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Position Eligibility Advantages for 2015 - Outfield

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Jason Hunt takes a look at some players who may benefit from additional eligibility in the outfield depending on your league's rules.

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We aim to provide you with the most comprehensive coverage possible here at Fake Teams, as you have been seeing with our position rankings each week. These rankings are based on three criteria primarily, at least in terms of who is eligible for these position-specific lists.

  1. They must have appeared in 20 games at the position in 2014. 20 games is the standard required by CBS and ESPN fantasy baseball leagues for eligibility at a position.
  2. If they did not appear in at least 20 games at any position, then we include them with the position they appeared the most at. This tends to be how these sites will give eligibility
  3. Finally, we look at how the 2015 season will progress, and if a player is expected to achieve eligibility at the position fairly quickly (generally 5 games in-season), we will rank them at the position as well. This has led players like Marcus Semien to be included at SS, as he will qualify under that standard within the first two weeks of the season.

But what if your league's eligibility requirements aren't so stringent? Yahoo only requires 10 games for example, and there are definitely leagues out there where it only takes 5 games, or even just 1, from the previous season to get position eligibility for this season. That's where we come in, with a look during each position's week at players where you may be able to game a little more advantage if you know the rules in your league inside out. With that in mind, here are some players who may have improved value in your league because they may qualify at OF based on less stringent eligibility requirements.

Value Up

Chris Carter (6) - Carter hit 37 home runs last year, but he likely only qualifies as a UT in a lot of leagues. Anything that moves him out of UT-only territory is good for you.

David DeJesus (15) - Look, it's not a huge upgrade for DeJesus, but the possibility still exists that he still sees consistent playing time and would have value in deeper formats if so. A trade would be preferred, but it's not clear that would occur.

Logan Morrison (10) - Morrison is expected to be the starting 1B for the Mariners this year, and with playing time comes general value in deep formats. Giving him outfield as well just adds to that a little bit.

Rearranging Deck Chairs

Martin Prado (13) - If you're using Prado in an outfield spot instead of 2B or 3B, it's probably not a great sign for your depth in the outfield. He has more value positionally in the infield, but does add a nice bit of flexibility with OF.

Darin Ruf (15) - Ruf will qualify at 1B in all leagues normally, and having OF eligibility would be a nice addition in NL-only leagues. He's probably not going to get enough playing time for it to matter all that much, but it would be nice.

One-Game Specials

Matt Carpenter (2), Edwin Encarnacion (2), Lucas Duda (1),