2024 Dynasty Baseball Players to Buy

by Josh Stevens
2024 Dynasty Baseball Players To Buy

“Buy low, sell high.” This is the name of the game in trading stocks, but also in fantasy baseball, which is far more important. As this is the case, welcome to our 2024 Dynasty Baseball Players to Buy.

Players to target in Dynasty Baseball is a little different than Redraft. In Redraft, you are looking at getting the guys who will give you the best possible current year.

However, projectability is the name of the game in Dynasty. Targeting players can be for what they will do this year, but more importantly how they will perform three or five years down the road.

Be sure to check out our Dynasty Rankings to find more players that you should be trying to buy.

2024 Dynasty Baseball Players to Buy

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Johan Rojas, CF, Philadelphia Phillies (FantasyPros Dynasty rank- 587).

Someone whose rankings made their way to FantasyPros ranked Rojas as the 282nd-best position player in Dynasty Baseball.

I’ll let that sink in. The starting center fielder on a team who made it to the NLCS isn’t as good as 281 other position players.

Rojas burst onto the scene after getting called up in 2023, hitting .302 with 14 stolen bases in just 59 games. This earned him a spot in the everyday lineup during the postseason.

However, Rojas struggled during the postseason, as he bit below .200 in every series. Rather than this being an indication of his true skill set, I think this was more of Rojas being overmatched by the moment, as he was still getting his feet wet in the MLB.

Before getting called up, Rojas had made a name for himself as a terror on the basepaths in the Minors. He swiped 62 bags in 2022, and 30 more across 74 games in 2023 before the call-up.

Rojas is also an excellent defender, which should keep him on the field at all times (especially with Harper out of the mix in the outfield).  This defense led him to a 2.5 WAR across 59 games, a 150-game extrapolation of a 6.4 WAR. For reference, Juan Soto posted a 5.5 WAR last year.

Even if Rojas hits closer to .200 than .300, his stolen base prowess coupled with a clear path to everyday starts makes him an easy target at his current rankings. I’d expect him to post an average of around .250 with 8-12 homers and could contend for 30-40 stolen bases. Keep an eye on Rojas.

Brendan Donovan, UTIL, St. Louis Cardinals  (290)

A popular F6P breakout player last year, the Brendan Donovan hype train was slowed down by injuries and the emergence of Nolan Gorman at second base.

However, a fully healthy and rejuvenated Donovan is projected to hit leadoff in a solid Cardinals lineup this year. This means he gets the chance to be driven in by Paul Goldschmidt, Nolan Arenado, and Lars Nootbaar, all potent RBI guys.

In 2022, Donovan hit. 281 with a 124+ in 126 games over his rookie year, propelling him to a third place finish in a loaded ROTY race. Perhaps even more impressive was Donovan’s plate discipline, as he walked 60 times against 70 strikeouts in 2022. A jump to the next level seemed inevitable.

A Mixed Bag From A Promising Player

There was good and bad with Donovan’s 2023. On the plus side, he more than doubled his home run total from 2022 from five to 11 and did so without sacrificing his average (.284). Donovan also limited the strikeouts for the second consecutive year, with only 53 in 94 games.

However, there was plenty not to like as well. Donovan didn’t walk as much, with only 33 walks in 2023. Additionally, his doubles plummeted from 21 in 2022  to 10 in 2023.

I’m going to chalk some of these struggles up to injuries, as it robbed him of really getting into a rhythm in 2023. Despite mediocre stats, Donovan still had solid advanced metrics last year, landing in the 70th percentile for batting run value.

This 70th percentile ranking was made by an excellent ability to limit strikeouts, with a 96th percentile whiff rate and 91st percentile K rate. In a league where it seems like everyone punches out at least once a game, it’s refreshing to see a talented hitter make consistent contact.

All in all, Donovan is a guy who will flirt with a .300 average at the top of the Cards lineup next year. If healthy, I can also see him posting 15 homers, 10 stolen bases, and an OBP north of .350. All of these values are an absolute steal compared to the public perception of Brendan Donovan.

(I mean, he's basically Brandon Crawford right?)

Jake Burger, 3B, Miami Marlins (160).

Yes, Burger is much more highly regarded than the others on this list. Is it the respect he deserves? Not even close.

Let’s start with the common stats. In his first full season, Jakey Burgers belted 34 homers with the White Sox and Marlins. While he was a pure power hitter with Chicago, with 25 homers in 88 games, he became more of an all-around hitter after moving to Miami, posting a .303 average.

All in all, Burger hit .250 with a .303 OBP in 2023 to go along with his 34 homers.

However, the advanced metrics are where I get really excited about Burger. If you recall my advanced metrics article, Burger finished in the top 5 across the MLB in EV50.

EV50 is the average exit velocity for the hardest 50% of a player’s batted balls. While everyone will have at-bats where they can’t get the barrel on the ball, what you do when you get a good swing on the ball is super important.

Last year, only four players had a higher EV50 than Burger. Judge, Acuńa, Stanton, and Ohtani, four MVPs. Judge, Ohtani, and Acuńa will be gone within the first ten picks, while Stanton is a walking IL stint.

That leaves Burger as the next best available on that list and found 10- 15 rounds after those three.

Burger also comes in seventh in the MLB with a 16.7% Barrels/BBE. This means that Burger will find the barrel on one-sixth of every batted ball event. Not only does he find the barrel a lot, he creates a ton of damage when he does.

That sums it up for our 2024 Dynasty Baseball Players to Buy! Which under-the-radar players are you targeting in your dynasty league? Let us know!

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