2019 Fantasy Baseball ROS Rankings

Expert Consensus Ranking (12 of 17 Experts) -
Rank Player (Team, Position) Overall Notes
1 Mike Trout (LAA - CF,DH) 1 1 2 1.2 0.4 1.0
It's a testament to Trout's dominance that fantasy owners might be a little disappointed by his current output. There's really no reason to think he'll fail to produce another .300/100/30/100/20 season.
2 Christian Yelich (MIL - LF,CF,RF) DTD 2 1 4 2.0 0.6 7.0 +5.0
Yelich looks every bit as good as he did last season, when he finished tied with J.D. Martinez as the most valuable player overall in standard 5x5 roto/categories leagues. At this point, it would be unwise to bet against him finishing as fantasy's top player once again.
3 Mookie Betts (BOS - CF,RF) 3 2 7 3.1 0.5 2.0 -1.0
Following a down 2017, Betts became the first player since 2012 (Mike Trout and Ryan Braun) to hit .300 with 30 home runs and steals apiece. The career .303/.370/.518 hitter is averaging 29 homers, 27 steals, 117 runs, and 98 RBIs over the past three years, upping his walk and hard-hit rates each step of the way. Last season's .346/.438/.640 slash line will be borderline impossible to fully sustain, so his .295/.403/.483 line on May 21 feels boring by comparison. Even if currently not performing like an MVP and first-round cornerstone, Betts is still a five-category phenom who should catch fire son.
4 Nolan Arenado (COL - 3B) 4 3 8 4.9 1.4 6.0 +2.0
Drafters know what they're getting in Arenado, who has batted no lower than .287 with at least 37 homers and 110 RBI in the last four years. He has played all but 16 games in those four seasons, making him a durable beacon of consistency worthy of a first-round selection. He signed an extension during the offseason, so investors no longer need to worry about a midseason trade removing him from Coors Field. A lack of steals is an unfortunate, but acceptable tradeoff for locking in bankable production at every other category. This steadiness earns him the benefit of the doubt despite still not hitting a home run until April 14. He make up for lost time once the Rockies host more at Coors Field and now has 11 taters while hitting .306/.354/.578 as of May 21.
5 J.D. Martinez (BOS - LF,RF,DH) DTD 5 4 8 5.4 0.8 5.0
Martinez is mashing the ball just like he has over the past two seasons. But this time he's also significantly trimmed his strikeout rate, which suggests that he could end up having his best season yet.
6 Ronald Acuna Jr. (ATL - LF,CF) 7 2 12 7.2 2.1 9.0 +2.0
Acuna met the seismic hype, and then some, by hitting .293/.366/.552 with 26 homers and 16 steals in 111 sizzling rookie games. He flaunted his MVP ceiling by posting a .429 wOBA and 19 of those long balls after the All-Star break. Challenging Mike Trout as baseball's best player is a real ceiling he could reach as soon as 2019. Early improvements in walks, strikeout, and contact rate could help him reach those gaudy heights. A .418 xwOBA would also make him a borderline top-five choice if drafting over in late May.
7 Alex Bregman (HOU - 3B,SS) 8 5 14 8.2 1.8 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.
8 Cody Bellinger (LAD - 1B,CF) 9 3 22 8.3 4.5 39.0 +30.0
Bellinger has emerged as a league-winning talent, batting over .400 with 17 homers in late May Everything in his portfolio supports this early surge. The 23-year-old has nearly slashed his strikeout rate in half while exchanging ground balls and pop-ups for line drives. An all-or-nothing slugger as a rookie suddenly touts an above-average contact rate (80.6% as of May 21) and has also stolen seven of 10 opportunities. If drafting now, he'd probably go in the first round, and it wouldn't be much of an overreaction.
9 Trevor Story (COL - SS) 10 5 18 9.3 1.3 20.0 +10.0
Story is replicating the numbers that made him one of the biggest breakout stars in fantasy baseball last season, and he could even manage to go 30-30 this time around after falling a few stolen bases short last year. Most importantly, he no longer looks like the high-strikeout batting average drain that he appeared to be in 2017.
10 Javier Baez (CHC - 2B,3B,SS) 11 6 13 10.2 1.8 18.0 +7.0
It's time to stop worrying and start loving Baez despite the poor contact numbers. Despite once again residing among baseball's laggards in swinging strikes and outside-swing rate, the jovial infielder is batting .319/.359/.595 with 11 homers. A .407 BABIP won't last in full strides, but he's perched among MLB's top-10 percent in hard hits and exit velocity. He's pummeling breaking balls, and at least a 6.1% walk rate is actually higher than past norms. While the free swinger could still be in store for a slump, this defeated analyst will no longer question his legitimacy as a top-15 fantasy option.
11 Francisco Lindor (CLE - SS) 14 6 19 12.8 3.1 12.0 -2.0
Originally expected to return from a calf injury in early April, Lindor suffered an ankle ailment while rehabbing. Cleveland activated him on April 20, making him once again a fantasy cornerstone. The only concern stemmed from him getting fewer base-stealing opportunities following a pair of leg injuries, but he has alleviated those fears with five steals in 27 games. He also has six homers despite fully returning to full form, but he has looked strong enough to again trust as a first-round superstar.
12 Trea Turner (WSH - SS) 13 7 99 12.8 4.9 8.0 -5.0
Turner's season started with such promise. Manager Dave Martinez's goal for 75-80 steals wasn't looking as outlandish after the Nationals shortstop swiped three bags on Opening Day. He then ended the inaugural series with a two-homer performance. Those hopes of Turner finally realizing his fantasy MVP upside ended abruptly, however, when he broke his finger on a bunt attempt. After playing all 162 games last season, he'll miss enough time to stand no chance of returning first-round value. He may also struggle at the plate upon returning, but at least his speed shouldn't suffer. It's a tough predicament for anyone who invested a first- or second-round pick on the 20-homer, 50-steal candidate. At least he has more than four months to make up for lost time.
13 Paul Goldschmidt (STL - 1B) 16 11 27 16.8 3.9 19.0 +3.0
Goldy's strikeout rate has continued to climb and his stolen base attempts have continued to fall, so his fantasy outlook isn't quite what it used to be. He's still got the 30-HR power, though, and while he may not be able to hit .290-.300 any longer, .275 seems doable.
14 Bryce Harper (PHI - CF,RF) 19 12 33 17.7 5.2 16.0 -3.0
Harper has been a severe batting average liability this season, but with a 30 percent strikeout rate, you can't say he hasn't deserved it. Harper should eventually go on a massive hot streak that makes his stat line look more respectable, but the bottom line is that his numbers have been all over the place throughout his career and it's hard to know exactly what to expect from him. He simply may not live up to the preseason hype, at least in 2019.
15 Charlie Blackmon (COL - CF) 20 9 27 17.8 3.7 26.0 +6.0
Those who feared that the 32-year old Blackmon was on the downside of his career should realize by now that those fears were misplaced. He is basically doing exactly what he did last year, except that he's on pace to finish with a few more homers and a few less steals.
16 Manny Machado (SD - 3B,SS) 23 10 31 17.8 4.9 17.0 -6.0
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.
17 Freddie Freeman (ATL - 1B) 24 14 25 18.3 3.2 23.0 -1.0
Freeman remains a perennial .300 hitter who is capable of hitting 25-30 home runs, but this year he's stopped attempting stolen bases. He's still a good bet to finish as a top-five fantasy first baseman once again.
18 Jose Ramirez (CLE - 2B,3B) 25 9 32 18.4 5.7 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.
19 Whit Merrifield (KC - 1B,2B,CF,RF,DH) 27 11 35 19.0 4.5 32.0 +5.0
Merrifield has picked up right where he left off last year as one of the best five-category producers in the game. He's even hitting for a bit more power in the early going, suggesting his first 20-HR season could be within reach.
20 Jose Altuve (HOU - 2B) IL10 22 9 50 19.7 7.6 14.0 -8.0
Altuve flashed impressive power early in the year, but he's also been striking out more and barely running at all -- something that is highly unlikely to change now that a strained hamstring has forced him to the injured list.
21 Adalberto Mondesi (KC - 2B,SS) 26 8 34 20.1 6.8 43.0 +17.0
Mondesi has just about matched what he did last year, providing elite stolen base totals with a fair amount of power and a decent batting average. At just 23 years old, this is a player who could have a huge impact in roto leagues for years to come.
22 Rhys Hoskins (PHI - 1B,LF) 28 17 40 21.4 3.4 38.0 +10.0
At 25 years old, Hoskins has quickly established himself as one of the premier power hitters in the game. He doesn't project to be a major asset in stolen bases or batting average going forward, but should continue to drive in plenty of runs in Philadelphia.
23 George Springer (HOU - CF,RF,DH) DTD 30 12 36 21.9 3.7 48.0 +18.0
Springer is a very good player who is completely locked in at the plate right now, but the odds are that he's simply started the season hot rather than taken his game to a completely different level at age 29. Springer is a .269 career hitter who is currently batting well over .300, even though he's striking out more often than he has the last couple of years. That's not to say he's just been lucky - his hard contact rate is up significantly from the past - but it does raise the question of how sustainable this hot streak is. He also has one of the highest HR/FB ratios in baseball, so his HR pace is destined to drop off considerably even if he does keep crushing the baseball.
24 Anthony Rendon (WSH - 3B) 31 14 54 22.8 5.4 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.
25 Andrew Benintendi (BOS - LF,CF) 32 19 38 25.9 4.3 29.0 -3.0
Benintendi continues to provide the kind of steady across-the-board production we've come to expect from him, but it is a little concerning that he is running less -- and striking out more. He's still a solid fantasy outfielder, but absent some power growth, he's going to need to get 20+ steals to deliver on his draft day price.
26 Kris Bryant (CHC - 3B,RF) 34 14 42 26.1 6.4 33.0 -1.0
Everyone kept waiting for Bryant to turn the corner last season. They kept waiting all the way until this May, when he has hit .313/.446/.731 with eight homers. The 2016 NL MVP finally looks healthy from his debilitating shoulder injury, so managers can stop sweating. A rise in contact and drop in strikeouts will also lead to an average far higher than his current .263, so those who rode out his rough April should at least receive a return on their third-round investment. The only red mark? He has just one steal in 44 games and three in 146 games dating back to 2018.
27 Anthony Rizzo (CHC - 1B) 35 19 36 26.3 3.6 34.0 -1.0
Rizzo's batting average is down a bit this season, but it is mostly due to poor batted ball fortunes and should improve as the season progresses. Otherwise he's the same player he's always been, and stands a good chance to reach 30 home runs after failing to do so last year for this first time since 2013.
28 Khris Davis (OAK - LF,DH) DTD 33 20 50 27.8 5.9 42.0 +9.0
Davis has had his ups and downs so far this season, but he remains on track to produce 40+ home runs for the fourth straight season. And he may well hit exactly .247 for the fifth consecutive year, too.
29 Juan Soto (WSH - LF) 37 16 53 31.2 3.5 30.0 -7.0
Soto hit from day one in Washington last year, but he's found the going tougher in his sophomore campaign. The jump in his strikeout rate is particularly concerning, as pitchers seem to have figured out how to attack him for the time being. He'll adjust back eventually -- he's too good not to -- but it's probably best to reduce your expectations a bit for 2019.
30 Carlos Correa (HOU - SS) 39 23 44 31.5 5.2 44.0 +5.0
Following a down 2018, the second straight season derailed by injuries, Correa is making a bid to reclaim his star billing. After mustering just 15 homers and a 101 wRC+ last season, his power has returned with 11 long balls and a 146 wRC+ in 44 games. The steals, however have not; he has just one. He's also chasing more pitches off the plate and whiffing more, but a rise in exit velocity and .403 xwOBA vouch for the hot start. Although he may not reach MVP and first-round heights anytime soon, Correa is at least validating the lofty draft cost.
31 Starling Marte (PIT - CF) 41 24 47 33.5 6.1 37.0 -4.0
Marte was one of just three players who hit 20 home runs and stole 30 bases last season - consensus first-round picks Jose Ramirez and Mookie Betts were the others - and he's just about on pace to do it again. But Marte's numbers have been diluted by a brief stint on the injured list and an abnormally low BABIP that has cost him about 30 points of batting average in the early going. Marte has been heating up a bit lately, and his hard contact rate is actually up this season, so expect his batted ball results to continue to improve.
32 Xander Bogaerts (BOS - SS) 42 18 63 34.8 5.4 45.0 +3.0
Bogaerts has been a tad unlucky in the batting average department, but he's basically doing what he always does. Expect another .280-20 season with good run production by the end of the year.
33 Tommy Pham (TB - LF,CF) 46 20 52 35.2 6.1 72.0 +26.0
Pham is providing his usual across-the-board fantasy production, and with his improved plate discipline -- he's walking nearly as often as he's striking out -- he could even approach the .306 average he had in 2017.
34 Joey Gallo (TEX - 1B,LF,CF,RF) 45 12 68 35.3 6.9 99.0 +54.0
