2024 Fantasy Baseball Multi-Position Eligible Players

by Corey Pieper
2024 Fantasy Baseball Multi-Position Eligible Players

Fantasy Six Pack's Fantasy Baseball Draft Kit continues with a breakdown and list of the 2024 Fantasy Baseball Multi-Position Eligible Players.

To win fantasy baseball leagues it is important to maximize your at-bats. One way to maximize your at-bats is to have players who can play multiple positions to help fill in gaps, especially in daily leagues. Players who carry multi-eligibility also help to mitigate the effect when injuries inevitably strike.

Different leagues have different games played thresholds for both keeping eligibility going into the next season and earning new eligibility during the season. Check to see your league's eligibility requirements before your draft has ever begun. The most common numbers are usually 20 games at a position to earn eligibility within the season, and 10 games during the season to earn it for that year. However, those numbers can be as low as five which can add value to players.

It doesn't mean that you should push players higher than necessary simply because they have more positions where they are eligible. For example, Zach McKinstry carries eligibility at second base, shortstop, third base, and outfield going into the 2024 season. While that makes him a bench bat to target, it doesn't mean you must push him up. Rather, think of multi-eligible players as a tiebreaker if you have two players in the same tier.

Multi-eligible players are slightly more valuable in daily lineup change leagues as opposed to weekly leagues, but they can be advantageous in both. Fantrax offers both daily and weekly leagues in whichever format you prefer. You can also adjust the games played thresholds to whatever you want for your league. Fantrax is the most customizable of any of the fantasy baseball sites.

At the bottom of the page, we've added a valuable table to show you all the players that have multi-position eligibility for the 2024 Fantasy Baseball season. For Hitters, we are using 20 games played at the position to be eligible. For Pitchers, the requirements are 5 games started to have starting pitching eligibility and 8 total relief appearances for relief pitching eligibility.

2024 Fantasy Baseball Multi-Position Eligible Players

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Mookie Betts, 2B/OF/SS, Los Angeles Dodgers

The only player with multi-eligibility (Shohei Ohtani, while eligible as a pitcher, won't be used there this season) who will go in the first round of fantasy drafts, Mookie Betts deserves special attention. No matter what the games played requirement is for your league, Betts will have second base and outfield eligibility to start the season, and if you do only 10 games as the requirement he also will have shortstop.

Betts currently has a FantasyPros ADP of pick four which is deserved coming off the incredible season that he had. 126 runs scored, 39 home runs, 107 RBI, 14 stolen bases, and a 307 batting average which led to his second-place finish in the National League MVP race. Getting a player of that caliber who can be used at multiple positions can give you an advantage throughout the draft. While outfield can get thin in a hurry, so can second base. He offers a skillset at either position that very few can match, making him worthy of a top-five overall selection.

Brandon Drury, 1B/2B, Los Angeles Angels

Brandon Drury has quietly put together two productive and remarkably consistent seasons. His 2022 season was 28 home runs 87 RBI and a 263 average split between Cincinnati and San Diego. Drafters were a bit worried that his production was buoyed by Cincinnati's Great American Ballpark so his price was low again last season. He followed up that 2022 season with 26 home runs 83 RBI and a 262 average in only 125 games played. That was his first season with the Los Angeles Angels.

Drury is back with the Angels this season and looking to replicate his production yet again. He also is carrying both first base and second base eligibility into this season. Anytime that you have a player that has both a corner infield and a middle infield position for eligibility, that can be extremely beneficial in deeper leagues. There is also now an opening at designated hitter for the Angels meaning that we could get even more at-bats out of Drury this season. He will be batting in the top few positions in the Angels lineup. With an ADP of 252, Drury is a target later in drafts.

Luis Rengifo, 2B/3B/SS/OF, Los Angeles Angels

Not only is Luis Rengifo an Angel like Brandon Drury, but he has also put together back-to-back remarkably consistent seasons. In each of the last two seasons, Rengifo has hit 264 with six stolen bases. In 2022, he had 17 home runs with 52 RBI. Last season, he slipped by one in both categories to 16 home runs and 51 RBI.

If you're playing in a daily league and want a player who can back up nearly every position, Rengifo is the top option this season. Even if you play in a league where the games played requirement is 20 games, he carries four different eligibilities. If you have ever played in a league with a shallow bench, such as the NFBC, you know the advantage a player with that much flexibility offers. He also should be batting leadoff all season so a new career high in at-bats is a possibility.

Cole Ragans, SP/RP, Kansas City Royals

You can have an advantage in points leagues by having starting pitchers that can be used as relief pitchers (SPARPs). Typically, wins in a points league are worth 10 points and saves are only worth 7 points. Now, relief pitchers can throw more often so having a good closer can be useful too. But a top-end SPARP will nearly always outscore traditional closers.

Going into last season, Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Spender Strider included relief pitcher eligibility. While there were questions on the repeatability of Strider going into the last fantasy draft season, he was still a top two-round pick in points leagues with SPARP eligibility. Cole Ragans isn't quite at that level, but he is the top SPARP this season.

Ragans was dominant over his 71 innings with the Royals. That is still a very small sample though. If Ragans can keep the gains he showed in throwing strikes though, he has the makings of a top-20 starting pitcher, but a top-10 relief pitcher.

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Michael King, SP/RP, San Diego Padres

Another SPARP to remember this season is Michael King. He was traded this offseason from the New York Yankees to the San Diego Padres in the move that sent Juan Soto to New York. King bounced between a variety of roles with the Yankees. At the end of the 2023 season, he was finally moved to a full-time starter and shined in the role.

During September, King operated as a traditional starter. He was able to make six starts for 31.2 innings. In those innings, he struck out 40 batters while walking only seven. His ERA was only 2.27. That may sound unrepeatable, but over the full 104 innings of last season, his ERA was only 2.75.

This season there is no question about whether or not he'll be starting or relieving. The Padres are going to need him to start games for them. And while there are some concerns about an innings limit, King himself is optimistic.

While he may not have the strikeout upside of Ragans, he also could finish as a top-20 relief pitcher.

2024 Fantasy Baseball Multi-Position Eligible Hitters

2024 Fantasy Baseball Multi-Position Eligible Pitchers

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