re is another post in the series of many value posts. This one will focus on five late-round outfielders to target in your drafts.
Outfield may be the deepest position in baseball by default. That doesn’t always mean you have Fantasy relevant players on each team just because they are starting.
Depending on your league size, roster size and format, outfield can be a position with plenty of options on the waiver wire. It can also be left looking as picked over as a recently road-killed animal after the crows get to it.
Either way, having additional bench depth at the outfield position can be beneficial in many ways. Perhaps you can find a cheap power source, an average boost, a speedster who can help you win steals each week, or a budding superstar who has only disappointed early on in his career.
Let’s look back three years ago when Nelson Cruz was all but written off as old and injury prone. I took a flyer on him everywhere and he won me several leagues. Obviously it is impossible to hit on every sleeper or late round pick, but if you happen to snag one, you have an upper hand on everyone in your league, no matter the format.
With that, let’s start looking at the outfield position, and be sure to check out other late-round values posts on SCFE when you get a chance. We have been cranking out several posts a day ensuring Fantasy draft day success. Good luck to you in your upcoming drafts, and try to snag one or two of these guys and see what happens!
5 Late-Round Outfielders to Target
The Average Draft Positions (ADP) denoted here are from 2016 NFBC mixed drafts, and we looked at all outfielders chosen past pick No. 200, which would be after Round 16 in 12-team drafts (in parentheses) or after Round 20 in 10-team drafts.
Denard Span – San Francisco Giants (NFBC ADP: 251)
Span is similar to Wil Myers (more on him later) when it comes to health becoming his primary concern throughout his career. When healthy, Span has become a .300 hitter, with double digit stolen base potential and scoring runs. Injuries, unfortunately, are an important factor, and although he hit for .300 in Washington in 2014 and 2015, he was only able to get 275 plate appearances last season.
If he can stay healthy, he will be a steal of a pick late in drafts. The best part is he can be a bench player at his current value with no risk.
Leonys Martin – Seattle Mariners (NFBC ADP: 332)
Martin finds himself in a new stadium this year and he should be able to do some damage on the basepaths there. He will be starting due to his fantastic outfield defense. If he can minimize his strikeouts and erase his putrid 2015 season in Texas, he could be a game changer in Seattle. Even if he hits for .250 or less, his double-digit speed and power can help owners. Why not take a flyer?
Avisail Garcia – Chicago White Sox (NFBC ADP: 291)
Garcia’s power is real, and his potential is so hyped that a mediocre season for him really wasn’t awful. Don;t get me wrong, it wasn’t great either. He struck out 141 times in 2015 while hitting .257 at the plate. He did, however, hit 13 home runs and stole seven bases.
He likely will not become the potential superstar so many had hoped for, but he is only 25. He could greatly improve his plate discipline this season and become a 20/10 player.
Michael Conforto – New York Mets (NFBC ADP: 189)
Okay-okay, I cheated a bit here. Conforto is ahead of the Top 200 in ADP, but I had to list him anyhow. Conforto made a splash in his rookie campaign, and made plenty of noise in the World Series too. His ADP is 189 likely because of so many Mets’ homers reaching early to acquire him. If you are in a league where Conforto falls past round 12, you are in good shape. He should hover around .250 for an average, but could do better. He also has power so getting 20-plus home runs from him wouldn’t be a stretch either.
Wil Myers – 1B/OF, San Diego Padres (NFBC ADP: 205)
That darn wrist helped 2015 become a season to forget for the once top prospect. He missed most of the season with the wrist injury and then re-aggravated the injury late in the season. To say the wrist and health are major concerns for Myers going forward is an understatement. However, IF he can stay healthy, he is a very good player. He may not be able to hit for an amazing average, but he does have power, serviceable speed and that all too often used word … potential. Full season or nearly full could produce 18-plus homeruns, double digit stolen bases, and a .265 batting average.
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