A scary thought for opposing pitchers, and those who avoided him in 2019 drafts, Gallo may be putting it all together. After hitting .239/.340/.592 in last season's second half, he's batting .285/.419/.660 through 41 games. While the slugger's abhorrent contact and strikeout rates haven't improved, he's chasing far fewer pitches off the plate. As a result, he's making his batted-ball events count more. He tops or sits in the top 98th percentile in exit velocity, hard-hit rate, and xwOBA. He could turn into Khris Davis (with more upside) just by hitting .247 instead of .207, so this could be a potential buy-high situation.
35 Eugenio Suarez (CIN - 3B) 50 27 55 37.2 4.7 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.
36 Jose Abreu (CWS - 1B,DH) 49 25 43 37.3 2.9 74.0 +25.0
Abreu's strikeout rate has risen to the extent that he's unlikely to hit .290-.300 like he used to, but he is on pace to easily top 30 home runs for the fourth time in six seasons.
37 Marcell Ozuna (STL - LF) 47 22 73 38.8 11.5 75.0 +28.0
Ozuna has an unusually low BABIP this season, but his HR/FB rate is inflated. His HR pace is destined to slow and his batting average is destined to rise. But no matter how you slice it, a now-healthy Ozuna is having a big bounce-back season, providing the kind of high-end fantasy value we saw in 2017.
38 Eddie Rosario (MIN - LF) 54 30 65 40.1 8.9 80.0 +26.0
Rosario has been unlucky in terms of balls hit within the field of play, but he's also had a higher percentage of his fly balls end up as home runs, so it just about evens out. Expect his HR pace to slow and his batting average to rise.
39 Ozzie Albies (ATL - 2B) 57 26 57 42.4 8.8 57.0
Albies is on pace to have a nearly identical season to 2018, when he finished as a top-six second baseman. Those who were hoping for another big step forward may be a little disappointed, but it's pretty hard to complain about that kind of production.
40 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (TOR - 3B) 56 25 62 42.6 9.6 53.0 -3.0
Nobody is doubting Guerrero's skills. Especially not Steamer, as the typically pessimistic projection system had the 19-year-old batting .306/.368/.511 with 22 homers in 550 plate appearances prior to his call-up. Toronto's teenage prodigy had nothing left to prove in the minors after collectively batting .381/.437/.636 in Double-A and Triple-A. The problem was opportunity. An oblique injury spared Toronto the embarrassment of leaving its best hitter off the Opening Day roster, but he made his highly anticipated debut on April 26. He struggled out of the gate, but this is when it's required to remind everyone that Mike Trout stunk during his debut. Guerrero has turned a corner with four homers in his last six games and should promptly be considered a top-10 third baseman and top-50 player.
41 Lorenzo Cain (MIL - CF) 58 28 60 42.8 6.5 63.0 +5.0
Cain is due for some positive batting average regression -- he still profiles as a potential .300 hitter -- but it's a little concerning that he's been caught on three of his eight stolen base attempts. With the ability to provide a plus batting average, 15 or so home runs, and lots of runs scored, Cain has a high fantasy floor, but he'll need to steal 25-30 bases to truly be a high-end player.
42 Nelson Cruz (MIN - DH) IL10 53 29 67 42.9 9.9 91.0 +38.0
The perennially undervalued Cruz was hitting .270/.354/.508 with seven homers before going on the IL with a wrist injury. An MRI came back clean, so he might not require a lengthy absence. Before going down, those numbers actually represented a step down from his usual elite production. Then again, drafters didn't have to pay for that level of dominance because of his age (38) and DH-only status. He's still a superb slugger when healthy, so wait patiently for his return.
43 Giancarlo Stanton (NYY - LF,RF,DH) IL10 62 20 110 43.9 16.3 22.0 -40.0
We all know what kind of hitter Stanton can be when he's healthy, but he's hardly been healthy at all so far this season. Once he does finally return, he should perform at a 40-HR pace...until the next injury.
44 Mitch Haniger (SEA - CF,RF) 61 29 66 47.8 3.8 83.0 +22.0
Haniger has displayed impressive power this season, and his increased fly ball rate provides further evidence that his first 30-homer season could be in store. But his new approach is also causing him to strike out more, so a repeat of last season's .285 batting average is looking increasingly unlikely.
45 Matt Chapman (OAK - 3B) 63 32 120 48.7 5.8 103.0 +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.
46 Gary Sanchez (NYY - C,DH) 65 35 78 49.9 9.1 51.0 -14.0
Sanchez has proven to be capable of producing truly difference-making numbers at fantasy baseball's weakest position, and there is little doubt he can again top 30 home runs if he remains healthy. He is off to a scorching start in the power department in 2019.
47 Aaron Judge (NYY - RF,DH) IL10 64 26 100 50.1 14.7 15.0 -49.0
Judge was producing at a similar clip to last season before hitting the injured list in late April with an oblique injury. As long as he fully recovers from the injury, he should be able to produce at a .280-30-10 kind of pace upon returning.
48 Michael Brantley (HOU - LF,DH) 69 27 72 51.1 11.7 107.0 +38.0
With top-notch plate discipline, Brantley is a legitimate contender to win the batting title if he can stay healthy. His power burst is more unexpected, and unlikely to fully keep up, but he does appear destined to reach 20 home runs for just the second time in his career.
49 Yoan Moncada (CWS - 2B) 68 37 64 51.8 7.7 157.0 +89.0
Is Moncada finally putting it all together? A .369 wOBA through 40 games has investors hoping they hit the jackpot on an elite young talent who was available in the middle of drafts. Although his strikeout rate is slowly rising, his 26.9% is still down significantly from last year's crushing 33.4% clip. A more aggressive approach has yielded better contact and power, so don't sell the burgeoning star unless receiving a notable profit from his preseason ADP.
50 Victor Robles (WSH - RF) 67 36 70 52.0 7.7 119.0 +52.0
Robles is striking out too much in his first extended taste of Major League pitching to be of much help in terms of batting average, but his wheels are legit and he is showing surprising pop so far, too. A 15-HR, 30-SB season could be within reach.
51 Michael Conforto (NYM - LF,CF,RF) IL7 66 27 67 53.0 6.8 106.0 +40.0
Although he returned sooner than expected from shoulder surgery, perhaps Conforto needed more recovery time. He entered the All-Star break batting .216 with a .366 slugging percentage. On the strength of nine September homers, he closed the second half by hitting .273 with a .539 slugging clip. He proved capable of handling fellow lefties (.345 wOBA) and finished a seemingly lost year with 28 long balls. Now healthy, Conforto has offered more walks, more fly balls, and fewer strikeouts with a .393 wOBA as of May 15. He's a strong bet to chase 30 homers with a higher batting average if he regains past hard-hit standards prior to injuring his shoulder. The Mets placed him on the seven-day concussion IL on May 16.
52 Tim Anderson (CWS - SS) 72 30 91 55.8 14.5 135.0 +63.0
Anderson has been one of the biggest surprise breakouts of the first two months of the 2019 season. His batting average is due for some pretty serious regression, but he should be able to continue to pile up the home runs and stolen bases, giving him loads of value in roto/categories leagues.
53 Gleyber Torres (NYY - 2B,SS) 75 41 80 57.7 9.5 61.0 -14.0
Torres was a highly touted prospect now coming off a sublime rookie campaign with the Yankees. So of course the cost blew out of hand. So far, however, drafters have not experienced much buyer's remorse. He's batting .290/.325/.510 after going deep three times on May 15's doubleheader. The aggressive approach and batted-ball data still don't support such a high average, so the 22-year-old doesn't look ready to take the next step to stardom just yet.
54 Pete Alonso (NYM - 1B,DH) 73 45 170 58.6 11.4 234.0 +161.0
Alonso has been one of the biggest power hitter breakouts of 2019, and he should be able to tally 30-35 home runs by the end of the season. He does swing and miss quite a bit, however, so expect his batting average to continue to tumble into the .240 range.
55 J.T. Realmuto (PHI - C,1B) 86 34 110 61.0 16.1 46.0 -40.0
Realmuto hasn't really gotten going with the bat in 2019, but he's still on pace to eclipse 100 runs and 100 RBIs, thanks to his spot in the middle of the Phillies' ever-dangerous lineup. If there's once concern here, it's that Realmuto's launch angle is currently much lower than last year, leading to a lot more ground balls -- and fewer home runs. It's something to keep an eye on.
56 Jean Segura (PHI - SS) 94 33 103 61.5 14.8 64.0 -30.0
Segura doesn't look like he is going to run a lot this year, but he should still be able to provide a batting average around .300, low-double digit home runs, and plenty of runs scored.
57 Justin Turner (LAD - 3B) 80 46 86 61.5 7.0 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.
58 Domingo Santana (SEA - RF) 77 29 85 61.9 10.5 225.0 +148.0
To this point in his career, the only thing that has held Santana back is playing time, and that's no longer a concern. He's on pace to match the 30 home runs and 15 stolen bases he produced in 2017, and with an improved strikeout rate this season, he could also maintain a batting average around .280.
59 Jonathan Villar (BAL - 2B,SS) 88 37 88 62.1 11.4 87.0 -1.0
Villar is well on his way to another .260-15-30 season, which could be good enough to finish as a top-10 fantasy second baseman/shortstop.
60 Josh Bell (PIT - 1B) 96 44 85 63.8 13.1 254.0 +158.0
Bell is well on his way to being one of the breakout players of 2019. With a massive spike in both his hard contact and fly ball rates, he appears set to breeze past his previous career high of 26 home runs, set in his first full Big League season in 2017. His batting average is due for a decent amount of regression, but he looks to be here to stay as a mixed league fantasy asset.
61 Yasiel Puig (CIN - RF) DTD 82 32 86 63.9 12.6 76.0 -6.0
Puig's first season in Cincinnati hasn't gone exactly to plan -- he's striking out too much and hitting the ball right at defenders when he does make contact. But the power is still there, and he's running quite a bit. Fantasy owners shouldn't complain too much about a low batting average if he manages to go 20-20.
62 Luke Voit (NYY - 1B) 92 49 89 64.7 10.1 168.0 +76.0
Voit is hitting for plenty of power and driving in plenty of runs, and his batting average should improve significantly as the season progresses. It seems quite clear at this point that last season was not a total fluke.
63 Edwin Encarnacion (SEA - 1B,DH) 91 41 90 65.2 10.9 113.0 +22.0
Even in a down year, Encarnacion topped 30 homers for the seventh straight season, a span during which 2014's 98 RBIs was the only time he fell short of 100. That bankable power is comforting at his depreciated price, but career worsts in contact (75.7%) and strikeout (22.9%) rate led to his lowest average (.248) since 2010. A repaired strikeout rate has not led to a higher average (.219) as a result of a lower BABIP (.192) and depreciated hard-hit rate. The durable slugger also missed time with a biceps injury during his age-35 campaign, so don't count on a return to peak form.
64 Mike Moustakas (MIL - 3B,DH) 95 55 77 65.7 5.9 139.0 +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.
65 Paul DeJong (STL - SS) 99 45 92 68.2 12.5 170.0 +71.0
Dejong could be on his way to a career year. He's due for some batting average regression, but not as much as you might think. He's really trimmed his strikeout rate, while also drawing a lot more free passes.
66 Dee Gordon (SEA - 2B,CF) IL10 100 39 83 69.3 6.1 101.0 +1.0
Gordon will never be confused with Joey Gallo, but he is making more hard contact this year than ever before, which explains why he's on pace to set a new career high in home runs by the All Star break. But whether Gordon hits three homers or eight doesn't matter so much -- the key to his fantasy value is that he is once again providing a plus batting average and lots of steals.
67 Wil Myers (SD - 3B,LF,RF) 110 50 87 70.1 10.5 100.0 -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.
68 Daniel Murphy (COL - 1B,2B) 98 44 116 71.1 23.8 67.0 -31.0
A popular candidate to win the NL batting title in Colorado, Murphy injured his hand less than a week into the season. Avoiding severe tendon damage, he returned from the IL in late April, but he still doesn't look healthy. The perennial .300 hitter is batting .171/.244/.329 with only five line drives through 78 plate appearances. Before cutting bait, remember how much he helped patient backers late last year after a difficult return from offseason surgery.
69 Joey Votto (CIN - 1B) 101 41 109 72.4 13.1 52.0 -49.0
Votto was horribly disappointing in fantasy leagues last season and he's been even worse this year. He's still hitting the ball fairly hard, but he's striking out more than ever and walking less than he has since 2009. He is due for a bit of positive regression, but at age 35, it may be time to give up hope of a sizable rebound.
70 Austin Meadows (TB - LF,CF,RF) 119 45 115 72.5 13.3 200.0 +81.0
Because he stalled in Triple-A and was blocked by a crowded Pirates outfield, Meadows' arrival came later than anticipated. Finally given a featured role in Tampa Bay, he has promptly reminded everyone of his past elite prospect pedigree. Three weeks into the season, he has already popped six long balls and three steals, often from the leadoff role. Unfortunately, a right thumb sprain will interrupt the 24-year-old's breakout campaign.
71 David Peralta (ARI - LF) DTD 107 46 84 72.5 10.4 129.0 +22.0
Peralta isn't hitting for quite as much power as he did in his 30-HR season in 2018, but his batted ball metrics are nearly identical. Peralta is striking out more often this season, however, so while he's hitting well over .300 right now, it may not last.
