The Home of Fantasy Sports Analysis

2019 Fantasy Baseball: NL-Only Outfield Rankings & Projections (Updated!)

I’ve been working my way around the diamond with rankings for both NL-Only Leagues and AL-Only Leagues. So far I’ve gone 25 deep at every position. That pretty much covers all the draftables players in a typical 11 or 12-team league. Moving to 75 deep for my NL-Only Outfield Rankings makes me realize how relatively cut and dried the infield positions were.

Sure there are players others may disagreee on and there’s no doubt you’ll see some changes along the way this draft season. But, man, these outfield rankings have a lot of play. In the process of ranking them I have to put a number on them. The reality is that many of these players are valued so closely it comes down to category needs when you draft them. That’s why when I publish my overall rankings I’ll include dollar values. Even if your league uses a draft instead of an auction, the values give you a better idea of how close in value two players are. Four or five slots in the rankings could separate players values within a dollar or two. Balancing your team out is more important than that dollar you may or may not lose.


If you’re like us you can’t wait until spring to get the 2019 fantasy baseball season started? Well, you don’t have to. Leagues are already forming at Fantrax.com, so head on over and start or join a league today.


About My Rankings

I explain a lot more about how I do my rankings in my AL-Catcher Rankings article, but the main takeaway is that they are all based on the projections you see accomanying each player below. This way I don’t let my biases affect what is a mathematical process once the projections are in place.

As I mention above, the outfield always forces me to look real hard at my projections. I don’t just move players around on my gut feeling. If something looks off, I’ll go back and look at the projections. If I’m still solid on those then I trust the math. But if I see something in the projections that needs tweaking, I do that and then re-rank to see where I’m at.

All that is a long way of saying that my projections and rankings are never done until Opening Day. As involved as this process is Opening Day is a very happy day for me.

Outfielders to Target in 2019 NL-Only Leagues

While the NL outfield is deep in solid bats, Yelich and Acuna are the only two I consider truly elite; and even with that I expect a decent regression in home runs for Yelich. Yeah, the ballpark helps but he can’t possibly repeat what he did in the second half of 2018… can he?

I will be targeting Rhys Hoskins in 2019. He had a nice 2018 season, but as an owner in a keeper league, he never quite got into an extended groove. I expect a small bump in homers and I think he can do better than .246. His 22.7 K% is not that bad and he’s got incredible plate coverage that should give him a chance to get that average in the .270’s.

Right now I like the value Yasiel Puig offers. I can’t promise that value will still be there if the hype gets out of control with the change in ballparks. Right now he’s beeing drafted as the 34th outfielder in Fantrax mixed leagues, after players like David Peralta  and Michael Conforto. I think his speed is unappreciated and puts him ahead of those two.

Outfielders to Avoid

Avoid is such a strong word. I like to spread the wealth in monoleagues, so Acuna and Yelich will likely not be on my rosters… sigh…

Juan Soto is another player I can’t see myself paying up for. He’s a great young hitter, but people are treating him like he has no faults. First of all, he doesn’t really run that well. It would be surprising to see him reach double digits. He also hit ‘just’ .286 in the second half. I’m not worried about his batting average, but it’s not a given that he will hit .300. He’s a very good hitter, but better in real baseball than in fantasy. You have to separate your feelings and value him for what he does.

2019 NL-Only Outfield Rankings

The rankings and projections below are based on the traditional 5X5 scoring categories and a 20-game eligibility requirement.

RnkTierPlayerHRRRBISBAVG
11Ronald Acuna321008627.279
21Christian Yelich261069619.301
31Bryce Harper399911211.277
41Charlie Blackmon301158512.294
52Starling Marte19907136.282
62Kris Bryant3199915.288
72Juan Soto29103926.282
82Rhys Hoskins37941044.259
93Yasiel Puig32819013.264
103Cody Bellinger3389929.260
113David Dahl26778414.278
123Ender Inciarte11885924.290
133Wil Myers25787917.255
143Lorenzo Cain12855923.287
153A.J. Pollock23747116.273
164David Peralta2383883.278
174Marcell Ozuna2578922.277
184Victor Robles13646125.284
194Chris Taylor20866812.264
204Andrew McCutchen2281789.258
214Michael Conforto2980833.252
224Harrison Bader20745818.253
234Brandon Nimmo18876513.254
245Steven Souza22707311.243
255Kyle Schwarber3065682.248
265Corey Dickerson1772605.272
275Adam Eaton9755512.272
285Ryan Braun1858626.273
295Hunter Renfroe2761692.245
305Ian Desmond14645910.261
316Nick Markakis1068761.282
326Odubel Herrera1667625.263
336Scott Schebler2258623.261
346Brian Anderson1478663.263
356Joc Pederson2257593.255
366Jesse Winker1258612.289
376Ian Happ1956537.248
386Gregory Polanco1353549.254
397Adam Frazier1059503.266
407Michael Taylor10443717.242
417Franchy Cordero13494412.233
427Jason Heyward861581.264
437Ben Zobrist854501.273
447Albert Almora954422.283
457Enrique Hernandez1345362.254
467Jarrod Dyson3382321.262
477Cameron Maybin6462914.259
487Manuel Margot843398.261
498Adam Duvall1641531.243
508Lewis Brinson1448495.219
518Keon Broxton9352713.235
528Gerardo Parra545434.262
538Steven Duggar743388.241
548Eric Thames1740353.228
558Curtis Granderson1350372.224
568Jose Martinez1031350.305
578Alen Hanson741326.242
588Raimel Tapia540318.251
598Matt Kemp1134390.263
608Dexter Fowler838334.248
618Hernan Perez831278.254
628Mac Williamson1044393.218
638Melky Cabrera729331.276
648Alex Verdugo531253.264
659Derek Dietrich835291.253
669Ben Gamel428244.260
679Travis Jankowski224179.252
689Nick Williams826251.247
699Yoenis Cespedes920240.266
709Charlie Culberson323222.235
719Roman Quinn2211310.250
729Lonnie Chisenhall622221.274
739Rosell Herrera423214.260
749Jose Pirela528202.262
759Yairo Munoz317151.258

More Fantasy Baseball Rankings

Mixed League Rankings: | C | 1B | 2B | 3B | SS | OF | SP | RP |

AL-Only Rankings : | C | 1B | 2B | 3B | SS | OF | SP | RP |

NL-Only Rankings: | C | 1B | 2B | 3B | SS | OF | SP | RP |


If you like these NL-Only Outfield Rankings check out the rest of the 2019 FantraxHQ Fantasy Baseball Draft Kit. We’ll be adding more content from now right up until Opening Day!


Doug Anderson is an 11-year veteran of the Fantasy Sports industry. His work has appeared on RotoExperts.com, Yahoo.com, SI.com, and NFL.com, as well as in the pages of USA Today’s Fantasy Baseball Weekly and various other magazines. Doug has participated in both LABR and Tout Wars, the two preeminent expert fantasy baseball leagues in existence. Doug was formerly the Executive Editor at RotoExperts and is now Managing Editor here at FantraxHQ. You can follow him on Twitter @RotoDaddy.


Fantrax is one of the fastest growing fantasy sites of 2018. With multi-team trades, designated commissioner/league managers, and drag/drop easy click methods, Fantrax is sure to excite the serious fantasy sports fan – sign up now for a free year at Fantrax.com.

1 Comment
  1. Allan Henderson says

    How is B Harper not on the OF list ???

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.