2024 fantasy baseball draft kit: Sleepers, rankings, cheat sheets and more – The Athletic

Brandon Funston, Nando Di Fino and moreFeb 20, 2024

Welcome to our fantasy baseball draft kit, where we’ll be serving up everything you need in 2024, including award-winning rankings, projections, a customizable cheat sheet, sleepers, busts, bounce-backs, and everything in between.

One change-up we’re throwing at you this season is more collaborative content — taking advantage of the deep knowledge and natural chemistry of our writers. Whether you’re looking for post-hype sleepers, auction strategy or mailbag answers, you’re often going to hear multiple experts voicing their opinions on a particular topic this spring — as they say, two heads are better than one!

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We’ll be adding content to this draft kit page throughout the preseason, so be sure to check back regularly. And if you don’t see what you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to drop a request in the comments and we’ll see if we can fulfill it before draft day, or let you know if it’s already in the works. We aim to please!

Alright, enough with the preamble! Play ball!

RANKS, CHEAT SHEETS, AUCTION VALUES, MOCKS

  • Our customizable fantasy baseball cheat sheet with personalized rankings
  • Jake Ciely’s 2024 fantasy baseball rankings: Top 400 hitters and 250 pitchers
  • Jake Ciely’s 2024 auction values
  • Eno Sarris’ 2024 SP rankings
  • Closer tiers (E. Sarris/ G. Jewett)
  • Points rankings: the Top 400 (coming soon)
  • Dynasty rankings (coming soon)
  • Early Top 25 closers for 2024, leading off with Edwin Diaz (G. Jewett)
  • Player capsules, mono-league auction values: 1B | 2B | 3B | SS | C | UT | OF (coming soon)

SLEEPERS, ANALYSIS, ROUNDTABLES and MORE!

  • 2024 sleepers (Feb. 20 version — these will be updated a few times)

PROSPECT REPORTS — KEITH LAW

  • Jackson Holliday tops 2024 Top 100 MLB prospects list
  • 10 MLB prospects who just missed the Top 100 prospects list
  • Baltimore sits atop 2024 MLB farm system rankings
  • Top 20 prospects by team: ARI | ATL | BAL | BOS | CHC | CWS | CIN | CLE | COL | DET | HOU | KC | LAA | LAD | MIA | MIL | MIN | NYM | NYY | OAK | PHI | PIT |SD | SF | STL | SEA | TB | TEX | TOR | WAS

ENO SARRIS ESSENTIALS

  • 2024 starting pitcher rankings with Stuff+ powered projections
  • Closer tiers, plus a bonus tier for preferred sleepers (w/ G. Jewett)
  • MLB breakout candidates: Young hitters who could make a leap in 2024
  • Five young pitchers with the stuff (and command) to break out in 2024
  • Mailbag: Juan Soto in New York, Cincinnati starters and more

EXPERT INSIGHT FROM THE ATHLETIC’S MLB WRITERS

  • 10 young MLB players ready to explode (and help your fantasy team) in 2024 (J. Bowden)
  • 40 MLB players I’m most excited to scout in spring training (J. Bowden)
  • 2024 MLB Top 40 Free Agent Big Board (T. Britton/A. Gleeman)
  • MLB offseason grades: Which teams passed, which teams failed (Staff)
  • Pressing questions for all 30 MLB teams entering spring training (Staff)

PLAYER PROFILES

  • Yoshinobu Yamamoto: Who are his closest MLB comps (E. Sarris)
  • Yoshinobu Yamamoto: Expectations in Year 1 (F. Ardaya)
  • Shota Imanaga: Breaking down his arsenal (E. Sarris)
  • Jung Hoo Lee: A safe bet according to projection systems (A. Baggarly)
  • Edwin Díaz: Ready to return to the back of the Mets bullpen (T. Britton)
  • Chris Sale: Braves are excited he’s on their side (D. O’Brien)
  • Hunter Brown/J.P. France: High-use rookies prepare for Year 2 (C. Rome)
  • Bryce Miller/Bryan Woo: Profiling M’s fastball-heavy SPs (A. Arcadipane)
  • Ethan Salas: Prized prospect on uniquely accelerated path (D. Lin)
  • Matt Shaw: Can he be Cubs’ long-term answer at 3B? (S. Sharma)
  • Will Warren: NYY prospect ready to prove he deserves a shot (B. Kuty)
  • Tristan Beck: Anatomy of a 2024 breakout candidate (A. Arcadipane)

(Top photo of Elly De La Cruz; Corbin Carroll; Spencer Strider: Matthew Grimes Jr.; Dylan Buell; Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

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