On Monday, we published our Consensus Top 50 Fantasy Outfielders for 2016, and today we bring you outfielders ranked 51-100. 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 the following:
We feel that by providing you our consensus position rankings, you get an average ranking from the Fake Teams writers, rather than one writers' opinion, which inherently may include some bias. 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.
The outfielder rankings will be split into two parts, rankings and player profiles for outfields ranked 1 - 50 in part 1, and rankings and player profiles for outfields ranked 51-100 in part 2 to be published on Tuesday morning. Consensus rankings should bring about discussion amongst you, our readers, and the Fake Teams writers who participated in this series.
In addition, our rankings are based on the standard 5 x 5 fantasy/roto baseball league scoring, including: batting average, runs scored, home runs, RBI and stolen bases for the hitters, and wins, saves, ERA, WHIP and strikeouts for the pitchers, relievers and closers.
Finally, we are using 5 games as our eligibility requirements to be ranked at a particular position. Your leagues may have more games played requirements to be eligible at a position, so keep that in mind when viewing our rankings.
Our Consensus Outfielder Rankings for 2016: 51-100
51. Jay Bruce, Reds
Bruce has gone the way of Adam Dunn, it appears. Bruce has tons of power, but struggles with contact and goes through periods where he disappears for months at a time. In the end though, he puts up solid power numbers, but his failure to hit above .230 in each of the last two seasons has lowered his fantasy value on draft day. He has been the subject of recent trade rumors, specifically the Orioles, but a move to Camden Yards really wouldn't change his fantasy outlook.
52. Michael Brantley, Indians
Brantley would rank much higher in our rankings if he was 100% healthy and wasn't coming off serious shoulder surgery. I am always reminded of how long it took Matt Kemp to get back to full strength the season after his shoulder surgery, and I worry Branltey will be slow out of the gate this season. That said, if healthy, he should provide fantasy owners solid production across all five fantasy categories.
Parra's fantasy valué increases after he signed with Colorado this offseason. His power won't increase that much, but his runs scored, RBI and batting average could benefit hitting in Coors. Zobrist's value also increases a tad, as he leaves Tampa's mediocre offense for the stacked Cubs lineup in 2016, so he could surprise to the upside in runs scored and RBI. Myers is coming off an injury-filled 2015 season, and is looking to get back to the power hitter he was back in the minors.
Piscotty enters his first full season as a starter at the highest level in 2015, and will more than likely play first base and outfield this season, so he offers position flexibility, and should hit for a solid average with middling power. DeShelds is looking to repeat his solid rookie season where he hit .261, scored 83 runs and stole 25 bases. Pillar put up a solid 2015 hitting 12 home runs and stealing 25 bases in a full season of duty. Only five other players hit double digit home runs and stole 25+ bases last season.
60. Marcell Ozuna, Marlins
I am surprised Ozuna is still wearing a Marlins uniform, but the fact that he will be coached by Barry Bonds and Don Mattingly this season makes me want him in every league. Ozuna reported to camp 20 pounds lighter this month, after reporting to camp last season overweight. He fell out of the good graces of the Marlins front office and was sent down to AAA early in the season. After his return, he hit ,276 with 6 home runs, 20 runs scored and 18 RBI in 172 plate appearances. I see him returning to the 20 home run club in 2016, with a chance at a run at 30 in the more hitter-friendly Marlins ball park.
61. Ender Inciarte, Braves
Inciarte moves from Arizona to Atlanta in 2016, moving from a pretty good Diamondbacks lineup to a Braves lineup that was last in MLB in runs scored last season. He will be looking to help jump start the Braves lineup this season, and should hit around .280 with 20+ steals this season.
62. Jorge Soler, Cubs
Soler's fantasy value took a hit last week when the Cubs signed outfielder Dexter Fowler to a one year deal, putting Soler in a possible platoon role in left field with Kyle Schwarber. There is talk that he could start the season in AAA as well, so keep that in mind on draft day. His 2015 season was shortened due to injury, but when healthy, he hit .262 with 10 home runs, 39 runs scored and 47 RBI in just over 400 plate appearances. There should be about 2,000 plate appearances to spread between four outfielders on the Cubs roster, so Soler should get between 400-450 plate appearances this season, assuming everyone stays healthy. I imagine he will split time in left field with Schwarber and play right field when Jason Heyward spells Fowler in center field. Solar has the potential to put up a 25 home run, 85 RBI season in regular duty, but it appears that won't happen in 2016 barring a trade.
