2019 Fantasy Baseball ROS Rankings

Expert Consensus Ranking (13 of 17 Experts) -
Rank Player (Team, Position) Overall Notes
1 Alex Bregman (HOU - 3B,SS) 8 1 6 1.8 0.9 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.
2 Trevor Story (COL - SS) 10 1 7 2.5 1.0 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.
3 Javier Baez (CHC - 2B,3B,SS) DTD 11 1 5 3.1 0.8 18.0 +7.0
Baez still has terrible plate discipline...and he's still one of the best hitters in fantasy baseball. He probably won't be quite this good going forward, but nobody should be betting against this guy at this point.
4 Trea Turner (WSH - SS) 13 1 19 4.5 2.0 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.
5 Francisco Lindor (CLE - SS) 14 1 6 4.5 1.0 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.
6 Adalberto Mondesi (KC - 2B,SS) 26 3 8 6.2 1.3 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.
7 Manny Machado (SD - 3B,SS) 24 4 9 6.2 1.0 17.0 -7.0
Machado is off to a bit of a slow start in his new home, but he's heated up lately and is still on pace for 35+ home runs. One of the most consistent year-to-year performers in the game, Machado should see a sizable boost in batting average and run production by year's end.
8 Carlos Correa (HOU - SS) 40 4 9 8.2 0.7 44.0 +4.0
Correa looks to have put last season's injury-plagued season behind him. He no longer contributes much on the base paths, but is capable of providing high-end four-category production as long as he's healthy.
9 Xander Bogaerts (BOS - SS) 42 5 13 8.8 0.9 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.
10 Tim Anderson (CWS - SS) 72 7 18 12.7 2.3 135.0 +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.
11 Gleyber Torres (NYY - 2B,SS) 75 11 20 13.0 1.7 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.
12 Jean Segura (PHI - SS) 93 9 18 13.4 2.5 64.0 -29.0
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.
13 Paul DeJong (STL - SS) 99 8 18 13.7 2.4 170.0 +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.
14 Jonathan Villar (BAL - 2B,SS) 88 10 17 14.0 2.0 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.
15 Elvis Andrus (TEX - SS) IL10 113 9 21 14.5 3.2 164.0 +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.
16 Corey Seager (LAD - SS) 120 11 28 14.7 3.1 69.0 -51.0
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.
17 Jorge Polanco (MIN - SS) 105 10 19 14.8 2.3 233.0 +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.
18 Fernando Tatis Jr. (SD - SS) IL10 134 12 23 16.6 1.9 253.0 +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.
19 Ketel Marte (ARI - 2B,SS) 153 14 25 19.5 2.4 250.0 +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.
20 Eduardo Escobar (ARI - 3B,SS) 166 14 28 21.1 2.1 176.0 +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.
21 Marcus Semien (OAK - SS) 180 18 26 21.7 1.8 220.0 +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.
22 Andrelton Simmons (LAA - SS) 177 19 27 23.6 2.6 221.0 +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.
23 Amed Rosario (NYM - SS) 197 20 29 24.5 3.1 172.0 -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.
24 Jose Peraza (CIN - SS) 218 10 31 24.9 3.7 109.0 -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.
25 Dansby Swanson (ATL - SS) 234 19 34 25.4 2.8 330.0 +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.
26 Kike Hernandez (LAD - 1B,2B,SS,LF,CF,RF) 248 17 37 25.9 5.1 288.0 +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.
27 Jurickson Profar (OAK - 1B,2B,3B,SS) 232 22 30 27.0 2.4 140.0 -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.
28 Asdrubal Cabrera (TEX - 2B,3B,SS) 244 23 34 27.3 2.3 199.0 -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.
29 Tim Beckham (SEA - 3B,SS) 254 22 34 28.8 3.1 392.0 +138.0
30 Willy Adames (TB - 2B,SS) 319 22 38 33.8 3.0 274.0 -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.
31 Marwin Gonzalez (MIN - 1B,2B,SS,LF) 347 28 46 35.6 4.7 232.0 -115.0
32 Chris Taylor (LAD - 2B,SS,LF,CF) 334 26 40 36.0 2.5 211.0 -123.0
33 Didi Gregorius (NYY - SS) IL60 375 22 48 37.0 6.9 290.0 -85.0
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.
