2019 Draft Kit

Are you ready for catcher talk? Because we have 59 enthralling minutes on all the fantasy relevant backstops for 2019. Is Danny Jansen a sure fire top five fantasy catcher in 2019? I don’t know you’ll have to listen. Did Grey rank Buster Posey number 1 like it’s 2013 all over again? Do we think Gary Sanchez will rebound? Can Sandy Leon walk and chew gum at the same time? All this and more on the latest episode of the Razzball Fantasy Baseball Podcast. Stayed tuned over the coming weeks as we provide the audiobook for Grey’s rankings.

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Disclaimer: Razzball is not responsible for the cowboy drivel you are about to read. The author – against the sound advice of his family and friends – has ignored eating, bathing, and socializing for the past three months to play Red Dead Redemption 2. Our sincere apologies.

Hey mister! We shared our woes over a pint of whiskey at the Top 100 saloon. Now it’s time to mount our horses and head out into the NL West. Just over there beyond that mesa we’ll come across a bed of Diamondbacks. These surly sums-a-b*****s are know for their bad temper, so approach cautiously. I recommend a small game arrow for a perfect skin. Ten perfect skins and we can craft ourselves a purdy saddle! Why lookie here! Exactly ten Diamondbacks! Whoa boah! Settle down. Let’s get a good look at ’em…

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In an incredible turn of events, I’ve done all the infield 2019 fantasy baseball rankings.  Less incredible, you’ve read them.  It’s like that time your favorite team won because they played better than that other team but you convinced yourself they won because you cheered loudly.  When I win the Fantasy Baseball Blogger of the Millennial in 2099, and my frozen head is accepting the award, I’m going to thank you, the readers, but I’m secretly going to be thanking myself.  Without me, none of this would be possible.  You’re a close second though!  Okay, enough ranking of you and me, let’s rank some outfielders!  Last year, there was one outfielder I said I didn’t want in the top 20, Aaron Judge.  This year, well, let’s save it for the post!  All my projections are listed by the players and where I see tiers starting and stopping.  Anyway, here’s the top 20 outfielders for 2019 fantasy baseball:

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When I think of Blake Snell, all I can hear is Sheek Louch’s voice in ‘Wild Out’ from The Lox…

What’s a pitcher gotta do to make a half a million?! Must I wave it at your children?

In other words, what more than a Cy Young award does the left handed throwing Ace have to do to prove he is one of the best pitchers in Baseball?! Looking at ADP, it feels flat out disrespectful! But then at the same time, maybe it’s not. And even if it is, does it mean you should draft him? We went over it all, so you don’t have to!

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As I’m working on my pre-season top 100 hitters column each week I sometimes like to ask my friends for their thoughts as a barometer for who I might be too high or too low on. As a fun experiment I start with my #1 and #2 ranked players and whoever they voted was better was locked into their ranking — and whoever lost would face the next ranked player.

For example: “Mike Trout or Mookie Betts?” Unanimously Trout.

“Betts or Jose Ramirez?” 4 votes Betts, 1 for Ramirez.

“Ramirez or Francisco Lindor?” 4 for Lindor, again — 1 for Ramirez.

For the most part players rarely lasted more than 2-3 match-ups before they won and were given their consensus ranking. However, there was one player who lasted 8 match-ups (meaning an 8 ranking difference between my top 100 and the group consensus top 100) and that man was…

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After going over the top 20 shortstops for 2019 fantasy baseball, I needed a cigarette.  A good after-sex cigarette, not a waiting-to-go-into-court-to-hear-if-you-have-to-spend-18-months-in-jail cigarette.  Subtle, but important differences.  We also hit up the top 20 catchers for 2019 fantasy baseball, the top 20 1st basemen for 2019 fantasy baseball and the top 20 2nd basemen for 2019 fantasy baseball.  In no way was that clickbait.  Okay, onto the hot corner.  Here’s Steamer’s 2019 Fantasy Baseball Projections for Hitters and 2019 Fantasy Baseball Projections for Pitchers.  All projections listed are mine and I mention where I see tiers starting and stopping.  Good times, dyn-o-mite!  Anyway, here’s the top 20 3rd basemen for 2019 fantasy baseball:

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Let’s break a bottle on this Brooklyn built ship and set sail! Before anything else, I’d like to send a huge thanks to Grey, Jay, the entire Razzball staff and all the readers for the opportunity to put my fantasy inspired madness onto digital paper. [Jay’s Note: You’re welcome!] It’s truly an honor and a pleasure, I’ve been a reader for long time. Hopefully I can provide some new information, a new perspective and some laughs to one of my favorite portions of the fantasy community. My friends, buckle up as we are about to embark together bravely on a series about an incredibly vital aspect, yet often ignored part of the fantasy game; the elusive Quality Start.

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There are few things you need in life, but Ramon Laureano just may be one of them. At least, for your Fantasy Baseball rosters in 2019 that is. Now with the Oakland A’s, Laureano wasn’t a highly ranked prospect, but he was certainly respected by most prospectors. His blend of average, power, and speed, is borderline All Star level caliber. He finally has a home and a clear path to at bats. If you weren’t paying attention, just be glad you get to watch us break him down so you don’t miss out!

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Is it possible I will have drafted a shortstop in the 1st round, a shortstop in the 2nd round for my MI spot and a shortstop in the 3rd round for my utility spot?  Prolly not, but I don’t want to rule out anything with how great the shortstops look.  During last preseason, Rudy told me I was too high on multiple shortstops.  He never apologized, but that’s okay, I forgive him.  As Napoleon said, “I forgive you for only putting two layers in my whipped cream dessert, but if you meant it as a dig on my height, I will never forget.”  So, here’s Steamer’s 2019 Fantasy Baseball Projections for Hitters and 2019 Fantasy Baseball Projections for Pitchers.  All my 2019 fantasy baseball rankings are under that thingie-ma-whosie, and I mention where all tiers start and stop, and all shortstop projections are mine.  Let’s get to it!  Anyway, here’s the top 20 shortstops for 2019 fantasy baseball:

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As the off-season continues to creep by at a slow drizzle, Lance and I bend over backwards to bring you this tasty dynasty morsel. We start the show talking some Wander Franco and just how high of a ranking is justifiable. We follow that up with a pair of Royals prospects in Nick Pratto and M.J. Melendez, and make some predictions regarding their 2019s. Next we jump into Daniel Espino’s ever climbing draft stock, is he the high school righty ready to break the stigma? We end the show talking a collection of top talents in Jesus Luzardo, Forrest Whitley, Mark Vientos, and Danny Jansen. It’s another episode of the Razzball Prospect Podcast.

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