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Fantasy Baseball OF Rankings, Dollar Values 2023: Top players, sleepers at outfield

When preparing your strategy for fantasy baseball draft day, ranking outfielders can be the most overwhelming process of them all. Many standard leagues feature five OF spots and five-to-seven bench spots, so you’re analyzing anywhere from 85 to 100 players at the position while also taking into consideration multi-positional eligibilities. Our 2023 OF rankings and projected dollar values will reduce your stress and help you harness an understanding of the position so you’re ready to grab the studs, sleepers, and breakout candidates on your league’s big day. 

Not everyone will be a no-brainer like AL home run king Aaron Judge, Braves power-speed star Ronald Acuña Jr., or Mariners reigning Rookie of the Year Julio Rodriguez. We could see any of these three going first in drafts this spring. We could also see about eight different outfielders being viable top-five picks, and a quick check on FantasyPros shows us that 13 different OFs have been ranked in the top nine by at least one fantasy site. 

Translation: you’d better get at least one stud outfielder early. You can find your second and third OF in the range of Rounds 5-8, but waiting until Round 3 or 4 for your first one could be a grave mistake. Let’s face it: the drop-off from Mookie Betts, Yordan Alvarez, Mike Trout, and even Michael Harris II to Randy Arozarena and Luis Robert is steep. That’s why I plan on selecting one outfielder, one second baseman, one third baseman, and one shortstop in the first four rounds — with a strong emphasis on OF by the late first or early second. 

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Now, none of this is to suggest that outfielder isn’t deep — of course it’s deep! — but those top-tier, across-the-board producers give fantasy squads a massive leg up on owners who passed on them. If you grab one established stud around the beginning of the draft, there will be plenty of high-upside sleepers and under-the-radar value plays down the line who could break out into the next batch of stars. 

Baltimore’s Cedric Mullins always intrigues us in the fourth or fifth round, especially with the Orioles lineup getting better each year. Players we’re targeting in the seventh and eighth rounds include Twins per-game beast Byron Buxton and Diamondbacks breakout candidate Corbin Carroll. If Buxton can stay healthy for once and Carroll puts it all together, these could be league-winning commodities. We’re also huge on spring training stud Andrew Vaughn and would draft him 10-20 picks before his early of 138.

With the pitch clock regulations in place, we find ourselves going back to Rockies outfielders Kris Bryant and Charlie Blackmon, both of whom have struggled mightily at times over the past few years. We also think the pickoff rules should greatly benefit the mid-tier speedsters like Thairo Estrada, Steven Kwan, and Jake McCarthy.

Always consider how the game within the game affects each player’s fantasy value. Past results and trends as well as variables like current rule changes can help determine the likelihood of a player outperforming his draft position. 

Fantasy Baseball OF Rankings 2023: Top players, sleepers at outfield

Position eligibility based on Yahoo’s default settings

Rank Player Other Pos. Elig.
1 Aaron Judge, Yankees  
2 Ronald Acuña Jr., Braves  
3 Julio Rodriguez, Mariners  
4 Juan Soto, Padres  
5 Kyle Tucker, Astros  
6 Mookie Betts, Dodgers 2B
7 Yordan Alvarez, Astros  
8 Mike Trout, Angels  
9 Michael Harris II, Braves  
10 Randy Arozarena, Rays  
11 Luis Robert, White Sox  
12 Byron Buxton, Twins  
13 Kyle Schwarber, Phillies  
14 Cedric Mullins II, Orioles  
15 George Springer, Blue Jays  
16 Corbin Carroll, Diamondbacks  
17 Eloy Jimenez, White Sox  
18 Bryan Reynolds, Pirates  
19 Teoscar Hernandez, Mariners  
20 Daulton Varsho, Blue Jays C
21 Tyler O’Neill, Cardinals  
22 Seiya Suzuki, Cubs  
23 Christian Yelich, Brewers  
24 Andrew Vaughn, White Sox 1B
25 Kris Bryant, Rockies  
26 Steven Kwan, Guardians  
27 Nick Castellanos, Castellanos  
28 Giancarlo Stanton, Yankess  
29 Taylor Ward, Angels  
30 Jake McCarthy, Diamondbacks  
31 Oscar Gonzalez, Guardians  
32 Adolis Garcia, Rangers  
33 Masataka Yoshida, Red Sox  
34 Starling Marte, Mets  
35 Hunter Renfroe, Angels  
36 Brandon Nimmo, Mets  
37 Anthony Santander, Orioles  
38 Ian Happ, Cubs  
39 Mitch Haniger, Giants  
40 Jeff McNeil, Mets 2B
41 MJ Melendez, Royals C
42 Alex Verdugo, Red Sox  
43 Amed Rosario, Guardians SS
44 Riley Greene, Tigers  
45 Lars Nootbaar, Cardinals  
46 Bryce Harper, Phillies  
47 Lane Thomas, Nationals  
48 Joey Meneses, Nationals 1B
49 Thairo Estrada, Giants 2B, SS
50 Whit Merrifield, Blue Jays 2B
51 Joc Pederson, Giants  
52 Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Dbacks  
53 Ramon Laureano, Athletics  
54 Michael Conforto, Giants  
55 Seth Brown, Athletics 1B
56 Josh Naylor, Guardians 1B
57 Austin Hays, Orioles  
58 Oscar Colas, White Sox  
59 Charlie Blackmon, Rockies  
60 Oswaldo Cabrera, Yankees  
61 Jesse Winker, Brewers  
62 Cody Bellinger, Cubs  
63 Randal Grichuk, Rockies  
64 Bryan De La Cruz, Marlins  
65 Trey Mancini, Cubs 1B
66 Austin Meadows, Tigers  
67 Andrew Benintendi, White Sox  
68 Harrison Bader, Yankees  
69 Jake Fraley, Reds  
70 Jorge Soler, Marlins  
71 Manuel Margot, Rays  
72 Christopher Morel, Cubs 2B, 3B, SS
73 Dylan Carlson, Cardinals  
74 Chris Taylor, Dodgers 2B
75 Brandon Marsh, Phillies  
76 Wil Myers, Reds 1B
77 Jarred Kelenic, Mariners  
78 Alex Kirilloff, Twins 1B
79 Trent Grisham, Padres  
80 Mark Canha, Mets  
81 Marcell Ozuna, Braves  
82 Jose Siri, Rays  
83 Michael Brantley, Astros  
84 Juan Yepez, Cardinals 1B
85 Jon Berti, Marlins 2B, 3B, SS
86 Mike Yastrzemski, Giants  
87 Esteury Ruiz, Athletics  
88 Nick Gordon, Twins 2B, SS
89 Avisail Garcia, Marlins  
90 Garrett Mitchell, Brewers  
91 Brendan Donovan, Cardinals 1B, 2B, 3B, SS
92 Tommy Pham, Mets  
93 TJ Friedl, Reds  
94 Kike Hernandez, Red Sox 2B, SS
95 Andrew McCutchen, Pirates  
96 Leody Taveras, Rangers  
97 Kerry Carpenter, Tigers  
98 Max Kepler, Twins  
99 Adam Duvall, Red Sox  
100 Myles Straw, Guardians  

