Fantasy Baseball: Top 100 Outfield Rankings for Mixed Leagues (March 3 Update!)
Many people talk about depth in the outfield and how it’s a smorgasbord of talent where you can get whatever stats you need. Even my colleagues agree to some extent as you’ll read in a few paragraphs. I’m not nearly as bullish on the current crop of MLB outfielders. In fact I think our 2019 outfield rankings illustrate just how quickly impact bats run out in fantasy drafts.
Yes, the top tier is pretty damn good. In fact it’s so strong that I’m not really sure it’s all that helpful to have a pick in the top 5 in 2019 drafts. I had the No. 9 pick in a recent indistry mock for a prominent magazine and came away with Ronald Acuna Jr. He obviously doesn’t have the track record of players like Mike Trout and Mookie Betts, but I don’t find it very hard to see him bettering their home run and stolen base numbers.
My problem with the outfield pool comes as you get past the top 16 or 17. You quickly get to either big question marks, or pretty boring players. We ended up with Mitch Haniger at No. 22. He’s a nice player and all, but I don’t see incredible upside there. Same goes with players like Eddie Rosario, Nicholas Castellano, and David Peralta. As you get down even further in our 2019 outfield rankings the players represent a big pool of mediocrity. There’s still some stats to be had, but I don’t see the bounty of fantasy goodness that others seem to see in the outfield… Then again I’ve been yelling at the kids to get off my lawn a lot lately. Damn kids.
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Enough of my middle-aged pessimism. Let’s hear from my younger cohorts who are trying to stop and smell the pizza.
Eric Cross: This season, I have a very tactical approach to drafting outfielders I try hard to not sway from. The position is jam-packed with talent, as always, but it’s a tad top-heavy. Ideally, two of my first six or seven picks and three of my first 10 or so will be outfielders. I want to lock up my core outfielders early and then worry about the rest of my roster before filling out with some upside or categorical selections later on.
There are a lot of new faces in the elite tiers of our 2019 outfield rankings. So, who should you trust? To put it simply, all of them. I say that with one caveat; Christian Yelich. I still have him as a top-5 outfield option but his peripheral stats suggest an 8-10 HR drop in my eyes. Still, a rock solid option as your OF1. And then we have Ronald Acuña and Juan Soto. BUY BUY BUY. If you have any doubts about their production, ignore it. As a prospect analyst, I analyzed this pair plenty and they’re legit studs. Look at my rankings of them below if you don’t believe me. Also, don’t be afraid of using a mid-round pick on Eloy Jimenez. The hit tool and power are top-notch and he should be up quickly in 2019.
Nathan Dokken: The outfield position, per usual, looks to be a robust and profitable group. Last year it was Ronald Acuna and Juan Soto impacting the position in a big way, and this year we’ve got potential impact rookies in Eloy Jimenez and Kyle Tucker. There is also no shortage of sleepers in the later rounds. Some of my favorites will be Jesse Winker, Brandon Nimmo, Harrison Bader, Austin Meadows, Dustin Fowler, and Christin Stewart…to name a few. This all depends on where their ADP’s eventually shake out of course, but I expect to snap up a few shares of those guys in the mid-to-late rounds. Whether you need power, speed, or a combination of everything, you’ll have a plentiful supply with this deep position.
Early 2019 Outfield Rankings
The rankings below are based on a traditional 5X5 scoring system. We’ve used a traditional 20-game eligibility rule, but have included Nelson Cruz, Khris Davis and Mark Trumbo who are only DH-eligible in most leagues, but did play the outfield.
|68||Jackie Bradley Jr.||51||77||66||75||26|
|91||Delino DeShields Jr.||88||92||91||90||4|
Meet your rankers:
Doug Anderson is a 10-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.
Eric Cross has been writing for FantraxHQ since March of 2017 and recently became the lead MLB writer and prospect analyst for FantraxHQ. He also wrote for FantasyPros from June 2017 to September 2018. In the past, he also covered NFL and NBA for Fantrax. Eric was accepted into the FSWA (Fantasy Sports Writers Association) in March of 2018. Find him on Twitter @EricCross04 and ask away with all your baseball and prospect questions.
Nathan Dokken is a member of the FSWA and has been featured on numerous radio shows, podcasts, and magazines. He is the host of the Nasty Cast and Fantrax Dynasty Baseball podcasts, and his written work can be found at Razzball and Fantrax HQ. He is on Twitter @NathanDokken.
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