2019 Fantasy Baseball ROS Rankings
Expert Consensus Ranking (13 of 18 Experts) -
|Rank||Player (Team, Position)||Overall||Notes|
|1||Mike Trout (LAA - CF,DH)||1||1||3||1.3||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)||2||1||4||2.1||0.7||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||1||5||2.9||0.5||2.0||-1.0||
While he's off to a bit of a slow standard by his lofty standards, Betts shouldn't have any problem producing another season with around 30 HRs, a .300 average, and 100+ runs scored. But it is worth noting that he has only attempted three stolen bases so far this season -- if he doesn't run, he won't be quite as elite a fantasy option as he's been in the past.
|4||J.D. Martinez (BOS - LF,RF,DH)||5||4||6||4.4||0.5||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.
|5||Cody Bellinger (LAD - 1B,CF)||9||2||12||5.4||1.3||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.
|6||Ronald Acuna Jr. (ATL - LF,CF)||7||2||8||5.5||0.8||9.0||+2.0||
Acuna is essentially on pace to repeat last season's excellent fantasy numbers. While his batting average is a little lower than expected, his plate disciplined has actually improved, so it's entirely possible he approaches a .300 average from here on out.
|7||Bryce Harper (PHI - CF,RF)||19||6||18||8.7||2.5||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.
|8||Charlie Blackmon (COL - CF)||21||6||15||8.8||1.9||26.0||+5.0||
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.
|9||Whit Merrifield (KC - 1B,2B,CF,RF,DH)||27||5||17||10.4||2.2||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.
|10||Rhys Hoskins (PHI - 1B,LF)||28||8||15||10.4||1.5||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.
|11||George Springer (HOU - CF,RF,DH) DTD||30||7||17||11.3||1.8||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.
|12||Andrew Benintendi (BOS - LF,CF)||32||7||18||12.5||1.7||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.
|13||Kris Bryant (CHC - 3B,RF)||34||7||21||13.4||3.9||33.0||-1.0||
Those who kept the faith with Bryant have been richly rewarded, as he suddenly looks like the MVP-caliber hitter he was prior to the 2018 season. With his shoulder back to full health, expect the elite power production to continue for the foreseeable future.
|14||Juan Soto (WSH - LF)||37||9||19||15.4||2.8||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.
|15||Marcell Ozuna (STL - LF)||48||12||38||17.9||4.3||75.0||+27.0||
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.
|16||Joey Gallo (TEX - 1B,LF,CF,RF)||45||7||30||18.4||3.1||99.0||+54.0||
Gallo is what he is: a terrific power hitter and a batting average liability. His batting average has been higher this season, but he's still striking out just as much as ever, so expect it to be closer to his career .208 mark going forward.
|17||Starling Marte (PIT - CF)||41||12||24||18.4||3.6||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.
|18||Tommy Pham (TB - LF,CF)||46||13||27||18.7||2.5||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.
|19||Eddie Rosario (MIN - LF)||54||17||31||21.2||3.7||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.
|20||Giancarlo Stanton (NYY - LF,RF,DH) IL10||62||10||50||21.5||7.0||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.
|21||Lorenzo Cain (MIL - CF)||58||15||28||21.5||2.4||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.
|22||Mitch Haniger (SEA - CF,RF)||61||16||30||23.3||2.6||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.
|23||Aaron Judge (NYY - RF,DH) IL10||64||13||46||23.9||6.2||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.
|24||Michael Brantley (HOU - LF,DH)||69||15||37||24.5||4.8||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.
|25||Michael Conforto (NYM - LF,CF,RF) IL7||66||15||30||25.0||3.0||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.
|26||Victor Robles (WSH - RF)||67||20||33||26.3||3.3||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.
|27||Khris Davis (OAK - LF,DH) DTD||33||10||20||14.5||3.4||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.
|28||Domingo Santana (SEA - RF)||76||17||37||28.8||4.3||225.0||+149.0||
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.
|29||Dee Gordon (SEA - 2B,CF) IL10||100||22||39||30.7||3.9||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.
|30||Yasiel Puig (CIN - RF)||82||19||43||31.3||5.2||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.
|31||Andrew McCutchen (PHI - LF,RF)||104||27||46||33.1||4.2||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.
