2 24.4 152.0 +14.0
In 2024, TJ Friedl surpassed projections, but a decline is likely ahead. His actual stats were .255/.335/.429, higher than his predicted .240/.290/.321. With 18 home runs and over 20 steals, his potential remains if he keeps leading the batting order, possibly yielding 80 runs. His strong Whiff% and K% don't guarantee an improved OBP. Caution against valuing him based on his 2023 performance; expect lesser results in 2024.
139 Luis Arraez (MIA - 2B) 104 213 148.8 17.9 125.0 -14.0
Last season was a landmark year for Luis Arraez. He became one of baseball's best hitters known for his exceptional contact skills, underlined by his .354 batting average, .393 on-base percentage, and .469 slugging percentage. He tallied 203 hits and 10 home runs over 617 plate appearances. Arraez's success is attributed to his elite strike-zone recognition and smart swing decisions. While chances are high that he won't hit .354 again, his xBA was still .325, and he is in the 100th percentile in K% and Whiff%. Arraez is THE stereotypical "empty batting average" player, but he is a nice offset to a power-only guy.
140 Hunter Greene (CIN - SP) 87 189 149.1 19.0 130.0 -10.0
 
141 Esteury Ruiz (OAK - CF) 109 212 149.3 23.3 133.0 -8.0
Esteury Ruiz, known for his significant stolen base numbers, presents a challenge for fantasy players. Despite an impressive 67 steals last year and a projected 50 this season, his overall performance raises concerns. Ruiz's advanced metrics, including xwOBA, xSLG, and hard hit rate, are notably low. His strikeout rate is decent, but his inability to draw walks limits his value. While he'll have ample opportunities to play for a non-competitive team, relying on him primarily for steals in fantasy baseball might come at a steep cost, given his limited contributions in other areas.
142 Christian Encarnacion-Strand (CIN - 1B,DH) 71 215 149.4 29.3 145.0 +3.0
Christian Encarnacion-Strand got 241 plate appearances for Cincinnati in 2023, hitting 13 home runs and slashing .270/.328/.477. The acquisition of Jeimer Candelario leaves the 24-year-old without a regular position other than DH, but that's all fantasy managers will need him for. CES has the profile to become a very helpful fantasy bat and can slot in as a corner infielder in lineups nicely.
143 Cal Raleigh (SEA - C) 107 190 150.7 19.1 131.0 -12.0
Cal Raleigh is the catcher you wait for if you don't care about batting average or on-base percentage. The 27-year-old led all catchers with 30 home runs while slashing .232/.306/.456. He strikes out a lot (27.8 K%), but he should drive in 80+ in 2024. Raleigh is the catcher that your league mates are most likely to forget. Grab him anytime after the 11th round as your C1.
144 Chris Sale (ATL - SP) 97 219 153.1 30.7 144.0
 
145 Jordan Montgomery (SP) FA 115 213 153.6 20.7 135.0 -10.0
 
146 Sean Murphy (ATL - C) 126 227 153.8 16.6 140.0 -6.0
Sean Murphy's first year in Atlant went swimmingly. He popped 21 home runs while driving in 68 and scoring 65 runs. Murphy's strengths are his stellar OBP (.365) and walk rate (11.2%). His superb fielding skills will keep him in the lineup, even with Travis d'Arnaud on the roster, and he should get around 470 plate appearances. Fantasy managers can expect 20 homers and 60/60 in runs and RBIs while not being a liability to the team's batting average. His current ADP is 137, a decent value for a catcher with his skillset and outstanding surrounding cast.
147 Salvador Perez (KC - C,1B,DH) 116 197 154.2 20.7 132.0 -15.0
Salvador Perez remained a staple of the Kansas City Royals lineup in 2023, playing in 140 games and racking up 580 plate appearances. He hit .254 with a miserable .292 OBP and .422 SLG. He hit 23 home runs for the second year in a row and drove in 80. His projections for 2024 suggest more of the same for the 33-year-old. Perez is a catcher who isn't going to drag down your batting average and give you 20+ homers. That is a rare bird; at his ADP of 133, he isn't a bad value in 2024.
148 Masataka Yoshida (BOS - LF,DH) 79 203 154.3 18.9 149.0 +1.0
Masataka Yoshida impressed in his MLB debut, posting a .289/.338/.445 average and contributing 15 home runs, 71 runs, 72 RBIs, along with eight steals. Known for his low strikeout rate, Yoshida is expected to reach base even more in 2024. Surrounded by talents like Rafael Devers, the rising Triston Casas, and a potentially fit Trevor Story, his statistical output is poised to grow. Yoshida makes a reliable outfielder option, ideally as OF3 or OF4 in fantasy lineups.
149 Rhys Hoskins (MIL - 1B) 104 209 154.9 21.5 183.0 +34.0
 