72 Matt Carpenter (STL - 1B,2B,3B) 116 52 100 73.1 15.3 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.
73 Josh Donaldson (ATL - 3B,DH) 109 47 106 73.5 16.5 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.
74 Andrew McCutchen (PHI - LF,RF) 104 56 101 74.3 10.6 130.0 +26.0
McCutchen is scoring a ton of runs, as predicted, but his numbers are pretty ugly otherwise. Troublingly, he's attempted just one stolen base all year. A 20-25 HR guy who isn't likely to be of much help in terms of batting average, McCutchen he needs to run more in order to be a high-end fantasy starter.
75 Jorge Polanco (MIN - SS) 105 41 101 74.7 13.4 233.0 +128.0
Polanco needed 77 games to post three triples, six homers, and nine barrels in 2018. Twenty-one games into 2019, he has three triples, five homers, and eight barrels. His launch angle and hard-hit rate are both way up, so this is no mere early blip. The 25-year-old is breaking out in a major yet, and he could still steal 10 bases if he stops smacking extra-base hits every time. Undervalued as a solid middle infielder on draft day, he now looks like a top-15 shortstop.
76 Elvis Andrus (TEX - SS) IL10 113 38 103 76.0 19.1 164.0 +51.0
Andrus went from 20 homers and 25 steals to six and five, respectively, last year. The speed drop-off was especially jarring, as he had reached at least 20 steals in each of his last nine MLB seasons. This year, the 30-year-old has already bounced back with five homers and eight steals as of May 18. A surge in exit velocity supports the climb in contact and power. With the running back in tow, he's a strong middle infielder who can go 15/20 with a batting average close to his career .276. He's IL stay caused by a hamstring strain isn't expected to last long.
77 Max Muncy (LAD - 1B,2B,3B) 120 49 135 76.4 6.2 110.0 -10.0
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.
78 Corey Seager (LAD - SS) 121 46 166 76.5 19.4 69.0 -52.0
Seager is making less hard contact this year, but it isn't a huge dropoff and is likely to end up being a statistical anomaly. Once he starts making better contact, he should again be a significant asset in batting average - his 22.0 percent strikeout rate is right in line with 2017 when he batted .295. If there is one thing that does seem different about Seager this year, it is that he has dramatically increased his launch angle, which is causing him to hit a lot more fly balls. That could prevent him from hitting for quite as high an average as he typically does, but it could also lead to more home runs.
79 Nicholas Castellanos (DET - RF) 114 58 115 77.5 13.8 90.0 -24.0
Castellanos' fantasy numbers are down this year across the board, and while he is due for a bit of positive regression in terms of his power output, he's unlikely to be a difference-maker in any offensive category, particularly in a weak Tigers lineup.
80 Franmil Reyes (SD - LF,RF) 117 47 149 77.9 13.9 235.0 +118.0
Reyes was one of the most unlucky players in baseball over the season's first month, making tons of hard contact and having little to show for it. But his batted ball results have normalized in May, and it has translated into elite production. Reyes is a legit candidate to hit 35-40 home runs with a batting average that won't kill you.
81 David Dahl (COL - LF,CF,RF) 118 48 100 78.2 7.5 95.0 -23.0
Dahl could easily offer 25 homers and 15 steals with a Coors-inflated batting average if he ever stayed healthy. Following a fast start, however, a lower abdomen injury forced him to the IL. He returned after missing minimal time, but investors still must be willing to absorb some additional matchup homework. He recorded a .378 wOBA against righties and a .296 wOBA versus lefties in 2018, and even those steep splits are nothing compared to his .435 wOBA at home compared to a .254 wOBA on the road. This could make him trickier to own in leagues with weekly lineups. A ghastly 34.0% K rate, which hasn't impacted him because of a bloated .443 BABIP, also interferes with his general breakout promise.
82 Matt Olson (OAK - 1B) 125 52 123 83.3 19.0 141.0 +16.0
Before most of the majors even started the season, Olson got hit on his right hand by a pitch in Tokyo. He underwent hamate surgery, which kept him out of action for all of April. A tricky injury from which to recover, he may also need some time to rediscover his power upon returning. He is on the verge of beginning his rehab and could be back in May, so at least grab him if dropped outright. Despite the injury, there's too much power upside from someone who slugged .651 as a rookie and clubbed 29 home runs in an underwhelming 2018.
83 Eloy Jimenez (CWS - LF,RF) 128 44 120 83.4 12.2 117.0 -11.0
Not everyone rookie can be a superstar right away. Bestowed with immense expectations after making the White Sox's Opening Day roster, Jimenez hit just .241/.294/.380 with three homers and a 29.4% K rate in 21 games. After missing three weeks with an ankle sprain, he may not have much time to hold his spot in shallower mixed leagues. Yet losing patience on an elite power prospect is not recommended. Having signed a long-term contract before his major league debut, the White Sox have no reason not to keep playing Jimenez when healthy.
84 Rafael Devers (BOS - 3B) 127 50 110 83.9 18.0 142.0 +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.
85 Fernando Tatis Jr. (SD - SS) IL10 134 56 141 85.1 10.5 253.0 +119.0
Tatis was off to an explosive start before hitting the injured list with a hamstring strain. The Padres are playing it safe with their star shortstop and aren't going to rush him back, but he shouldn't be out too much longer. Once he returns, Tatis will be capable of producing at a 20-20 pace, although his batting average could plummet based on his high strikeout rate.
86 Willson Contreras (CHC - C) 133 52 108 86.6 15.9 122.0 -11.0
A rising star came crashing down when Contreras cratered to .249/.339/.390 with 10 homers in 544 plate appearances. He again hit grounders on over half of his batted balls, but this time it came with fewer hard hits (28.9%) and more pop-ups (10.3%). A terrible second half (.264 wOBA) derailed this season, so it wasn't even a full year of regression. He has pressed reset to start 2019, batting .320/.422/.633 with 11 homers and far more fly balls through 39 games. Without too much competition, Contreras has re-earned his spot as a top-five catcher.
87 Byron Buxton (MIN - CF) 139 64 112 89.4 14.4 160.0 +21.0
Once deemed a future superstar, Buxton spent most of 2018 in Triple-A after batting .156 with a -3 wRC+ in 94 dreadful big league plate appearances. It was understandable to write him off, but he remained an elite defender who posted Statcast's highest sprint speed. Now he's once again showing signs of a legitimate breakout by batting .267/.327/.500 with four homers and eight steals in 44 games. The strikeout rate is down to a tenable 23.9%, and he has substantially elevated both his launch angle and exit velocity. We've seen the bottom fall out before, but the 25-year-old is at least showing the ability to reach 2017 (.253, 16 HR, 29 SB) form with potential for more.
88 Yasmani Grandal (MIL - C) 148 51 123 94.1 9.5 115.0 -33.0
Grandal in enjoying life in Milwaukee, as the move from LA has provided him with regular playing time and an excellent hitting environment. He has slumped a bit in May after a terrific April, but should still be a top-five catcher when all is said and done.
89 Robinson Cano (NYM - 2B) DTD 142 75 119 94.7 14.3 104.0 -38.0
The wheels could be coming off for the 36-year old Cano, who is striking out far more than he ever has before, which it taking a sizable toll on his batting average. Cano's power is also on a steady multi-year decline, so if he isn't providing a strong batting average, he's unlikely to be of much value in mixed leagues.
90 Hunter Dozier (KC - 1B,3B,RF) 143 77 133 94.7 15.0 597.0 +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.
91 Gregory Polanco (PIT - RF) 147 63 183 95.2 21.0 231.0 +84.0
Polanco has returned from an offseason shoulder injury, so now is the time to grab a 27-year-old who tallied 23 homers and 12 steals with a career-high .353 wOBA in 130 games last season. Just be patient, as he'll likely show some rust at first.
92 Aaron Hicks (NYY - CF) 141 64 134 96.5 16.4 132.0 -9.0
For a guy who just tallied 27 homers and 11 steals in 137 games, Hicks wasn't getting much love before a back injury gave drafters a reason to back away. The 29-year-old started 2019 on the IL, and he's expected to rejoin the Yankees on May 13. Since his cost always baked in some injury risk, he could still lead investors to profit if coming back to an everyday role in a prominent lineup spot.
93 Trey Mancini (BAL - 1B,LF) 149 53 123 96.6 13.6 272.0 +123.0
Although Mancini hit 24 homers in each of the last two seasons, his wRC+ fell from 118 to 93 in 2018. He looks ready to rebound, slapping six homers with a 187 wRC+ through 14 games. Even if it's just a hot streak, he's assured playing time and a prominent batting-order placement as one of few competent hitters in Baltimore's lineup. He should at least split the difference between 2017 and 2018, which would make him a .260 hitter with steady counting numbers. He's a sell-high candidate in shallow mixed leagues, but a solid corner infield/fourth outfielder in meatier formats.
94 Rougned Odor (TEX - 2B,DH) 140 82 130 97.4 12.4 133.0 -7.0
Odor has once again started a season in brutal fashion. He had a 25 wRC+ and 36.8% K rate through May 15 and missed time with a right knee strain. His production continues to trend south, but it's tough to quit a 25-year-old second baseman with two 30-homer seasons under his belt. He has five homers in 16 games since returning from the IL, and he has also swiped at least a dozen bases in each of the last three seasons. There's still immense fantasy potential despite his flaws.
95 Nomar Mazara (TEX - RF) 150 71 144 98.4 9.4 153.0 +3.0
Having hit 20 homers in each of his first three MLB seasons, Mazara has yet to validate his high prospect pedigree as an above-average hitter. Drafters who paid for upside have instead received a .231/.290/.438, but there's some underlying reason for optimism. His strikeouts and grounders are down, and he has posted a higher ISO with the highest average HR distance (430 feet) of anyone with a least five blasts. The 24-year-old could finally be on the cusp of a breakout, or at least a tad more pop with a steady batting average.
96 Jesse Winker (CIN - LF,RF) 151 84 221 98.9 11.5 187.0 +36.0
Perhaps a better DFS than season-long player, Winker is limited to a platoon due to his inefficiency against lefties. Yet he has still already smacked seven home runs, matching his big league tallies from each of the last two seasons. A .189 BABIP -- substantially down from his career .312 clip -- has compromised his batting average, so Cincinnati's corner infielder should at least start making a bigger impact in his starts versus righties. He's more useful in leagues with daily lineup changes.
97 Ryan Braun (MIL - 1B,LF) DTD 154 62 132 100.3 18.4 186.0 +32.0
Braun has been getting regular days off, as expected, but he continues to produce solid fantasy numbers when he's in the lineup. He's poised to once again top 20 HRs and 10 SBs, making him quite valuable in daily lineup leagues.
98 Adam Eaton (WSH - LF,RF) 157 73 129 102.0 12.8 195.0 +38.0
If he stays healthy, Eaton could go down as a 2019 steal. Pun somewhat intended, as he has swiped five of six bases in 42 games with 24 runs scored. Although hitting a pedestrian .273/.337/.378, a career .362 OBP has kept him atop a Washington lineup that's about to welcome back Trea Turner. If his body cooperates, he could become this season's Michael Brantley.
99 Ketel Marte (ARI - 2B,SS) 153 72 128 102.6 15.4 250.0 +97.0
He didn't quite validate last spring's sleeper appeal in 2018, but Marte looks poised to change that. The 25-year-old has already bopped nine home runs in 31 games, bringing him five shy of last year's personal high. While three steals may not seem like much, they're a step in the right direction for a speedy player who swiped just nine combined bags in the past two seasons. He now looks capable of producing a 20/10 campaign with a solid average near the top of Arizona's lineup, making him a potent middle infielder in most leagues.
100 Nick Senzel (CIN - 3B) 159 62 179 103.1 23.0 206.0 +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.
101 Stephen Piscotty (OAK - RF) 155 67 127 103.2 14.5 154.0 -1.0
Piscotty waited to get dropped in most leagues before delivering a bounce-back season. After batting .160 in May, he hit .286 with 24 homers and a .386 wOBA (.365 wOBA) from June 1 onward. Given his down 2017 (.235, 9 HRs), drafters should seek a near repeat of 2018 rather than extrapolating his late surge to a full season. Last year's 27 homers already set a career high, so aim for 25 from a solid, mid-tier option. Keep last season in mind before overreacting to a pedestrian start (five HRs, 97 wRC+ in 42 games) to 2019.
102 Jesus Aguilar (MIL - 1B) 170 80 163 105.0 16.5 78.0 -92.0
Given how quickly the Brewers moved on from Eric Thames last year following a breakout 2017, one must worry about them doing the inverse and abandoning Aguilar, who has gone 22 games without a home run. He has spent three consecutive games on the bench, so shallow-league investors may soon have no choice but to cut their losses on a slugger who pounded 35 homers last season.
103 Eduardo Escobar (ARI - 3B,SS) 166 69 140 109.0 13.6 176.0 +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.
104 Shin-Soo Choo (TEX - LF,RF,DH) 169 74 132 109.0 13.4 260.0 +91.0
