I have no words for how this season has started (proceeds to write 1500 words). The Angels are leading the AL West and I don’t know what to do with myself. Do they have the most potent outfield in the majors? For the first month they do at least. In a season where the league is being fed dead balls and humidors the Halos are top 5 in hits, home runs, runs, RBIs, and steals. WOW. Have I gone mad? The biggest surprise of all in that is…

Taylor Ward – Joe Maddon told us he had faith in him being the “everyday RF” when the season kicked off just before Ward sustained a minor injury running the bases in the last spring training game that landed him on the IL. Fast forward to this week and he’s back and hitting the cover off the ball. I mean, the kid is RAKING. I didn’t realize that the spirit of Ted Williams had possessed his body. Joking aside, other than the angelic backrub he receives before each at-bat, Taylor Ward has evolved as a hitter. I know early season statcast red isn’t THAT telling, but its not not saying anything either (nothing? neither? triple-negative?)…

The exit velo numbers do scream to temper expectations, but the contact and discipline should be respected (so far). Is he going to hit 40 HR? not likely, but is he going to be relevant at the top of the Angels lineup that is scoring a lot of runs? Absolutely.

Like, I’m self-aware this is coming from a Halo homer, but, I’ve watched this kid hit from the beginning, and let me tell you, something is different. His entire approach looks more refined this year, like he has a clear plan with each plate appearance and the discipline to execute it. He’s taking pitches he would have swung at a year ago. And then looking at the metrics (small sample), his discipline looks like it’s in the middle of a breakout and improved in all areas, especially selectiveness of swings. He probably won’t win the batting title, but, he’s looking like he could settle into a .270-.275 average and decent power. That’ll play.

The thing is though, the more success he has, the less opportunity there’ll be for Jo Adell. Especially since Brandon Marsh is hitting the ball well too. He already has 15 RBIs, and leads the team. And on a team with limited (good) lefty hitters, Maddon will give Marsh all the run in the world.

Ronald Acuna Jr. – He’s back and already stole 2 bases in his first game… yeah, I’m gonna go on a limb and say he feels fine. The King has returned.

Jurickson Profar – I almost wrote about him a week ago before I watched the Trevor Rogers start on TV. Profar is getting the playing time this year and I think it’s helping. It wasn’t that long ago that Profar had established himself after a long winding road through the majors as a 20/10 hitter. He did it in 2018 and 2019 and paced that rate in 2020 as well. Then, last year, something was off. Maybe he was hiding an injury, maybe the mixed playing time, maybe an off-the-field distraction, who knows?

What I do know is that so far this season he is hitting the ball with more power and more consistently. Also, Melvin is not afraid to put him in the middle of the lineup with Tatis still out. Profar can he go? Another 20 HR season might be in the cards for him.

Harrison Bader – He already has 6 steals… whaaaaaaaa [climbs to the top of the nearest tower] ttt the *bleep* is going on here?! He always had mix of some speed and power, but this much speed, wew lad. SAGNOF!

Andrew McCutchen – I was pretty high on him when he signed with the Brewers to DH. Seemed like a match made in heaven. And then I realized the massive splits he has shifted into at this stage in his career. He had over a .100 pt gap in his splits last year favoring LHP matchups and nearly double the SLG to boot. I’m less excited about starting him full time, but licking my chops for LHP days in daily leagues and slates with more than one lefty in weekly leagues.

Josh Naylor – How soon we hath forgotten? Josh Naylor is healthy again and getting many RF reps for the Guardians. Being a LHB, he will most likely take the lion share of the platoon ABs and is starting to swing a hot bat. 2 HR over the last 10 games and hitting .300 is nothing to sneeze at.

CWT/CW$ – What the hell is that?

CWT is a breakdown of my tiering system for outfielders: is this guy an OF1, OF2 or etc? Anyone not listed is likely a OF5. CW$ is the dollar value to show the relative value of an outfielder to another (now with cents for sense). This again, is loose, I wouldn’t get too hung up on making sense of the cents as it’s meant to guide the tiers. The more important takeaway is the tiers. Do you want a deeper explanation? Go back and check the first week’s post here.

