Outfield Rankings: Roto

Bryce HArper

After ranking 2B, 3B and SS, the depth of Outfield just made me smile so much when I started doing the rankings. Before anyone jumps on me for stating the obvious, I know there are way more outfielders than there are other position because virtually every team MLB team has 3 or 4 viable outfield options for fantasy and some have even more. There are few surprises at the very top end and honestly in some of the tiers you could easily make a case that players could move up and down a couple spots within that tier.

I want to focus on the very low end here, though because you will notice I have included either the word Power or Steals next to some players who are outside of the top 65. Basically when you are looking for bench players in roto you may be looking to grab specialist steals or power guys who can be plugged in to give you a boost if you feel short at a category. The guys I have highlighted are people I have projected for 20+ steals or home runs and in most cases increased playing time could see that creep towards the 30 mark so hopefully you can find what you are looking for down there.

As a quick reminder about using the tiers/rankings below:

  • I rank based on where I for see a player finishing the year
  • I don’t overly consider ADP into account when I rank
  • Just because Player 1 is ranked above Player 2 does not mean that I think he should be selected before him if you can get Player 1 five rounds late
  • I may consider taking Player 1 a round earlier than he is currently going to ensure I get him if I feel he is going to produce similar to a player going much higher.

In a Galaxy Far Far Away…

  1. Mike Trout, LAA

The Elite

  1. Andrew McCutchen, PIT
  2. Giancarlo Stanton, MIA

The Near Elite

  1. Jose Bautista, TOR
  2. Carlos Gomez, MIL
  3. Adam Jones, BAL
  4. Yasiel Puig, LAD
  5. Michael Brantley, CLE
  6. Jacoby Ellsbury, NYY
  7. Matt Kemp, SD
  8. Starling Marte, PIT
  9. Bryce Harper, WAS

The Very Good

  1. Corey Dickerson, COL
  2. Ryan Braun, MIL
  3. Jason Heyward, STL
  4. Ryan Zimmerman, WAS
  5. D. Martinez, DET
  6. Nelson Cruz, SEA
  7. George Springer, HOU
  8. Justin Upton, SD
  9. Jay Bruce, CIN
  10. Matt Holliday, STL
  11. Alex Gordon, KC
  12. Melky Cabrera, CWS

The Intriguing Group at #3

  1. Charlie Blackmon, COL
  2. Rusney Castillo, BOS
  3. Avisail Garcia, CWS
  4. Michael Cuddyer, NYM
  5. Gregory Polanco, PIT
  6. J. Pollock, ARI
  7. Josh Harrison, PIT
  8. Marcell Ozuna, MIA
  9. Carlos Gonzalez, COL
  10. Christian Yelich, MIA
  11. Billy Hamilton, CIN
  12. Alex Rios, KC
  13. Kole Calhoun, LAA

The Very Good (If they weren’t injured)

  1. Hunter Pence, SF
  2. Jayson Werth, WAS

The Exciting Young Guns

  1. Mookie Betts, BOS
  2. Joc Pederson, LAD
  3. Jorge Soler, CHC

Solid #5’s

  1. Ben Revere, PHI
  2. Wil Myers, SD
  3. Yoenis Cespedes, DET
  4. Brandon Moss, CLE
  5. Leonys Martin, TEX
  6. Steve Pearce, BAL
  7. Austin Jackson, SEA
  8. Mark Trumbo, ARI

Borderline Starters

  1. Oswaldo Arcia, MIN
  2. Michael Morse, MIA
  3. Denard Span, WAS
  4. Danny Santana, MIN
  5. Curtis Granderson, NYM
  6. Travis Snider, BAL
  7. Michael Taylor, WAS

The Old Man Band

  1. Carl Crawford, LAD
  2. Angel Pagan, SF
  3. Shane Victorino, BOS
  4. Torii Hunter, MIN
  5. Josh Reddick, OAK
  6. Brett Gardner, NYY
  7. Ben Zobrist, OAK

Lower End Intriguing Players (Oh and Beltran and Markakis)

  1. Khris Davis, MIL
  2. Ryan Rua, TEX
  3. Steven Souza, TB (Steals)
  4. Yasmany Tomas, ARI (Power)
  5. Nick Markakis, ATL
  6. Carlos Beltran, NYY (Power)
  7. Dalton Pompey, TOR (Steals)

15+ League #5’s

  1. Dustin Ackley, SEA
  2. Marlon Byrd, CIN (Power)
  3. David Peralta, ARI
  4. Lorenzo Cain, KC (Steals)
  5. Shin-Soo Choo, TEX
  6. Adam Eaton, CHW
  7. Colby Rasmus, HOU (Power)
  8. Domonic Brown, PHI
  9. Alejandro De Aza, BAL
  10. Arismendy Alcantara, CHC
  11. Desmond Jennings, TB
  12. Michael Bourn, CLE
  13. Drew Stubbs, COL
  14. Coco Crisp, OAK

The Pick ‘n’ Mix Group

  1. Norichika Aoki, SF
  2. Ender Inciarte, ARI (Steals)
  3. Dexter Fowler, CHC
  4. Will Venable, SD
  5. Jake Marisnick, HOU (Steals)
  6. Allen Craig, BOS
  7. Michael Saunders, TOR
  8. James Jones, SEA (Steals)
  9. Billy Burns, OAK (Steals)
  10. Eric Young, ATL (Steals)
  11. David Murphy, CLE
  12. Chris Denorfia, CHC
  13. Mike Aviles, CLE
  14. Daniel Nava, BOS
  15. Brock Holt, BOS
  16. Jarrod Dyson, KC (Steals)
  17. Seth Smith, SEA
  18. Rajai Davis, DET (Steals)
  19. Anthony Gose, DET (Steals)
  20. Byron Buxton, MIN
  21. Robbie Grossman, HOU
  22. Sam Fuld, OAK (Steals)
  23. Emilio Bonifacio, CHW (Steals)
  24. Jordan Schafer, MIN (Steals)
  25. Craig Gentry, OAK (Steals)

As always any questions hit me up over on twitter @FPL_brolfe or leave me a comment here

3 Comments

  1. Hickey

    April 3, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Seems wrong to group Mookie, Joc and Soler together simply because of age. Do you really have their end year projections that close?

  2. Chris

    April 3, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    Ben, interesting ranks here. I assume this is H2H league rankings because in Roto your rankings seem off.

    For example, in H2H leagues guys like Cespedes who are inconsistent week by week, I could see ranking outside the top 30 outfielders. In roto he has been a top 20 outfielder for the last three years and in his prime. His underlining stats show he might actually improve in 2015, and with Detroit being a top 20 outfielder is highly likely (for roto.) Even if he only plays 140 games, he is still a high floor guy.

    There are many more examples. I think if you look at some sabermetric data, it will help you with your rankings.

  3. Ben Rolfe

    April 4, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Hickey: I do have them very close actually in terms of the final roto ‘points total’ I give them. Betts has a average advantage over the other two and can contribute steals. Joc offers 20/20 at a lower average and Soler offers 30+ homer potential and there is an RBI boost that comes with his extra power.

    Chris: Thanks for the advice. I produce my rankings off projections that I put together from a composite of a couple of different places and they both seem to be low on Cespedes. In the future I may open up what sites I use but I have always felt Cespedes is overvalued and have him as a bust in the article coming out Monday. It may be that I have gone too low now. They are roto rankings I have done here as there has been no weighting on doubles and triples etc here.

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