The routinely ignored Choo keeps hitting at age 36. He has seven homers with the same wRC+ (141) as Ronald Acuna Jr. as of May 21. It's not necessarily a fluke, and he has benefited from a rise in exit velocity and hard-hit rates. He especially remains an unheralded OBP and runs asset in five-outfielder formats.
105 Max Kepler (MIN - CF,RF) 165 48 157 111.9 9.6 239.0 +74.0
Kepler's incremental raises in home runs (17, 19, 20) and wOBA (.313, .315, .316) suggest he's still a boring player not progressing nearly rapidly enough to target in most mixed leagues. Yet he made some gains in 2018 that point to more significant development. The outfielder improved his walk (11.6%) and strikeout (15.7%) rates to personal bests while also making notable leaps in fly balls (46.2%) and hard hits (37.1%). These improvements should yield a higher batting average than last year's .224 with the potential for 25 homers if given another 611 plate appearances. Sure enough, he appears to have expedited his growth after hitting .278/.353/.567 with seven home runs (four in three games) in April. Perhaps on the verge of a full-fledged breakout, he should be rostered in all leagues.
106 Eric Hosmer (SD - 1B) 164 78 149 112.2 21.6 167.0 +3.0
Hosmer is elevating the ball more and hitting it harder this season, which suggests he could get back into the 20-25 HR range after hitting just 18 last season. But he isn't much of a batting average help and hasn't attempted a single stolen base this season, so he is a pretty marginal corner infielder in mixed leagues.
107 Cesar Hernandez (PHI - 2B) 173 73 191 113.3 17.4 173.0
Here's a case of launch angle not always helping. Hernandez elevated his launch angle from 3.3 to 9.4 in 2018, and the philosophy shift produced a career-high 15 homers. He also, however, batted .253 after back-to-back .294 campaigns. This season, however, he has returned to his contact ways without sacrificing all of his fly-ball gains. If he ever makes it back to the top of Philadelphia's stacked lineup, Hernandez could approach 100 runs scored with around 12 homers and 15 steals. Even batting sixth or seventh, he's a stout middle infielder who's back on track to bat around .290.
108 Yadier Molina (STL - C) 175 92 146 113.4 9.8 134.0 -41.0
Molina's numbers never jump off the computer screen, but he's quietly putting up another quality fantasy season at age 36. He's a near lock to finish as a top-10 catcher as long as his health cooperates.
109 Christian Walker (ARI - 1B) 187 83 136 114.0 16.3 557.0 +370.0
Expected to serve the short side of a platoon, Walker has instead demolished righties early in the season. A quad injury to Jake Lamb secures the 28-year-old righty regular playing time at first base, so it could be worth riding the hot hand. He's likely still just a long-term power piece in deeper leagues.
110 Maikel Franco (PHI - 3B) 182 94 165 116.3 15.3 257.0 +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. It seemed like this could be the year, as the 26-year-old third baseman hit .252 with seven homers through April. He got us again. Hitting .190 with no long balls in 17 May games, his OBP is back below .300. That damages any hope of the third baseman moving his way up a loaded Phillies lineup. There's breakout potential, as he's a rare power threat who seldom strikes out, but don't bank on anything more than roughly 25 homers with a passable batting average.
111 Justin Upton (LAA - LF,DH) IL60 189 76 153 116.9 23.3 94.0 -95.0
Upton, who opened the season on the IL with what sounded like a minor toe injury, is now expected to miss 8-12 weeks. There's goes his streak of three straight 30-homer seasons and eight seasons with at least 145 games played. Stash him wherever possible, but durability was a key selling point in the preseason. He likely won't be ready until late June at the earliest.
112 Carlos Santana (CLE - 1B,3B) 176 85 176 117.0 22.6 178.0 +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.
113 Joc Pederson (LAD - LF,CF) 174 80 148 117.9 17.9 308.0 +134.0
Pederson has already smashed 10 home runs in April, and he's leading off against righties for baseball's hottest lineups. We've seen plenty of false-alarm hot streaks from the outfielder before, but this torrid start has come with fewer strikeouts and more hard hits. He has never manifested the 20-steal upside, but this looks like the year he finally hits 30-plus homers.
114 Brandon Lowe (TB - 2B) 178 76 157 118.1 17.8 406.0 +228.0
Lowe is beginning to fade from a sizzling start, which makes sense given his 35.4% strikeout rate and 62.0% contact rate. His .288 batting average (as of May 14) will continue to drop precipitously, so now could be the last chance to turn his April surge into a profit.
115 Miguel Cabrera (DET - 1B,DH) 202 98 173 120.0 16.0 152.0 -50.0
Cabrera's 2019 numbers look an awful lot like the 2018 numbers he compiled prior to suffering a season-ending torn biceps tendon. In both admittedly small samples, he provided little more than an empty batting average, and it is possible he doesn't even manage that if he continues to strike out so much. In his age-36 season, Cabrera is fast becoming a dicey hold in standard mixed leagues.
116 Marcus Semien (OAK - SS) 180 102 148 120.9 11.8 220.0 +40.0
Semien always seems to stick around long enough for drafters who want double-digit homers and steals from a cheap middle infielder. He has never reached a 100 wRC+ or batted above .261, so there's limited upside now that 2016's 27 homers stand out as a career outlier. Despite early concerns of moving down in Oakland's order, he has routinely batted first or second for a strong lineup. As a result, he's in line to match (or exceed) last year's 89 runs and 70 RBIs. Semien, who has also trimmed his strikeout rate, could raise his batting average in another 15/15-type campaign.
117 Jose Martinez (STL - 1B,RF) 172 79 188 121.5 31.3 201.0 +29.0
Available for cheap because of playing-time concerns last year, Martinez immediately hit his way into a regular role. It took longer this year. Paul Goldschmidt has first base on lock, and the Cardinals didn't want to expose Martinez's limited defense in the outfield. Injuries to Harrison Bader and Tyler O'Neill gave him a chance, and he hit to well to take out of the lineup. The career .313/.375/.476 hitter is a tremendous source of batting average whenever given the chance, so ride his hot bat as long as St. Louis decides to do so.
118 Michael Chavis (BOS - 3B) 183 51 171 122.2 31.1 577.0 +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.
119 Amed Rosario (NYM - SS) 197 95 164 126.8 18.4 172.0 -25.0
Rosario was only 22 years old when everyone started losing faith. After failing to immediately become the next Francisco Lindor, he came to life by batting .284 with five homers and 15 steals over the final two months of 2018. He has made some strides at the plate this season, but fantasy investors have not reaped the rewards with just four steals batting in the bottom half of a bolstered Mets lineup. He has also curiously unraveled defensively, which has not yet cost him playing time. The former top prospect could still deliver 10 homers and 25 steals, especially if Brandon Nimmo's struggles lead to more time at the top of the order. A .298 xBA, as of May 18, is also an encouraging sign.
120 Daniel Vogelbach (SEA - 1B,DH) 199 82 158 127.3 24.8 533.0 +334.0
Vogelbach had come crashing down from a sensational start with four hits in 10 May games. Then he went yard in three straight contests. He's still slugging .615 with a 167 wRC+ this season. While another prolonged slump could cost him playing time, the Beefy Baseball Boy is currently batting in the heart of Seattle's lineup. It looks like there's still some juice to squeeze out of him.
121 Jonathan Schoop (MIN - 2B) 194 79 149 128.8 10.8 180.0 -14.0
Following a down 2018, Schoop looks to have righted the ship by batting .280 with eight homers in 41 games. Don't celebrate too hard just yet. He remains allergic to walks, and his contact rate has slipped even lower below 70%. Rather than expecting a return near 2017's peak form (.293, 32 HRs, 105 RBIs), investors should simply hope for something close to .267, 25-HR, 82-RBI bottom line.
122 Ramon Laureano (OAK - RF) 204 106 172 131.4 13.6 218.0 +14.0
A quiet difference-maker down the stretch, Laureano batted .288/.358/.474 with five homers and seven steals in 48 games with the A's. As expected, he hasn't maintained that high batting average with his high strikeout tendencies. BABIP is likely to fall in a larger sample. He also had no answer for major league breaking balls (.244 wOBA) and offspeed pitches (.133 wOBA), a weakness pitchers have attacked. Yet the 24-year-old outfielder still offers an intriguing power-speed repertoire as an OF4 or 5. His glove and ridiculous strong arm will also keep him on the field. He could still end up with a. 250, 15/15 output, so don't give up in five-outfielder formats.
123 Brian Dozier (WSH - 2B) 186 81 163 131.7 19.8 137.0 -49.0
Dozier had a disappointing 2018 season and so far 2019 has been even worse. If there's a reason for optimism here, it's that Dozier is a notorious slow starter. Given his elite upside, he's worth stashing if at all possible -- or at least picking up quickly if he starts to show signs of heating up.
124 Wilson Ramos (NYM - C,DH) 208 93 175 131.9 17.7 136.0 -72.0
Ramos hasn't done much offensively so far in 2019, and if he doesn't begin to elevate the ball more, a 20-HR season could be a pipe dream. Still, given the state of the catcher position, most Ramos owners don't have much choice but to wait it out and hope he returns to form.
125 Andrelton Simmons (LAA - SS) IL10 177 92 160 120.1 19.8 221.0 +44.0
Simmons gets slept on because he doesn't stuff a single category, but don't overlook his contact skills. His microscopic 7.3% strikeout rate bested all qualified hitters last season, resulting in a .292 batting average. Yet a rise in value hit rate (10.3%) led xStats to ascribe an even higher .313 xBA. True to form, he's batting .311 as of May 14. Having stolen 19 bases in 2017, last year's 10 represents a floor rather than the ceiling. Simmons has showed that with five already in 2019. He's a boring player to roster during the season, but he'll end up delivering a positive ROI with a high average flanked by around 10 homers and 15 steals.
126 Adam Jones (ARI - CF,DH) 209 90 183 133.0 20.4 312.0 +103.0
Steven Souza's season-ending knee surgery will likely clear up a starting spot for Jones, who still hit .281 with 15 homers in a down 2018. The durable veteran has averaged 151 games played over the past nine seasons, and he had gone seven straight seasons with at least 25 long balls before last year's decline. He's a boring depth piece who can help fill an injury void in deep leagues. Just don't overreact to his hot start.
127 Ender Inciarte (ATL - CF) IL10 201 82 160 133.6 12.5 138.0 -63.0
Inciarte continues to fall off the map. After his average fell to .265 in 2018, he's now batting a pathetic .218/.295/.323. Those weak returns have sent him to the bottom of Atlanta's order, where he has stolen just three bases. Even when he returns from a back injury, Inciarte could soon lose playing time to the promoted Austin Riley in the outfield.
128 Brandon Nimmo (NYM - LF,CF,RF) IL10 200 79 161 133.7 12.7 169.0 -31.0
Even Nimmo may not maintain his smile if his brutal start continues. On the heels of a breakout campaign, he's batting .204 with 44 strikeouts through 36 games. The slump has cost the on-base fiend his leadoff role, which drastically hinders his steal and run-scoring potential. It'd be nice to see some signs of life before trying to buy low, but it'd be awfully hard to ignore a streaky producer who posted a .385 wOBA in 2018 if shoved onto the waiver wire.
129 Jeff McNeil (NYM - 2B) DTD 223 90 248 133.7 20.6 283.0 +60.0
Most managers expected regression from McNeil's .329 batting average as a rookie. He's instead batting .391/.451/.500 through 18 games. While it's all gap power -- he still hasn't homered as of April 20 - the versatile late-bloomer continues to make elite contact. Because of this strong start, he should maintain a starting role when Todd Frazier and Jed Lowrie return from the IL. He should also eventually display enough power and speed to contribute as a middle infielder or fourth/fifth outfielder in all mixed leagues.
130 Jose Peraza (CIN - SS) 218 40 169 134.5 19.3 109.0 -109.0
Peraza has been a shell of his former self so far this season. He's been a bit unlucky, but he's also striking out a lot more, which is hurting his batting average and reducing his opportunities to steal bases. He's fast becoming a borderline player to own in standard mixed leagues.
131 Mallex Smith (SEA - LF,CF,RF) 231 62 187 136.2 25.3 111.0 -120.0
One of last year's best sources of cheap speed, Smith was among one of four players with at least 30 steals (Merrifield, Mookie Betts, and Lorenzo Cain) to also bat above .290 (.296). This season, however, he's batting below .200 with an elevated strikeout rate in April. As a result, the Mariners demoted him to Triple-A. He's still among MLB's steal leaders with eight, and he will return to Seattle after batting .333 with seven more steals in the minors. Grab him now if available.
132 Dwight Smith Jr. (BAL - LF) 227 89 192 137.1 21.4 937.0 +710.0
Smith has done what drafters hoped Cedric Mullins could accomplish. Given playing time for the rebuilding Orioles, he has tallied eight homers and four steals in 43 games with a .323 wOBA. He has also batted second or third on a regular basis. The 26-year-old has already starting to fade in May, but he'll offer some power, speed, and counting numbers as an everyday starter.
133 Alex Verdugo (LAD - LF,CF) 229 107 173 138.9 24.4 352.0 +123.0
 
