We (me) have gone over the catchers to target, 1st basemen to target, 2nd basemen to target, shortstops to target, and 3rd basemen to target, cause I have to do everything around here! Look at me, throwing shade like a beach umbrella! That makes sense…if you don’t think about it! That’s what I want my bumper sticker to say, “That makes sense….if you don’t think about it.” Okay, so this post is all the outfielders that are being drafted after 200 overall that elicit uber-sexy feelings. Last year, I featured Trent Grisham, Anthony Santander, Austin Riley, Teoscar Hernandez, Franchy Cordero and Austin Hays, and now we’re back with all of them again! I’m kidding, about at least half that list. Now, this is a (legal-in-all-countries-except-Canada) supplement to the top 100 outfielders for 2021 fantasy baseball. All Steamer hitter projections and all 2021 fantasy baseball rankings have been updated. Click on the player’s name where applicable to read more and see their 2021 projections. Anyway, here’s some outfielders to target for 2021 fantasy baseball:
Clint Frazier (ESPN 209, Yahoo 222) Now report to the dance floor, it’s pajama time! *twerks into the back of a gorgeous redhead, turns her around* Oh, God, it’s Clint Frazier! Yuck, what are you doing here? Clint Frazier, friends and foes, should not be drafted after 200th overall. He’s a top 150 guy, at worst. Cmon, candle, man, candle. By the way, candle’s short for can’t even. I mean, candle.
Aaron Hicks (ESPN 217, Yahoo 219, NFBC 257) No, this isn’t a Yankees-only post. I did shave my chest though so if the Yanks need me, I’m ready! Hicks is slated to hit third. If someone hits third for the Pirates, they’re likely worth a pick. A Yankees’ number three hitter? Oh, giddy that up.
Tyler O’Neill (ESPN 219, Yahoo 299, NFBC 454) “It’s time for the breakout.” — Famous quote from Cool Hand Luke and Tyler O’Neill, hopefully. This is different than former Cards great, Matt Adams, who was famous for, “It’s time for breakfast.” What, he was an early riser. So, O’Neill (So’Neill?) has been given many chances, but he can still easily power the ball out 420+ feet. Nice. If you gave him 550 ABs, he’d struggle to not have 30 homers.
Anthony Santander (ESPN 222) Already gave you my Anthony Santander sleeper. One quick note in addition to that post, I’m impressed at how high Santander is being drafted. I mean, not at ESPN, but, at places where people know what’s up, they’re taking Santander way before 200 overall. They should too, since he already broke out. Technically, for the last two seasons.
Cristian Pache (ESPN 233, Yahoo unranked, NFBC 423) You ever warm up to players as draft season goes along? I don’t follow Spring Training like literally at all, so I know it’s not because of anything Pache is doing there, but you start to get to certain points in drafts and need some speed and upside, and you’re like, “Hey, Pache, whatever happened there?” And draft him. I’m kinda surprised Pache hasn’t generated more heat. He had a good showing the playoffs, has a full-time job, and people want Kelenic instead, who is 100% starting year in the minors. Hey, I get it, I want Kelenic too, but Pache’s price (say that fast 117 times!) is way more attractive. Well, except at ESPN. 233 is kinda steep price for Pache. Hey, is everything I type about Pache a tongue twister or nah?
Alex Kirilloff (ESPN 238, Yahoo unranked, NFBC 249) He sounds like a Secretary of State, right?
“Kirilloff, they’re moving their troops out of the lower 48!”
“Lower 48 states?”
“No, sir, the lower 48 in Grey’s ranks!”
“Get out of here, private!”
“Are you saying you want privacy or are you saying–” Off look, “Leaving now, sir!”
It’s too bad Sec. of State Kirilloff’s number one tool is the hit tool, because that doesn’t raise the front wedgie like other tools. By the by, Twins love developing themselves some .280+ hitters who can’t hit 12-15 homers in 550 ABs, huh? Like how they love developing plus-command starters. Twins are like the Marie Kondo of baseball. Waste not, want not, which is also why they sent Kirilloff to the alternate site to start the season. He’ll be back soon, and is worth a stash. He has an update in the top 80 outfielders too.
Austin Hays (ESPN 293, Yahoo 288, NFBC 242) Every year there’s one guy plagued with the “Oh, no, he’s not going to play.” In the 70’s, that was John Lennon. That’s a driving-home joke. You get eventually. Hays is going to play and might just go 25/15/.260. Look at those projections again. Where else are you getting that? Around 50 to 75 overall. No way after 200th overall!
Josh Naylor (ESPN unranked, Yahoo unranked, NFBC 472) Yo, he’s got 70-grade power. So, let me ask you again, why the long face, horsey? Because he won’t hit for a good average? Nope, projected for .275. Come again with your concerns? Won’t play? Who else is playing in Cleveland? Naylor will likely hit 2nd or third with big power, and won’t kill you in average. So, I am once again asking you, what’s up chicken butt?
Franchy Cordero (ESPN unranked, Yahoo unranked, NFBC 443) Already gave you a Franchy Cordero sleeper, because I absolutely love him. And I don’t believe it’s because of his name, and only his name. Like this guy:
Did you have breakfast?
No, I grabbed a pic.twitter.com/QwcBekRtcH
— Razzball (@Razzball) March 9, 2021
Raimel Tapia (ESPN unranked, Yahoo 257, NFBC 235) You know what’s crazy to me? You, “Anyone that decides to become a magician out of college?” Yes, but not what I was going for. What’s crazy to me is if you drafted Tapia, Story, Hilliard and a bunch of other guys this year if Arenado would’ve stayed on the Rockies, at no point would you have been like, “This guy’s runs or RBIs are gonna be awesome because of Arenado.” It never would’ve entered your mind. Yet there’s so many people not drafting Rockies hitters because Arenado’s no longer there. Y’all suddenly care about Arenado when Tapia’s stealing 25 bags and hitting .280? Really? No, you don’t. Also, Tapia is my favorite player to be drafted after 250th overall, and return top 30 value. I should’ve wrote a sleeper post for him, but I Mr. Bungle’d that. I’m telling you point blank now a week before the season, a guy who will go 15/30/.280 is very valuable.
Jarred Kelenic (NFBC 211) Can’t believe how high ESPN and Yahoo have now pushed Kelenic up their rankings. Now he’s overrated. Can’t we just have a guy who’s rated for once? Not under or overrated, just rated. Also, here’s my Jarred Kelenic fantasy. It’s not still 100% accurate, because of ETA seems to have moved up, but the rest makes some sense.
Mitch Haniger (Yahoo 216, NFBC 250) Will he be back to what he was prior to the injuries? Health-wise, it sounds like the balls are now in his court.
Leody Taveras (Yahoo 238, NFBC) On the outfielders podcast, you can hear the exact moment when I realized Leody sounds like he was in the Heaven’s Gate cult. Also, already gave you my Leody Taveras sleeper. By the way, wanna be in a documentary in 20 years? Then start a cult.