2018 Outfielders - Dynasty Tiered Rankings

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As we move closer to the 2018 baseball season, at RotoBaller we have released our Dynasty Rankings. We have been dissecting the tiers of each position, showing fantasy owners where to find value in their draft. While this list will only go through the top 10 tiers of outfielders, there are still players with value beyond these groupings.

When looking at dynasty leagues, one needs to consider future market value as well as the near term impact of a player. While there are veterans that rank highly on our outfielder rankings, you will see more emphasis put on players that are 25 and younger, even ranking players that are unlikely to play an MLB game in 2018 within the top 200. Of course, the top names on this list are similar to the top names in a standard league (speaking to the young talent in the game today), but there are other veterans that slip a bit on this list as compared to those in redraft leagues.

This article will not only show the tiers of outfielders, but also my personal favorite outfielder in each tier (in italics). This is not to say that it is the BEST outfielder in each tier, but the one that I think will outplay their ADP.  Make sure you also bookmark our 2018 fantasy baseball rankings homepage - showing staff ranks and analysis columns for mixed leagues, AL/NL only leagues,2018 prospects, dynasty leagues and more. Let's get to it!

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2018 Fantasy Baseball Dynasty League Rankings: Outfielder (February)

Ranking Tier Player Name Pos
1 1 Mike Trout OF
2 2 Bryce Harper OF
3 2 Kris Bryant 3B/OF
4 2 Mookie Betts OF
5 2 Andrew Benintendi OF
6 2 Aaron Judge OF
7 2 Giancarlo Stanton OF
8 2 George Springer OF
9 2 Charlie Blackmon OF
10 3 Cody Bellinger 1B/OF
11 3 Marcell Ozuna OF
12 3 J.D. Martinez OF
13 3 Michael Conforto OF
14 3 Dee Gordon 2B/OF
15 3 Rhys Hoskins 1B/OF
16 3 Justin Upton OF
17 3 Starling Marte OF
18 4 Gregory Polanco OF
19 4 Christian Yelich OF
20 4 Byron Buxton OF
21 4 Nomar Mazara OF
22 4 Ronald Acuna OF
23 4 Nelson Cruz OF
24 4 A.J. Pollock OF
25 4 Ryan Braun OF
26 5 Domingo Santana OF
27 5 Manuel Margot OF
28 5 Ian Happ 2B/OF
29 5 Billy Hamilton OF
30 5 Yasiel Puig OF
31 5 David Dahl OF
32 5 Yoenis Cespedes OF
33 5 Shohei Ohtani SP/OF
34 6 Matt Olson OF/1B
35 6 Andrew McCutchen OF
36 6 Victor Robles OF
37 6 Khris Davis OF
38 6 Kyle Schwarber OF
39 6 Adam Jones OF
40 6 Lorenzo Cain OF
41 6 Chris Taylor 2B/SS/OF
42 6 Adam Eaton OF
43 6 Odubel Herrera OF
44 7 Ian Desmond OF/1B
45 7 Tommy Pham OF
46 7 Adam Duvall OF
47 7 Joey Gallo 3B/1B/OF
48 7 Eloy Jimenez OF
49 7 Whit Merrifield 2B/OF
50 7 Trey Mancini 1B/OF
51 7 Michael Brantley OF
52 8 Ender Inciarte OF
53 8 Mitch Haniger OF
54 8 Eric Thames 1B/OF
55 8 Eddie Rosario OF
56 8 Brett Gardner OF
57 8 Aaron Altherr OF
58 8 Josh Reddick OF
59 8 Jay Bruce OF/1B
60 8 Nick Williams OF
61 8 Jackie Bradley OF
62 9 Dexter Fowler OF
63 9 Chris Owings 2B/SS/OF
