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Fantasy Baseball 2019 Rankings: Cheat Sheet

Posted By: on March 20, 2019

Struggling on draft day? We’ve done the work for you.

We’ve broken each position out into tiers, but if you don’t have time to get into all of that, find our positional rankings below in one nice big cheat sheet.

As always, feel free to send any question to help you at the draft table and throughout the season over us on twitter @BretskyBall.

Happy Drafting!

 

2019 Draft Day Cheat Sheet

Fantasy Baseball 2019 Rankings: Top 300-ish

Posted By: on March 20, 2019

Draft season is in full swing. Let’s get right to it. Personally, I believe the positional tiered rankings are the way to approach your draft, but hey, sometimes you just want a big long list.

 

 

2019 Overall rankings

Fantasy Baseball 2019 Rankings: Relief Pitcher

Posted By: on March 15, 2019

If you’re drafting in a mixed league then take a good look at the top tier of relief arms… and forget them. There is no point in wasting the pick. Closers come and closers go throughout the season and you’ll be drafting saves on the cheap and stud middle relievers in the middle rounds to help your ratios.

We simply won’t be drafting Blake Treinen this year. Why? Because we got him last year in round 15. In the targets section below, you can find a number of options taking a stab on beyond pick 140, all with upside to finish as a top-5 closer.

That’s not even to mention the saves that appear on a near weekly basis over the course of the season. Make sure to reserve plenty of time, energy and faab dollars to pounce repeatedly throughout the season as you churn through the newly minted closers and cobble your way to a top-third finish in the saves category.

In only leagues, we can get behind reaching or paying for an elite closer, but beyond that, chase the skills and find the saves later.

Studs (ADP): Edwin Diaz (51), Blake Treinen (63), Kenley Jansen (70), Brad Hand(83), Felipe Vasquez (85)

Targets: Ken Giles (141), Cody Allen (161), Archie Bradley (198), Pedro Strop (214), Trevor MAy (240), Shane Greene (250), Brad Boxberger (291), Ryan Braiser (301), Sergio Romo (382)

Overpriced: Aroldis Chapman (69), Craig Kimbrel (76), Josh Hader (115)

2019 Tiered Relief Pitcher Rankings

Fantasy Baseball 2019 Rankings: Starting Pitcher

Posted By: on March 13, 2019

The landscape for starting pitching can change significantly base on your scoring settings, transaction rules and start/innings caps. In general starting pitching is KING in points leagues. You need to load up on both quality and volume to capitalize on elite two-start pitchers as often as possible. Roto formats, on the other hand, can bring other interesting twists, opening up the opportunity to deploy ratio-saving middle relievers to compensate for instability in your rotation. Still, with so few arms capable of churning out 200 elite innings these days, you’ll want to secure a top tier are in just about every format.

Studs (ADP): Max Scherzer (4), Chris Sale (9), Jacob DeGrom (10), Justin Verlander (22), Corey Kluber (23), Aaron Nola (25), Gerrit Cole (27),  Blake Snell (28), Trevor Bauer (35), Carlos Carrasco (36), Noah Syndergaard (37)

Targets: Gerrit Cole (27), Zach Wheeler (95), Luis Castillo (124), Shane Bieber (152), Nick Pivetta (155), Collin McHugh (210), Brad Peacock (285), Chris Paddack (305), Joe Musgrove (338)

Overpriced: Jack Flaherty (68), Jose Berrios (72), Madison Bumgarner (82), David Price (89), Robbie Ray (120), Chris Archer (130), Jon Lster (168)

2019 Tiered Starting Pitcher Rankings

Fantasy Baseball 2019 Rankings: Outfield

Posted By: on March 8, 2019

The outfield is always a key position for roster-building strategy, offering the most versatile power/speed combinations as well as cheap specialists to be had late. One thing is clear if you are playing in a 5-OF format, the studs fly off the board. The top-25 at the position is packed with four and five category producers, but be sure to hit the outfield early and often in your draft because things become dicey outside the top-50. Ideally, we’d like to fill out our OF slots (and perhaps even a utility position for good measure) from our top four tiers, meaning you’ll want to secure five or more outfielders in the first fifteen rounds of your draft.

