2019 Fantasy Baseball ROS Rankings

Expert Consensus Ranking (13 of 18 Experts) -
Rank Player (Team, Position) Overall Notes
1 Nolan Arenado (COL - 3B) 4 1 3 1.0 0.0 6.0 +2.0
While other top fantasy players have their ups and downs, Arenado is the king on consistency. He is well on his way to yet another season with around 40 home runs, 100 runs, 110 RBIs, and a batting average of .290 or better.
2 Alex Bregman (HOU - 3B,SS) 8 1 3 2.4 0.5 13.0 +5.0
Bregman is proving that last season's power breakout was no fluke. He is well on his way to another 30-100 season.
3 Javier Baez (CHC - 2B,3B,SS) DTD 11 2 5 2.9 0.7 18.0 +7.0
Baez still has terrible plate discipline...and he's still one of the best hitters in fantasy baseball. He probably won't be quite this good going forward, but nobody should be betting against this guy at this point.
4 Jose Ramirez (CLE - 2B,3B) 25 2 7 4.5 1.4 3.0 -22.0
The 2019 season has been an awful slog so far for Ramirez, but there is still every reason to believe he'll rebound significantly. In the meantime, at least he's providing a bunch of stolen bases for his frustrated fantasy owners.
5 Manny Machado (SD - 3B,SS) 24 4 7 5.3 1.1 17.0 -7.0
Machado is off to a bit of a slow start in his new home, but he's heated up lately and is still on pace for 35+ home runs. One of the most consistent year-to-year performers in the game, Machado should see a sizable boost in batting average and run production by year's end.
6 Anthony Rendon (WSH - 3B) 31 4 10 5.5 0.8 41.0 +10.0
Rendon got off to a blistering start this season, but a stint on the 10-day injured list derailed his momentum and he hasn't done much since returning. Rendon has always been an under-appreciated fantasy asset, but he was probably playing a little over his head in the early going. Still, he is what he's always been, a rock-solid, set-it-and-forget-it fantasy option at third base.
7 Kris Bryant (CHC - 3B,RF) 34 4 9 6.6 1.0 33.0 -1.0
Those who kept the faith with Bryant have been richly rewarded, as he suddenly looks like the MVP-caliber hitter he was prior to the 2018 season. With his shoulder back to full health, expect the elite power production to continue for the foreseeable future.
8 Eugenio Suarez (CIN - 3B) 50 6 12 8.6 0.8 55.0 +5.0
Suarez was never all that likely to match last season's .283 batting average, but he looks fully capable of matching the 34 home runs he hit in 2018. That kind of power ensures he will remain a must-start option in mixed leagues.
9 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (TOR - 3B) 56 7 12 9.5 1.4 53.0 -3.0
Guerrero is off to a slow start to his Big League career, and has notably been striking out much more often than he did in the minors. But it is only a matter of time before he figures out Major League pitching, and he should still provide plenty of power in the meantime. Expect him to provide solid mixed league value -- at worst -- from here on out.
10 Matt Chapman (OAK - 3B) 63 6 21 9.6 1.2 103.0 +40.0
It's hard not to get excited about Chapman's start to 2019. A strikeout liability in the minors is now walking more than he gets fanned. He has paired those superb contact gains with eight homers and a .406 xwOBA, as of April 25. If these gains stick, he's a four-category fantasy stud and a borderline MVP candidate for Oakland due to his elite defense at the hot corner. He deserves to climb up the rankings as a top-75 player.
11 Justin Turner (LAD - 3B) 80 10 18 13.1 1.8 88.0 +8.0
Turner didn't show much power to begin the season, but after hitting four homers in two days in early May, he's back to his usual pace of 20-25 HRs with a batting average hovering around .300.
12 Mike Moustakas (MIL - 3B,DH) 95 12 18 13.4 0.8 139.0 +44.0
Moustakas is predictably enjoying his first full season in hitter-friendly Miller Park, and he looks well on his way to topping the 30-HR mark for just the second time in his career.
13 Matt Carpenter (STL - 1B,2B,3B) 116 8 28 14.3 3.0 65.0 -51.0
Despite entering 2018 with health woes and batting .155 in April, Carpenter went scorched earth to hit .257/.374/.523 with a career-high 36 homers. Those who bet on a repeat can only hope his 2019 plays out the same way. The third baseman is batting .206/.319/.353 with six homers in 36 games. MLB's leader in hard-hit rate last year is now in the bottom-20 percentile, and his xSLG has dropped from .546 to .387. We saw his ability to adjust and heat up in a seismic way last year, so don't give up just yet.
14 Josh Donaldson (ATL - 3B,DH) 109 11 22 14.9 3.1 89.0 -20.0
A calf injury limited Donaldson to just 52 games last season. He also wasn't his dominant self when healthy, batting .245/.352/.449 with his lowest wOBA (.345) since 2012. He's a bit sharper (.367 wOBA), but still not quite back to MVP form in 2018. If he can stay healthy, managers are probably looking at more of a .250-.260, 25-30-HR hitter who still offer a stout OBP and plenty of counting numbers in Atlanta's strong lineup.
15 Wil Myers (SD - 3B,LF,RF) 110 11 20 15.0 1.8 100.0 -10.0
Myers' surface numbers don't look too bad, but his current strikeout rate is alarming. He's capable of going 20-20 or even 30-20, but his batting average is likely to plummet if he continues to whiff so frequently, and it could even reach a point where his playing time is at risk.
16 Max Muncy (LAD - 1B,2B,3B) 121 10 26 15.6 1.1 110.0 -11.0
Muncy isn't much of an asset in batting average or stolen bases, but he remains a decent bet to reach 30 home runs again this season and his positional flexibility is a nice bonus.
17 Rafael Devers (BOS - 3B) 127 8 23 16.8 4.0 142.0 +15.0
Let's remember that Devers is only 22, and his "bad" season still consisted of 21 homers in 490 plate appearances. Although his rapid rise stalled with a .240/.298/.433 slash line, he showed some growth down the stretch with a 10.6% walk rate and .227 ISO after the All-Star break. The power hasn't materialized in 2019, but he has obscured his three home runs with a .323 batting average and five steals. His walks are up, and his strikeouts are down more than 10%. He'll need to re-up his fly-ball rate to discover more power, but the contact (and speed) gains are nevertheless encouraging from a future star.
18 Hunter Dozier (KC - 1B,3B,RF) 143 15 24 19.0 3.0 597.0 +454.0
Following a tame rookie showing, Dozier is tearing the cover off the ball early in 2019. The 27-year-old first baseman is batting .331/.427/.661 with nine homers through May 8. While some regression obviously must be expected, he has made enough improvements not to completely dismiss the breakout. A .409 xwOBA is far below his actual .451 mark, but it still ranks 15th among all hitters with at least 70 plate appearances. He's now a mixed-league mainstay who needs to be owned in all leagues.
19 Eduardo Escobar (ARI - 3B,SS) 166 15 27 21.4 2.9 176.0 +10.0
Escobar keeps producing to little fanfare, batting .303/.379/.541 with five homers and 17 runs and RBIs apiece through April. The elevated average has come with more ground balls and a subpar exit velocity, so treat this as a hot streak from a solid corner or middle infielder rather than a breakout.
20 Maikel Franco (PHI - 3B) 182 18 28 22.2 2.6 257.0 +75.0
At this point, it almost feels like a running gag to say Franco could one day take a leap akin to Edwin Encarnacion. Perhaps this is the year, as the 26-year-old third baseman has opened the season with three long balls in five games. Even more impressive? He has already worked seven walks. He drew 29 free passes in 465 plate appearances (6.2%) last season. A steady source of 20-25 homers even without finding an extra gear, the third baseman could move his way up a loaded Phillies lineup. There's breakout potential, but don't overpay on the trade market to obtain Franco.
21 Yandy Diaz (TB - 3B) 190 16 31 23.1 3.1 394.0 +204.0
 
