2017 Fantasy Outfielder Rankings: Power, Speed, Average? Yes, Please!

By on March 26, 2017
2017 Fantasy Outfielder Rankings Mookie Betts Photo Credit: Keith Allison

Looking at the 2017 Fantasy Outfielder Rankings, Mike Trout and Mookie Betts certainly stand out as the best of the bunch. As a matter of fact, they stand out as the top two players among all positions!

After them, Bryce Harper is the other first-round outfielder, with a handful of others set to follow right behind, like Charlie Blackmon and Starling Marte. But in a recent 2017 Fantasy Baseball Experts Mock Draft over at MLB.com that I’m taking part in, there were only seven outfielders among the top-35 picks.

Sure, there are a few players among that 35 that are dual-eligible, but you’re not starting Kris Bryant or Trea Turner in the outfield.

There are plenty of question marks for this position. Like, where do you feel comfortable taking a chance on an injury risk like Giancarlo Stanton, who also brings 50-homer potential? Are Andrew McCutchen and Jose Bautista still dropping in value or have they fallen as far as they’ll go?

By looking at that same experts mock draft over on MLB.com, you can see that after the first 90 picks or so, starting pitchers fill out the middle rounds more than outfielders, which proliferate the late early rounds (like the top 50-90 picks).

Another cool point about Fantasy outfielders to consider is that – including all of the Fantasy positions – it’s the one position that provides help at every Rotisserie category. You’ll aim for power with the corner positions, and speed/run-scoring from the middle-infield positions. But among the outfielders, you can target players with big bats, RBI potential, run scorers, base thieves, hitters for average and everything in between.

Interestingly, there were five outfielders with 20/20 numbers last year (Mookie Betts, Ian Desmond, Bryce Harper, Mike Trout and Melvin Upton Jr.), compared to just two outfielders in 2015 (Ryan Braun and A.J. Pollock), and two outfielders from 2014 (Michael Brantley and Carlos Gomez).

2017 Fantasy Outfielder Rankings

We have now the entire infield ranked! That’s catchers, first basemen, second basemen, shortstops and third basemen, along with our 2017 Fantasy Outfielder Rankings. Soon, we’ll be posting our Fantasy starting pitchers and relievers rankings, so stay tuned!

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David Gonos

David Gonos has been writing about Fantasy Sports online since 2000 – and playing Fantasy Sports since 1989. He has drafted both Curt Warner and Kurt Warner, along with Big Unit and Big Papi. A veteran of hundreds of drafts in the past 15 years alone, Gonos is closely acquainted with sleepers, breakouts and busts – as he has drafted many of all three. He was a Senior Fantasy Writer for CBSSports.com for five years, and he has been columnist on SI.com and FanDuel.com, while also getting published on MLB.com, NFL.com, FoxSports.com and USAToday.com.
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