Fantasy Baseball 2021 Outfield Rankings

We are just a few weeks away from opening day and while draft season picks up, it’s hard to contain the excitement for the coming season. Today we’re taking a walk through the what I feel is the most important offensive position — the outfield. The position contains the largest volume of first round talent, a swath of power/speed guys as well as some of the most exciting young players in the game.

Checking your league settings and eligibility rules will be of the utmost importance when planning your draft day strategy in the outfield. Restrictive Util-only candidates in some platforms can turn into underrated studs if they carry that extra eligibility, so why not take a look and see if Giancarlo Stanton, Yordan Alvarez or Trey Mancini can help you outside of the single utility spot. I love to hammer away at the outfield in the first quarter of the draft and if you are playing in a 5 OF league, finding the core of your offense is even more critical.

The top four players on my draft board sit in the outfield and while Mookie Betts gets the nod for me for his blend of stability, lineup support and plus production in literally every category, I certainly can’t doubt that Juan Soto or Ronald Acuna offer a bit more upside. Mike Trout could easily top the list as well and while Christian Yelich is not in that No. 1 overall conversation right now, he certainly was there 365 days ago and he has all the ability to get right back to that level. Cody Bellinger and Bryce Harper round out the top-tier and I am likely walking away from the draft table with at least one of these players on my roster.

ADP Targets

At the back end of the first round, Christian Yelich (10 adp) seems like a strong consolation prize for anyone wishing they could snag a top-4 guy. The shortened season was not kind to Yelich and while he finished with a disappointing .205 average, he continued to post a strong walk rate while mashing 12 homers and stealing four bags in 247 PAs. In Yelich’s previous two seasons, he averaged 40 home runs 26 steals with a .327 average, I’m willing to give just about anyone a pass for struggling in 2020.

Digging a little deeper, Starling Marte (52) always offers underrated juice for your fantasy squad. Yordan Alvarez (82) claims he’s healthy and has already shown he can be anĀ elite bat when he’s right. Perhaps its a bit risky in deep leagues, but in a 10 or 12-teamer, Alvarez is a tasty gamble. Mike Yastrzemski (115) would be a top-100 player on draft day if he played in an east coast market. Michael Brantley (146) is quietly excellent year in and year out. Trey Mancini (151), Joc Pederson (281), and Justin Upton (321) ahve consistently produced when on their field and make nice back end options very late.

Top 120-ish Outfield Rankings for 2021

Tier 1
1Mookie BettsLAD
2Juan SotoWSH
3Mike TroutLAA
4Ronald Acuna Jr.ATL
5Christian YelichMIL
6Cody BellingerLAD
7Bryce HarperPHI
Tier 2
8Marcell OzunaATL
9Starling MarteMIA
10Kyle TuckerHOU
11Eloy JimenezCWS
12Luis RobertCWS
13George SpringerTOR
14Michael ConfortoNYM
15Aaron JudgeNYY
16Randy ArozarenaTB
Tier 3
17Whit MerrifieldKC
18Yordan AlvarezHOU
19Dominic SmithNYM
20Charlie BlackmonCOL
21J.D. MartinezBOS
22Ketel MarteARI
23Austin MeadowsTB
24Trent GrishamSD
25Teoscar HernandezTOR
26Cavan BiggioTOR
27Nick CastellanosCIN
28Mike YastrzemskiSF
29Jeff McNeilNYM
30Michael BrantleyHOU
31Tommy PhamSD
32Brandon LoweTB
Tier 4
33Kris BryantCHC
34Giancarlo StantonNYY
35Dylan CarlsonSTL
36Eddie RosarioCLE
37Jesse WinkerCIN
38Jorge SolerKC
39Byron BuxtonMIN
40Ramon LaureanoOAK
41Franmil ReyesCLE
42Joey GalloTEX
43Lourdes Gurriel Jr.TOR
44Kyle LewisSEA
45Max KeplerMIN
46Victor RoblesWSH
47Anthony SantanderBAL
48Wil MyersSD
49AJ PollockLAD
50Andrew McCutchenPHI
51Dylan MooreSEA
52Justin UptonLAA
Tier 5
53Yasiel PuigFA
54Alex VerdugoBOS
55Ian HappCHC
56Ryan MountcastleBAL
57Lorenzo CainMIL
58Andrew BenintendiKC
59Clint FrazierNYY
60Randal GrichukTOR
61J.D. DavisNYM
62Tommy EdmanSTL
63Kyle SchwarberWSH
64Austin RileyATL
65Nick SolakTEX
66Mitch HanigerSEA
67Brandon NimmoNYM
68Brian AndersonMIA
69Austin HaysBAL
70David PeraltaARI
71Joc PedersonCHC
72Nick SenzelCIN
73Aaron HicksNYY
74Bryan ReynoldsPIT
75Jarred KelenicSEA
76David DahlTEX
77Jurickson ProfarSD
78Jo AdellLAA
Tier 6
79Alex KirilloffMIN
80Leody TaverasTEX
81Alex DickersonSF
82David FletcherLAA
83Trey ManciniBAL
84Victor ReyesDET
85Daulton VarshoARI
86Manuel MargotTB
87Yoshi TsutsugoTB
88Niko GoodrumDET
89Chris TaylorLAD
90Kole CalhounARI
91Garrett HampsonCOL
92Tim LocastroARI
93Jon BertiMIA
94Mark CanhaOAK
95Hunter DozierKC
96Avisail GarciaMIL
97Adam EatonCWS
98Jackie Bradley Jr.MIL
99Shogo AkiyamaCIN
100Raimel TapiaCOL
101Mike TauchmanNYY
102Adam DuvallMIA
103Kevin PillarNYM
104Corey DickersonMIA
105Jason HeywardCHC
106Brandon BeltSF
107Gregory PolancoPIT
108Myles StrawHOU
109Stephen PiscottyOAK
110Scott KingeryPHI
111Willie CalhounTEX
112Luis ArraezMIN
113Ryan BraunFA
114Cristian PacheATL
115Austin SlaterSF
116Sam HilliardCOL
117Mauricio DubonSF
118Harrison BaderSTL
119Hunter RenfroeBOS
120Kevin KiermaierTB
121Robbie GrossmanDET
122Oscar MercadoCLE
123Josh NaylorCLE
124Franchy CorderoBOS
125Jay BruceNYY

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