150 Michael King (SD - SP,RP) 108 252 155.2 32.9 150.0
 
151 Merrill Kelly (ARI - SP) 111 201 155.3 19.7 137.0 -14.0
 
152 Kenley Jansen (BOS - RP) 113 299 156.7 32.3 166.0 +14.0
 
153 Thairo Estrada (SF - 2B,SS) 124 200 157.9 20.6 165.0 +12.0
Thairo Estrada played in 120 games last season for the Giants, and he took a step back in many of the hitting metrics. His BB% went from 6.1 to 4.2, and his K% went from 16.5 to 22.6. He managed a .271 batting average, though an unsustainable .331 BABIP boosted this. His numbers will probably land in between these two seasons, but he doesn't offer much in the way of upside.
154 Max Muncy (LAD - 3B) 105 211 158.6 19.7 148.0 -6.0
Max Muncy will drag down your batting average (career BA .227), and you don't want him in leagues where strikeouts count heavily against you. Those are the two knocks on him, and early drafters are down on him for 2024. Take the discount if it's there. Muncy will bat in the middle of a Top 3 lineup, and he offers a ton of good things to fantasy managers. For instance, he hit 36 home runs last year and is in the 96th percentile in BB% at 14.7. He also scored 95 runs and knocked in 105. If you're looking for a 1B/3B in the 11th round or later, Muncy seems poised to do exactly what he's done every year since he has been with the Dodgers: Get on base and hit home runs. What else do you want?
155 Chas McCormick (HOU - LF,CF,RF) 101 196 159.7 20.7 172.0 +17.0
In his early career, Chas McCormick has shown notable progress in key offensive areas. Last season, he achieved 22 home runs, 19 steals, 70 RBIs, and scored 59 runs. At 28, he's reduced his strikeout rate to 25.6% and enhanced his ability to get on base. Despite a likely dip in batting average (expected BA .248), McCormick presents a dual threat of power and speed, eyeing a 20/15 season. His ongoing development suggests potential as a valuable third outfielder in fantasy lineups.
156 James Outman (LAD - CF) 73 217 161.1 24.7 181.0 +25.0
In his debut season, James Outman showed early promise before his performance dipped, with a high strikeout rate (31.9%) and modest xBA (.228). While his minor league track record indicates potential for a reduced strikeout rate and a solid OBP, expectations remain cautious for his second year. Outman carries a potential for 20 homers and 15 steals and benefits from playing in a lineup known for its offensive output.
157 Jake Burger (MIA - 3B,DH) 137 207 162.0 12.5 170.0 +13.0
 
158 Alec Bohm (PHI - 1B,3B) 128 240 162.6 19.8 151.0 -7.0
Alec Bohm offers fantasy managers an intriguing later-round third-base option. He will help your team's batting average (.274 last year), provide a little pop (16-20 homers), and collect some RBIs along the way. With an ADP in the 150s, he shouldn't be your 3B1, but he can certainly fill a CI role at a difficult position.
159 Francisco Alvarez (NYM - C) 104 208 163.6 22.0 154.0 -5.0
Francisco Alvarez saw 423 plate appearances in 2023 and responded with 25 home runs, showing off the power that fantasy managers had been promised. He also struck out at a 26% clip, walked at a meager 8%, and slashed an ugly .209/.284/.437. Alvarez is only 22, and the power is very real. He had never had a BB% lower than 11.3% in his career, so chances are high there should be a strong bounceback in OBP. He has a lot to offer at the catcher position and is going at pick 154.
160 Bailey Ober (MIN - SP) 91 259 164.7 32.3 161.0 +1.0
 
161 Nolan Gorman (STL - 2B,DH) 126 226 165.9 19.9 177.0 +16.0
Nolan Gorman offers the possibility of 30 home runs from the second base position, and you can have him past pick 180. The question is how many opportunities he will have, given that his K% is north of 30. Gorman feels like the type of fantasy player who hits most of his home runs while on your bench because you benched him after a week of 40 strikeouts. If your ratios are protected elsewhere, Gorman can provide pop in your MI slot.
162 Carlos Rodon (NYY - SP) 89 240 166.0 33.2 167.0 +5.0
 
163 Willson Contreras (STL - C,DH) 122 255 166.2 26.6 153.0 -10.0
Willson Contreras began his Cardinals career by improving his batting average and not slipping anywhere else. The elder Contreras brother hit 20 home runs, drove in 67, and slashed .264/.358/.467 across 125 games. He increased his BB% to 10.3 and is in the 93rd percentile in xwOBA at .373. While he will go through stretches where he chases more than fantasy managers would like, he should continue his Top 10 catcher production in his ninth season. Willson and William had eerily similar stats in 2023, but you can get Willson about 55 picks later. He is a great mid-round target to fill your catcher position.
164 Mitch Keller (PIT - SP) 105 231 166.5 31.3 143.0 -21.0
 
165 Brandon Nimmo (NYM - CF) 53 218 168.1 28.2 162.0 -3.0
Brandon Nimmo stands out as a valuable fantasy asset. Last year, he tallied 24 homers, scored 89 times, knocked in 68 runs, and swiped three bases. Boasting a .274/.363/.466 slash line, he emerges as a top choice in OBP leagues, especially in latter third of the draft. Although his strikeout rate saw a minor increase, his Statcast data confirms his robust capabilities. As an OF4/5, Nimmo is an excellent late-draft addition to strengthen fantasy lineups.
166 Shane Bieber (CLE - SP) 92 264 169.4 32.3 139.0 -27.0
 
167 Craig Kimbrel (BAL - RP) 100 249 159.2 37.4 156.0 -11.0
 
168 Wyatt Langford (TEX - LF) NRI 81 322 171.7 48.0 182.0 +14.0
Emerging as a top contender for the 2024 AL Rookie of the Year, Wyatt Langford's rapid ascent through four minor league levels last year was impressive. He showcased his prowess in just 45 games and 200 at-bats with a .360/.480/.677 slash line, including 10 home runs, 36 runs, 30 RBIs, 12 steals, and 36 walks. Langford is poised to start as the designated hitter for the reigning World Series champions. Despite the expected adjustment to Major League pitching, Langford's offensive potential makes him a valuable asset for fantasy rosters this season.
169 Noelvi Marte (CIN - 3B) 88 238 172.7 29.4 190.0 +21.0
 
170 Nathaniel Lowe (TEX - 1B) 140 227 172.8 17.0 189.0 +19.0
 
171 Gabriel Moreno (ARI - C) 118 229 174.1 30.2 155.0 -16.0
Gabriel Moreno played in 111 games for the Diamondbacks in 2023 and offered steady ratios with very little else. He is projected to slash in the .285/.340/.420 range, meaning he won't do any damage to lineups, but there isn't much power upside. Moreno is, essentially, the exact opposite of Cal Raleigh, and it's up to fantasy managers which type of backstop they want in their lineups.
172 Gavin Williams (CLE - SP) 127 263 175.2 32.6 192.0 +20.0
 
