With Opening Day just around the corner and season-long drafts hitting their swing, our eight fantasy baseball writers compiled their top 100 hitters and top 50 pitchers for nine-category (no saves), head-to-head fantasy leagues. Those individual rankings culminated in the consensus ordering you see below, with some write-ups and justifications along the way.

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Scroll below the rankings to access the individual rankings for each of the eight writers who comprise these lists.

Let’s get to the rankings:

TOP 100 HITTERS

100) Corey Dickerson, PIT
99) Willson Contreras, CHC
98) Stephen Piscotty, OAK
97) Jurickson Profar, OAK
96) Yoan Moncada, CHW
95) Ian Desmond, COL
94) Kyle Schwarber, CHC
93) Buster Posey, SF
92) Ryan Braun, MIL
91) Eric Hosmer, SD
90) Tim Anderson, CHW
89) Mallex Smith, SEA
88) Elvis Andrus, TEX
87) Max Muncy, LAD


86) Eloy Jimenez, CHW

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A few missed games in April shouldn’t overshadow Jimenez’s elite upside. In most prospect classes, the 22-year-old outfielder would top all rankings, which might also cause him to last longer in drafts than he should. Jimenez belted 12 home runs and recorded a .996 OPS through 228 plate appearances with Triple-A Charlotte last season while also cutting his strikeout percentage down to 13.2 percent after posting a 17.1 mark with Double-A Birmingham. Additionally, in the majority of settings, replacement level is high enough in the outfield to patiently stash Jimenez. — Neil Parker (Neil’s rank: 75)


85) Ender Inciarte, ATL
84) Nomar Mazara, TEX
83) Miguel Cabrera, DET
82) Jose Peraza, CIN
81) Brian Dozier, WAS
80) Dee Gordon, SEA


79) Mike Moustakas, MIL

Moustakas already has made an appearance in spring training at second base, and he has a great chance to open the season for Milwaukee in the new position. Sure, he won’t have 2B eligibility to open the year but should get there rather quickly as the starter. Playing in a great hitter’s park, Moustakas would compete to lead the position in homers. Moustakas was another unlucky 2018 hitter, seeing a power decrease despite increased hard contact and fly ball rate. — Anthony Amico (Anthony’s rank: 54)


78) Edwin Encarnacion, SEA

Though first base does drop off a cliff after the duo of Freddie Freeman and Paul Goldschmidt, it doesn’t mean there aren’t any safe options at the position with mid-round price tags. One man we all collectively have seemed to forget is Encarnacion. Sure, the best days are behind the 36-year-old DH — as evidenced by his strikeout rate and swinging strike rate rising each of the past six seasons — yet, even in a campaign where Encarnacion mustered only 579 plate appearances, he still produced 32 home runs and 107 RBI.

In fact, since 2012, no player in baseball can claim to have hit more long balls or driven in more runs than the former Blue Jay. It’s almost too ironic he’ll now call Seattle home, as Encarnacion is essentially a younger version of Nelson Cruz. Until I see the season where Encarnacion doesn’t bring back value, I’ll continue to be sucked in by his overwhelmingly high floor. — Garion Thorne (Garion’s rank: 66)


77) Rafael Devers, BOS
76) Andrew McCutchen, PHI
75) Jonathan Villar, BAL
74) Michael Brantley, HOU
73) Matt Chapman, OAK
72) David Peralta, ARI
71) Matt Olson, OAK


70) Robinson Cano, NYM

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Last season was stained for Cano with his early-season steroid suspension. Still, he managed to hit 10 home runs and bat in 50 runs in just 80 games during his last season in Seattle, batting over .300 for the first time since coming to the franchise in 2014. If Cano can play in 150 games with the Mets this season — something he did every year from 2007 through 2017 — I don’t see why he can’t smash 25 homers, 100 RBI and bat .300 back in the Big Apple. — Julian Edlow (Julian’s rank: 52)


69) Wil Myers, SD
68) Travis Shaw, MIL
67) Victor Robles, WAS


66) Michael Conforto, NYM

Conforto’s 2018 power output picked up as he distanced himself from shoulder surgery, with his isolated power shooting to an excellent .266 over his final 300 plate appearances after the All-Star break, which ranked 12th-best among all hitters. Second-half splits can sometimes be misleading, but Conforto has a good reason to explain his sharp power splits. Prior to his season-ending shoulder injury in 2017, Conforto’s isolated power was .276, 13th-best among all hitters and comparable to his second half of 2018.

