2017 Fantasy Baseball Tiered Rankings: Outfield, Part One (February)

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Welcome back to our February rankings update! Today’s focus is the 2017 outfield fantasy baseball rankings (part one). Specifically, I’ll be covering the top five tiers today, and Jeff Kahntroff has offered his thoughts on the best of the rest in part two of the outfield rankings analysis.

As a reminder, this round of rankings features input from Bill Dubiel, Brad Johnson, Nick Mariano, and Harris Yudin, in addition to Jeff and myself.

Editor's note: Be sure to also check out our 2017 fantasy baseball rankings dashboard. It's already loaded up with tons of great rankings articles and draft analysis. Aside from our tiered staff rankings for every position, we also go deep on MLB prospect rankings, impact rookies for 2017, and dynasty/keeper rankings as well. Bookmark the page, and win your drafts.

 

2017 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Outfield, Part One (February)

Ranking Tier Player Position Brad Kyle Nick Bill Harris Y Jeff Auction $
1 1 Mike Trout OF 1 1 1 1 1 1 48
2 1 Kris Bryant 3B/OF 2 2 3 3 3 4 46
3 1 Mookie Betts OF 3 3 2 6 2 2 45
4 2 Bryce Harper OF 19 13 9 17 9 8 37
5 2 Charlie Blackmon OF 11 18 12 12 14 13 36
6 2 Trea Turner 2B/OF 13 26 15 15 16 7 36
7 2 Nelson Cruz OF 24 17 18 18 33 18 33
8 2 Starling Marte OF 28 21 23 23 29 31 29
9 2 Ryan Braun OF 33 32 22 27 34 17 29
10 2 J.D. Martinez OF 38 19 30 30 46 28 29
11 2 George Springer OF 35 35 33 33 21 35 26
12 3 A.J. Pollock OF 29 45 32 32 30 34 26
13 3 Giancarlo Stanton OF 25 37 38 41 36 29 26
14 3 Yoenis Cespedes OF 37 31 26 26 45 46 26
15 3 Christian Yelich OF 40 40 50 49 47 55 23
16 3 Carlos Gonzalez OF 64 41 48 47 51 70 21
17 3 Ian Desmond OF 70 56 55 55 37 56 21
18 3 Justin Upton OF 69 77 40 40 55 54 21
19 3 Kyle Schwarber C/OF 62 44 74 73 54 45 21
20 3 Gregory Polanco OF 56 61 54 54 112 53 21
21 3 Jose Bautista OF 50 74 89 101 102 47 18
22 4 Andrew McCutchen OF 96 79 75 74 50 114 18
23 4 Khris Davis OF 92 80 65 65 133 88 18
24 4 Jose Ramirez 3B/OF 106 101 91 90 101 40 18
25 4 Matt Kemp OF 82 90 79 78 134 115 17
26 4 Odubel Herrera OF 86 78 93 92 146 86 17
27 4 Mark Trumbo OF 136 136 102 102 64 51 15
28 4 Billy Hamilton OF 120 113 119 119 63 90 13
29 4 David Dahl OF 87 100 104 111 115 108 13
30 5 Jackie Bradley OF 101 70 114 114 114 116 13
31 5 Adam Jones OF 122 89 108 107 103 120 13
32 5 Dexter Fowler OF 110 138 115 115 145 118 12
33 5 Stephen Piscotty OF 126 95 125 128 140 128 12
34 5 Ben Zobrist 2B/OF 132 120 139 121 136 104 11
35 5 Lorenzo Cain OF 123 123 141 143 116 106 11
36 5 Andrew Benintendi OF 116 148 126 129 131 117 10
37 5 Adam Eaton OF 133 119 148 149 113 119 10
38 5 Kole Calhoun OF 109 135 131 133 139 142 10
39 5 Hunter Pence OF 111 124 128 130 158 141 10
40 5 Jose Peraza SS/OF 93 158 144 145 173 98 10
41 5 Joc Pederson OF 124 110 149 150 141 171 8
42 5 Michael Brantley OF 127 171 174 174 104 172 8
43 6 Matt Holliday 1B/OF 213 201 142 144 176 129 6
44 6 Adam Duvall OF 196 154 157 158 212 143 6
45 6 Marcell Ozuna OF 157 112 179 179 159 257 6
46 6 Carlos Beltran OF 152 144 164 165 175 244 6
47 6 Carlos Gomez OF 161 196 190 190 217 107 6
48 6 Byron Buxton OF 200 200 203 203 168 127 5
49 6 Curtis Granderson OF 146 211 163 164 218 226 5
50 6 Nomar Mazara OF 231 173 183 183 157 230 5
51 6 Domingo Santana OF 183 163 185 185 257 201 5
52 6 Randal Grichuk OF 186 195 189 189 219 240 4
53 6 Rajai Davis OF 162 207 195 196 280 178 4
54 6 Kevin Kiermaier OF 211 261 169 170 260 200 4
55 7 Yasmany Tomas OF 238 214 215 215 214 199 4
56 7 Josh Reddick OF 179 273 257 257 199 174 3
57 7 David Peralta OF 252 178 216 216 259 241 3
58 7 Melky Cabrera OF 202 222 231 231 201 276 3
59 7 Shin-Soo Choo OF 199 276 219 219 230 225 3
60 7 Jayson Werth OF 193 210 236 236 258 258 3
