2018 Fantasy Baseball Draft Kit

2018 Fantasy Baseball Positional Eligibility: Across the Diamond


One of my favorite differences between fantasy baseball and other sports is the ability to qualify at multiple positions. The added strategy for drafts really allows me to geek out even more than normal.

However, there’s also the downside of assuming a player qualifies at a position only to find out that they didn’t according to the site you use for your league. If you are like me, you just imagine players appear at certain positions and don’t think twice about double checking.

Well, imagine no more! I’ve got the all-inclusive chart right here. Hell, even Cliff Pennington made the table. Don’t test me! By the way, props to Baseball Reference for having an awesome chart that helped immensely with this exercise.

Platform2017 Apps2018 AppsAdditional Notes
NFBC2010If minor leaguer with less than 20 career MLB games, then use appearances from minor leagues.
Yahoo!10 (5 starts)10 (5 starts)

Here’s a chart describing positional standards by platform as well. Mostly an FYI, but it will serve as a complimentary table to the large table seen below. Ready, set, begin!

2018 Fantasy Baseball Positional Eligibility

Before we begin though, I want to be sure everyone understands what the chart is depicting. If the player has an ‘X’ under a column, he has eligibility at that position on all platforms with 20 or more appearances. If there is a number from 1 to 19, then use that number of appearances to figure out if he qualifies in your league at that position. Consult the chart in the introduction for further knowledge.

Yes, it’s a large chart. Use the filter and sorting tools to your advantage!

Aaron Hill--776
Adam FrazierPITXX
Adam Lind--XX
Adam RosalesPHI61115X
Adrian SanchezWSN1078
Alen HansonSFGXX
Alex AvilaARIX19
Alex BregmanHOUXX
Alex MejiaSTL7137
Alexi AmaristaDET1918X
Allen CordobaSDPXX
Andres BlancoSFG111516
Andrew RomineSEAXXX10X
Anthony RizzoCHCX10
Arismendy Alcantara--10617
Asdrubal CabreraNYMXXX
Austin BarnesLADXX
Austin RomineNYYX12
Ben ZobristCHC5X5X
Brandon BeltSFGX16
Brandon MossOAK147
Brandon Phillips--XX
Brock HoltBOSX912
Buster PoseySFGXX
Caleb JosephBALX8
Carlos SantanaPHIX7
Chad PinderOAK16XX
Chase d'ArnaudSFG105
Chase HeadleySDPXX
Chase UtleyLAD17X
Cheslor CuthbertKCR6X
Chris Coghlan--188
Chris HerrmannARIX5X
Chris OwingsARIXXX
Chris TaylorLADX814X
Christian ArroyoTBRX10
Christian Colon--1010
Cliff PenningtonCINX1818
Cody BellingerLADXX
Cory SpangenbergSDP7XX
Daniel DescalsoARI19X15X
Daniel RobertsonTBRX17X
Danny Santana--85X
Danny Valencia--X10
Darwin BarneyTEXXX10
Derek DietrichMIA1010X5
Deven MarreroBOS11X6
Dixon MachadoDETX5X
Drew RobinsonTEX7X6X
Eduardo EscobarMIN9X16
Eduardo NunezBOSXX16X
Ehire AdrianzaMIN99X17
Enrique HernandezLAD914XX
Eric SogardMILX7X
Eric ThamesMILXX
Erik GonzalezCLEX811
Franklin BarretoOAK1011
Freddie FreemanATLX16
Gerardo ParraCOL6X
Gift NgoepePITX6
Giovanny UrshelaCLE5X5
Greg GarciaSTLXX12
Hector SanchezSFGX6
Hernan PerezMIL17X7X
Howie KendrickWSN15X
Ian DesmondCOLXX
J.P. CrawfordPHI136
J.T. RealmutoMIAX9
Jace PetersonNYY71515X
Jason KipnisCLEX11
Javier BaezCHCX8X
Jay BruceNYM12X
Jedd GyorkoSTL105X
Jefry MarteLAAX10
Joey GalloTEXXX18
Johan CamargoATL9XX
John HicksDET18X
Jonathan SchoopBALX5
Jonathan VillarMILX6
Jose Bautista--8X
Jose MartinezSTLXX
Jose OsunaPITXX
Jose PerazaCINXX
Jose PirelaSDP57X
Jose RamirezCLEXX
Jose ReyesNYMXXX
Josh HarrisonPITXX9
Josh RutledgeSFG516X
Kaleb CowartLAAXX
Kelby TomlinsonSFGXX119
Kris BryantCHCX11
Logan ForsytheLADXX
Lonnie ChisenhallCLE7X
Luis SardinasBAL75
Luis ValbuenaLAAXX
Marco HernandezBOS695
Marwin GonzalezHOUXX19XX
Matt AdamsWSNX19
Matt CarpenterSTLX1316
Matt DavidsonCHW19X
Matt OlsonOAKX12
Matt ReynoldsWSN8X108
Max MoroffPITX616
Michael MartinezCLE119
Miguel RojasMIA15X
Miguel SanoMIN9X
Mike Aviles--6615
Mike Freeman--610
Neil Walker--17X
Nicholas CastellanosDETXX
Nick FranklinMIL9X
Orlando CalixteSFG514
Pablo SandovalSFG9X
Pat ValaikaCOL5819X5
Patrick KivlehanCIN127X
Paul DeJongSTLXX
Pete KozmaDET51414
Ramon TorresKCRX12
Raul MondesiKCR149
Rhys HoskinsPHIXX
Rob RefsnyderTOR6X14
Ronald TorreyesNYYXXX
Ruben TejadaBAL6X
Russell MartinTORX10
Ryan FlahertyPHI1255
Ryan GoinsKCRX8X
Ryder JonesSFGX18
Ryon HealySEAXX
Scooter GennettCINX1015
Scott Van SlykeMIA913
Sean RodriguezPIT12146X
Stephen Drew--1113
Steve PearceTOR10X
T.J. RiveraNYMX12X
Taylor MotterSEA15186XX
Tim BeckhamBAL17X
Tomas TelisMIA6X
Tommy La StellaCHCX18
Trevor PlouffeTEX11X
Trey ManciniBALXX
Ty KellyNYM1413
Tyler AustinNYY87
Tyler Moore--X13
Tyler SaladinoCHWXX13
Tyler WadeNYY1577
Tzu-Wei LinBOS1096
Victor CaratiniCHC128
Whit MerrifieldKCRX17
Willson ContrerasCHCX56
Wilmer DifoWSNX6X6
Wilmer FloresNYMX12X
Yangervis SolarteTOR8XXX
Yolmer SanchezCHWXX
Yuli GurrielHOUX7

