Fantasy Baseball Draft 2015: Top 10 Outfielders (OF)
Taking a Look at the Top 10 Outfielders in the 2015 Fantasy Draft
March 14, 2015
This week, we’ve been kicking off the fantasy baseball draft 2015 season with our looks at the top 10 players at each position. Today it’s time to move to the outfield, and as usual there’s a glut of talent at the top here. Let’s take a closer look at each player and see what we can be expecting if everything goes well this summer.
1. Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels: There’s little dissention here. Trout is the top outfielder in fantasy. The five-tool dynamo should be good for 35-40 homers, a plus-.300 average, 115 RBI, 120 runs and 15-20 steals. There’s really no downside.
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2. Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates: We like McCutchen just a little more than Stanton this year, which is why he gets the No. 2 slot. He’ll hit 25-30 homers with 90-something in RBI/runs. Factor in the plus-.300 average and 20 or so steals and you’ve got yourself a winner.
3. Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins: Stanton will offer less in the way of steals than McCutchen, but will hit for more power, so really it’s a wash. You could pick him second among outfielders and no one would bat an eyelash. We’d be surprised if he didn’t hit 40 homers this year.
4. Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays: Bautista is pretty much the consensus No. 4 outfielder on most of the draft boards you’ll find. He’s got great power and should hit 35-40 homers with around 100 RBI/runs. His BA should be pretty decent too; think in the .275-.280 range.
5. Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers: Puig should offer some nice across-the-board appeal, which is why he’ll be pretty high on the draft radar among outfielders. We see him hitting in the .300 range with around 90 RBI/runs. 20-25 homers and double-digit steals should be on the menu as well.
6. Carlos Gomez, Milwaukee Brewers: Drop or raise Gomez one spot depending on how optimistic/pessimistic you are about his production this summer. Regardless, he’ll be a five-category contributor on your squad, and will hit around 25 homers if all goes well. Couple that with a 30-steal season and you’ve got yourself a winner.
7. Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles: Jones should be a pretty nice source of power this season, and he’ll hit for a decent BA as well. Around 30 homers and 100 RBI/runs is well within his reach, and if he’s lucky he may even reach double-digits in steals. A very nice value here.
8. Michael Brantley, Cleveland Indians: Brantley is more of a finesse player, but he’ll offer across-the-board appeal for any prospective fantasy owners. He should reach 20 steals with around 90 RBI/runs and a plus-.300 average. 15-20 homers isn’t out of the question either.
9. Jacoby Ellsbury, New York Yankees: Ellsbury is set to be hitting leadoff for the Yanks this year, and that’s good news for fantasy owners who want swipes and runs. He should nab around 35 bases and plate 80 or so. The 15-20 homers will be a nice bonus to fantasy owners who can find him here.
10. Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers: Braun may be a couple of slots lower than this, depending on who you ask, but we think he belongs in the top 10. If he has a good season and stays healthy, there’s no reason he won’t hit 25 homers with 100 RBI. He could also get double-digit steals again and should hit somewhere in the .270s.
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