173 Willy Adames (MIL - SS) 131 235 175.6 14.4 191.0 +18.0
 
174 Ke'Bryan Hayes (PIT - 3B) 136 251 177.2 19.6 186.0 +12.0
 
175 Yu Darvish (SD - SP) 123 240 179.0 20.1 175.0
 
176 Edouard Julien (MIN - 2B,DH) 130 301 179.8 26.4 220.0 +44.0
 
177 Tommy Edman (STL - 2B,SS,CF) 140 239 180.5 29.3 168.0 -9.0
 
178 Cristian Javier (HOU - SP) 139 229 180.8 24.7 169.0 -9.0
 
179 Jarren Duran (BOS - LF,CF) 115 283 181.9 32.4 207.0 +28.0
 
180 Jose Berrios (TOR - SP) 138 245 182.0 30.1 163.0 -17.0
 
181 Trevor Story (BOS - SS) 127 293 183.5 35.2 216.0 +35.0
 
182 Hunter Brown (HOU - SP) 133 245 184.6 27.5 171.0 -11.0
 
183 Isaac Paredes (TB - 1B,3B) 76 241 185.8 18.7 160.0 -23.0
 
184 Eloy Jimenez (CWS - DH) 111 280 186.0 35.0 178.0 -6.0
Eloy Jimenez presents a mixed bag for fantasy managers. In 2023, he managed 120 appearances, his highest since 2019, with a .272 average and 18 homers. However, limited playing time in a struggling White Sox team capped his runs at 50 and RBIs at 64. Despite projections hinting at a power uptick in 2024, concerns linger. His xSLG stood at a modest .421, and he's yet to exceed 121 games in a season. Plus, he's now only DH-eligible, raising several caution flags for fantasy selection.
185 Lars Nootbaar (STL - LF,CF,RF) 123 260 186.9 25.9 201.0 +16.0
Lars Nootbaar's 2023 season was hindered by injuries, including issues with his thumb, back, and a painful foul ball incident to his groin. Despite these setbacks, his potential remains high for 2024. With his proven on-base prowess and solid contact skills, Nootbaar is a promising pick for fantasy teams. If he stays injury-free, expect around 20 homers and a chance for 10 steals. His role as the leadoff hitter against right-handers in the Cardinals' uncertain lineup secures his playing time. Nootbaar is a valuable late-round draft choice for fantasy managers, especially if he maintains good health.
186 Christopher Morel (CHC - CF,DH) 135 242 187.7 25.4 202.0 +16.0
 
187 Jonah Heim (TEX - C) 144 234 187.9 25.5 179.0 -8.0
 
188 Steven Kwan (CLE - LF) 85 226 188.2 18.0 174.0 -14.0
Steven Kwan's biggest strength is his refusal to strike out. He is projected to strike out fewer than 70 times in over 600 plate appearances. His ability to hit for average, steal around 20 bases, and his third-highest BB/K ratio in all of baseball will boost your counting stats, even in the underwhelming Guardians lineup. His ADP of 168 provides a stable floor as an OF4 in five-outfielder leagues.
189 Adbert Alzolay (CHC - RP) 114 329 188.4 47.4 159.0 -30.0
 
190 Kerry Carpenter (DET - RF,DH) 121 235 190.6 20.9 210.0 +20.0
Heading into 2024, Kerry Carpenter is a viable OF5 option, known for his power-hitting capabilities, evidenced by his 20 home runs. With a stronger lineup supporting him, expect an improvement in his previous tally of 57 runs and 64 RBIs. While his plate discipline could be better, given his low walk rate and considerable strikeouts, his draft value remains accessible, not requiring a high pick.
191 J.D. Martinez (DH) FA 120 253 198.1 23.2 224.0 +33.0
 
192 Jackson Holliday (BAL - 2B,SS) NRI 114 267 198.2 38.2 176.0 -16.0
 
193 Ezequiel Tovar (COL - SS) 150 322 198.3 31.5 197.0 +4.0
 
194 Eduardo Rodriguez (ARI - SP) 140 264 200.9 30.2 184.0 -10.0
 
195 Jeimer Candelario (CIN - 1B,3B) 143 231 201.8 19.2 211.0 +16.0
 
196 Nathan Eovaldi (TEX - SP) 128 285 202.6 32.0 188.0 -8.0
 
197 Bryan Woo (SEA - SP) 138 300 202.7 28.6 208.0 +11.0
 
198 Jarred Kelenic (ATL - LF,RF) 171 259 203.7 15.9 228.0 +30.0
In 2024, 24-year-old Jarred Kelenic could finally fulfill his long-discussed breakout potential. Although labeled as a "Quad-A" player, Kelenic's brief stint in Tacoma showcased his prowess. However, his return to Seattle saw a challenging 31.7% strikeout rate. Despite this, his expected stats outperform his actuals, with an impressive xwOBACON of .458, placing him among the elite. With the trade to Atlanta, he lands in a much better lineup, which is a double-edged sword. He should see plenty of right-handed pitching, and his RBI total should leap. However, he could find himself losing playing time if he struggles. The Braves certainly have a breadth of stud hitters to fill the spot. He is a last-round flier at best.
199 Keibert Ruiz (WSH - C) 136 298 203.7 29.9 173.0 -26.0
 
200 Ryan Pepiot (TB - RP) 136 260 205.7 31.1 195.0 -5.0
 
201 Ryan Mountcastle (BAL - 1B,DH) 141 254 205.9 23.3 242.0 +41.0
 
202 Bryce Miller (SEA - SP) 145 295 206.9 32.0 180.0 -22.0
 
203 Daulton Varsho (TOR - LF,CF) 160 273 206.9 23.9 212.0 +9.0
 
204 Bo Naylor (CLE - C) 149 267 207.6 26.4 217.0 +13.0
 
205 Byron Buxton (MIN - DH) 171 264 208.2 17.9 243.0 +38.0
 
206 Tyler O'Neill (BOS - LF) 163 250 208.7 16.1 238.0 +32.0
 
207 Jonathan India (CIN - 2B) 141 278 211.8 26.9 213.0 +6.0
 
208 Carlos Correa (MIN - SS) 159 264 211.9 19.9 218.0 +10.0
 
209 Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (ARI - LF,DH) 174 266 212.4 24.7 209.0
Lourdes Gurriel, Jr., joined Arizona through the Daulton Varsho deal and impressed in his free agency lead-up. He achieved personal highs with 24 homers and 65 runs. Known for his solid contact hitting, ranking in the top 77% for HardHit%, Gurriel faced a dip in BABIP, likely to rebound in 2024. As a valuable OF5 pick, he's a great late-round draft choice.
210 Brandon Pfaadt (ARI - SP) 137 258 213.2 28.1 222.0 +12.0
 
