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2024 Fantasy Baseball Draft Kit: Your championship cheat sheet is here!

2024 Fantasy Baseball Draft Kit: Your championship cheat sheet is here!

Ready to go for that fantasy baseball trophy in 2024? So are we! But before you go on your season-long journey, you have to assemble that winning team — and the Yahoo Fantasy baseball draft kit can help you build the best squad possible! Whether mock drafting or preparing for the real thing, we've got you covered.

This page will serve as a one-stop shop for all our great draft content from our loaded team of analysts — Scott Pianowski, Dalton Del Don, Andy Behrens and Fred Zinkie. Below you'll find rankings, position previews, mock drafts and more.

And just like teams reporting to spring training, we're just getting started. Keep it locked here as we'll continue to update this page with content daily all the way up until Opening Day. Consider this your cheat sheet to a championship.

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How to play Fantasy Baseball in 2024 ⚾️

  • Need a refresher on the game, or completely new to it this season? Don't worry — we've got you covered with everything you need to know here.

  • Want to make your fantasy baseball season even better? We've got some tips for that, too.

Fantasy Baseball Draft Rankings 📊

The basis of all fantasy draft prep — rankings. Check out our overall list of players, or you can examine one position at a time.

  • Top 250 Players | C | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | OF | SP | RP

  • Downloadable Cheatsheets: Top 250 overall | Positional

  • Scott Pianowski's tiered rankings: Catchers | Outfielders | Middle Infielders | Corner Infielders | Starting Pitchers | Relief Pitchers

More rankings discussion

  • One analyst goes against expert rankings: Pitchers | Hitters

  • MLB team fantasy power rankings

  • Acuña Jr. is the consensus top pick: Who could surpass him in 2024?

  • Top targets by category: Which hitters and pitchers could finish on top?

The Blueprint 👨‍💻

Your blueprint to a successful fantasy baseball draft is here. (Photo by Taylor Wilhelm/Yahoo Sports)

Even when choosing your own adventure, it's good to have a guide to lead you to the promised land of a fantasy championship. Scott Pianowski can be that guide for you, with his fantasy baseball draft blueprint.

Additional strategy tips

  • Twenty-four points of last-minute draft advice

  • Seven pieces of draft advice to ensure success

Positional Previews 📝

What to expect from every position in 2024 and some key draft targets — check out our rundown for each of your roster spots!

  • Catchers | First Basemen | Second Basemen | Shortstops | Third Basemen | Outfielders | Starting Pitchers | Relief Pitchers

Mock Drafts 📱

Our analysts will mock throughout the draft season — who should go after Ronald Acuña Jr. at No. 1 overall?

  • Mock Draft 1.0 (12-team, first round)

  • Mock Draft 2.0 (12-team, five rounds)

  • Mock Draft 3.0 (10-team, 10 rounds)

  • Do your own mock draft now

Sleepers and Breakouts 😴 😳

You can't draft a successful fantasy baseball team without taking a few chances on high-upside players. Sometimes, those little-known and/or underrated guys are the ones who can secure you a trophy!

  • Sleepers by position: Infielders | Outfielders | Pitchers

  • Our favorite breakout picks of 2024

  • Pitchers to consider late in drafts

  • The most underrated players in Rounds 1-10

  • Players to target in the final rounds

  • Seven hitters to target in the second half of drafts

  • The hype may have passed, but don't forget about these nine players

  • One draft sleeper from each AL team | One sleeper from every NL squad

  • Six players ready to take things to the next level

  • Potential closers to target late in drafts

  • 4 post-breakout pitchers seeking to get better in 2024

Players we're hyped to draft 📢

Whether it's a rookie ready to make an immediate impact, a veteran looking to rebound or names are analysts are consistently targeting in drafts, these players are worth getting amped about in 2024.

Scott Pianowski reveals the top guys he’s targeting this season. (Photo by Taylor Wilhelm/Yahoo Sports)

  • "What's In My Wallet" — Scott Pianowski's top targets

  • Fred Zinkie's most commonly drafted players this season

  • Andy Behrens' "league winners" from Tout Wars

  • Our favorite draft-day value picks

  • MLB rookies we're most excited about in 2024

  • Dark-horse candidates to lead MLB in homers offer draft value | Dark-horse Cy Young candidates

  • The players we're most excited to pick

  • Top MLB prospects who deserve draft-day attention

  • Bounce-back candidates being overlooked

  • Our favorite pitchers for this season

  • Season outlook for 10 key Dodgers' contributors

  • One analyst's top draft targets

  • 30 MLB teams, 30 players to get pumped about

When you're looking for security 🔒

If you're risk averse or trying to balance out some boom-or-bust picks with players with a higher floor, targeting someone like Austin Riley — who has produced at least 30 homers, 90 runs and 90 RBI each of the past three seasons — early in your draft can go a long way.

  • The Consistency Crew — 2024's most secure draft picks

  • The safest players in Rounds 1-10

Draft Fades 🙅‍♂️

Some of these big stars are just going way too high at ADP. (Photo by Taylor Wilhelm/Yahoo Sports)

A "fade" can take many forms — a player you're completely out on for the fantasy season, or maybe you're just out on their ADP. Whatever the case, our analysts share the sentiment of skipping out on certain players for 2024.

  • Bust candidates by position: Infield | Outfield | Pitchers

  • An overrated player in every round, 1-10

  • A potential bust from every AL team | A potential bust from very NL team

  • Why you should avoid the tyranny of early-round pitching in 2024

  • One analyst's big names to fade in drafts

Tough draft calls 🤷🏻‍♂️

These are some of the players who could end up being huge fantasy contributors — or major disappointments. The electric Elly De La Cruz fits this description to a tee. Which way do you lean?

  • Polarizing hitters who will make you think twice | Polarizing pitchers

  • The biggest boom-or-bust draft picks of 2024

Other things to consider 🤔

A lot has happened since last season, so we highlight a few important things to remember ahead of drafts and reveal some not-so-obvious elements that could impact fantasy production.

  • League-wide bold predictions: American League | National League (to come)

  • Major fantasy updates from spring training

  • Park Factors — which stadiums will affect your fantasy teams this year?

  • 9 players in contract years with extra incentive to succeed

  • What fantasy managers need to monitor during MLB spring training

  • What do last year's MLB rule changes mean for 2024 fantasy baseball?

  • Don't forget about these players who finished strong last year

  • MLB offseason review

… There is much more great draft content to come!


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