Gattis and Souza are two power hitting outfielders who will hurt you in the batting average category this season. Span leaves the east coast after signing with the Giants this offseason, where he will man center field for a pretty solid Giants lineup. If healthy, he should hit .270 or higher with 20+ steals. Buxton struggled in his cup of coffee in 2015 but will be manning center field for a quietly dangerous Twins lineup in 2016.
Trumbo moves out of Safeco Field to Camden Yards where he could hit 30 home runs with regular playing time. Tomas disappointed on the power side last season, but I wonder if he is slightly undervalued heading into 2016 drafts. I say that due to the fact that he hit for average and little power last year, even though he profiled as a big power hitter with a lot of swing and miss in his approach. So, could he surprise us in 2016 with a 20 home run, 80 RBI, .280 average type season?
Ethier was quietly very productive for fantasy owners last season, and should see plenty of time in the Dodgers outfield this season. He could be trade bait as well, as his 10/5 rights kick in after Opening Day. Judging by how the free agent market unfolded this offseason, Rasmus was smart to take the qualifying offer from the Astros. He will hit for power, but will never reach the ceiling many envisioned for him when he was still a prospect. I am anxious to see what Santana can do with a full season of at bats in 2016, especially playing half of his games in Miller Park. He could be Khris Davis with a little more speed, but there is a lot of swing in miss in that swing, so his slumps could be long.
I will be interested to see who gets more playing time in the Red Sox outfield this season, Castillo or Bradley, Jr. Bradley hit for power last season, but his end of season numbers benefitted from one hot month as he hit .354 with 5 home runs, 23 runs scored and 23 RBI in August. The Red Sox spent a lot of money on Castillo and there are questions as to what kind of player he will be in a full time role. We know what Dyson is, a solid late round speed guy who can help you in the stolen base category, and that is valuable. Rosario put up a solid 2015 season, hitting double digit homers and stealing 11 bases in 17 attempts. He should see plenty of time in the Twins outfield this season, but could be pushed by outfield prospect Max Kepler by midseason.
The Phillies already announced that Herrera will be their starting center fielder this season, even with Peter Bourjos in camp, so that tells you either how much they like Herrera or don't think Bourjos is an every day player. Canha had a breakout 2015 season hitting 16 home runs and driving in 71 runs in Oakland, but that outfield is pretty deep, so I wonder how much time he sees in the outfield this season. Gallo has lots of power, but his strikeout rate tells you that he isn't big league ready, and could spend the majority of the 2016 season in AAA.
87. Nick Markakis, Braves
88. Aaron Altherr, Phillies
89. Hyun-Soo Kim, Orioles
90. Lonnie Chisenhall, Indians
91. Carl Crawford, Phillies
92. Desmond Jennings, Rays
93. Leonys Martin, Mariners
94. Eduardo Escobar, Twins
I didn't rank Kim in my Top 100 rankings, and that was an oversight as Steamer projects him to hit .274 with 18 home runs, 62 RBI and 8 stolen bases this season. Chisenhall should see time in the Indians outfield due to injury to Michael Brantley and the Abraham Almonte suspension, but he is not the hitter we thought he would be several years ago. Crawford can't stay healthy, but if he CAN stay healthy, you can count on double digit steals at the very least, but the Dodgers have a boatload of outfielders, so he is more of a platoon outfielder presently. Crawford's heir apparent in Tampa, Desmond Jennings, has also failed to live up to the lofty expectations bestowed upon him about half a decade ago, but when healthy, he is good for double digit home runs and stolen bases, which can be valuable based on where he is being drafted. Altherr is my sleeper in NL-only and deeper mixed leagues, as I can see him putting up a 15 home run, 15 stolen base season in 2016, but that could come with a sub-.250 batting average.
95. Anthony Gose, Tigers
96. Derek Dietrich, Marlins
97. Raja Davis, Tigers
98. Avisail Garcia, White Sox
99. Adam Duvall, Reds
100. Ben Paulsen, Rockies
The last of our top 100 outfielders are six guys who could be nothing more than platoon or part time players in 2016. Or, they could be dropped by early May in deeper leagues.
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