211 Nick Pivetta (BOS - SP,RP) 126 314 214.0 48.3 185.0 -26.0
 
212 Starling Marte (NYM - RF) 169 280 214.5 19.3 219.0 +7.0
 
213 Andrew Vaughn (CWS - 1B) 155 255 214.7 21.1 260.0 +47.0
 
214 Braxton Garrett (MIA - SP) 122 298 205.7 39.9 187.0 -27.0
 
215 Brandon Drury (LAA - 1B,2B) 180 276 215.2 20.8 233.0 +18.0
 
216 Jeremy Pena (HOU - SS) 177 299 215.6 26.1 229.0 +13.0
 
217 Mitch Garver (SEA - C,DH) 156 339 215.9 40.4 235.0 +18.0
 
218 Jorge Polanco (SEA - 2B) 114 260 216.2 26.2 247.0 +29.0
 
219 Logan O'Hoppe (LAA - C) 146 294 216.8 40.5 198.0 -21.0
 
220 Alex Lange (DET - RP) 163 281 218.6 29.6 205.0 -15.0
 
221 Jose Leclerc (TEX - RP) 168 280 221.0 34.4 204.0 -17.0
 
222 Shota Imanaga (CHC - SP) 153 360 221.8 46.7 206.0 -16.0
 
223 Matt Chapman (3B) FA 158 260 221.8 18.9 278.0 +55.0
 
224 Taylor Ward (LAA - LF) 183 273 222.5 14.8 239.0 +15.0
 
225 Brandon Lowe (TB - 2B) 158 309 223.8 22.7 292.0 +67.0
 
226 Jack Suwinski (PIT - CF,RF) 167 295 224.4 23.1 280.0 +54.0
Jack Suwinski is an extremely late-round pick who offers power in the 25-homer range and can get on base at an above-average clip. He is a liability in batting average and any league in which strikeouts count against you. (He has a K% of 32.2.) There aren't many guys with this type of power near his current ADP of 292, which is where his value lies.
227 Aaron Civale (TB - SP) 173 302 230.4 34.2 225.0 -2.0
 
228 Jose Alvarado (PHI - RP) 93 350 231.7 46.4 193.0 -35.0
 
229 Justin Turner (TOR - 1B,DH) 167 300 231.8 32.8 215.0 -14.0
 
230 Junior Caminero (TB - 3B,SS) 124 323 223.7 50.1 196.0 -34.0
 
231 Shane Baz (TB - SP) 68 302 225.0 40.0 194.0 -37.0
 
232 Nick Lodolo (CIN - SP) 127 348 235.1 37.0 234.0 +2.0
 
233 Charlie Morton (ATL - SP) 151 278 236.1 24.7 200.0 -33.0
 
234 Vaughn Grissom (BOS - SS) 120 268 229.5 33.2 230.0 -4.0
 
235 Ryan McMahon (COL - 2B,3B) 178 280 239.7 20.9 270.0 +35.0
 
236 Josh Bell (MIA - 1B,DH) 188 289 241.1 20.3 273.0 +37.0
 
237 J.P. Crawford (SEA - SS) 74 373 241.3 41.1 226.0 -11.0
 
238 Jose Abreu (HOU - 1B) 191 304 242.8 18.2 258.0 +20.0
 
239 Triston McKenzie (CLE - SP) 140 285 235.6 26.8 221.0 -18.0
 
240 Eugenio Suarez (ARI - 3B) 174 283 237.6 28.0 279.0 +39.0
 
241 Luis Campusano (SD - C) 153 308 245.2 33.5 253.0 +12.0
 
242 Lucas Giolito (BOS - SP) 218 315 247.4 21.3 199.0 -43.0
 
243 Max Kepler (MIN - RF) 177 310 244.8 30.7 291.0 +48.0
 
244 Anthony Rizzo (NYY - 1B) 174 301 245.9 22.0 264.0 +20.0
 
245 Taj Bradley (TB - SP) 147 352 253.6 34.2 294.0 +49.0
 
246 Kyle Bradish (BAL - SP) 97 393 231.4 78.2 104.0 -142.0
**The Orioles announced on February 15 that Bradish will open the season on the IL with a UCL sprain** Kyle Bradish had an excellent 2023 campaign. He struck out 168 batters in 168 2/3 innings, with a beautiful 2.83 ERA and 1.04 WHIP. He should come with a bit of a warning for 2024, though. His xERA was 3.82, and a low .270 BABIP added a heavy filter to his Insta-worthy stats. Bradish's four-seam fastball got lit up by batters (.563 SLG), and he will need that to improve to accompany his elite slider, which induced a 36.4 Whiff%. With the injury, fantasy managers in redraft leagues should avoid the 27-year-old, only taking him as a flier in the late rounds.
247 Brayan Bello (BOS - SP) 196 325 248.8 30.2 236.0 -11.0
 
248 Jung Hoo Lee (SF - CF) 149 277 234.5 33.6 214.0 -34.0
 
249 Giancarlo Stanton (NYY - RF,DH) 207 314 259.2 22.8 245.0 -4.0
 
250 Luis Rengifo (LAA - 2B,3B,SS,RF) 189 298 253.5 26.8 274.0 +24.0
 
251 Maikel Garcia (KC - 3B) 197 413 258.1 43.4 268.0 +17.0
 
252 Gavin Lux (LAD - 2B,LF) 214 343 264.2 27.8 281.0 +29.0
 
253 Brent Rooker (OAK - LF,RF,DH) 191 312 258.7 37.4 313.0 +60.0
 
254 Leody Taveras (TEX - CF) 209 330 266.2 29.1 330.0 +76.0
 
255 Alex Verdugo (NYY - RF) 204 297 260.4 27.4 262.0 +7.0
 
256 Kris Bryant (COL - RF,DH) 212 302 261.2 23.2 277.0 +21.0
 
257 Jake Fraley (CIN - LF,RF,DH) 195 293 255.6 19.7 325.0 +68.0
 
258 Reid Detmers (LAA - SP) 195 351 262.6 31.1 252.0 -6.0
 
259 Andrew Abbott (CIN - SP) 183 367 264.5 36.5 232.0 -27.0
 
260 Cristopher Sanchez (PHI - SP) 183 358 265.6 34.3 283.0 +23.0
 
261 Bryan De La Cruz (MIA - LF) 201 374 274.0 31.3 275.0 +14.0
 
262 Kenta Maeda (DET - SP) 222 369 274.1 34.1 261.0 -1.0
 
263 Austin Hays (BAL - LF) 202 307 262.7 30.3 317.0 +54.0
Austin Hays, at 28, is a versatile yet unspectacular outfielder. He delivered 16 home runs, 67 RBIs, 76 runs, and five steals with a .275/.325/.444 batting line last season. Ideal as an OF5, Hays offers a reliable base for your roster without being a priority pick during the draft.
264 Jordan Lawlar (ARI - SS) 162 340 256.0 38.0 363.0 +99.0
 
