2024 fantasy baseball predictions for every American League team

By | March 25, 2024

With just just a few more days until Opening Day 2024Dalton Del Don delivers his fantasy baseball predictions for every MLB team – American League first!

Fantasy and real-life predictions for the AL East

1. New York Yankees

2. Tampa Bay Rays (Wild Card)

3. Toronto Blue Jays (Wild Card)

4. Baltimore Orioles

5. Boston RedSox

New York Yankees

Gleyber Torres is having a huge season in a contract year, finishing as a top-three fantasy second baseman…Juan Soto leads the American League in runs scored, while Aaron Judge misses more than 25 games…Anthony Rizzo and DJ LeMahieu both bounce back, while Anthony Volpe steals 40 bases… Giancarlo Stanton hits 35+ home runs… Clarke Schmidt and Luis Gil are both producing better fantasy seasons than Carlos Rodón… The Yankees trade for Kenley Jansen, who takes over as closer from Clay Holmes… New York overcomes a losing Gerrit Cole’s season to win the AL East.

Tampa Bay Rays

Jose Siri goes 30/20, while Yandy Díaz batting .300+ but hitting fewer than 15 home runs…Brandon Lowe hitting 25+ home runs, and Junior Caminero becoming one of the season’s best waiver wire additions in the second half…Pete Fairbanks recording 30+ saves, but Ryan Pepiot is a fantasy bust … Zach Eflin finishes as a top-10 fantasy starter … Jacob Waguespack is a deep sleeper who emerges as a valuable part of Tampa Bay’s rotation and helps the Rays win a Wild Card spot.

Toronto blue jays

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is having a monster season, finishing second in the MVP voting…Justin Turner records 100 RBI for the first time in his career, while Alejandro Kirk and Danny Jansen combine to hit more than 30 home runs from the catching position…Yimi García records more saves than an injured Jordan Romano in 2024 … Ricky Tiedemann emerges as Toronto’s second most valuable fantasy starter, behind only Kevin Gausman … The Blue Jays defeated the Rangers for the final Wild Card spot on the final day of the season.

Baltimore Orioles

Cedric Mullins bounces back to steal more than 30 bases, while Ryan Mountcastle belts more than 30 home runs… Craig Kimbrel records more than 30 saves, while Corbin Burnes disappoints fantasy managers after joining Baltimore… Grayson Rodriguez finishes as the Orioles’ top fantasy starter, but Baltimore is on the decline and just misses the postseason.

Boston RedSox

Triston Casas is hitting .300 and finishing as a top-five fantasy first baseman… Jarren Duran is a top-20 fantasy outfielder, while rookie Ceddanne Rafaela (SS-eligible in Yahoo) hits 15 home runs and steals 30 bases…Tyler O’Neill bounces back with a big campaign…Kenley Jansen records 30 saves, but Brayan Bello is a fantasy bust and finishes as Boston’s fifth-best starter… Nick Pivetta is a dark Cy Young candidate (150/1) and finishes as a top-20 fantasy starter… Kutter Crawford, Tanner Houck and Garrett Whitlock all finish as fantasy steals, but the Red Sox finish last in their division.

Fantasy and real-life predictions for the AL Central

1. Minnesota Twins

2. Cleveland guards

3. Detroit Tigers

4.Kansas City Royals

5. Chicago White Sox

Minnesota twins

Royce Lewis becomes an all-purpose second-round pick in the 2025 fantasy drafts… Carlos Santana scores more than 90 runs, while Edouard Julien is one of the best bargains at a tough 2B position… Ryan Jeffers finishes as a top-15 pick fantasy catcher, and Max Kepler hits 30 home runs… Byron Buxton led MLB in HR/AB from 2020-2022 before playing one leg last season, but we can still get 150/1 odds on him hitting the most home runs this season if he’s finally healthy…Brock Stewart may get a save or two early, but Griffin Jax will finish the season as a top-20 fantasy RP…Bailey Ober and Louie Varland are fantasy breakouts, giving the Twins a loaded rotation…Minnesota easily takes a weak Central Division and then surprises by winning the AL pennant.

Cleveland Guardians

Andrés Giménez is having a better fantasy season than Marcus Semien and Nico Hoerner, but José Ramírez is underperforming compared to his ADP… Ramón Laureano is going 20/20 while hitting in the middle of Cleveland’s lineup, but he’s lagging in most fantasy leagues… Emmanuel Clase records fewer saves than Raisel Iglesias, Camilo Doval and Evan Phillips…Shane Bieber bounces back, while Triston McKenzie is having a better fantasy season than Tanner Bibee…Gavin Williams could develop into an ace if health cooperates, but Guardians starters will suffer poor walking support.