134 Yandy Diaz (TB - 3B) IL10 190 86 176 127.7 21.3 394.0 +204.0
 
135 Kyle Schwarber (CHC - LF) 196 78 159 130.7 20.5 177.0 -19.0
 
136 Randal Grichuk (TOR - CF,RF) 217 107 172 143.2 12.3 242.0 +25.0
 
137 Nick Markakis (ATL - RF) 220 101 155 132.6 17.3 248.0 +28.0
Markakis just keeps on hitting. After a strong 2018, he's batting .294/.385/.456 with a 123 wRC+ in 39 games. He offers no speed and hasn't tallied 15 or more home runs in a season since 2009, but he's still a steady fantasy contributor who could drive in 90-100 runs batting fifth in a stacked Atlanta lineup. He's well on his way to replicating last year's .293, 14-HR, 93-RBI line to little fanfare.
138 Justin Smoak (TOR - 1B,DH) 203 66 164 135.7 17.4 197.0 -6.0
While Smoak fell off from 2017's 38 homers and 133 wRC+, he still chipped in 25 homers and a 121 wRC+ with help from a stellar 14.0% walk rate in 594 plate appearances. He also dealt with a wrist injury early in the season while maintaining impressive hard-hit (41.5%) and barrel (10.5%) rates. He has gone ice cold after a strong April, but rises in exit velocities in walks point to better days ahead. Thirty homers is still in play, in which case he'll make a great corner-infield bargain.
139 C.J. Cron (MIN - 1B,DH) 225 112 180 148.6 15.1 243.0 +18.0
While he won't help much in batting average, Cron did hit 30 homers in just 140 games last season. He may see a further bump with full playing time and a ballpark upgrade from Tampa to Minnesota.
140 Hunter Renfroe (SD - LF,RF) 226 103 211 149.6 27.5 198.0 -28.0
While providing plenty of power (.586 slugging as of May 11) when given the chance, Renfroe hasn't always receiving consistent playing time in San Diego's outfield. He has forced his way into the lineup with three home runs in early May, but that's not guaranteed to last with Franmil Reyes also heating up and Manuel Margot best equipped to handle center field. There's too much power upside, however, to leave Renfroe on the waiver wire in any league.
141 Jurickson Profar (OAK - 1B,2B,3B,SS) 232 109 183 152.5 18.4 140.0 -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.
142 Omar Narvaez (SEA - C) DTD 240 103 197 144.6 29.0 303.0 +63.0
Narvaez was well off the fantasy radar prior to 2018, but then he hit .275 with nine home runs in just 280 at-bats for the White Sox. Now in Seattle, he's poised to give fantasy owners that kind of production -- or better -- over the course of a full season, which could allow him to finish the year as a top-five fantasy catcher.
143 Billy Hamilton (KC - CF) 219 125 165 144.9 13.1 155.0 -64.0
Hamilton seemed to find the perfect place to salvage his torpedoing fantasy stock. No team is running more than the Royals, but he has played regularly and stole nine bases into mid-May. Yet even the rebuilding club has tired of his bad bat. He has batted ninth in the lineup and could lose playing time with the promoted Nicky Lopez moving Whit Merrifield to the outfield. He's a one-category contributor no longer justifying the gambit with elite stolen base tallies.
144 Kevin Kiermaier (TB - CF) 233 116 184 155.8 17.9 318.0 +85.0
 
