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Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Outfield

Seriously, was there any doubt who the top outfielder is? No, and not for the next 5 years. It’s Mike Trout until at least 2019. Last year’s NL MVP is the unanimous #2 OF, and after that, things start getting a little fuzzy. Check out our top 75 and be sure to read the more detailed preview of the top 10 outfielders.

Ranking Alex Chris Kendall Kevin Kyle
Mike Trout 1 1 1 1 1 1
Andrew McCutchen 2 2 2 2 2 2
Carlos Gonzalez 3 3 4 5 3 3
Ryan Braun 4 4 3 6 4 4
Adam Jones 5 5 5 3 7 6
Bryce Harper 6 8 6 4 6 5
Jacoby Ellsbury 7 6 7 9 9 8
Giancarlo Stanton 8 9 12 8 8 12
Jay Bruce 9 13 10 7 10 13
Carlos Gomez 10 7 8 30 5 7
Shin-Soo Choo 11 16 9 12 11 17
Justin Upton 12 12 13 11 16 14
Alex Rios 13 14 11 19 14 15
Yasiel Puig 14 18 15 15 19 11
Matt Kemp 15 11 14 22 23 9
Hunter Pence 16 20 16 10 17 16
Jose Bautista 17 10 18 17 15 19
Matt Holliday 18 19 21 18 13 10
Yoenis Cespedes 19 21 19 14 21 22
Jason Heyward 20 17 30 13 18 25
Wil Myers 21 22 20 20 26 20
Starling Marte 22 15 28 26 22 18
Carlos Beltran 23 23 25 29 20 21
Mark Trumbo 24 31 29 16 30 30
Allen Craig 25 25 22 34 28 28
Alex Gordon 26 24 40 23 32 23
Josh Hamilton 27 34 23 27 41 33
Shane Victorino 28 28 24 44 38 24
Michael Cuddyer 29 33 36 33 25 34
Jayson Werth 30 26 17 21 - 26
Curtis Granderson 31 32 26 31 39 39
Domonic Brown 32 29 33 49 27 40
Alfonso Soriano 33 35 42 38 29 37
Torii Hunter 34 37 34 41 40 49
Billy Hamilton 35 - 31 39 31 32
Austin Jackson 36 39 59 24 45 43
Carl Crawford 37 30 44 - 35 27
Desmond Jennings 38 - 51 25 33 38
Dexter Fowler 39 43 48 52 51 35
Ben Zobrist 40 27 54 42 - 31
Leonys Martin 41 - 35 43 43 36
Brett Gardner 42 44 52 48 50 42
Adam Eaton 43 41 43 51 58 51
Nelson Cruz 44 - 37 28 49 56
Christian Yelich 45 47 50 32 48 74
Colby Rasmus 46 42 53 50 52 54
Coco Crisp 47 - 27 35 - 41
Norichika Aoki 48 72 39 59 42 52
Will Venable 49 - 60 65 34 29
Josh Reddick 50 38 69 40 47 -
Corey Hart 51 45 58 62 53 53
Michael Bourn 52 50 65 37 - 44
Brandon Moss 53 - 32 46 54 66
Alejandro De Aza 54 46 66 58 59 50
Martin Prado 55 36 41 - - 55
Angel Pagan 56 - 55 53 55 46
Khris Davis 57 56 45 55 60 71
Nick Swisher 58 48 70 75 44 59
Kole Calhoun 59 66 46 36 - -
Avisail Garcia 60 59 38 73 - 58
Michael Brantley 61 55 67 54 - 57
Nick Markakis 62 - 72 47 56 60
Ben Revere 63 - 63 63 - 48
Melky Cabrera 64 - 57 56 63 -
Eric Young Jr. 65 - 56 74 - 47
B.J. Upton 66 - 61 - - 45
George Springer 67 - 64 45 - 73
Carlos Quentin 68 - 47 - 68 69
Andre Ethier 69 57 - 66 - 64
Daniel Nava 70 63 62 67 72 -
Oswaldo Arcia 71 49 68 - 73 -
Peter Bourjos 72 52 - 72 - 67
Josh Willingham 73 61 - 57 - -
Denard Span 74 - - 64 69 61
Evan Gattis 75 - 49 - - 70

Top 10 Fantasy Outfielders

Mike Trout (LAA) – This one is kind of obvious. Mike Trout is the best player in baseball and a guaranteed top 2 pick in all of fantasy. He’s averaged 10.4 WAR over his first 2 full seasons in the majors. No reason to think that changes now. I’m out on the strongest limb of being all in on Trout.

Andrew McCutchen (PIT) – The 2013 NL MVP McCutchen is a top 5 in fantasy player. He’s arguably the number 3 player. In his 5 major league seasons, McCutchen has never had an OPS+ under 120, and over the past 2 years he has an OPS+ of 160.

Carlos Gonzalez (COL) – Cargo has some serious trouble staying healthy. He’s dominated when he’s in the lineup, but he’s averaged only 129 games over the past 4 years. I have some serious concerns as he’s going to be manning the more physically demanding centerfield for the Rockies this season.

Ryan Braun (MIL) – Braun is coming off his 65 game suspension last season, but I don’t expect him to suffer any ill effects. He’s power numbers were down last year pre-suspension. He’s coming into his age 30 season, so should be in his power prime.

Adam Jones (BAL) – I’ve been a huge believer in Jones for years now. He’s got 2 seasons in a row of over 30 HR. Pair that with his mid-teen stolen base production in a lineup that scored the 5th most runs in MLB last season and you have a fantasy stud.

Bryce Harper (WSH) – I’m higher on Harper than anyone else here on the site. The time he spends in the training room is my only concern with Harper. His all out playing style leads to injuries. I think that as he matures, he will learn how to slow himself down and not play the game like his Macklemore hair is on fire. If we take his stats over his 2 seasons and put them in a per 162, his fantasy line would beĀ 107 R, 27 HR, 74 RBI, 19 SB with a .272 AVG.

Jacoby Ellsbury (NYY) – I really don’t know what to think about Ellsbury. He’s a good player for sure, but I think he falls short of being an elite fantasy player. I think his speed is his one elite skill and his others are question marks. He’s shown ability to hit for a high average and get on base, but not really at an elite level. He’s only had an OPS+ over 100 in 3 of his 7 seasons, although of the years that he’s played more than 100 games (4 seasons) 2 of those have seen his OPS+ over 100.

Giancarlo Stanton (MIA) – To go with his elite power, he has elite on base skills. That’s partially due to the fact that the Marlins don’t boast the strongest lineup and opposing pitchers can pitch around Stanton. Another guy who’s missed serious time due to injury. If Stanton was on a team that could put runners on ahead of him, and have hitters behind him, his fantasy value would grow, but as it stands he’s at the tail end of the top 10.

Jay Bruce (CIN) – I’ve slept on this guy for too long. He’s hit 30+ bombs for 3 years running and posted an OPS+ of 119 over that stretch. There’s nothing particularly sexy with Bruce but he delivers consistently. Last season he hit a career high 43 doubles. 2014 is Bruce’s Magic Unicorn Age 27 season. He’s entering his power prime and some of those doubles will likely translate to home runs this season.

Carlos Gomez (MIL) – Gomez took his game to the next level in 2013. He sported a robust OPS+ of 126 while putting up career highs across the board. Gomez has struggled to stay healthy. He’s not the most dependable option. I don’t really expect him to keep hitting at the .284/.338/.506 clip that he did in 2013. I would expect a slight drop off in his AVG, OBP, and SLG. Probably not all the way down to his career averages (.255/.303/.406). You’d be safe to split the difference.

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