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As the Hot Stove season rolls along, fantasy drafts are right around the corner, and MLB.com is here to help you do some early prep. Any extra time you put in now will pay off when you're on the clock in March.

Below, you'll find MLB.com's list of the top 300 fantasy players for 2019, with stat projections courtesy of Steamer. (Steamer projections as of Dec. 6, unless otherwise specified.)

As the Hot Stove season rolls along, fantasy drafts are right around the corner, and MLB.com is here to help you do some early prep. Any extra time you put in now will pay off when you're on the clock in March.

Below, you'll find MLB.com's list of the top 300 fantasy players for 2019, with stat projections courtesy of Steamer. (Steamer projections as of Dec. 6, unless otherwise specified.)

Note: Position ranks are based on each player's primary position, which is determined by 2018 appearances. Additional positions at which players are likely to have eligibility in most 2019 fantasy leagues are listed in parentheses.

MLB.com's Top 300 Fantasy Rankings for 2019 (Rankings last updated Dec. 20):

1. Mike Trout | OF | Angels | Position rank: OF1
Multidimensional superstar forging path toward Hall of Fame.
Steamer Projection: 520 AB, 40 HR, 117 R, 107 RBIs, 20 SB, .300 AVG, 1.040 OPS

2. Mookie Betts | OF | Red Sox | Position rank: OF2
All-around stud cemented as one of MLB's best players.
Steamer Projection: 586 AB, 29 HR, 115 R, 92 RBIs, 26 SB, .302 AVG, .919 OPS

3. Jose Ramirez | 3B (2B) | Indians | Position rank: 3B1
Power-speed option can contribute stellar stats across the board.
Steamer Projection: 554 AB, 27 HR, 92 R, 96 RBIs, 23 SB, .286 AVG, .887 OPS

4. Francisco Lindor | SS | Indians | Position rank: SS1
Multifaceted shortstop holds firm place among MLB's top players.
Steamer Projection: 598 AB, 31 HR, 104 R, 91 RBIs, 21 SB, .286 AVG, .865 OPS

5. J.D. Martinez | OF | Red Sox | Position rank: OF3
Veteran ranks among baseball's most feared sluggers.
Steamer Projection: 563 AB, 38 HR, 99 R, 115 RBIs, 4 SB, .296 AVG, .939 OPS

6. Nolan Arenado | 3B | Rockies | Position rank: 3B2
Slugger is one of baseball's most consistent superstars.
Steamer Projection: 577 AB, 36 HR, 95 R, 107 RBIs, 3 SB, .286 AVG, .905 OPS

7. Manny Machado | SS (3B) | Free Agent | Position rank: SS2
Offers dynamic skill set, multi-position eligibility.
Steamer Projection: 570 AB, 33 HR, 93 R, 96 RBIs, 9 SB, .288 AVG, .884 OPS

8. Jose Altuve | 2B | Astros | Position rank: 2B1
Despite 2018 production decline, veteran remains elite asset.
Steamer Projection: 585 AB, 17 HR, 89 R, 82 RBIs, 18 SB, .302 AVG, .828 OPS

9. Paul Goldschmidt | 1B | Cardinals | Position rank: 1B1
Consistency king remains offensive powerhouse.
Steamer Projection: 547 AB, 27 HR, 91 R, 88 RBIs, 11 SB, .277 AVG, .874 OPS

10. Max Scherzer | SP | Nationals | Position rank: SP1
Durable right-hander arguably baseball's most reliable ace.
Steamer Projection: 208 IP, 15 W, 0 SV, 271 K, 3.13 ERA, 1.04 WHIP

11. Alex Bregman | 3B (SS) | Astros | Position rank: 3B3
Youngster has skills to repeat breakout campaign.
Steamer Projection: 554 AB, 25 HR, 94 R, 87 RBIs, 11 SB, .279 AVG, .863 OPS

12. Trea Turner | SS | Nationals | Position rank: SS3
Provides high-end speed, solid power stroke.
Steamer Projection: 597 AB, 17 HR, 95 R, 69 RBIs, 41 SB, .286 AVG, .795 OPS

13. Christian Yelich | OF | Brewers | Position rank: OF4
Even if power regresses, outfielder should be multi-category stud.
Steamer Projection: 573 AB, 27 HR, 96 R, 87 RBIs, 16 SB, .296 AVG, .894 OPS

14. Bryce Harper | OF | Free Agent | Position rank: OF5
Slugger has skills to challenge for another MVP Award.
Steamer Projection: 512 AB, 35 HR, 96 R, 93 RBIs, 11 SB, .267 AVG, .926 OPS

15. Chris Sale | SP | Red Sox | Position rank: SP2
Strikeout artist ranks among MLB's most dominant hurlers.
Steamer Projection: 202 IP, 17 W, 0 SV, 275 K, 2.76 ERA, 0.97 WHIP

16. Jacob deGrom | SP | Mets | Position rank: SP3
Impressive right-hander keeps getting better.
Steamer Projection: 208 IP, 14 W, 0 SV, 253 K, 2.93 ERA, 1.06 WHIP

17. Aaron Judge | OF | Yankees | Position rank: OF6
Patient slugger can provide head-turning power in terrific lineup
Steamer Projection: 537 AB, 37 HR, 99 R, 94 RBIs, 8 SB, .251 AVG, .870 OPS

18. Trevor Story | SS | Rockies | Position rank: SS4
Power-speed option has become one of game's top shortstops.
Steamer Projection: 553 AB, 31 HR, 83 R, 95 RBIs, 19 SB, .271 AVG, .849 OPS

19. Ronald Acuna Jr. | OF | Braves | Position rank: OF7
Budding star ready to build on stellar debut season.
Steamer Projection: 591 AB, 29 HR, 95 R, 81 RBIs, 25 SB, .279 AVG, .836 OPS

20. Justin Verlander | SP | Astros | Position rank: SP4
Despite advanced age, righty remains one of MLB's premier hurlers.
Steamer Projection: 202 IP, 15 W, 0 SV, 250 K, 3.36 ERA, 1.07 WHIP

21. Freddie Freeman | 1B | Braves | Position rank: 1B2
Polished hitter ranks among best first-base options.
Steamer Projection: 560 AB, 27 HR, 90 R, 91 RBIs, 8 SB, .286 AVG, .885 OPS

22. Javier Baez | 2B (3B, SS) | Cubs | Position rank: 2B2
Exciting infielder offers power, speed, versatility.
Steamer Projection: 557 AB, 29 HR, 76 R, 88 RBIs, 17 SB, .269 AVG, .800 OPS

23. Anthony Rizzo | 1B | Cubs | Position rank: 1B3
Veteran slugger has terrific on-base skills.
Steamer Projection: 548 AB, 30 HR, 94 R, 95 RBIs, 7 SB, .281 AVG, .894 OPS

24. Giancarlo Stanton | OF | Yankees | Position rank: OF8
Veteran slugger remains one of game's premier power hitters.
Steamer Projection: 500 AB, 42 HR, 91 R, 102 RBIs, 3 SB, .267 AVG, .920 OPS

25. Charlie Blackmon | OF | Rockies | Position rank: OF9
Veteran gets fantasy boost from hitter-friendly home park, favorable lineup spot.
Steamer Projection: 604 AB, 26 HR, 101 R, 78 RBIs, 13 SB, .287 AVG, .840 OPS

26. Kris Bryant | 3B (OF) | Cubs | Position rank: 3B4
With better health, slugger could regain place among game's elite.
Steamer Projection: 552 AB, 29 HR, 99 R, 88 RBIs, 7 SB, .274 AVG, .885 OPS

27. Juan Soto | OF | Nationals | Position rank: OF10
Youngster could make further strides after brilliant rookie campaign.
Steamer Projection: 522 AB, 28 HR, 88 R, 90 RBIs, 7 SB, .291 AVG, .907 OPS

28. Corey Kluber | SP | Indians | Position rank: SP5
Consistent right-hander positioned for continued success.
Steamer Projection: 209 IP, 15 W, 0 SV, 221 K, 3.46 ERA, 1.12 WHIP

29. Gerrit Cole | SP | Astros | Position rank: SP6
Right-hander has skills to repeat 2018 success.
Steamer Projection: 196 IP, 14 W, 0 SV, 235 K, 3.47 ERA, 1.13 WHIP

30. Clayton Kershaw | SP | Dodgers | Position rank: SP7
Despite injury concerns, accomplished lefty still part of ace tier.
Steamer Projection: 185 IP, 13 W, 0 SV, 180 K, 3.25 ERA, 1.12 WHIP

31. Carlos Correa | SS | Astros | Position rank: SS5
Bounceback candidate has elite potential at premium position.
Steamer Projection: 558 AB, 26 HR, 84 R, 91 RBIs, 4 SB, .264 AVG, .816 OPS

32. Luis Severino | SP | Yankees | Position rank: SP8
Hard-throwing righty has ability to dominate on regular basis.
Steamer Projection: 196 IP, 15 W, 0 SV, 221 K, 3.48 ERA, 1.15 WHIP

33. Starling Marte | OF | Pirates | Position rank: OF11
Power-speed option worth early-round draft pick.
Steamer Projection: 595 AB, 18 HR, 83 R, 74 RBIs, 35 SB, .282 AVG, .777 OPS

34. Blake Snell | SP | Rays | Position rank: SP9
After remarkable breakout, young lefty ready for encore.
Steamer Projection: 189 IP, 13 W, 0 SV, 232 K, 3.24 ERA, 1.20 WHIP

35. Andrew Benintendi | OF | Red Sox | Position rank: OF12
Multidimensional youngster could be capable of further growth.
Steamer Projection: 572 AB, 18 HR, 96 R, 80 RBIs, 18 SB, .286 AVG, .828 OPS

36. Aaron Nola | SP | Phillies | Position rank: SP10
Right-hander poised to build on sensational breakout season.
Steamer Projection: 194 IP, 12 W, 0 SV, 210 K, 3.57 ERA, 1.19 WHIP

37. George Springer | OF | Astros | Position rank: OF13
Leadoff hitter has strong bounceback potential.
Steamer Projection: 588 AB, 28 HR, 100 R, 79 RBIs, 9 SB, .263 AVG, .813 OPS

38. Xander Bogaerts | SS | Red Sox | Position rank: SS6
Provides quality average, solid power in terrific lineup.
Steamer Projection: 565 AB, 20 HR, 85 R, 85 RBIs, 10 SB, .286 AVG, .819 OPS

39. Carlos Carrasco | SP | Indians | Position rank: SP11
Right-hander can be considered borderline ace.
Steamer Projection: 197 IP, 14 W, 0 SV, 215 K, 3.40 ERA, 1.13 WHIP

40. Noah Syndergaard | SP | Mets | Position rank: SP12
With better health, electric righty could be elite.
Steamer Projection: 176 IP, 11 W, 0 SV, 183 K, 3.52 ERA, 1.18 WHIP

41. Rhys Hoskins | OF (1B) | Phillies | Position rank: OF14
Impressive slugger part of up-and-coming club.
Steamer Projection: 556 AB, 36 HR, 92 R, 91 RBIs, 6 SB, .249 AVG, .850 OPS

42. Khris Davis | OF | Athletics | Position rank: OF15
Established slugger could rank among home run leaders again.
Steamer Projection: 560 AB, 39 HR, 86 R, 103 RBIs, 1 SB, .240 AVG, .822 OPS

43. Anthony Rendon | 3B | Nationals | Position rank: 3B5
Consistent veteran hits for average, power.
Steamer Projection: 548 AB, 23 HR, 83 R, 86 RBIs, 5 SB, .287 AVG, .858 OPS

44. Cody Bellinger | 1B (OF) | Dodgers | Position rank: 1B4
Young slugger could regain lost power after 2018 decline.
Steamer Projection: 499 AB, 28 HR, 75 R, 86 RBIs, 10 SB, .256 AVG, .834 OPS

45. Trevor Bauer | SP | Indians | Position rank: SP13
After 2018 breakout, righty poised for additional success.
Steamer Projection: 193 IP, 14 W, 0 SV, 218 K, 3.55 ERA, 1.20 WHIP

46. Matt Carpenter | 1B (2B, 3B) | Cardinals | Position rank: 1B5
Veteran offers strong power, superb on-base skills.
Steamer Projection: 533 AB, 25 HR, 93 R, 70 RBIs, 4 SB, .251 AVG, .830 OPS

47. Stephen Strasburg | SP | Nationals | Position rank: SP14
Right-hander can perform at high level, when healthy.
Steamer Projection: 177 IP, 12 W, 0 SV, 192 K, 3.65 ERA, 1.19 WHIP

48. Corey Seager | SS | Dodgers | Position rank: SS7
Shouldn't be overlooked in early rounds after injury-shortened season.
Steamer Projection: 572 AB, 23 HR, 92 R, 78 RBIs, 4 SB, .283 AVG, .835 OPS

49. Nelson Cruz | DH | Twins | Position rank: DH1
Despite advanced age, veteran still ranks among game's top power hitters.
Steamer Projection: 543 AB, 35 HR, 83 R, 100 RBIs, 1 SB, .271 AVG, .866 OPS

50. Gleyber Torres | 2B (SS) | Yankees | Position rank: 2B3
Youngster has potential to join keystone's top tier.
Steamer Projection: 522 AB, 23 HR, 73 R, 76 RBIs, 9 SB, .257 AVG, .768 OPS

51. Eugenio Suarez | 3B | Reds | Position rank: 3B6
Has made strides to become stellar hot-corner option.
Steamer Projection: 541 AB, 28 HR, 79 R, 88 RBIs, 4 SB, .257 AVG, .813 OPS