64 9 Stephen Piscotty OF
65 9 Michael Taylor OF
66 9 Bradley Zimmer OF
67 9 Corey Dickerson OF
68 9 Joc Pederson OF
69 9 Clint Frazier OF
70 9 Austin Meadows OF
71 9 Yasmany Tomas OF
72 9 Alex Verdugo OF
73 10 Avisail Garcia OF
74 10 Max Kepler OF
75 10 Aaron Hicks OF
76 10 Albert Almora OF
77 10 Scooter Gennett 2B/3B/OF
78 10 Lewis Brinson OF
79 10 Kevin Kiermaier OF
80 10 Carlos Gonzalez OF
81 10 Marwin Gonzalez 1B/2B/3B/SS/OF
82 10 Jason Kipnis 2B/OF
83 11 Scott Schebler OF
84 11 Delino DeShields OF
85 11 Eduardo Nunez SS/3B/2B/OF
86 11 Steven Souza OF
87 11 Mark Trumbo OF
88 11 Billy Burns OF
89 11 Brandon Belt 1B/OF
90 11 Derek Fisher OF
91 11 David Peralta OF
92 11 Kyle Tucker OF
93 11 Howie Kendrick 2B/OF
94 11 Jesse Winker OF
95 12 Ben Zobrist 2B/OF
96 12 Brandon Drury 3B/OF
97 12 Hunter Renfroe OF
98 12 Anthony Alford OF
99 12 Kole Calhoun OF
100 12 Gerardo Parra OF
101 12 Teoscar Hernandez OF
102 13 Jarrod Dyson OF
103 13 Tyler O’Neill OF
104 13 Hernan Perez 2B/3B/OF
105 13 Jose Bautista OF
106 13 Jason Heyward OF
107 13 Matt Kemp OF
108 13 Hunter Pence OF
109 13 Raimel Tapia OF
110 13 Melky Cabrera OF
111 13 Kyle Lewis OF
112 13 Carlos Gomez OF
113 13 Keon Broxton OF
114 13 Ben Gamel OF
115 13 Brandon Nimmo OF
116 13 Jose Martinez OF/1B
117 13 Mallex Smith OF
118 13 Cameron Maybin OF
119 13 Alex Gordon OF
120 13 Randal Grichuk OF
121 13 Michael Saunders OF
122 13 Curtis Granderson OF
123 13 Jorge Soler OF
124 13 Lonnie Chisenhall OF
125 13 Jayson Werth OF
126 13 Shin-Soo Choo OF
127 13 Jacoby Ellsbury OF
128 13 Brandon Moss OF
129 13 Leonys Martin OF
130 13 Steve Pearce 1B/2B/OF
131 13 Brock Holt 3B/OF
132 13 Nick Markakis OF
133 13 Kevin Pillar OF
134 13 Blake Swihart C/OF
135 13 Leody Taveras OF
136 13 Alex Dickerson OF
137 13 Matt Holliday 1B/OF
138 13 Travis Jankowski OF
139 13 Charlie Tilson OF

Tier 1 

Mike Trout

While outfield is easily the deepest position, there is only one Mike Trout and he needs a tier to himself. In fact, the difference between Trout and any outfielder is greater than the disparity at any other position (considering that Kris Bryant qualifies at second base). If you have an argument against picking Trout first, especially in a dynasty league, your opinion will probably (absolutely) be in the minority.

Trout finished 2017 with 33 home runs and 22 stolen bases (being caught stealing only four times) and also led baseball with a 1.071 OPS. He also had more walks (94) than strikeouts (90) for the first time in his career and had a .442 OBP, his second consecutive season where he got on base more than 44% of the time. If one wanted to nitpick Trout's 2017 performance, you could start with the fact that his hard-hit ball rate was at 38.3%, his lowest since 2013, and his 19% soft hit ball rate was the highest in a single season of his career. While these are bad, Trout also had his lowest ground ball rate (36.7%) since 2014 and hit 44.9% fly balls, up from back-to-back seasons where his fly ball rate was under 40%.


