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The 50 Most Valuable MLB Players For Fantasy Baseball In 2019

Updated March 12, 2019 5.4k votes 277 voters 1.9k views50 items

List RulesVote up the players that you think will be a MVP-caliber addition to your fantasy clubhouse. Vote down the players you think are potential busts.

Opening Day 2019 is around the corner, and while MLB managers focus on setting their roster and choosing an opening day starter, fantasy baseball managers have their eyes set on crafting the perfect team dominate all summer long. Now that fans have had a chance to see how teams like the Bryce Harper-enhanced Philadelphia Phillies and the reigning champion Boston Red Sox look in spring training, they have a clearer idea of which players are primed for a breakout year.

For fantasy managers, the difference between a championship trophy and a last-place tattoo can come down to the guys they draft at the start of the season. There are plenty of players that experts and sabermetricians think are sure things in 2019, but there will inevitably be some busts in ESPN's top 50 fantasy baseball players. These players have a lot more work to do if they want to be considered amongst the best baseball players of all time, but one elite season is all it takes to live on in personal fantasy baseball infamy. 

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  • 1
    Mike Trout is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 50 Most Valuable MLB Players For Fantasy Baseball In 2019
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    43

    Mike Trout

    Center Fielder

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceVineland, New Jersey

    BatsRight

    TeamsLos Angeles Angels of Anaheim

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  • 2
    Christian Yelich is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 50 Most Valuable MLB Players For Fantasy Baseball In 2019
    121
    44

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceThousand Oaks, California

    BatsLeft

    TeamsMilwaukee Brewers

  • 3
    Nolan Arenado is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 50 Most Valuable MLB Players For Fantasy Baseball In 2019
    112
    51

    Nolan Arenado

    Third baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNewport Beach, California

    BatsRight

    TeamsColorado Rockies

  • 4
    Cody Bellinger is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 50 Most Valuable MLB Players For Fantasy Baseball In 2019
    101
    43

    Cody Bellinger

    First baseman, outfielder

    BirthplaceScottsdale, Arizona

    BatsLeft

    TeamsLos Angeles Dodgers

  • 5
    Mookie Betts is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 50 Most Valuable MLB Players For Fantasy Baseball In 2019
    119
    61

    Mookie Betts

    Right Fielder

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNashville, Tennessee

    BatsRight

    TeamsLos Angeles Dodgers

  • 6
    Justin Verlander is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 50 Most Valuable MLB Players For Fantasy Baseball In 2019
    94
    41

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceManakin-Sabot, Virginia

    BatsRight

    TeamsHouston Astros

  • 7
    Ronald Acuna Jr. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 50 Most Valuable MLB Players For Fantasy Baseball In 2019
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    44

    Ronald Acuna Jr.

  • 8
    Javier Báez is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 50 Most Valuable MLB Players For Fantasy Baseball In 2019
    82
    43

    Javier Báez

    Shortstop, Second baseman

    NationalityPuerto Rico

    BirthplaceBayamón, Puerto Rico

    BatsRight

    TeamsChicago Cubs

  • 9
    Max Scherzer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 50 Most Valuable MLB Players For Fantasy Baseball In 2019
    91
    53

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri

    BatsRight-handed

    TeamsWashington Nationals

  • 10
    Freddie Freeman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 50 Most Valuable MLB Players For Fantasy Baseball In 2019
    80
    43

    Freddie Freeman

    First baseman

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceFountain Valley, California

    BatsLeft

    TeamsAtlanta Braves

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    #186 of 582 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time#94 of 708 The Best Hitters in Baseball History

  • 11
    Alex Bregman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 50 Most Valuable MLB Players For Fantasy Baseball In 2019
    91
    53

    Alex Bregman

    Third baseman, shortstop

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceAlbuquerque, New Mexico

    BatsRight

    TeamsHouston Astros

  • 12
    José Altuve is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 50 Most Valuable MLB Players For Fantasy Baseball In 2019
    90
    53

    José Altuve

    Second baseman

    NationalityVenezuelan

    BirthplaceMaracay, Venezuela

    BatsRight

    TeamsHouston Astors

  • 13
    J. D. Martinez is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 50 Most Valuable MLB Players For Fantasy Baseball In 2019
    82
    48

    J. D. Martinez

    Designated hitter, outfielder

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida

    BatsRight

    TeamsBoston Red Sox

  • 14
    Jacob deGrom is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 50 Most Valuable MLB Players For Fantasy Baseball In 2019
    86
    52

    Jacob deGrom

    Pitcher

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceDeLeon Springs, Florida

    BatsLeft

    TeamsNew York Mets

  • 15
    Trevor Story is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 50 Most Valuable MLB Players For Fantasy Baseball In 2019
    61
    31

    Trevor Story

    Shortstop

    NationalityAmerican

    BatsRight

    TeamsColorado Rockies

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    Francisco Lindor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 50 Most Valuable MLB Players For Fantasy Baseball In 2019
    72
    41

    NationalityPuerto Rico

    BirthplaceCaguas, Puerto Rico

    BatsSwitch

    TeamsCleveland Indians

  • 17
    Anthony Rizzo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 50 Most Valuable MLB Players For Fantasy Baseball In 2019
    69
    44

    Anthony Rizzo

    First baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceParkland, Florida

    BatsLeft

    TeamsChicago Cubs

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    Gerrit Cole is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 50 Most Valuable MLB Players For Fantasy Baseball In 2019
    56
    32

    Gerrit Cole

    Starting Pitcher

    BirthplaceNewport Beach, California

    BatsRight

    TeamsNew York Yankees

  • 19
    Kris Bryant is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 50 Most Valuable MLB Players For Fantasy Baseball In 2019
    71
    49

    Kris Bryant

    Third baseman, Outfielder

    BirthplaceLas Vegas, Nevada

    BatsRight

    TeamsChicago Cubs

  • 20
    Chris Sale is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 50 Most Valuable MLB Players For Fantasy Baseball In 2019
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    57

    Chris Sale

    Pitcher

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceLakeland, Florida

    BatsLeft

    TeamsBoston Red Sox

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    #41 of 278 The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time#21 of 146 The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time

  • 21
    Aaron Judge is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 50 Most Valuable MLB Players For Fantasy Baseball In 2019
    73
    54

    Aaron Judge

    Right fielder

    BirthplaceLinden, California

    BatsRight

    TeamsNew York Yankees

  • 22
    Bryce Harper is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 50 Most Valuable MLB Players For Fantasy Baseball In 2019
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    64

    Bryce Harper

    Right fielder

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceLas Vegas, Nevada

    BatsLeft

    TeamsPhiladelphia Phillies

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    Paul Goldschmidt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 50 Most Valuable MLB Players For Fantasy Baseball In 2019
    66
    49

    Paul Goldschmidt

    First baseman

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceWilmington, Delaware

    BatsRight

    TeamsSt. Louis Cardinals

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    Charlie Blackmon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 50 Most Valuable MLB Players For Fantasy Baseball In 2019
    53
    36

    Charlie Blackmon

    Outfielder

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas

    BatsLeft

    TeamsColorado Rockies

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    Anthony Rendon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 50 Most Valuable MLB Players For Fantasy Baseball In 2019
    48
    31

    Anthony Rendon

    Third baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas

    BatsRight

    TeamsLos Angeles Angels

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