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Updated Outfield Rankings - H2H Points Leagues


As we enter the final stretch for drafting it is time to take a look at the latest iteration of points leagues rankings from our amazing hard working rankings staff. Starting with the outfield is always fun because there is so much depth at the position, especially if you only require three of them, as many points leagues do. However, even if your league has switched to five outfielders there is still a lot of value, both within the top-60 at the position and below.

Points leagues are always tough to assess because there are so many different variations that can be used. Many leagues use fairly similar settings, with slight variations when it comes to stolen bases or walks. However, some leagues really like to put a twist on certain elements. Therefore, it is crucial to know your league and then to use these rankings as a base to adjust off to optimize them for your draft.

Keep an eye out for all other positions to follow and without any more delay, let's take a look at the 2019 outfield points league rankings for March.

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Outfield Tiered Ranks - H2H Points Leagues (March)

In case you missed it, our very own "Big Pick Nick" Mariano was recently named the #1 overall most accurate industry expert ranker for the 2018 season. You can see his secret sauce below! Additionally, industry legend Scott Engel recently joined the RotoBaller team and provides his insights as well. Scott is an FSWA Hall Of Famer and award winner.

Rank Tier Player Name Position Nick JB Bill
1 1 Mike Trout OF 1 1 1
2 1 Mookie Betts OF 2 3 2
3 1 J.D. Martinez OF 11 7 5
4 1 Christian Yelich OF 12 13 15
5 1 Bryce Harper OF 9 14 20
6 1 Ronald Acuna OF 16 16 17
7 2 Aaron Judge OF 27 29 12
8 2 Charlie Blackmon OF 30 34 29
9 2 Andrew Benintendi OF 34 36 31
10 2 Giancarlo Stanton OF 29 38 36
11 2 Kris Bryant 3B/OF 32 39 32
12 2 Juan Soto OF 36 30 40
13 3 Rhys Hoskins 1B/OF 39 43 39
14 3 George Springer OF 48 46 34
15 3 Starling Marte OF 37 53 51
16 3 Cody Bellinger 1B/OF 47 48 47
17 3 Khris Davis OF 31 58 54
18 3 Whit Merrifield 2B/OF 49 44 52
19 3 Lorenzo Cain OF 71 65 64
20 4 Eddie Rosario OF 61 75 78
21 4 Michael Brantley OF 87 66 71
22 4 Mitch Haniger OF 62 78 91
23 4 Tommy Pham OF 80 73 96
24 4 Aaron Hicks OF 76 86 87
25 4 Nicholas Castellanos OF 85 81 89
26 4 Justin Upton OF 67 97 94
27 4 Yasiel Puig OF 56 87 119
28 4 A.J. Pollock OF 96 101 76
29 5 Marcell Ozuna OF 83 93 108
30 5 David Peralta OF 110 119 84
31 5 Andrew McCutchen OF 115 104 107
32 5 David Dahl OF 111 106 123
33 5 Michael Conforto OF 106 117 130
34 5 Wil Myers 3B/OF 108 116 142
35 5 Joey Gallo 3B/1B/OF 90 122 158
36 5 Ender Inciarte OF 146 123 106
37 5 Brandon Nimmo OF 172 152 79
38 5 Dee Gordon 2B/OF 126 126 154
39 5 Victor Robles OF 128 136 156
40 5 Jesse Winker OF 160 155 113
41 6 Eloy Jimenez OF 137 146 151
42 6 Ryan Braun 1B/OF 141 165 131
43 6 Ian Desmond OF/1B 152 149 143
44 6 Mallex Smith OF 144 142 168
45 6 Kyle Schwarber OF 185 166 137
46 6 Harrison Bader OF 183 179 127
47 6 Stephen Piscotty OF 173 164 161
48 6 Nick Markakis OF 153 238 112
49 6 Nomar Mazara OF 175 183 210
50 6 Adam Eaton OF 159 167 260
51 6 Shin-Soo Choo OF 168 258 162
52 7 Jose Martinez OF/1B 271 192 140
53 7 Corey Dickerson OF 192 206 207
54 7 Austin Meadows OF 186 195 234
55 7 Chris Taylor 2B/SS/OF 249 187 208
56 7 Odubel Herrera OF 243 220 182
57 7 Joey Wendle 2B/3B/SS/OF 244 212 201
58 7 Trey Mancini 1B/OF 198 230 230
59 7 Gregory Polanco OF 267 280 120
60 8 Domingo Santana OF 199 227 244
61 8 Hunter Renfroe OF 238 218 219
62 8 Max Kepler OF 206 217 255