22 Michael Chavis (BOS - 3B) 183 11 32 23.8 5.4 577.0 +394.0
Chavis has raked ever since his promotion, producing eight home runs and a .404 wOBA in 25 games. While he's making crisp contact, he's whiffing enough to expect a drop from his .290 batting average. Starting strong under Boston's grand spotlight also makes the newcomer an intriguing sell-high candidate.
23 Nick Senzel (CIN - 3B) 159 13 31 21.5 4.2 206.0 +47.0
The jury is still out on whether Senzel is ready to succeed at the Big League level -- he's off to a slow start and didn't hit much to begin the year in Triple-A, either. But this is a player with 20-20 potential as early as this season, so he remains a must-hold in fantasy circles.
24 Carlos Santana (CLE - 1B,3B) 176 18 30 23.4 3.4 178.0 +2.0
A smooth selection (sorry) for OBP managers, Santana is a durable compiler who could again broach 80 runs and RBIs apiece with around 25 home runs. He batted .229 in 2018 after back-to-back .259 campaigns, but he's risen that mark to .273 (as of May 18) with help from a .305 BABIP above his career .266 norm. Although contact gains pointed to bad luck last season, he hasn't made the necessary improvements to sustain his current mark. Look for him to return to the .250 range with solid power and an elite batting eye. He could especially pile up the RBIs if Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez heat up. That all adds up to a sturdy corner infielder.
25 Jurickson Profar (OAK - 1B,2B,3B,SS) 232 21 35 28.2 3.0 140.0 -92.0
It took a bit longer than expected, but Profar finally emerged as a strong major leaguer by batting .254/.335/.458 with 20 homers and 10 steals in 2018. The Rangers oddly moved him to the A's, a move that presents a major ballpark downgrade after he slugged .511 in Arlington. Aside from a possible average uptick, the skills didn't portend another leap forward. He instead took several steps backward, exiting April with an anemic .218 wOBA. Slowly turning a corner with three homers in the last nine games, his multi-position eligibility could help investors if already abandoned in standard mixed leagues.
26 Asdrubal Cabrera (TEX - 2B,3B,SS) 244 22 36 29.0 2.0 199.0 -45.0
Boring but effective, Cabrera is once again on track to exceed 20 home runs as a cheap middle infielder. He no longer runs and provides little upside in any category, but he's a steady hand who could especially sizzle in the Texas heat this summer.
27 Travis Shaw (MIL - 1B,3B,2B) IL10 269 15 47 30.0 7.8 97.0 -172.0
After batting .163/.266/.281 through 40 games, Shaw went on the IL with a hand injury. The Brewers promoted top prospect Keston Hiura, who could run away with the starting job at second base. Those in shallow mixed leagues now have an excuse to move on from Shaw unless they can tuck him away in a vacant IL spot. Yet this is a slugger who has topped 30 homers in consecutive years, so there's a chance he returns to a starting role and heats up in a few weeks.
28 Miguel Sano (MIN - 1B,3B,DH) 274 18 38 30.0 4.3 269.0 -5.0
Sano, who has never recorded 500 plate appearances in a big league season, is unlikely to reach that mark in 2019. After injuring his heel during the offseason, he's not expected to be ready until May, at the earliest. There's still the matter of him hitting .199/.281/.398 with a 38.5% strikeout rate last season. While he makes too much hard contact to again bat below the Mendoza line, all the punchouts make him unlikely to climb much higher than his career .244 clip. Because of these holes, it's still possible to stash a 25-year-old with a high walk rate and top-shelf power. Add him before his upcoming return if needing power and/or playing in an OBP league.
29 Tim Beckham (SEA - 3B,SS) 254 21 36 30.1 4.1 392.0 +138.0
 
