Welcome back to Fantasy Baseball Now! The 2019 season begins in Japan on Wednesday morning with Mariners/A’s, and in earnest on Thursday, March 28, so over the next few days we’re going to be posting our player projections by position.
Today, we’re going to cover the top 115 players in the Outfield, as well as five Utility/DH-only guys, delivering full 5×5 projections and tiered rankings. This is the sixth and seventh positions we’ve covered, and you can read the other five here:
We’ll have Starting Pitchers and Relief Pitchers posted in the next day or so.
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Here are the projections for Utility/DH-only (just five players), followed by Outfield. Tiered rankings and analysis follows.
The only analysis required here is placing these guys in context of the larger draft pool. Davis, currently going in the 40s in the NFBC, is a strong value for us at that point in the draft. Same with Cruz at his current late 90s/early 100s ADP. Ohtani has fallen like crazy in some recent NFBC Online Championship drafts. If he gets past pick 200 and you don’t have your UT spot filled with Davis or Cruz, we’d be all over Ohtani at that point. Even if he misses April, the upside you’ll get for the rest of the five months of the season is well worth the bench spot you’ll use for a few weeks.
Choi is someone to keep an eye on early in the season. He may get first base eligibility quickly, and if he does that while carrying over his late-season power output from 2018, he could be an under-the-radar 30 HR source. The downside is he struggles early and the Rays, with tons of options to play at 1B/DH (Nate/Brandon Lowe, Yandy Diaz, etc.), move Choi to a strict platoon role or outright drop him.
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