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Dynasty Dugout: Outfield Dynasty/Keeper Rankings

You better get used to a lot of the names on these rankings because you’re going to be seeing a lot of them for many years to come. The outfield position has long been known for its overall talent and star power. Eash and every year it seems to get stronger and stronger, especially when it comes to dynasty and keeper formats.

Mike Trout and Bryce Harper are still locked in at the top. And the scary part? They’re still just 26 and 25, respectively. In fact, there’s only one man over the age of 30 in my top-10 and just three in the top-25. There are plenty of good veterans, but there’s just so much youthful talent these days. That includes prospects, where super phenom Ronald Acuna leads the way.

Other 2018 Dynasty/Keeper Rankings:   C   1B   2B   SS    3B

The Top Dogs 

Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

This doesn’t need any explanation. While I still think Harper has just as much statistical upside, Trout has health and track record in his corner, which is something Harper can’t lay claim to quite yet. Trout has averaged 35 home runs, 29 steals, 100 RBI, and 122 runs per every 600 at-bats in his Major League career. Before his thumb injury last season, Trout has played in 157+ games in each of the last four seasons. Don’t overthink things. Trout is still the top dog in the outfield.

Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals

Here are the men that have posted an OPS of 1.100 or higher since the start of the 2005 season: Albert Pujols (2006, 2008, 2009) and Bryce Harper in 2015. That’s it. Not even Mr. Trout has a 1.100 OPS under his belt. Harper was on pace for another monstrous season when he slipped on a wet bag during a game that should never have been played and suffered a really bad bone bruise in his left knee.

If you haven’t seen that injury, keep it that way. Especially if you have a weak stomach.

The one consistent weakness in Harper’s game has been his stolen base totals. He has 20+ steal wheels, yet he has reached double-digit steals only once in the last four years. So far this spring, he’s stolen two bags in 33 at-bats, so let’s hope that translates over into the regular season. Harper is risky, that’s for sure. However, no one else outside of Trout possesses this kind of upside.

On the Rise

Ronald Acuna, Atlanta Braves

What else can be said about Ronald Acuna that hasn’t already been said? One scout even compared him to a young Hank Aaron for crying out loud. Speaking of crying, Acuna made minor league pitchers cry after that onslaught he put on them last season. Between the minors and the Arizona Fall League, Acuna hit .325 with 28 homers, 46 steals, 98 RBI, and 110 runs. Do those stats look familiar? Well, they should. A certain first-round fantasy pick with the last name of a fish posted a line similar to that during his rookie season in 2012.

Will Acuna become the next Trout? That remains to be seen. But for now, he’s doing a damn good job making everyone drool over his offensive potential.

Byron Buxton, Minnesota Twins

Byron Buxton has become the ultimate tease. He’s like that crush you had in high school that flirted with you to make you think he/she was interested, then when you make your move, BOOM, friend zoned. Why do you have to be like that Byron? Buxton flirted with us all for the last two months of the 2017 season.

In 207 second-half at-bats, Buxton racked up 11 home runs, 13 steals, 35 RBI, 40 runs, and a .300/.347/.546/.893 slash line. Extrapolate that out over 600 at-bats and you’d have 32 homers, 38 steals, 102 RBI, and 116 runs. The problem is, he hasn’t been able to do that for an extended period of time. Buxton also had a 27.6 K% and 13/63 BB/K ratio over that same timeframe, so he still has his warts.

We’ve been waiting for Buxton to break out for years. After that hot stretch to end the season, it’s starting to feel like we’re really close to seeing him put it all together for a full season. This might be the last time we see him outside of the overall top-25 dynasty ranks.

On the Decline

David Dahl, Colorado Rockies

An asterisk stating “for now” needs to be included here. Dahl declined in these rankings from last season due to missing the entire season with a rib injury. Just because he’s dropped a little doesn’t mean that his upside still isn’t massive. Dahl averaged 19 home runs and 29 steals per every 600 at-bats in the minors with a .307 career average and will eventually play half his games at Coors Field. There’s still a lot to get excited about here, but the risk surrounding him is a tad concerning.

A.J. Pollock, Arizona Diamondbacks

Injuries are a fickle S.O.Bs. Pollock captivated the fantasy world in 2015 when he hit .315 with 20 home runs and 39 stolen bases. Unfortunately, that’s been the only season in which he’s exceeded 450 at-bats. Still just 30, Pollock has the skills to put together more 15/35 seasons if his health allows him to.