|32||Wil Myers (SD - 3B,LF,RF)||110||25||43||33.9||3.9||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.
|33||David Peralta (ARI - LF)||107||25||41||33.9||4.0||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.
|34||Austin Meadows (TB - LF,CF,RF)||119||23||52||34.9||8.2||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.
|35||Nicholas Castellanos (DET - RF)||114||27||52||35.6||5.2||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.
|36||David Dahl (COL - LF,CF,RF)||118||25||49||35.7||4.7||95.0||-23.0||
Dahl has been incredibly fortunate in terms of BABIP, and yet his fantasy numbers are still uninspiring. He isn't running, he isn't hitting for much power, and he's striking out a lot. The scary thing is things could get even worse once his batted ball outcomes normalize.
|37||Franmil Reyes (SD - LF,RF)||117||25||72||38.4||10.0||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.
|38||Eloy Jimenez (CWS - LF,RF)||128||23||57||39.1||5.6||117.0||-11.0||
Eloy was off to a relatively slow start before suffering an ankle injury, but it's far too early to draw any meaningful conclusions about his 2019 outlook. He still has the potential to have a massive second half.
|39||Gregory Polanco (PIT - RF)||147||29||89||41.6||11.0||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.
|40||Byron Buxton (MIN - CF)||139||27||53||42.3||5.0||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's understandable to write him off, but he remains an elite defender who posted Statcast's highest sprint speed. Even with any homers, he has taken significant strides to redemption by lacing 12 doubles and stealing five bases in April.
|41||Aaron Hicks (NYY - CF)||141||30||59||43.2||7.9||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.
|42||Nomar Mazara (TEX - RF)||150||36||70||45.2||5.6||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.
|43||Trey Mancini (BAL - 1B,LF)||149||28||57||45.5||6.5||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.
|44||Jesse Winker (CIN - LF,RF)||151||39||97||46.2||3.6||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.
|45||Stephen Piscotty (OAK - RF)||155||31||56||46.4||5.6||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.
|46||Adam Eaton (WSH - LF,RF)||157||32||63||47.3||7.6||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.
|47||Ryan Braun (MIL - 1B,LF)||154||32||76||48.9||7.5||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.
|48||Shin-Soo Choo (TEX - LF,RF,DH)||169||36||63||49.5||6.0||260.0||+91.0||
The routinely ignored Choo keeps hitting at age 36. While an unsustainable BABIP above .400 has fueled his hot start, he remains an unheralded OBP and runs asset in five-outfielder formats.
|49||Joc Pederson (LAD - LF,CF)||174||36||67||52.5||8.5||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.
|50||Max Kepler (MIN - CF,RF)||165||27||92||53.0||9.4||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.
|51||Jose Martinez (STL - 1B,RF)||172||38||93||54.0||11.1||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.
|52||Justin Upton (LAA - LF,DH) IL60||189||35||73||55.5||11.8||94.0||-95.0||
Upton will be out until at least June with a toe injury. If drafts were today, he wouldn't be picked in the first 150 spots since he is clogging up a roster spot for a few months. If you can trade him for that type of return, jump on the opportunity to improve your team's chances.
|53||Brandon Nimmo (NYM - LF,CF,RF)||200||40||76||59.5||5.7||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.
|54||Mallex Smith (SEA - LF,CF,RF)||231||31||98||60.6||14.8||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.
|55||Ender Inciarte (ATL - CF) IL10||201||42||71||60.7||6.4||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.
|56||Adam Jones (ARI - CF,DH)||209||44||87||61.1||9.1||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.
|57||Ramon Laureano (OAK - RF)||204||51||74||61.4||6.1||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.
|58||Kyle Schwarber (CHC - LF)||196||36||99||62.2||10.0||177.0||-19.0|
|59||Hunter Dozier (KC - 1B,3B,RF)||143||35||60||43.8||6.5||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.
|60||Nick Markakis (ATL - RF)||220||50||136||62.7||12.7||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.
|61||Dwight Smith Jr. (BAL - LF)||227||42||81||62.8||11.6||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.
|62||Billy Hamilton (KC - CF)||219||38||80||64.1||10.3||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.