Tier 2

Bryce Harper, Kris Bryant, Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi, Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton

Since Trout is in a league of his own, the second tier is still extremely strong, including each of the last three NL MVPs. Harper may have the most to prove, as he is looking for a huge pay day at the end of the season, while Stanton will have the burden of living up to a move to New York after a 59 home run season. The 2017 American League Rookie of the Year  Judge and his runner up (more on him later) also show up in this grouping, as does one of the more exciting players in baseball in Betts.

Andrew Benintendi is a breakout candidate this season, as he had 20 home runs, 90 RBI, and 20 stolen bases in his rookie 2017 season. His outstanding 20 home run/20 stolen campaign would normally justify a Rookie of the Year award, had it not been for Judge. Benintendi finished 2nd in the American League Rookie of the Year voting, but he did achieve his own milestone. At 23 years old, Benintendi was the youngest left fielder to reach 20/20 in a season since 1987. Despite a remarkable rookie season, there are signs that Benintendi could perform even better. In 2017, he had .301 batting average on balls in play. Benintendi’s incredible plate discipline combined with a professional career BABIP of .311 indicates his stats could improve. His combination of power and speed makes him a nice addition as an OF1.


Tier 3

George Springer, Cody Bellinger, Charlie Blackmon, Marcell Ozuna, J.D. Martinez, Michael Conforto, Dee Gordon, Justin Upton, Starling Marte, Ronald Acuna

The players in this tier would be nice additions as lower-tier OF1, so fantasy owners will want to look closely at the players in this group. Bellinger is mainly a 1B, but does have OF eligibility, and Dee Gordon will solely play center field for the Mariners this season; players with positional flexibility are important in any format and the fact that each can add that kind of flexibility is very nice. We also see the first prospect in this group, but the hyper-talented Acuna is not just any prospect.

Ronald Acuna is "the" hot name in fantasy baseball right now and there is good reason for fantasy owners to want to scoop him up early in dynasty leagues. He truly broke out with a .325 batting average, 21 home runs and 44 stolen bases last season. Acuna had 60 extra-base hits in 138 games in a season that started with High-A Florida and ended with a .940 OPS in 54 games with Gwinnett. He was caught stealing 20 times last season, so he does have something to learn as a stolen base threat, but his 1.053 OPS and seven home runs in the Arizona Fall League were enough to make him the league's MVP. If there is something to critique about Acuna's 2017 season, other than him being caught stealing too much, it is the fact that his ground ball rate jumped as he moved up in the Braves' system. While a 43.8% ground ball rate is not good (that was his rate in 54 games with Triple-A Gwinnett), Acuna is fast enough to leg out enough hits to keep his BABIP at a good rate. The fact that his BABIP was at or above .400 at each level in 2017 is not good, but the speedy Acuna will fill in many categories and could be a 20/20 player as a rookie.


Tier 4

Christian Yelich, Matt Olson, Gregory Polanco, Ryan Braun, Byron Buxton, Nelson Cruz, A.J. Pollock, Shohei Ohtani, Nomar Mazara, Ian Happ

This group of players may be better suited as OF2, but still has a ton of talent and will help fantasy owners in the future. The key players in this group are mainly on the right side of 30 and the two that are not (Braun and Cruz) play for teams that did a lot to improve their offense. There are also nice combinations of power and speed in Polanco, Buxton, and Pollock, while Mazara could be a potential 30-home run threat. Ohtani is an unknown both on the mound and at bat, but he will get an opportunity to hit in Los Angeles and could be a solid middle of the lineup threat.

Christian Yelich moving to Milwaukee will help his statistics and put him in a good place to hit value. It looks like Yelich will hit leadoff for the Brewers in 2018 and will have All-Star Caliber talent like Lorenzo CainTravis Shaw, and Ryan Braun hitting directly behind him. Jonathan Villar should also be at the bottom of the lineup, giving Yelich a speedy player to knock in, and the Brewers are not shy to give the green light on stolen bases, giving Yelich an uptick in stolen base attempts as well. There is a good chance that he approaches 25 home runs and 20 stolen bases this season, as Miller Park is the best ballpark for home runs for lefties. It might be a bit too much to look at Yelich as an OF2, but he should be a nice OF3 in all formats with slightly higher upside in a nice location like Milwaukee.