52. Jose Abreu | 1B | White Sox | Position rank: 1B6
Veteran can still provide solid production at plate.
Steamer Projection: 586 AB, 29 HR, 82 R, 93 RBIs, 2 SB, .280 AVG, .833 OPS

53. Patrick Corbin | SP | Nationals | Position rank: SP15
After breakout campaign, southpaw could turn heads again.
Steamer Projection: 182 IP, 13 W, 0 SV, 190 K, 3.43 ERA, 1.21 WHIP

54. James Paxton | SP | Yankees | Position rank: SP16
Despite durability concerns, impressive lefty can be major mixed-league asset.
Steamer Projection: 172 IP, 13 W, 0 SV, 199 K, 3.47 ERA, 1.15 WHIP

55. Walker Buehler | SP | Dodgers | Position rank: SP17
With overpowering arsenal, youngster could be set for further dominance.
Steamer Projection: 163 IP, 12 W, 0 SV, 186 K, 3.29 ERA, 1.18 WHIP

56. Marcell Ozuna | OF | Cardinals | Position rank: OF16
Slugger should be good source of homers, RBIs with solid average.
Steamer Projection: 560 AB, 27 HR, 77 R, 93 RBIs, 2 SB, .288 AVG, .836 OPS

57. Ozzie Albies | 2B | Braves | Position rank: 2B4
Youngster could take another step toward stardom.
Steamer Projection: 595 AB, 20 HR, 83 R, 73 RBIs, 16 SB, .273 AVG, .772 OPS

58. Gary Sanchez | C | Yankees | Position rank: C1
If healthy, powerful catcher could regain place among position's elite.
Steamer Projection: 479 AB, 30 HR, 73 R, 83 RBIs, 3 SB, .245 AVG, .804 OPS

59. Whit Merrifield | 2B (OF) | Royals | Position rank: 2B5
Strong contact hitter cemented as premier steals source.
Steamer Projection: 609 AB, 12 HR, 83 R, 60 RBIs, 31 SB, .275 AVG, .735 OPS

60. Edwin Diaz | RP | Mets | Position rank: RP1
Dominant closer has skills to deliver another stellar campaign.
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 4 W, 33 SV, 97 K, 2.46 ERA, 1.00 WHIP

61. Robbie Ray | SP | D-backs | Position rank: SP18
Lefty can overcome inconsistent control with outstanding strikeout skills.
Steamer Projection: 176 IP, 12 W, 0 SV, 222 K, 3.68 ERA, 1.27 WHIP

62. Chris Archer | SP | Pirates | Position rank: SP19
Inconsistent right-hander continues to tantalize with strikeout ability.
Steamer Projection: 191 IP, 12 W, 0 SV, 204 K, 3.64 ERA, 1.23 WHIP

63. Jean Segura | SS | Phillies | Position rank: SS8
Speedy veteran can contribute solid stats across board.
Steamer Projection: 610 AB, 14 HR, 82 R, 62 RBIs, 21 SB, .284 AVG, .744 OPS

64. Joey Votto | 1B | Reds | Position rank: 1B7
On-base maven may have trouble regaining past glory in power department.
Steamer Projection: 527 AB, 22 HR, 89 R, 81 RBIs, 3 SB, .278 AVG, .872 OPS

65. Kenley Jansen | RP | Dodgers | Position rank: RP2
Despite showing signs of decline, right-hander remains top-tier fantasy closer.
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 4 W, 38 SV, 78 K, 3.34 ERA, 1.06 WHIP

66. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. | 3B | Blue Jays | Position rank: 3B7
Premier prospect could receive big league callup early in 2019.
Steamer Projection: 492 AB, 22 HR, 75 R, 77 RBIs, 6 SB, .306 AVG, .879 OPS

67. Justin Turner | 3B | Dodgers | Position rank: 3B8
Veteran offers elite bat-to-ball skills, solid power.
Steamer Projection: 563 AB, 23 HR, 88 R, 83 RBIs, 4 SB, .286 AVG, .845 OPS

68. Joey Gallo | OF (1B) | Rangers | Position rank: OF17
Despite strikeout woes, slugger could again rank among home run leaders.
Steamer Projection: 509 AB, 40 HR, 84 R, 94 RBIs, 7 SB, .225 AVG, .841 OPS

69. Eddie Rosario | OF | Twins | Position rank: OF18
Free swinger established as starting outfielder in shallow leagues.
Steamer Projection: 583 AB, 25 HR, 79 R, 85 RBIs, 9 SB, .277 AVG, .786 OPS

70. Craig Kimbrel | RP | Free Agent | Position rank: RP3
Righty in midst of lengthy run as one of game's elite closers.
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 4 W, 0* SV, 98 K, 2.79 ERA, 1.07 WHIP
*Steamer projects all free-agent relievers for zero saves before they sign. MLB.com ranking based on expectation that right-hander will close in 2019.

71. Aroldis Chapman | RP | Yankees | Position rank: RP4
Hard-throwing southpaw remains one of game's most effective closers.
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 4 W, 31 SV, 97 K, 2.77 ERA, 1.12 WHIP

72. Lorenzo Cain | OF | Brewers | Position rank: OF19
Veteran can make notable impact in three fantasy categories (AVG, R, SB).
Steamer Projection: 573 AB, 15 HR, 83 R, 64 RBIs, 21 SB, .284 AVG, .777 OPS

73. David Price | SP | Red Sox | Position rank: SP20
After rebounding from injury-plagued 2017 season, veteran worth early-round pick.
Steamer Projection: 194 IP, 14 W, 0 SV, 188 K, 3.93 ERA, 1.23 WHIP

74. Blake Treinen | RP | Athletics | Position rank: RP5
After All-Star season, right-hander now ranks as high-end closing option.
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 4 W, 23 SV, 73 K, 3.08 ERA, 1.20 WHIP

75. Rougned Odor | 2B | Rangers | Position rank: 2B6
Power-speed option making strides to become more disciplined at plate.
Steamer Projection: 558 AB, 27 HR, 76 R, 83 RBIs, 15 SB, .249 AVG, .759 OPS

76. Zack Greinke | SP | D-backs | Position rank: SP21
With expert control, crafty veteran continues to excel.
Steamer Projection: 201 IP, 12 W, 0 SV, 189 K, 3.85 ERA, 1.22 WHIP

77. Justin Upton | OF | Angels | Position rank: OF20
Veteran slugger represents starting-caliber outfielder in standard leagues.
Steamer Projection: 544 AB, 29 HR, 79 R, 86 RBIs, 8 SB, .242 AVG, .780 OPS

78. Felipe Vazquez | RP | Pirates | Position rank: RP6
Left-hander has stuff to rank as top-tier fantasy closer.
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 4 W, 32 SV, 82 K, 2.94 ERA, 1.16 WHIP

79. A.J. Pollock | OF | Free Agent | Position rank: OF21
When healthy, veteran is multidimensional fantasy asset.
Steamer Projection: 564 AB, 22 HR, 79 R, 76 RBIs, 18 SB, .259 AVG, .770 OPS

80. Michael Brantley | OF | Astros | Position rank: OF22
Elite contact hitter can contribute across board, but durability concerns remain.
Steamer Projection: 575 AB, 18 HR, 83 R, 73 RBIs, 11 SB, .288 AVG, .800 OPS

81. Brad Hand | RP | Indians | Position rank: RP7
Impressive southpaw could see majority of Tribe's save chances.
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 4 W, 34 SV, 79 K, 3.41 ERA, 1.20 WHIP

82. Mike Foltynewicz | SP | Braves | Position rank: SP22
After breakout season, hard-throwing right-hander worth early-round pick.
Steamer Projection: 192 IP, 12 W, 0 SV, 201 K, 4.00 ERA, 1.27 WHIP

83. Dee Gordon | 2B (OF) | Mariners | Position rank: 2B7
Remains on shallow-league radar due to upside in stolen-base category.
Steamer Projection: 616 AB, 5 HR, 73 R, 51 RBIs, 37 SB, .275 AVG, .666 OPS

84. German Marquez | SP | Rockies | Position rank: SP23
Has stuff to provide considerable fantasy value despite challenging home park.
Steamer Projection: 190 IP, 13 W, 0 SV, 207 K, 3.88 ERA, 1.24 WHIP

85. Charlie Morton | SP | Rays | Position rank: SP24
In midst of late-career renaissance, right-hander has significant fantasy value.
Steamer Projection: 165 IP, 11 W 0 SV, 184 K, 3.51 ERA, 1.24 WHIP

86. J.A. Happ | SP | Yankees | Position rank: SP25
Veteran left-hander remains quality rotation option in all leagues.
Steamer Projection: 184 IP, 12 W, 0 SV, 188 K, 3.82 ERA, 1.23 WHIP

87. Roberto Osuna | RP | Astros | Position rank: RP8
As closer on one of baseball's best teams, talented righty should rack up saves.
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 4 W, 33 SV, 72 K, 3.54 ERA, 1.14 WHIP

88. Adalberto Mondesi | SS (2B) | Royals | Position rank: SS9
With regular role, young power-speed option could be major mixed-league asset.
Steamer Projection: 555 AB, 21 HR, 73 R, 71 RBIs, 42 SB, .252 AVG, .727 OPS

89. Mitch Haniger | OF | Mariners | Position rank: OF23
Worth early-round pick after breakout season.
Steamer Projection: 569 AB, 23 HR, 80 R, 79 RBIs, 7 SB, .259 AVG, .784 OPS

90. Jack Flaherty | SP | Cardinals | Position rank: SP26
After stellar rookie season, right-hander worth significant fantasy investment.
Steamer Projection: 164 IP, 11 W, 0 SV, 180 K, 3.68 ERA, 1.24 WHIP

91. Scooter Gennett | 2B | Reds | Position rank: 2B8
Veteran established as offensive force at second base.
Steamer Projection: 571 AB, 20 HR, 71 R, 77 RBIs, 4 SB, .262 AVG, .739 OPS

92. David Peralta | OF | D-backs | Position rank: OF24
Veteran mashes against right-handed pitching.
Steamer Projection: 577 AB, 23 HR, 84 R, 78 RBIs, 5 SB, .281 AVG, .813 OPS

93. Madison Bumgarner | SP | Giants | Position rank: SP27
Although he remains effective, veteran left-hander showing signs of decline.
Steamer Projection: 203 IP, 11 W, 0 SV, 183 K, 3.93 ERA, 1.24 WHIP

94. Nicholas Castellanos | OF | Tigers | Position rank: OF25
Consistently hits ball with authority despite undisciplined approach.
Steamer Projection: 581 AB, 24 HR, 80 R, 86 RBIs, 3 SB, .276 AVG, .813 OPS

95. Jameson Taillon | SP | Pirates | Position rank: SP28
Consistent right-hander can be considered in early rounds.
Steamer Projection: 190 IP, 12 W, 0 SV, 179 K, 3.90 ERA, 1.26 WHIP

96. Yasiel Puig | OF | Reds | Position rank: OF26
Power-speed option worth drafting in all leagues.
Steamer Projection: 475 AB, 24 HR, 67 R, 77 RBIs, 13 SB, .270 AVG, .826 OPS

97. Edwin Encarnacion | 1B | Mariners | Position rank: 1B8
Aging slugger remains strong source of homers, RBIs.
Steamer Projection: 545 AB, 33 HR, 85 R, 97 RBIs, 2 SB, .242 AVG, .814 OPS

98. Wil Myers | OF (3B) | Padres | Position rank: OF27
With better health, power-speed option could be major fantasy asset.
Steamer Projection: 564 AB, 25 HR, 79 R, 75 RBIs, 18 SB, .240 AVG, .755 OPS

99. Kirby Yates | RP | Padres | Position rank: RP9
Right-hander has swing-and-miss stuff to excel in closer's role.
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 3 W, 28 SV, 84 K, 3.28 ERA, 1.14 WHIP

100. Raisel Iglesias | RP | Reds | Position rank: RP10
Right-hander has proven to be reliable fantasy closer.
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 3 W, 33 SV, 75 K, 3.66 ERA, 1.22 WHIP

101. Miguel Andujar | 3B | Yankees | Position rank: 3B9
After strong rookie season, youngster worth starting in standard mixed leagues.
Steamer Projection: 556 AB, 25 HR, 75 R, 86 RBIs, 4 SB, .279 AVG, .800 OPS

102. Tommy Pham | OF | Rays | Position rank: OF28
Disciplined hitter provides versatile skill set.
Steamer Projection: 496 AB, 19 HR, 75 R, 66 RBIs, 16 SB, .255 AVG, .781 OPS

103. Rich Hill | SP | Dodgers | Position rank: SP29
Veteran continues to perform well on per-start basis, but durability concerns linger.
Steamer Projection: 159 IP, 11 W, 0 SV, 176 K, 3.63 ERA, 1.18 WHIP

104. David Dahl | OF | Rockies | Position rank: OF29
Young outfielder could enter 2019 season with expanded role.
Steamer Projection: 545 AB, 24 HR, 75 R, 81 RBIs, 12 SB, .271 AVG, .797 OPS

105. Jonathan Villar | 2B (SS) | Orioles | Position rank: 2B9
Speedy veteran should draw regular playing time in 2019.
Steamer Projection: 548 AB, 16 HR, 72 R, 60 RBIs, 33 SB, .250 AVG, .709 OPS

106. Victor Robles | OF | Nationals | Position rank: OF30
Speedy prospect could be ready to make big league impact.
Steamer Projection: 527 AB, 13 HR, 70 R, 62 RBIs, 28 SB, .273 AVG, .750 OPS