30 Yuli Gurriel (HOU - 1B,3B,DH) 279 26 39 32.2 3.5 184.0 -95.0
The only first basemen to bat at least .290 in each of the last two years? Freddie Freeman, Paul Goldschmidt, and Yuli Gurriel. Houston's career .288 hitter is an underrated stabilizer in batting average who can also drive in 75-85 runs in a stacked lineup. He even popped five homers in September after a long power drought, so the veteran should at least offer double-digit long balls. Having turned the corner from a gloomy April with a sunny May, he's a boring, but productive depth piece for a team with average liabilities.
31 Ryan McMahon (COL - 1B,2B,3B) 239 17 49 30.4 6.5 307.0 +68.0
The breakout appeared to be arriving a year later than anticipated for McMahon, who made the Rockies' Opening Day lineup after hitting .424 with nine doubles and three homers in spring. An elbow injury, however, sent him to the IL in early April. He homered in his return, but then tumbled into the Rockies promoted uber prospect Brendan Rodgers. McMahon's playing time is now in jeopardy.
32 Tommy La Stella (LAA - 2B,3B) 282 19 44 30.7 6.3    
As of May 14, La Stella has more home runs (10) than Giancarlo Stanton, Matt Carpenter, Jose Ramirez, and Miguel Cabrera combined. Isn't baseball fun? A light-hitting utility man throughout his career, La Stella previously had 10 home runs in 947 big league plate appearances. He has done this all with eight strikeouts. There comes a point where managers should just should just accept the bizarre breakout and ask questions later. It's looking more and like he's going to stick around as a worthwhile contributor.
33 Austin Riley (ATL - 3B) 262 20 43 28.6 6.4 508.0 +246.0
Shortly after the Braves starting giving Riley outfield reps, an injury to Ender Inciarte opened the door to a big league promotion. The third baseman had clobbered 15 homers in 37 Triple-A games before touching them all in his MLB debut. He also diminished his strikeout rate (19.1%) prior to his call-up, so the 22-year-old has lasting power if Atlanta keeps him around once Inciarte returns. That's not a guarantee, but Riley should nevertheless be rostered in all leagues anyway.
34 Evan Longoria (SF - 3B) 298 23 46 36.0 4.6 354.0 +56.0
Longoria had a rough season for fantasy owners in 2018, but the batting average was held back by an abnormally low BABIP and his power was right on track for another 20 to 25 homers had he been healthy for the full season. In deeper leagues, his reliability is exactly what you should be targeting.
35 Brian Anderson (MIA - 3B,RF) 301 27 53 39.0 6.2 325.0 +24.0
 
