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Fantasy Baseball Draft Advice: Outfield

Outfield is really deep this year, and there is a lot of value in the mid to late rounds.  This might not be the year to reach for Mike Trout or Bryce Harper (although a lineup centered around Trout is never a bad thing).  In an auction draft, save your money for the infield.

 

1. Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels

2015 Stats: AB 575 | R 104 | H 172 | 2B 32 | 3B 6 | HR 41 | RBI 90 | SB 11 | BB 92 | SO 158 | BA .299 | OBP .402 | SLG .590 | OPS .991 | BAbip .344

Even if Bryce Harper had a better statistical 2015, Mike Trout is still your top pick.  Four straight years of all-time great numbers.  No reason to think 2016 will be any different.

2. Bryce Harper – Washington Nationals

2015 Stats: AB 521 | R 118 | H 172 | 2B 38 | 3B 1 | HR 42 | RBI 99 | SB 6 | BB 124 | SO 131 | BA .330 | OBP .460 | SLG .649 | OPS 1.109 | BAbip .369

Bryce Harper was from another planet in 2015.  Most would say he finally fulfilled his potential.  We would still be cautious, due to the drastic jump.

3. Giancarlo Stanton – Miami Marlins

2015 Stats: AB 279 | R 47 | H 74 | 2B 12 | 3B 1 | HR 27 | RBI 67 | SB 4 | BB 34 | SO 95 | BA .265 | OBP .346 | SLG .606 | OPS .952 | BAbip .294

Giancarlo Stanton’s injury problems are not of long term concern, he is just incredibly unlucky.  You should still feel confident drafting him even though it may be scary.

4. Andrew McCutchen – Pittsburgh Pirates

2015 Stats: AB 566 | R 91 | H 165 | 2B 36 | 3B 3 | HR 23 | RBI 96 | SB 11 | BB 98 | SO 133 | BA .292 | OBP .401 | SLG .488 | OPS .889 | BAbip .339

Other than Mike Trout, Andrew McCutchen is the most consistent source of elite production in the outfield.  A solid fantasy team centerpiece.

5. Jose Bautista – Toronto Blue Jays

2015 Stats: AB 543 | R 108 | H 136 | 2B 29 | 3B 3 | HR 40 | RBI 114 | SB 8 | BB 110 | SO 106 | BA .250 | OBP .377 | SLG .536 | OPS .913 | BAbip .237

Between Rogers Centre and that new and improved Blue Jays lineup, Jose Bautista should be in for another productive season.  He was also extremely unlucky last year with a .237 BAbip.

6. A.J. Pollock – Arizona Diamonbacks

2015 Stats: AB 609 | R 111 | H 192 | 2B 39 | 3B 6 | HR 20 | RBI 76 | SB 39 | BB 53 | SO 89 | BA .315 | OBP .367 | SLG .498 | OPS .865 | BAbip .338

A.J. Pollock is one of many reasons the 2016 Arizona Diamondbacks are so scary.  You may also be able to get him for good value, as he still has relatively low name id.  His 2015 numbers were among the best in the game.

7. Michael Brantley – Cleveland Indians

2015 Stats: AB 529 | R 68 | H 164 | 2B 45 | 3B 0 | HR 15 | RBI 84 | SB 15 | BB 60 | SO 51 | BA .310 | OBP .379 | SLG .480 | OPS .859 | BAbip .318

Michael Brantley’s numbers don’t stand out as much because of his lower home run totals, but his total bases are there.  More of his doubles may start to drift over the fence.  Either way, solid all around numbers.

8. J.D. Martinez – Detroit Tigers

2015 Stats: AB 596 | R 93 | H 168 | 2B 33 | 3B 2 | HR 38 | RBI 102 | SB 3 | BB 53 | SO 178 | BA .282 | OBP .344 | SLG .535 | OPS .879 | BAbip .339

We can no longer overlook the progression of J.D. Martinez.  Don’t think his 30 home run power is going anywhere.

