Fantasy Baseball: Early points outfield rankings

Rockies Charlie Blackmon

In general ranking players for points leagues and roto leagues have their pros and cons because in points there are so many different scoring systems and in roto it is about balancing five categories compared to just a final points total. The one position where I feel confident to say it is easiest is the points outfield rankings. Roto rankings for outfield are really convoluted because you are trying to balance the need for five players and five categories opening up a ton of different strategies you can take in filling all five spots. In points you can literally just select your scoring system and select the best player available for each of the three of five spots your league has. Standardly points leagues have three outfield spots but I have seen some more popping up with five so in order to cover the depth of both I have gone 60 deep with my early rankings and will extend that to 100 by the end of this month.

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As always don’t get suckered by name value of known steals and power specialist because many points leagues suppress extreme speed and extreme power compared to on base skills. This format is about looking at the overall of skill set of a player and helps explain why Adam Eaton is suddenly so much more valuable than Billy Hamilton.

Ranking for points leagues is always tough because every league is slightly different. The format I am taking here is what I consider to be fairly standard. A point for each base, run, RBI, walk, HBP and steal and -1 for each strikeout. Of course every league has its own quirk and that means the user has to adjust for those in his or her rankings for that particular league but hopefully this gives you base to go off and then you can adjust if for example your league rewards power or really punishes strikeouts.

As with my roto rankings everything here is calculated off ESPN eligibility.

Tier Rank Name Team Eligibility
1 1 Mike Trout LAA OF
2 2 Charlie Blackmon COL OF
2 3 Mookie Betts BOS OF
2 4 Bryce Harper WSH OF
3 5 Aaron Judge NYY OF
3 6 Yoenis Cespedes NYM OF
3 7 Cody Bellinger LAD 1BOF
3 8 Ender Inciarte ATL OF
3 9 Christian Yelich MIL OF
3 10 Lorenzo Cain MIL OF
3 11 Rhys Hoskins PHI 1BOF
3 12 Andrew McCutchen SF OF
3 13 Andrew Benintendi BOS OF
3 14 Justin Upton LAA OF
3 15 George Springer HOU OF
3 16 Giancarlo Stanton NYY OF
3 17 Adam Eaton WSH OF
4 18 Ryan Braun MIL OF
4 19 A.J. Pollock ARI OF
4 20 Khris Davis OAK OFDH
4 21 Starling Marte PIT OF
4 22 Yasiel Puig LAD OF
4 23 Adam Jones BAL OF
4 24 Brett Gardner NYY OF
4 25 Josh Reddick HOU OF
4 26 Marcell Ozuna STL OF
4 27 Michael Brantley CLE OF
4 28 Nick Markakis ATL OF
4 29 Tommy Pham STL OF
5 30 David Peralta ARI OF
5 31 Denard Span TB OF
5 32 Kevin Kiermaier TB OF
5 33 Eddie Rosario MIN OF
5 34 Jay Bruce NYM OF
5 35 Corey Dickerson TB OFDH
5 36 Odubel Herrera PHI OF
5 37 Kole Calhoun LAA OF
5 38 Nick Castellanos DET 3BOF
5 39 Dexter Fowler STL OF
5 40 J.D. Martinez FA OF
6 41 Billy Hamilton CIN OF
6 42 Nomar Mazara TEX OF
6 43 Manuel Margot SD OF
6 44 Gregory Polanco PIT OF
6 45 Chris Taylor LAD 2BOF
6 46 Shin-Soo Choo TEX OFDH
6 47 Stephen Piscotty OAK OF
6 48 Steven Souza TB OF
7 49 Gerardo Parra COL OF
7 50 Albert Almora CHC OF
7 51 Avisail Garcia CWS OF
7 52 Trey Mancini BAL 1BOF
7 53 Mitch Haniger SEA OF
7 54 Marwin Gonzalez HOU 1B2BSSOF
7 55 Eduardo Nunez FA 2B3BOF
7 56 Hunter Pence SF OF
7 57 Alex Gordon KC OF
7 58 Mark Trumbo BAL OFDH
7 59 Yasmany Tomas ARI OF
7 60 Kevin Pillar TOR OF

 

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