107. Jose Peraza | SS | Reds | Position rank: SS10
With newfound power stroke, speedster can be started in mixed leagues.
Steamer Projection: 589 AB, 11 HR, 72 R, 62 RBIs, 22 SB, .281 AVG, .719 OPS

108. J.T. Realmuto | C (1B) | Marlins | Position rank: C2
Well-rounded backstop clearly among best offensive players at thin position.
Steamer Projection: 498 AB, 17 HR, 60 R, 62 RBIs, 5 SB, .267 AVG, .757 OPS

109. Salvador Perez | C | Royals | Position rank: C3
Likely to rank among home run leaders at catching position.
Steamer Projection: 497 AB, 24 HR, 60 R, 74 RBIs, 1 SB, .251 AVG, .740 OPS

110. Mike Moustakas | 3B | Free Agent | Position rank: 3B10
Veteran third baseman is reliable power source.
Steamer Projection: 562 AB, 31 HR, 79 R, 88 RBIs, 3 SB, .256 AVG, .791 OPS

111. Buster Posey | C (1B) | Giants | Position rank: C4
Amid declining power, backstop still wields productive bat, when healthy.
Steamer Projection: 485 AB, 13 HR, 62 R, 62 RBIs, 4 SB, .287 AVG, .790 OPS

112. Jose Berrios | SP | Twins | Position rank: SP30
Young righty has ability to provide considerable mixed-league value.
Steamer Projection: 193 IP, 12 W, 0 SV, 192 K, 4.26 ERA, 1.29 WHIP

113. Mike Clevinger | SP | Indians | Position rank: SP31
With secure rotation spot, right-hander now worth significant fantasy investment.
Steamer Projection: 170 IP, 11 W, 0 SV, 181 K, 3.99 ERA, 1.28 WHIP

114. Yu Darvish | SP | Cubs | Position rank: SP32
With improved health, right-hander could enjoy bounceback season.
Steamer Projection: 139 IP, 10 W, 0 SV, 157 K, 3.74 ERA, 1.20 WHIP

115. Rick Porcello | SP | Red Sox | Position rank: SP33
Durable right-hander backed by high-powered offense.
Steamer Projection: 191 IP, 13 W, 0 SV, 170 K, 4.24 ERA, 1.24 WHIP

116. Miles Mikolas | SP | Cardinals | Position rank: SP34
Despite low strikeout totals, control artist can make major mixed-league impact.
Steamer Projection: 198 IP, 12 W, 0 SV, 161 K, 4.02 ERA, 1.24 WHIP

117. Robinson Cano | 2B (1B) | Mets | Position rank: 2B10
Accomplished veteran remains capable of hitting for average, power.
Steamer Projection: 580 AB, 23 HR, 77 R, 82 RBIs, 1 SB, .277 AVG, .794 OPS

118. Daniel Murphy | 2B (1B) | Rockies | Position rank: 2B11
Aging veteran remains solid starting option in standard leagues.
Steamer Projection: 562 AB, 20 HR, 74 R, 79 RBIs, 3 SB, .286 AVG, .802 OPS

119. Mallex Smith | OF | Mariners | Position rank: OF31
Speedster should again rank among MLB leaders in steals.
Steamer Projection: 543 AB, 6 HR, 67 R, 52 RBIs, 38 SB, .262 AVG, .695 OPS

120. Matt Olson | 1B | Athletics | Position rank: 1B9
Young slugger consistently hits ball with authority.
Steamer Projection: 535 AB, 32 HR, 81 R, 88 RBIs, 2 SB, .244 AVG, .813 OPS

121. Shohei Ohtani | DH | Angels | Position rank: DH2
While he won't pitch in 2019, two-way phenom could make sizable impact on offense.
Steamer Projection*: 410 AB, 25 HR, 66 R, 72 RBIs, 10 SB, .273 AVG, .868 OPS
*Projection as of Dec. 20

122. Miguel Cabrera | 1B | Tigers | Position rank: 1B10
Accomplished veteran must show ability to stay healthy.
Steamer Projection: 563 AB, 26 HR, 84 R, 89 RBIs, 2 SB, .283 AVG, .849 OPS

123. Ryan Braun | OF (1B) | Brewers | Position rank: OF32
Oft-injured slugger remains solid fantasy option, when healthy.
Steamer Projection: 494 AB, 25 HR, 70 R, 77 RBIs, 13 SB, .265 AVG, .806 OPS

124. Kyle Hendricks | SP | Cubs | Position rank: SP35
Right-hander provides consistent results by limiting walks, hard contact.
Steamer Projection: 194 IP, 13 W, 0 SV, 162 K, 4.02 ERA, 1.28 WHIP

125. Zack Wheeler | SP | Mets | Position rank: SP36
With lingering health concerns, righty represents boom-or-bust fantasy pick.
Steamer Projection: 171 IP, 10 W, 0 SV, 172 K, 3.86 ERA, 1.26 WHIP

126. Josh Hader | RP | Brewers | Position rank: RP11
Even without consistent save chances, lefty could have tremendous fantasy value.
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 4 W, 14 SV, 98 K, 2.95 ERA, 1.12 WHIP

127. Masahiro Tanaka | SP | Yankees | Position rank: SP37
Homer-prone right-hander can rack up strikeouts, limit baserunners.
Steamer Projection: 153 IP, 11 W, 0 SV, 149 K, 3.94 ERA, 1.20 WHIP

128. Michael Conforto | OF | Mets | Position rank: OF33
With fully healthy offseason, outfielder has potential to improve upon 2018 stats.
Steamer Projection: 544 AB, 28 HR, 80 R, 80 RBIs, 5 SB, .244 AVG, .798 OPS

129. Jesus Aguilar | 1B | Brewers | Position rank: 1B11
Hard-hitting first baseman has ability to duplicate breakout season.
Steamer Projection: 540 AB, 29 HR, 73 R, 83 RBIs, 1 SB, .242 AVG, .770 OPS

130. Aaron Hicks | OF | Yankees | Position rank: OF34
Disciplined hitter has prominent role in elite lineup.
Steamer Projection: 523 AB, 22 HR, 81 R, 74 RBIs, 10 SB, .247 AVG, .778 OPS

131. Sean Doolittle | RP | Nationals | Position rank: RP12
When healthy, oft-injured southpaw is outstanding fantasy asset.
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 4 W, 22 SV, 78 K, 3.34 ERA, 1.11 WHIP

132. Matt Chapman | 3B | Athletics | Position rank: 3B11
Defensive whiz with burgeoning offensive game could take another step forward.
Steamer Projection: 550 AB, 27 HR, 80 R, 82 RBIs, 4 SB, .248 AVG, .796 OPS

133. Jose Quintana | SP | Cubs | Position rank: SP38
Durable left-hander represents mid-tier mixed-league starter.
Steamer Projection: 186 IP, 13 W, 0 SV, 176 K, 3.87 ERA, 1.29 WHIP

134. Yasmani Grandal | C | Free Agent | Position rank: C5
Veteran ranks among most productive catchers in baseball.
Steamer Projection: 441 AB, 22 HR, 62 R, 68 RBIs, 2 SB, .237 AVG, .786 OPS

135. Nathan Eovaldi | SP | Red Sox | Position rank: SP39
After promising return from Tommy John surgery, righty worth mid-round pick.
Steamer Projection: 160 IP, 11 W, 0 SV, 149 K, 3.76 ERA, 1.23 WHIP

136. Cole Hamels | SP | Cubs | Position rank: SP40
After strong finish in 2018, former ace continues to have standard-league relevance.
Steamer Projection: 172 IP, 11 W, 0 SV, 171 K, 3.95 ERA, 1.29 WHIP

137. Eduardo Rodriguez | SP | Red Sox | Position rank: SP41
With better durability, lefty could be extremely valuable fantasy option.
Steamer Projection: 154 IP, 11 W, 0 SV, 160 K, 4.02 ERA, 1.27 WHIP

138. Dallas Keuchel | SP | Free Agent | Position rank: SP42
By minimizing fly balls, left-hander can thrive without impressive strikeout totals.
Steamer Projection: 193 IP, 12 W, 0 SV, 153 K, 3.69 ERA, 1.32 WHIP

139. Corey Knebel | RP | Brewers | Position rank: RP13
After strong finish, righty could re-enter closing picture.
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 4 W, 18 SV, 92 K, 3.05 ERA, 1.16 WHIP

140. Wade Davis | RP | Rockies | Position rank: RP14
Veteran represents boom-or-bust option among big-name fantasy relievers.
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 3 W, 29 SV, 74 K, 3.96 ERA, 1.32 WHIP

141. Nomar Mazara | OF | Rangers | Position rank: OF35
Youngster needs to increase launch angle to take step forward.
Steamer Projection: 564 AB, 26 HR, 79 R, 88 RBIs, 2 SB, .270 AVG, .799 OPS

142. Eloy Jimenez | OF | White Sox | Position rank: OF36
Elite prospect could earn prominent MLB role early in 2019.
Steamer Projection: 474 AB, 23 HR, 66 R, 72 RBIs, 3 SB, .293 AVG, .843 OPS

143. Wilson Ramos | C | Mets | Position rank: C6
Veteran holds firm place among top fantasy catchers.
Steamer Projection: 427 AB, 18 HR, 53 R, 64 RBIs, 1 SB, .270 AVG, .772 OPS

144. Josh Donaldson | 3B | Braves | Position rank: 3B12
Given durability concerns, veteran slugger should last until middle rounds.
Steamer Projection: 480 AB, 26 HR, 82 R, 72 RBIs, 4 SB, .257 AVG, .842 OPS

145. Brian Dozier | 2B | Free Agent | Position rank: 2B12
Given track record, veteran should be drafted in most leagues despite poor 2018 season.
Steamer Projection: 563 AB, 25 HR, 84 R, 71 RBIs, 12 SB, .235 AVG, .749 OPS

146. Jose Leclerc | RP | Rangers | Position rank: RP15
Could retain ninth-inning role after excelling as closer in second half of 2018.
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 3 W, 21 SV, 86 K, 3.64 ERA, 1.32 WHIP

147. Ender Inciarte | OF | Braves | Position rank: OF37
Strong defender provides plus speed, solid bat-to-ball skills.
Steamer Projection: 587 AB, 10 HR, 75 R, 57 RBIs, 24 SB, .274 AVG, .720 OPS

148. Andrew McCutchen | OF | Phillies | Position rank: OF38
Former fantasy star remains productive option in mixed leagues.
Steamer Projection: 486 AB, 22 HR, 77 R, 70 RBIs, 10 SB, .265 AVG, .824 OPS

149. Ian Desmond | 1B (OF) | Rockies | Position rank: 1B12
Veteran is rare power-speed option at first base.
Steamer Projection: 479 AB, 19 HR, 65 R, 68 RBIs, 16 SB, .267 AVG, .781 OPS

150. Ken Giles | RP | Blue Jays | Position rank: RP16
Inconsistent righty has little competition for closer's role.
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 3 W, 27 SV, 73 K, 3.60 ERA, 1.20 WHIP

151. Drew Steckenrider | RP | Marlins | Position rank: RP17
Righty could receive closing opportunity, but save chances may be limited.
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 3 W, 25 SV, 74 K, 3.52 ERA, 1.25 WHIP

152. Luis Castillo | SP | Reds | Position rank: SP43
Coming off inconsistent 2018 season, youngster still has notable fantasy potential.
Steamer Projection: 173 IP, 11 W, 0 SV, 172 K, 4.01 ERA, 1.26 WHIP

153. Max Muncy | 1B (2B, 3B) | Dodgers | Position rank: 1B13
Late bloomer has seemingly found recipe for sustained success.
Steamer Projection: 454 AB, 22 HR, 67 R, 66 RBIs, 3 SB, .235 AVG, .772 OPS

154. Yadier Molina | C | Cardinals | Position rank: C7
Despite advanced age, durable veteran continues to excel.
Steamer Projection: 474 AB, 15 HR, 57 R, 61 RBIs, 5 SB, .266 AVG, .730 OPS

155. Travis Shaw | 3B (1B, 2B) | Brewers | Position rank: 3B13
Slugger can be comfortably started at hot corner in standard mixed leagues.
Steamer Projection: 533 AB, 27 HR, 73 R, 84 RBIs, 5 SB, .248 AVG, .790 OPS

156. Stephen Piscotty | OF | Athletics | Position rank: OF39
After rebound campaign, outfielder can be comfortably started in all leagues.
Steamer Projection: 540 AB, 21 HR, 74 R, 76 RBIs, 4 SB, .261 AVG, .786 OPS

157. Carlos Martinez | SP | Cardinals | Position rank: SP44
With better health, right-hander should have considerable fantasy value.
Steamer Projection: 180 IP, 11 W, 0 SV, 166 K, 4.04 ERA, 1.36 WHIP

158. Jon Lester | SP | Cubs | Position rank: SP45
Although he remains quality fantasy option, southpaw no longer pitching at ace level.
Steamer Projection: 192 IP, 12 W, 0 SV, 171 K, 4.33 ERA, 1.34 WHIP

159. Austin Meadows | OF | Rays | Position rank: OF40
With regular role, youngster could be power-speed asset.
Steamer Projection: 509 AB, 17 HR, 67 R, 66 RBIs, 16 SB, .264 AVG, .750 OPS

160. Marcus Semien | SS | Athletics | Position rank: SS11
Veteran can provide double-digit totals in homers, steals.
Steamer Projection: 570 AB, 19 HR, 78 R, 67 RBIs, 13 SB, .251 AVG, .728 OPS