Tier 5

Billy Hamilton, Yasiel Puig, Yoenis Cespedes, Andrew McCutchen, Kyle Schwarber, Khris Davis, Rhys HoskinsAdam Jones, Lorenzo Cain, David Dahl, Chris Taylor, Adam Eaton, Tommy Pham

As we move to the middle of the outfielder rankings, there is still a ton of value, starting with the speedy Hamilton and continuing with power bats like Davis and Hoskins. Players like Cespedes and Eaton lost a majority of the 2017 season to injury, but are still valuable in the long run, while fantasy owners will look to see if Hoskins was more than a one year wonder. Even a player like Schwarber, who had a rough 2017 season, is only 24 and has a ton of value in dynasty leagues as well.

David Dahl had the very definition of a lost season in 2017. After looking like a future All-Star in 2016, Dahl was sidelined early in 2017 with a stress reaction in his rib cage. What was initially thought to be a two-week setback plagued Dahl throughout the year, and he logged just 82 plate appearances, all in the minor leagues and none after July. He hit .315 with seven home runs and five stolen bases in just 222 at-bats in 2016, so lots of people have high hopes for him. Unfortunately, those numbers were partially buoyed by a .404 BABIP, so hold back a little before crowning him as the second coming. That said, the good news is that he still has a high ceiling and could easily be a 15/15/.285 kind of player.


Tier 6

Ian Desmond, Adam Duvall, Joey Gallo, Whit Merrifield, Trey Mancini, Michael Brantley, Victor Robles, Domingo Santana, Ender Inciarte, Mitch Haniger, Odubel Herrera, Eric Thames, Eddie Rosario

There is a firm gap between the 5th and 6th tier in the way of talent, but there is still a ton of value in this group of players. This tier has Gallo (who has 50 home run potential), the AL stolen base leader (Merrifield), and players like Santana, Haniger, and Rosario who have a good combination of power and speed. There are also bounce-back candidates like Desmond and Herrera, each who had a rough 2017 season, but have low-end OF2 value in deeper leagues.

Victor Robles may not play at all in the big leagues during the 2018 season, but is still very valuable in dynasty leagues. He is only 20 and has consistently mangled the minor league competition he has faced. In 496 PA in the minors last year, Robles hit 10 HR, scored 73 runs and had 47 RBI. His calling card, the one that has the center field at Nationals Park reserved for him, is his speed. Last year, Robles stole 27 bases in the minors; 37 the season before that. That combination of power and speed is what makes Robles a top-10 prospect and makes him a good addition to any dynasty lineup.


Tier 7

Brett Gardner, Jay Bruce, Josh Reddick, Nick Williams, Eloy Jimenez, Jackie Bradley, Dexter Fowler, Yasmany Tomas, Chris Owings, Bradley Zimmer

This group begins with reliable veterans like Gardner, Bruce, and Reddick before moving into younger players like Williams and Zimmer. Fowler, Bradley, and Owings are each players that can provide both power and speed, while Tomas looks to inject a little more power into an Arizona lineup that was not lacking in that aspect last season. Another player in this group is a prospect that was a part of a pre-Trade Deadline deal across town last season; he may not be ready to make an impact from Opening Day, but is a big part of the White Sox future.

With light-tower power and a strong eye, Eloy Jimenez offers both power and average. Do not expect him to steal many bases, but he has the potential to be the next big superstar in the major leagues. Still just 21-years-old, Jimenez reached Double-A this past season and hit .312 with 19 home runs and 65 RBI in 333 at-bats. The White Sox have no reason to rush him and start his arbitration clock, but if he continues at this pace, it is likely that the White Sox will have no choice but to give him a shot in 2018.


