You want at the least three OFs in your fantasy baseball workforce, however realistically, you want 5 to seven relying in your league settings. All through the season, you will undergo many greater than that, so having choices and taking some possibilities on potential sleepers and breakout prospects is a should. There is not any offensive place loaded with extra lotto tickets than outfield, which is why it is so powerful to compile rankings and put collectively a radical cheat sheet. Whether or not it is a prime prospect or an undervalued veteran, outfield ADPs are far and wide — and we all know the ultimate stats shall be far and wide, too.
Outfield is a singular place as a result of you’ll be able to simply as simply discover a power-speed risk as you’ll be able to a an enormous energy producer or a stolen base artist. Our record has extra power-speed guys as a result of they’re at all times good for balancing a roster and tougher to search out at different spots, however you will discover sluggers, too.
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Clearly, not all of those gamers will hit. Some would possibly wind up not even taking part in a lot. However it’s good to have extra names in your radar, even if you happen to’re in a shallower league. Baseball is an extended season stuffed with accidents, and OF is a place that can see loads of guys go on two- or three-week sizzling streaks. If you happen to seize some high-upside choices late (or barely sooner than anticipated, relying on the participant), you will possible end up with at the least one shock contributor.
2019 Fantasy Baseball OF Sleepers
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Ramon Laureano, A’s. A full season of at-bats can yield 20/20 manufacturing from the 24-year-old Laureano. Taking part in time is way from a given in Oakland’s crowded outfield, however Laureano posted 19 HRs and 18 SBs in 112 video games between Triple-A and the majors final 12 months, which included a stable .288/.358/.474 line throughout his 48-game MLB stint. The strikeout fee was excessive (28.Four %), however his stable protection and skill to attract walks ought to preserve Laureano within the A’s lineup most days.
Avisail Garcia, Rays. The previous three seasons, the Rays have had a shock 30-HR hitter. In 2016 it was Brad Miller; in ’17 it was Logan Morrison and Steven Souza; final 12 months it was C.J. Cron. If that development continues, Garcia is a probable candidate after popping 19 homers in 93 video games for the White Sox final season. In ’17, he minimize approach down on his Ks and used a ridiculous .392 BABP to publish a .330/.380/.506 line, which has to imply one thing even when the BABIP is not repeatable. Because it stands, the 27-year-old OF/DH is preventing for enjoying time in what may be a make-or-break season, but when he places all of it collectively, he’ll have main fantasy worth.
Harrison Bader, Cardinals. Bader impressed with a 12/15 displaying in 138 video games final season, and it would not be a shock if the 24-year-old righty flirted with a 20/20 marketing campaign this 12 months. Whereas he will not assist a lot in batting common or OBP, he ought to do properly to compile stats within the different classes.
Domingo Santana, Mariners. It is easy to neglect Santana had a 30/15 season for the Brewers in 2017, particularly after the 26-year-old slugger bounced between the bench and Triple-A final 12 months. Now in Seattle, the place taking part in time should not be a problem, Santana is free to do what he does greatest — hit homers, take walks, and steal just a few bases. Fantasy house owners may be scared off after final season and the transfer to a a lot worse hitters park, but it surely’s encouraging to notice that Santana really hit for extra energy on the highway than at residence throughout his breakout ’16 marketing campaign, slugging .512 on the highway and solely .382 in Milwaukee. He has the pop to hit homers wherever, so count on loads of stats regardless of a mediocre common.
Steven Souza Jr., Diamondbacks. Pectoral accidents (and poor play) restricted Souza to solely 72 video games final 12 months, so, like Santana, it is easy to neglect he had a 30/16 season in 2017 with the Rays. Souza really struck out much less and made extra arduous contact final season, so although his stats had been down, that is an encouraging signal. Given his residence park, Souza is at all times a risk for stable power-speed manufacturing and should not be ignored.
Eloy Jimenez, White Sox. Jimenez is not fairly Vladimir Guerrero Jr. when it comes to rookie hype, however the 22-year-old righty ought to make his debut comparatively early and is predicted to provide from Day 1. He hit .337/.384/.577 with 22 HRs in 108 video games between Double-A and Triple-A final 12 months. Jimenez would not steal bases, however he can hit for a great common whereas offering loads of run manufacturing, making him value the price of doing enterprise.
Cedric Mullins II, Orioles. The Orioles are rebuilding, so younger gamers like Mullins are going to get each probability to fail whereas swinging and operating with reckless abandon. That is not essentially good for wins, however it may be good for fantasy house owners. The 24-year-old switch-hitter did not do a lot in his 45-game main league stint final 12 months (.235/.312/.359), however his 2018, break up nearly equally between Double-A, Triple-A and the majors, he produced 15 HRs and 23 SBs. One good signal from his main league debut was that he did not strike out a ton (19.Four-percent strikeout fee). An honest power-speed season is feasible at a bargain-basement worth.
