The King’s 2019 Fantasy Baseball Wish List
Every season, we all fall in love with certain fantasy players. Nothing can turn us away from them as we develop man-crushes on them and target our favored guys throughout the draft. Here are some players I must have on my team in 2019 Fantasy Baseball, and I will be disappointed if or when someone else gets them. This list is subject to change at some point. My research and scouting will continue heavily throughout spring training. If I am drafting today, though, my eyes are on these 20 players. Damn, I just gave everything away to those who will be in auction leagues with me!
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The King’s 2019 Fantasy Baseball Gotta Have ‘Ems
Aaron Judge: I don’t think his batting average will fall as low as some speculate, and now that he is healthy again, I expect monster power totals to return.
Trevor Story: He has truly arrived as one of the premier shortstops in fantasy baseball. Like Judge, I don’t think his BA will crash big time, even though he is not a ,290 hitter, either.
Andrew Benintendi: He is already a 20-20 guy and is still improving.
Noah Syndergaard: I think he believes he has not delivered his best seasons yet. I’m with him on that. Thor has a beard this year, making him look even more menacing.
Mike Clevinger: He showed he belonged among the better fantasy pitchers last year, and this season he will again confirm he is here to stay as a higher-end guy.
Miguel Andujar: He has a sweet swing that is going to help him even possibly better last year’s impressive burst onto the fantasy scene.
Michael Conforto: Soon he will prove that he is one of the best all-around hitters in the game. This could be the year that he provides the numbers he will be compared to for many years ahead. There is a big-time campaign coming in the next two years.
Max Muncy: He is no longer a secret. But I will gladly pay the No. 108 FanTrax ADP for Muncy.
Mallex Smith: An early injury will drive his price down some more. He is at 116 right now, I took him in the eighth round before he was hurt. The further he drops, the more I love getting him for mid-round speed.
Eduardo Rodriguez: He is the talk of Boston camp. Look at last year’s first half and with reports he has added a slider that Chris Sale taught him, E-Rod could finally stay healthy and come through with a big breakthrough year. I will be thrilled to get him as a fourth starter in a mixed league.
Nomar Mazara: You’re going to see more power than ever before this year. One of the most mature youngsters in the game, I am expecting Mazara to have a true breakthrough campaign in 2019.
Kyle Freeland: Any guy that can pitch so effectively in Colorado has to be considered for my fantasy staff.
Nick Pivetta: Really struggled down the stretch, as did most of the Phillies. But the strikeout promise was evident, and a 3.42 xFIP points to much better times ahead. I’ll easily take him at the FanTraz ADP of 161.
Sean Newcomb: He was inconsistent last year, and very bad in August. But for a 181 ADP I am taking the chance that he becomes more dependable this year, and I like the strikeout potential.
Austin Meadows: Seems like we have been hearing hype on him for decades. This is the year when he gets the full-time opportunity and produces counting stats better than some other guys taken well ahead of him.
Joey Wendle: One of my favorite later-round players. A good batting average, speed, and a bit of pop thrown in.
Forrest Whitley: The Astros have refused to trade him, and once he gets the call this season, he will be in the majors to stay.
Drew Steckenrider: Having Sergio Romo tutoring him will accelerate his development as a closer. Terrific one dollar guy for some saves speculation.
Teoscar Hernandez: For as late as you are going to get him (286 ADP) there is certainly some power and speed potential.
Hunter Strickland: He is going to bounce back with a change of scenery. Mariners fans will grow to love him and Mallex Smith.
Scott Engel is a 20-plus year veteran of the Fantasy industry and an inaugural member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association’s Hall of Fame.
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