Fantasy Baseball Rankings 2019: Best sleepers from proven model that nailed Scooter Gennett's strong season
SportsLine simulated the 2019 MLB season 10,000 times and identified must-draft Fantasy Baseball sleepers
With pitchers and catchers throughout the Major Leagues having already reported to camp and MLB Spring Training games beginning on Thursday, the 2019 Fantasy baseball season is just around the corner and owners everywhere are starting to make preparations for the 2019 Fantasy baseball drafts. There's still a lot to sort through in MLB free agency, with dozens of Fantasy-relevant stars like Manny Machado, Bryce Harper and Dallas Keuchel remaining unsigned. However, Fantasy baseball players are always in search of the next big star and grabbing a couple of 2019 Fantasy baseball sleepers in your upcoming draft could win your league. So before your draft, be sure to check out the advanced computer model at SportsLine's 2019 Fantasy baseball rankings. It has a proven track record of unearthing sleepers who outperform their draft position.
Last season, SportsLine's Projection Model identified several top Fantasy baseball sleepers, including Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett. Drafted No. 181 overall on average, Gennett hit 23 home runs and drove in 92 runs to finish as the No. 35 overall player in all of Fantasy.
The team at SportsLine was all over Gennett 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.
One of the Fantasy Baseball sleepers you need to be all over in 2019, according to the model: Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco.
He's only 26 years old, but Franco has been around for parts of five seasons now and has been the starting Phillies third baseman since the middle of 2015 now. During that time, he hasn't quite lived up to his billing as a one-time top-20 prospect according to Baseball America, but there are some offensive developments worth noting from 2018 that could set him up for improvement in 2019.
Franco has cut his strikeout rate in each of the last three seasons and is now striking out an extremely low rate of 13.3 percent. He also saw his batting average surge from .230 in 2017 to .270 last season while putting up solid power numbers with 22 home runs and 68 RBI. Right now he's the No. 32 third baseman drafted on average according to FantasyPros, but the SportsLine Projection Model predicts he'll finish as the No. 14 Fantasy third baseman in 2019.
Another sleeper that SportsLine's Fantasy baseball rankings are extremely high on: Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner.
For the last five years in Los Angeles, Turner has been an extremely productive player at the dish, with an .889 OPS in his time with the Dodgers. However, he's almost always had his plate appearances cut into by overcrowding in the Dodgers lineup.
In 2018, Turner slashed .312/.406/.518 but only played in 103 games due to injuries and the eventual acquisition of Manny Machado. But Turner is healthy this year and Machado isn't expected back in Los Angeles, which should free up a full workload for Turner at third base and early drafts show that Turner is flying under the radar.
He's currently the 16th third baseman off the board in standard leagues, but the SportsLine Projection Model predicts he'll finish the season as the No. 9 Fantasy third baseman. He's being draft No. 106 overall on average, but you can grab him a little earlier than that and possibly be snagging a top-50 overall player in the middle rounds if he's healthy, because we know he'll hit.
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.
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