Rest of Season Positional Rankings for Fantasy Baseball
The Major League Baseball season has just gotten underway, and panic is already setting in among many fantasy owners. Even with the season just 10 days old, there has been a lot happening. Unfortunately, most of the early news centers around injured players. Consensus top-25 draft picks Trea Turner and Giancarlo Stanton are on the shelf. Other hitters such as Daniel Murphy, Miguel Andujar, and Matt Olson are also out to due to injuries. Players like these who were considered among the best of their respective positions have suddenly fallen precipitously in terms of their rest of season outlook.
While it is usually best to exercise caution with players who are simply slumping or off to a cold start, injuries like these are definitely going to effect rest of season rankings. For example, Turner can no longer be considered the top shortstop for the balance of the year. He may still earn the most value on a per-game basis going forward. But the sum of his fantasy contributions for the remainder of 2019 will simply not be the best at his position. The same goes for Francisco Lindor, who is also currently on the mend.
With that in mind, below you will see my rankings for each position with an eye towards the rest of the season. You should use these rankings to help you assess your roster. You should not necessarily use them as the basis for your weekly sit/start decisions. I will tweak these rankings each week throughout the season. My hope is that these rankings can assist owners deciding on potential drop candidates or assessing trade proposals. Here are my positional rest of season rankings as we head into Week 3 of the MLB season.