265 Mason Miller (OAK - SP) 186 363 264.3 34.7 257.0 -8.0
 
266 Emmet Sheehan (LAD - SP) 187 362 276.3 25.8 293.0 +27.0
 
267 Jeff McNeil (NYM - 2B,LF,RF) 245 302 274.4 14.7 265.0 -2.0
 
268 Zach Neto (LAA - SS) 199 411 265.8 44.2 334.0 +66.0
 
269 Jose Siri (TB - CF) 175 372 276.4 32.6 417.0 +148.0
 
270 Whit Merrifield (PHI - 2B,LF) 216 329 277.3 21.6 251.0 -19.0
 
271 Nestor Cortes Jr. (NYY - SP) 225 309 266.9 22.3 227.0 -44.0
 
272 Tommy Pham (LF,DH) FA 209 313 261.9 30.8 350.0 +78.0
 
273 Kyle Finnegan (WSH - RP) 212 309 270.3 20.5 231.0 -42.0
 
274 Sal Frelick (MIL - CF,RF) 210 331 277.2 25.8 288.0 +14.0
 
275 Tyler Stephenson (CIN - C,DH) 229 335 272.7 22.6 255.0 -20.0
 
276 Robert Stephenson (LAA - RP) 140 407 252.3 72.4 223.0 -53.0
 
277 Ryan Pressly (HOU - RP) 64 309 213.1 71.9 203.0 -74.0
Ryan Pressly saved 31 games for the Astros in 2023, striking out 74 batters in 65 1/3 innings. Unfortunately for fantasy managers, his ERA took a big leap to 3.58 after being under 3.00 in 2021 and 2022. He also allowed harder contact than in previous years. Pressly is a closer with a strong positive (pitches for the Astros) and some downside (K/9 barely over 10, high ERA). When closers start flying off the board in the 7th-9th rounds, Pressly is a decent option. Just don't reach for him in the upper tier of RP.
278 Kyle Harrison (SF - SP) 188 376 278.6 34.5 244.0 -34.0
 
279 Ty France (SEA - 1B) 124 335 271.8 30.8 328.0 +49.0
 
280 Marcus Stroman (NYY - SP) 236 332 285.7 20.9 237.0 -43.0
 
281 MJ Melendez (KC - LF,RF) 236 342 285.9 28.0 263.0 -18.0
 
282 Henry Davis (PIT - RF) 219 345 282.9 31.9 266.0 -16.0
 
283 Michael Wacha (KC - SP) 216 334 279.4 18.9 284.0 +1.0
 
284 Carlos Estevez (LAA - RP) 174 349 273.5 39.3 241.0 -43.0
 
285 Luke Raley (SEA - 1B,RF) 186 346 284.7 31.7 413.0 +128.0
 
286 Parker Meadows (DET - CF) 244 378 285.9 31.4 321.0 +35.0
 
287 Max Scherzer (TEX - SP) 193 298 271.9 24.5 240.0 -47.0
 
288 Yusei Kikuchi (TOR - SP) 182 367 282.1 34.6 249.0 -39.0
 
289 Robert Suarez (SD - RP) 183 353 276.7 36.7 246.0 -43.0
 
290 Brendan Donovan (STL - 2B,LF) 233 475 301.0 55.2 290.0
 
291 Nelson Velazquez (KC - RF) 253 366 294.3 27.1 339.0 +48.0
 
292 Joey Meneses (WSH - DH) 219 317 282.4 29.4 346.0 +54.0
 
293 Reese Olson (DET - SP) 226 357 290.6 30.1 320.0 +27.0
 
294 Tim Anderson (MIA - SS) 238 354 290.7 28.3 366.0 +72.0
The good news for Tim Anderson is that it almost assuredly cannot get worse. In his age-30 season, across 123 games, Anderson set career lows in home runs (1), RBI (25), and ISO (.051). He had the eighth-lowest oWAR (-0.4) among batters who played over 100 games. He could bounce back in 2024, but his underlying metrics do not suggest he belongs on rosters in traditional 5x5, 12-team leagues. Hard pass.
295 John Means (BAL - SP) 239 368 296.8 27.4 272.0 -23.0
 
296 Kutter Crawford (BOS - SP,RP) 204 319 280.5 35.6 301.0 +5.0
 
297 Seth Lugo (KC - SP) 230 381 298.1 31.5 297.0
 
298 Andrew Benintendi (CWS - LF) 230 334 287.6 33.6 387.0 +89.0
 
299 Joc Pederson (ARI - LF,DH) 235 351 288.1 32.8 392.0 +93.0
 
300 Kyle Manzardo (CLE - 1B) NRI 210 347 280.8 39.3 332.0 +32.0
 
301 Jake McCarthy (ARI - RF) 204 364 290.5 40.6 378.0 +77.0
Projected as Arizona's starting left fielder, Jake McCarthy brings exceptional speed, ranking in the 98th percentile, making him a decent pick for NL-only fantasy leagues. However, his value is less pronounced in mixed leagues, so he's either your last pick or waiver wire fodder.
302 Mitch Haniger (SEA - LF) 228 377 296.1 43.0 393.0 +91.0
 
