C: Omar Narvaez, Seattle Mariners
Narvaez was a major player for almost every Draftkings lineup I put out last season. Playing in 97 games for the White Sox Narvaez popped 9 homers and added 30 RBI’s. He also has a solid 12.3 walk rate while striking out 16.9 percent of the time. Among catchers with 200 plate appearances last season, Narvaez led all with a 29 percent line drive rate. He’s someone that has always squared up the ball going back to his minor league days.
Narvaez was dealt to the Mariners in the offseason which will put him in a tough home ballpark. But with multiple trips to Houston and Oakland allowing him for some hitter friendly places for the power to continue to develop.
1B: Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
First Base is not the stacked position that most assume it will be. Projected as the 18th best first base eligible player Cabrera is the perfect player to fall to the bottom of most draft boards. An injury last year limited Miggy to just 38 games last year but he is still going to be the focal point of the Detroit offense in 2019 and he can still hit the ball hard. Per Statcast, Cabrera twice exceeded 114 MPH on batted balls last year, a feat which only 52 of 390 hitters with at least 100 plate appearances managed.
This is not the MVP Cabrera of his past but the productions should still be there for a player that no one will be looking at.
2B: Garrett Hampson, Colorado Rockies
The Rockies let DJ LeMahieu moving on to New York a spot opened up at second base for Hampson. Ryan McMahon will most likely get a few starts at 2nd the job should go primarily to Hampson whose speed will be a great attribute to a loaded Rockies lineup. The 24-year-old hit at least .301 across every minor league level. In 2018, he hit 10 home runs and stole 36 bases across two levels. The kid can hit and he can flat out run.
Let’s never forget that Coors Field can do wonders for any player. Hampson will have huge upside while most likely being overshadowed in most drafts.
SS: Paul DeJong, St. Louis Cardinals
The St. Louis Cardinals have made their lineup one of the deepest in the league by adding potential game changer Paul Goldschmidt. Whether DeJong is batting in front or behind Goldschmidt shouldn’t matter with the power potential he has. A healthy DeJong is the only worry anyone should have about his potential.
Getting a 30HR potential bat at shortstop late in your draft will be huge down the stretch of the long fantasy baseball season.
3B: Josh Donaldson, Atlanta Braves
Donaldson’s injuries put a halt to a career that was seeing him propel himself to the top of the MLB. Donaldson won’t get back to his MVP form but his signing with the Braves puts him in the middle of a diverse lineup. With guys like Ronald Acuna, Freddie Freeman and Ozzie Albies around him Donaldson will have huge opportunities to knock in runs. 30 homers makes a lot of sense if he can stay healthy this season.
OF: Domingo Santana, Seattle Mariners
Another Mariner makes my list, this one with similar traits as Narvaez. Domingo Santana has the power to make a huge difference in any lineup. Finally finding consistent at bats this year will be huge for a player that was the odd man out in Milwaukee last year. When given a full season of at bats in 2017 Domingo put together all-star level numbers smashing 30 homers with an .870 OPS. Santana also surprised many with 15 steals added to those power numbers.
With an ADP of 356 you may be able to pick up Santana after the season has already begun in smaller leagues. At just 26 years old Santana is still progressing as a hitter and could add more tools as the season goes on.
RP: Trevor May, Minnesota Twins
After missing the 2017 season Trevor May made it back to the mound in 2018 and dazzled in the back end for the Twins. His swing and miss ability was ability was nearly elite level with a `15.4% rate. Further his K-BB% of 30.1% was top flight. The Twins have made moves to strengthen their lineup in 2019 and with no clear choice in the back end May stands out as the best possible choice for the Twins.
SP: Tyler Glasnow, Tampa Bay Rays-
Yusei Kikuchi, Seattle Mariners
Ross Stripling, Los Angeles Dodgers
Forrest Whitley, Houston Astros