Outfield always seems deep each season in fantasy baseball, but don’t let a fantastic top 15, and upper tier of 10 more players fool you. Remember, in most leagues you need at least three outfielders, if not more.
Assuming it is a 12-team league that is already 36 players off the board, and that does not account for bench or utility spots in the lineup. So while you may not need to reach for an outfielder if you miss on one of the big four – Mike Trout, Mookie Betts, Bryce Harper and Kris Bryant – but you don’t want to run out of options too late in the draft.
There is plenty of talent early and late so there is no need to panic, but once we get out the top 30 the question marks get bigger and bigger along with the risk.
As with every position there are plenty of storylines to follow that will impact these rankings as we get closer to Opening Day, including Michael Conforto and how the Mets will handle his and teammate Jay Bruce’s playing time? Will Giancarlo Stanton (finally) stay healthy? Can Mark Trumbo somehow duplicate his impressive 2016 season? It’s all speculative of course, but hopefully these rankings will help you sort through the options.
— Rankings by Chris Meyers, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and a member of the FSWA. Meyers' work appears on many other sites, including socalledfantasyexperts.com. Follow him on Twitter @FantsyChillpony.