145 DJ LeMahieu (NYY - 2B) 228 94 180 146.1 16.8 212.0 -16.0
An inevitable Troy Tulowitzki injury figured to clear a full-time role for LeMahieu. Instead, everyone going down created ample vacancies in the Yankees lineup. The former Rockies second baseman is leading off regularly at second and batting above .300 without Coors Field. There's little power or speed upside, but the 30-year-old has made a sneaky bargain with many writing him off away from Colorado.
146 Scooter Gennett (CIN - 2B) IL60 255 80 208 147.6 32.4 123.0 -132.0
Gennett will miss two to three months to start 2019 after spraining his groin at the end of spring training. Those who drafted the second baseman can stash him beyond the shallowest of mixed leagues, as he was one of eight players to bat at least .300 with 50 homers through the past two seasons. Yet the Statcast data remains skeptical. No hitter with a least 350 plate appearances had a wider gap between wOBA (.362) and xwOBA (.311) in 2018. Yet to be cleared for baseball activity as of mid-May, he's probably at least another month away from returning.
147 Kike Hernandez (LAD - 1B,2B,SS,LF,CF,RF) 248 87 206 150.4 38.5 288.0 +40.0
Hernandez's production has risen (67, 92, and 118 wRC+) along with playing time (244, 342, 462 PAs) over the past three seasons. The latter trend could at least continue, as he opened 2019 as the Dodgers' starting second baseman. Yet he has cooled down considerably from a hot start, currently batting .226/.308/.431 as of May 14. Rises in exit velocity and launch angle have led to a .331 xwOBA right in line with last year's .334, so he's still a useful contributor who should up his average with solid power and significant positional flexibility. The latest swoon, however, appears to have put him back into the weak end of a platoon. He's only rosterable in deeper leagues until he regains more reps against righties.
148 Jorge Soler (KC - RF,DH) 253 128 189 160.2 21.7 311.0 +58.0
 
149 Jay Bruce (SEA - 1B,RF) 263 99 205 163.3 26.1 317.0 +54.0
Drafters slept on Bruce after a down 2018 (.223/.310/.370). While still not hitting for much contact in Seattle, he has already scorched six long balls through 11 games. This is a slugger who belted at least 25 homers in seven of the last nine seasons and 36 in 2017, so it'd hardly be a surprise to see him tally 25-30 long balls with a regular gig. He's worth a look in five-outfielder formats, but the average will likely hurt too much to trust in shallower formats.
150 Buster Posey (SF - C,1B) 250 71 201 154.9 25.8 127.0 -123.0
Posey's power has not rebounded at all from last season, and he's also missed time with a concussion. He's pretty clearly no longer the difference-making fantasy catcher he once was, but should still play more than the vast majority of catchers and is still fully capable of providing a plus batting average. It's unlikely those who drafted him have a better option floating around on the waiver wire.
151 Asdrubal Cabrera (TEX - 2B,3B,SS) 244 121 204 155.2 21.1 199.0 -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.
152 Avisail Garcia (TB - RF) 288 102 226 166.3 35.1 381.0 +93.0
 
153 A.J. Pollock (LAD - CF) IL10 245 63 180 148.5 25.0 92.0 -153.0
Pollock was off to a dreadful start and is now expected to miss multiple months with an elbow infection. He can be let go in most fantasy leagues, even those with multiple IL spots.
154 Dansby Swanson (ATL - SS) 234 104 198 148.6 24.3 330.0 +96.0
The fantasy community largely gave up on Swanson after hitting .235 with 20 combined home runs in 2017 and 2018. Perhaps the former No. 1 pick isn't a finished product at age 25. He has hit four long balls early in the season with noticeable rises in walks, exit velocity, and hard hits. Compared to Derek Jeter when entering the big leagues, he could provide double-digit homers and steals with a solid batting average as the ultimate post-hype lottery ticket. While a slump has him hitting just .244/.305/.446 as of May 19, he still boasts a .357 xwOBA with a career-high 16 barrels and 90.7-mph average exit velocity. He's still worth rostering as a middle infielder.
155 Austin Riley (ATL - 3B) 262 99 177 137.3 18.4 508.0 +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.
156 Odubel Herrera (PHI - CF) 259 116 203 162.2 24.3 215.0 -44.0
Herrera went on the IL with a hamstring injury after batting .270/.319/.381 through 17 games. If those rates continue upon his return, the outfielder's OPS will decline for the third straight season. He has regressed from a promising breakout candidate to a middling depth piece in five-outfielder mixed leagues.
157 Ryan McMahon (COL - 1B,2B,3B) 239 77 171 152.3 18.4 307.0 +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.
158 Tim Beckham (SEA - 3B,SS) 254 111 173 153.0 18.6 392.0 +138.0
 
159 Keston Hiura (MIL - 2B) 283 96 264 167.4 52.9 430.0 +147.0
The Brewers have promoted Hiura, a bat-first prospect who torched Triple-A pitching with a .333/408/.698 slash line and 11 home runs in 37 games. At his best, perhaps as soon as now, he'll hit for contact with plus power and some speed. Of course, no prospect is a lock for immediate production, and he may not stay up for long if Travis Shaw returns from the IL for his starting spot. Hiura nevertheless is a potential game-changer who should be added in all leagues.
160 Clint Frazier (NYY - LF) 273 118 195 154.8 23.6 497.0 +224.0
Frazier joins *checks notes* every other Yankee on the IL with a left ankle injury. Finally receiving playing time with Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Hicks (among others) out of commission, the former top prospect had batted .324/.342/.632 with six homers in 18 games. Aaron Boone expressed hope of Frazier only missing 10-14 days, so hold onto the 24-year-old.
161 Jake Bauers (CLE - 1B,LF) 241 125 199 164.9 19.2 251.0 +10.0
On the bright side, Bauers has created some distance from the Mendoza line after batting .201 in his MLB debut. He has bolstered his contact rate by over 10 percent, but he's also generating fewer hard hits. Without much of a power bump, the hope is that he chips his way to a stealthily productive 20/10 campaign with a passable batting average. That will play in five-outfielder formats, though he hasn't shown much to buy into anything more.
162 Jason Heyward (CHC - CF,RF) 242 117 173 155.6 14.0 473.0 +231.0
 
163 Manuel Margot (SD - CF) 243 131 224 167.0 25.3 387.0 +144.0
 
164 Brett Gardner (NYY - LF,CF) 264 141 216 174.7 15.8 322.0 +58.0
 
165 Travis Shaw (MIL - 1B,3B,2B) IL10 269 65 210 158.0 33.3 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.
166 Tommy La Stella (LAA - 2B,3B) 282 91 225 159.4 30.7    
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.
167 Harrison Bader (STL - LF,CF,RF) DTD 252 117 222 159.4 30.7 179.0 -73.0
The latest byproduct of Cardinal Devil Magic, Bader broke out with 12 homers, 15 steals, and a 3.5 fWAR in 138 games. He was in the midst of a sophomore slump (.179/.347/.359, 2 HR, 0 SB in 13 games) before landing on the IL with a hamstring strain. Because of his elite defense in center field, the 24-year-old is in no danger of losing playing time upon his concern. Yet an exit velocity (82.2 mph) in the bottom-five percentile makes him an average risk, and he may not run as much until creating some separation from this injury.
168 Yuli Gurriel (HOU - 1B,3B,DH) 279 132 209 177.6 21.3 184.0 -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.
169 Kolten Wong (STL - 2B) 258 126 249 174.3 30.7 480.0 +222.0
Seemingly on the verge of a legitimate breakout, Wong is batting 4-for-37 with no home runs and one steal in May. Perhaps it was foolish of us to believe one great month over years of unsensational production. He has nevertheless upped his walk and hard-hit rates and remains on pace to post double-digit home runs and steals for the first time since 2015. With a secure starting role for the first time in years, the 28-year-old at least still looks like a decent middle infielder capable of going 15/15.
170 Ian Desmond (COL - 1B,LF) 260 119 208 165.1 26.4 147.0 -113.0
No player has had a greater gap in actual and fantasy value than Desmond. He went 20/20 for the fifth time in his career, joining just 10 players to hit both benchmarks. He was also the worst position player in baseball last year, recording -0.7 fWAR with a .315 wOBA and mediocre defense at first base. He couldn't even cash in at Coors Field, where he hit a robust .239/.319/.404. This year Desmond has gotten even worse, as he wields a 37 wRC+ with no steals. He's gone from better in fantasy to just bad all around. The Rockies would have benched him by not if not for his bloated salary, but he's testing their patience.
171 Corey Dickerson (PIT - LF,DH) IL10 291 125 244 170.6 34.8 204.0 -87.0
The Pirates placed Dickerson on the IL with a right posterior shoulder strain on April 4. There's no timetable for his return, and he doesn't brandish enough of a ceiling to stash in shallowed mixed leaguers. Deeper competitors, however, should hold onto the underrated outfielder on the heels of a .300 campaign.
172 Kole Calhoun (LAA - RF) 265 106 224 179.8 19.8 436.0 +171.0
 
173 Mitch Moreland (BOS - 1B) 276 81 231 172.3 37.3 401.0 +125.0
 
174 Jackie Bradley Jr. (BOS - CF,RF) 275 134 215 175.4 23.0 245.0 -30.0
 
175 Miguel Sano (MIN - 1B,3B,DH) 274 87 192 156.3 25.1 269.0 -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.
176 Alex Gordon (KC - LF,CF) 312 112 252 180.0 42.5 456.0 +144.0
 
177 Niko Goodrum (DET - 1B,2B,3B,SS,LF,RF) 303 140 220 182.1 26.2 298.0 -5.0
 
178 Robinson Chirinos (HOU - C) 321 122 263 186.0 34.2 252.0 -69.0
Chirinos has quietly finished as a top-12 fantasy catcher in 5x5 roto leagues for two years running, and looks well on his way to making it three straight. He appears to be starting about 2/3 of the games behind the plate in Houston, which is more than enough to get the job done.
179 Nate Lowe (TB - 1B) MiLB 296 147 208 175.7 17.3 595.0 +299.0
Nine games into his promotion, Lowe surprisingly got shipped back to Triple-A. Many fantasy managers had already rushed to the waiver wire or spent a sizable portion of their FAAB budget on the rookie, who brandishes a strong batting eye and plenty of power potential. With little left to prove in the minors, the 23-year-old first baseman should eventually work his way back to Triple-A. Those who added him in deep leagues may want to hold on for a couple of weeks.
180 Jorge Alfaro (MIA - C) 298 160 203 177.3 11.4 263.0 -35.0
Alfaro has been solid but not great so far in 2019, but he is one of just a handful of catchers who are playing almost every day and is worth rostering in most leagues for his untapped power potential.
181 Kevin Pillar (SF - CF) 309 134 199 186.0 13.5 314.0 +5.0
The Blue Jays sent Pillar to the Giants, who opened 2019 with Steven Duggar as their starting center fielder. After producing 31 homers and 29 steals over the past two seasons, Pillar could pair another sneaky 15/15 campaign with a higher runs tally atop San Francisco's lineup. He's an underrated depth option in larger leagues.
182 Raimel Tapia (COL - CF) 290 124 228 168.3 34.6 579.0 +289.0
 