With a fully healthy 2019 season, Conforto could blossom into one of the game’s best hitters. His park-adjusted wRC+ of 147 was 13-th best among hitters in 2017, but limited plate appearances (440) and poor RBI/R totals made him significantly less valuable in fantasy formats than that. A full season batting in the middle of the Mets’ order with a healthy shoulder could give him the boost in runs and RBI to take him to the next level as a fantasy asset. — Tim Finnegan (Tim’s rank: 40)


65) Rougned Odor, TEX

Odor struggled with injuries last year, playing in just 129 games and saw some dropoff in his power numbers. Buy the dip. Odor posted an absurd 45.2 percent hard-hit rate in 2018 but saw his HR/FB rate drop from where it had been the previous two seasons. He also struck out less and walked more. Odor’s 2018 seems to be the result of bad luck in a few areas, and he should bounce back nicely in 2019. He likely isn’t going to hit for a great average but should do well enough there to be a value given what he can do in the other four categories. — Anthony Amico (Anthony’s rank: 31)


64) Aaron Hicks, NYY

While manager Aaron Boone seems far from decided about where he’ll be using Hicks during 2019, he did mention throughout the offseason the switch-hitting outfielder could find himself batting atop a potent New York lineup on an everyday basis. For fantasy purposes, this would be a massive opportunity. It would also make a whole lot of sense. Among the 165 players with 900-plus plate appearances dating back to 2017, Hicks owns the sixth-highest walk rate (15.0 percent) and the 23rd-best OBP (.368).

On top of his on-base tendencies, the 29-year-old has seemed to rectify his early-career struggles with right-handed pitching; as Hicks’ 127 wRC+ versus RHPs is actually a point better than his mark against lefties the past two seasons. Batting leadoff for one of the two teams FanGraphs has projected to score in excess of five runs per game, Hicks immediately would become a candidate to lead the league in runs scored. Not a bad thing to add to a player that already possesses 30-home run, 15-stolen base potential. — Garion Thorne (Garion’s rank: 46)


63) Mitch Haniger, SEA


62) Nicholas Castellanos, DET

An established power hitter, Castellanos has 49 home runs over the past two seasons. However, the chances of him reaching 90-100 RBI this season are slim. While he’ll be great for batting average and power, his runs and RBI will suffer in an offense that will revolve around Castellanos. While taking him earlier is warranted — he likely will be a sought-after trade target come July — I think you can find more consistent production elsewhere at outfield before taking Castellanos. — Steve Buchanan (Steve’s rank: 74)


61) David Dahl, COL
60) Jesus Aguilar, MIL
59) Scooter Gennett, CIN
58) Miguel Andujar, NYY
57) Gary Sanchez, NYY
56) Josh Donaldson, ATL
55) Justin Upton, LAA


54) Joey Gallo, TEX

Gallo is a true three-outcome hitter. When he steps up to the plate, the ball is rarely going to be put in play. He is swinging for the fences and either will walk, strike out or hit a homer. I consider Gallo to be the best pure power hitter in baseball with 40+ homers in each of his first two big-league seasons. He is a mid-round draft pick this year, but I think he has potential to be a top-ranked hitter if he can add just a little bit more contact at the plate.

