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2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: OF

Sporting News — (Matt Lutovsky)

When in doubt, take an outfielder -- it's the easiest piece of fantasy baseball draft strategy advice to have on your cheat sheet. The position is so deep and so multi-faceted, you can always find someone worth selecting. Undoubtedly, you're going disagree with the placement of several players in our 2019 OF rankings, but the truth is once you get past the top few tiers, who you draft is mainly going to come down to what stats you need a boost in. Rankings don't matter nearly as much as category math. Sure, there are general sleepers to target, but you shouldn't get married to any names. 

The big decisions come early at OF in the form of when to draft super sophomores Ronald Acuna Jr. and Juan Soto. It's not unusual to see second-year players decline slightly or plateau in relation to their first season, but most fantasy owners are drooling the potential of these two, so they'll likely be drafted early. If you'd rather have proven veterans like Charlie Blackmon instead of Acuna or George Springer instead of Soto, that's fine, too. All have major upside.

2019 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers:
Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | Each team

From there, it's all about power vs. power/speed. Big-time sluggers like Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and Khris Davis are tough to pass on, but so are more balanced players like Starling Marte, Andrew Benintendi, and Tommy Pham.

2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings:
Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Starter | Reliever | Top 300

In the mid-tiers, you'll continue to have your choice of power hitters, 20/20 threats, and even a few pure speedsters. Again, it's all about what you need. There are so many potential breakouts (and busts) that you'll want to grab as many possible. 

2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings Tiers, Draft Strategy
Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | StarterCloser

As you'll see in our OF rankings tiers breakdown, there really isn't that much difference between a lot of these OFs once you get outside the elite options. It comes down to some batted-ball luck and RBI/run-scoring opportunities. There's only so much you can do to control that, so making sure you're building a balanced team and giving yourself options is more important.

DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2019 cheat sheet

Fantasy Baseball Rankings: OF

These rankings are for standard 5x5, non-keeper leagues. Eligibility based on Yahoo default settings.

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


RankingPlayerTeamOther eligibility
1Mike TroutAngels
2Mookie BettsRed Sox
3Christian YelichBrewers
4J.D. MartinezRed Sox
5Bryce HarperPhillies
6Ronald Acuna Jr.Braves
7Charlie BlackmonRockies
8Giancarlo StantonYankees
9Aaron JudgeYankees
10Khris DavisA's
11Starling MartePirates
12Whit MerrifieldRoyals1B, 2B
13Kris BryantCubs3B
14Cody BellingerDodgers1B
15Rhys HoskinsPhillies1B
16George SpringerAstros
17Juan SotoNationals
18Andrew BenintendiRed Sox
19Nelson CruzTwins
20Yasiel PuigReds
21Tommy PhamRays
22Wil MyersPadres3B
23Joey GalloRangers1B
24Justin UptonAngels
25Aaron HicksYankees
26Mitch HanigerMariners
27A.J. PollockDodgers
28Andrew McCutchenPhillies
29David DahlRockies
30Ian DesmondRockies1B
31Lorenzo CainBrewers
32Michael ConfortoMets
33Kyle SchwarberCubs
34Marcell OzunaCardinals
35Steven Souza Jr.Diamondbacks
36Eddie RosarioTwins
37Gregory PolancoPirates
38David PeraltaDiamondbacks
39Mallex SmithMariners
40Billy HamiltonRoyals
41Dee GordonMariners2B, SS
42Nicholas CastellanosTigers
43Randal GrichukBlue Jays
44Kevin KiermaierRays
45Stephen PiscottyA's
46Michael BrantleyAstros
47Victor RoblesNationals
48Ender InciarteBraves
49Ryan BraunBrewers1B
50Nomar MazaraRangers
51Adam EatonNationals
52Domingo SantanaMariners
53Eloy JimenezWhite Sox
54Hunter RenfroePadres
55Manuel MargotPadres
56Chris TaylorDodgers2B, SS
57Jackie Bradley Jr.Red Sox
58Harrison BaderCardinals
59Scott ScheblerReds
60Delino DeShieldsRangers
61Byron BuxtonTwins
62Odubel HerreraPhillies
63Joc PedersonDodgers
64Leonys MartinIndians
65Ramon LaureanoA's
66Nick Senzel*Reds3B
67Brandon NimmoMets
68Mark TrumboOrioles
69Corey DickersonPirates
70Ian HappCubs3B
71Trey ManciniOrioles1B
72Shin-Soo ChooRangers
73Austin MeadowsRays
74Kevin PillarBlue Jays
75Jake BauersIndians1B
76Jorge SolerRoyals
77Adam JonesDiamondbacks
78Franmil ReyesPadres
79Lewis BrinsonMarlins
80Avisail GarciaRays
81Steve PearceRed Sox1B
82Kole CalhounAngels
83Jose MartinezCardinals1B
84Niko GoodrumTigers1B, 2B, SS, OF
85Hernan PerezBrewers2B, 3B, SS
86Enrique HernandezDodgers1B, 2B, SS
87Marwin GonzalezTwins1B, 2B, SS
88Nick MarkakisBraves
89Matt KempReds
90Max KeplerTwins
91Eric ThamesBrewers1B
92Jay BruceMariners1B
93Adam DuvallBraves1B
94Brett GardnerYankees
95Christin StewartTigers
96Cedric Mullins IIOrioles
97Carlos GonzalezIndians
98Alex GordonRoyals
99JaCoby JonesTigers
100Nick DelmonicoWhite Sox
101Dexter FowlerCardinals
102Joey WendleRays2B, 3B, SS
103Daniel PalkaWhite Sox
104Ketal Marte*Diamondbacks2B, SS
105Teoscar HernandezBlue Jays
106Tyler O'NeillCardinals
107Jason HeywardCubs
108Jesse WinkerReds
109Michael TaylorNationals
110Nick WilliamsPhillies
111Ben ZobristCubs2B
112Josh ReddickAstros
113Jordan LuplowIndians
114Chris ShawGiants
115Jorge BonifacioRoyals
116Brian AndersonMarlins3B
117Tyler NaquinIndians
118Steven DuggarGiants
119Juan LagaresMets
120Albert Almora Jr.Cubs