Detroit Tigers

Spencer Torkelson hits more than 40 home runs, and Riley Greene finishes as a top-25 fantasy outfielder… Javier Báez is hitting under .200, but Jake Rogers is the cheapest source of 20-homer power from the catcher position… Tarik Skubal conquers pitching for the Tigers and wins the Cy Young Award… Kenta Maeda is favored over Jack Flaherty as Detroit’s late SP option, while Jackson Jobe and Casey Mize are fantasy sleepers.

[2024 Fantasy Baseball Draft Rankings: C | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | OF | SP | RP]

Kansas City Royals

Vinnie Pasquantino flirts with batting .300, but Maikel Garcia disappoints fantasy managers… Bobby Witt Jr. finishes as fantasy’s second-most valuable hitter, while Salvador Pérez goes down as one of the best draft-day bargains among catchers…Dairon Blanco steals more than 35 bases…Kansas City’s pitching is a mess outside of Cole Ragans , who finishes as a top-15 fantasy starter despite the Royals’ obstacles, including a very favorable hitter park.

Chicago WhiteSox

Luis Robert isn’t living up to his lofty ADP thanks to more injury issues, but Eloy Jiménez is rebounding with a .280-25-90 campaign… Yoán Moncada is having his best season since 2019 and is being added to all fantasy leagues, while Andrew Benintendi is a sleeper quietly putting up a .275-10-90-20 line… Michael Kopech records the most saves for the White Sox, but no one in Chicago’s starting rotation offers fantasy value… Fangraphs projects the White Sox to finish last in the American League , who won five fewer games than the A’s.

Fantasy and real-life predictions for the AL West

1. Houston Astros

2. Seattle Mariners (Wild Card)

3. Texas Rangers

4. Angels from Los Angeles

5.Oakland A’s

Houston Astros

Alex Bregman has the top 30 home runs, while José Abreu is recording 110 RBI…Jose Altuve is having a better fantasy season than Marcus Semien…Jeremy Peña offers a 20/20 edge at an affordable ADP, but he’s done that too zero home runs since July 5, 2023 (349 plate appearances including spring training) … Hunter Brown emerges as Houston’s top fantasy starter as the Astros comfortably win the AL West.

Seattle sailors

Julio Rodríguez, who just posted a 156 wRC+ as a 22-year-old after the All-Star break, wins the MVP award despite playing in an extreme pitcher’s park… JP Crawford scores more than 100 runs, while the revamped swing of Ty France results in the first 20+ homer season of his career… Mitch Haniger hits 25 homers with 90 RBI and still remains open at draft tables… Seattle has a loaded rotation, although George Kirby fails to live up to his ADP … Andrés Muñoz finishes ahead of Emmanuel Clase and as a top-five fantasy closer, allowing the Mariners to clinch a Wild Card berth.

Texas Rangers

Evan Carter and Wyatt Langford both finish as top-25 fantasy outfielders, with Langford running away with the Rookie of the Year award… Corey Seager wins the batting title while battling injuries, and Jonah Heim hits more than 20 home runs with 80 RBI… José Leclerc comes in as Texas’ closer with David Robertson in the setup role, but Josh Sborz is a deep sleeper to emerge as the Rangers’ top reliever in 2024… Texas would become a real threat to repeat as World Series champions if it makes the postseason with a healthy Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom, but winning a Wild Card spot will be a challenge.

Angels from Los Angeles

Taylor Ward rebounds and is a top-25 fantasy outfielder, while Logan O’Hoppe leads all catchers in home runs… Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon continue to miss significant time… Carlos Estévez appears to be one of the cheapest sources for 20-plus saves, and Griffin Canning is emerging as the team’s ace… The Angels are set to completely rebuild after Shohei Ohtani switched LA dugouts during the offseason.

Oakland Athletics

Aside from Elly De La Cruz, Esteury Ruiz may have the second-largest range of fantasy results this season. He’s fully capable of hitting 10 home runs and stealing over 80 bases, but he’s also a terrible defensive player who suddenly is not expected to be in Oakland’s Opening Day lineup …Zack Gelof and Brent Rooker aren’t exactly modern-day Bash Brothers, but both offer cheap power in fantasy drafts…Paul Blackburn and Alex Wood can be streamed at home in deep leagues, but Joe Boyle’s erratic control continues to hold him back…Mason Miller ends up as a top-15 fantasy RP despite seeing limited save options… The A’s are a team on the move, but at least they get to play in a stadium with character.

ALCS: Gemini over Astros

AL MVP: Julio Rodriguez (dark horse: Vladimir Guerrero Jr.)

AL CY YOUNG: Tarik Skubal (dark horse: Grayson Rodriguez)

ALL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Wyatt Langford (dark horse: Ricky Tiedemann)

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