9. George Springer – Houston Astros

2015 Stats: AB 388 | R 59 | H 107 | 2B 19 | 3B 2 | HR 16 | RBI 41 | SB 16 | BB 50 | SO 109 | BA .276 | OBP .367 | SLG .459 | OPS .826 | BAbip .342

A wrist injury sidelined George Springer in 2015, but he managed 16 home runs in only 388 AB’s and he should be healthy to start 2016.

10. Mookie Betts – Boston Red Sox

2015 Stats: AB 597 | R 92 | H 174 | 2B 42 | 3B 8 | HR 18 | RBI 77 | SB 21 | BB 46 | SO 82 | BA .291 | OBP .341 | SLG .479 | OPS .820 | BAbip .310

Mookie Betts is another great outfielder that you can get for good value.  Betts also has the luxury of playing in the hitter friendly AL East.

11. Nelson Cruz – Seattle Mariners

2015 Stats: AB 590 | R 90 | H 178 | 2B 22 | 3B 1 | HR 44 | RBI 93 | SB 3 | BB 59 | SO 164 | BA .302 | OBP .369 | SLG .566 | OPS .936 | BAbip .350

Two years in row with 40+ home runs for Nelson Cruz is hard to ignore, especially when one of those is at Safeco Field.  At 35 he may see a slight regression, but if healthy you should still be able to bank 30+ with solid all around numbers.

12. Justin Upton – TBD

2015 Stats: AB 542 | R 85 | H 136 | 2B 26 | 3B 3 | HR 26 | RBI 81 | SB 19 | BB 68 | SO 159 | BA .251 | OBP .336 | SLG .454 | OPS .790 | BAbip .304

It’s difficult to find more consistent production than Justin Upton.  A sure bet kind of pick.  Getting out of Petco Park would also help his cause.

13. Yoenis Cespedes – TBD

2015 Stats: AB 633 | R 101 | H 184 | 2B 42 | 3B 6 | HR 35 | RBI 105 | SB 7 | BB 33 | SO 141 | BA .291 | OBP .328 | SLG .542 | OPS .870 | BAbip .306

Yoenis Cespedes would be ranked higher if not for our concern about his inability to get on base.  There is very little margin for error when that is the case.  Still, he could get you great production for lower value.

14. Carlos Gonzalez – Colorado Rockies

2015 Stats: AB 554 | R 87 | H 150 | 2B 25 | 3B 2 | HR 40 | RBI 97 | SB 2 | BB 46 | SO 133 | BA .271 | OBP .325 | SLG .540 | OPS .864 | BAbip .284

The big question for Carlos Gonzalez is health.  When healthy, although very streaky, he can carry your team.  Also, if he is traded away from Coors Field, run like the wind.

15. Ryan Braun – Milwaukee Brewers

2015 Stats: AB 506 | R 87 | H 144 | 2B 27 | 3B 3 | HR 25 | RBI 84 | SB 24 | BB 54 | SO 115 | BA .285 | OBP .356 | SLG .498 | OPS .854 | BAbip .322

The non-enhanced version of Ryan Braun will still provide your fantasy team with high quality offensive production.  A possible value add due to fear from others in your league.

16. Brett Gardner – New York Yankees

2015 Stats: AB 571 | R 94 | H 148 | 2B 26 | 3B 3 | HR 16 | RBI 66 | SB 20 | BB 68 | SO 135 | BA .259 | OBP .343 | SLG .399 | OPS .742 | BAbip .312

Brett Gardner seems to keep getting better.  While his average is a little low, he will help you in every other category.

17. Lorenzo Cain – Kansas City Royals

2015 Stats: AB 551 | R 101 | H 169 | 2B 34 | 3B 6 | HR 16 | RBI 72 | SB 28 | BB 37 | SO 98 | BA .307 | OBP .361 | SLG .477 | OPS .838 | BAbip .347

Lorenzo Cain has shown relatively steady improvement for three years. His BAbip was even lower in 2015 than in 2014, so he’s wasn’t just lucky.  Could be great mid-round value.

