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Fantasy Baseball: 2015 Consensus Top 100 Outfielder Rankings - Part 1

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Here is part 1 of our consensus fantasy outfielder rankings for 2015. Check out our thoughts on the outfielders ranked 1-50 including George Springer, Yasiel Puig, Michael Brantley and others.

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Alex Kantecki opened Outfielder week here at Fake Teams with the landscape of the position for fantasy purposes earlier this morning. Now we bring you our consensus fantasy outfielder rankings for 2015. We used a points system for each of the 100 outfielders ranked by each of the Fake Teams writers who participated in the consensus rankings series.

The writers who participated in this series are:

Ray Guilfoyle

Jason Hunt

Rob Parker

Brian Creagh

Timmy Kennedy

Daniel Kelley

Jack Cecil

Nick Doran

Alex Kantecki

Timothy Finnegan

We feel that providing you our consensus position rankings, you get an average ranking from the Fake Teams writers, rather than one writers' opinion, which inherently includes some biases. You will see some players ranked higher by one Fake Teams writer than the others, so this helps the reader see both sides of the argument for/against a certain player who might be getting too much love this offseason.

Each of the position rankings will be split into two parts, rankings and player profiles for outfielders ranked 1 - 50 in part 1, and rankings and player profiles for outfielders ranked 51 - 100 in part 2 to be published on Wednesday morning. Consensus rankings should bring about discussion amongst you, our readers, and the Fake Teams writers who participated in this series.

Digging deeper into the position shows that the outfielder position in 2014 yielded the following:

1. Of the 11 hitters who hit 30+ home runs last season, four came from the outfield, including Nelson Cruz, Giancarlo Stanton, Mike Trout and Jose Bautista.Two others, Justin Upton and Adam Jones, hit 29, so they were oh so close to hitting reaching the 30 home run club.

2. Of the 47 hitters to hit 20+ home runs last season, more than half, 24 came from the outfield ranks, including George Springer, Oswaldo Arcia and Steve Pearce, who all accomplished the feat in 103 games or less.

3. Of the 12 hitters to drive in 100+ runs last season, six came from the outfield, including Trout, Cruz, Stanton, Bautista, Upton and Yoenis Cespedes.

4. Nine outfielders stole 30 or more bases last season, including Braves new outfielder Eric Young and Nationals outfielder Denard Span. With the injury to Melvin Upton Jr., Young could see plenty of playing time in the Braves lineup this season.

5. 23 outfielders stole 20+ more bases last season, including Sam Fuld, James Jones, Carl Crawford and Melvin Upton Jr.

6. Of outfielders with 300+ plate appearances in 2014, 14 of them hit .300 or higher, including Angel Pagan, Carl Crawford, Adam Eaton and Ben Revere.

7. Of the 18 hitters to score 90 or more runs last season, nine were outfielders including Kole Calhoun, Yasiel Puig and Christian Yelich.

8. On the same note, of the 41 hitters to score 80+ runs last season, 22 were outfielders including Charlie Blackmon and Melky Cabrera.

9. Of the 19 hitters to score 80+ runs and drive in 80+ runs, ten were outfielders including Matt Holliday and Jayson Werth.

Now onto our Consensus Top 100 Outfielder Rankings for 2015, for outfielders ranked 1 - 50.

