Fantasy Baseball Rankings 2019: Sleepers from model that nailed Mike Moustakas’ strong season
After mega contracts for Manny Machado and Bryce Harper, five-time MLB All-Star Adam Jones hoped there would be renewed interest to land a groundbreaking contract of his own this spring. However, after limited interest was shown, Jones wound up signing a one-year deal worth $3 million, along with $2 million in incentives, with the Diamondbacks. The 33-year-old is coming off a down season, but a gigantic chip on his shoulder could make him relevant again and vault him up Fantasy baseball rankings everywhere. With draft season already underway, finding 2019 Fantasy baseball sleepers, breakouts and busts is the goal of just about every owner at the moment. You need to know which sleepers to target, which breakouts are laying low, and which busts can wreck your entire season. That’s why you’ll want to use the 2019 Fantasy baseball rankings and cheat sheets from SportsLine when you draft.
Last season, SportsLine’s Projection Model identified several top Fantasy baseball sleepers, including Brewers third baseman Mike Moustakas. Drafted No. 137 overall on average, Moustakas hit 28 home runs and drove in 95 runs, the most of his career, to finish as the No. 45 overall player in all of Fantasy.
The team at SportsLine was all over Moustakas as a Fantasy breakout from the start. Their model had him listed much higher than expert consensus rankings, and anyone who listened to their advice was well positioned for a league title.
Their model is powered by the same people who powered projections for all three major Fantasy sites. And that same group is sharing its 2019 Fantasy Baseball rankings and cheat sheets over at SportsLine, helping you find Fantasy Baseball sleepers, breakouts and busts long before your competition. Their cheat sheets, available for leagues on many major sites, are updated multiple times every day. Any time an injury occurs or there’s a change on a depth chart, the team at SportsLine updates its rankings.
In fact, when it came to ranking players in Fantasy Football, SportsLine’s Projection Model beat human experts last season when there were big differences in ranking. And the model was the closest to the hole overall, meaning it best pinpointed where every player would finish each week. That could literally be the difference between winning your league or going home empty-handed.
After signing an eight-year, $144 million contract last off-season, Hosmer looked like he might be pressing, with a surging swinging-strike rate that led to a career-high strikeout rate. He also had a career-high ground-ball rate, which has been a problem throughout Hosmer’s career that has robbed him of potential power.
However, given that Hosmer is a career .280 hitter, it seems reasonable to expect his contact rate to bounce back in 2019. His hard-hit contact rate was as high last year as it was during his eye-popping 2017 season, so if he can land more contact and generate more lift, he’ll become a relevant Fantasy option at first base again. That’s why SportsLine’s 2019 Fantasy baseball rankings project he’ll finish as the No. 9 first baseman, a regular starting option in standard leagues, despite an ADP of just 22.
The 28-year-old spent the majority of his season at shortstop, but he could wind up with eligibility at a number of positions and is likely to play plenty of second base. After a breakout year in 2017, Taylor’s numbers came back down to earth last season, but there were also some encouraging developments that most owners are sleeping on entering this season.
Taylor raised his hard-hit contact rate from 32.4 percent to 38.4 percent from 2017 to 2018, while his line-drive rate went from 22.6 percent to 27.5 percent. His BABIP leveled off from .361 to .345, but that’s at least one reason to believe he saw the ball better last season than he did in 2017.
Currently, Taylor’s ADP is the No. 22 shortstop off the board, but SportsLine’s 2019 Fantasy baseball rankings predict he’ll finish the season as the No. 14 player at that position. Add in the versatility and there is a lot to like about Taylor’s Fantasy prospects for 2019.
SportsLine is also high on a starting pitcher who didn’t finish in the top five in Fantasy points at his position last year but is ranked higher than starters like Clayton Kershaw, Chris Sale and James Paxton. This pick could be the difference in winning your league or going home with nothing.
So which Fantasy Baseball sleepers should you snatch in your draft? And which undervalued pitchers can help you win a championship? Visit SportsLine now to get Fantasy Baseball rankings for every single position, all from the model that called Scooter Gennett’s huge breakout last season, and find out.