161. Tim Anderson | SS | White Sox | Position rank: SS12
Power-speed option can help mixed-league owners despite poor on-base skills.
Steamer Projection: 575 AB, 16 HR, 65 R, 64 RBIs, 21 SB, .252 AVG, .683 OPS

162. Andrew Heaney | SP | Angels | Position rank: SP46
Left-hander should be streaming option in standard leagues.
Steamer Projection: 178 IP, 12 W, 0 SV, 171 K, 3.96 ERA, 1.22 WHIP

163. Brandon Morrow | RP | Cubs | Position rank: RP18
Has skills to be top-tier closer, but injury concerns linger.
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 4 W, 36 SV, 69 K, 3.43 ERA, 1.21 WHIP

164. Adam Eaton | OF | Nationals | Position rank: OF41
When healthy, outfielder can contribute across board.
Steamer Projection: 549 AB, 11 HR, 83 R, 57 RBIs, 12 SB, .283 AVG, .776 OPS

165. Amed Rosario | SS | Mets | Position rank: SS13
After making strides late in 2018, former top prospect has breakout potential.
Steamer Projection: 556 AB, 11 HR, 62 R, 58 RBIs, 23 SB, .261 AVG, .694 OPS

166. Eric Hosmer | 1B | Padres | Position rank: 1B14
Veteran will look to rebound in second season with Padres.
Steamer Projection: 575 AB, 22 HR, 75 R, 77 RBIs, 6 SB, .265 AVG, .772 OPS

167. Rafael Devers | 3B | Red Sox | Position rank: 3B14
Despite disappointing 2018 campaign, youngster still has immense potential.
Steamer Projection: 473 AB, 22 HR, 67 R, 74 RBIs, 6 SB, .270 AVG, .804 OPS

168. Kyle Schwarber | OF | Cubs | Position rank: OF42
Disciplined slugger struggles against lefties, which limits fantasy upside.
Steamer Projection: 457 AB, 29 HR, 73 R, 76 RBIs, 5 SB, .241 AVG, .830 OPS

169. Corey Dickerson | OF | Pirates | Position rank: OF43
Free-swinging outfielder must supply more power to make notable mixed-league impact.
Steamer Projection: 540 AB, 21 HR, 71 R, 74 RBIs, 6 SB, .275 AVG, .783 OPS

170. Garrett Hampson | SS (2B) | Rockies | Position rank: SS14
Speedy youngster could open 2019 with regular role.
Steamer Projection: 486 AB, 8 HR, 60 R, 57 RBIs, 25 SB, .291 AVG, .768 OPS

171. Joey Lucchesi | SP | Padres | Position rank: SP47
With reduced HR/FB rate, left-hander could excel in sophomore campaign.
Steamer Projection: 165 IP, 10 W, 0 SV, 168 K, 3.82 ERA, 1.28 WHIP

172. Nick Pivetta | SP | Phillies | Position rank: SP48
With strong strikeout skills, inconsistent righty has room to grow.
Steamer Projection: 160 IP, 10 W, 0 SV, 172 K, 4.02 ERA, 1.26 WHIP

173. Shin-Soo Choo | OF | Rangers | Position rank: OF44
Aging veteran provides value with solid power, disciplined approach.
Steamer Projection: 554 AB, 21 HR, 88 R, 67 RBIs, 7 SB, .254 AVG, .774 OPS

174. Jose Alvarado | RP | Rays | Position rank: RP19
Hard-throwing lefty could receive chance to close.
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 4 W, 35 SV, 80 K, 3.16 ERA, 1.30 WHIP

175. Tyler Skaggs | SP | Angels | Position rank: SP49
Oft-injured lefty worth late-round pick in standard leagues.
Steamer Projection: 166 IP, 11 W, 0 SV, 156 K, 3.96 ERA, 1.28 WHIP

176. A.J. Minter | RP | Braves | Position rank: RP20
Southpaw reliever could close for contending club in 2019.
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 3 W, 5 SV, 78 K, 3.38 ERA, 1.22 WHIP

177. Jorge Polanco | SS | Twins | Position rank: SS15
While he doesn't dazzle in any one area, shortstop can contribute across board.
Steamer Projection: 549 AB, 14 HR, 70 R, 67 RBIs, 14 SB, .271 AVG, .750 OPS

178. Tyler Glasnow | RP (SP) | Rays | Position rank: RP21
Former top prospect has breakout potential in first full season with Rays.
Steamer Projection: 147 IP, 9 W, 0 SV, 173 K, 3.92 ERA, 1.34 WHIP

179. Jake Bauers | 1B | Indians | Position rank: 1B15
Young slugger could clear 15-mark in homers, steals.
Steamer Projection*: 527 AB, 19 HR, 75 R, 73 RBIs, 16 SB, .245 AVG, .756 OPS
*Projection as of Dec. 20

180. Kevin Gausman | SP | Braves | Position rank: SP50
Inconsistent right-hander could flourish in first full season with Braves.
Steamer Projection: 170 IP, 11 W, 0 SV, 150 K, 4.12 ERA, 1.30 WHIP

181. Josh James | RP | Astros | Position rank: RP22
Hard-throwing right-hander could receive rotation opportunity.
Steamer Projection: 142 IP, 10 W, 0 SV, 161 K, 3.96 ERA, 1.30 WHIP

182. Will Smith | RP | Giants | Position rank: RP23
Left-hander could remain in closer's role to begin 2019.
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 3 W, 18 SV, 78 K, 3.09 ERA, 1.17 WHIP

183. Dellin Betances | RP | Yankees | Position rank: RP24
Dominant reliever doesn't need save chances to make fantasy impact.
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 4 W, 4 SV, 97 K, 2.85 ERA, 1.12 WHIP

184. Marco Gonzales | SP | Mariners | Position rank: SP51
Left-hander should have appeal as streaming option.
Steamer Projection: 180 IP, 11 W, 0 SV, 149 K, 4.07 ERA, 1.28 WHIP

185. Steven Matz | SP | Mets | Position rank: SP52
Lefty may not be more than streaming option in mixed leagues.
Steamer Projection: 162 IP, 10 W, 0 SV, 156 K, 4.05 ERA, 1.29 WHIP

186. Hyun-Jin Ryu | SP | Dodgers | Position rank: SP53
Despite injury history, left-hander worth drafting in most leagues.
Steamer Projection: 126 IP, 9 W, 0 SV, 121 K, 3.68 ERA, 1.21 WHIP

187. Jurickson Profar | SS (1B, 2B, 3B) | A's | Position rank: SS16
Former top prospect has skills to help mixed-league owners.
Steamer Projection: 545 AB, 17 HR, 75 R, 72 RBIs, 8 SB, .263 AVG, .768 OPS

188. Jed Lowrie | 2B | Free Agent | Position rank: 2B13
Productive veteran represents solid starter in standard mixed leagues.
Steamer Projection: 555 AB, 17 HR, 73 R, 70 RBIs, 1 SB, .254 AVG, .741 OPS

189. Justin Smoak | 1B | Blue Jays | Position rank: 1B16
Veteran slugger can help in most leagues.
Steamer Projection: 545 AB, 28 HR, 80 R, 85 RBIs, 1 SB, .239 AVG, .785 OPS

190. Jordan Hicks | RP | Cardinals | Position rank: RP25
Flame-throwing youngster could receive save chances.
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 3 W, 23 SV, 67 K, 3.73 ERA, 1.41 WHIP

191. Kyle Gibson | SP | Twins | Position rank: SP54
After showing improved strikeout skills in 2018, veteran now on mixed-league radar.
Steamer Projection: 192 IP, 12 W, 0 SV, 166 K, 4.19 ERA, 1.38 WHIP

192. Zack Godley | SP | D-backs | Position rank: SP55
Right-hander has skills to significantly improve upon 2018 ERA (4.74).
Steamer Projection: 178 IP, 11 W, 0 SV, 169 K, 4.16 ERA, 1.38 WHIP

193. Adam Ottavino | RP | Free Agent | Position rank: RP26
Right-handed reliever could rack up strikeouts while posting sparkling ratios.
Steamer Projection: 55 IP, 3 W, 0 SV, 70 K, 3.63 ERA, 1.27 WHIP

194. Kenta Maeda | SP (RP) | Dodgers | Position rank: SP56
Right-hander could return to rotation in 2019.
Steamer Projection: 125 IP, 9 W, 0 SV, 131 K, 3.88 ERA, 1.21 WHIP

195. Mychal Givens | RP | Orioles | Position rank: RP27
Right-hander could open 2019 as closer.
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 3 W, 29 SV, 69 K, 4.06 ERA, 1.30 WHIP

196. Franmil Reyes | OF | Padres | Position rank: OF45
Young slugger has impressive power potential.
Steamer Projection: 531 AB, 28 HR, 69 R, 80 RBIs, 2 SB, .251 AVG, .777 OPS

197. Jesse Winker | OF | Reds | Position rank: OF46
Disciplined hitter has limited power ceiling.
Steamer Projection: 525 AB, 17 HR, 76 R, 67 RBIs, 3 SB, .284 AVG, .814 OPS

198. Sean Newcomb | SP | Braves | Position rank: SP57
Despite late-season fade in 2018, southpaw worth drafting in most leagues.
Steamer Projection: 177 IP, 11 W, 0 SV, 179 K, 4.20 ERA, 1.42 WHIP

199. Jon Gray | SP | Rockies | Position rank: SP58
Despite inconsistency, hard-throwing righty remains intriguing fantasy option.
Steamer Projection: 146 IP, 10 W, 0 SV, 146 K, 4.18 ERA, 1.31 WHIP

200. Miguel Sano | 3B | Twins | Position rank: 3B15
Despite injury and strikeout problems, slugger worth drafting in most leagues.
Steamer Projection: 493 AB, 28 HR, 71 R, 79 RBIs, 1 SB, .236 AVG, .782 OPS

201. Willson Contreras | C | Cubs | Position rank: C8
Steamer Projection: 404 AB, 14 HR, 53 R, 57 RBIs, 4 SB, .256 AVG, .765 OPS

202. Yoan Moncada | 2B | White Sox | Position rank: 2B14
Steamer Projection: 559 AB, 19 HR, 77 R, 62 RBIs, 16 SB, .236 AVG, .721 OPS

203. Carlos Santana | 1B (3B, OF) | Indians | Position rank: 1B17
Steamer Projection: 521 AB, 24 HR, 80 R, 76 RBIs, 3 SB, .241 AVG, .792 OPS

204. Kyle Freeland | SP | Rockies | Position rank: SP59
Steamer Projection: 195 IP, 11 W, 0 SV, 162 K, 4.62 ERA, 1.43 WHIP

205. Willians Astudillo | C | Twins | Position rank: C9
Steamer Projection: 380 AB, 11 HR, 46 R, 49 RBIs, 6 SB, .291 AVG, .763 OPS

206. Jakob Junis | SP | Royals | Position rank: SP60
Steamer Projection: 184 IP, 10 W, 0 SV, 160 K, 4.42 ERA, 1.28 WHIP

207. Trevor Rosenthal | RP | Nationals | Position rank: RP28
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 4 W, 14 SV, 84 K, 3.10 ERA, 1.21 WHIP

208. Elvis Andrus | SS | Rangers | Position rank: SS17
Steamer Projection: 584 AB, 11 HR, 72 R, 68 RBIs, 14 SB, .266 AVG, .715 OPS

209. Jake Arrieta | SP | Phillies | Position rank: SP61
Steamer Projection: 181 IP, 10 W, 0 SV, 163 K, 4.25 ERA, 1.33 WHIP

210. Ryan Zimmerman | 1B | Nationals | Position rank: 1B18
Steamer Projection: 525 AB, 27 HR, 73 R, 87 RBIs, 3 SB, .262 AVG, .806 OPS

211. Archie Bradley | RP | D-backs | Position rank: RP29
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 3 W, 26 SV, 72 K, 3.52 ERA, 1.24 WHIP

212. Adam Jones | OF | Free Agent | Position rank: OF47
Steamer Projection: 596 AB, 22 HR, 76 R, 77 RBIs, 4 SB, .266 AVG, .736 OPS

213. Brandon Nimmo | OF | Mets | Position rank: OF48
Steamer Projection: 524 AB, 16 HR, 74 R, 60 RBIs, 9 SB, .239 AVG, .748 OPS

214. Cedric Mullins | OF | Orioles | Position rank: OF49
Steamer Projection: 581 AB, 17 HR, 76 R, 62 RBIs, 17 SB, .257 AVG, .722 OPS

215. Shane Bieber | SP | Indians | Position rank: SP62
Steamer Projection: 130 IP, 9 W, 0 SV, 116 K, 3.86 ERA, 1.19 WHIP

216. Randal Grichuk | OF | Blue Jays | Position rank: OF50
Steamer Projection: 471 AB, 28 HR, 67 R, 75 RBIs, 5 SB, .242 AVG, .787 OPS

217. Maikel Franco | 3B | Phillies | Position rank: 3B16
Steamer Projection: 522 AB, 27 HR, 67 R, 81 RBIs, 1 SB, .262 AVG, .789 OPS

218. Scott Schebler | OF | Reds | Position rank: OF51
Steamer Projection: 549 AB, 25 HR, 72 R, 78 RBIs, 6 SB, .240 AVG, .747 OPS

219. Trey Mancini | OF (1B) | Orioles | Position rank: OF52
Steamer Projection: 559 AB, 23 HR, 71 R, 75 RBIs, 2 SB, .261 AVG, .760 OPS