36 Niko Goodrum (DET - 1B,2B,3B,SS,LF,RF) 303 29 43 36.7 4.7 298.0 -5.0
 
37 Willians Astudillo (MIN - C,3B) 360 23 49 37.3 8.2 282.0 -78.0
The legend of Astudillo was on the rise before suffering a strained hamstring. Brandishing a stat page more in line with a player from 1918, the contact machine recorded one walk and strikeout apiece in 53 appearances while batting .347. Although playing time was sporadic, he was making the most of his chances. When healthy, the Twins will have a tougher time sitting him too often. The batting average makes him an intriguing fantasy catcher now that his return has coincided with Mitch Garver going on the IL.
38 Jung Ho Kang (PIT - 3B) IL10 359 28 53 43.7 6.6 344.0 -15.0
Kang may not open the season as the starter in Pittsburgh, but with the way he is playing this spring, you'll want to keep a close eye on him. After all, we've seen Kang be a useful fantasy piece in years prior.
39 Jed Lowrie (NYM - 2B,3B) IL60 365 31 47 41.8 4.7 281.0 -84.0
Seemingly on the verge of making his Mets debut, Lowrie is now unlikely to return in May due to a grade 1 hamstring strain. The 35-year-old would have struggled to find playing time anyway with Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil, and J.D. Davis all off to strong starts. He's droppable in all mixed leagues for those who don't have a spare IL spot.
40 Jake Lamb (ARI - 3B) IL10 446 34 57 44.9 7.0 265.0 -181.0
Placed on the IL in early April, Lamb will miss around six weeks with a grade 2 quad strain. If Christian Walker stays hot, the lefty will at best return to a platoon role.
41 Kyle Seager (SEA - 3B) IL60 373 29 59 45.5 8.6 270.0 -103.0
 
42 Wilmer Flores (ARI - 1B,2B,3B) 381 32 51 41.3 5.6 364.0 -17.0
 
43 Jeimer Candelario (DET - 3B) MiLB 443 37 48 43.9 3.8 342.0 -101.0
There is nothing sexy about drafting Candelario, but you can anticipate his batting average coming up 20 points this year, as he was among the most unlucky hitters in that department last year. Along with that, fantasy owners should get around 20 homers from him.
44 Chad Pinder (OAK - 2B,3B,LF,RF) 345 34 50 39.4 4.8 572.0 +227.0
 
45 Renato Nunez (BAL - 3B) 366 28 64 43.1 9.8 588.0 +222.0
 
46 Miguel Andujar (NYY - 3B,DH) IL60   12 49 29.0 14.8 79.0  
A week after returning from a month-long absence, Andujar went back on the IL with a right labrum tear. He will now undergo the season-ending surgery many expected when he first went down in April, so drop him in all re-draft leagues.
47 Scott Kingery (PHI - 3B,SS) 412 35 50 44.4 4.8 400.0 -12.0
 
48 Johan Camargo (ATL - 3B,SS) 420 33 58 45.6 6.5 380.0 -40.0
 
49 David Fletcher (LAA - 2B,3B) 364 31 57 43.5 8.3 591.0 +227.0
Few batters make contact more consistently than Fletcher, a career .294 hitter in the minors who is currently batting .287 for the Angels. He has flaunted more power than usual with three homers, but the 5'9" infielder is still merely a deep-league average booster who occasionally gets to bat ahead of Mike Trout.
50 Ronny Rodriguez (DET - 2B,3B,SS) 369 23 43 33.5 7.1 756.0 +387.0
 
