Outfield

2017 Outfield Rankings: Top 75

2017 Outfield Rankings: Top 75

We wrap up each week of positional coverage with our 2017 rankings. In addition to the rankings we will pose a number of questions to our panel covering topics such as reaches and targets, players to avoid and late round impact players. Taking part in our rankings will be Kevin Jebens, Jim Finch, Ron Vackar, […]

Underrated Outfielders: Justin Upton and Khris Davis

Underrated Outfielders: Justin Upton and Khris Davis

Khris Davis and Justin Upton have plenty of things in common. Each player switched leagues to join an American League team, and each started their season slowly, only to go on a tear to end it. Most important for this article – both are being undervalued in 2017 drafts. Justin Upton Upton started his six-year […]

Late Round Outfield Impact Options?

Late Round Outfield Impact Options?

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening — whichever is applicable to you. In today’s world, quenching your thirst for fantasy content is rather effortless. Countless podcasts are available at your fingertips, satellite radio providers have 24-hour networks, and of course, the various websites providing content seem to be endless.   While it may be hard […]

What’s the deal with Jose Bautista

What’s the deal with Jose Bautista

It’s perhaps as exciting a story as it is bizarre. Just one year removed from a 40 homer (!!!) season, where he was worth 4.4 fWAR, Jose Bautista struggled hard to find much interest in the market. It ended with a potential three year deal to stay with the Blue Jays, which in the end is […]

Outfield Tiers

Outfield Tiers

The Elite Tier Mike Trout LAA 25 Mookie Betts BOS 24 Bryce Harper WAS 24 Charlie Blackmon COL 30 Mike Trout puts up incredible stats each season, but it’s the consistency that makes him the consensus top pick. Unlike other top players who have failed to stay in the top spot, Trout kills it in […]

Can Buxton, Soler Overcome Bumpy 2016?

Can Buxton, Soler Overcome Bumpy 2016?

There are a lot of young, talented outfielders for fantasy purposes, and two of the bigger names among prospects were also big disappointments in 2016: Byron Buxton and Jorge Soler. Buxton reached the top of prospects lists for the last few seasons, and he finally got his shot to play full-time when he won the […]

Future outlooks on aggressive sluggers

Future outlooks on aggressive sluggers

This year we saw not only one of the most exciting seasons in recent memory thanks to the return of the long ball, but still more strikeouts from the kings of the long ball. With such extremes, there is no doubt a surplus of highlights for the morning recap shows, but it also has mysterious […]

Outfield Prospects: Rankings Movers

Outfield Prospects: Rankings Movers

Every Friday I will take a snapshot of this year’s current crop of prospects at each position relative to how they were ranked a year ago. I’ll examine the top performers – those who did not live up to our lofty expectations, and the key graduates. Our rankings last year were compiled by Andy Germani and myself, and […]

Stolen Bases Harder to Find in the OF

Stolen Bases Harder to Find in the OF

Everyone remembers the glory days of super-speedy, light-hitting outfielders who could net you 30+ stolen bases. However, as sabermetrics permeates not only the front office but the manager’s playbook, a lot of teams are running less often. Also, some of the speedsters from the glory days 5-10 years ago are aging and so aren’t running […]

How to feel about Michael Saunders

How to feel about Michael Saunders

It’s always hard to tell whether a breakout is real or luck, and the Blue Jays have hosted bunch of players who fit both categories. Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion turned from journeymen to superstars. then there were guys like Adam Lind and Aaron Hill who had a few strong years but never achieved that […]

Put Me In, Coach

Put Me In, Coach

The Detroit Tigers are a team in transition, but I’m not expecting a massive fire sale, or having to pay the piper so to speak. Instead, I’m looking for a series of smaller moves that reduces payroll while allowing the team to get younger, while staying reasonably competitive. The first shoe fell when the Tigers […]

Risky OF Plays: Long Injuries and Breakouts

Risky OF Plays: Long Injuries and Breakouts

When you’re looking to the next baseball season, one of the first things you want to do is identify potential sleepers. Where can you get positive value from a player whose draft cost will be lower than what you project as his final value? The strategy is all well and good, but two categories of […]

The Fantasy Pacifier Andrew McCutchen

The Fantasy Pacifier Andrew McCutchen

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening– whichever is applicable to you. My daughter still uses a pacifier. Fear not: therapy is not in order, since she’s merely a tweener. She still looks the part, yet anyone who can use curse words properly in a sentence shouldn’t rob the world of such a gift. Over […]

Onward with Heyward

Onward with Heyward

I have long had what one might call a man crush on Jason Heyward. Now, the crush is not quite to Zorilla levels for me, but it’s close. For now, I will not go into much detail about how excited I am that both he and Heyward will be donning Cubbie blue in the 2016 season; that […]

Late Round Outfield Targets

Late Round Outfield Targets

Posted by: Michael Zakhar Last week I took a look at the high-end outfield options that most appeal to me. My usual plan is to pay big for a couple of big names like the ones discussed in the article, but since we need five outfielders, a utility spot, and have budget or draft limitations […]

Do these OF Veterans Still Have Value?

Do these OF Veterans Still Have Value?

I know a lot of fantasy managers play in keeper leagues, and it goes without saying that the young phenoms garner a lot of value. However, I feel a lot of managers don’t switch gears when they are preparing for their redraft leagues. Does Addison Russell have a bright future? You bet! But will he […]

Outfielders with great D, and a chance to shine offensively

Outfielders with great D, and a chance to shine offensively

There is a phrase thrown around a lot when scouting young players and prospects, that a guy is less than the sum of his parts. This (loosely) describes the value of certain players when considering their real life value versus fantasy. Some guy might be a great fielder, but that doesn’t mean a whole lot to […]

Player spotlight: Carlos Gomez

Player spotlight: Carlos Gomez

Posted by: Scott Rowland If you ask fantasy baseball players who the biggest disappointment in the 2015 season was, a number of players would come up. one of those players would be Ian Desmond who I discussed a few weeks ago; another name that you would be likely to hear is Carlos Gomez. Unlike Desmond, […]

Draft This, Not That: Outfielders

Draft This, Not That: Outfielders

Every draft round presents a host of outfielders to tempt you with. If you get a little carried away you could easily take four outfielders among the first five or six offensive players you take in a given draft. From my early drafts so far, the outfield group really seems to thin out after around pick […]

Market Adjustments Providing Potential Value

Market Adjustments Providing Potential Value

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening– whichever is applicable to you. One year ago at this time Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez were fixtures as second or third round picks, with ADP’s in the low to mid-20’s. Puig posted good numbers in 2014, but it was the underlying skill sets that had many well-respected […]