34 Niko Goodrum (DET - 1B,2B,3B,SS,LF,RF) 303 28 41 33.9 4.1 298.0 -5.0
35 Nicky Lopez (KC - SS) 300 21 47 34.8 5.8 932.0 +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.
36 Freddy Galvis (TOR - SS) 350 26 43 38.0 5.0 614.0 +264.0
37 Garrett Hampson (COL - 2B,SS) MiLB 402 30 50 39.1 4.8 202.0 -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.
38 Brendan Rodgers (COL - SS) 320 24 64 40.4 12.7 437.0 +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.
39 Orlando Arcia (MIL - SS) 398 30 44 40.5 2.6 461.0 +63.0
40 Brandon Crawford (SF - SS) 417 32 50 42.3 4.0 376.0 -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.
41 Scott Kingery (PHI - 3B,SS) 412 32 49 41.9 6.6 400.0 -12.0
42 Ronny Rodriguez (DET - 2B,3B,SS) 369 22 45 37.3 5.1 756.0 +387.0
43 Cole Tucker (PIT - SS) 392 31 53 42.0 6.4 847.0 +455.0
44 Nick Ahmed (ARI - SS) 424 33 51 41.4 5.9 484.0 +60.0
45 Johan Camargo (ATL - 3B,SS) 420 33 48 41.8 6.4 380.0 -40.0
46 Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (TOR - 2B,SS) MiLB   32 63 48.0 7.5 241.0  
The Blue Jays demoted Gurriel, who was hitting .175 with no homers and 12 strikeouts in 44 plate appearances. It's a surprising development for a talented youngster who hit .281/.309/.446 as a rookie last season. Toronto may just want to rebuild his confidence with a short minor league stay, but there are too many productive second basemen available (Adam Frazier, Jeff McNeil, Niko Goodrum, Brandon Lowe, Chad Pinder) to save a spot for Gurriel in standard mixed leagues.
47 Carter Kieboom (WSH - SS) MiLB 461 23 50 43.0 6.1 707.0 +246.0
48 Addison Russell (CHC - SS) 405 29 58 46.9 7.7 496.0 +91.0
49 Zack Cozart (LAA - 2B,3B,SS)   38 53 46.7 4.4 460.0  
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.
50 Eric Sogard (TOR - 2B,SS) DTD 409 32 49 43.8 4.8    
51 Aledmys Diaz (HOU - 3B,SS) DTD   38 59 45.0 8.4 566.0  
Receiving more playing time while Jose Altuve recovers from a hamstring injury, Diaz has homered twice in two starts. He offered 18 homers and a 102 wRC+ in 452 plate appearances for the Blue Jays last year, so he's a fine short-term scoop while getting reps in a loaded Astros lineup.
52 Hernan Perez (MIL - 2B,3B,SS,LF,RF)   40 54 48.8 4.9 413.0  
53 J.P. Crawford (SEA - 3B,SS)   35 62 51.2 6.2 612.0  
54 Daniel Robertson (TB - 2B,3B,SS)   39 53 50.2 3.1 500.0  
55 Jose Iglesias (CIN - SS)   46 54 50.2 2.7 529.0  
56 Bo Bichette (TOR - SS) MiLB   40 67 52.8 11.1 365.0  
57 Yairo Munoz (STL - 3B,SS,CF)   46 56 51.4 4.5 476.0  
58 Troy Tulowitzki (NYY - SS) IL10   37 59 53.0 3.6 309.0  
59 Yangervis Solarte (2B,3B,SS) FA   50 52 51.0 1.0 604.0  
60 Josh VanMeter (CIN - SS)   48 57 52.5 4.5    
61 Alen Hanson (TOR - 2B,3B,SS,LF) MiLB   51 57 54.0 3.0 619.0