51 Todd Frazier (NYM - 3B) 474 40 62 50.8 6.5 494.0 +20.0
 
52 Ian Happ (CHC - 3B,LF,CF,RF) MiLB 459 40 55 48.9 3.6 324.0 -135.0
Surprisingly demoted to Triple-A, Happ has done nothing (.229/.355/.371) to work his way back to the majors. He's now only worth stashing in NL-only and dynasty leagues.
53 Eduardo Nunez (BOS - 2B,3B)   39 63 52.1 8.3 384.0  
 
54 Gio Urshela (NYY - 3B,SS)   37 43 41.3 2.5    
A fringe prospect for years, Urshela is suddenly raking as an unlikely hero for the Yankees. A .392 BABIP has fueled his strong start, but he's also scorching plenty of hard hits to support the high average. He'll get plenty of looks at third in light of Miguel Andujar's setback, so add him in all 15-team mixed leagues and track his progress closely in shallower formats.
55 Zack Cozart (LAA - 2B,3B,SS)   40 59 52.6 5.0 460.0  
Cozart may miss time at the start of the season with a mild calf strain, and after his 2018 performance, it is fair to forget about him, but don't be so quick to forget how excellent he was in 2017 with the Reds, knocking 24 homers with a .297 batting average in just 122 games.
56 J.D. Davis (NYM - 1B,3B) 435 36 58 52.8 4.4 559.0 +124.0
 
57 Isiah Kiner-Falefa (TEX - C,2B,3B) 471 45 58 52.8 5.0 339.0 -132.0
 
58 Yolmer Sanchez (CWS - 2B,3B)   42 63 53.2 8.7 578.0  
 
59 Colin Moran (PIT - 1B,3B) 447 39 66 56.2 8.2 575.0 +128.0
 
60 Logan Forsythe (TEX - 2B,3B) 422 33 54 43.5 10.5 712.0 +290.0
 
61 Neil Walker (MIA - 1B,2B,3B)   41 60 51.0 7.8 432.0  
 
62 Hernan Perez (MIL - 2B,3B,SS,LF,RF)   48 62 55.0 6.5 413.0  
 
63 J.P. Crawford (SEA - 3B,SS)   46 62 55.3 6.1 612.0  
 
64 Pablo Sandoval (SF - 1B,3B)   38 65 51.5 13.5 649.0  
 
65 Matt Davidson (TEX - 1B,3B,DH) MiLB   43 77 59.7 13.9 694.0  
 
66 Aledmys Diaz (HOU - 3B,SS) DTD   47 68 56.7 8.7 566.0  
Receiving more playing time while Jose Altuve recovers from a hamstring injury, Diaz has homered twice in two starts. He offered 18 homers and a 102 wRC+ in 452 plate appearances for the Blue Jays last year, so he's a fine short-term scoop while getting reps in a loaded Astros lineup.
67 David Bote (CHC - 2B,3B)   51 52 51.5 0.5 517.0  
 
68 Chris Owings (KC - 2B,3B,CF,RF)   48 74 61.8 9.5 624.0  
 
69 Yairo Munoz (STL - 3B,SS,CF)   51 71 59.3 8.5 476.0  
 
70 Rio Ruiz (BAL - 3B)   54 63 57.0 4.2    
 
71 Wilmer Difo (WSH - 2B,3B) MiLB   55 70 60.3 6.8 535.0  
 
72 Matt Duffy (TB - 3B) IL60   52 69 63.0 6.2 483.0  
 
73 Yangervis Solarte (2B,3B,SS) FA   58 60 59.0 1.0 604.0  
 
74 David Freese (LAD - 1B,3B)   56 64 61.0 3.6 525.0  
 
75 Ehire Adrianza (MIN - 1B,3B,SS)   57 65 61.0 4.0 735.0  
 
76 Alen Hanson (TOR - 2B,3B,SS,LF) MiLB   60 72 66.0 6.0 619.0  
 
77 Brandon Drury (TOR - 2B,3B)   60 66 63.3 2.5 518.0  
 
78 Jedd Gyorko (STL - 2B,3B)   61 75 66.7 6.0 635.0