18. Shin-Soo Choo – Texas Rangers

2015 Stats: AB 555 | R 94 | H 153 | 2B 32 | 3B 3 | HR 22 | RBI 82 | SB 4 | BB 76 | SO 147 | BA .276 | OBP .375 | SLG .463 | OPS .838 | BAbip .335

Shin-Soo Choo was closer to what the Rangers thought they were signing in 2015 than in 2014.  Especially great pick if OBP is a factor in your league.

19. Christian Yelich – Miami Marlins

2015 Stats: AB 476 | R 63 | H 143 | 2B 30 | 3B 2 | HR 7 | RBI 44 | SB 16 | BB 47 | SO 101 | BA .300 | OBP .366 | SLG .416 | OPS .782 | BAbip .370

If Christian Yelich had better power numbers he would be elite. Either way his high average and on-base percentage make him extremely valuable in the right fantasy league.

20. Charlie Blackmon – Colorado Rockies

2015 Stats: AB 614 | R 93 | H 176 | 2B 31 | 3B 9 | HR 17 | RBI 58 | SB 43 | BB 46 | SO 112 | BA .287 | OBP .347 | SLG .450 | OPS .797 | BAbip .325

Another quality, category spanning outfielder in this year’s deep fantasy outfield pool. Charlie Blackmon, however, has category winning speed.

21. Corey Dickerson – Colorado Rockies

2015 Stats: AB 224 | R 30 | H 68 | 2B 18 | 3B 2 | HR 10 | RBI 31 | SB 0 | BB 10 | SO 56 | BA .304 | OBP .333 | SLG .536 | OPS .869 | BAbip .367

Corey Dickerson might eventually be the best hitter in the Colorado outfield.  If healthy for a full season, 30 home runs will be the Dickerson standard.

22. Adam Jones – Baltimore Orioles

2015 Stats: AB 546 | R 74 | H 147 | 2B 25 | 3B 3 | HR 27 | RBI 82 | SB 3 | BB 24 | SO 102 | BA .269 | OBP .308 | SLG .474 | OPS .782 | BAbip .286

Adam Jones is on the decline, so his inability to take a pitch is becoming a liability.  You can still count on 20+ home runs, but that’s about it.

23. Starling Marte – Pittsburgh Pirates

2015 Stats: AB 579 | R 84 | H 166 | 2B 30 | 3B 2 | HR 19 | RBI 81 | SB 30 | BB 27 | SO 123 | BA .287 | OBP .337 | SLG .444 | OPS .780 | BAbip .333

Starling Marte’s power seems to be steadily developing.  His low walk totals may hurt him, but still a solid fantasy outfielder.

24. Dexter Fowler – TBD

2015 Stats: AB 596 | R 102 | H 149 | 2B 20 | 3B 8 | HR 17 | RBI 46 | SB 20 | BB 84 | SO 154 | BA .250 | OBP .346 | SLG .411 | OPS .757 | BAbip .308

Dexter Fowler has become on on-base machine.  Beyond that, he’ll provide your fantasy outfield with above average performance at most other categories.

25. Curtis Granderson – New York Mets

2015 Stats: AB 580 | R 98 | H 150 | 2B 33 | 3B 2 | HR 26 | RBI 70 | SB 11 | BB 91 | SO 151 | BA .259 | OBP .364 | SLG .457 | OPS .821 | BAbip .305

Curtos Granderson would be ranked higher but it’s hard to say if we will get the .259 or .227 hitting Granderson.  Either way, his other numbers warrant a confident pick.