Studs (ADP): Mike Trout (1), Mookie Betts (2), JD Martinez (5), Christian Yelich(7), Ronald Acuna (12), Bryce Harper (17), Aaron Judge (18), Giancarlo Stanton (22)

Targets: Khris Davis (43), Eddie Rosario (86), Yasiel Puig (92), Andrew McCutchen (132), Adam Eaton (194), Odubel Herrera (218), Jackie Bradley Jr. (227), Max Kepler (233), Domingo Santana (257), Cedric Mullins (366), Tyler O’Neill (379)

Overpriced: Lorenzo Cain (63), Mitch Haniger (79), Victor Robles (115), Ian Desmond (142), Billy Hamilton (165),

2019 Tiered Outfield Rankings

Fantasy Baseball 2019 Rankings: Catcher

Posted By: on March 7, 2019

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Studs (ADP): JT Realmuto (53), Gary Sanchez (59)

Targets: Wilson Ramos (137), Yasmani Grandal (133), Danny Jansen (200)

Overpriced: Buster Posey (129), YAdier Molina (131), Jorge Alfar (200)

 

2019 Tiered Catcher Rankings

Fantasy Baseball 2019 Rankings: Shortstop

Posted By: on March 7, 2019

Trea Turner slides in at the top of the shortstop position, as he’s the most valuable speed option in the fantasy baseball landscape in 2019. Meanwhile, Francisco Lindor’s stock slips just a bit with his early-spring calf injury while Manny Machado and Trevor Story make for rock solid picks in the late second round. Carlos Correa and Corey Seager offer immense upside if you’re willing to shake off the disappointment of last season and and embrace a little bit of injury risk. As it stands, we don’t mind leaving the draft table with any of the top-12 option at the position, leaving potential owners the opportunity to wait a bit and let the best player come to you at the right time.

Studs (ADP): Trea Turner (11), Manny Machado (14), Trevor Story (24)

Targets: Carlos Correa (45), Xander Bogaerts (48), Jean Segura (61), Corey Seager (79)

Overpriced: Francisco Lindor (8), Javier Baez (16)

2019 Tiered Shortstop Rankings

Fantasy Baseball 2019 Rankings: Third Base

Posted By: on March 7, 2019

The third base position is perhaps the most top-heavy in the league. Jose Ramirez, Nolan Arenado and Kris Bryant land in our top-10 overall . Depending on the eligibility requirements of your league, there’s really only 6 or 7 third baseman who can be trusted for elite wire-to-wire production and we’re comfortable taking each and every one of the top options at the position at or before current ADP. While we remain bullish on veterans Josh Donaldson and Justin Turner as well as uber-prospect Vlad Guerrero Jr., you cannot project a full season of at-bats for any of the three.

Studs (ADP): Jose Ramirez (3), Nolan Arenado (7), Manny Machado (14), Alex Bregman (14), Kris Bryant (32), Anthony Rendon (43)

Targets: The Studs, Matt chapman (105)

Overpriced: Vlad Guerrero Jr. (46), Miguel Andujar (73), Wil Myers (109), Carlos Santana (163)

 

2019 Tiered Third Base Rankings

Fantasy Baseball 2019 Rankings: Second Base

Posted By: on March 6, 2019

The 2019 crop of second baseman brings both versatility and variability. Jose Ramirez and Javy Baez returned first round value last season, but Baez’ high-K profile leaves us questioning a repeat. A healthier Jose Altuve should return first-round value and may just slip far enough to grab with your second pick. Elite speed can be had beyond the top three with Whit Merrifield, Aldaberto Mondesi and Dee Gordon lining up as three of the most prolific base-stealers in the league. If you wait on the position, you’ll be forced to choose between power and speed, and we are always inclined to side with the long ball.

Studs (ADP): Jose Ramirez (3), Jose Altuve (15)

Targets: Ozzie Albies (52), Daniel Murphy (85), Scooter Gennet (89), Brian Dozier (128), Rougned Odor (141), Cesar Hernandez (164), Jonathan Schoop (175), Garret Hampson (342)

Overpriced: Gleyber Torres (54), Jonathan Villar (99)

 

2019 Tiered Second Base Rakings

Fantasy Baseball 2019 Rankings: First Base

Posted By: on March 6, 2019

The first base position remains a cornerstone of your fantasy baseball lineup and you’ll be looking to lock in 25-30 homers and 90 RBI baseline at the position. Despite a small elite tier, the top first baseman are lingering into round two in drafts this spring, but reliability can dry up quickly at the position.

Studs (ADP): Paul Goldschmidt (19), Freddie Freeman (21), Anthony Rizzo (33)

Targets: Daniel Murphy (85), Edwin Encarnacion (96), Miguel Cabrera (161), Luke voit (176), Justin Smoak (200), Ryan Zimmerman (297)

Overpriced: Matt Carpenter (63), Travis Shaw (94), Eric Hosmer (152)

 

2019 Tiered First Base Rankings