By default, outfield is a deep position in fantasy baseball somewhat due to the fact that every team starts at least three in their lineup. However, this doesn’t mean the fantasy value at the position is endless in 2018.
In fact after the top 10 it is still solid but also drops off pretty quick from a production standpoint. To that end, if you are expecting someone like Justin Upton, Marcell Ozuna, Christian Yelich or Starling Marte to match Cody Bellinger or J.D. Martinez statistically, well that may be a stretch.
Any of those options are more than capable of producing big numbers in multiple categories, which means targeting other positions once the top five outfielders are off the board may not be the worst strategy. Additionally, versatile players like Bellinger and Kris Bryant are extremely valuable as they carry dual position eligibility in some leagues.
There also are guys like Adam Eaton, who will be returning after missing all or significant chunks of last season. Eaton may not be ready to go on Opening Day, but he is expected to be the table-setter at some point in what should be a deadly Washington lineup. You may be able to snag him at a reasonable price.
Byron Buxton seemed to maintain and meet his sky-high expectations towards the end of last season so the hope is for even more positive momentum this season. Five-category players (a la Mike Trout) are rare so Buxton easily makes my top 20 among outfielders.
Other young players who will be worth keeping an eye include San Diego center fielder Manuel Margot and Atlanta’s top prospect, Ronald Acuna, if/when he eventually gets the call. And then there’s my bounce-back candidate Kyle Schwarber. He will be knee-brace free and after a hideous first half last season, a brief stint in AAA seemed to help him rediscover his swing as he put together an encouraging finish and ended up with 30 home runs in 422 at-bats.
Either way I hope these rankings help you build your tiers and with your draft prep for the 2018 season. These will change as spring training progresses and teams adjust their rosters.
— 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.