We have reached November. The baseball season ended a few weeks ago. That means it is time for some too early fantasy baseball rankings. To get things started, we will begin with the lovely catcher position. After the Top 30 rankings, there will be a breakdown of a few of the catchers to target. Those that take things too seriously may want to check into some updated rankings closer to January, as a lot will change with the positional rankings this offseason. Many players are looking for new homes this offseason, and they may not sign with their new teams for quite some time. 

The outfield position is loaded once again, heading into 2021. There are the elites at the top that will go in the first and second rounds. There are some intriguing young players like Louis Robert and Kyle Tucker. Then some veterans are turning into some exciting values later at the position. The outfield is usually deep, but this season seems extremely deep this season and makes the idea of waiting for most outfielders, not all, till later in the draft to finalize your roster needs. 

Once the positional rankings are released, I will post a google sheet with all positions on one page (like last year). Make sure to keep a lookout for all updates as the rankings will be more fluid than usual this season; if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me on Twitter (@bdentrek). 

Outfield
1- Ronald Acuña
2- Mookie Betts
3- Juan Soto
4- Mike Trout
5- Bryce Harper
6- Cody Bellinger
7- Christian Yelich
8- Kyle Tucker
9- Luis Robert
10- Eloy Jimenez
11- Aaron Judge
12- Teoscar Hernandez
13- Marcell Ozuna
14- Starling Marte
15- Randy Arozarena
16- George Springer
17- Whit Merrifield
18- Trent Grisham
19- Cavan Biggio
20- Tommy Pham
21- Kyle Lewis
22- Nick Castellanos
23- Mike Yastrzemski
24- Jorge Soler
25- Charlie Blackmon
26- Dominic Smith
27- Michael Conforto
28- Jeff McNeil
29- Brandon Lowe
30- Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
31- Austin Meadows
32- Eddie Rosario
33- Wil Myers
34- Byron Buxton
35- Alex Verdugo
36- Ramon Laureano
37- Dylan Carlson
38- Kyle Schwarber
39- Dylan Moore
40- Anthony Santander

The Elite

The top tier of outfielders is fun and has many arguments on how the tier’s order is formed. You can see how I rank the top tier and steals significantly impact a few moves. All the players can hit for solid average and tons of power, but those steals can be game-changers. Acuna has 40/40 upside, then Betts and Soto have that 35/20+ upside as well. I am starting to lean more and more towards Soto even over Betts when you dig into Soto’s production and his age. When it comes to Trou,t who is still one of the best, the lack of steals hurts some, and that is why I don’t have him at the top. Lastly, people need to stop sleeping on Bryce Harper, that is all. 

Young Studs

There are always some young outfielders to look forward to or speculate on each season, but this year it is different. Kyle Tucker and Luis Robert are both being drafted by the end of the third round in most 15 team leagues, which brings a lot of risk to a roster. Yet, they could get a lot of rewards. Tucker brings a healthy average with power and speed, while Lou Bob brings tons of power and speed but a shaky batting average. Both have huge ceilings but be careful if taking the risk as the fall could be significant. I am hoping they both crush this season. 

Hidden Steals

There are a lot of substantial stolen base assets in the outfield. In this top 40, even just my Top 25, there are many double-digit steal upside options. The postseason darling Randy Arozarena, Trent Grisham, Whit Merrifield, Cavan Biggio, Tommy Pham, and others are all vital double-digit stolen base targets. The amount of options makes taking multiple outfielders becomes interesting. If you like some later round power sources at the corner infield positions or even a Paul DeJong type at the middle infield, grabbing some of these stolen base assets could be a solid strategy. 

Conclusion

Part One of the outfield rankings is loaded, as it should be considering the depth of the position, and most leagues will draft 60 to 75 outfielders. It better be deep. The Top 40 is all about getting as many four or five-category contributors, and Part Two of the rankings will have some hidden gems and some category fillers later in the drafts. The more we research and the closer we get to draft season, we will get a stronger hold on strategy, but early on, waiting for most of the outfield has worked better for me. Look for future articles discussing these strategies.