Consensus Fantasy Top 100 Outfielder Rankings for 2015

Rank Player Team Ranking Points Ray Jason Rob Brian Timmy Daniel Jack Alex Nick Timothy
1 Mike Trout LAA 1000 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
2 Andrew McCutchen PIT 987 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 2 3
3 Giancarlo Stanton MIA 982 2 3 3 3 3 4 3 2 3 2
4 Jose Bautista TOR 967 5 4 4 5 4 3 4 5 5 4
5 Carlos Gomez MIL 962 4 6 6 4 5 5 5 4 4 5
6 Yasiel Puig LAD 930 14 8 5 8 8 10 7 6 7 7
7 Adam Jones BAL 928 6 5 10 10 12 14 6 7 6 6
8 Justin Upton SDP 898 10 13 14 11 15 11 10 9 9 10
9 Ryan Braun MIL 897 8 10 7 7 26 9 15 10 10 11
10 Michael Brantley CLE 892 22 7 8 6 18 19 9 13 8 8
11 Hanley Ramirez BOS 881 12 9 17 9 33 6 11 11 12 9
12 Hunter Pence SFG 880 13 11 19 14 9 8 18 14 11 13
13 Bryce Harper WSN 877 11 18 15 16 17 7 8 16 13 12
14 Matt Kemp SDP 850 7 16 23 13 14 17 19 18 18 15
15 Jacoby Ellsbury NYY 836 20 20 9 18 27 21 16 8 21 14
16 George Springer HOU 821 9 19 11 32 24 31 13 17 15 18
16 Starling Marte PIT 821 15 23 13 12 21 20 20 19 30 16
18 Matt Holliday STL 812 16 12 25 17 22 16 28 25 20 17
19 Carlos Gonzalez COL 811 17 21 16 53 20 12 14 12 14 20
20 Alex Gordon KCR 810 23 15 34 15 6 13 29 22 22 21
21 Billy Hamilton CIN 808 25 17 12 19 36 15 22 21 16 19
22 Jason Heyward STL 798 31 14 18 20 7 18 25 31 25 23
23 Nelson Cruz SEA 778 21 25 28 22 16 33 17 24 19 27
24 Yoenis Cespedes DET 762 24 31 30 21 28 34 21 20 17 22
25 Christian Yelich MIA 736 33 26 24 29 19 32 30 26 26 29
26 Jayson Werth WSN 705 28 29 27 26 11 26 45 38 37 38
27 Kole Calhoun LAA 701 41 32 33 27 35 40 24 23 24 30
28 Brett Gardner NYY 682 32 30 40 41 37 23 27 29 35 34
29 Mookie Betts BOS 677 39 35 21 46 23 28 23 66 28 24
30 Corey Dickerson COL 660 19 41 22 40 49 12 15 23 28
31 Jay Bruce CIN 658 27 28 37 64 56 22 26 28 27 37
32 Melky Cabrera CHW 654 35 33 47 23 38 29 43 37 32 39
33 Gregory Polanco PIT 652 36 34 31 38 39 27 35 39 47 32
34 Ryan Zimmerman WSN 644 37 42 20 45 30 30 42 46 41 33
35 Shin-Soo Choo TEX 638 26 24 39 44 65 24 47 45 33 25
36 Josh Harrison PIT 629 51 43 42 48 13 51 33 33 36 31
37 Charlie Blackmon COL 619 18 22 35 57 40 73 41 30 40 35
38 Marcell Ozuna MIA 611 29 46 46 47 43 50 31 36 31 40
39 Jorge Soler CHC 583 30 27 29 30 91 45 39 27 65 44
40 Denard Span WSN 582 57 45 41 58 25 42 50 40 44 26
41 Wil Myers SDP 569 38 36 51 62 29 39 49 44 52 41
42 Ben Zobrist OAK 563 54 50 70 43 10 25 57 50 46 42
43 Brandon Moss CLE 559 55 55 38 37 42 62 32 42 43 45
44 J.D. Martinez DET 544 48 38 26 83 51 60 53 35 29 43
45 Rusney Castillo BOS 540 46 52 59 39 48 38 36 53 53 46
46 Mark Trumbo ARI 515 34 56 48 77 73 53 38 34 34 48
47 Ben Revere PHI 487 45 40 32 50 79 46 43 38 49
48 Evan Gattis HOU 482 50 51 77 33 60 34 41 45 36
49 Leonys Martin TEX 477 68 37 36 99 88 36 40 32 42 55
50 Oswaldo Arcia MIN 476 47 47 49 31 41 52 52 63 51

Steamer Projections and commentary on each of our Top 50 Outfielders for 2015

Note: Since we are ranking our Top 100 Outfielders, I decided that rather than writing a few paragraphs on each, I would write just a sentence or two. In the past, I have written about each of the Top 25, but then selectively wrote about a few of there remaining outfielders that we ranked. Frankly, I don't have the time to write a few paragraphs for each, so if you want more detail about a specific outfielder, please let us know in the comments section below.

