Fantasy Baseball Rankings 2024: Sleepers from model that predicted Isaac Paredes’ huge year


With 2024 MLB Opening Day scheduled for March 28, time is running out to get started on your 2024 Fantasy baseball draft prep. Shohei Ohtani signed a 10-year, $700 million contract to join the Dodgers during the offseason and the two-time AL MVP is expected to be able to DH after undergoing Tommy John surgery during the offseason. Ohtani had 44 home runs, 95 RBI and 20 stolen bases while leading the MLB with a 1.066 OPS and now joins a loaded Dodgers lineups while remaining in Southern California.
So where exactly does Ohtani belong in the 2024 Fantasy baseball rankings given that he won’t be able to pitch at all this season? And who are some of the 2024 Fantasy baseball sleepers, breakouts and busts that you need to be aware of ahead of your upcoming drafts after an action-packed MLB offseason? Before finalizing your 2024 Fantasy baseball draft prep, be sure to see the 2024 Fantasy baseball rankings and cheat sheets from the proven computer model at SportsLine.
Last season, SportsLine’s Projection Model identified several top Fantasy baseball sleepers, breakouts and busts, including Rays third baseman Isaac Paredes.
Paredes belted 20 home runs in just 381 plate appearances in 2022 but he was a bit of a one-trick pony and his disastrous batting average (.205) was costly to anybody who rosterd him in Fantasy baseball. However, the model saw through a terribly unlucky .195 BABIP and predicted he’d outperform players going at least six rounds earlier in 2023 like Anthony Rendon and DJ LeMahieu. The result: Paredes slashed .250/.352/.488 with 31 home runs and 98 RBI and even finished top 20 in AL MVP voting. Anybody who followed the model’s advice and picked up Paredes late in their Fantasy baseball drafts received a huge power boost in their Fantasy baseball lineups.
The SportsLine model is engineered by the same people who powered projections for all three major Fantasy sites. And that same group is sharing its 2024 Fantasy baseball rankings and cheat sheets over at SportsLine, helping you find Fantasy baseball sleepers, breakouts and busts long before your competition. Their cheat sheets, available for leagues on many major sites, are updated multiple times every day.
Any time more MLB news comes out about the updated 2024 MLB schedule, free agency signings or Fantasy baseball injuries, the team at SportsLine updates its projections. Go to SportsLine now to see these proven Fantasy baseball cheat sheets.
Top 2024 Fantasy baseball sleepers
One of the Fantasy baseball sleepers 2024 the model is high on: Royals catcher Salvador Perez. An eight-time All-Star and the 2021 American League home run champion, Perez has hit at least 20 home runs in each of the last seven full seasons that he’s played and the power production has typically come at a premium at a light-hitting position. Perez’s power numbers were solid again last season, as he belted 23 home runs and drove in 80.
However, Perez slashed .255/.292/.422 last season and his 2024 Fantasy baseball ADP is currently just 138 with some Fantasy managers shying away because of his one-base profile. More work at DH and first base should give him some some added longevity (and should make him eligible at multiple positions). That is a big reason why the model ranks him ahead of catchers like William Contreras and Adley Rutschman, who are being drafted at least four rounds earlier on average.
Another of the 2024 Fantasy baseball sleepers the model advises targeting: Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado. The 32-year-old hit 26 home runs and drove in 93 while making his eighth all-star team in 2023 but his .774 OPS was his worst (outside of the COVID-shortened 2020 season) since his rookie year in 2013.
However, his exit velocity remains largely unchanged over his three seasons in St. Louis and an unusually high ground-ball rate (38.8%) in 2023 is something that can be remedied. He hit the ball on the ground 31.3% of the time or less over his first two years with the Cardinals and the model is predicting a bounce-back year in 2024. It ranks him ahead of Austin Riley and Rafael Devers despite the fact that they’re going at least 45 picks earlier on average. See more sleepers at SportsLine.
How to find proven 2024 Fantasy baseball rankings
SportsLine’s model is also high on a surprising starting pitcher who bounces back in the top 10 of its positional rankings. This player is going outside the top 100 picks but is projected to outperform starters going in the top 35 like Corbin Burnes, Logan Webb and Aaron Nola. This pick could be the difference in winning your league or going home with nothing. You can only see who it is here.
So which 2024 Fantasy sleepers should you target in your upcoming drafts? Visit SportsLine now to get 2024 Fantasy baseball rankings for every single position, all from the model that called Isaac Paredes’ big season, and find out.


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