Fantasy Baseball Rankings 2019: Breakouts from dialed-in model that called Khris Davis' huge season
SportsLine simulated the 2019 MLB season 10,000 times and identified must-draft Fantasy Baseball breakouts
Less than a month after Bryce Harper signed a record $330 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies and made comments about trying to sway Mike Trout to join him when his contract expires in 2020, the Los Angeles Angels gave Trout a new deal that bested Harper's by $100 million. Those superstars will continue appearing at the top of 2019 Fantasy baseball rankings everywhere and any owner lucky enough to land them will be confidently expecting big production. However, getting your hands on a bonafide superstar is a challenge, so owners will also be looking to supplement their roster with the 2019 Fantasy baseball breakouts who often define seasons. The best way to find players who will vastly outperform their ADP is with a reliable set of 2019 Fantasy baseball rankings. That's why you'll want to use the 2019 Fantasy baseball cheat sheets and draft kit from the proven computer model at SportsLine.
Last season, the proven computer model at SportsLine helped turn owners on to Athletics outfielder Khris Davis, who wound up as the No. 12 player in all of Fantasy after going in the middle of the fourth round (No. 43) in standard CBS Sports leagues. After hitting 43 home runs and driving in 110 runs in 2017, the jump to 48 home runs and 123 RBI in 2018 helped propel him into the realm of the Fantasy elite.
The team at SportsLine was all over Davis as a Fantasy breakout from the start. Their Fantasy baseball rankings and cheat sheets said he would outperform his draft position in a big way, and anyone who listened to their advice was well positioned for a league title.
The SportsLine Projection 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 breakouts, sleepers and busts long before your competition. Their Fantasy Baseball 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.
The 25-year-old took MLB surprise last season after an August call-up in which he hit 12 home runs, 10 doubles, two triples and drove in 30 runs in just 170 plate appearances. He slashed .262/.353/.950 despite having just a .713 OPS in Triple-A last season.
O'Hearn draws plenty of walks, uses the whole field, has been cutting his strikeout rate, and has made a concerted effort to drive the ball to take advantage of his raw power. His .293 BABIP last season indicates he wasn't getting extraordinarily lucky, while his HR/FB rate of 25 percent was well within the parameters of his minor-league averages.
Currently, O'Hearn has an ADP of 50 among first basemen, but the SportsLine Projection Model predicts he'll be a top-10 player at his position. That makes him one of the model's top 2019 Fantasy baseball breakouts for draft season.
After missing the first 80 games of last season because of a PED suspension, Polanco had a strong second half by hitting .288 with a .345 OBP, .427 slugging percentage, six home runs, and seven stolen bases. Extrapolated over the course of a full season, those numbers make him a player worthy of fringe starting consideration at shortstop, but the way the 25-year-old's batted-ball profile has improved over the last three seasons should raise his appeal.
Polanco has raised his hard-hit contact rate each of the last three seasons and started hitting the ball to all fields more frequently in 2018. As those numbers continue climbing, he should hit for more power. Plus, the gap-to-gap threat gives him the potential to hit more than 50 extra-base hits per year. SportsLine's 2019 Fantasy baseball rankings say he'll be the No. 12 shortstop in Fantasy baseball despite an ADP of 28.
SportsLine is also predicting an emerging star to provide top-six production at his position despite being drafted outside the top 12. You'll want to target him before your opponents, as that could be the difference in winning your league or going home with nothing.
So which potential Fantasy Baseball breakouts should you be targeting? And which player is a must-draft? Visit SportsLine now to get 2019 Fantasy Baseball rankings for every single position, all from the model that called Khris Davis' huge breakout season, and find out.
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