Fantasy Baseball OF Rankings: Top players, sleepers at outfield for 2020

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Few preseason fantasy baseball tasks are more difficult than putting together OF rankings. Starting pitcher and closer rankings are also tough, but at least we know they're an exercise in futility even as we're compiling them. Outfield is different because it feels like a code we can crack (even though we can't). There are so many players, from all-around studs to one-category sleepers, spread throughout the various tiers, that outfield is really a position that needs its own cheat sheet heading into 2020 drafts.

Once you get past the top 20 or so OFs, how you're building your specific team is really more important than how the players are ranked below. We might think Kyle Schwarber's overall impact will be slightly higher than Ramon Laureano's, but if you need some steals and a higher average, Laureano probably makes more sense for you.

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Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Starter | Reliever | Top 300

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You're going to be making a lot of decisions like that with your outfielders. The big power-speed guys will go within the first five or six picks of the draft -- and then there are a host of big-time sluggers who will go throughout the next couple rounds -- but as soon as guys like Starling Marte and Austin Meadows are nearing the top of your queue, you know you have some decisions to make in regards to balancing out your roster.

2020 Fantasy Baseball Tiers, Draft Strategy:
Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | Reliever

Like the corner infield spots, you'll always be able to find 30-HR upside with outfield, even deep into your draft. Finding the guy who hits 37 HRs instead of 25 is what often separates the top tier from the middling teams, and unfortunately, it's not easy to do. Luck is certainly involved to some degree, but finding guys with clear(ish) paths to playing time and decent peripheral stats goes a long way. It's also worth taking some chances at this position with your final starter/bench spots because there will always be worthwhile pickups available throughout the year.

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As always, the players listed below are ranked as if they're only eligible at OF. Players eligible at multiple positions may be ranked higher in our overall rankings.

2020 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers:
Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfielder | Starter | Each team

We'll be updating our OF rankings throughout the spring, so check back for the latest player movement.

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Fantasy Baseball OF Rankings

Rankings based on 5x5 H2H leagues with Rs, HRs, RBIs, SBs, and batting average as categories

Position eligibility based on Yahoo default settings (5 games started or 10 games played at a position)

* = not eligible at that position on draft day but expected to play there during the season

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Ranking

Player

Team

Other eligibility

1

Ronald Acuna Jr.

Braves

2

Christian Yelich

Brewers

3

Mike Trout

Angels

4

Mookie Betts

Dodgers

5

Cody Bellinger

Dodgers

1B

6

Juan Soto

Nationals

7

J.D. Martinez

Red Sox

8

George Springer

Astros

9

Yordan Alvarez

Astros

10

Bryce Harper

Phillies

11

Aaron Judge

Yankees

12

Giancarlo Stanton

Yankees

13

Starling Marte

D-backs

14

Eloy Jimenez

White Sox

15

Charlie Blackmon

Rockies

16

Austin Meadows

Rays

17

Kris Bryant

Cubs

3B

18

Nicholas Castellanos

Reds

19

Jorge Soler

Royals

20

Jonathan Villar*

Marlins

2B, SS

21

Ketel Marte

D-backs

2B, SS

22

Franmil Reyes

Indians

23

Kyle Schwarber

Cubs

24

Joey Gallo

Rangers

25

Whit Merrifield

Royals

2B

26

Oscar Mercado

Indians

27

Victor Robles

Nationals

28

Andrew Benintendi

Red Sox

29

Ramon Laureano

A's

30

Luis Robert

White Sox

31

Tommy Pham

Padres

32

Marcell Ozuna

Braves

33

Michael Conforto

Mets

34

Willie Calhoun

Rangers

35

Justin Upton

Angels

36

Kyle Tucker

Astros

37

Eddie Rosario

Twins

38

Michael Brantley

Astros

39

Byron Buxton

Twins

40

Mallex Smith

Mariners

41

Cavan Biggio

Blue Jays

2B

42

Scott Kingery

Phillies

2B, 3B, SS

43

Danny Santana

Rangers

1B, 2B, 3B, SS

44

Max Kepler

Twins

45

Aristides Aquino

Reds

46

Andrew McCutchen

Phillies

47

David Dahl

Rockies

48

Avisail Garcia

Brewers

49

Jeff McNeil

Mets

2B, 3B

50

Tommy Edman

Cardinals

2B, 3B

51

Nick Senzel

Reds

52

Bryan Reynolds

Pirates

53

Brandon Lowe

Rays

1B, 2B

54

Lourdes Gurriel Jr.

Blue Jays

2B

55

Wil Myers

Padres

1B

56

Ian Happ

Cubs

2B, 3B

57

Lorenzo Cain

Brewers

58

Adam Eaton

Nationals

59

Brian Anderson

Marlins

3B

60

Randal Grichuk

Blue Jays

61

Hunter Renfroe

Rays

62

Kole Calhoun

D-backs

63

J.D. Davis

Mets

3B

64

Joc Pederson

Dodgers

1B

65

Jarrod Dyson

Pirates

66

Alex Verdugo

Red Sox

67

Gregory Polanco

Pirates

68

Shin-Soo Choo

Rangers

69

David Peralta

D-backs

70

Mark Canha

A's

1B

71

Ryan Braun

Brewers

1B*

72

Hunter Dozier

Royals

1B, 3B

73

Brett Gardner

Yankees

74

Trent Grisham

Padres

75

Harrison Bader

Cardinals

76

Jurickson Profar

Padres

2B

77

Jackie Bradley Jr.

Red Sox

78

A.J. Pollock

Dodgers

79

Austin Hays

Orioles

80

Teoscar Hernandez

Blue Jays

81

Kevin Kiermaier

Rays

82

Domingo Santana

Indians

83

Nomar Mazara

White Sox

84

Jo Adell

Angels

85

Eric Thames

Nationals

1B

86

Yoshi Tsutsugo

Rays

3B

87

Austin Riley

Braves

3B*

88

Tyler O'Neill

Cardinals

89

Mike Yastrzemski

Giants

90

Anthony Santander

Orioles

91

Brandon Nimmo

Mets

92

Stephen Piscotty

A's

93

Corey Dickerson

Marlins

94

Jake Fraley

Mariners

95

Jake Bauers

Indians

1B

96

Kevin Pillar

Red Sox

97

Jordan Luplow

Indians

98

Ender Inciarte

Braves

99

Dominic Smith

Mets

1B

100

Garrett Cooper

Marlins

1B

101

Jesse Winker

Reds

102

Jose Martinez

Rays

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