In addition, I have provided in the table below the 2015 Steamer projections for each outfielder in our consensus rankings.

Rank

Name

AB

HR

R

RBI

SB

AVG

wRC+

Commentary

1

Mike Trout

576

31

108

92

21

0.296

166

Overall #1 pick in all drafts this year. Wants to run more this year, combined with 30+ HR power solidifies him at top.

2

Andrew McCutchen

557

23

88

86

16

0.300

152

Was two SBs shy of 4th straight 20 HR, 20 SB season. Power on upswing. Can he hit 30 in 2015?

3

Giancarlo Stanton

548

41

95

104

7

0.279

159

Best power in the game. Has hit 154 HRs in 634 career games, including 3 years of 34+ HRs. Best years are ahead of him.

4

Jose Bautista

546

36

97

99

5

0.267

149

One of the top 5 power hitters in the game. Has hit 187 HRs over last five seasons. Count on 30+ HRs in 2015.

5

Carlos Gomez

572

22

79

72

31

0.262

112

One home run shy of three consecutive 20 HR, 30 SB seasons.Should put up 20-30 season once again in '15.

6

Yasiel Puig

542

22

85

74

13

0.291

144

More power to come, but going too early in drafts for my liking. Has talent to go 20-20 in 2015.

7

Adam Jones

611

27

77

91

7

0.274

115

As consistent as they come. Don't listen to the critics. First round fantasy talent.

8

Justin Upton

530

23

70

74

7

0.254

124

Move to Atlanta didn't hurt power. Move to San Diego won't either.

9

Ryan Braun

548

24

78

79

12

0.276

124

See a very nice bounce back season in 2015. Was still solid in his "down" 2014 season.

10

Michael Brantley

580

14

74

73

15

0.291

122

Career year in 2015, power will regress to norm. Sell high candidate right now in keeper leagues.

11

Hanley Ramirez

568 1 8 76 77 13 0.291 133

I think he has a chance to win the batting title in Boston if he can stay healthy.

12

Hunter Pence

592

19

76

75

11

0.268

118

Very consistent fantasy hitter. Draft, sit back and enjoy.

13

Bryce Harper

520

25

78

78

10

0.276

135

Is 2015 his breakout season? Has 30 HR-90 RBI potential if he can stay healthy.

14

Matt Kemp

495

20

63

70

8

0.267

124

Power returned in 2nd half. Back to the 30 HR hitter he was before injuries.

15

Jacoby Ellsbury

570

16

79

66

32

0.272

108

He is growing on me as the years go by; could he be next 20 HR, 30 SB hitter?

16

George Springer

533

29

77

79

14

0.236

117

Capable of 30 HR, 20 SB season. Candidate to lead AL in HRs and be included in first round talk for 2016.

17

Starling Marte

536

14

71

60

30

0.273

115

Solid growth in 2014. Could be next McCutchen type hitter.

18

Matt Holliday

518

19

74

73

3

0.276

131

Another very consistent fantasy performer. Power in decline, and Cardinals lineup has holes.

19

Carlos Gonzalez

476

24

72

77

11

0.281

118

Can he stay healthy in '15? His games played trend says no. Power in decline. Bid accordingly.

20

Alex Gordon

571

18

77

72

9

0.270

119

In contract year, could see a return to 20 HRs, 10+ SBs and .290 BA. Four straight years of 14+ HRs, 10+ SBs.

21

Billy Hamilton

511

7

61

39

56

0.244

77

Working on bunting and hitting more ground balls to better utilize his speed. Favorite to lead NL in stolen bases.

22

Jason Heyward

536

19

79

67

14

0.269

125

Power in two year decline. Says ATL coaches limited his power. We'll see about that.

23

Nelson Cruz

520

26

69

80

5

0.250

117

Won't hit 40 HRs again, but has a good chance at 30 HRs even in Safeco.