|63||Alex Verdugo (LAD - LF,CF)||229||40||98||65.5||11.3||352.0||+123.0|
|64||Kike Hernandez (LAD - 1B,2B,SS,LF,CF,RF)||248||41||91||67.0||15.1||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.
|65||Randal Grichuk (TOR - CF,RF)||217||52||78||67.4||6.1||242.0||+25.0|
|66||A.J. Pollock (LAD - CF) IL10||245||32||105||69.7||11.3||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.
|67||Hunter Renfroe (SD - LF,RF)||226||55||92||70.1||10.8||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.
|68||Jason Heyward (CHC - CF,RF)||241||53||106||70.8||8.0||473.0||+232.0|
|69||Jay Bruce (SEA - 1B,RF)||263||45||98||71.5||9.7||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.
|70||Jorge Soler (KC - RF,DH)||253||58||92||71.6||9.3||311.0||+58.0|
|71||Harrison Bader (STL - LF,CF,RF)||251||51||98||72.3||11.0||179.0||-72.0||
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.
|72||Kevin Kiermaier (TB - CF)||233||53||86||72.5||7.7||318.0||+85.0|
|73||Odubel Herrera (PHI - CF)||259||48||100||73.2||10.9||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.
|74||Clint Frazier (NYY - LF)||273||47||141||73.5||16.7||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.
|75||Jake Bauers (CLE - 1B,LF)||240||55||96||74.5||10.4||251.0||+11.0||
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.
|76||Ian Desmond (COL - 1B,LF)||260||55||99||77.4||11.5||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.
|77||Alex Gordon (KC - LF,CF)||312||43||111||78.5||19.2||456.0||+144.0|
|78||Brett Gardner (NYY - LF,CF)||264||68||103||79.3||5.8||322.0||+58.0|
|79||Jackie Bradley Jr. (BOS - CF,RF)||275||63||101||81.4||11.0||245.0||-30.0|
|80||Avisail Garcia (TB - RF)||288||47||120||83.4||17.6||381.0||+93.0|
|81||Kole Calhoun (LAA - RF)||265||52||104||84.5||10.8||436.0||+171.0|
|82||Brandon Belt (SF - 1B,LF)||295||63||103||84.7||10.5||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.
|83||Manuel Margot (SD - CF)||242||61||100||79.0||10.3||387.0||+145.0|
|84||Corey Dickerson (PIT - LF,DH) IL10||291||58||108||81.0||14.1||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.
|85||Niko Goodrum (DET - 1B,2B,3B,SS,LF,RF)||303||71||120||90.5||13.5||298.0||-5.0|
|86||Adam Frazier (PIT - 2B,LF,RF)||306||66||117||91.4||14.0||326.0||+20.0|
|87||Marwin Gonzalez (MIN - 1B,2B,SS,LF)||347||75||110||93.1||7.6||232.0||-115.0|
|88||Chad Pinder (OAK - 2B,3B,LF,RF)||345||80||137||93.5||8.0||572.0||+227.0|
|89||Kevin Pillar (SF - CF)||309||64||99||88.7||7.2||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.
|90||Chris Taylor (LAD - 2B,SS,LF,CF)||334||62||102||94.5||4.3||211.0||-123.0|
|91||Leury Garcia (CWS - 2B,LF,CF,RF)||339||56||104||90.0||10.2||689.0||+350.0|
|92||Josh Reddick (HOU - LF,RF)||370||79||124||96.3||13.0||385.0||+15.0|
|93||Brian Anderson (MIA - 3B,RF)||301||77||116||96.5||12.5||325.0||+24.0|
|94||Kyle Tucker (HOU - LF) MiLB||367||71||117||97.9||9.9||327.0||-40.0|
|95||Christin Stewart (DET - LF)||314||73||116||98.8||11.7||341.0||+27.0|
|96||Teoscar Hernandez (TOR - LF,RF) MiLB||349||60||122||100.5||11.6||375.0||+26.0|
|97||Eric Thames (MIL - 1B,LF,RF)||304||51||123||96.1||13.9||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.
|98||Leonys Martin (CLE - OF)||351||83||107||96.8||7.3||438.0||+87.0|
|99||Tyler O'Neill (STL - LF,RF) MiLB||396||65||119||102.6||14.4||336.0||-60.0|
|100||Jarrod Dyson (ARI - CF,RF)||325||54||113||92.8||16.8||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.