220. Shane Greene | RP | Tigers | Position rank: RP30
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 3 W, 27 SV, 4.24 ERA, 1.35 WHIP

221. Danny Duffy | SP | Royals | Position rank: SP63
Steamer Projection: 185 IP, 10 W, 0 SV, 163 K, 4.38 ERA, 1.34 WHIP

222. Mark Trumbo | OF | Orioles | Position rank: OF53
Steamer Projection: 521 AB, 28 HR, 67 R, 80 RBIs, 1 SB, .247 AVG, .758 OPS

223. Paul DeJong | SS | Cardinals | Position rank: SS18
Steamer Projection: 525 AB, 24 HR, 67 R, 77 RBIs, 2 SB, .253 AVG, .759 OPS

224. Joe Musgrove | SP | Pirates | Position rank: SP64
Steamer Projection: 149 IP, 9 W, 0 SV, 130 K, 4.03 ERA, 1.27 WHIP

225. Marcus Stroman | SP | Blue Jays | Position rank: SP65
Steamer Projection: 194 IP, 12 W, 0 SV, 148 K, 4.13 ERA, 1.38 WHIP

226. Anthony DeSclafani | SP | Reds | Position rank: SP66
Steamer Projection: 163 IP, 10 W, 0 SV, 151 K, 4.34 ERA, 1.29 WHIP

227. Andrelton Simmons | SS | Angels | Position rank: SS19
Steamer Projection: 566 AB, 11 HR, 67 R, 67 RBIs, 10 SB, .276 AVG, .726 OPS

228. Billy Hamilton | OF | Royals | Position rank: OF54
Steamer Projection*: 514 AB, 5 HR, 62 R, 43 RBIs, 38 SB, .241 AVG, .643 OPS
*Projection as of Dec. 20

229. Hunter Renfroe | OF | Padres | Position rank: OF55
Steamer Projection: 505 AB, 27 HR, 64 R, 77 RBIs, 3 SB, .246 AVG, .760 OPS

230. Alex Colome | RP | White Sox | Position rank: RP31
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 3 W, 5 SV, 66 K, 3.80 ERA, 1.27 WHIP

231. Mike Minor | SP | Rangers | Position rank: SP67
Steamer Projection: 175 IP, 10 W, 0 SV, 158 K, 4.57 ERA, 1.33 WHIP

232. Max Kepler | OF | Twins | Position rank: OF56
Steamer Projection: 512 AB, 20 HR, 71 R, 72 RBIs, 6 SB, .254 AVG, .778 OPS

233. Kendrys Morales | 1B | Blue Jays | Position rank: 1B19
Steamer Projection: 541 AB, 27 HR, 75 R, 83 RBIs, 3 SB, .249 AVG, .772 OPS

234. Caleb Smith | SP | Marlins | Position rank: SP68
Steamer Projection: 132 IP, 7 W, 0 SV, 135 K, 3.98 ERA, 1.29 WHIP

235. Josh Bell | 1B | Pirates | Position rank: 1B20
Steamer Projection: 516 AB, 18 HR, 70 R, 73 RBIs, 5 SB, .270 AVG, .803 OPS

236. Jeremy Jeffress | RP | Brewers | Position rank: RP32
Steamer Projection: 55 IP, 3 W, 1 SV, 58 K, 3.43 ERA, 1.30 WHIP

237. DJ LeMahieu | 2B | Free Agent | Position rank: 2B15
Steamer Projection: 583 AB, 11 HR, 79 R, 57 RBIs, 9 SB, .273 AVG, .726 OPS

238. Seranthony Dominguez | RP | Phillies | Position rank: RP33
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 3 W, 14 SV, 81 K, 3.39 ERA, 1.25 WHIP

239. Andrew Miller | RP | Cardinals | Position rank: RP34
Steamer Projection: 45 IP, 3 W, 0 SV, 57 K, 3.07 ERA, 1.14 WHIP

240. Gio Gonzalez | SP | Free Agent | Position rank: SP69
Steamer Projection: 92 IP, 5 W, 0 SV, 79 K, 4.39 ERA, 1.42 WHIP

241. Tanner Roark | SP | Reds | Position rank: SP70
Steamer Projection: 152 IP, 9 W, 0 SV, 125 K, 4.41 ERA, 1.35 WHIP

242. Jackie Bradley Jr. | OF | Red Sox | Position rank: OF57
Steamer Projection: 494 AB, 17 HR, 70 R, 67 RBIs, 12 SB, .247 AVG, .750 OPS

243. Michael Fulmer | SP | Tigers | Position rank: SP71
Steamer Projection: 175 IP, 10 W, 0 SV, 147 K, 4.39 ERA, 1.35 WHIP

244. Ty Buttrey | RP | Angels | Position rank: RP35
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 3 W, 18 SV, 68 K, 3.70 ERA, 1.30 WHIP

245. Zach Britton | RP | Free Agent | Position rank: RP36
Steamer Projection: 25 IP, 1 W, 0 SV, 24 K, 3.01 ERA, 1.32 WHIP

246. Dylan Bundy | SP | Orioles | Position rank: SP72
Steamer Projection: 183 IP, 9 W, 0 SV, 174 K, 4.90 ERA, 1.34 WHIP

247. Trevor May | RP | Twins | Position rank: RP37
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 3 W, 30 SV, 70 K, 3.97 ERA, 1.25 WHIP

248. Yonder Alonso | 1B | White Sox | Position rank: 1B21
Steamer Projection: 532 AB, 22 HR, 73 R, 77 RBIs, 1 SB, .255 AVG, .765 OPS

249. Cesar Hernandez | 2B | Phillies | Position rank: 2B16
Steamer Projection: 572 AB, 10 HR, 79 R, 50 RBIs, 16 SB, .256 AVG, .714 OPS

250. Asdrubal Cabrera | 2B (3B, SS) | Free Agent | Position rank: 2B17
Steamer Projection: 441 AB, 16 HR, 59 R, 57 RBIs, 2 SB, .263 AVG, .758 OPS

251. Kevin Kiermaier | OF | Rays | Position rank: OF58
Steamer Projection: 541 AB, 15 HR, 70 R, 61 RBIs, 18 SB, .237 AVG, .699 OPS

252. Evan Longoria | 3B | Giants | Position rank: 3B17
Steamer Projection: 575 AB, 21 HR, 68 R, 77 RBIs, 4 SB, .254 AVG, .735 OPS

253. Jake Lamb | 3B | D-backs | Position rank: 3B18
Steamer Projection: 528 AB, 22 HR, 72 R, 76 RBIs, 6 SB, .240 AVG, .767 OPS

254. Luke Weaver | SP | D-backs | Position rank: SP73
Steamer Projection: 124 IP, 7 W, 0 SV, 120 K, 4.21 ERA, 1.31 WHIP

255. Jeurys Familia | RP | Mets | Position rank: RP38
Steamer Projection: 55 IP, 3 W, 0 SV, 59 K, 3.49 ERA, 1.28 WHIP

256. Brad Peacock | RP | Astros | Position rank: RP39
Steamer Projection: 125 IP, 8 W, 0 SV, 131 K, 4.33 ERA, 1.32 WHIP

257. Kevin Pillar | OF | Blue Jays | Position rank: OF59
Steamer Projection: 536 AB, 14 HR, 64 R, 63 RBIs, 13 SB, .258 AVG, .705 OPS

258. Kyle Seager | 3B | Mariners | Position rank: 3B19
Steamer Projection: 552 AB, 24 HR, 70 R, 79 RBIs, 3 SB, .241 AVG, .738 OPS

259. Brandon Belt | 1B (OF) | Giants | Position rank: 1B22
Steamer Projection: 525 AB, 20 HR, 74 R, 71 RBIs, 4 SB, .252 AVG, .794 OPS

260. Ramon Laureano | OF | Athletics | Position rank: OF60
Steamer Projection: 466 AB, 15 HR, 62 R, 58 RBIs, 15 SB, .252 AVG, .736 OPS

261. Steven Souza Jr. | OF | D-backs | Position rank: OF61
Steamer Projection: 468 AB, 20 HR, 64 R, 66 RBIs, 10 SB, .239 AVG, .757 OPS

262. Starlin Castro | 2B | Marlins | Position rank: 2B18
Steamer Projection: 586 AB, 15 HR, 63 R, 67 RBIs, 5 SB, .266 AVG, .712 OPS

263. Niko Goodrum | 2B (1B, 3B, SS, OF) | Tigers | Position rank: 2B19
Steamer Projection: 541 AB, 16 HR, 64 R, 66 RBIs, 13 SB, .238 AVG, .692 OPS

264. Lance Lynn | SP | Rangers | Position rank: SP74
Steamer Projection: 125 IP, 8 W, 0 SV, 119 K, 4.13 ERA, 1.38 WHIP

265. Matthew Boyd | SP | Tigers | Position rank: SP75
Steamer Projection: 170 IP, 9 W, 0 SV, 150 K, 4.81 ERA, 1.35 WHIP

266. Albert Pujols | 1B | Angels | Position rank: 1B23
Steamer Projection: 541 AB, 24 HR, 68 R, 81 RBIs, 2 SB, .249 AVG, .723 OPS

267. Manuel Margot | OF | Padres | Position rank: OF62
Steamer Projection: 498 AB, 12 HR, 59 R, 53 RBIs, 17 SB, .259 AVG, .717 OPS

268. Tyler White | 1B | Astros | Position rank: 1B24
Steamer Projection: 489 AB, 21 HR, 68 R, 72 RBIs, 3 SB, .249 AVG, .764 OPS

269. Todd Frazier | 3B | Mets | Position rank: 3B20
Steamer Projection: 466 AB, 23 HR, 60 R, 67 RBIs, 7 SB, .218 AVG, .719 OPS

270. Carlos Rodon | SP | White Sox | Position rank: SP76
Steamer Projection: 179 IP, 9 W, 0 SV, 162 K, 4.68 ERA, 1.42 WHIP

271. C.J. Cron | 1B | Twins | Position rank: 1B25
Steamer Projection: 461 AB, 22 HR, 60 R, 66 RBIs, 3 SB, .261 AVG, .803 OPS

272. Jhoulys Chacin | SP | Brewers | Position rank: SP77
Steamer Projection: 187 IP, 10 W, 0 SV, 156 K, 4.68 ERA, 1.42 WHIP

273. Eduardo Escobar | 3B (SS) | D-backs | Position rank: 3B21
Steamer Projection: 559 AB, 18 HR, 69 R, 74 RBIs, 4 SB, .252 AVG, .742 OPS

274. Julio Teheran | SP | Braves | Position rank: SP78
Steamer Projection: 159 IP, 9 W, 0 SV, 138 K, 4.81 ERA, 1.41 WHIP

275. Yuli Gurriel | 1B (2B, 3B) | Astros | Position rank: 1B26
Steamer Projection: 495 AB, 14 HR, 61 R, 68 RBIs, 3 SB, .283 AVG, .756 OPS

276. Marwin Gonzalez | OF (1B, 2B, SS) | Free Agent | Position rank: OF63
Steamer Projection: 500 AB, 17 HR, 61 R, 67 RBIs, 5 SB, .259 AVG, .754 OPS

277. Zach Eflin | SP | Phillies | Position rank: SP78
Steamer Projection: 145 IP, 8 W, 0 SV, 128 K, 4.62 ERA, 1.32 WHIP

278. Alex Reyes | SP | Cardinals | Position rank: SP79
Steamer Projection: 101 IP, 7 W, 0 SV, 114 K, 3.81 ERA, 1.28 WHIP

279. Alex Wood | SP (RP) | Reds | Position rank: SP80
Steamer Projection: 57 IP, 4 W, 0 SV, 52 K, 3.56 ERA, 1.23 WHIP

280. Luke Voit | 1B | Yankees | Position rank: 1B27
Steamer Projection: 436 AB, 21 HR, 63 R, 66 RBIs, 2 SB, .262 AVG, .795 OPS

281. Harrison Bader | OF | Cardinals | Position rank: OF64
Steamer Projection: 485 AB, 16 HR, 57 R, 60 RBIs, 14 SB, .245 AVG, .706 OPS

282. Welington Castillo | C | White Sox | Position rank: C10
Steamer Projection: 390 AB, 16 HR, 45 R, 51 RBIs, 2 SB, .241 AVG, .706 OPS

283. Dereck Rodriguez | SP | Giants | Position rank: SP81
Steamer Projection: 159 IP, 8 W, 0 SV, 124 K, 4.44 ERA, 1.34 WHIP

284. Francisco Cervelli | C | Pirates | Position rank: C11
Steamer Projection: 380 AB, 8 HR, 46 R, 45 RBIs, 4 SB, .256 AVG, .739 OPS

285. Danny Jansen | C | Blue Jays | Position rank: C12
Steamer Projection: 312 AB, 11 HR, 42 R, 41 RBIs, 3 SB, .256 AVG, .755 OPS

286. Jonathan Schoop | 2B (SS) | Twins | Position rank: 2B20
Steamer Projection: 467 AB, 21 HR, 57 R, 68 RBIs, 2 SB, .256 AVG, .748 OPS

287. Mike Zunino | C | Rays | Position rank: C13
Steamer Projection: 362 AB, 19 HR, 45 R, 51 RBIs, 1 SB, .210 AVG, .693 OPS

288. Odubel Herrera | OF | Phillies | Position rank: OF65
Steamer Projection: 566 AB, 18 HR, 71 R, 71 RBIs, 8 SB, .267 AVG, .753 OPS

