Dynasty Outfielder Rankings Part 2: January 2019


Continuing with our offseason dynasty rankings, today here are the last 70+ outfielders ranked and separated into tiers. The first outfielder rankings article was published earlier this week, and you can view it by clicking here. The rankings represent relative value in a dynasty league by taking into consideration immediate value vs. years of possible relevance left. As always these rankings should be manipulated to match the league type you play, so take them with a small grain of salt. Below the rankings are some thoughts as to how the rankings were created.

31 Nicholas Castellanos – 26 Tier 5: Solid Options
32 Eddie Rosario – 27  
33 Alex Kiriloff (P) – 21  
34 Wil Myers – 28  
35 Jesse Winker – 25  
36 Gregory Polanco – 27  
37 Joey Gallo – 25  
38 Brandon Nimmo – 25  
39 Jo Adell (P) – 20  
40 Taylor Trammell (P) – 21  
41 Nomar Mazara – 23  
42 Ender Inciarte – 28 Tier 6:
43 Stephen Piscotty – 27  
44 David Peralta – 31  
45 Austin Meadows – 23  
46 Andrew McCutchen – 32  
47 Michael Brantley – 31  
48 Kyle Schwarber – 25  
49 Ian Happ – 24  
50 Byron Buxton – 25  
51 Jerred Kelenic (P) – 19  
52 Luis Robert (P) – 21  
53 Dee Gordon – 30  
54 Willie Calhoun – 24 Tier 7:
55 Max Kepler – 25  
56 Alex Verdugo – 22  
57 Domingo Santana – 26  
58 Harrison Bader – 24  
59 Franmil Reyes – 23  
60 Hunter Renfroe – 26  
61 Tyler O’Neill – 23  
62 Brandon Lowe – 24  
63 Jake Bauers – 23  
64 Manuel Margot – 24  
65 Yordan Alvarez (P) – 21  
66 Mallex Smith – 25  
67 Odubel Herrera – 27  
68 Billy Hamilton – 28  
69 Chris Taylor – 28 Tier 8:
70 Brian Anderson – 25  
71 Adam Eaton – 30  
72 Ryan Braun – 35  
73 Jose Martinez – 30  
74 Christin Stewart (P) – 25  
75 Kristian Robinson (P) – 18  
76 Yoenis Cespedes – 33  
77 Drew Waters (P) – 20  
78 Ramon Laureano – 24  
79 Nick Williams – 25  
80 Jorge Soler – 26  
81 Victor Victor Mesa (P) – 22  
82 Corey Dickerson – 29  
83 George Valera (P) – 18  
84 Trevor Larnach (P) – 21  
85 Estevan Florial (P) – 21  
86 Franchy Cordero – 24 Tier 9:
87 Jesus Sanchez (P) – 21  
88 Christian Pache (P) – 20  
89 Ian Desmond – 33  
90 Joc Pederson – 26  
91 Cedric Mullins – 24  
92 Steven Souza Jr. – 29  
93 Yusniel Diaz (P) – 22  
94 Seuly Matias (P) – 20  
95 Lewis Brinson – 24  
96 Clint Frazier (P) – 24  
97 Scott Schebler – 28  
98 Randal Grichuk – 27  
99 Teoscar Hernandez – 26  
100 Kevin Kiermaier – 28  
101 Kike Hernandez – 27  
102 Kole Calhoun – 31  
103 Bradley Zimmer – 26  
104 Travis Swaggerty (P) – 21  
105 Adam Jones – 33  

Tier 5: Castellanos and Rosario begin Tier 5 and I ended up lumping them together in the rankings due to the similarities in their profile. Castellanos gets the slight edge due to his line drive and hard contact rates, but Rosario can more than make up for it with stolen bases. Both should hit about 25 HR with a good batting average, good for a Tier 5 ranking in my book. Kiriloff comes in at 33 after an amazing 2018 season. He has both power and an advanced hit tool and I cannot seem to shake that from my mind. Winker, who I’ve written about previously, still ranks in this tier despite a possible loss in playing time upon the acquisitions of Yaisel Puig and Matt Kemp. With a batted ball profile almost identical to his teammate, Joey Votto, I can’t quit him. Gregory Polanco and Wil Myers sandwich Winker and both have interesting power and speed upside, albeit with a less than exciting ceiling. Jo Adell and Taylor Trammell sit back-to-back near the end of this tier. Adell gets the nod due to a much higher power/speed ceiling, but Trammell looks to be the safer option with a better plate approach. Mazara unfortunately has fallen to the back end of this tier because I’m not sure what upside is left. If he can hit .270 with 25 HR for the next 7 years, that’s enough to keep him here