63 8 Franmil Reyes OF 222 213 249
64 8 Ramon Laureano OF 217 224 246
65 8 Jackie Bradley Jr. OF 228 200 265
66 8 Nick Senzel 2B/3B/OF 253 216 #N/A
67 8 Byron Buxton OF 227 168 310
68 8 Billy Hamilton OF 290 193 241
69 8 Ian Happ 3B/OF 269 244 224
70 9 Manuel Margot OF 247 246 271
71 9 Randal Grichuk OF 256 273 237
72 9 Brandon Belt 1B/OF 236 322 218
73 9 Jake Bauers 1B/OF 261 255 279
74 9 Steven Souza Jr. OF 266 278 253
75 9 Brett Gardner OF 283 310 204
76 9 Matt Kemp OF 284 287 232
77 9 Marwin Gonzalez 1B/2B/SS/OF 245 256 316
78 9 Brian Anderson 3B/OF 273 277 272
79 9 Teoscar Hernandez OF 306 301 216
80 10 Kevin Kiermaier OF 246 290 298
81 10 Cedric Mullins OF 278 284 292
82 10 Kevin Pillar OF 258 298 309
83 10 Adam Jones OF 376 291 225
84 10 Kyle Tucker OF 422 235 257
85 10 Kole Calhoun OF 310 375 262
86 10 Daniel Palka OF 338 324 294
87 10 Tyler O'Neill OF 326 314 #N/A
88 10 Christin Stewart OF 260 389 #N/A
89 10 Jason Kipnis 2B/OF 380 323 286
90 10 Jay Bruce OF/1B 415 282 #N/A
91 10 Josh Reddick OF 365 384 301
92 11 Franchy Cordero OF 349 356 #N/A
93 11 Avisail Garcia OF 354 309 401
94 11 Scott Schebler OF 433 349 288
95 11 Willie Calhoun OF 397 364 322
96 11 Mark Trumbo OF 325 403 #N/A
97 11 Niko Goodrum 1B/2B/3B/SS/OF 370 380 346
98 11 Leonys Martin OF 344 394 #N/A
99 11 Jorge Soler OF 371 388 373
100 11 Joc Pederson OF 428 338 369
101 11 Scott Kingery SS/3B/OF 394 392 359
102 11 Greg Allen OF 416 361 #N/A
103 11 Kike Hernandez 2B/SS/OF 435 343 #N/A
104 11 Lewis Brinson OF 389 425 365
105 11 Delino DeShields OF 438 348 #N/A
106 12 Adam Duvall 1B/OF 473 #N/A 317
107 12 Eric Thames 1B/OF 436 409 372
108 12 Albert Almora Jr. OF 437 #N/A 375
109 12 Carlos Gonzalez OF 464 450 307
110 12 Jason Heyward OF 385 470 376
111 12 Ben Zobrist 2B/OF 471 370 #N/A
112 12 Jake Cave OF 417 539 315
113 12 Raimel Tapia OF 395 520 360
114 12 Steven Duggar OF 410 443 #N/A
115 12 Pablo Reyes OF 427 #N/A #N/A
116 12 Alex Verdugo OF 525 386 384
117 12 Bradley Zimmer OF 425 553 336
118 12 Steve Pearce 1B/2B/OF 455 523 350
119 12 Mac Williamson OF 443 #N/A #N/A
120 12 Yoenis Cespedes OF 458 544 333
121 12 Peter O'Brien OF 454 507 387
122 12 Mikie Mahtook OF 520 #N/A 379
123 12 Alex Gordon OF 418 491 #N/A
124 12 Jorge Bonifacio OF 463 #N/A #N/A
125 12 Hernan Perez 2B/3B/OF/SS 551 393 #N/A
126 12 Roman Quinn OF 479 466 #N/A
127 12 Hunter Dozier OF 484 463 #N/A
128 12 Michael Taylor OF 508 440 #N/A
129 12 Aaron Altherr OF 574 #N/A 377
130 12 DJ Stewart OF 434 550 #N/A
131 13 Brock Holt 2B/3B/OF 548 534 399
132 13 Blake Swihart C/OF #N/A 498 #N/A
133 13 Dexter Fowler OF 495 512 #N/A
134 13 Yairo Munoz 2B/3B/SS/OF 545 467 #N/A
135 13 Billy McKinney OF 474 540 #N/A
136 13 Nick Williams OF 461 556 #N/A
137 13 Derek Fisher OF 509 #N/A #N/A
138 13 Dustin Fowler OF 529 493 #N/A
139 13 Austin Hays OF 532 497 #N/A
140 13 Lonnie Chisenhall OF 492 546 #N/A
141 13 Chad Pinder SS/2B/OF 600 452 #N/A
142 13 Keon Broxton OF 552 511 #N/A
143 13 Tony Kemp OF 480 583 #N/A
144 13 Nick Martini OF 498 567 #N/A
145 13 Brandon Drury 3B/OF 547 #N/A #N/A
146 13 Travis Jankowski OF 616 484 #N/A
147 13 Austin Dean OF 555 #N/A #N/A
148 13 Phillip Ervin OF 542 571 #N/A
149 13 Clint Frazier OF 611 518 #N/A
150 13 Jarrod Dyson OF #N/A 573 #N/A
151 13 Howie Kendrick 2B/OF #N/A 578 #N/A
152 13 Jo Adell OF #N/A 584 #N/A
153 13 Victor Victor Mesa OF #N/A 589 #N/A
154 13 Gerardo Parra OF #N/A 590 #N/A
155 13 Curtis Granderson OF #N/A 591 #N/A
156 13 Magneuris Sierra OF 592 #N/A #N/A
157 13 Adam Engel OF 601 #N/A #N/A
158 13 Brett Phillips OF 648 563 #N/A
159 13 Jon Jay OF 623 595 #N/A
160 13 Robbie Grossman OF 619 #N/A #N/A
161 13 Charlie Tilson OF 643 #N/A #N/A
162 13 Melky Cabrera OF 645 #N/A #N/A

