There were several names I could lead off with this week as we revisit the outfield, umm, field. But is there anyone hitting the ball better right now than Aaron Judge? I think not. There’s nothing quite like a prime athlete in his contract year that feels like he’s been slighted in preseason contract negotiations. Make no mistake, Aaron Judge is on a mission to surpass that 400M mark. He knows the Yankees are good for it and wants them to pay up. Over the last 2 weeks Judge is slashing .354/.441/.750 with 6 HR and 11 RBI… and currently leads the league with 24 HR. Judgment day is coming…

Brandon Drury – He just refuses to stop hitting. I keep waiting for the floor to collapse underneath him and it doesn’t. Calling GAB home certainly helps to keep the BABIP healthy (just ask Jesse Winker). That said, he is not one for wasting opportunities. It’s beginning to feel like this is a late-career breakout aided by the sandbox rather than just a flash in the pan. Drury is easily in the midst of his best season to date at age 29 (shocker! younger than I thought he was). So far he is posting career bests in nearly all statistical categories: avgEV, maxEV, Hardhit%, xBA, and xSLG… and his 2nd best BB%. I grabbed him in a few places and now wish I had him everywhere.

Byron Buxton – Batting .326 with an .826 SLG including 7 HRs over the last 2 weeks. Scorching hot. I don’t think I need to tell you that a healthy Bux is a good Bux. The buck stops when Bux says it does… or possibly an overcooked ribeye.

Yordan Alvarez – If not for Aaron Judge we’d be talking more about him as he continues to hit the cover off the ball, including a .500 AVG over the last 2 weeks and 5 HR. He is finally having the season we have been waiting for and is methodically on pace for 40+ HR, 100+ RBI and .300 AVG, yes please, and thank you.

Adolis Garcia – It took him a little while to get going but the dude is an athlete… still can’t believe the Cardinals let him and Arozarena (who has also come alive recently with 3 HR, 5 SB) slip out of their organization. *stares at Carlson and Bader* Over the last 2 weeks Garcia is hitting .327 with 5 HR and 5 SB and now is essentially giving you the same stat line as Jazz Chisholm who was drafted likely 50+ spots sooner.

Lane Thomas – Finally doing something with the bat. Over the last 2 weeks, he is hitting .357 plus went 2/4 with a home run last night. Now is the time to pick him up and see how deep the rabbit hole how goes.

Garrett Cooper – Had a very nice homestand hitting .475 over the last couple weeks but now goes on the road to Philly and Metco. If he’s out there he might be worth the pickup to ride out the hotness since Mattingly is in love with him, and has kept him in the 2-hole for most of the season, despite jerking around Jazz for most of April in the 9-hole… No, I’m not bitter at all. Why do you ask?

Michael A. Taylor – Also coming off a hot one, Taylor has been hitting .440 over the last 2 weeks with a pair of HRs against BAL. He’s got a difficult matchup against the Giants to start the week but then heads to Oakland. That might be worth a look, he’s usually good for a few hot streaks each year and last year one stretched for a couple of months. Maybe he’s feeling it again.