Tier 6: Inciarte has been a stable, yet unexciting, fantasy asset for a couple of seasons. If he can steal bases at a rate similar to the first half of 2018, he’ll be an interesting guy to keep on your radar. Austin Meadows slots in as #45 and has convinced me of his value, despite my lack of enthusiasm while he was a prospect. He looks like he could be a 20/20 guy with a respectable average, which I’ll take any day of the week. McCutchen, now 32 years old, still exhibited a lovely batted ball profile in 2018. A 23% line drive rate coupled with a 43% hard contact rate and the move to a better ballpark leads me to believe he’ll still produce a couple good seasons in the future. The teammates, Schwarber and Happ, sit right next to each other in the rankings due to playing time concerns, but both offer intriguing upside if given the chance at a full-time gig. Kelenic and Robert come in at #50 and #51 and both have significant upside. Both look to be five-tool prospects and with impressive starts to the season, could make their way up the list quickly. Dee Gordon closes out Tier 6 and, even after a down year, offers such amazing batting average and speed upside. He makes for an interesting buy if you are a contending team.

Tier 7: I’ll admit that I’m still a big Willie Calhoun homer. I envision a 30 home run bat with a .285 average and although he may be a DH sooner rather than later, how can you not love that profile? I’ve written an article about Kepler and how much I’m trying to buy him in dynasty leagues. The plate discipline was great in 2018 and with a few less flyballs he could bump that BABIP up to a respectable .280. Reyes, Renfroe and O’Neill sit back-to-back-to-back in the middle of this tier as the upside power guys. All have exhibited potential throughout their careers and look like they could get a starting gig as soon as mid-2019. Margot and Bauers have both been relatively disappointing thus far, however I’m willing to overlook the samples due to the speed potential. Margot still profiles as a 15 HR/25 SB centerfielder whereas I may switch those values for Bauers. Regardless, don’t give up on them yet. Mallex Smith and Billy Hamilton both reside near the end of this tier as elite speed guys. I’ve never been a huge Hamilton supporter but he may be in the perfect spot to steal 60 bases in 2019.

Tier 8: There’s plenty of interesting prospects in this tier who should be owned in just about all dynasty formats. Drew Waters shot up the rankings in 2018 and projects as a 20/20 guy with solid plate approach. Trevor Larnach impressed in his first taste of professional baseball and has the contact and power skills to move quickly through the ranks. George Valera may be one of my favorite prospects idue to his upside. Before suffering a broken hamate bone he flashed a 5-tool skillset as an 18-year old. Scoop him up to see what he can do in 2019. If you’re an owner of Cespedes, there’s not much you can do right now except wait it out. See if he can get back on track for another season or two but standing pat may be your best option unfortunately. Jorge Soler and Ramon Laureano are two other interesting names on this list. Soler actually holds some intriguing potential as a 30 HR, .350 OBP threat and I’m rather curious to see if he can lock down a full-time role on the rebuilding Royals. Laureano impressed in 2018 with an impressive batted ball profile (25% line drive rate and 40% hard contact rate) but the plate discipline leaves something to be desired. He should begin the year as the starting centerfielder for the A’s and I’m definitely keeping an eye on him.

Tier 9: The final tier takes us all the way through the 105th ranked dynasty outfielder and not surprisingly many of these names are fill-in outfielders or risky prospects. Franchy Cordero is very intriguing and I’m actually looking to buy him in dynasty formats, but the playing time isn’t guaranteed and the aggressive plate approach takes away from the 20/20 appeal. Christian Pache and Jesus Sanchez are two highly ranked prospects who look like they can be solid regulars in MLB. However, they both seem a bit risky to me in the fantasy realm due to the lack of a standout tool. Cedric Mullins is an interesting guy who should be given every opportunity to succeed on the Orioles’ depleted roster. He may never be a huge fantasy asset but I’m interested to see if he develops a bit more power or speed. Yusniel Diaz garnered a lot of attention when he was traded to the Orioles last season. His calling card may be his plate discipline and while that can make him valuable in real baseball, I tend to fade him a bit in fantasy. Kike Hernandez may be one of my favorite bench bats to have due to his multi-position eligibility and team situation. He lowered his strikeout rate and raised his ISO in 2018 so continued growth for the 27-year-old is not out of the question. He may never get a full-time gig but he can hold value as a bench bat for many years to come.