183 Brendan Rodgers (COL - SS) 320 128 194 154.8 21.9 437.0 +117.0
Ryan McMahon and Garrett Hampson have both squandered their big league opportunities, so the Rockies have promoted top prospect Rodgers to fill the void at second base. The former No. 3 pick boasts five-category upside at Coors Field, but the Rockies are typically impatient developing young talent. (See McMahon and Hampson. And Raimel Tapia and David Dahl.) Batting .356/.421/.644 in Triple-A prior to his call-up, Rodgers is a game-changer if given a long leash.
184 Adam Frazier (PIT - 2B,LF,RF) 306 142 215 182.7 15.7 326.0 +20.0
 
185 Starlin Castro (MIA - 2B) 310 144 204 184.6 16.6 350.0 +40.0
Castro went from one of the best ballparks to the worst possible offensive ballpark last season and it showed in his stats as he dropped from a .300 batting average and 20 homer pace to 12 homers and just a .278 average. More than likely, that is the mediocre type of production fantasy owners will get this year.
186 Brandon Belt (SF - 1B,LF) 295 130 208 185.3 21.3 331.0 +36.0
Belt still hasn't surpassed 20 homers in any season and over the last two seasons, his batting average has dropped down below .255. If he can stay healthy for once, however, Belt may reach 25 homers if he keeps up his HR-rate.
187 Jarrod Dyson (ARI - CF,RF) 325 114 243 176.2 38.6 632.0 +307.0
Given a regular role in Arizona's lineup, the 34-year-old Dyson is among MLB's leaders with 11 steals. The three homers and .419 slugging percentage, however, are far more surprising. A lowered contact rate and substantial portion of ground balls doesn't support his .290 average or power spike, but he's an rare source of steady speed worth rostering in any five-outfielder league.
188 Nicky Lopez (KC - SS) 300 115 235 181.8 29.3 932.0 +632.0
The Royals have even more speed on their roster after calling up Lopez, who stole nine bases in 31 games prior to his promotion. Perhaps even more interesting is his 20 walks to five strikeouts in 138 Triple-A plate appearances. The 24-year-old shortstop is in the perfect spot to play and get a green light, so grab him in deeper formats and monitor his status closely for standard mixed leagues.
189 Eric Thames (MIL - 1B,LF,RF) 304 113 225 170.8 37.3 398.0 +94.0
Thames isn't playing enough to be too exciting, but like Ryan Braun, Wil Myers and Michael Brantley in years prior, when Thames plays, he is a lock for your lineup. Even with last year's injury-riddled disaster 2018 left in the equation, we are talking about a guy who carries an .848 OPS with 52 homers, 116 RBIs and 137 runs in just 779 at-bats since returning to America. That is #good, folks. He might not reach 30 homers as a result of sharing playing time, but per game, he can be expected to mash balls at a 35-homer per 550 at-bats clip.
190 Brian Goodwin (LAA - LF,CF,RF) 331 121 182 158.0 22.5 714.0 +383.0
With Bryce Harper in place, the new Adam Eaton contract and the inevitability of Victor Robles and Juan Soto coming, the writing was on the wall that Goodwin, a quality prospect in his own right, was never going to get his chance in Washington. When he did for a short stretch, he posted an .811 OPS with 13 homers and 6 steals over half a season. That is who Goodwin was always supposed to be, and now that he is getting his chance in the middle of the Angels' lineup, he is producing. The .341 batting average won't stick around, but he should settle in around .280 with 20 homers and 10 steals over the course of the full season. Sign me up for that type of production, please.
191 Willie Calhoun (TEX - LF) IL10 317 143 246 188.5 35.3 544.0 +227.0
Initially an intriguing post-hype flier, Calhoun lost a roster spot to Hunter Pence following a dreadful spring. After getting held in the minors because of his glove, his bat (.602 OPS) didn't keep him in the majors last season. The 24-year-old still carries considerable contact and power upside, and he has worked his way back to the majors by batting .304/.416/.557 with more walks (22) than strikeouts (19) in 32 Triple-A games. After homering twice in as many games since his call-up, he's back on the mixed-league radar.
192 Danny Santana (TEX - LF) 327 142 227 177.4 29.4    
 
193 Brian Anderson (MIA - 3B,RF) 301 154 188 177.8 7.8 325.0 +24.0
 
194 Christin Stewart (DET - LF) 314 150 227 179.0 30.9 341.0 +27.0
 
195 Evan Longoria (SF - 3B) 299 127 204 180.4 21.7 354.0 +55.0
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.
196 Josh Reddick (HOU - LF,RF) 369 176 229 192.7 18.4 385.0 +16.0
 
197 Didi Gregorius (NYY - SS) IL60 374 133 242 183.2 41.5 290.0 -84.0
Recovering from Tommy John surgery, Gregorius could begin extended spring training as soon as May 20, per Yankees general manager Brian Cashman. That would bring him back to the majors before the All-Star break, so don't forgot about a shortstop who collected 27 homers, 10 steals, and a .350 wOBA in 134 games last season. He's worth stashing for those who have an open IL slot.
198 Hunter Pence (TEX - LF,RF) 341 143 208 183.2 23.1 627.0 +286.0
 
199 Ryan Zimmerman (WSH - 1B) IL10 344 168 221 194.2 18.0 337.0 -7.0
Following a tremendous conclusion to 2018, Zimmerman started 2019 with a whimper. The 34-year-old batted .212/.302/.373 before landing on the injured list plantar fasciitis in his right foot. He'll miss at least a couple of weeks and is a hard player to stash in most mixed leagues. Unlike last year, the Statcast data (.212 xBA, .290 xwOBA) doesn't suggest he'll find a higher gear when healthy.
200 Ryon Healy (SEA - 1B) IL10 358 178 214 195.3 16.3 353.0 -5.0
 
201 Francisco Cervelli (PIT - C) DTD 361 167 201 186.8 13.0 228.0 -133.0
Among all catchers with 200 plate appearances, Cervelli corralled the second-highest wOBA (.355) behind Wilson Ramos. His modest 12 homers comfortably cleared his previous high of seven, but concussions limited him to 404 plate appearances. While he looked like a fine placeholder to start the season, he quickly wore out his welcome with a .226 wOBA through 26 games. Move on in mixed leagues, but monitor his status in case he regains last year's form.
202 Mitch Garver (MIN - C) IL10 335 121 242 196.5 39.7 447.0 +112.0
Garver showed some promise last year by batting .293/.340/.474 after the All-Star break. He's scorching-hot early this season, hitting .329 with nine homers and a .475 wOBA. Although also one of the luckiest hitters according to Statcast's batted-ball data, the surge has earned him more playing time. There's enough power potential to ride the hot hand a little while healthy, but an ankle sprain will force an untimely trip to the IL.
203 Yonder Alonso (CWS - 1B) 348 163 279 208.3 36.2 374.0 +26.0
Alonso wasn't especially impressive last year with a .250 batting average and just 23 homers, but he is just one year removed from posting an .866 OPS with Oakland and Seattle so don't discount a big bounce-back campaign.
204 Willians Astudillo (MIN - C,3B) 352 122 246 203.7 36.7 282.0 -70.0
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.
205 Derek Dietrich (CIN - 1B,LF) 340 139 234 188.0 33.1 532.0 +192.0
 
206 Chris Taylor (LAD - 2B,SS,LF,CF) 334 134 215 188.8 30.1 211.0 -123.0
 
207 Dexter Fowler (STL - RF) 371 145 193 176.3 18.9 485.0 +114.0
 
208 Leury Garcia (CWS - 2B,LF,CF,RF) 339 119 213 191.0 22.6 689.0 +350.0
 
209 Ronny Rodriguez (DET - 2B,3B,SS) 368 116 219 178.0 38.0 756.0 +388.0
 
210 Chad Pinder (OAK - 2B,3B,LF,RF) 345 175 216 191.8 13.9 572.0 +227.0
 
211 Danny Jansen (TOR - C) 356 167 266 204.5 34.1 188.0 -168.0
Entering the season as the top sleeper for those who waited on the position, Jansen is batting below .200 without a single home run in early May. The promise remains present, but investors in one-catcher leagues will have no choice but to move on unless he catches fire in a hurry.
212 Leonys Martin (CLE - OF) 351 149 231 201.8 19.2 438.0 +87.0
 
213 Freddy Galvis (TOR - SS) 350 152 243 196.4 35.7 614.0 +264.0
 
214 Teoscar Hernandez (TOR - LF,RF) MiLB 349 129 241 197.6 44.8 375.0 +26.0
 
215 Yordan Alvarez (HOU - LF) MiLB 373 154 250 199.4 32.8 730.0 +357.0
Looking for the next hot-shot minor leaguer to join the prospect promotion party? Alvarez is hitting .403/.493/.860 with 15 home runs in 35 Triple-A games. With some due respect to Tyler White, Jake Marisnick, and Tony Kemp, the title contenders can use his sizzling bat in their major league lineup. It's only a matter of time before the 21-year-old slugger gets the call. It would behoove managers with roster flexibility beating everyone to the punch and stash him now.
216 Howie Kendrick (WSH - 2B,LF) 355 143 193 168.3 20.4 552.0 +197.0
 
217 Jonathan Lucroy (LAA - C) 395 183 238 206.2 21.2 302.0 -93.0
 
218 Kyle Tucker (HOU - LF) MiLB 366 161 253 200.8 31.1 327.0 -39.0
 
219 Jung Ho Kang (PIT - 3B) IL10 359 162 227 188.0 25.2 344.0 -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.
220 Marwin Gonzalez (MIN - 1B,2B,SS,LF) 347 161 252 208.2 30.7 232.0 -115.0
 
221 Willy Adames (TB - 2B,SS) 319 104 220 200.8 23.9 274.0 -45.0
Adames broke onto the scene last year as a 22-year-old posting a 19-homer, 11 stolen base pace with a .278 batting average. It was a limited sample size, however, and there are still some holes in his swing. Think of him on the same terms as Dansby Swanson who also had a nice rookie campaign before everyone realized he had quite a bit to go offensively.
222 David Fletcher (LAA - 2B,3B) 363 162 217 190.5 21.7 591.0 +228.0
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.
223 Chris Davis (BAL - 1B) 360 174 230 191.3 22.5 419.0 +59.0
 
224 Ryan O'Hearn (KC - 1B) 412 185 251 212.5 23.4 343.0 -69.0
 
225 Kyle Seager (SEA - 3B) IL60 372 156 272 202.3 42.8 270.0 -102.0
 
226 James McCann (CWS - C) 425 136 223 195.5 34.7 504.0 +79.0
McCann has forced his way into more playing time by batting .336/.404/.581 with four home runs (and a career-high two steals) in 25 games. The career .247/.294/.378 hitter won't keep this up, but managers can't be too picky about a red-hot catcher. Ride the hot hand for as long as it goes.
227 Jed Lowrie (NYM - 2B,3B) IL60 364 155 250 197.3 35.4 281.0 -83.0
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.
228 Renato Nunez (BAL - 3B) 365 133 218 181.0 35.6 588.0 +223.0
 
