Fantasy Baseball Rankings 2017: Outfield

Our 2017 fantasy baseball rankings continue with outfielders -- a position loaded with top players and sleepers for your cheat sheet.

Welcome to the annual exercise in futility known as fantasy baseball rankings for outfielders. Sure, starting pitcher and closer rankings are even more of a crapshoot, but good luck trying to rank 100-plus OF-eligible players who run the gamut of fantasy baseball production, have minor to severe injury histories, aren't all assured of consistent playing time, and could be completely unproven. You could fill your entire cheat sheet with potential sleepers and busts from this list alone.

Perhaps more than any other position, the idea of tieringoff playersbytypeof production as opposed tooverallproduction is most important with outfielders. That's been a common theme throughout our rankings, but the sheer amount ofoutfielders makes it ring truer.

So, when talking about OFs, we'll focus on the top half or so of the rankings. After that, it's kind of a free-for-all depending on your needs and willingness to trust injured/unproven/platoon players.

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Fantasy Baseball Draft Strategy: Outfield

Mike Trout and Mookie Betts could easily be the first two players off the board in any draft this spring, but after that, it's possible no other players only eligible at OF will go in the first round. Bryce Harper probably will, but even as early as the late-first/second round, you can start playing the "category game" with OFs. Charlie Blackmon, Starling Marte, and A.J. Pollock have all stolen at least 39 bases in one of the past two seasons, so getting a "steals" guy who also hits homers is big. Of course, you can just go for consistent raw power and take Nelson Cruz or Giancarlo Stanton and hope the former can fight of Father Time for one more year and the latter can stay healthy.

There will be plenty of OFs taken in each following round, with a mix of power-speed threats and mashers going intermittently. Therearen't many pure speedsters worth drafting in the first six or seven rounds aside from Billy Hamilton, but you can clean up several much later (Rajai Davis, Jarrod Dyson, Travis Janikowski) to balance out your team. In the interim, SB-leaning guys with some pop like Keon Broxton, Odubel Herrera, Byron Buxton, and even Carlos Gomez loom as major sleepers.

When it comes to the heavy hitters, it's really a matter ofpreference. Obviously, younger players have a little more appeal, and anyone who can approach double-digit steals stands out a bit more, but at the end of the year, the difference between someone like Yoenis Cespedes and Adam Jones will likely be batting average and RBIs -- two things that are more difficult to predict, especially since health is so important to the latter.

It's easy to say "that's why you don't need to reach for an outfielder", and while that's generally true, OF runs can happen before you're even done clicking "draft player". Even though OF is deep -- it will always seem like there's a guy who will hit .265 with 20-25 HRs available -- it might not be as deep for your specific category need, especially if you're looking for a 10-20 or 20-10 candidate.If you like someone, go ahead and grab them, even if it might be a round "too early". Your guess on who's going to break out is just as good as anyone else's.

MORE: Top 50 prospects | 2017 Fantasy Alarm Draft Guide

2017 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Outfield

Note: These rankings were compiled as if every player isonlyeligible at OF. A player like Trea Turner will be ranked higher overall because he is also eligible at 2B and SS.

Ranking Player Team Multi-eligible
1 Mike Trout Angels --
2 Mookie Betts Red Sox --
3 Kris Bryant* Cubs 1B, 3B
4 Bryce Harper Nationals --
5 Charlie Blackmon Rockies --
6 Starling Marte Pirates --
7 A.J. Pollock D-backs --
8 Nelson Cruz Mariners --
9 Ryan Braun Brewers --
10 Trea Turner* Nationals 2B, SS
11 Giancarlo Stanton Marlins --
12 Wil Myers* Padres 1B
13 Christian Yelich Marlins --
14 Gregory Polanco Pirates --
15 George Springer Astros --
16 Billy Hamilton Reds --
17 Mark Trumbo Orioles --
18 Carlos Gonzalez Rockies --
19 Yoenis Cespedes Mets --
20 Andrew McCutchen Pirates --
21 Justin Upton Tigers --
22 Jose Bautista Blue Jays --
23 Khris Davis A's --
24 Lorenzo Cain Royals --
25 Ian Desmond* Rockies 1B
26 Kyle Schwarber* Cubs C
27 Kendrys Morales* Blue Jays 1B
28 Adam Jones Orioles --
29 Matt Kemp Braves --
30 Adam Duvall Reds --
31 Miguel Sano* Twins 3B
32 Yasmany Tomas D-backs --
33 Nomar Mazara Rangers --
34 Andrew Benintendi Red Sox --
35 J.D. Martinez Tigers --
36 Jay Bruce Mets --
37 Keon Broxton Brewers --
38 Carlos Gomez Rangers --
39 Jackie Bradley Jr. Red Sox --
40 Stephen Piscotty Cardinals --
41 Odubel Herrera Phillies --
42 Jose Peraza* Reds 2B, SS
43 Shin-Soo Choo Rangers --
44 Jose Ramirez* Indians 3B
45 Joc Pederson Dodgers --
46 Hunter Pence Giants --
47 David Dahl Rockies --
48 Josh Reddick Astros --
49 Byron Buxton Twins --
50 Rajai Davis A's --
51 Adam Eaton Nationals --
52 Dexter Fowler Cardinals --
53 Michael Brantley Indians --
54 Melvin Upton Jr. Blue Jays --
55 Leonys Martin Mariners --
56 Jarrod Dyson Mariners --
57 Eric Thames* Brewers 1B
58 Hunter Renfroe Padres --
59 Jorge Soler Royals --
60 Mitch Haniger Mariners --
61 Domingo Santana Brewers --
62 Curtis Granderson Mets --
63 Kole Calhoun Angels --
64 Randal Grichuk Cardinals --
65 Marcell Ozuna Marlins --
66 Tyler Naquin Indians --
67 Willson Contreras* Cubs C
68 Brandon Moss* Royals 1B
69 Jayson Werth Nationals --
70 Yasiel Puig Dodgers --
71 Michael Saunders Phillies --
72 Travis Janikowski Padres --
73 Jacoby Ellsbury Yankees --
74 Kevin Kiermaier Rays --
75 Max Kepler Twins --
76 Carlos Beltran Astros --
77 Alex Gordon Royals --
78 Ben Zobrist* Cubs 2B
79 Jurickson Profar* Rangers 1B, 2B, 3B, SS
80 Hernan Perez* Brewers 2B, 3B
81 Manny Margot Padres --
82 Brett Gardner Yankees --
83 Cameron Maybin Angels --
84 Steven Souza Jr. Rays --
85 Jason Heyward Cubs --
86 Ender Inciarte Braves --
87 Denard Span Giants --
88 Scott Schebler Reds --
89 Corey Dickerson Rays --
90 Seth Smith Orioles --
91 Melky Cabrera White Sox --
92 Pedro Alvarez* Orioles 1B, 3B
93 Aaron Judge Yankees --
94 Kevin Pillar Blue Jays --
95 Hyun Soo Kim Orioles --
96 Josh Bell* Pirates 1B
97 Brandon Drury* D-backs 2B, 3B
98 Steve Pearce* Blue Jays 1B, OF
99 Matt Holliday* Yankees 1B
100 Colby Rasmus Rays --
101 Steven Moya Tigers --
102 Andrew Toles Dodgers --
103 Howie Kendrick* Phillies 1B, 2B, 3B
104 Gerardo Parra Rockies --
105 David Peralta D-backs --
106 Matt Joyce A's --

12 Wil Myers* Padres 1B

*Eligible at another position

2017 RANKINGS:
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