303 Charlie Blackmon (COL - RF,DH) 234 333 295.9 24.1 380.0 +77.0
 
304 Will Smith (KC - RP) 182 321 280.6 32.4 308.0 +4.0
 
305 Yuki Matsui (SD - RP) 140 436 290.1 72.0 319.0 +14.0
 
306 Brett Baty (NYM - 3B) 199 340 285.2 28.7 305.0 -1.0
 
307 Edward Cabrera (MIA - SP) 231 354 294.5 28.3 307.0
 
308 Alejandro Kirk (TOR - C) 257 348 303.3 27.9 250.0 -58.0
 
309 Jordan Westburg (BAL - 2B,3B) 250 328 297.1 21.2 295.0 -14.0
 
310 Luis Severino (NYM - SP) 261 348 290.6 26.4 285.0 -25.0
 
311 Lance Lynn (STL - SP) 278 389 304.2 32.1 269.0 -42.0
 
312 Matt Brash (SEA - RP) 152 383 289.5 47.1 282.0 -30.0
 
313 Pete Crow-Armstrong (CHC - CF) 200 333 276.7 31.5 299.0 -14.0
 
314 Michael Busch (CHC - 3B) 227 492 314.2 74.1 372.0 +58.0
 
315 Matt Wallner (MIN - LF,RF) 225 377 310.5 35.5 371.0 +56.0
 
316 Elias Diaz (COL - C) 258 404 310.8 38.9 303.0 -13.0
 
317 Alex Kirilloff (MIN - 1B,RF) 188 326 299.6 17.8 341.0 +24.0
 
318 Logan Allen (CLE - SP) 187 343 292.9 37.1 347.0 +29.0
 
319 MacKenzie Gore (WSH - SP) 218 320 303.0 16.2 302.0 -17.0
 
320 Willi Castro (MIN - 3B,LF,CF) 218 345 304.8 34.1 311.0 -9.0
 
321 Colt Keith (DET - 2B,3B) 226 473 323.8 69.9 256.0 -65.0
 
322 Griffin Canning (LAA - SP) 197 379 308.6 32.4 300.0 -22.0
 
323 Wilmer Flores (SF - 1B,3B,DH) 211 340 308.6 19.8 352.0 +29.0
 
324 Danny Jansen (TOR - C) 235 395 292.7 52.7 271.0 -53.0
 
325 Will Benson (CIN - LF,RF) 266 371 310.8 29.9 315.0 -10.0
 
326 Ramon Laureano (CLE - CF,RF) 241 405 311.7 46.9    
 
327 Michael Conforto (SF - RF) 243 344 308.9 27.3 453.0 +126.0
 
328 Chris Paddack (MIN - SP) 245 442 310.5 65.7 357.0 +29.0
 
329 James Paxton (LAD - SP) 252 441 322.9 65.0 355.0 +26.0
 
330 Shea Langeliers (OAK - C) 253 339 304.0 28.3 287.0 -43.0
 
331 Clayton Kershaw (LAD - SP) 275 403 318.9 38.6 276.0 -55.0
 
332 Harrison Bader (NYM - CF) 228 399 309.7 59.2 349.0 +17.0
 
333 Oscar Gonzalez (NYY - RF) NRI 207 331 292.2 40.0    
 
334 Hunter Harvey (WSH - RP) 265 382 308.3 38.7 310.0 -24.0
 
335 Masyn Winn (STL - SS) 197 369 293.8 58.2 394.0 +59.0
 
336 Ryan Jeffers (MIN - C) 241 461 329.4 65.0 324.0 -12.0
 
337 Adalberto Mondesi (SS) FA 223 448 310.2 76.6    
 
338 Jesse Winker (WSH - DH) NRI 227 345 308.5 38.6    
 
339 Daniel Bard (COL - RP) 171 357 298.0 65.6 451.0 +112.0
 
340 Orlando Arcia (ATL - SS) 217 426 332.7 60.3 326.0 -14.0
 
341 Aroldis Chapman (PIT - RP) 252 384 312.8 46.7 312.0 -29.0
 
342 DJ LeMahieu (NYY - 1B,3B) 253 437 336.0 49.4 289.0 -53.0
 
343 C.J. Cron (1B) FA 239 437 322.7 63.1    
 
344 Seranthony Dominguez (PHI - RP) 217 365 302.6 49.4 426.0 +82.0
 
345 Jason Adam (TB - RP) 287 385 316.7 34.3 296.0 -49.0
 
346 Austin Wells (NYY - C) 212 440 321.2 82.8 309.0 -37.0
 
347 Jake Cronenworth (SD - 1B,2B) 258 374 315.7 39.5 322.0 -25.0
 
348 Harold Ramirez (TB - DH) 229 350 305.0 33.9 494.0 +146.0
 
349 Gregory Santos (SEA - RP) 164 425 316.4 91.6 457.0 +108.0
 
350 Johan Rojas (PHI - CF) 125 471 320.3 130.0 383.0 +33.0
 
351 Jon Gray (TEX - SP) 252 375 317.5 32.2 304.0 -47.0
 
352 Jorge Lopez (NYM - RP) 214 348 317.2 22.7 444.0 +92.0
 
353 Brice Turang (MIL - 2B,SS) 236 369 290.3 48.7 389.0 +36.0
 
354 Garrett Mitchell (MIL - CF) 291 363 325.4 21.8 361.0 +7.0
 
355 Alek Manoah (TOR - SP) 243 425 341.9 64.9 286.0 -69.0
 
356 Hunter Renfroe (KC - RF) 210 391 329.0 36.1 344.0 -12.0
 
357 Brendan Rodgers (COL - 2B) 260 345 319.7 24.9 470.0 +113.0
 
358 Jameson Taillon (CHC - SP) 279 370 320.3 34.0 399.0 +41.0
 
359 Davis Schneider (TOR - 2B) 194 370 295.5 74.6 463.0 +104.0
 
360 Brandon Marsh (PHI - LF,CF) 290 399 333.4 36.2 333.0 -27.0
 
361 Austin Meadows (LF) FA 229 355 298.8 53.4    
 
362 Erick Fedde (CWS - SP) 228 560 346.3 128.1 377.0 +15.0
 
363 Amed Rosario (TB - 2B,SS) 264 344 316.0 16.8 401.0 +38.0
 