61 7 Brett Gardner OF 209 274 248 248 232 181 3
62 7 Jacoby Ellsbury OF 223 272 249 249 231 180 3
63 7 Ender Inciarte OF 227 248 237 237 237 227 2
64 7 Hunter Renfroe OF 266 245 212 212 235 274 2
65 7 Yasiel Puig OF 232 259 290 290 200 179 2
66 7 Cameron Maybin OF 175 289 230 230 301 228 2
67 7 Michael Conforto OF 228 224 259 259 271 223 2
68 7 Keon Broxton OF 271 278 264 264 227 173 2
69 8 Hernan Perez 3B/OF 291 225 312 312 203 137 2
70 8 Max Kepler OF 288 242 242 242 236 242 2
71 8 Brandon Moss OF 226 301 194 195 319 292 2
72 8 Jay Bruce OF 333 246 261 261 213 224 2
73 8 Jason Heyward OF 198 258 301 301 233 259 2
74 8 Corey Dickerson OF 242 280 244 244 308 275 2
75 8 Joshua Bell 1B/OF 285 298 285 285 205 261 2
76 8 Alex Gordon OF 247 269 387 384 229 229 2
77 8 Leonys Martin OF 257 268 370 369 261 243 2
78 8 Steve Pearce 1B/2B/OF 303 371 295 295 350 217 1
79 8 Jorge Soler OF 352 369 319 319 228 272 1
80 8 Michael Saunders OF 263 290 388 385 307 279 1
81 8 Manuel Margot OF 327 308 316 316 281 369 1
82 8 Steven Souza OF 296 295 376 375 320 273 1
83 8 Kevin Pillar OF 319 353 351 351 302 278 1
84 8 Scott Schebler OF 388 297 338 338 273 364 1
85 8 Alex Dickerson OF 283 294 390 387 402 271 1
86 9 Melvin Upton Jr. OF 328 331 396 393 303 277 1
87 9 Brandon Drury 3B/OF 337 382 303 303 354 373 1
88 9 Jarrod Dyson OF 340 327 371 370 279 370 1
89 9 Nick Markakis OF 318 302 395 392 294 361 1
90 9 Travis Jankowski OF 305 365 378 377 278 363 1
91 9 Chris Owings SS/OF 320 328 308 308 400 408 1
92 9 Danny Valencia 1B/3B/OF 377 296 365 365 351 345 1
93 9 Mitch Haniger OF 452 470 306 306 322 270 1
94 9 Tyler Naquin OF 423 355 329 329 304 396 1
95 9 Lonnie Chisenhall OF 277 364 392 389 368 368 1
96 9 Andrew Toles OF 425 262 380 378 355 395 1
97 9 Aaron Altherr OF 323 310 405 402 412 362 1
98 9 Paulo Orlando OF 356 383 1
99 9 Denard Span OF 410 448 382 380 238 365 1
100 9 Aaron Judge OF 365 383 398 395 272 418 1
101 9 Hyun-soo Kim OF 382 277 454 453 305 366 1
102 9 Angel Pagan OF 401 352 451 450 295 367 1
103 9 Mallex Smith OF 345 362 372 371 457 411 1
104 9 Roman Quinn OF 471 344 335 335 411 475 1
105 10 Raimel Tapia OF 407 354 404 401 458 1
106 10 Trayce Thompson OF 447 415 399 396 371 1
107 10 Chris Coghlan OF 434 384 1
108 10 Seth Smith OF 392 407 448 447 321 467 1
109 10 Colby Rasmus OF 411 462 422 419 349 420 1
110 10 Ezequiel Carrera OF 440 439 370 1
111 10 Ben Revere OF 431 436 413 410 417 397 1
112 10 Nori Aoki OF 460 371 421 1
113 10 Brandon Guyer OF 448 404 437 436 369 1
114 10 Brett Eibner OF 417 352 352 483 492 1
115 10 Jefry Marte 1B/OF 456 316 393 390 481 484 1
116 10 Robbie Grossman OF 430 332 438 437 425 486 1
117 10 Enrique Hernandez OF 428 425 1
118 11 Jarrett Parker OF 429 1
119 11 Jake Marisnick OF 430 1
120 11 Blake Swihart C/OF 371 420 436 435 499 447 1
121 11 Matt Joyce OF 488 385 1
122 11 Aaron Hicks OF 464 413 1
123 11 Abraham Almonte OF 415 437 430 427 495 1
124 11 Albert Almora OF 481 418 424 1
125 11 Jon Jay OF 403 491 461 460 423 422 1
126 11 Gerardo Parra OF 451 493 481 481 357 412 1
127 11 Ryan Rua OF 457 456 428 1
128 11 Brandon Nimmo OF 499 425 422 1
129 11 Jeremy Hazelbaker OF 429 426 497 1
130 11 Coco Crisp OF 487 416 1
131 11 Delino DeShields OF 461 484 432 430 418 489 1
132 11 Avisail Garcia OF 494 489 420 417 415 488 1
133 11 Ben Gamel OF 474 435 1
134 11 Andre Ethier OF 441 449 458 457 473 1
135 11 Eddie Rosario OF 499 414 1
136 11 Franklin Gutierrez OF 457 1
137 11 Brock Holt 3B/OF 498 490 401 449 1
138 11 Socrates Brito OF 469 469 472 434 1
139 11 Jake Smolinski OF 462 1
140 11 Chris Young OF 492 435 434 495 1
141 11 Billy Burns OF 493 435 481 1
142 11 Tommy Pham OF 473 479 491 1
143 11 Mac Williamson OF 482 1
144 11 Kirk Nieuwenhuis OF 483 483 1
145 11 Juan Lagares OF 484 1
146 11 Michael Taylor OF 497 473 496 1

