2017 Rankings: Top 40 Outfielders: #21-40: Youngsters With Upside Fill The Rankings

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Earlier this week we took a look at the first half of our Top 40 outfielder rankings (click here to view).  Let’s continue these rankings and see how the next 20 shake out:

21. Starling Marte – Pittsburgh Pirates
22. Billy Hamilton – Cincinnati Reds
23. Andrew McCutchen – Pittsburgh Pirates
24. Matt Kemp – Atlanta Braves
25. Khris Davis – Oakland A’s
26. Kyle Schwarber – Chicago Cubs
27. Joc Pederson – Los Angeles Dodgers
28. Lorenzo Cain – Kansas City Royals
29. Adam Eaton – Washington Nationals
30. David Dahl – Colorado Rockies
31. Ender Inciarte – Atlanta Braves
32. Adam Jones – Baltimore Orioles
33. Kevin Kiermaier – Tampa Bay Rays
34. Andrew Benintendi – Boston Red Sox
35. Rajai Davis – Oakland A’s
36. Kole Calhoun – Los Angeles Angels
37. Hunter Pence – San Francisco Giants
38. Shin-Soo Choo – Texas Rangers
39. Josh Reddick – Houston Astros
40. Carlos Gomez – Texas Rangers
 


Thoughts:

  • Back in early January we discussed the potential of Joc Pederson emerging as an ideal Post-Hype Sleeper, after he’s consistently fallen short of expectations.  His biggest problem has been his ability to make consistent contact, though he did show improvement in his Whiff% across the board in ’16.  With .270+ not unrealistic, he should be a great value pick.  For more on why, click here.
  • Adam Jones has long been one of the better outfielders in the league, though he’s no longer a threat to steal bases and has now posted back-to-back sub-.270 seasons.  Considering his subpar plate discipline (44.8% O-Swing%, 15.1% SwStr%), would it be shocking to see his average take another step backwards?  He has the potential to be significantly overvalued on draft day, given the risk.
  • We all know the potential issues there are with Billy Hamilton, but how many players have the potential to single-handedly win you a category?  Don’t underestimate the value in that.
  • Speaking of speed, Kevin Kiermaier has the potential to be an important under-the-radar addition for fantasy teams.  His defense is going to keep him in the lineup, but he brings a solid approach and the potential to go 15/20 or better (he had 12 HR and 21 SB last season).
  • It looked like Carlos Gomez was washed up, though he rediscovered himself in Texas (.284, 8 HR, 13 SB).  That doesn’t mean he’s “back”, as he was still striking out and carried an elevated fly ball rate (aka he was swinging for the fences).  He’s a nice depth option, but nothing more.

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Make sure to check out our other Early 2017 Rankings:

Position
Standard League
OBP League
Catcher03/20/1702/28/17
First Base01/16/1703/07/17
Second Base03/22/1703/09/17
Third Base02/06/1703/12/17
Shortstop02/13/1703/15/17
Outfield#1-20 |03/16/17

#21-40 |03/16/17
03/19/17
Starting Pitcher#1-20 |02/27/17

#21-40 |03/02/17
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Relief Pitcher01/02/17--

9 comments

  1. Mike says:

    Piscotty, Fowler and Trumbo not in your top 40? I don’t think I’d take guys like Cain or Choo or Reddick in front of those guys…

    • CJ says:

      I’m not a fan of Piscotty, but Fowler and Trumbo should definitely be in the 30-35 range. Trumbo may be a one trick pony but his power is up there with the best.

    • Rotoprofessor says:

      Yes, Trumbo came in the Top 20. As for Fowler/Piscotty.. Fowler didn’t miss by much, but he doesn’t bring enough in any one area for me (could easily be a .265/10/10 guy). With Piscotty, the strikeout rate could regress significantly and if pitchers start throwing him fewer fastballs the power could regress as well. There’s a lot of risk, but I will definitely add him to the article list.

  2. James says:

    Why so low on Marte?

  3. The old professor says:

    J B J not even top 40?

  4. Sean D. says:

    No Marcell Ozuna? He was phenomenal in the first half. Is he a potential 30 homer candidate?

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