26. Kole Calhoun – Los Angeles Angels

2015 Stats: AB 630 | R 78 | H 161 | 2B 23 | 3B 2 | HR 26 | RBI 83 | SB 4 | BB 45 | SO 164 | BA .256 | OBP .308 | SLG .422 | OPS .731 | BAbip .304

Although his average dipped a little in 2015, Kole Calhoun’s numbers remained fairly consistent to that of 2014.  With the exception of a few of his doubles turning into home runs of course. Expect the same for 2016.

27. Carlos Gomez – Houston Astros

2015 Stats: AB 435 | R 61 | H 111 | 2B 29 | 3B 1 | HR 12 | RBI 56 | SB 17 | BB 31 | SO 101 | BA .255 | OBP .314 | SLG .409 | OPS .724 | BAbip .278

While Carlos Gomez was a little unlucky in 2015, you draft him on the assumption that he returns to his 2014 production.  That is a big assumption.  Tread lightly.

28. Jason Heyward – Chicago Cubs

2015 Stats: AB 547 | R 79 | H 160 | 2B 33 | 3B 4 | HR 13 | RBI 60 | SB 23 | BB 56 | SO 90 | BA .293 | OBP .359 | SLG .439 | OPS .797 | BAbip .329

Jason Heyward is a nice go-to mid round option, because he won’t hurt you, but has significant upside.

29. Joc Pederson – Los Angeles Dodgers

2015 Stats: AB 480 | R 67 | H 101 | 2B 19 | 3B 1 | HR 26 | RBI 54 | SB 4 | BB 92 | SO 170 | BA .210 | OBP .346 | SLG .417 | OPS .763 | BAbip .262

The .210 BA and 170 strikeouts are scary, but Joc Pederson’s power and ability to get on base make the risk well worth the reward.

30. Hunter Pence – San Francisco Giants

2015 Stats: AB 207 | R 30 | H 57 | 2B 13 | 3B 1 | HR 9 | RBI 40 | SB 4 | BB 16 | SO 48 | BA .275 | OBP .327 | SLG .478 | OPS .806 | BAbip .320

Hunter Pence struggled with a number of injuries in 2015 which is concerning.  Assuming he is healthy in 2016, however, he’s always good for a solid average and 20+ home runs.

31. Matt Kemp – San Diego Padres

2015 Stats: AB 596 | R 80 | H 158 | 2B 31 | 3B 3 | HR 23 | RBI 100 | SB 12 | BB 39 | SO 147 | BA .265 | OBP .312 | SLG .443 | OPS .755 | BAbip .311

Matt Kemp’s biggest advantage is that he hits in the middle of the lineup, thus boosting his RBI’s.  He may no longer be the MVP runner-up, but still a valuable outfielder.

32. Michael Conforto – New York Mets

2015 Stats: AB 174 | R 30 | H 47 | 2B 14 | 3B 0 | HR 9 | RBI 26 | SB 0 | BB 17 | SO 39 | BA .270 | OBP .335 | SLG .506 | OPS .841 | BAbip .297

Michael Conforto hasn’t been around very long, but has so far performed at every level and is a tremendous talent.  Look to hear more of his name in 2016.

33. Alex Gordon – TBD

2015 Stats: AB 354 | R 40 | H 96 | 2B 18 | 3B 0 | HR 13 | RBI 48 | SB 2 | BB 49 | SO 92 | BA .271 | OBP .377 | SLG .432 | OPS .809 | BAbip .327

Kauffman Stadium has probably restricted Alex Gordon’s numbers to a large extent.  A solid outfielder who could be more valuable in a more hitter friendly ballpark.

34. Denard Span – TBD

2015 Stats: AB 246 | R 38 | H 74 | 2B 17 | 3B 0 | HR 5 | RBI 22 | SB 11 | BB 25 | SO 26 | BA .301 | OBP .365 | SLG .431 | OPS .796 | BAbip .318

Injury risk is the biggest concern with Denard Span.  Beyond that, he can really help your team in average, hits, and runs.

