In your more traditional fantasy baseball magazines, you get a section that offers player capsules on anywhere from 500 to 1,500 major league ballplayers. Each capsule offers a short write-up of what the player did last season, something about his skill-set, potential role with the team and maybe even some projections for the upcoming season. Sounds great, right? Sort of.

We’ve already established that this is not your traditional fantasy baseball guide. It’s better. Why? Well, let’s just take Manny Machado, for example. Scan through any 2019 fantasy magazine and Machado is listed as a free agent. You get a brief synopsis of what he did last year, an assessment of the 26-year old’s skill set and his projections for 2019. The first two sound fine, but how are those projections correct? They may have been a nice attempt when the capsule was first written, but where he ultimately signs certainly alters that projection. We’re talking about a new team, a new lineup, a new division and a new ballpark for starters. Those are some serious changes. Traditional magazines can’t keep up. We can.

As of December 30, 2018, there are still well over 120 free agents yet to sign as well as a number of trades which are still in the works according to recent reports. The player movement we’re going to witness between now and Opening Day is going to be abundant.

In addition to that, we also don’t feel the need to waste your time with player capsules you’re never going to need. It’s nice to advertise that you’re writing up 1,000 MLB players for your magazine, but how many fantasy baseball owners need to know or even care about what Nestor Cortes or Luis Sardinas are going to do this season? These are not players who are going to win you a championship. They are filler, some of whom will never see a spot on anyone’s roster, no matter how deep the league may be. We’d rather focus on players with actual fantasy relevance.

But we know you like your player capsules. We know you want to be able to look up certain players and see what we expect them to do in the upcoming season and that’s where this Player Profile series comes in. We may not be writing up 1,000 major leaguers, but you can bet we’ll break down the ones you need to know. Whether it’s a rookie set to make his debut in 2019 or a player who finds himself on his fourth team in five years, we’ll be diving deep into the analysis to offer you the most insightful opinions to take you into your draft as well as to reference throughout the regular season. Yeah, that’s right. It doesn’t end on Draft Day. The Fantasy Alarm Living Draft Guide will be a fantastic in-season tool as well.

The players you see below is our initial list of Player Profiles you can expect to see over the next two months. Some are marquee names while others are more of the role-player variety. We’ll break down their history, their skill-sets, their current situations and, of course, what we believe you can expect from them in the 2019 season. The profiles will be much more in-depth than what you’ll see in a traditional magazine. Why? Well, because you deserve more, but also, because we’re not limited by print space.

And because we believe you deserve more, this is also going to be an interactive list. That’s right. If there’s a specific player you don’t see listed but would like to learn more about, we’ll happily take your suggestion and add him to our list. Just email your desired Player Profile to howard@fantasyalarm.com and we’ll try to meet as many requests as possible.

Catcher 1st Base 2nd Base 3rd Base Shortstop DH Outfield Starting Pitcher Relief Pitcher
Wilson Ramos Freddie Freeman Javier Baez (FREE) Jose Ramirez Francisco Lindor Nelson Cruz Mookie Betts (FREE) Jacob deGrom Blake Treinen
J.T. Realmuto Paul Goldschmidt Whit Merrifield Nolan Arenado Trevor Story Shohei Ohtani Christian Yelich Max Scherzer Edwin Diaz
Yasmani Grandal Matt Carpenter Scooter Gennett Alex Bregman Manny Machado (FREE) Khris Davis J.D. Martinez Justin Verlander Josh Hader
Yadier Molina Jesus Aguilar Ozzie Albies Eugenio Suarez Trea Turner (FREE)   Mike Trout Blake Snell Craig Kimbrel
Yan Gomes Anthony Rizzo Jose Altuve Anthony Rendon Xander Bogaerts   Charlie Blackmon Chris Sale Roberto Osuna
Francsico Cervelli Cody Bellinger Daniel Murphy Miguel Andujar Elvis Andrus   Giancarlo Stanton Aaron Nola Aroldis Chapman
Willson Contreras Edwin Encarnacion Rougned Odor Matt Chapman Jean Segura   Andrew Benintendi Corey Kluber Kenley Jansen
Gary Sanchez Max Muncy Travis Shaw Eduardo Escobar Jose Peraza   Bryce Harper Gerit Cole Kirby Yates
Tucker Barnhart Ian Desmond Cesar Hernandez Mike Moustakas Tim Anderson   Starling Marte Trevor Bauer Raisel Iglesias
Jorge Alfaro Joey Gallo DJ LeMahieu Josh Donaldson Andrelton Simmons   Ronald Acuna Jr David Price Brad Hand
Austin Hedges Yulieski Gurriel Jonathan Villar Vlad Guerrero Jr Willy Adames   Mitch Haniger Patrick Corbin Jose LeClerc
Omar Narvaez Matt Olson Gleyber Torres Justin Turner Amed Rosario   Michael Brantley Joe Musgrove Felipe Vazquez
Austin Barnes Carlos Santana Brian Dozier Maikel Franco Adalberto Mondesi   David Peralta Walker Buehler Wade Davis
Danny Jansen Yonder Alonso Dee Gordon Rafael Devers Ketel Marte   Tommy Pham Zack Greinke Adam Ottavino
Willians Astudillo Eric Hosmer Yoan Moncada Kris Bryant Paul DeJong   Lorenzo Cain Carlos Carrasco Sean Doolittle
Mitch Garver Justin Smoak Joey Wendle Wil Myers Carlos Correa   Aaron Hicks Luis Severino David Robertson
Francisco Mejia C.J. Cron Jonathan Schoop   Jorge Polanco   George Springer Clayton Kershaw Seranthony Dominguez
Isiah Kiner-Falefa Luke Voit Robinson Cano   Corey Seager   Stephen Piscotty Charlie Morton Will Smith
Welington Castillo Peter Alonso Garrett Hampson       Marcell Ozuna Mike Clevinger Ryan Pressly
  Jake Bauers Adam Frazier       Aaron Judge Tyler Glasnow Cody Allen
  Jose Abreu         Juan Soto JA Happ Jose Alvarado
            Mallex Smith Kyle Freeland Trevor May
            Michael Conforto (FREE) Miles Mikolas Pedro Strop
            Yasiel Puig James Paxton Jordan Hicks
            A.J. Pollock Zack Wheeler  
            Andrew McCutchen Jameson Taillon  
            Hunter Renfroe Jack Flaherty  
            Rhys Hoskins Ross Stripling  
            Byron Buxton German Marquez  
            David Dahl Chris Archer  
            Victor Robles Shane Bieber  
            Franmil Reyes Nathan Eovaldi  
            Eloy Jimenez Jose Berrios  
            Austin Meadows Stephen Strasburg (FREE)  
            Cedric Mullins Anibal Sanchez  
            Brandon Nimmo    
            Domingo Santana