Fantasy Baseball Rankings 2019: Sleepers from computer model that nailed Scooter Gennett's strong season

The MLB offseason is winding down with spring training games already underway. News of Manny Machado's massive new deal with the San Diego Padres has changed Fantasy baseball rankings everywhere. There are also still dozens of unsigned players like Bryce Harper and Dallas Keuchel, meaning that free agency will continue to be a focus for MLB fans. With Fantasy baseball drafts also around the corner, owners also have to start prepping for their upcoming seasons without knowing where some of these players might land. Drafting several 2019 Fantasy baseball sleepers who outperform their ADP is one way to make up for the uncertainty if you own Harper or Keuchel in a keeper league or are hoping to target them. And the best way to find those sleepers is with reliable 2019 Fantasy baseball rankings like the ones created by the proven computer model at SportsLine. They'll also help you locate the biggest Fantasy baseball breakouts and busts.

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: San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Dereck Rodriguez

The 26-year-old made his Major League debut last year and put up impressive numbers down the stretch. Rodriguez finished the year with a 2.81 ERA and 1.13 WHIP over 118.1 innings and didn't show any considerable signs of wear despite approaching 170 innings for the first time in his professional career. 

This season, Rodriguez has the potential to generate more swings and misses than in 2018, when he struck out 18.3 percent of hitters. In the minor leagues, his strikeout rates were historically in the low-20s and he was punching out 25 percent of hitters in Triple-A before his call-up. Even if Rodriguez never turns into a dominant power pitcher, seeing his K/9 rate jump from 6.77 in 2018 to the high-7s or low-8s in 2019 would enhance his Fantasy profile significantly. 

Rodriguez is being drafted No. 70 among starting pitchers on average. However, SportsLine's 2019 Fantasy baseball rankings say he'll push towards the top 40, making him viable starting option every fifth day in most Fantasy formats.

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.

Our Latest Stories