289. Wily Peralta | RP | Royals | Position rank: RP40
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 3 W, 17 SV, 58 K, 4.27 ERA, 1.41 WHIP

290. Chris Taylor | SS (OF) | Dodgers | Position rank: SS20
Steamer Projection: 515 AB, 13 HR, 68 R, 57 RBIs, 11 SB, .248 AVG, .721 OPS

291. David Robertson | RP | Free Agent | Position rank: RP41
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 4 W, 0 SV, 81 K, 3.32 ERA, 1.19 WHIP

292. Jorge Alfaro | C | Phillies | Position rank: C14
Steamer Projection: 348 AB, 11 HR, 35 R, 41 RBIs, 2 SB, .233 AVG, .666 OPS

293. Nick Markakis | OF | Free Agent | Position rank: OF66
Steamer Projection: 545 AB, 12 HR, 67 R, 68 RBIs, 1 SB, .271 AVG, .748 OPS

294. Byron Buxton | OF | Twins | Position rank: OF67
Steamer Projection: 429 AB, 14 HR, 54 R, 54 RBIs, 16 SB, .244 AVG, .709 OPS

295. Chris Iannetta | C | Rockies | Position rank: C15
Steamer Projection: 252 AB, 10 HR, 35 R, 36 RBIs, 1 SB, .248 AVG, .786 OPS

296. Trevor Williams | SP | Pirates | Position rank: SP82
Steamer Projection: 136 IP, 7 W, 0 SV, 103 K, 4.72 ERA, 1.44 WHIP

297. Willy Adames | SS (2B) | Rays | Position rank: SS21
Steamer Projection: 504 AB, 12 HR, 59 R, 58 RBIs, 10 SB, .248 AVG, .702 OPS

298. Zack Cozart | 3B (2B, SS) | Angels | Position rank: 3B22
Steamer Projection: 551 AB, 17 HR, 75 R, 66 RBIs, 3 SB, .243 AVG, .714 OPS

299. Francisco Mejia | C | Padres | Position rank: C16
Steamer Projection: 308 AB, 9 HR, 34 R, 36 RBIs, 2 SB, .247 AVG, .687 OPS

300. Robinson Chirinos | C | Astros | Position rank: C17
Steamer Projection: 303 AB, 13 HR, 39 R, 41 RBIs, 2 SB, .201 AVG, .677 OPS

Thomas Harrigan is an editor for MLB.com.

10 players to grab off fantasy waivers now

T. Frazier, Kiermaier, Dahl among those primed for strong finishes
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Need an impact arm or bat that can give your fantasy team a boost? Whether you're looking for an injury replacement or someone to stash on your bench, the fantasy waiver wire has a plug or long-term fix to pick up today. Check out the following 10 players -- all sitting on waivers in many leagues, and all ready to help your team in Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball, the Official Commissioner Game of MLB. All statistics and ownership percentages are as of Wednesday morning.

Andrew Miller, reliever, Indians (49% owned)
Miller was immediately thrust into action after being activated from the DL on Monday, tossing a scoreless inning against the Rays while striking out two. Although he's been limited to just 25 innings this year, Miller has continued to be effective with a 3.24 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP and a 12.6 K/9 rate. Look for the Indians to give their reliever a healthy dose of innings over the next few weeks to get him battle-ready for the playoffs.

Need an impact arm or bat that can give your fantasy team a boost? Whether you're looking for an injury replacement or someone to stash on your bench, the fantasy waiver wire has a plug or long-term fix to pick up today. Check out the following 10 players -- all sitting on waivers in many leagues, and all ready to help your team in Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball, the Official Commissioner Game of MLB. All statistics and ownership percentages are as of Wednesday morning.

Andrew Miller, reliever, Indians (49% owned)
Miller was immediately thrust into action after being activated from the DL on Monday, tossing a scoreless inning against the Rays while striking out two. Although he's been limited to just 25 innings this year, Miller has continued to be effective with a 3.24 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP and a 12.6 K/9 rate. Look for the Indians to give their reliever a healthy dose of innings over the next few weeks to get him battle-ready for the playoffs.

Video: CLE@TB: Miller tosses 1-2-3 inning in return from DL

Blake Parker, reliever, Angels (48% owned)
Parker has solidified himself as the Halos' primary closer by converting 14 of his 17 save opportunities and finishing 39 games this year. Overall, he has produced a 3.16 ERA with a 1.20 WHIP, a 9.5 K/9 rate and a 3.5 K/BB ratio over 62 2/3 innings. While not as dominant as he was last year, Parker remains a reliable late-game option capable of helping fantasy owners down the stretch.

Todd Frazier, third baseman, Mets (36% owned)
While a pair of trips to the disabled list has limited Frazier to just 98 games this year, he's continued to be a steady source of power with 17 home runs, 57 RBIs and a .188 ISO. He's been making more contact and hitting the ball harder than ever before, posting the lowest swinging-strike rate (8.5 percent) and the highest hard-hit rate (41.7 percent) of his career. The 32-year-old has been a factor on the bases as well, tallying nine steals in 11 attempts, and he could reach double-digit stolen bases for the fourth time in five years. Although his .224 average limits his fantasy value, Frazier is worth owning in deeper mixed leagues for his ability to provide some power and speed at the hot corner.

Kevin Kiermaier, outfielder, Rays (25% owned)
After batting just .192/.245/.283 with no home runs and four RBIs in August, Kiermaier has caught fire since the calendar flipped to September. The 28-year-old has hit safely in all seven of his games this month, tallying five multi-hit performances while hitting .520 with three homers and seven RBIs. While his overall numbers are disappointing, Kiermaier is finishing the season on a high note and remains a threat to reach double-digit steals and homers for the fourth consecutive year.

Video: BAL@TB: Kiermaier smacks 3-run dinger off foul pole

Reynaldo Lopez, starter, White Sox (24% owned)
Lopez has put up solid numbers in his first full season as a starter, registering a 4.22 ERA with a 1.31 WHIP and 132 strikeouts over 168 2/3 innings, and his arm has shown no signs of wearing down after 29 starts. Over his past four appearances, he has posted a 1.40 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 25 2/3 innings while limiting opponents to a .165/.240/.242 batting line. If he can sustain his recent surge in strikeouts, the 24-year-old could end the year with a few more dominant outings.

Jay Bruce, outfielder, Mets (22% owned)
Bruce missed more than two months with right hip soreness, lower back tightness and plantar fasciitis in his left foot, and the rest appears to have worked well for the veteran. In his first 15 games back, he's batted .271/.352/.521 with three homers and six RBIs. The 31-year-old slugger appears to be recovered from his multitude of injuries and is capable of providing a lift for fantasy owners in need of power.

Zach Davies, starter, Brewers (18% owned)
Davies missed more than three months with right rotator cuff inflammation but has looked good in two starts since returning to the Majors on Sept. 3. Though he's been limited to five innings each time, he's allowed just three earned runs on 10 hits while posting a 9-to-2 K/BB ratio. Davies hasn't thrown more than 85 pitches in a start since April 29, but it's possible the Brewers will start giving him a longer leash to help him build up his arm strength for the postseason.

Video: CHC@MIL: Davies fans 7 in first start since May

Jeff McNeil, second baseman, Mets (17% owned)
McNeil has been sensational since making his MLB debut on July 24, batting .331/.392/.477 with 14 extra-base hits and four steals in 45 games. The 26-year-old appears to be making a smooth transition to the Majors after hitting .311/.380/.443 across six Minor League seasons, including an impressive .342/.411/.617 performance at Double-A and Triple-A this year. While his .358 BABIP may come down a bit, he's proven himself to be an elite contact hitter with an 8.9 percent strikeout rate, which ranks as the fifth lowest among batters with at least 150 plate appearances. With good speed and solid power to complement his high batting average, McNeil is quickly establishing himself as a fantasy asset at the keystone.

Scott Schebler, outfielder, Reds (13% owned)
It took Schebler a few games to get his timing back after missing six weeks with a shoulder injury, but he's looked like his old self at the plate over the past two weeks. In 12 games since Aug. 30, he's batting .349/.440/.698 with four homers and nine RBIs. He's been bumped up to the leadoff spot as a result, which should give him more run-scoring opportunities while hitting in front of Joey Votto, Scooter Gennett and Eugenio Suarez.

Video: LAD@CIN: Schebler clubs a solo homer to right in 3rd

David Dahl, outfielder, Rockies (11% owned)
After missing all of 2017 with a rib injury, Dahl has posted a solid .273/.322/.514 batting line in 60 games this season. The 24-year-old has shown the ability to be an across-the-board contributor in 123 career games, recording 17 homers, 10 steals, 53 RBIs and 62 runs scored as well as a .296 average. He's also been swinging a hot bat lately, producing three homers, eight RBIs and a .350 batting mark over his past six games. As a result, the Rockies may continue to find regular playing time for Dahl over the next two weeks as they battle for a postseason spot.

Tyler Maher is a fantasy baseball writer for MLB.com.

10 breakout players poised to repeat in 2019

Chapman, Haniger, Snell could build on breakthrough campaigns
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Every year there are players who elevate their game to new heights. Sometimes it's the result of learning a new pitch or swing, while other times it's a byproduct of improved conditioning or more regular playing time. Some players simply improve with better luck, only to regress the following year.

Accordingly, it's not always easy to tell which breakouts are for real and which ones are flukes. By looking at the underlying numbers, however, one can identify which players actually got better. Here are 10 players who exceeded expectations in 2018 and are poised for additional success next year.

Every year there are players who elevate their game to new heights. Sometimes it's the result of learning a new pitch or swing, while other times it's a byproduct of improved conditioning or more regular playing time. Some players simply improve with better luck, only to regress the following year.

Accordingly, it's not always easy to tell which breakouts are for real and which ones are flukes. By looking at the underlying numbers, however, one can identify which players actually got better. Here are 10 players who exceeded expectations in 2018 and are poised for additional success next year.

Jesus Aguilar, Brewers
On the heels of a promising 2017 in which he batted .265/.331/.505 with 16 homers in his first extended big league trial, Aguilar has broken through to become one of the National League's top sluggers in 2018. The 28-year-old has refined his approach at the plate by improving his walk rate from 8 percent to 10.8 percent and slicing his strikeout rate from 30.2 percent to 24.8 percent. Aguilar has also been able to tap into his power stroke by hitting more fly balls and pulling the ball more frequently. After ranking among the league leaders in hard-hit percentage in each of the past two seasons, Aguilar is primed to keep mashing in 2019.

Video: MIL@CIN: Aguilar belts a go-ahead homer in the 10th

Walker Buehler, Dodgers
After a cup of coffee as a September callup in 2017, Buehler began 2018 in the Minors, but was promoted in late April as a starter, tossing five scoreless innings against the Marlins in his first Major League start. On May 4 against the Padres, in just his third career start, Buehler contributed six hitless innings to the team's first combined no-hitter in franchise history. Buehler throws hard and with control -- two skills that should help him succeed going forward. The 24-year-old has dominated hitters with his upper-90s fastball and hard sinker, striking out more than a batter per inning in 2018. He has also displayed great command, yielding just 2.4 BB/9. The Dodgers have preserved his arm by keeping him under 100 pitches in all but four of his starts, so he should be ready to take on an increased workload in 2019.

Matt Chapman, A's
Since debuting in 2017, Chapman has rapidly emerged as one of baseball's best two-way players at the hot corner. In addition to providing Gold Glove-caliber defense, the 25-year-old has blossomed at the plate. After batting .234/.313/.472 as a rookie, Chapman has improved to .280/.363/.521 as a sophomore while helping lead the A's into contention. Chapman has chased fewer pitches outside the zone and swung at more pitches inside the zone this season, resulting in better quality contact and an improved BB/K ratio. Thanks to an increase in line drives, his hard-hit rate has jumped from 36 percent to 44.2 percent. He has also pulled the ball more frequently, enabling him to increase his ISO despite hitting fewer fly balls. With his slick glove and potent bat, Chapman has the potential to be Oakland's next Josh Donaldson.

Video: OAK@HOU: Chapman belts a 2-run homer to left in 3rd

Zach Eflin, Phillies
Eflin opened the year in Triple-A after struggling in his first two seasons, but when he returned to the Majors in May he was a different pitcher. The right-hander is throwing harder, averaging 94.6 mph with his heater -- considerably higher than his average four-seam fastball speed of 93.1 mph in 2017. His confidence in the pitch has skyrocketed, and it has accounted for more than 46 percent of his pitches after comprising less than a third of his offerings last year. His K/9 rate has soared to 8.5 and hitters have had much less success against him, batting just .263 after hitting .309 off him in 2017. Moreover, Eflin has continued to display solid control, issuing fewer than 2.5 free passes per nine innings. While Eflin's ERA is 4.42, his 3.86 FIP is evidence of what he might be capable of in 2019.

Mitch Haniger, Mariners
Haniger was on his way to a breakout in 2017 before injuries derailed his season, limiting him to just 96 games. His final numbers hinted at his promise, however, as he slashed .282/.352/.491 with 16 homers and 47 RBIs in only 369 official at-bats. Haniger stayed healthy this year, resulting in his first All-Star selection and career highs in many categories. He opened the season on fire with 10 homers, 27 RBIs and a 1.085 OPS in March/April and hasn't looked back, proving his strong performance in 2017 was legitimate. The 27-year-old has also displayed better discipline with a career-best 10.6 percent walk rate, as pitchers have come to respect his power. With an OPS above .800 in two straight seasons, Haniger is trending in the right direction heading into 2019.