Fantasy Baseball OF Projected Dollar Values

Dollar values courtesy of Fantasy Pros and based on a 12-team mixed league with a $260 budget (70 percent allocated for hitting)

Player Dollar Values
Aaron Judge (NYY – CF,RF) $57
Ronald Acuna Jr. (ATL – RF) $43
Yordan Alvarez (HOU – LF) $42
Kyle Tucker (HOU – RF) $40
Juan Soto (SD – RF) $39
Julio Rodriguez (SEA – CF) $39
Mike Trout (LAA – CF) $37
Mookie Betts (LAD – 2B,RF) $36
Kyle Schwarber (PHI – LF) $26
Michael Harris II (ATL – CF) $26
Randy Arozarena (TB – LF,RF) $25
Luis Robert Jr. (CWS – CF) $24
George Springer (TOR – CF,RF) $22
Cedric Mullins II (BAL – CF) $22
Bryan Reynolds (PIT – CF) $21
Teoscar Hernandez (SEA – RF) $20
Eloy Jimenez (CWS – LF) $20
Starling Marte (NYM – RF) $20
Tyler O’Neill (STL – LF,CF) $19
Adolis Garcia (TEX – CF,RF) $18
Byron Buxton (MIN – CF) $18
Daulton Varsho (TOR – C,CF,RF) $16
Anthony Santander (BAL – LF,RF) $16
Taylor Ward (LAA – CF,RF) $15
Kris Bryant (COL – LF) $15
Amed Rosario (CLE – SS,LF) $15
Christian Yelich (MIL – LF) $14
Nick Castellanos (PHI – RF) $13
Jake McCarthy (ARI – LF,CF,RF) $13
Brandon Nimmo (NYM – CF) $12
Seiya Suzuki (CHC – RF)INJ $12
Steven Kwan (CLE – LF,RF) $12
Giancarlo Stanton (NYY – RF) $11
Masataka Yoshida (BOS – LF) $10
Hunter Renfroe (LAA – RF) $10
Corbin Carroll (ARI – LF) $10
Ian Happ (CHC – LF) $10
Mitch Haniger (SF – RF) $10
Andrew Vaughn (CWS – 1B,LF,RF) $10
Alex Verdugo (BOS – LF,RF) $10
Thairo Estrada (SF – 2B,SS,LF) $9
Josh Naylor (CLE – 1B,RF) $9
Jeff McNeil (NYM – 2B,LF,RF) $8
Andrew Benintendi (CWS – LF) $7
Joey Meneses (WSH – 1B,RF) $6
Harrison Bader (NYY – CF) $6
Joc Pederson (SF – LF,RF) $5
Oscar Gonzalez (CLE – RF) $5
Austin Hays (BAL – LF,RF) $5
Whit Merrifield (TOR – 2B,CF,RF) $5
Ramon Laureano (OAK – CF,RF) $5
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (ARI – LF) $5
MJ Melendez (KC – C,LF,RF) $4
Riley Greene (DET – CF) $4
Wil Myers (CIN – 1B,LF,RF) $4
Charlie Blackmon (COL – RF) $4
Randal Grichuk (COL – CF,RF) $3
Mike Yastrzemski (SF – CF,RF) $3
Austin Meadows (DET – LF,RF) $3
Seth Brown (OAK – 1B,LF,CF,RF) $3
Cody Bellinger (CHC – CF) $3
Lane Thomas (WSH – LF,CF,RF) $2
Lars Nootbaar (STL – LF,CF,RF) $2
Michael Conforto (SF – LF,RF) $2
Avisail Garcia (MIA – RF) $2
Jesse Winker (MIL – LF) $2
Jake Fraley (CIN – LF,CF,RF) $2
Dylan Carlson (STL – CF,RF) $2
Jorge Soler (MIA – LF) $2
Trent Grisham (SD – CF) $2
Manuel Margot (TB – LF,CF,RF) $2
Michael Brantley (HOU – LF) $1
Bryce Harper (PHI – RF) $1
Mark Canha (NYM – LF,CF) $1

All other players valued at $0

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