Trying to do outfield rankings for roto leagues is always a tough one because drafting this position more than any other is dictated by needs. Given that leagues can have anywhere from three outfield slots and above it is the perfect position in which to target specific stats and make up for any deficiencies you have at the other position. What this means is that sometimes you have to go away from taking the best player available at that point in the draft and look slightly lower for a guy who can fulfil your needs. This year outfield is headlined by a couple of young players in Judge and Bellinger who could easily end the year as top 5 options at the position but equally could end up as sophomore busts come the end of the season. Choosing to draft one of those over some more established names such as Upton, Springer and Marte will all depend on how you feel you can build your team around them and the value you can get for them on draft day.
Deeper in the position there are some real intriguing tiers full of aging players, who have the quality to be top 10 options but haven’t shown us it now for a couple of years, and younger options who might be primed for their break out. All of this is going t make outfield a real delicate balancing act but also makes me feel confident that I can fill five outfield spots without too many worries.
There are a lot of outfield eligible free agents right now. The one I feel really confident about is J.D. Martinez because I think wherever he signs he is a full time player based on last year’s performances. Other guys who are currently unranked are Lorenzo Cain, Melky Cabrera, Carlos Gonzalez, Ben Revere, Cameron Maybin and Carlos Gomez. All of those could easily be top 50 or higher options if they get full time roles but I have question marks right now that any of them will so I have chosen not to rank them.
Right now I have only gone 60 deep which should cover all starters in a five outfield 12-team league but closer to the season I will go deeper. I should point out that at this time of the season it isn’t the rank that is important but the tier. Use the tiers to make most of your decisions but if I have tiered guys together I can make a case for most of them anywhere in that tier. At this position perhaps more than any other if your decision boils down to two guys in the same tier then you will likely be making that decision based on need. For that reason I haven’t provided a rank for outfielders just the tier. For now here are my top 60 ESPN eligible outfielders.
|3||Cody Bellinger||LAD||1B, OF|
|4||Khris Davis||OAK||OF, DH|
|5||Rhys Hoskins||PHI||1B, OF|
|5||Corey Dickerson||TB||OF, DH|
|8||Nick Castellanos||DET||3B, OF|
|8||Chris Taylor||LAD||2B, OF|
|8||Eduardo Nunez||FA||2B, 3B, OF|
|9||Trey Mancini||BAL||1B, OF|
|9||Shin-Soo Choo||TEX||OF, DH|
|9||Mark Trumbo||BAL||OF, DH|
|9||Ian Desmond||COL||1B, OF|
|9||Marwin Gonzalez||HOU||1B, 2B, SS, OF|