Video: BAL@SEA: Haniger extends hit streak with solo homer

Miles Mikolas, Cardinals
After three stellar seasons in Japan, Mikolas immediately excelled upon returning to the United States, winning his first six decisions en route to an All-Star nod. While his K/9 rate is just 6.2 -- mirroring his lifetime mark -- he has significantly lowered his home run rate while posting the lowest walk rate in the National League among qualified pitchers. Mikolas has relied less on his fastball and more on his breaking pitches to keep the ball on the ground, as more than half of the balls put in play against him have been grounders. That appears to be a recipe for success for the 30-year-old, whose improved control sets him up for continued success next season.

Max Muncy, Dodgers
Perhaps the most surprising contestant at this year's T-Mobile Home Run Derby was Muncy, who was released by the A's prior to the 2017 season and opened '18 in Triple-A. He got off to a hot start and was quickly called up, however, debuting as a pinch-hitter on April 17 and homering in his first start with the Dodgers the following day. It was a sign of things to come for the slugger, who became the fastest player to reach 20 homers in franchise history -- reaching the milestone in just 183 at-bats. He hits the ball as hard as anyone, leading the Majors in AB/HR ratio (min. 110 plate appearances) and ranking 12th in hard-hit percentage (min. 400 PAs). Muncy also has exceptional pitch-recognition skills, ranking behind only a handful of players with his 15.9 percent walk rate. As one of the game's strongest and most patient hitters, the 28-year-old appears poised to be a top power threat again next year.

Video: NYM@LAD: Muncy rips a 443-foot homer against the Mets

Brandon Nimmo, Mets
Significant injuries to Yoenis Cespedes and Jay Bruce opened up consistent playing time for Nimmo, who has built on a solid 2017 by adding more power to his game, posting a .233 ISO (.158 in 2017). Said gains have stemmed from improvements in several areas, including hard-hit rate, fly-ball rate and pull percentage. Nimmo already had a high floor thanks to his stellar batting eye (career .385 OBP and 20.4 percent chase rate), but his added pop makes him more than just an on-base threat.

Nick Pivetta, Phillies
Despite flashing an impressive 9.5 K/9 rate as a rookie, Pivetta ended 2017 with a 6.02 ERA, a 1.51 WHIP and a 4.87 FIP. Using a more diverse pitch mix in 2018 that has featured more of his slider and curveball as well as a sinker, Pivetta has enjoyed increased success in his sophomore campaign (4.66 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 3.66 FIP). In addition to allowing fewer homers and lowering his BB/9 rate from 3.9 to 2.7, he has posted one of the best K/9 rates among qualified hurlers at 10.7. Now that he's learned how to pitch instead of trying to throw it by everyone, the 25-year-old righty is primed for additional success in 2019.

Video: PHI@MIA: Pivetta strikes out Realmuto to end the 3rd

Blake Snell, Rays
Like many young hurlers, Snell struggled to throw strikes consistently during his first two seasons, averaging 4.5 BB/9 and just over five innings per start. The hard-throwing lefty has put it all together in his third season, however, lowering his BB/9 rate (3.1) for the second straight year and posting the highest K/9 rate (10.7) of his career. The results have been staggering, as he was named to the All-Star team and owns one of the lowest ERAs (2.06) among qualified pitchers. With four quality pitches and improved command, the 25-year-old has the talent to be a perennial Cy Young candidate for years to come.

Tyler Maher is a fantasy baseball writer for MLB.com.

Predicting 1st round of 2019 fantasy drafts

Trout likely to be consensus top pick; Betts another strong choice
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As the 2018 season draws to a close, it's never too early to start thinking about next year. For fantasy owners, that means beginning to prepare for next season's drafts.

While a lot can change over the next few months, the first rounds of fantasy drafts are reserved for the game's elite. Only the biggest superstars are worthy of a first-round pick -- players who can be counted on to provide MVP or Cy Young Award-caliber production. They should be durable, in or near their prime years and have a track record of posting strong numbers in multiple fantasy categories.

As the 2018 season draws to a close, it's never too early to start thinking about next year. For fantasy owners, that means beginning to prepare for next season's drafts.

While a lot can change over the next few months, the first rounds of fantasy drafts are reserved for the game's elite. Only the biggest superstars are worthy of a first-round pick -- players who can be counted on to provide MVP or Cy Young Award-caliber production. They should be durable, in or near their prime years and have a track record of posting strong numbers in multiple fantasy categories.

With that in mind, here are 12 players who will likely be targeted in the first round of fantasy drafts next year.

Mike Trout, Angels
Baseball's best all-around player will likely be first off the board in many leagues again next year thanks to his elite production in all categories. Few blend power and speed like Trout, who has averaged close to 30 homers and 30 steals per season since 2012. Trout is also the best hitter in the game, leading all players (min. 500 plate appearances) in slugging percentage and OPS since 2011 while batting over .300 for his career. At 27 years old, Trout already ranks among the greatest players of all time and is possibly still improving at the plate after posting the highest walk rate and on-base percentage of his career in 2018.

Mookie Betts, Red Sox
Besides Trout, Betts is arguably the most well-rounded player in baseball. The multidimensional right fielder has notched at least 24 homers and 26 steals in three straight seasons, displaying an elite combination of power and speed. He's also a superb contact hitter who has carried an average above .330 for much of this season and has never struck out 90 times in a single campaign. Heading into his age-26 season, Betts is in his prime and will likely be a top three pick in most fantasy drafts next year given his superb skills and fantasy-friendly spot as the leadoff hitter in a stellar lineup.

Video: MLB Tonight debates who deserves the AL MVP

Jose Altuve, Astros
Although he will likely fail to lead the American League in hits for the first time since 2013, Altuve is batting well over .300 again while notching double-digit totals in homers and steals for the fourth straight year. The three-time batting champ and 2017 AL MVP consistently rates as one of the top performers in fantasy thanks to his outstanding performance at the plate and on the bases. Since the start of the 2014 season, no one has a higher batting average (min. 200 plate appearances) and only two players -- Billy Hamilton and Dee Gordon -- have stolen more bases. Throw in his 20-homer potential and daily presence in Houston's loaded lineup, and the 28-year-old is a clear first-rounder next year.

J.D. Martinez, Red Sox
Martinez has continued to solidify his case as one of the best hitters in baseball during his first season with the Red Sox, making a serious run at the Triple Crown while pacing MLB in several major categories. Since overhauling his swing in 2014, Martinez has posted the highest slugging percentage in the Majors (min. 350 plate appearances). He's also batted over .300 during that span while averaging more than 30 homers per season. With numbers comparable to those of Miguel Cabrera and Albert Pujols in their primes, Martinez is an ideal centerpiece for a fantasy lineup.

Nolan Arenado, Rockies
Arenado has been one of the most consistent sluggers in baseball over the past few years, leading all players in RBIs and ranking third in home runs since the outset of 2015. He's also recorded an average near .300 during that time, making him the top bat at the hot corner. The slick-fielding third baseman has become increasingly selective at the plate as well, raising his walk rate from 5.1 percent in 2015 to greater than 11 percent in 2018. With help from hitter-friendly Coors Field, Arenado is one of the safest first-round selections in fantasy.

Jose Ramirez, Indians
While he sometimes flies under the radar, Ramirez has rivaled Trout and Betts as one of baseball's most complete players over the past two seasons. After emerging as an AL MVP Award finalist in 2017, Ramirez has arguably been even better in 2018, posting career highs in homers, RBIs and steals. He has also taken a big step forward in the plate-discipline department, registering more walks than strikeouts and hovering around the .400 mark in on-base percentage. As one of the few players capable of leading his league in both home runs and stolen bases, Ramirez is a tremendous first-round selection.

Video: Ramirez makes history, joins the exclusive 30-30 club

Francisco Lindor, Indians
If there were any doubts about Lindor's power surge in 2017, when the shortstop more than doubled his previous career high in homers with 33, the 24-year-old erased them by matching that total with nearly a month left in the 2018 season. He has become arguably the best shortstop in baseball since debuting in 2015, tallying double-digit home runs and steals in all four of his seasons while consistently hitting for high averages. Gaining an additional boost from his spot as the leadoff hitter for one of the best offenses in baseball, Lindor is also pacing the Majors in runs scored this season. Heading into his age-25 campaign, Lindor is a deserving first-round pick in fantasy leagues thanks to his superlative production at a relatively thin position.

Manny Machado, Dodgers (eligible for free agency this offseason)
Machado has turned in the best offensive season of his career in 2018 while playing enough games at shortstop and third base to qualify at both positions in fantasy leagues. Though his performance has dipped a bit following his July 18 trade to the Dodgers, he is still on pace to achieve career highs in all three triple-slash categories and has already topped 30 homers for the fourth straight year. He has also been more aggressive on the bases, posting 13 steals after swiping just nine bags in 2016-2017 combined. With multi-position eligibility, 40-homer/20-steal potential and the ability to bat .300, the 26-year-old is a safe first-round choice for 2019, regardless of where he signs this offseason.

Javier Baez, Cubs
Baez has blossomed into one of the best players in baseball in 2018, posting career highs across the board during an MVP-caliber season. He's steadily improved since becoming a full-time player in '16, developing into one of the game's premier power hitters while notching a double-digit steals total every year. Baez's eligibility at multiple positions is a bonus, enabling owners to shift the slugger around the infield as needed. Coming off his first season with at least 30 homers and 100 RBIs in 2018, Baez is a legitimate superstar worthy of a first-round pick.

Video: CHC@PHI: Baez belts 30th homer to record 100th RBI

Trevor Story, Rockies
Story showed impressive power over his first two seasons, but his penchant for striking out prevented him from reaching his full potential. That has changed in 2018, as the shortstop has become a more polished hitter by cutting his strikeout rate from 34.4 percent in 2017 to less than 27 percent in '18. The improvement has resulted in a breakthrough for the 25-year-old, who has set career highs in nearly every department and improved his average by more than 50 points -- from .239 to .293 -- since last year. He has also become a major stolen-base threat (25 steals), making him a true five-category contributor worth taking in the first round next year.

Max Scherzer, Nationals
If there's a pitcher worth drafting in the first round, it's Scherzer -- a three-time Cy Young Award winner who may win his fourth (and third in a row) after another marvelous season. The Nationals ace has surpassed Clayton Kershaw as the best pitcher in baseball over the past several years, putting together an unmatched track record of dominance, durability and consistency. Dating back to 2013, Scherzer has posted a sub-3.00 ERA with a sub-1.00 WHIP while leading all pitchers in wins, innings and strikeouts. Wrapping up arguably his finest season, the 34-year-old is still at the top of his game and merits consideration in the first round next year.

Video: CHC@WSH: Scherzer K's 11 in complete game victory

Paul Goldschmidt, D-backs
With Joey Votto suffering a down season and Giancarlo Stanton now in the American League, Goldschmidt is arguably the Senior Circuit's premier slugger. He has been incredibly steady, hitting .290 or better and making the All-Star team in six straight seasons while surpassing 30 homers four times during that stretch. The first baseman has been less aggressive on the bases this season (five steals) after producing 113 steals from 2012-17, but his plate skills appear to be as strong as ever.

Tyler Maher is a fantasy baseball writer for MLB.com.

10 prospects primed for MLB success in 2019

Vlad Jr., Jimenez, Tucker set to star in Majors next season
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Now that the Minor League regular season has ended and teams have made their most important September callups, we're shifting the focus of our weekly look at the top fantasy prospects in the Minor Leagues.

It's extremely unlikely that any prospect not currently in the Majors will help fantasy teams in the final three weeks, so we're going to rank them based on expected 2019 fantasy production. That's in contrast to MLB Pipeline's Top 100 prospects list, which reflects long-term value in all phases of the game.

Now that the Minor League regular season has ended and teams have made their most important September callups, we're shifting the focus of our weekly look at the top fantasy prospects in the Minor Leagues.

It's extremely unlikely that any prospect not currently in the Majors will help fantasy teams in the final three weeks, so we're going to rank them based on expected 2019 fantasy production. That's in contrast to MLB Pipeline's Top 100 prospects list, which reflects long-term value in all phases of the game.

1. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B, Blue Jays
Josh Donaldson has departed and Guerrero is coming off a season in which he led the Minors in hitting (.381), slugging (.636) and OPS (1.120) while advancing to Triple-A at age 19. Service-time considerations may preclude him from making the Opening Day roster, but the Blue Jays won't be able to leave him on the farm for much longer.

Video: Who's a better prospect: Vlad Jr. or Tatis Jr.?

2. Eloy Jimenez, OF, White Sox
Guerrero's closest competition as the best offensive prospect in the Minors, Jimenez faces the same service-time issues but also is obviously ready for the Majors. He batted .337/.384/.577 with a career-high 22 homers this year despite battling minor injuries, and his .996 OPS in Triple-A at age 21 was his best at any level in his career.

3. Kyle Tucker, OF, Astros
Tucker has more Triple-A and big league experience than Guerrero or Jimenez, though the Astros also have a less obvious opening for him and he'll have to produce to keep his spot on a World Series contender. He's coming off his second straight 20-20 season and topped the Triple-A Pacific Coast League in slugging (.590) and OPS (.989).

4. Brendan Rodgers, INF, Rockies
With their payroll rising to franchise-record levels and former All-Star DJ LeMahieu slumping, it would make sense to let the veteran depart as a free agent and hand second base to Rodgers. He has more offensive upside than most infielders and could replicate or exceed his 2018 line (.268/.330/.460 with 17 homers and 12 steals, mostly in Double-A) as a rookie.