364 David Robertson (TEX - RP) 256 430 335.2 56.0 337.0 -27.0
 
365 Jordan Hicks (SF - RP) 285 388 330.0 37.6 323.0 -42.0
 
366 Javier Baez (DET - SS) 250 355 319.6 34.0 390.0 +24.0
 
367 Carlos Santana (MIN - 1B) 278 440 323.5 67.4 406.0 +39.0
 
368 Yoan Moncada (CWS - 3B) 258 366 307.0 47.4 437.0 +69.0
 
369 Ranger Suarez (PHI - SP) 300 349 320.4 17.2 298.0 -71.0
 
370 Dylan Floro (WSH - RP) 215 362 320.8 24.9 454.0 +84.0
 
371 Scott Barlow (CLE - RP) 167 422 339.2 45.9 420.0 +49.0
 
372 Mark Canha (DET - LF,RF,DH) 287 468 355.2 67.0 391.0 +19.0
 
373 Ryan Noda (OAK - 1B) 237 431 346.2 48.5 528.0 +155.0
 
374 Alek Thomas (ARI - CF) 239 409 336.0 55.9 407.0 +33.0
 
375 Heston Kjerstad (BAL - DH) 202 398 324.8 74.0 427.0 +52.0
 
376 Colton Cowser (BAL - LF,CF,RF) 201 395 310.3 81.1 485.0 +109.0
 
377 Chris Taylor (LAD - 3B,SS,LF) 293 385 334.8 40.3 375.0 -2.0
 
378 Patrick Sandoval (LAA - SP) 251 361 306.3 44.9 403.0 +25.0
 
379 Ryan O'Hearn (BAL - 1B,RF) 255 384 335.2 31.2 415.0 +36.0
 
380 Tyler Soderstrom (OAK - C) 273 278 275.5 2.5 525.0 +145.0
 
381 Dean Kremer (BAL - SP) 274 358 323.8 35.2 314.0 -67.0
 
382 Garrett Whitlock (BOS - SP,RP) 274 432 356.6 61.4 373.0 -9.0
 
383 Gavin Stone (LAD - SP) 254 463 361.8 83.6 553.0 +170.0
 
384 Ezequiel Duran (TEX - 3B,SS,LF,DH) 259 406 348.7 39.7 342.0 -42.0
 
385 Yennier Cano (BAL - RP) 228 363 336.6 17.6 267.0 -118.0
 
386 Paul Skenes (PIT - SP) NRI 296 372 329.5 33.3 248.0 -138.0
 
387 Eddie Rosario (LF) FA 210 367 288.5 78.5 555.0 +168.0
 
388 Sean Manaea (NYM - SP,RP) 232 445 348.8 76.0 327.0 -61.0
 
389 Orion Kerkering (PHI - RP) 207 442 324.5 117.5 316.0 -73.0
 
390 Michael Kopech (CWS - SP) 215 507 361.0 146.0    
 
391 Shane McClanahan (TB - SP) IL60 218 660 444.0 180.6 379.0 -12.0
 
392 Will Brennan (CLE - RF) 218 539 378.5 160.5    
 
393 Rowdy Tellez (PIT - 1B,DH) 258 379 343.4 27.4 459.0 +66.0
 
394 Tanner Houck (BOS - SP) 253 464 353.0 86.5 503.0 +109.0
 
395 James Wood (WSH - CF,RF) NRI 225 416 320.5 95.5 430.0 +35.0
 
396 Tyler Wells (BAL - SP) 257 401 333.7 59.2 331.0 -65.0
 
397 Anthony Rendon (LAA - 3B) 186 426 357.0 42.6 411.0 +14.0
 
398 Brandon Woodruff (MIL - SP) IL60 267 334 300.5 33.5 397.0 -1.0
 
399 Jonathan Aranda (TB - 1B) 294 381 328.3 37.8 575.0 +176.0
 
400 Taijuan Walker (PHI - SP) 280 419 349.3 52.0 374.0 -26.0
 
401 Jose Miranda (MIN - 3B) 237 519 378.0 141.0 570.0 +169.0
 
402 Adam Duvall (CF,RF) FA 204 414 361.4 44.5 464.0 +62.0
 
403 Bryan Abreu (HOU - RP) 270 409 355.8 43.9 259.0 -144.0
 
404 Steven Matz (STL - SP,RP) 272 408 352.0 51.2 507.0 +103.0
 
405 Matt Mervis (CHC - 1B) 247 421 334.0 87.0    
 
406 Luis Garcia (WSH - 2B) 248 438 343.0 95.0    
 
407 Xavier Edwards (MIA - 2B) 250 410 330.0 80.0    
 
408 Liover Peguero (PIT - 2B,SS) 254 429 341.5 87.5 479.0 +71.0
 
409 Graham Ashcraft (CIN - SP) 299 421 355.8 46.2 376.0 -33.0
 
410 J.D. Davis (SF - 3B) 297 386 338.7 36.6    
 
411 Ji Man Choi (NYM - 1B) NRI 265 486 375.5 110.5    
 
412 Elehuris Montero (COL - 1B) 265 374 351.0 22.7 447.0 +35.0
 
413 Louie Varland (MIN - SP,RP) 315 452 370.2 48.8 335.0 -78.0
 
414 Miles Mikolas (STL - SP) 303 337 320.0 17.0 385.0 -29.0
 
415 A.J. Minter (ATL - RP) 269 524 389.3 90.5 368.0 -47.0
 
416 Connor Wong (BOS - C) 270 396 333.0 63.0 458.0 +42.0
 
417 Rene Pinto (TB - C) 273 497 385.0 112.0 501.0 +84.0
 
418 Jesus Sanchez (MIA - RF) 273 449 366.7 72.3    
 
419 James McArthur (KC - RP) 311 389 355.3 33.8 351.0 -68.0
 
420 Justin Lawrence (COL - RP) 287 456 372.5 60.3 435.0 +15.0
 
421 Taylor Rogers (SF - RP) 326 364 340.7 16.7 478.0 +57.0
 
422 JP Sears (OAK - SP) 279 446 379.3 72.2 369.0 -53.0
 
423 Patrick Wisdom (CHC - 3B) 284 455 369.5 85.5 486.0 +63.0
 
424 Brenton Doyle (COL - CF) 287 462 379.7 71.8    
 
