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2015 Fantasy Baseball Outfield Rankings and Tiers

Jose Bautista sits toward the top of the outfield rankings.

One of the biggest differences between Fantasy Baseball and Fantasy Football is how essential it is to break your rankings into tiered groups. In Fantasy Football with roster flexibility and four offensive positions to worry about, there is not as much of a need for tiers. In Fantasy Baseball, with anywhere from 5 to 9 offensive positions plus utility players and both relief/starting pitchers, the person drafting really needs a comprehension of the drop-offs at each starting spot.  An especially important aspect is breaking your outfield rankings into tiers.

Breaking down your outfield rankings is arguably the most vital of all of the positions in preparation. With so many more options to choose from, the outfield pool can be quite befuddling if not broken down into solidified groups. You’re in the middle of your draft and in need of power: do you reach for Yoenis Cespedes or simply wait a round of two more for Jay Bruce? By having your tiers available, you can see that the power difference is negligible but Bruce will probably be available much later.

Leagues are pretty split on whether they distinguish between OF or LF/CF/RF, and every site has different positional eligibility at this point. I will just stick to the OF designation, and tier them out from there. If you need it broken down by the individual outfield positions, the tiers would stay roughly the same since so many guys are eligible at multiple spots now.

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Mike Trout is a tier unto himself.

Mike Trout is a tier unto himself.

1. Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

There is really not much else to say about Trout, whom will be the first pick overall in pretty much every league/format imaginable.

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Michael Tomlin is an ESPY-nominated, former college football player who stays associated with the game through Fantasy Sports. He has been writing his personal blog, Dirkland.blogspot.com, for three years and it focuses on Fantasy Sports, as well as handicapping. He was born and raised in the DFW Metroplex, and he follows all of the Dallas teams, along with Texas Tech athletics and Manchester City F.C.
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