Tier 8

Michael Taylor, Stephen Piscotty, Corey Dickerson, Carlos Gonzalez, Mark Trumbo, Joc Pederson, Clint Frazier, Ben Zobrist, Austin Meadows, Avisail Garcia, Brandon Belt, Manuel Margot, Aaron Hicks, Scooter Gennett, Albert Almora

This group of players is a combination of both younger players that are looking to make the next leap and veterans that will be able to fill out a roster. While guys like Dickerson, Gonzalez, Gennett and Trumbo are not the most attractive of players, they fill needs for teams, providing enough power to make an impact. While Garcia and Hicks do not have the track record to show that their 2017 season can be duplicated, and Stephen Piscotty was down a bit last season, all three are players that would be nice additions to a fantasy roster.

Despite missing a chunk of games to a calf injury, Manny Margot finished his first full season with 13 HR, 17 SB and a .721 OPS. As the top prize from the Craig Kimbrel trade with Boston, Margot’s speed was expected but the power came as a surprise, having hit no more than 10 HR in the minors. At 23 years old, Margot should leadoff for the Padres while looking to improve his BB:K which stood at 0.33 last season. San Diego should be a better offense in 2018, so an increase in 53 runs scored seems probable. Although 17-for-24 in steals last year, he was caught only once after the All-Star break, going 7-for-8. When he is not striking out (20.0% rate in 2017), Margot showed the ability to get hits with a .309 BABIP, consistent with his results in the minors. Now with a sample size of 566 plate appearances on record, owners could expect another crack at double digit homers, over 75 runs scored and over 20 steals.


Tier 9

Matt Kemp, Kole Calhoun, Kevin Kiermaier, Jason Kipnis, Eduardo Nunez, Scott Schebler, Delino DeShields, Billy Burns, Hunter Pence, Kyle Tucker, Howie Kendrick

This tier of players has even more veterans that will help fill rosters, with Kipnis and Nunez as nice additions for their infield eligibilty as well. DeShields and Burns will help in one statistical category right off the bat because of their strong steal numbers, while Schebler's power and Kendrick's average will also give a boost. Tucker is a top prospect that will be blocked by the Astros, but one of the better under the radar players leading into 2018 leads this tier.

While prospects are nice, sometimes it is good to bet on a player that is right near his prime and hope that you can hang on to him as he breaks out. Kevin Kiermaier has either tied or set a career-high in home runs in each of his past four seasons. He has stolen 16-to-21 bases in each of the past three seasons as well. He even set a career-best .276 batting average in 2017. He has missed a lot of games the past two seasons, but if he can stay healthy and start the vast majority of the Rays games, he could set career-highs in multiple categories and break into a higher-tier of fantasy outfielders.


Tier 10

Jason Heyward, Brandon Drury, Jesse Winker, David Peralta, Aaron Altherr, Jose Bautista, Anthony Alford, Derek Fisher, Lewis Brinson, Marwin Gonzalez, Hunter Renfroe

This group is a messy combination of veterans that are good spot plays and younger players that are looking for playing time, but there is still value in this group. Gonzalez can play all over the diamond, something that helps every fantasy team, and Winker, Alford, and Brinson should all see more playing time, living up to their top prospect status. Then there are veterans like Heyward and Bautista, but this group is for the younger players like a Californian slugger who is the best pick of this litter.

Fantasy owners and Padres fans alike salivated when Hunter Renfroe debuted in 2016, crushing 4 home runs and posting a 1.189 OPS in 11 games. The power numbers persisted for Renfroe in 2017 (26 dingers), but a weak supporting offense, poor .231 average and 29.2% Strikeout rate led to a forgettable 2017 season. Despite the homers, Renfroe scored only 51 Runs and produced 58 RBI over 479 plate appearances; the .284 OBP was simply not good enough. The 26-year-old is worth the risk in the power department at a minimum, making him a poor man's Joey Gallo.


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