The List

Rank Name Team POS CWT CW$
1 Ronald Acuna Jr. ATL OF 1 10.93
2 Juan Soto WSH OF 1 10.57
3 Luis Robert CHW OF 1 9.72
4 Mike Trout LAA OF 1 8.43
5 Yordan Alvarez HOU OF 1 8.10
6 Aaron Judge NYY OF 1 8.07
7 Mookie Betts LAD 2B/OF 1 7.90
8 Bryce Harper PHI OF 1 7.87
9 Kyle Tucker HOU OF 1 7.81
10 Byron Buxton MIN OF 1 6.39
11 Teoscar Hernandez TOR OF 1 5.87
12 Cedric Mullins BAL OF 1 5.46
13 Tyler O’Neill STL OF 1 5.29
14 George Springer TOR OF 1 5.29
15 Giancarlo Stanton NYY OF 1 5.23
16 Seiya Suzuki CHC OF 1 5.10
17 Starling Marte NYM OF 2 4.77
18 Nick Castellanos PHI OF 2 4.56
19 Randy Arozarena TB OF 2 4.49
20 Whit Merrifield KC 2B/OF 2 4.42
21 Brandon Lowe TB 2B/OF 2 4.12
22 Lourdes Gurriel Jr. TOR 1B/OF 2 4.08
23 J.D. Martinez BOS OF 2 4.06
24 Jared Walsh LAA 1B/OF 2 4.04
25 Fernando Tatis Jr. SD SS/OF 2 3.92
26 Franmil Reyes CLE OF 2 3.82
27 Ryan Mountcastle BAL 1B/OF 3 3.36
28 Daulton Varsho ARI C/OF 3 3.26
29 Kyle Schwarber PHI 1B/OF 3 3.26
30 Tommy Edman STL 2B/OF 3 3.15
31 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B/OF 3 3.11
32 Bryan Reynolds PIT OF 3 3.10
33 Christian Yelich MIL OF 3 3.10
34 Ketel Marte ARI 2B/OF 3 2.99
35 Josh Bell WSH 1B/OF 3 2.93
36 Adolis Garcia TEX OF 3 2.88
37 Julio Rodriguez SEA OF 3 2.76
38 Kris Bryant COL 1B/3B/ OF 3 2.66
39 Marcell Ozuna ATL OF 3 2.56
40 Brandon Marsh LAA OF 4 2.50
41 Hunter Renfroe MIL OF 4 2.45
42 Alex Verdugo BOS OF 4 2.45
43 Eloy Jimenez CHW OF 4 2.33
44 Austin Meadows DET OF 4 2.22
45 Mitch Haniger SEA OF 4 1.97
46 Trent Grisham SD OF 4 1.97
47 Myles Straw CLE OF 4 1.77
48 Taylor Ward LAA OF 4 1.70
49 Jesus Sanchez MIA OF 4 1.64
50 Jarred Kelenic SEA OF 4 1.62
51 Charlie Blackmon COL OF 4 1.61
51 Jesse Winker SEA OF 4 1.59
52 Randal Grichuk COL OF 4 1.54
53 Ian Happ CHC OF 4 1.52
54 Joey Gallo NYY OF 4 1.45
55 Andrew Vaughn CHW 1B/OF 4 1.32
56 AJ Pollock CHW OF 4 1.32
57 Jorge Soler MIA OF 4 1.09
58 Avisail Garcia MIA OF 4 1.01
60 Tommy Pham CIN OF 5 0.97
61 Jo Adell LAA OF 5 0.97
62 Amed Rosario CLE SS/OF 5 0.79
63 Austin Hays BAL OF 5 0.61
64 Dylan Carlson STL OF 5 0.57
65 Andrew Benintendi KC OF 5 0.38
66 Chris Taylor LAD 2B/SS/ 3B/OF 5 0.36
67 Michael Brantley HOU OF 5 0.35
68 Ramon Laureano OAK OF 5 0.33
69 Anthony Santander BAL OF 5 0.29
70 Max Kepler MIN OF 5 0.28
71 Enrique Hernandez BOS 2B/OF 5 0.04
72 Harrison Bader STL OF 5 0.02
73 Alex Kirilloff MIN 1B/OF 5 -0.09
74 Andrew McCutchen MIL OF 5 -0.09
75 Robbie Grossman DET OF 5 -0.35
76 Akil Baddoo DET OF 5 -0.37
77 Connor Joe COL 1B/OF 5 -0.44
78 Tyler Naquin CIN OF 5 -0.47
79 Gavin Lux LAD 2B/SS/ OF 5 -0.56
80 Joc Pederson SF OF 5 -0.59
81 Mark Canha NYM OF 5 -0.61
82 Brandon Nimmo NYM OF 5 -0.66
83 Adam Duvall ATL OF 5 -0.70
84 Steven Kwan CLE OF 5 -0.85
85 Raimel Tapia TOR OF 5 -0.99
86 Jeff McNeil NYM 2B/OF 5 -1.19
87 Manuel Margot TB OF 5 -1.30
88 Jurickson Profar SD 1B/2B/OF 5 -1.33
89 Josh Lowe TB OF 5 -1.35
90 Seth Brown OAK 1B/OF 5 -1.37
91 Adam Frazier SEA 2B/OF 5 -1.37
92 Patrick Wisdom CHC 1B/3B/ OF 5 -1.38
93 Lane Thomas WSH OF 5 -1.39
94 Tony Kemp OAK 2B/OF 5 -1.40
95 Eddie Rosario ATL OF 5 -1.41
96 Nick Senzel CIN 2B/OF 5 -1.48
97 Luis Arraez MIN 2B/3B/ OF 5 -1.51
98 Wil Myers SD OF 5 -1.54
99 Michael A. Taylor KC OF 5 -1.64
100 Josh Naylor CLE OF 5 -1.67