|101||Willie Calhoun (TEX - LF)||317||65||131||100.9||16.5||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.
|102||Delino DeShields (TEX - CF) MiLB||382||54||120||101.8||14.4||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.
|103||Dexter Fowler (STL - RF)||372||64||129||102.3||14.9||485.0||+113.0|
|104||Yordan Alvarez (HOU - LF) MiLB||374||64||123||97.7||17.9||730.0||+356.0||
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.
|105||Raimel Tapia (COL - CF)||290||59||103||87.3||13.6||579.0||+289.0|
|106||Hunter Pence (TEX - LF,RF)||341||63||108||95.0||8.4||627.0||+286.0|
|107||Derek Dietrich (CIN - 1B,LF)||340||65||132||96.4||16.6||532.0||+192.0|
|108||Danny Santana (TEX - LF)||327||65||120||90.3||15.9|
|109||Brian Goodwin (LAA - LF,CF,RF)||331||56||109||89.0||12.6||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.
|110||Ben Zobrist (CHC - 2B,LF,RF) RST||406||76||131||113.5||12.3||373.0||-33.0|
|111||Carlos Gonzalez (CLE - RF)||472||91||123||109.8||8.8||405.0||-67.0|
|112||Jason Kipnis (CLE - 2B,CF,DH)||477||94||127||111.3||7.1||378.0||-99.0||
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.
|113||Scott Schebler (CIN - CF,RF) MiLB||377||84||130||111.4||12.5||396.0||+19.0|
|114||Ian Happ (CHC - 3B,LF,CF,RF) MiLB||459||96||121||111.9||7.7||324.0||-135.0||
Surprisingly demoted to Triple-A, Happ has done nothing (.229/.355/.371) to work his way back to the majors. He's now only worth stashing in NL-only and dynasty leagues.
|115||Lewis Brinson (MIA - OF) MiLB||403||70||126||116.0||7.4||451.0||+48.0|
|116||Joey Wendle (TB - 2B,LF) IL10||384||88||123||108.8||11.1||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.
|117||Greg Allen (CLE - CF,RF) MiLB||410||83||147||117.1||14.9||313.0||-97.0|
|118||Daniel Palka (CWS - LF,RF,DH) MiLB||71||133||115.9||11.4||335.0|
|119||Cedric Mullins (BAL - CF) MiLB||74||130||115.9||11.2||345.0|
|120||Jordan Luplow (CLE - LF,RF)||82||117||107.8||7.8||758.0|
|121||Howie Kendrick (WSH - 2B,LF)||354||68||113||89.8||17.2||552.0||+198.0|
|122||Steven Duggar (SF - CF,RF,DH)||101||128||114.7||7.4||477.0|
|123||Yoenis Cespedes (NYM - LF) IL60||451||84||138||120.5||13.7||409.0||-42.0|
|124||Franchy Cordero (SD - LF,CF) IL10||397||66||134||119.1||7.8||450.0||+53.0|
|125||Melky Cabrera (PIT - RF)||428||78||125||102.3||17.0||571.0||+143.0|
|126||Matt Kemp (CIN - LF,RF) FA||88||128||118.2||9.6||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.
|127||Mac Williamson (SF - LF)||436||97||140||118.3||11.3||639.0||+203.0|
|128||Tyler Naquin (CLE - LF,CF,RF) IL10||104||164||126.7||16.3||537.0|
|129||Billy McKinney (TOR - LF,RF)||99||144||127.8||10.7||594.0|
|130||Austin Hays (BAL - CF,RF) MiLB||91||143||121.3||14.3||596.0|
|131||Hernan Perez (MIL - 2B,3B,SS,LF,RF)||110||155||127.6||13.3||413.0|
|132||Albert Almora Jr. (CHC - CF)||82||139||123.8||12.3||481.0|
|133||Keon Broxton (NYM - CF) DFA||98||159||127.7||22.5||440.0|
|134||Steve Pearce (BOS - 1B,LF,DH)||109||160||131.0||15.6||366.0|
|135||Oscar Mercado (CLE - CF)||81||103||92.0||11.0||691.0||
Desperate for outfield help, Cleveland finally promoted its best in-house option. Mercado hit .294/.396/.496 with four homers and 14 steals prior to his call-up, so he offers plenty of fantasy appeal across the board. Although likely to bat at the bottom of the lineup, he has flaunted enough plate discipline and speed to matter in deeper mixed leagues. As somewhat without significant prospect pedigree, there might still a chance to grab him in dynasty formats.