The Rankings

RankPlayerTeamOther Pos.AgeMid-2017
1Mike TroutLAA261
2Bryce HarperWAS252
3Mookie BettsBOS253
4Cody BellingerLAD1B22Other
5Giancarlo StantonNYY285
6Aaron JudgeNYY254
7Andrew BenintendiBOS238
8Charlie BlackmonCOL317
9Rhys HoskinsPHI1B25Other
10George SpringerHOU286
11J.D. MartinezBOS3013
12Ronald AcunaATL2029
13Byron BuxtonMIN2443
14Marcell OzunaSTL279
15Ian HappCHC2B23Other
16Christian YelichMIA2612
17Starling MartePIT2911
18Justin UptonLAA3018
19Khris DavisOAK3023
20Matt OlsonOAK24Other
21Eloy JimenezCHW2124
22Michael ConfortoNYM2510
23Gregory PolancoPIT2627
24Victor RoblesWAS2016
25David DahlCOL2314
26Andrew McCutchenSF3117
27Bradley ZimmerCLE2520
28Lorenzo CainMIL3137
29Yoenis CespedesNYM2B3215
30Dee GordonSEA29Other
31Manuel MargotSD2356
32Yasiel PuigLAD2751
33Luis RobertCHW2048
34Kyle TuckerHOU2135
35Ryan BraunMIL3426
36Lewis BrinsonMIA2321
37Nomar MazaraTEX2222
38Domingo SantanaMIL2525
39Tommy PhamSTL3062
40Willie CalhounTEX23Other
41A.J. PollockARI3019
42Adam JonesBAL3230
43Nicholas CastellanosDET3B26Other
44Chris TaylorLAD2B/SS2785
45Billy HamiltonCIN2749
46Kyle SchwarberCHC2541
47Taylor TrammellCIN20NR
48Jo AdellLAA18NR
49Derek FisherHOU2432
50Nick WilliamsPHI24NR
51Delino DeShields Jr. TEX25NR
52Trey ManciniBAL1B26NR
53Austin HaysBAL22NR
54Juan SotoWAS1966
55Nelson CruzSEA3736
56Odubel HerreraPHI2676
57Eduardo NunezBOS2B/3B/SS30Other
58Estevan FlorialNYY20NR
59Mitch HanigerSEA2750
60Jay BruceNYM1B3045
61Austin MeadowsPIT2228
62Eddie RosarioMIN26NR
63Ender InciarteATL2763
64Ian DesmondCOL1B3231
65Kevin KiermaierTB2770
66Kyle LewisSEA2255
67Steven Souza Jr.TB2840
68Marwin GonzalezHOU1B/2B/3B/SS29NR
69Adam EatonWAS2952
70Jesus SanchezTB20NR
71Brett GardnerNYY3481
72Aaron HicksNYY28NR
73Anthony AlfordTOR23NR
74Dexter FowlerSTL3268
75Alex VerdugoLAD2173
76Tyler O'NeillSTL2284
77Adam DuvallCIN1B2934
78Eric ThamesMIL31Other
79Harrison BaderSTL23NR
80Jahmai JonesLAA20NR
81Mark TrumboBAL3247
82Leodys TaverasTEX19NR
83Akil BaddooMIN19NR
84Aaron AltherrPHI2760
85Jhailyn OrtizPHI19NR
86Corey DickersonPIT2842
87Christin StewartDET24NR
88Monte HarrisonMIA22NR
89Heliot RamosSF18NR
90Avisail GarciaCHW2733
91Michael BrantleyCLE3038
92Teoscar HernandezTOR25NR
93Yordan AlvarezHOU1B20NR
94Starling HerediaLAD19NR
95David PeraltaARI3078
96Brett PhillipsMIL23NR
97Dustin FowlerOAK2391
98Jackie Bradley Jr.BOS2746
99Josh ReddickHOU3193
100Raimel TapiaCOL2479

Thank you for reading another edition of Dynasty Dugout here on Fantrax. I hope you can use this article to your advantage and get a leg up on your fellow league members.  Got a question that I didn’t cover here? Follow me on Twitter @EricCross04 and ask there.

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