 

Outfield Points League Rankings: Upper Tiers

Tier One

There has been no change to this tier from January, and frankly for these six I could not phrase it any better than Nick did back then.

Even Harper's signing in Philadelphia did not move the needle in this format, because we already expected so much from him, given his high walk rate.

Tier Two

Again this is the same group as January, but with a slightly different order. Most people are scared off Judge in points leagues because of a 30% strikeout rate. However, his walk rate is high enough, and his upside great enough that he leads this tier.

The drop from eight to 12 for Soto is correct in my view. I love Soto, and his numbers last year were awesome, but at just 19 there are likely a couple of tough stretches ahead in 2019. He absolutely has the upside to be a Tier One hitter this time next year, but equally I think he has the most chance of falling a tier as well.

Benintendi's all around profile and discussions about being more of a contact hitter in 2019 make him a really interesting pick. Any worries you have about a loss of RBI leading off should be negated by the gain he will see in runs hitting in front of Betts and Martinez. It is the same story for Blackmon who is going to hit above a combination of Nolan Arenado, Daniel Murphy and Trevor Story. He just needs to offer average returns for his career at the other numbers and his run total will drag him close to the top-10.

Stanton and Bryant both had slightly off seasons in 2018, but both had legitimate cases. Stanton was making the switch to the AL and that can often bring some teething problems. If he gets it right in that park then 50 home runs could be more than possible, to package with 200 or more R+RBI. It doesn't matter how much you strikeout in a points league if you are returning those numbers on the other side. As for Bryant, he was hampered with a shoulder injury, but we know enough about what he can do healthy to trust him to finish somewhere close to the top-10.