If Gallo can lower his strikeout rate just a touch from his 38 percent career K rate, his batting average has a lot of room to improve. This would help his counting stats immensely, and at least we know his contact ability has been so bad it can’t get worse. Even the worst case scenario for Gallo as a contact hitter his him as a guy hitting 40 homers per year. He also could see improvement in the luck department with a .256 career BABIP. — Greg Ehrenberg (Greg’s rank: 33)


53) A.J. Pollock, LAD
52) Tommy Pham, TB
51) Justin Turner, LAD
50) J.T. Realmuto, PHI


49) Adalberto Mondesi, KC

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After struggling through his first two appearances in the bigs (.497 OPS, .220 wOBA, 29 wRC+ and 33.5 strikeout percentage), Mondesi improved significantly through 291 plate appearances last year with .804, .341, 114 and 26.5 marks, respectively. Last season’s 32 stolen bases are the obvious draw, but there also should be concerns he overachieved at the plate in 2018. He can sustain some negative regression and still be a useful asset, but there’s also potential for him to struggle to move the needle in four of the five standard categories. — Neil Parker (Neil’s rank: 94)

The Royals have had Mondesi as their top prospect for several seasons, and the 23-year-old was impressive in his first MLB action last year. He hit .275 with 14 home runs, 32 stolen bases and an .804 OPS despite a slow start when he was first called up. He sprinted to the finish with a big September, hitting eight of his homers and posting an .886 OPS with 14 stolen bases. He, Whit Merrifield and Billy Hamilton should run rampant on the bases this season, and the Royals will need to score a ton of runs to help their thin pitching staff. Mondesi is a polarizing figure across many preseason rankings, but I’m all in on the switch-hitting middle infielder. — Zach Thompson (Zach’s rank: 30)


48) Eddie Rosario, MIN
47) Matt Carpenter, STL
46) Jean Segura, PHI
45) Corey Seager, LAD
44) Lorenzo Cain, MIL
43) Marcell Ozuna, STL


42) Yasiel Puig, CIN

To say the least, I am intrigued by Puig moving into a hitter’s park in Cincinnati. Dodger Stadium is one of the most pitcher-friendly parks in baseball, while Great American Ball Park is one of the best parks for hitters in all of baseball. This alone should boost the power numbers of Puig. He burst onto the scene as a rookie with a 160 wRC+, but he hasn’t been able to put together a season like that since. While it wasn’t quite the same, he was a well-above-average hitter in the second half of 2018 with a 137 wRC+. Puig also should benefit from being an everyday player after he was in more of a platoon role during his time with the Dodgers due to how deep their roster was. — Greg Ehrenberg (Greg’s rank: 36)


41) Gleyber Torres, NYY
40) Ozzie Albies, ATL
39) Jose Abreu, CHW
38) Nelson Cruz, MIN


37) Whit Merrifield, KC

The knock on Merrifield isn’t personal; it’s the team surrounding him that has me ranking him at 38. Merrifield will be a fantastic source of stolen bases again, but his lack of power and likely drop in runs and RBI has me dumping him in the ranks. He’s a terrific line-drive hitter (29.8 percent in 2018), which helps explain his league-leading 192 hits last season. Because of that, however, the home runs don’t come often. Merrifield only hit 12 last season while sporting an ISO of .134. With a non-competitive lineup for the Royals this season, Merrifield could disappoint in more categories than he could excel in. — Steve Buchanan (Steve’s rank: 38)


36) Daniel Murphy, COL


35) Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., TOR

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Baseball’s top prospect probably won’t even be on the Blue Jays on Opening Day, but I’m reaching for him in a draft, anyway. This kid absolutely raked across 95 minor league games last season, smashing 20 homers and 78 RBI with an insane .381 batting average. The Blue Jays need to bring him up to spark their franchise, and when they do, he immediately will be a big-time hitter in the majors. — Julian Edlow (Julian’s rank: 17)


34) Joey Votto, CIN
33) Eugenio Suarez, CIN
32) Cody Bellinger, LAD
31) Carlos Correa, HOU
30) Xander Bogaerts, BOS
29) George Springer, HOU
28) Rhys Hoskins, PHI
27) Anthony Rendon, WAS
26) Khris Davis, OAK


