Fantasy Baseball Rankings 2019: Top sleepers from model that nailed Mike Moustakas’ strong season

MLB spring training is rolling along and the regular season is right around the corner. In fact, the MLB Japan Opening Series between the Mariners and Athletics begins on March 20. Then, league-wide MLB Opening Day is March 28. This is one of the biggest draft weekends of the season and managers everywhere are scrambling to find trusted 2019 Fantasy baseball rankings. With free agency winding down now that Manny Machado and Bryce Harper have signed, the big news of the week involved MLB rule changes will force relievers to face at least three batters and expand the roster from 25 to 26. However, those changes don’t take place until 2020, and Fantasy baseball owners have more pressing concerns with draft season in high gear. Heading into drafts, you’ll need to identify the biggest 2019 Fantasy baseball sleepers, breakouts and busts that will define your league. That’s why you’ll want to use the 2019 Fantasy baseball rankings from the team at 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.

One Fantasy baseball sleeper the model is all over: Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman

The 25-year-old made his way to the Majors primarily as a defensive star, but he has always had power and enjoyed a breakout season at the plate last year. Chapman slashed .278/.356/.864 in his first full season with the Athletics and there’s reason to believe there’s more to come.

After enjoying HR/FB rates of 20 percent or higher in his last four minor league stops before being called up, Chapman has only seen 14.7 percent of the flyballs he’s hit leave the yard. Even in the cavernous Oakland Coliseum, that power is bound to play up when you consider that he hit 24 home runs last season despite battling a thumb injury that cost him a month. 

Right now, Chapman has an ADP of No. 16 among third basemen, but SportsLine’s 2019 Fantasy baseball rankings say he’ll finish the season as the No. 6 third baseman. He’s one of the top 2019 Fantasy baseball sleepers to target.

Another sleeper that SportsLine’s Fantasy baseball rankings 2019 are extremely high on: Dodgers utility man Chris Taylor

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.

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