Leonys Martin, Indians. Martin has lengthy teased fantasy house owners, and now at 30, he may need missed his window. Nonetheless, there’s motive to assume he is usually a helpful fantasy contributor this 12 months, The Indians OF is stuffed with potential sleepers, although guys like Bradley Zimmer (shoulder) and Greg Allen will have to get wholesome and/or get into the lineup earlier than they’ll begin stealing bases for fantasy house owners. For now, Martin has a beginning job, and after hitting 11 HRs and stealing seven bases in 84 video games final 12 months spent largely in Detroit, he’ll be in Cleveland, which is a lefty-hitters’ paradise. A 20/20 season may be optimistic, however Martin can present just a little pop, just a little pace, and sure some runs if he will get on a regular basis taking part in time.
Austin Meadows, Rays. Meadows has misplaced just a little of his top-prospect shine, however with a contemporary begin in Tampa he’ll get an opportunity to make good on his expertise. The 23-year-old lefty did properly in his first main league motion final 12 months, posting a .287/.325/.461 line in 59 video games break up between the Pirates and Rays. His Ok-rate (20.9 %) was manageable, and his six homers and 5 steals present he can provide you just a little of every little thing. Meadows may be a 12 months or two away from a serious breakout, however even a small one this 12 months will give him on a regular basis fantasy worth.
David Dahl, Rockies. You would possibly bear in mind Dahl from everybody’s sleeper record previous to 2017, however rib and again accidents (and crowded Colorado outfields) have restricted him to solely 77 video games the previous two seasons (all final 12 months). With the depth chart thinned out, Dahl stands to be an on a regular basis participant in ;19 if he can keep on the fiheld, and primarily based on final 12 months’s 16-HR, five-SB output in abbreviated taking part in time, the 24-year-old outfielder may lastly have that huge breakout we have been ready for.
Byron Buxton, Twins. Buxton sunk quite a lot of fantasy groups final season with a very depressing 28-game marketing campaign that noticed him spend rather more time on the DL and within the minors than within the Twins lineup. We have seen him produce in stretches, however a full season looks as if too tall of a job for the strikeout-prone 25 12 months outdated. Nonetheless, it is powerful to completely flip your again on Buxton’s potential, which was on full show through the second half in 2017 (.300/.347/.546, 11 HRs, 13 SBs). At this level, there are extra causes, together with harm historical past and strategy on the plate, to keep away from Buxton than draft him, however given his low-cost price ticket, he is a worthwhile lotto ticket who may repay in an enormous approach.
Victor Robles, Nationals. Robles is not precisely a secret, however he is nonetheless a breakout candidate. The 21-year-old speedster put up a .288/.348/.525 line in 21 main league video games final 12 months, and even at his younger age, he may pop 15 HRs and steal 30 bases with a full season value of at-bats. He won’t fairly hit these benchmarks, however even a 10/20 season has worth, particularly if Robles is scoring runs and hitting for a good common.
Delino DeShields, Rangers. After a disappointing 2018, many fantasy house owners are off DeShields, however he remrains a serious SB risk. DeShields appears to be on an every-other-year plan, hitting .261 with 25 SBs in ’15 and .269 with 29 SBs in ’17 (in 120 and 121 video games, respectively), however in ’16 and ’18, he mixed for 28 steals and hit underneath .217 each years. Clearly, he isn’t a certain factor, and even in a great 12 months, he is a mediocre common hitter with little or no energy and RBI potential, however he can strategy or surpass 40 steals if he performs 145 video games. He is good on protection and has at all times been ready to attract walks, in order that raises his odds of staying within the lineup and getting on base. The opposite pure speedsters will price you extra, however DeShields may match their manufacturing at a diminished price.
Nomar Mazara, Rangers. Mazara in all probability looks as if the alternative of a sleeper contemplating he is posted remarkably comparable stats in his first three seasons within the majors (exterior of an outlier 101 RBIs in 2017). However the essential factor to recollect is that he is solely 23, so an influence surge feels possible sooner or later. The Rangers are reportedly working with Mazara to develop extra pop– one thing that already was occuring on a per-game foundation final 12 months — and when that comes, search for extra total manufacturing. Different fantasy house owners may be bored/dissatisfied with Mazara, so you’ll be able to possible get him at a reduction.
Christin Stewart, Tigers. The 25-year-old lefty has averaged 28.three HRs at varied ranges of the minors and majors over the previous three seasons, and he did not look overwhelmed in his 17-game call-up final 12 months, posting 13/10 Ok/BB ratio. Each of these charges appear more likely to worsen this 12 months, however Stewart can nonetheless membership homers even when he is a drain in common.
Chris Shaw, Giants. Admittedly, Shaw is a low-percentage “sleeper”, however the 25-year-old lefty has energy, which is proven by the 24 HRs he hit in 101 video games at Triple-A final 12 months. His 22-game call-up within the majors final 12 months was largely forgettable, significantly his 37.1-percent Ok-rate, however he may wind up being an affordable supply of energy off the waiver wire sooner or later this season.