Tier Three

This is a weird group for me. Hopefully, the move back to first base will focus Hoskins' mind and we can see him get his BB% back over 15%. In a stacked Phillies lineup all he has to do is consistently get on base and the R+RBI will sort themselves out, and the combination of that with a bump in OBP will make him a valuable points league contributor. The drop in power for Springer last season gives me some concerns, but at this stage, we know what floor he has and it is good enough to be right around the top-20 at the very least. However, if things do click then he has top-10 potential and that is why he deserves a ranking inside the top-15.

Marte's 6% walk rate does somewhat cap his ceiling when it comes to the points league format, where steals are valuable but not as valuable as in roto. However, he got back to hitting 20 home runs and is still capable of stealing over 25 bases, while having an average in the .280 region. When you add all of those things up then his value is good enough, but the lack of walks stops him having the upside of Springer and Hoskins. If you want upside then Bellinger is your man. A solid walk rate, combined with the ability to hit .260 and a potential 40 home run hitter is a lot of fun to own.

Merrifield is generally slightly overvalued in roto leagues but in points leagues, the sheer weight of what he can bring across the board is enough to put him in the top-20 discussion. I question if there is much upside above this ranking but in Kansas City where he should run plenty the floor is also safe enough. The increase in Cain's BB% last season helps his value, but I do worry we may see it regress back below 10%. If it does then the relative lack of RBI, and home runs, means that despite a good average and stolen bases the bottom of this tier might be the best return you can hope for from Cain.

 

Outfield Points League Rankings: Middle Tiers

Tier Four

This tier has an interesting combination of names. My absolute favourites in the tier are Puig and Brantley. For Puig, it all comes down to the change in scenery. Nearly every park factor in Dodgers Stadium is below one, while in Cincinnati there is a sharp rise in the park factor for home runs and doubles. If Puig can combine that with getting his walk rate back close to 10% then we could be looking at a top-15 outfielder. I have some concern about the change in park for Brantley, but the depth of lineup surrounding him has increased so much that I can see him getting enough R+RBI to counteract any negative hitting effects. Of course, the concern is always injury with Brantley, but with a full 2018 season there is a reason to be optimistic.

Among the concerns in this tier are the aging Justin Upton, who has had injury concerns this spring, and Tommy Pham. Pham holds more value in roto leagues where he can contribute in most categories, but in points league his strikeout rate is somewhat of a concern. However, there was an interesting increase in exit velocity last season, which if he can maintain this season could make him a top-20 candidate. However, there is enough concern as the 23rd outfielder that I would look to stay away.

Tier Five

The values in this tier are Marcell Ozuna and David Peralta. Both offer similar strikeout to walk ratios as some of the players in the tier above and both should be able to contribute enough R+RBI to be values. Gallo is also interesting because despite the strikeouts the power and walks are superior to most you will find at this level. When you look at the overall picture, those almost cancel out and you are looking at a player who could contribute 200 R+RBI in a surprisingly versatile Rangers offense.

Dee Gordon is my big loser here. The steals options are only useful in this format f they can offer some power and Gordon cannot. Additionally, when Mallex Smith is healthy he could find himself stuck down in the ninth spot in the lineup.

Tiers 6 & 7

I really like Nomar Mazara here. We know his floor, as he has hit at least .250 with 20 home runs in each of the last three seasons. However, we also seen flashes, both in monthly performances and his exit velocity that there is a higher ceiling. His K:BB ratio is not great but at this stage of the draft it does not need to be.

Corey Dickerson is only a name you are really looking at if you need five outfielders in your points league. Much like Mazara, the K:BB ratio leaves something to be desired, but there are some promising trends, especially in his batting average. Hopefully, he can reverse the loss of power last season, and age 29 he should still be capable of getting to the 25 home run mark.

 

 

Outfield Points League Rankings: Lower Tiers

Tiers 8 and below

Max Kepler is a fun name, simply because if he can put it together in terms of connecting with the ball then his K:BB is nice at this stage of the draft. Three years of consistent home run production around the 20 mark is a solid floor and there is some talk he could hit at the top of the Twins order this season.

Jake Bauers is another name to consider. I went into depth on power in this recent article, but the keys for points league is that despite a rough season his BB% was high and he was a consistent solid OBP hitter in the minor leagues. In the late round of drafts, Bauers could prevent some solid upside.

 

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