Fantasy Baseball 2014: Outfield Rankings #1-50

Mike Trout
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So far we’ve covered first base, second base, third base, shortstop, and catcher. Today we turn to fantasy baseball’s most important position, the outfield.

The outfield position is likely going to produce the majority of your offense and there is no shortage of category fillers to be had.

Our first tier is made up of can’t-miss players, led by Mike Trout. Many analysts have Andrew McCutchen or Carlos Gonzalez as their number two but I strongly believe Ryan Braun returns to his MVP-contender self this season, ‘roids or not. Anyone in the first tier is going to be a major producer for your team and, outside of Carlos Gonzalez, don’t carry a big injury risk.

The second tier is made up of elite players as well, but ones that carry some risk, inconsistency, or questions. While someone like Giancarlo Stanton or Yasiel Puig could certainly end up a Top 10 player, it’s harder to predict how their season will go compared to someone like Adam Jones or Jacoby Ellsbury.

The third tier is composed of players who could be elite outfielders but could also disappoint some fantasy owners. Whether it’s Matt Kemp‘s injury concerns, Wil Myers‘ inexperience, or Carlos Beltran‘s age, it’s certainly possible that some of those players fail to reach the fantasy promised land.

The fourth tier carries a lot of risk but could provide strong value if you have the stomach for Jason Heyward‘s inconsistency, Billy Hamilton‘s inexperience, or Alfonso Soriano‘s age.

The fifth tier is where we see multi-category contributors start to disappear and fantasy owners will have to target power or speed but likely be unable to find both. Brandon Moss and Evan Gattis can certainly provide some pop while Brett Gardner and Ben Revere can definitely bring the speed.

Be sure to check back for the rest of our outfield rankings and full outfield projections coming up on XN Sports this week.

Tier Rank Player
1 1 Mike Trout
2 Ryan Braun
3 Andrew McCutchen
4 Carlos Gonzalez
5 Adam Jones
6 Jacoby Ellsbury
7 Carlos Gomez
2 8 Bryce Harper
9 Jay Bruce
10 Jose Bautista
11 Giancarlo Stanton
12 Yasiel Puig
13 Justin Upton
14 Shin-Soo Choo
15 Matt Holliday
16 Hunter Pence
3 17 Allen Craig
18 Wil Myers
19 Yoenis Cespedes
20 Alex Rios
21 Starling Marte
22 Carlos Beltran
23 Mark Trumbo
24 Matt Kemp
25 Alex Gordon
4 26 Jason Heyward
27 Ben Zobrist
28 Billy Hamilton
29 Jayson Werth
30 Josh Hamilton
31 Domonic Brown
32 Shane Victorino
33 Michael Cuddyer
34 Alfonso Soriano
35 Curtis Granderson
36 Martin Prado
37 Desmond Jennings
38 Leonys Martin
39 Austin Jackson
5 40 Coco Crisp
41 Nelson Cruz
42 Norichika Aoki
43 Brett Gardner
44 Michael Bourn
45 Carl Crawford
46 Ben Revere
47 Brandon Moss
48 Torii Hunter
49 Evan Gattis
50 Alejandro De Aza


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