Once again, 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. Schwarber may be ahead of Edman; but, if your team needs steals then Edman is worth more to your roster. Any outfielder not listed, consider them tier 5.

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ShreddedWheat
ShreddedWheat
1 month ago

Think it may be time to drop O’Neill out of Tier 1. As a TO owner, would def trade him for next 5 guys on list, and Tatis, Schwarber, JRod, Bryant (because of 3B shortage) and Ward as well. He had one very good season last year but his ratios are deplorable as of now. Know it’s early but something looks off

thehombre
thehombre
1 month ago

What the crap do we do with Adell in dynasty? I mean, we have to hold, but do the Angels trade him? #letallthekidsplay

Dude
Dude
1 month ago

I guess this is a good problem to have, but I feel like I am overloaded with OF. Based on your rankings, I think I did alright drafting/trading/keeping. 10 Team Keep 13 League Age 10+years
This year I’ve traded Luzardo for Merrifield, Scherzer for Yordan, Straw for Franmil. Snagged Lauer and Miranda off waivers.
Very tight and competitive league. Do you see a combo, 2 for 1 type of package, to maybe offer as an upgrade somewhere?

Thank you in advance!

Dude
Dude
Reply to  Dude
1 month ago

C-Murphy
1st- Olsen
2nd- Edman
SS- Swanson
3rd- Devers
2nd/SS- Story
1st/3rd- Alonso
LF- Arozarena
RF- Jesus
CF- Adolis Garcia
OF- Lourdes
UTL- Ozuna
UTL- Yordan Alvarez
BE- Grisham
BE- Estrada
BE-Franmil
BE- Merrifield
BE-Miranda
BE- Luis Urias
IL-Haniger
IL- Voit
IL- Josh Rojas

QS
SP-Burnes
SP-Urias
SP-Woodruff
SP-Gausman
SP-Alex Wood
SP-Ober
SP- Joe Ryan
SP-Lauer

SVHD
RP-Bender
RP- Hader
RP- Tyler Rogers
RP- Drew Smith
RP- Michael King
RP- Graveman

Nuke Laloush
Logan
1 month ago

Can you explain, as a Halo fan, how I should be feeling about Walsh? In my 8 teamer he’s dangerously close to a drop.

Uncle Razzkai
Uncle Razzkai
1 month ago

So far this season, you’ve written two fantasy posts — one for Eric Lauer and this one on Taylor Ward. I had picked up both in our RCL and have, in recent days, pulled ahead of your team. Coincidence? I think not … ;-)

Thanks for the post! Minor quibble: I think Taylor Ward should be in Tier 3 — most of the players you list in Tier 3, I think you’d consider trading away for Taylor Ward … (many of the players you list in Tier 3 are fairly well established players for whom current early season struggles support preseason concerns)

Last edited 1 month ago by razzkai
thehombre
thehombre
Reply to  Uncle Razzkai
1 month ago

Agreed. Only guys you are not getting for Ward are JRod and Schwarber in a trade.

everywhereblair
1 month ago

Why is Seiya Suzuki not king