2019 Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet: Rankings, tiers, sleepers, prospects, mock drafts, auction tips, team names, moreSporting News — (Matt Lutovsky)
Opening day will be here before you know it, which means you're undoubtedly looking for a 2019 fantasy baseball draft cheat sheet. We've got you covered with position rankings and tiers, sleepers and breakouts, top prospects, a mock draft simulator, auction draft strategy, keeper/dynasty tips and advice, the always vital top fantasy team names, and much more. Your MLB fantasy draft kit and draft prep aren't complete without it.
Things get underway early this season, with the A's and Mariners taking part in a two-game series in Tokyo on March 20 and 21. The rest of the league gets underway March 28. We'll continue to add fresh content and update the links on this page every time we publish something new from now until opening day in the States. Make sure to bookmark this page and check back often so you can dominate your draft!
If you're looking to add MLB DFS to your fantasy repertoire this year, we also have a detailed primer that can help you take down some tournaments once the season starts. Good luck!
Fantasy Baseball Rankings
Top 300: There's a real battle for No. 187 between Ryan O'Hearn and and Eduardo Escobar -- and you'll never who won out!
Catcher: We don't want to say catcher is bad, but...no, we do. It's bad.
First Base: Why are so many highly ranked 1Bs eligible at other positions? Today's MLB, man...
Second Base: We have a pair of guys who hit 35-plus HRs last year outside the top 12. Bad job by us, or is this position just really deep now?
Third Base: Let's face it -- all you care about is where Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is ranked.
Shortstop: Three legit 20-50 candidates? Shortstop sure is cool now.
Outfield: How high is too high for Ronald Acuna Jr. and Juan Soto?
Starting Pitcher: Can't believe we're asking this: Should Walker Buehler be ahead of Clayton Kershaw? (Spoiler: Yes.)
Relief Pitcher: About 10 closer jobs are up for grabs this spring, meaning this list will change many, many times before opening day.
Comparing ESPN vs. Yahoo rankings: If you play on both sites, you'll definitely want to know which guys could be drafted sooner/later than you might expect.
Fantasy Baseball Sleepers
30 Teams, 30 Sleepers: Any list that starts with "Ty Buttrey" has to be a good list.
Catcher: Can we interest you in a 5-9, 225-pound catcher-eligible utility player who never walks or strikes out? Thought so.
First Base: There's a guy on here who actually steals some bases. How 'bout that?
Second Base: The picture-day photo of Wilmer Flores is reason enough to click on this article.
Third Base: There aren't many true sleepers at the hot corner, but we manage to come up with few bounce-back/breakout candidates.
Shortstop: Shortstop has by far the best first names of any of our sleeper lists.
Outfield: Can a guy who has basically had the exact same stats his first three seasons really be a sleeper? You're damn right he can. Hey, they can't all be Eloy Jimenez.
Pitcher: If it wasn't for Tommy John surgery, we wouldn't be able to put SPs coming back from TJS on this list. We're glass half-full people.
All-Breakout Team: If this is your entire starting lineup, you've done something wrong. If two or three guys are in your lineup, you've done something very right.
Fantasy Baseball Busts
All-Overrated Team: You're going to disagree with more than few of these picks, but that's kind of the point.
Fantasy Baseball Rankings Tiers, Draft Strategies
Catcher: Ideally, you'd never have to draft a catcher, but you probably do, so we give you an idea of the best time to strike.
First Base: One of these tiers has six sub-tiers, so you know it's good.
Second Base: Few positions offer the varied types of contributors 2B does. Also, Brian Dozier.
Third Base: Lots of these 3Bs will be drafted as 2Bs or shortstops, which doesn't seem fair, does it? We help you get ready for that.
Shortstop: This might be the strongest top two tiers we've ever seen from SS. And then things fall off...
Outfield: Spoiler alert: Randal Grichuk and Michael Conforto are in the same tier. More earth-shattering info is just one click away.
Starting Pitcher: Tier 1 has six pitchers in it. Can you guess who?
Relief Pitcher: Closer tiers depend a lot on job security, which changes quickly, so this article might be irrelevant by the time you're done with this sentence.
2019 MLB Top Prospect Rankings, Sleepers
Top 50: Nos. 1 and 2 will be drafted fairly highly this year, but the other 48 names are worth remembering, too -- especially for dynasty leaguers.
Catcher: If you're looking for the next Mike Piazza...you're not going to find him here. But you might just find the next Francisco Cervilli, so...still pretty cool, right?
First Base: There aren't many names you need to remember here, but there's one you definitely need to know on draft day.
Second Base: One of these guys has been on top prospects lists for three years now, and another one has a very familiar last name.
Third Base: There are more 3B prospects than Vladimir Guerrero Jr., and they'd appreciate if you learned about them by reading this article...that starts with Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
Shortstop: Two of baseball's top prospects are likely on their way to the majors at some point this year. You might remember their fathers...
Outfield: There's a nice mix of opening day contributors and midseason sleepers on this list.
Pitcher: The pitchers you draft will probably be awesome and never get hurt, so you might not even need to read this...but maybe just for fun?
Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft
Fantasy Pros Mock Draft Simulator: Just plug in your league settings, pick your draft spot, and run through full mock drafts in minutes.
Fantasy Baseball Auction Draft Strategy
Auction Draft Tips: Auctions are unpredictable, but if you follow these tips, you'll be ready for anything...even a "My Cousin Vinny" reference.
Fantasy Baseball Keeper/Dynasty Tips
Keeper/Dynasty League Advice: One bad move can set you back for years in these formats, so don't take any chances.
Fantasy Baseball Team Names
Best Fantasy Baseball Team Names: From "Greene New Deal" to "Wont You Be My Gleyber?" to "StrawMerrifields Forever", we have a few good and a lot of not-so-good suggestions.
Fantasy Baseball Podcast
Draft Preview: If you're the final person to draft a starter at a particular position, who would you wind up with? And can you live with that player?