Potential In-Season Qualifiers

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First Base

  • With outfielders galore for Milwaukee, Ryan Braun will be experimenting with the first base glove. He should gain eligibility at first rather quickly and appear enough times to have 1B flexibility for 2019 drafts.

Second Base

  • If the site you play on counts minor league starts for rookies, bump Willie Calhoun up in your rankings even more. He won’t play at all at the keystone for Texas in 2018 barring multiple injuries. What I’m trying to say is this is a one year luxury with Calhoun, so be aggressive at a top-heavy position!
  • Cincinnati prospect Nick Senzel is making headlines at Spring Training. The Reds want his bat in the lineup as soon as possible, so they are testing him at multiple positions. The main talk is that Senzel will play lots of second, but he should also be getting reps at shortstop. Definitely stay tuned to this one.

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Third Base

  • In an effort to help the organization woo a teammate of his, Tim Beckham will slot in at 3B for the majority of the season. In addition to his SS and 2B eligibility on some sites, this gives him a bump in value as a middle/corner infield flex late in drafts.
  • Signing with the Angels, who already have a multi-Gold Glove shortstop, has lead Zack Cozart to consider a position change to 3B. He should play there regularly with not much opportunity to play the other infield positions.


  • As alluded to with Beckham, the Orioles hope to make Manny Machado happy by playing him regularly at shortstop. Honestly, it seems like they are trying to hard – money would’ve worked better. Anyway, he should receive SS flexibility within the opening month of the season.

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  • Since the Padres got their franchise first basemen via free agency, Wil Myers will go back to his original outfield designation. He will have outfield flexibility almost immediately in 2018. However, I’m fearful that this will be the last season of 1B eligibility for Myers if he stays with San Diego.
  • The Mariners traded for Dee Gordon knowing that they were locked up at the middle infield spots. To his credit, Gordon has been very welcoming to the idea of starting every day in centerfield. Like Myers, he should gain outfield eligibility within the first couple of weeks.

2018 Fantasy Baseball Position Previews
CatcherFirst BaseSecond BaseThird BaseShortstopOutfieldStarting PitcherRelief PItcher

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