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 part 2 of the rankings, 41-80, there will be a few discussion points and a conclusion on how to attack the position during drafts. 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. Part 2 of the rankings cover my outfielders ranked 41-80. These rankings will move around this offseason as the talent pool is super deep in the outfield, and there can be many arguments made for these players and even players outside of the top 80. As news continues to roll in this offseason and more deep dives on players will make the rankings change, so stay tuned.

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
41- Michael Brantley
42- Ryan Mountcastle
43- Ian Happ
44- Nick Solak
45- Victor Robles
46- Tommy Edman
47- Joey Gallo
48- Andrew McCutchen
49- Jurickson Profar
50- Jesse Winker
51- A.J. Pollock
52- Randal Grichuk
53- Max Kepler
54- Trey Mancini
55- Lorenzo Cain
56- Hunter Dozier
57- Victor Reyes
58- J.D. Davis
59- Nick Senzel
60- Brandon Nimmo
61- Kole Calhoun
62- Leody Taveras
63- Manuel Margot
64- Mark Canha
65- Aaron Hicks
66- Willie Calhoun
67- Scott Kingery
68- David Peralta
69- Austin Hays
70- Andrew Benintendi
71- Jerad Kelenic
72- Jo Adell
73- Alex Kiriloff
74- Shogo Akiyama
75- Jackie Bradley Jr.
76- Corey Dickerson
77- Alex Dickerson
78- Austin Slater
79- Josh Naylor
80- Roman Quinn

Young Guns

There are always some during a draft that will reach for younger, possibly unproven players. The outfield position is perfect for the “reachers” this draft season. Jerad Kelenic, Alex Kiriloff, and Jo Adell highlight this range when it comes to unproven commodities (even though Adell got a little run), but there are a few others as well. A few others that received some playing time last year yet fully have not reached their prime. Leody Taveras, Shogo Akiyama, and Ryan Mountcastle are a few of these targets. Most of these players are going after pick 150 at the moment, according to NFBC, and that could make them an excellent value or quite the bust. Time will tell, but these players show a relatively high ceiling if everything goes right. If your team has a lovely floor or are comfortable with some players going later in drafts, then taking the risk on some of these players may be worth it on draft day.

Bounceback Candidates

Victor Robles and Joey Gallo highlight a couple of significant bounceback options in this range. Robles was around a Top 25 pick or so last season and fallen to pick 150 these days. He is coming off a season where his average dropped to a new low of .220 with a putrid .095 ISO. Robles continues to disappoint when it comes to Statcast with a sub 5% barrel rate, hard-hit rate, and exit velocity. The speed is still there, and if he can get back to the player he was in 2019, which still had many question marks, he will be well worth the 150th pick on draft day.

Gallo was a massive dud in 2020. He hit a whopping .181 with a .240 BABIP that resembled his seasons before his fantastic 2019 campaign. His .197 ISO was by far the worst of his career, as well as his 14% barrel rate. His hard-hit rate dropped while his ground ball rate also rose. Everything that could go wrong with Gallo went wrong. He was a disaster in 2020 and could make for a desirable bounce-back option at pick 168, but it’s a pick I am likely not to be making this season.  

Conclusion

The outfield position is loaded for 2021. There are some excellent options in this range, especially if wanting to take chances on many players coming off solid seasons. It is a position that one can wait on in drafts and even get substantial value for specific roto categories or a comprehensive skill set. So far in early drafts, I am grabbing a few outfielders early and then loading up on talent late to round out my team.