229 Scott Schebler (CIN - CF,RF) MiLB 377 163 287 216.2 40.4 396.0 +19.0
 
230 Tyler O'Neill (STL - LF,RF) MiLB 396 135 257 213.0 46.3 336.0 -60.0
 
231 Mike Zunino (TB - C) IL10 393 199 217 209.2 7.5 216.0 -177.0
Zunino is one of the better sources of power at the catcher position, but with a .207 lifetime average and enormous 34.2 percent career strikeout rate, he is a major liability in the batting average department. As a result, he's finished as a top-14 fantasy catcher just once -- in 2017, when he rode a completely unsustainable .355 BABIP to a .251 batting average. He's simply too big of a batting average drain to be an appealing starting option in 12-team leagues.
232 Rowdy Tellez (TOR - 1B) 401 170 239 201.8 25.4 507.0 +106.0
 
233 Delino DeShields (TEX - CF) 382 138 249 211.4 39.1 347.0 -35.0
DeShields had stolen eight bases with a .321 OBP before getting demoted on May 8, but he was also batting .182. That rare blend of front-line plate discipline and speed makes him a perennial breakout candidate, and he actually built upon last year's contact gains despite the anemic results. Drop him outside of AL-only leagues, but don't be afraid to give him a second when if/when promoted back to the majors.
234 Tyler White (HOU - 1B) 380 184 235 211.4 16.3 267.0 -113.0
 
235 Scott Kingery (PHI - 3B,SS) 411 146 254 213.6 24.2 400.0 -11.0
 
236 Wilmer Flores (ARI - 1B,2B,3B) IL10 381 185 226 203.5 14.7 364.0 -17.0
 
237 J.D. Davis (NYM - 1B,3B) 435 147 265 211.0 46.4 559.0 +124.0
 
238 Welington Castillo (CWS - C) 376 168 288 226.8 34.6 224.0 -152.0
An avalanche of injuries led to Castillo posting a middling .308 wOBA in 49 games, but he clobbered 53 homers over the previous three seasons. The career .259/.318/.427 hitter could combine a solid average with 15 long balls. He should eventually wake up from a treacherous start to 2019, but the early returns have already cost him some playing time to the red-hot James McCann. That could make him a top-20 catcher rather than a top-10 choice going forward.
239 Joey Wendle (TB - 2B,LF) IL10 384 182 231 199.3 22.4 236.0 -148.0
Right after returning from a hamstring injury, Wendle fractured his wrist. He'll miss six to eight weeks for the Rays, who have enjoyed a fast start from Brandon Lowe at second base. A healthy Wendle could still help in deeper leagues, but there's not enough upside to stash him for two months.
240 Ronald Guzman (TEX - 1B) 431 175 242 211.0 26.5 550.0 +119.0
 
241 Yan Gomes (WSH - C) 387 168 201 184.5 16.5 264.0 -123.0
Gomes' 2018 (.266, 16 HR, 48 RBI, 52 runs) was enough to make him a top-10 catcher last season. Yet he's splitting time in Washington with Kurt Suzuki, who posted similar numbers (.271, 12 HR, 50 RBI, 45 runs) in a timeshare for the Braves. That makes both of them solid second catchers who can fill is as a one-catcher stopgap if the other one gets hurt.
242 Matt Kemp (CIN - LF,RF) FA   184 280 216.7 44.8 291.0  
The Reds have released Kemp, who was on the IL with a broken rib after serving the short end of a platoon when healthy. There's little reason to stash the 34-year-old outfielder, who had one walk and 19 strikeouts in 60 plate appearances this season.
243 Cole Tucker (PIT - SS) 392 173 245 215.0 27.5 847.0 +455.0
 
244 Addison Russell (CHC - SS) 405 159 214 186.5 27.5 496.0 +91.0
 
245 Orlando Arcia (MIL - SS) 398 172 249 222.0 26.9 461.0 +63.0
 
246 Justin Bour (LAA - 1B) MiLB 449 197 237 221.6 13.2 351.0 -98.0
 
247 Garrett Hampson (COL - 2B,SS) MiLB 402 200 245 216.5 17.0 202.0 -200.0
Hampson had his chance to earn a full-time role following injuries to Daniel Murphy and Ryan McMahon, but he has batted just .194/.224/.269 through 31 games. With both Murphy and McMahon back from the IL, the Rockies have demoted the speedy middle infielder. One of spring's brightest breakout candidates now belongs on the waiver wire in shallow mixed leagues. Keep the door open for a second chance if Colorado extends him another look later in 2019.
248 Jake Lamb (ARI - 3B) IL10 446 179 274 224.3 35.3 265.0 -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.
249 Franchy Cordero (SD - LF,CF) IL10 397 136 261 217.3 57.6 450.0 +53.0
 
250 Lewis Brinson (MIA - OF) MiLB 403 145 283 229.5 51.6 451.0 +48.0
 
251 Daniel Palka (CWS - LF,RF,DH) MiLB   148 286 222.7 56.9 335.0  
 
252 Eric Sogard (TOR - 2B,SS) 408 170 212 191.0 21.0    
 
253 Cedric Mullins (BAL - CF) MiLB   151 285 222.7 55.1 345.0  
 
254 Brandon Crawford (SF - SS) 417 175 252 220.5 28.3 376.0 -41.0
Crawford is never going to steal bases or hit for a great average, but you can count on him to play 150 games which will add up in the RBIs and runs department, plus he is good for a dozen homers every year.
255 Josh Phegley (OAK - C) 418 187 236 218.8 18.9 570.0 +152.0
 
256 Ben Zobrist (CHC - 2B,LF,RF) RST 406 153 240 196.5 43.5 373.0 -33.0
 
257 Austin Barnes (LAD - C,2B) 413 191 247 214.0 23.9 321.0 -92.0
Even if he continues to split time with Russell Martin all year, Barnes is one of the few catchers out there who is capable of delivering double digit HRs, a decent batting average, and handful of stolen bases.
258 Nick Ahmed (ARI - SS) 423 187 245 215.7 23.7 484.0 +61.0
 
259 Johan Camargo (ATL - 3B,SS) 420 195 207 201.0 6.0 380.0 -40.0
 
260 Albert Almora Jr. (CHC - CF)   159 300 229.5 70.5 481.0  
 
261 Greg Allen (CLE - CF,RF) MiLB 409 161 268 214.5 53.5 313.0 -96.0
 
262 Francisco Mejia (SD - C,DH) IL10 414 166 278 222.0 56.0 223.0 -191.0
Catcher is so bad that prospect pedigree kept Mejia in preseason top-10 consideration despite batting .176 (12-for-69) in the majors. He continues to struggle in 2019, batting .152/.204/.217 as of May 5. Without the results or consistent playing time, he's not someone whom anyone can justify rostering in one-catcher mixed leagues.
263 Jeimer Candelario (DET - 3B) MiLB 443 209 237 226.0 10.4 342.0 -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.
264 Logan Forsythe (TEX - 2B,3B) 422 175 269 222.0 47.0 712.0 +290.0
 
265 Melky Cabrera (PIT - RF) 427 181 281 233.3 41.0 571.0 +144.0
 
266 Christian Vazquez (BOS - C) 440 212 235 221.0 10.0 427.0 -13.0
The Red Sox saw enough in Vazquez to jettison Blake Swihart, and the 28-year-old has rewarded their trust by batting .311/.362/.519 with five homers through 34 games. Rises in walks and hard hits give this the look of a legitimate breakthrough; he certainly wouldn't be the first catcher to need a few years before figuring things out at the plate. Consider him a borderline top-15 option worth grabbing for those mix and matching at the position.
267 Tucker Barnhart (CIN - C) 428 196 248 228.5 19.7 285.0 -143.0
Barnhart doesn't have the best bat, but his elite defense will keep him on the field for nearly 500 at-bats again. In a killer Red's lineup, that should be plenty to get him the counting stats he needs to be draftable.
268 DJ Stewart (BAL - LF) MiLB   189 299 244.0 55.0 672.0  
 
269 Mac Williamson (SF - LF) 436 205 302 245.7 41.1 639.0 +203.0
 
270 Yolmer Sanchez (CWS - 2B,3B)   213 224 218.5 5.5 578.0  
 
271 Colin Moran (PIT - 1B,3B) 447 206 270 236.3 26.2 575.0 +128.0
 
272 Albert Pujols (LAA - 1B,DH) 465 221 233 227.7 5.0 362.0 -103.0
 
273 Kendrys Morales (NYY - 1B,DH) 456 214 240 228.7 10.9 449.0 -7.0
The A's, who acquired Morales from the Blue Jays early in the season, shipped him off to the injury-bitten Yankees. Despite his listless .211/.321/.289 slash line, the Statcast expected numbers (.279/.380/.469) likes his far more. He could see some reps at DH with Giancarlo Stanton sidelined and Miguel Andujar out for the season, so give him a look in AL-only and 15-team mixed leagues.
274 Austin Hedges (SD - C) 467 212 254 232.7 17.2 323.0 -144.0
 
275 Ian Kinsler (SD - 2B) 453 217 277 243.0 25.1 379.0 -74.0
 
276 Ian Happ (CHC - 3B,LF,CF,RF) MiLB 458 211 255 236.3 18.6 324.0 -134.0
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.
277 Todd Frazier (NYM - 3B) 473 222 253 236.3 12.8 494.0 +21.0
 
278 Zack Cozart (LAA - 2B,3B,SS)   214 304 259.0 45.0 460.0  
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.
279 Josh Harrison (DET - 2B) 457 220 260 240.0 20.0 475.0 +18.0
 
280 Carter Kieboom (WSH - SS) MiLB 460 221 262 243.3 16.9 707.0 +247.0
 
281 Matt Adams (WSH - 1B,LF) 466 229 236 232.5 3.5 425.0 -41.0
 
282 Jason Kipnis (CLE - 2B,CF,DH) 476 228 244 238.0 7.1 378.0 -98.0
Kipnis has been around forever and reached his peak long ago, but he is still just 32 years old and has plenty of baseball left in him. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, it will come without any speed or a quality batting average. Still, 20 homers and 70 RBIs will do the trick as a late-round pick.
283 Luis Urias (SD - 2B) MiLB 475 228 245 236.5 8.5 389.0 -86.0
Opening 2019 in Triple-A after the Padres surprisingly gave his spot to uber-prospect Fernando Tatis Jr, Urias quickly made his way back to the majors. As a contact-orientated hitter, he doesn't elicit as much excitement from a fantasy perspective. Dynasty players should try to use the messy start as a buy-low opportunity.
284 Carlos Gonzalez (CLE - RF) DFA 471 234 251 242.5 8.5 405.0 -66.0
 
285 Kurt Suzuki (WSH - C)   235 282 258.5 23.5 340.0  
Sukuzi is a 35-year old journeyman backstop who's never hit 20 home runs, but thanks to a bit of pop and very good contact skills for a catcher, he's quietly finished as a top-11 fantasy catcher in fewer than 400 plate appearances in each of the last two seasons. The problem is that even 300 plate appearances could be a stretch now that Suzuki is in Washington -- he's been serving as the clear backup to Yan Gomes so far.
286 Charlie Tilson (CWS - LF,CF)   240 308 274.0 34.0 797.0  
 
287 Isiah Kiner-Falefa (TEX - C,2B,3B) 470 246 275 260.5 14.5 339.0 -131.0