Instead of being weeks or days away, 2023 MLB Opening Day is now just hours away, with first pitch set for Thursday. Thus, millions around the country are jumping into last-minute 2023 Fantasy baseball drafts. A tried-and-true formula for a winning Fantasy season is by breaking the top players at each position into 2023 Fantasy baseball tiers. That would allow you to not miss out if there is a run on a certain position during your drafts.
The top tier for starting pitchers is a large one that includes current Mets Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer, as well as former Mets Jacob deGrom and Zack Wheeler. Can any of them challenge reigning Cy Young winner, Sandy Alcantara, for the top spot in the 2023 Fantasy baseball rankings for SPs? Before you go on the clock, be sure to check out the 2023 Fantasy baseball cheat sheets from the proven computer model at SportsLine.
Last season, SportsLine's Projection Model identified several top Fantasy baseball sleepers, breakouts and busts, including Reds first baseman Joey Votto. The team at SportsLine was all over Votto as a Fantasy bust from the start after a resurgent 2021 season that saw him going as one of the top 12 first basemen off the board in 2022 Fantasy baseball drafts. After slashing .266/.375/.563 with 36 homers and 99 RBI the year prior, Votto slashed .205/.319/.370 with 11 home runs and 41 RBI in 2022. He finished outside the top 45 players at his position and anybody who followed SportsLine's advice avoided a major headache.
Their model is powered by the same people who powered projections for all three major Fantasy sites. And that same group is sharing its 2023 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 more MLB news comes out about the updated 2023 MLB schedule or Fantasy baseball injuries, the team at SportsLine updates its projections. Go to SportsLine now to see these proven Fantasy baseball cheat sheets.
Top 2023 Fantasy baseball RF rankings
Here's a look at SportsLine's top three 2023 Fantasy baseball RF picks:
1. Juan Soto, San Diego Padres: Soto is one of the leading candidates for the MLB Comeback Player of the Year award after struggling down the stretch when he was traded to the Padres. Fantasy owners should expect an uptick in production this season, as Soto is capable of hitting 30-plus home runs and driving in more than 100 runs. He is also playing in a lineup that includes Tatis and Manny Machado, so pitchers cannot work around Soto.
2. Mookie Betts, Los Angeles Dodgers: He is batting leadoff in one of the top lineups in the majors, giving him plenty of opportunities to score runs. Betts has some of the best on-base skills in the MLB, so the league's new rule changes could add some stolen bases to his numbers. He hit 35 home runs and stole 12 bases across 142 games last year, which are numbers that should be replicated this year.
3. Starling Marte, New York Mets: Injuries limited Marte to just 118 games last season, but he still hit .292 with 16 home runs, which were his most since 2019, and he will also benefit from the new rule changes as far as stolen bases go. Marte might not get as many plate appearances as the two players ranked ahead of him, but he is still in line for an elite Fantasy season. See more top Fantasy baseball right fielders here.
Top 2023 Fantasy baseball CF rankings
Here's a look at SportsLine's top three 2023 Fantasy baseball CF picks:
1. Aaron Judge, New York Yankees: It will be hard to Judge to top or even match last year's 62-home run season, but he doesn't have to in order to be the No. 1 Fantasy CF. He does more than enough in other areas to carry that mantle as he led the AL in RBI (131), runs (133), walks (111) and OPS (1.111) last season. He also added 16 stolen bases, which was more than he had in the previous four seasons combined.
2. Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels: Trout is coming off back-to-back injury-plagued years, but he still smashed 48 homers over the 155 games he's played since 2021. He says the back ailment from last year is a "non-issue" at the moment which should ease concerns of Fantasy owners. Trout could also be more active on the base paths in 2023 with the expended base size likely leading to more stolen base opportunities.
3. George Springer, Toronto Blue Jays: The 33-year-old is a multi-category contributor as he had 25 home runs, 76 RBI, 89 runs and 14 stolen bases last season. Springer has battled injuries since joining Toronto in 2021, but the demand on him from playing center field should be lessened some with the Blue Jays adding three-time Gold Glove winner Kevin Kiermaier this offseason. See more top Fantasy baseball center fielders and be sure to check out the Fantasy baseball tiers for each position here.
How to find proven 2023 Fantasy baseball rankings, advice
SportsLine's model is also high on a surprising starting pitcher who lands in the top 10 of its positional rankings. This player is barely going off the board in the top 125 picks, but is projected to outperform starters such as Aaron Nola, Shane McClanahan and Brandon Woodruff. This pick could be the difference in winning your league or going home with nothing. You can only see who it is here.
So how should your 2023 Fantasy baseball tiers look and when exactly should you be targeting each position? And which starting pitcher is coming from off-the-radar to finish as one of the top 10 players at his position? Visit SportsLine now to get 2023 Fantasy baseball rankings for every single position, all from the model that called Joey Votto's disappointing season, and find out.