|136||JaCoby Jones (DET - LF,CF)||95||163||131.8||27.0||680.0|
|137||Matt Adams (WSH - 1B,LF) IL10||467||106||139||121.8||14.9||425.0||-42.0|
|138||Bradley Zimmer (CLE - CF) IL10||123||150||131.5||9.4||592.0|
|139||Curtis Granderson (MIA - LF,RF,DH)||108||142||129.8||8.1||821.0|
|140||Joey Rickard (BAL - LF,CF,RF)||85||140||118.0||23.8||652.0|
|141||Roman Quinn (PHI - LF,CF) IL10||113||151||126.8||14.6||569.0|
|142||Michael A. Taylor (WSH - CF)||119||144||130.4||11.2||488.0|
|143||Charlie Tilson (CWS - LF,CF)||104||109||106.5||2.5||797.0|
|144||Mike Tauchman (NYY - CF,RF) MiLB||120||135||127.3||6.0||823.0|
|145||Mark Trumbo (BAL - RF,DH) IL60||122||154||132.8||11.3||393.0|
|146||Ben Gamel (MIL - LF,RF)||103||134||121.0||13.1||568.0|
|147||Nick Williams (PHI - LF,RF) MiLB||125||143||135.5||5.7||493.0|
|148||DJ Stewart (BAL - LF) MiLB||94||139||123.7||21.0||672.0|
|149||Gerardo Parra (WSH - LF,RF)||109||161||134.5||22.4||520.0|
|150||Skye Bolt (OAK - OF) MiLB||113||137||126.3||10.0|
|151||Mark Canha (OAK - 1B,LF,CF,RF)||113||162||136.5||18.6||630.0|
|152||Jon Jay (CWS - LF,CF,RF,DH) IL60||95||166||142.0||33.2||719.0|
|153||Yairo Munoz (STL - 3B,SS,CF)||114||131||122.5||8.5||476.0|
|154||Alen Hanson (TOR - 2B,3B,SS,LF) MiLB||126||149||135.8||8.3||619.0|
|155||Jake Cave (MIN - CF,RF) MiLB||130||148||136.0||7.0||433.0|
|156||Adam Duvall (ATL - 1B,LF) MiLB||121||163||144.3||18.2||470.0|
|157||Chris Owings (KC - 2B,3B,CF,RF)||110||159||142.3||22.9||624.0|
|158||Dom Smith (NYM - 1B,LF)||121||157||141.3||15.1||502.0|
|159||Mikie Mahtook (DET - LF,RF) MiLB||122||160||142.3||15.6||722.0|
|160||Dustin Fowler (OAK - CF) MiLB||121||157||142.7||15.6||582.0|
|161||Lonnie Chisenhall (PIT - RF) IL10||127||171||148.0||18.0||638.0|
|162||Adam Engel (CWS - CF) MiLB||126||156||141.0||15.0||690.0|
|163||Garrett Cooper (MIA - LF)||127||156||141.5||14.5||747.0|
|164||Brett Phillips (KC - CF) MiLB||128||165||146.5||18.5||611.0|
|165||Anthony Alford (TOR - LF) MiLB||136||142||139.0||3.0||786.0|
|166||Tony Kemp (HOU - LF,CF)||141||143||142.0||1.0||522.0|
|167||Juan Lagares (NYM - CF)||139||166||152.5||13.5||720.0|
|168||Derek Fisher (HOU - LF,CF) MiLB||140||169||152.3||12.2||778.0|
|169||Aaron Altherr (SF - CF,RF) DFA||140||155||149.7||6.8||610.0|
|170||Jorge Bonifacio (KC - LF,RF) MiLB||142||168||155.0||13.0||751.0|
|171||Robbie Grossman (OAK - LF,RF,DH)||147||153||150.0||3.0||783.0|
|172||Nick Martini (OAK - LF) IL10||149||167||158.0||9.0||717.0|
|Saquon Barkley (NYG)||RB|
|Ezekiel Elliott (DAL)||RB|
|Christian McCaffrey (CAR)||RB|
