Fantasy Baseball 2018 Rankings: Outfield

The outfield is always one of my favorite positions to build on draft day. Our top two tiers bring us a bevy of powerful options with a few 20/20 candidates sprinkled in.

Top Tier Bargains

J.D. Martinez put up some silly numbers in 2017, blasting 45 home runs and driving in 104 over just 119 games. Since his 2014 breakthrough, Martinez has posted an elite .300/.362/.574 line, with his failure to crack more than 125 games more than once over that span being the only blemish on his record. Quite frankly, Martinez does not need 150 games to return you massive roto value and at this point, I have to approach him much like I do Bryce Harper and Giancarlo Stanton — bet on the talent, hope for the health. the difference between Martinez, Harper and Stanton? J.D. is just might slip to you in round three.

When looking at the second tier,  both Yoenis Cespedes (ADP: 67) and Yasiel Puig (ADP: 109) have the potential to turn massive profit based on past performances and since kicking off drafts a few weeks ago,have ended up on a majority of my teams. Cespedes injury trouble early on certainly will give some pause, so this is certainly one to keep an eye on for updates.

Puig very quietly slashed .263/.346/.487 to go along with 28 home runs and 15 swipes. If he can stay comfortable closer to the top of the Dodgers potent lineup, we’ve got top-10 upside regularly available outside of pick 100 overall.

Thanks, but No Thanks

Billy Hamilton and his sub-.300 OBP are unlikely to find their way onto any of my squads. In this era flush with power, it’s difficult to sacrifice an outfield spot to someone who will likely hurt your average and deliver single digit home runs. There are enough 25/10 bats in this league to make up the steals elsewhere while you are not hurting yourself in other places.

Deep Thoughts

Steven Souza sits outside of the top-50 in terms of outfield ADP and is one of those 25/10 options that can be scooped up in the mid-rounds of drafts. Adam Eaton gives you just enough of everything and is hitting in a fantasy friendly spot atop the Nationals lineup. Whenever Michael Conforto (ADP: 191) gets back on the field, he’s going to mash. Matt Kemp put together a very productive season in 2017 adn while the Dodgers don’t appear to have a starter’s share of at-bats for him, the veteran appears motivated to re-emerge with his old team… I’m buying late. Hunter Pence bottomed out with a .701 OPS over 134 games last year, but even with that performance, he’s averaged 20 home runs and 8 steals per 162 games over the past four seasons. The speed is going, but a healthy pence can provide some counting stats on the cheap.

Outfield Draft Rankings 2018

1Mike TroutLAACF
2Bryce HarperWSHRF
3Mookie BettsBOSRF
4Charlie BlackmonCOLCF
5Giancarlo StantonNYYRF
6Kris BryantCHC3B,RF
7J.D. MartinezBOSRF
8Aaron JudgeNYYRF
9George SpringerHOUCF,RF
10Nelson CruzSEARF,DH
11Andrew BenintendiBOSLF,CF
12Rhys HoskinsPHI1B,LF
13Cody BellingerLAD1B,LF
14Justin UptonLAALF
15Yoenis CespedesNYMLF
16Yasiel PuigLADRF
17Christian YelichMILCF
18Tommy PhamSTLLF,CF
19Marcell OzunaSTLLF
20Khris DavisOAKLF,DH
21Byron BuxtonMINCF
22Starling MartePITLF,CF
23A.J. PollockARICF
24Andrew McCutchenSFCF,RF
25Chris TaylorLAD2B,SS,LF,CF
26Billy HamiltonCINCF
27Lorenzo CainMILCF
28Adam JonesBALCF
29Ryan BraunMILLF
30Domingo SantanaMILRF
31Jay BruceNYM1B,RF
32Steven SouzaARIRF
33Carlos SantanaPHI1B,RF
34Ian DesmondCOL1B,LF
35Matt OlsonOAK1B,RF
36Gregory PolancoPITLF,RF
37Nick CastellanosDET3B,RF
38Ian HappCHC2B,LF,CF,RF
39Nomar MazaraTEXLF,RF
40Adam EatonWSHCF
41Ronald AcunaATLCF
42Matt KempLADLF
43Eddie RosarioMINLF,CF,RF
44Ender InciarteATLCF
45Joey GalloTEX1B,3B,LF
46Whit MerrifieldKC2B,RF
47Kevin KiermaierTBCF
48Jason KipnisCLE2B,CF
49Michael ConfortoNYMLF,CF,RF
50Carlos GonzalezCOLRF
51Corey DickersonPITLF,DH
52Avisail GarciaCWSRF
53Odubel HerreraPHICF
54Mitch HanigerSEARF
55Adam DuvallCINLF
56Manuel MargotSDCF
57Kyle SchwarberCHCLF
58Eric ThamesMIL1B,LF
59David DahlCOLLF,CF,RF
60Michael BrantleyCLELF
61Brett GardnerNYYLF,CF
62Dexter FowlerSTLCF
63Shin-Soo ChooTEXRF,DH
64Jackie BradleyBOSCF
65Mark TrumboBALRF,DH
66Cameron MaybinMIALF,CF,RF
67Josh ReddickHOULF,CF,RF
68Jose MartinezSTL1B,LF,RF
69Max KeplerMINCF,RF
70Aaron HicksNYYLF,CF,RF
71Trey ManciniBAL1B,LF
72Bradley ZimmerCLECF
73David PeraltaARILF,RF
74Eduardo NunezBOS2B,3B,SS,LF
75Jonathan VillarMIL2B,CF
76Josh HarrisonPIT2B,3B,LF
77Carlos GomezTBCF
78Marwin GonzalezHOU1B,2B,3B,SS,LF
79Stephen PiscottyOAKRF
80Scooter GennettCIN2B,3B,LF
81Delino DeShieldsTEXLF,CF
82Kole CalhounLAARF
83Teoscar HernandezTORLF
84Aaron AltherrPHILF,CF,RF
85Brandon BeltSF1B,LF
86Willie CalhounTEXLF
87Lonnie ChisenhallCLELF,CF,RF
88Michael TaylorWSHCF
89Randal GrichukTORLF,RF
90Nick WilliamsPHILF,CF,RF
91Rajai DavisCLELF,CF
92Derek FisherHOULF,RF
93Chris OwingsARI2B,SS,RF
94Hunter RenfroeSDRF
95Scott ScheblerCINCF,RF
96Raimel TapiaCOLLF,RF
97Lewis BrinsonMIALF,CF
98Austin HaysBALCF,RF
99Melky CabreraFALF,RF
100Jesse WinkerCINRF
101Kevin PillarTORCF
102Mallex SmithTBLF,CF,RF
103Joc PedersonLADCF
104Jarrod DysonARILF,CF
105Jose BautistaFARF
106Yasmany TomasARILF
107Victor RoblesWSHRF
108Dustin FowlerOAKRF
109Austin JacksonSFLF,CF,RF
110Jose PirelaSDLF
111Clint FrazierNYYLF,RF
112Hunter PenceSFRF
113Gerardo ParraCOLLF,RF
114Cory SpangenbergSD3B,LF
115Ben ZobristCHC2B,LF,RF
116Keon BroxtonMILCF
117Hernan PerezMIL2B,3B,SS,LF,CF,RF
118Jorge BonifacioKCLF,RF
119Nick MarkakisATLRF
120Mikie MahtookDETLF,CF,RF
121Matt JoyceOAKLF,RF
122Nicky DelmonicoCWSIF,LF
123Jason HeywardCHCCF,RF
124Curtis GrandersonTORLF,CF,RF

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