24

Yoenis Cespedes

551

23

73

85

7

0.267

116

Big power, should hit 25+ HRs in Detroit.

25

Christian Yelich

596

14

84

57

20

0.270

111

May not ever hit 20 home runs, but will hit for average, steal bases and score runs.

26

Jayson Werth

465

16

68

66

6

0.286

134

May start the season on DL. Consistent as they come. 160 runs+ RBI and .290 BA in each of last two seasons.

27

Kole Calhoun

574

20

80

69

9

0.262

118

Solid first full season in bigs. Is 20 HRs in his future?

28

Brett Gardner

589

13

81

59

22

0.256

103

The Yankee outfield becoming fantasy gold. Will Gardner run more in 2015?

29

Mookie Betts

390

9

57

47

18

0.283

116

Much hyped in offseason. Should leadoff, capable of 10-13 HRs, 80 runs and 30 SBs.

30

Corey Dickerson

478

21

69

73

10

0.285

114

Can he build on his breakout season? Solid power, but of concern is whether 19.5% HR/FB rate is repeatable.

31

Jay Bruce

473

22

59

67

7

0.238

104

Big bounce back year in store as knee is 100% healthy.

32

Melky Cabrera

569

15

77

68

6

0.289

115

Undervalued and moving to good lineup in hitters park.

33

Gregory Polanco

520

14

64

54

23

0.250

96

Despite disappointing rookie season, he still showed solid eye at plate, a solid primer for breakthrough 2015.

34

Ryan Zimmerman

When healthy, he is a 20 HR, 80 RBI, .280 hitter, which is valuable.

35

Shin-Soo Choo

536

16

85

60

11

0.264

120

See a bounce back season for Choo,  but not 20-20 type bounceback.

36

Josh Harrison

549

12

68

59

18

0.278

108

Breakout year will be tough to replicate, but double digit HRs and SBs not out of the question.

37

Charlie Blackmon

599

16

82

65

22

0.274

90

Most fantasy writers don't think he can repeat his 2014 performance. You know what they say when everyone is on the same side, right?

38

Marcell Ozuna

564

23

66

77

4

0.256

107

Is the power breakout for real? Some seem to think so.

39

Jorge Soler

507

24

66

78

4

0.262

117

Needs good health, but could be a 25 HR-80 RBI hitter out of the gate.

40

Denard Span

579

5

78

47

23

0.281

102

In walk year, but was 2014 performance a career year?

41

Wil Myers

496

18

60

62

8

0.246

109

Lots of questions about what kind of hitter he will be after trade to SD. Should hit for 20+ HR if healthy.

42

Ben Zobrist

572

12

80

65

9

0.265

117

Power in decline, but gets on base, scores runs and cans steal double digit bags. Multi-position eligible.

43

Brandon Moss

430

26

63

72

2

0.248

131

Curious if the hip issue will impact his power. Move to Cleveland should thiough.

44

J.D. Martinez

535

23

70

80

6

0.273

119

Will he repeat his breakout in 2015? Tigers will need it.

45

Rusney Castillo

464

13

57

60

15

0.279

106

Has all the tools to put up 10-13 HRs and steal 25+ bases.

46

Mark Trumbo

521

27

64

79

4

0.244

105

Love his power, and he should be available in the middle rounds of most drafts. Should bounce back after down 2014.

47

Ben Revere

581

3

62

42

36

0.283

85

Is he more valuable than Billy Hamilton in fantasy? Hit .306 with 49 SBs last season.

48

Evan Gattis

524

29

68

81

1

0.243

111

Move to Houston should help power, but think he is being overvalued in drafts thus far.

49

Leonys Martin

519

10

63

57

28

0.263

93

Two straight 30+ SB seasons, with improving eye at the plate. Could steal 40 and score 80 runs in healthy Rangers lineup.

50

Oswaldo Arcia

488

25

65

74

4

0.258

122

Love his power, but has trouble making contact. Candidate to hit 30 home runs this season.

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