425 Tyler Black (MIL - 3B) NRI 288 456 398.7 78.3 412.0 -13.0
 
426 Zack Littell (TB - SP,RP) 288 428 381.0 65.8 514.0 +88.0
 
427 Ceddanne Rafaela (BOS - CF) 291 370 330.5 39.5 348.0 -79.0
 
428 Giovanny Gallegos (STL - RP) 324 397 359.8 28.8    
 
429 Clarke Schmidt (NYY - SP) 298 418 367.7 50.9 354.0 -75.0
 
430 Josiah Gray (WSH - SP) 328 415 375.2 33.3 404.0 -26.0
 
431 Andrew Heaney (TEX - SP) 301 416 358.5 57.5 336.0 -95.0
 
432 Connor Phillips (CIN - SP) 304 506 405.0 101.0    
 
433 Prelander Berroa (CWS - SP,RP) 304 453 378.5 74.5    
 
434 Dane Dunning (TEX - SP,RP) 305 373 339.0 34.0 370.0 -64.0
 
435 Zach McKinstry (DET - 2B,3B,SS,LF,RF) 325 419 367.0 39.0 400.0 -35.0
 
436 Robbie Ray (SF - SP) IL60 315 514 425.3 82.7 367.0 -69.0
 
437 Jake Rogers (DET - C) 316 402 359.0 43.0 439.0 +2.0
 
438 Curtis Mead (TB - 3B) 328 360 344.0 16.0 460.0 +22.0
 
439 Matt Vierling (DET - 3B,LF,CF,RF) 317 428 372.5 55.5    
 
440 Yasmani Grandal (PIT - C) 319 548 433.5 114.5 529.0 +89.0
 
441 Nolan Schanuel (LAA - 1B) 320 520 408.8 74.0 395.0 -46.0
 
442 Kevin Ginkel (ARI - RP) 320 458 397.8 50.9 408.0 -34.0
 
443 Chase Silseth (LAA - SP,RP) 322 404 363.0 41.0 474.0 +31.0
 
444 Bryce Elder (ATL - SP) 326 405 367.0 32.3 362.0 -82.0
 
445 Miguel Vargas (LAD - 2B) 330 392 364.3 25.7 482.0 +37.0
 
446 Jacob Young (WSH - CF) 330 549 439.5 109.5    
 
447 Miguel Amaya (CHC - C) 336 527 431.5 95.5    
 
448 Gary Sanchez (MIL - C) 336 457 396.7 49.4 396.0 -52.0
 
449 Jon Berti (MIA - 3B,SS) 337 499 423.3 66.6 359.0 -90.0
 
450 Jack Flaherty (DET - SP) 340 451 395.5 55.5 353.0 -97.0
 
451 Yan Gomes (CHC - C) 342 410 385.0 30.5 442.0 -9.0
 
452 Frankie Montas (CIN - SP) 352 441 385.7 39.4 388.0 -64.0
 
453 AJ Smith-Shawver (ATL - SP) 347 431 386.0 34.6 358.0 -95.0
 
454 Brusdar Graterol (LAD - RP) 349 489 410.0 58.6 318.0 -136.0
 
455 Travis d'Arnaud (ATL - C) 349 398 380.3 22.2 356.0 -99.0
 
456 Ricky Tiedemann (TOR - SP) NRI 358 412 377.7 24.4 329.0 -127.0
 
457 Michael Massey (KC - 2B) 350 400 381.3 22.3 488.0 +31.0
 
458 Alex Cobb (SF - SP) 356 395 375.5 19.5 545.0 +87.0
 
459 Trevor Rogers (MIA - SP) 360 429 397.5 25.1 384.0 -75.0
 
460 Christian Vazquez (MIN - C) 365 498 431.5 66.5 419.0 -41.0
 
461 LaMonte Wade Jr. (SF - 1B,LF) 366 406 383.5 14.4 425.0 -36.0
 
462 Cade Horton (CHC - SP) MiLB 372 450 413.3 32.0 422.0 -40.0
 
463 Jasson Dominguez (NYY - CF) IL60 372 393 382.5 10.5 340.0 -123.0
 
464 Oswald Peraza (NYY - 3B) 375 450 412.5 37.5    
 
465 Seth Brown (OAK - LF,RF) 383 467 425.0 42.0    
 
466 A.J. Puk (MIA - RP) 389 420 402.7 12.9 345.0 -121.0
 
467 Jacob deGrom (TEX - SP) 391 439 415.0 24.0 254.0 -213.0
 
468 Sawyer Gipson-Long (DET - SP) 400 407 403.5 3.5    
 
469 Jose Quintana (NYM - SP) 401 448 424.5 23.5 343.0 -126.0
 
470 Hector Neris (CHC - RP) 402 447 424.5 22.5 381.0 -89.0
 
471 Aaron Ashby (MIL - SP) 412 453 432.5 20.5 489.0 +18.0
 
472 Matt Strahm (PHI - SP,RP) 414 508 461.0 47.0 386.0 -86.0
 
473 DL Hall (MIL - RP) 415 422 418.5 3.5 382.0 -91.0
 
474 Mike Clevinger (SP) FA 423 427 425.0 2.0 512.0 +38.0
 
475 Dylan Carlson (STL - CF,RF) 432 569 500.5 68.5    
 
476 Jose Urquidy (HOU - SP,RP) 433 472 452.5 19.5 405.0 -71.0
 
477 Casey Mize (DET - SP) 435 505 470.0 35.0 365.0 -112.0
 
478 Kyle Hendricks (CHC - SP) 436 460 448.0 12.0 476.0 -2.0
 
479 Wade Miley (MIL - SP) 443 500 471.5 28.5 434.0 -45.0
 
480 Julian Merryweather (CHC - RP) 444 503 473.5 29.5 579.0 +99.0
 
481 Brady Singer (KC - SP) 445 457 451.0 6.0 456.0 -25.0
 
482 Dylan Crews (WSH - CF) NRI 446 479 462.5 16.5 306.0 -176.0
 
483 Joey Gallo (WSH - 1B,LF) 449 657 553.0 104.0    
 
484 Manuel Margot (LAD - CF,RF) 451 605 528.0 77.0    
 
485 Erik Swanson (TOR - RP) 459 542 500.5 41.5 466.0 -19.0