35. Josh Reddick – Oakland Athletics

2015 Stats: AB 526 | R 67 | H 143 | 2B 25 | 3B 4 | HR 20 | RBI 77 | SB 10 | BB 49 | SO 65 | BA .272 | OBP .333 | SLG .449 | OPS .781 | BAbip .278

Josh Reddick seems to be steadily improving as a hitter is terms of batting average.  This makes him a solid value pick.

36. Stephen Piscotty – St. Louis Cardinals

2015 Stats: AB 233 | R 29 | H 71 | 2B 15 | 3B 4 | HR 7 | RBI 39 | SB 2 | BB 20 | SO 56 | BA .305 | OBP .359 | SLG .494 | OPS .853 | BAbip .372

Stephen Piscotty was a little lucky in 2015, but still has a lot of promise.  Won’t get you many home runs, but otherwise above average numbers all around.

37. Hanley Ramirez – Boston Red Sox

2015 Stats: AB 401 | R 59 | H 100 | 2B 12 | 3B 1 | HR 19 | RBI 53 | SB 6 | BB 21 | SO 71 | BA .249 | OBP .291 | SLG .426 | OPS .717 | BAbip .257

We have no idea what to expect from Hanley Ramirez in 2016.  Our low rank is a combination of the uncertainty and his visible decline.

38. Yasiel Puig – Los Angeles Dodgers

2015 Stats: AB 282 | R 30 | H 72 | 2B 12 | 3B 3 | HR 11 | RBI 38 | SB 3 | BB 26 | SO 66 | BA .255 | OBP .322 | SLG .436 | OPS .758 | BAbip .296

Like Hanley Ramirez. Yasiel Puig is a complete wild card.  It hasn’t been that long, however, since we’ve seen him perform at an elite level. We’ll see…

39. Adam Eaton – Chicago White Sox

2015 Stats: AB 610 | R 98 | H 175 | 2B 28 | 3B 9 | HR 14 | RBI 56 | SB 18 | BB 58 | SO 131 | BA .287 | OBP .361 | SLG .431 | OPS .792 | BAbip .345

In his first Major League season without injury Adam Eaton proved his worth.  Look for the same production in 2016.

40. Randal Grichuk – St. Louis Cardinals

2015 Stats: AB 323 | R 49 | H 89 | 2B 23 | 3B 7 | HR 17 | RBI 47 | SB 4 | BB 22 | SO 110 | BA .276 | OBP .329 | SLG .548 | OPS .877 | BAbip .365

Like Stephen Piscotty, Randal Grichuk is another reason the Cardinals should be fine without Jason Heyward. Grichuk has tremendous power potential, but does like to swing…and miss.

41. Jorge Soler – Chicago Cubs

2015 Stats: AB 366 | R 39 | H 96 | 2B 18 | 3B 1 | HR 10 | RBI 47 | SB 3 | BB 32 | SO 121 | BA .262 | OBP .324 | SLG .399 | OPS .723 | BAbip .361

A Jorge Soler pick is all about upside.  If his minor league numbers are any indication we should see a slight boost in average and power.

42. Jacoby Ellsbury – New York Yankees

2015 Stats: AB 452 | R 66 | H 116 | 2B 15 | 3B 2 | HR 7 | RBI 33 | SB 21 | BB 35 | SO 86 | BA .257 | OBP .318 | SLG .345 | OPS .663 | BAbip .301

Jacoby Ellsbury is simply a mediocre fantasy outfield option.  The only reason we have him ranked this high is because he can steal a few bases, and has some extra base hit upside.

43. Jayson Werth – Washington Nationals

44. Gregory Polanco – Pittsburgh Pirates

45. Jay Bruce – Cincinnati Reds

46. Marcell Ozuna – Miami Marlins

47. Eddie Rosario – Minnesota Twins

48. Rusney Castillo – Boston Red Sox

49. Billy Hamilton – Cincinnati Reds

 

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