Fantasy Baseball Rankings 2017: Outfield

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

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.

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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

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