5. Peter Alonso, 1B, Mets
The Mets have many problems, including a lack of power in the lineup, something Alonso could rectify after topping the Minors with 36 homers and 119 RBIs while posting a .975 OPS between Double-A and Triple-A. Wilmer Flores shouldn't be much of an obstacle in front of him.

Video: WLD@USA: Alonso mashes a 2-run homer to left field

6. Nick Senzel, INF, Reds
Senzel's two best positions are third base and second base, where the last-place Reds have received admirable production from Eugenio Suarez and Scooter Gennett. It's unclear where Senzel will fit, but one of the Minors' best pure hitters is ready after batting .310/.378/.509 in Triple-A before his season ended with a torn tendon in his right index finger in late June.

7. Logan Allen, LHP, Padres
A sleeper choice as our top fantasy pitching prospect for 2019, Allen gets that nod because he has built up enough innings (148 2/3 this year) to handle a full big league workload next year and will benefit from a pitcher-friendly park in San Diego. With a three-pitch repertoire, the southpaw recorded a 14-6 record, a 2.54 ERA, 151 strikeouts and a 1.08 WHIP between Double-A and Triple-A in '18.

8. Justus Sheffield, LHP, Yankees
Sheffield should have the opportunity to grab a 2019 starting spot with the Yankees, who have three impending free agents (J.A. Happ, Lance Lynn, CC Sabathia) in their current rotation. As with Tucker on the Astros, Sheffield won't get cut a lot of slack on a contender, but he logged a 2.48 ERA with a 1.14 WHIP and 9.5 strikeouts per nine innings this year, mostly in Triple-A, and has the potential to wield three plus pitches.

Video: WLD@USA: Sheffield freezes Urias in the 2nd inning

9. Austin Riley, 3B, Braves
Johan Camargo has had a nice year for the Braves, but Riley is their future at the hot corner. He has been a consistent power threat throughout his pro career and put up 19 homers with an .882 OPS this season, with the bulk of his time coming in Triple-A.

10. Jesus Luzardo, LHP, Athletics
The surprising A's will need some rotation help next year, and Luzardo should be able to provide it after speeding from Class A Advanced to Triple-A at age 20. He could have three plus pitches and the control to match once he's fully developed, and his 2.88 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 10.6 strikeouts per nine innings give a glimpse at his upside.

Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. Listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast.

10 late-season fantasy options to add off waivers

Robertson, Sano, Healy, Lucchesi among players to add now
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Need an impact arm or bat that can give your fantasy team a boost? Whether you're looking for an injury replacement or someone to stash on your bench, the fantasy waiver wire has a plug or long-term fix to pick up today. Check out the following 10 players -- all sitting on waivers in many leagues, and all ready to help your team in Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball, the Official Commissioner Game of MLB. All statistics and ownership percentages are as of Wednesday.

David Robertson, reliever, Yankees (50% owned)
While the Yankees have given save chances to Robertson, Zach Britton and Dellin Betances in Aroldis Chapman's injury-related absence, Robertson has had the most success of the trio. Since Aug. 17, Robertson has converted three saves -- as many as Betances and Britton combined. He also hasn't blown any opportunities, whereas Britton and Betances have each failed to convert one. Robertson has been lights-out since the beginning of August, allowing no earned runs while ringing up 18 strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings over his past 12 appearances. With Chapman still potentially a few weeks away from returning, Robertson should remain in the mix for saves and see a short-term boost in value as a result.

Need an impact arm or bat that can give your fantasy team a boost? Whether you're looking for an injury replacement or someone to stash on your bench, the fantasy waiver wire has a plug or long-term fix to pick up today. Check out the following 10 players -- all sitting on waivers in many leagues, and all ready to help your team in Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball, the Official Commissioner Game of MLB. All statistics and ownership percentages are as of Wednesday.

David Robertson, reliever, Yankees (50% owned)
While the Yankees have given save chances to Robertson, Zach Britton and Dellin Betances in Aroldis Chapman's injury-related absence, Robertson has had the most success of the trio. Since Aug. 17, Robertson has converted three saves -- as many as Betances and Britton combined. He also hasn't blown any opportunities, whereas Britton and Betances have each failed to convert one. Robertson has been lights-out since the beginning of August, allowing no earned runs while ringing up 18 strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings over his past 12 appearances. With Chapman still potentially a few weeks away from returning, Robertson should remain in the mix for saves and see a short-term boost in value as a result.

Miguel Sano, third baseman, Twins (47% owned)
After spending much of the summer in the Minor Leagues ironing out his swing, Sano has been a good source of power since returning to the Twins on July 28. In his first 34 games back, he's tallied six home runs and 14 RBIs while showing a solid batting eye (12.9 percent walk rate) as Minnesota's regular cleanup hitter. He's still striking out too much (34.1 percent K rate), but the 25-year-old's raw power and middle-of-the-order presence make him worth adding in deeper leagues.

Video: MIN@CLE: Sano crushes a solo homer to right-center

Corey Knebel, reliever, Brewers (43% owned)
Following a poor August in which he lost the closer's job and was demoted to the Minor Leagues, Knebel has looked like his old self since returning to the Brewers last weekend. He's yet to allow a baserunner in three appearances while recording five strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings. If he keeps it up, the 2017 All-Star may be able to reclaim closing duties by season's end.

Ryon Healy, first baseman/third baseman, Mariners (29% owned)
Healy's poor plate discipline (career four percent walk rate) and high whiff rate (22.1 percent) make him a streaky hitter, but he's been blazing hot lately, slashing .354/.391/.523 with three homers and 13 RBIs over his past 18 games. Fantasy owners should look to capitalize and get him in their lineups while he's swinging the bat well.

Video: SEA@OAK: Healy drives a 2-run homer to left-center

Hector Neris, reliever, Phillies (29% owned)
Neris lost his closing job and was sent down to Triple-A following a poor first half, but he's been a completely different pitcher since returning to the Phillies in mid-August. He hasn't allowed an earned run in his past 11 appearances while posting an eye-popping 21-to-2 K/BB ratio in just 9 2/3 innings. With batters hitting just .147/.194/.176 against the righty since his return, it wouldn't be a surprise if he gets another crack at closing in the near future.

Joey Lucchesi, starter, Padres (28% owned)
Lucchesi hasn't generated much buzz this season, but the 25-year-old has been one of the most consistently effective rookie hurlers, recording a 3.59 ERA with a 1.26 WHIP and a 4.00 FIP in 22 starts. And while he's averaging just five innings per start, it's not a result of poor command (3.2 K/BB ratio). The left-hander can help in most leagues down the stretch.

Video: SEA@SD: Lucchesi strikes out 9 across 6 2/3 innings

Franmil Reyes, outfielder, Padres (26% owned)
Reyes has been one of baseball's hottest hitters since the beginning of August, slashing .316/.372/.696 with nine home runs and 15 RBIs over his past 28 games. He's been even better in the past two weeks, crushing six homers and hitting safely in 13 of his past 14 games. The key for him has been cutting down on his whiffs, as he's improved from a 37.8 percent strikeout rate through the end of July to a 23.2 percent strikeout rate since. The 23-year-old rookie's power is immense, and now that he's making more consistent contact, he's becoming a must-own asset in fantasy leagues.

Jose Alvarado, reliever, Rays (25% owned)
Alvarado has quietly been one of the most dominant relievers in baseball over the past three months. Since June 12, he owns a 1.19 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP with 34 strikeouts in 30 1/3 innings, limiting opponents to a .165/.260/.202 batting line over that stretch. He's started seeing more action at the end of games as well, picking up six saves along the way. While his save chances have been inconsistent, the 23-year-old sophomore is still worth owning based on his strong rate stats and strikeout totals.

Video: TB@CLE: Alvarado strikes out Kipnis, records save

Welington Castillo, catcher, White Sox (17% owned)
While his season was marred by an 80-game suspension, Castillo is back with the White Sox and will be the team's regular catcher through the end of the year. One of baseball's best power-hitting backstops, Castillo was batting .267/.309/.466 with six home runs through 33 games before being suspended in late May. After slugging 20 homers in just 96 games last year, the 31-year-old could be a useful bat for fantasy owners in two-catcher formats or AL-only leagues.

Brandon Lowe, second baseman, Rays (6% owned)
Lowe initially struggled upon reaching the big leagues on Aug. 5, going 0-for-19 before notching his first career hit. He's been on fire ever since, however, batting a sizzling .364/.462/.636 with three homers and 12 RBIs over his last 15 games. The 24-year-old has shown a good batting eye during his hot streak as well, posting a 7-to-10 BB/K ratio. After slashing .281/.374/.465 across three Minor League seasons, Lowe has posted a similar overall batting line (.254/.365/.444) since being called up and could be poised for additional success.

Tyler Maher is a fantasy baseball writer for MLB.com.

These prospects could make a difference in September

Top 10 potential September callups could provide long-term fantasy value
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All season long, we've been touting which prospects could provide the most fantasy value should they get called up. We've tried to find a combination of potential production and possible opportunity, knowing those two things don't always align neatly.

But here we are, on the cusp of roster expansion on Sept. 1, and that world seems almost limitless. Sure, there are still roadblocks, like a prospect not being on a 40-man roster, or headed to the playoffs in the Minor Leagues. But just look at our look at one potential September callup from each organization to get excited about story. Keep that list at the ready so you can pounce for your fantasy team, even if it's for next year's keeper leagues.

All season long, we've been touting which prospects could provide the most fantasy value should they get called up. We've tried to find a combination of potential production and possible opportunity, knowing those two things don't always align neatly.

But here we are, on the cusp of roster expansion on Sept. 1, and that world seems almost limitless. Sure, there are still roadblocks, like a prospect not being on a 40-man roster, or headed to the playoffs in the Minor Leagues. But just look at our look at one potential September callup from each organization to get excited about story. Keep that list at the ready so you can pounce for your fantasy team, even if it's for next year's keeper leagues.

:: Complete prospect coverage ::

As always, we've whittled it down to a top 10 rankings of fantasy prospects presently in the Minors. And as always, they're based on expected 2018 fantasy production in the big leagues, while our Top 100 reflects long-term value in all phases of the game.

1. Eloy Jimenez, OF, White Sox (Previous rank: 1)
There is literally nothing left for him to prove in Triple-A and he's hitting .452 over his last 10 games there. Already on the 40-man roster and playing on a last-place team, there is literally nothing keeping him from a Sept. 1 callup.

2. Victor Robles, OF, Nationals (Previous rank: 3)
Slowly, Robles is getting his feet back under him and he's swinging the bat better of late. His team is also out of contention and the Nats really should get a nice look-see at what an outfield with both him and Juan Soto at the same time will look like.

3. Kyle Tucker, OF, Astros (Previous rank: 5)
He's been up twice, without much success, and to his credit, he just goes back down and rakes. He's currently as hot as any hitter anywhere on Earth, with nine homers in his last 10 games, hitting .523 in that span. Think he deserves another shot? I do.

Video: HOU@COL: Tucker hits a clutch pinch-hit, 2-run triple

4. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B, Blue Jays (Previous rank: 2)
With news that he's headed to the Arizona Fall League, it seems less likely he's going to get a chance in Toronto this year. But it's always a good idea to watch the transaction wire, just in case. Even after "slumping," he's still hitting .382/.441/.635 for the year.

Video: Will Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit .400 in the Minors?

5. Willie Calhoun, OF, Rangers (Previous rank: NR)
In a brief stint in Texas when Nomar Mazara was on the disabled list, Calhoun held his own (He's now 19-for-69 in 22 big league games this year). He'll undoubtedly get called up when rosters expand, and the Rangers, playing for next year, should see what they have in their future left fielder.

Video: Calhoun discusses being called up by Rangers

6. Francisco Mejia, C/OF, Padres (Previous rank: 4)
While the Padres did call up Luis Urias from the playoff-bound El Paso Chihuahuas, it looks like they might wait to bring up Mejia until after El Paso's postseason run is done. He's continued to only catch since joining the Padres organization, so there's more limited opportunity (though that does raise his fantasy value).

Video: Callis on which prospect will have quickest impact

7. Touki Toussaint, RHP, Braves (Previous rank: 6)
Since his stirring big league debut on Aug. 13, Toussaint has allowed just one run over 19 innings in three Triple-A starts, striking out 24. It's unclear if he'll get more starts for the contending Braves, but even in a bullpen role, his ability to miss bats should be of interest.

Video: MIA@ATL: Toussaint goes six strong in debut for win

8. Alex Verdugo, OF, Dodgers (Previous rank: 8)
It comes as no surprise that Verdugo continues to hit (he's third in the PCL with his .329 average). And there's no real place right now for him to get regular playing time in the Dodgers' outfield, but a guy can dream, can't he?

Video: LAD@ATL: Verdugo belts 1st homer of the season

9. Justus Sheffield, LHP, Yankees (Previous rank: 10)
Sheffield has had a very, very good year and could definitely bolster the Yankees' pitching staff in some capacity. It should be noted that his last two outings have been in relief, which may be his first way to show what he can do in New York.

10. Bryse Wilson, RHP, Braves (Previous rank: 7)
Like Toussaint, Wilson was outstanding in his big league debut. And like Toussaint, his stuff could play very well in a bullpen role, something he's done in his last two outings back in Triple-A, so keep an eye on that development.

Video: Wilson impresses in first career start for Braves

Dropped out: Peter Alonso, 1B, Mets (Previous rank: 9)

Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLB Pipeline. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast.

Fantasy baseball waiver-wire wisdom

Williams, Bieber, Giolito among players to add now