25) Starling Marte, PIT

Marte isn’t super flashy; he won’t hit for a ton of home runs and isn’t going to chase a batting crown anytime soon. That said, he’s a five-category contributor in a league where stolen bases are becoming more and more scarce every year. Marte happens to be quite excellent at that, with 42 swiped bags per 162 games for his career. The list of players who can steal over 30 bases and produce in other categories is … short. Trea Turner might be the only other one, and he is going over two rounds higher than Marte on average. Position scarcity accounts for some of that gap, but not all of it. — Anthony Amico (Anthony’s rank: 7)


24) Anthony Rizzo, CHC
23) Andrew Benintendi, BOS


22) Kris Bryant, CHC

Through his first three seasons, Bryant posted a .288/.388/.527 slash line with 94 homers, 274 RBI and 319 runs. His .389 wOBA and 144 wRC+ also checked out as high-end marks over the three-year span. Last season was another story. Bryant sustained a shoulder injury in late June and never rebounded. With two bombs and a 4-for-11 start this spring, the 27-year-old third baseman appears to be back to full health and poised for a return to fantasy stardom. — Neil Parker (Neil’s rank: 20)


21) Juan Soto, WAS
20) Charlie Blackmon, COL
19) Manny Machado, SD
18) Javier Baez, CHC
17) Giancarlo Stanton, NYY


16) Paul Goldschmidt, STL

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This is just one of those monster offseason acquisitions that’s going overlooked. The Cardinals have been a really solid offense in recent seasons, despite not having a true centerpiece to their offense. Insert Goldschmidt, who posted a .290/33/83 line last season — almost a down-year by his standards. I expect his numbers to thrive in St. Louis, along with the rest of the offense. — Julian Edlow (Julian’s rank: 12)


15) Bryce Harper, PHI
14) Francisco Lindor, CLE
13) Freddie Freeman, ATL
12) Trevor Story, COL
11) Alex Bregman, HOU
10) Aaron Judge, NYY
9) Jose Altuve, HOU


8) Trea Turner, WAS

I’m ranking Turner a bit higher over the rest of the field because I truly feel 2019 will be his breakout year. Despite not producing eye-popping numbers last season, Turner produces in every category you’d want. He’ll swipe more than 40 bags, hit for power, get on base and score plenty of runs. Nationals manager Davey Martinez is planning on letting Turner run as much as possible and has even gone on record saying the team would be in great shape if he attempts 75-80 stolen bases. Couple that with 15+ home runs and an OBP north of .340, and Turner boasts elite value. — Steve Buchanan (Steve’s rank: 6)


7) Ronald Acuna, ATL

Acuña burst onto the scene last year and hit .293 with 26 homers and 16 steals in 111 games. After the All-Star break he had a .429 wOBA and a 1.028 OPS and become one of the most reliable hitters in the majors. His blend of power and speed gives him the ceiling of being one of the top fantasy options in the majors. If he stays in the leadoff spot or drops back, the upgraded lineup around him also should buoy his RBI and run-scoring potential. Remember, during his massive run last season he was just 20, so there’s still plenty of room for the phenom to grow. Depending on health, there’s a real chance he emerges as the best fantasy player of the season. — Zach Thompson (Zach’s rank: 4)


6) Christian Yelich, MIL
5) Jose Ramirez, CLE
4) Nolan Arenado, COL
3) J.D. Martinez, BOS
2) Mookie Betts, BOS


1) Mike Trout, LAA (all 8 first-place votes)

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No one is shocked to see Trout is the No. 1-ranked hitter across the board. The 27-year-old produced another stellar season in 2018, slashing .312/.460/.628 with 39 home runs, 79 RBI and stealing 24 bases in 140 games. While the lineup surrounding him limits his runs and RBI potential, Trout does enough on his own to warrant the top spot. Trout also continues to be extremely patient at the plate, as his BB% jumped to 20.1 percent in 2018, a new career-high. While his health is becoming a bit of a concern — 70 games missed over the past two seasons — don’t overthink it if you’re picking No. 1. — Steve Buchanan (Steve’s rank: 1)


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