 
 

Outfield Rankings Analysis: The Tiers

Tier 1

No surprises here, as most of us have Mike Trout, Kris Bryant, and Mookie Betts as the top three players overall regardless of position. At this point, humanity has run out of superlatives to bestow upon Trout. The guy is already one of the best players in the history of the game, and he’s still only 25. It’s absurd. Bryant just won NL MVP and a championship, improving considerably upon his Rookie of the Year-winning campaign in 2015. Betts tapped into his power and became a five-cat monster in the process.

Tier 2 

Bryce Harper couldn’t replicate his otherworldly 2015 performance, but still managed a 20/20 season with solid run production. He’s still just 24 years old and should be expected to bounce back as long as he can stay healthy. Teammate Trea Turner was a revelation as a rookie and is a legitimate 20/50 threat with eligibility at both middle infield spots. If you’d prefer veterans who have come close to those benchmarks, you can find them in this tier as well in Charlie Blackmon and Starling Marte. Want big-time power with high batting average to boot? Go for Nelson Cruz, Ryan Braun, or J.D. Martinez. Rounding out this group is George Springer, still a solid bet to be the guy who ends MLB’s 30/30 drought.

Tier 3

A.J. Pollock missed most of last season with injury, but turned in a mammoth 2015 campaign. Even 80 percent of that performance would be enough to justify this ranking. Ditto Kyle Schwarber, who will retain catcher eligibility in Yahoo leagues. We’ve got two-thirds of the Marlins and Rockies’ starting outfields in this tier. Giancarlo Stanton’s power continues to tempt fantasy owners, though they’ve seemingly quit drafting him in the first round after years of failing to play a full slate. Christian Yelich tapped into his power a year ago, but it came at the expense of stolen bases. If he can find a way to do both, he may outperform this ranking. Carlos Gonzalez just keeps on truckin’; he doesn’t run anymore but got his average back up near .300 after a couple of lean years there. New teammate Ian Desmond bounced back from a tough 2015 and now gets to play half his games at Coors Field.

Justin Upton struggled for much of his first year in Detroit, but a late-season surge got his numbers into their usual territory. Conversely, a shoulder injury sapped Gregory Polanco’s newfound power in the second half, making him a potential bargain in 2017. You might also get Jose Bautista at a discount, though his injury concerns, age, and low batting average are causes for concern.

Tier 4

Like Bautista, Andrew McCutchen underperformed in 2016, and injuries were at least part of the problem. Cutch is still only 30 and was a reliable four or five category stud for most of the decade prior to last year. He’s an excellent bounceback candidate. This tier has several options in the slugger department, as both Mark Trumbo and Khris Davis hit over 40 homers last season, while Matt Kemp thumped 35. Looking for more well-rounded contributions? Both Odubel Herrera and Jose Ramirez can give you a high average and runs total, along with speed and double-digit pop. Judging by his ADP, owners expect the same from David Dahl despite the red flag of a .404 BABIP during his impressive rookie season. Lastly, Billy Hamilton’s blazing speed continues to entice the fantasy community at large despite his shortcomings as a hitter.

Tier 5

The largest of the top five tiers is also arguably the most diverse. You’ve got steady if unspectacular vets like Ben Zobrist, Dexter Fowler, and Adam Eaton rubbing elbows with up-and-comers like Andrew Benintendi and Jose Peraza. There are several players looking to bounce back from injury-plagued seasons (Lorenzo Cain, Hunter Pence, and Michael Brantley) and a couple looking to cement themselves after breakout seasons (Jackie Bradley Jr. and Stephen Piscotty). It’s an interesting group of guys, warts and all.



2017 Fantasy Baseball Rankings