The Board

Rank Name Team POS CWT CW$
1 Ronald Acuna Jr. ATL OF 1 9.38
2 Aaron Judge NYY OF 1 9.31
3 Mookie Betts LAD 2B/OF 1 8.61
4 Bryce Harper PHI OF 1 8.16
5 Kyle Tucker HOU OF 1 7.45
6 Yordan Alvarez HOU OF 1 7.44
7 Juan Soto WSH OF 1 7.07
8 Luis Robert CHW OF 1 6.99
9 Mike Trout LAA OF 1 6.62
10 Byron Buxton MIN OF 1 5.63
11 Tommy Edman STL 2B/OF 1 5.58
12 Randy Arozarena TB OF 1 5.47
13 Julio Rodriguez SEA OF 1 5.26
14 George Springer TOR OF 1 5.10
15 Starling Marte NYM OF 2 4.76
16 J.D. Martinez BOS OF 2 4.67
17 Adolis Garcia TEX OF 2 4.42
18 Giancarlo Stanton NYY OF 2 4.41
19 Cedric Mullins BAL OF 2 4.06
20 Kyle Schwarber PHI 1B/OF 2 4.05
21 Whit Merrifield KC 2B/OF 2 3.99
22 Jared Walsh LAA 1B/OF 2 3.76
23 Daulton Varsho ARI C/OF 2 3.65
24 Taylor Ward LAA OF 3 3.50
25 Bryan Reynolds PIT OF 3 3.49
26 Teoscar Hernandez TOR OF 3 3.44
27 Christian Yelich MIL OF 3 3.03
28 Ketel Marte ARI 2B/OF 3 2.97
29 Tommy Pham CIN OF 3 2.95
30 Nick Castellanos PHI OF 3 2.88
31 Ian Happ CHC OF 3 2.87
32 Ryan Mountcastle BAL 1B/OF 3 2.74
33 Lourdes Gurriel Jr. TOR 1B/OF 3 2.59
34 Fernando Tatis Jr. SD SS/OF 4 2.42
35 Austin Hays BAL OF 4 2.41
36 Josh Bell WSH 1B/OF 4 2.39
37 Charlie Blackmon COL OF 4 2.36
38 Brandon Marsh LAA OF 4 2.33
39 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B/OF 4 2.25
40 Jorge Soler MIA OF 4 2.23
41 Marcell Ozuna ATL OF 4 2.16
42 Alex Verdugo BOS OF 4 1.74
43 Hunter Renfroe MIL OF 4 1.68
44 Amed Rosario CLE SS/OF 4 1.66
45 Tyler O’Neill STL OF 4 1.64
46 Anthony Santander BAL OF 4 1.48
47 Seiya Suzuki CHC OF 4 1.35
48 Kris Bryant COL 1B/3B/ OF 4 1.26
49 Eloy Jimenez CHW OF 4 1.23
50 Harrison Bader STL OF 4 1.12
51 Joey Gallo NYY OF 4 1.04
52 AJ Pollock CHW OF 4 1.04
53 Ramon Laureano OAK OF 4 1.02
54 Brandon Lowe TB 2B/OF 4 1.01
55 Andrew Vaughn CHW 1B/OF 4 1.00
56 Myles Straw CLE OF 5 0.98
57 Jesus Sanchez MIA OF 5 0.96
58 Randal Grichuk COL OF 5 0.93
59 Chris Taylor LAD 2B/SS/ 3B/OF 5 0.92
60 Max Kepler MIN OF 5 0.84
61 Patrick Wisdom CHC 1B/3B/ OF 5 0.79
62 Josh Rojas ARI 2B/SS/ 3B/OF 5 0.78
63 Joc Pederson SF OF 5 0.70
64 Michael Brantley HOU OF 5 0.68
65 Luis Arraez MIN 1B/2B/ 3B/OF 5 0.65
66 Avisail Garcia MIA OF 5 0.61
67 Mark Canha NYM OF 5 0.60
68 Mike Yastrzemski SF OF 5 0.59
69 Jesse Winker SEA OF 5 0.58
70 Tyler Naquin CIN OF 5 0.50
71 Andrew Benintendi KC OF 5 0.41
72 Jeff McNeil NYM 2B/OF 5 0.39
73 Trent Grisham SD OF 5 0.36
74 Brandon Drury CIN 2B/3B/ OF 5 0.36
75 Andrew McCutchen MIL OF 5 0.32
76 Mitch Haniger SEA OF 5 0.28
77 Franmil Reyes CLE OF 5 0.28
78 Seth Brown OAK 1B/OF 5 0.16
79 Gavin Lux LAD 2B/SS/ OF 5 0.15
80 Kole Calhoun TEX OF 5 0.12
81 Austin Meadows DET OF 5 -0.02
82 Lane Thomas WSH OF 5 -0.02
83 Brandon Nimmo NYM OF 5 -0.18
84 Manuel Margot TB OF 5 -0.21
85 Connor Joe COL 1B/OF 5 -0.28
86 Steven Kwan CLE OF 5 -0.49
87 Nick Senzel CIN 2B/OF 5 -0.50
88 Adam Duvall ATL OF 5 -0.59
89 Hunter Dozier KC 1B/3B/ OF 5 -0.63
90 Enrique Hernandez BOS 2B/OF 5 -0.65
91 Michael A. Taylor KC OF 5 -0.69
92 Wil Myers SD OF 5 -0.71
93 Jurickson Profar SD 1B/2B/ OF 5 -0.74
94 David Peralta ARI OF 5 -0.78
95 Dylan Carlson STL OF 5 -0.98
96 Eric Haase DET C/OF 5 -0.99
97 Jo Adell LAA OF 5 -0.99
98 Garrett Cooper MIA 1B/OF 5 -1.02
99 Raimel Tapia TOR OF 5 -1.20
100 Kevin Kiermaier TB OF 5 -1.21

As always, the individual ranks (and to a degree the dollars) don’t really matter, what’s important are the tiers, and more important than that now—your roster construction. Any outfielder not listed, consider them tier 5.

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foxman
foxman
2 months ago

Eloy Jiminez always skips leg day at the gym. Anyone heard of when we might see him again. I traded Justin Turner, Carlos Correa and Thor for Eloy and MJ. The next day the Sox pulled Eloy from his rehab. Oh well. Would love to hear any news on him though.

Jimmy
Jimmy
2 months ago

Traded Nick Cast for Jameson Taillion…13 team 5×5 dynasty…feel good about it…thoughts…

Jimmy
Jimmy
Reply to  Jimmy
2 months ago

Have Yordan Lou-Bob-Thomas and Adolis not to mention Edman…needed pitching!