2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: OFSporting 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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
|2||Mookie Betts||Red Sox|
|4||J.D. Martinez||Red Sox|
|6||Ronald Acuna Jr.||Braves|
|12||Whit Merrifield||Royals||1B, 2B|
|18||Andrew Benintendi||Red Sox|
|35||Steven Souza Jr.||Diamondbacks|
|42||Dee Gordon||Mariners||2B, SS|
|44||Randal Grichuk||Blue Jays|
|54||Eloy Jimenez||White Sox|
|56||Chris Taylor||Dodgers||2B, SS|
|57||Jackie Bradley Jr.||Red Sox|
|75||Kevin Pillar||Blue Jays|
|79||Steve Pearce||Red Sox||1B|
|82||Niko Goodrum||Tigers||1B, 2B, SS, OF|
|83||Hernan Perez||Brewers||2B, 3B, SS|
|84||Enrique Hernandez||Dodgers||1B, 2B, SS|
|85||Marwin Gonzalez||Twins||1B, 2B, SS|
|96||Cedric Mullins II||Orioles|
|99||Nick Delmonico||White Sox|
|101||Joey Wendle||Rays||2B, 3B, SS|
|102||Daniel Palka||White Sox|
|103||Ketal Marte*||Diamondbacks||2B, SS|
|104||Teoscar Hernandez||Blue Jays|
|117||Albert Almora Jr.||Cubs|
|120||Jon Jay||White Sox|