|Alvin Kamara (NO)||RB|
|Melvin Gordon (LAC)||RB|
|DeAndre Hopkins (HOU)||WR|
|Davante Adams (GB)||WR|
|David Johnson (ARI)||RB|
|Le'Veon Bell (NYJ)||RB|
|Julio Jones (ATL)||WR|
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|James Conner (PIT)||RB|
|Todd Gurley (LAR)||RB|
|Joe Mixon (CIN)||RB|
|Odell Beckham Jr. (CLE)||WR|
|Travis Kelce (KC)||TE|
|Michael Thomas (NO)||WR|
|Nick Chubb (CLE)||RB|
|JuJu Smith-Schuster (PIT)||WR|
|Dalvin Cook (MIN)||RB|
|Antonio Brown (OAK)||WR|
|George Kittle (SF)||TE|
|Mike Evans (TB)||WR|
|T.Y. Hilton (IND)||WR|
|A.J. Green (CIN)||WR|
|Marlon Mack (IND)||RB|
|Keenan Allen (LAC)||WR|
|Amari Cooper (DAL)||WR|
|Derrick Henry (TEN)||RB|
|Sony Michel (NE)||RB|
|Adam Thielen (MIN)||WR|
|Mike Trout (LAA)||CF,DH|
|Christian Yelich (MIL)||LF,CF|
|Mookie Betts (BOS)||CF,RF|
|Nolan Arenado (COL)||3B|
|J.D. Martinez (BOS)||LF,RF|
|Max Scherzer (WSH)||SP|
|Ronald Acuna Jr. (ATL)||LF,CF|
|Alex Bregman (HOU)||3B,SS|
|Cody Bellinger (LAD)||1B,CF|
|Trevor Story (COL)||SS|
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|Javier Baez (CHC)||2B,3B|
|Justin Verlander (HOU)||SP|
|Trea Turner (WSH)||SS|
|Francisco Lindor (CLE)||SS|
|Jacob deGrom (NYM)||SP|
|Paul Goldschmidt (STL)||1B|
|Gerrit Cole (HOU)||SP|
|Chris Sale (BOS)||SP|
|Bryce Harper (PHI)||CF,RF|
|Blake Snell (TB)||SP|
|Charlie Blackmon (COL)||CF|
|Freddie Freeman (ATL)||1B|
|Jose Altuve (HOU)||2B|
|Manny Machado (SD)||3B,SS|
|Jose Ramirez (CLE)||2B,3B|
|Adalberto Mondesi (KC)||2B,SS|
|Whit Merrifield (KC)||1B,2B|
|Rhys Hoskins (PHI)||1B,LF|
|Trevor Bauer (CLE)||SP|
|George Springer (HOU)||CF,RF|
|Anthony Davis (NOR)||PF,C|
|James Harden (HOU)||PG,SG|
|Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL)||SF,PF|
|Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)||C|
|Kevin Durant (GSW)||SF,PF|
|LeBron James (LAL)||SF,PF|
|Stephen Curry (GSW)||PG,SG|
|Nikola Jokic (DEN)||PF,C|
|Damian Lillard (POR)||PG|
|Russell Westbrook (OKC)||PG|
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|Victor Oladipo (IND)||PG,SG|
|Paul George (OKC)||SG,SF|
|Joel Embiid (PHI)||PF,C|
|Kawhi Leonard (TOR)||SG,SF|
|Chris Paul (HOU)||PG|
|Jimmy Butler (PHI)||SG,SF|
|Kemba Walker (CHA)||PG|
|Kyrie Irving (BOS)||PG,SG|
|Ben Simmons (PHI)||PG,SF|
|Jrue Holiday (NOR)||PG,SG|
|Rudy Gobert (UTH)||C|
|Andre Drummond (DET)||PF,C|
|John Wall (WAS)||PG|
|Kyle Lowry (TOR)||PG|
|Khris Middleton (MIL)||SG,SF|
|Donovan Mitchell (UTH)||PG,SG|
|Bradley Beal (WAS)||SG|
|Kevin Love (CLE)||PF,C|
|Draymond Green (GSW)||PF,C|
|LaMarcus Aldridge (SAS)||PF,C|