Went over the catchers1st basemen2nd basemen and shortstops and top 20 3rd basemen for 2020 fantasy baseball.  Guess what’s next!  No, not pitchers. Read the title, man. The title is above! Oh, forget it. These are the top 20 outfielders for 2020 fantasy baseball, yippee-ki-yay, you motheroutfielders! This post is long, let’s get to it. But first! A word of exposition. As before, these rankings are from our Fantasy Baseball Player Rater with my comments. Anyway, here’s the top 20 outfielders for 2020 fantasy baseball and how they compare to where I originally ranked them:

1. Marcell Ozuna – It’s pretty impressive the top two hitters at two of the top three deepest positions (Ozuna and Jose Abreu) are guys who provided no steals at all. Similar feelings to Jose Abreu with Ozuna, if the season continued longer, both prolly would’ve been replaced at the top of the rankings by someone who gave speed as well as power. It’s very hard to maintain a top spot in fantasy hitter rankings with absolutely nothing in one category. With that said, OZUNA number one. OZUNA make everyone else look like number two. Preseason Rank #26, 2020 Projections: 31/11/36/.274/2 in 216 ABs, Final Numbers:  38/18/56/.338 in 228 ABs

2. Mookie Betts – Okay, last point about what I was saying in the Ozuna blurb. Betts’s fantasy value was $43.2 and Ozuna’s was $43.7. So, if the season were just a day longer, Betts prolly would’ve been Mookie Best, and that’s with Ozuna getting him for 23 more RBIs, two more HRs, only five less runs and 46 points on average. Preseason Rank #4, 2020 Projections: 43/10/33/.292/7 in 218 ABs, Final Numbers:  47/16/39/.292/10 in 219 ABs

3. Juan Soto – My urge in each blurb is to make this about 2021 and not that abomination that was last year, but all I’ll say is I’m toying with the idea of Juan Soto as #1 overall. He’s a 40/12/.320 hitter with upside. Damn, I love Sexy Dr. Pepper so much I’m literally dry-humping a soda machine. Yes, literally! Preseason Rank #5, 2020 Projections: 37/13/40/.294/4 in 199 ABs, Final Numbers:  39/13/37/.351/6 in 154 ABs

4. Mike Trout – As great as Trout’s been — yes, here’s where I’m about to say something blasphemous, but, hey, since he’s an Angel it evens out — when was the last time he was the top outfielder, let alone the top player in fantasy? I get it, I GET IT! He’s consistent, and you’re paying for that high floor, but he’s nowhere near a 40/20/.310 player anymore. Not even sure he’s 40/5/.290. Preseason Rank #6, 2020 Projections: 40/16/43/.285/4 in 190 ABs, Final Numbers:  41/17/46/.281/1 in 199 ABs

5. Whit Merrifield – Already went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2020 fantasy baseball recap.

6. Bryce Harper – If you think Saberhagenmetrics is goofy nonsense — shame on you, you coastal elite! — but, if you did, Harper is still fascinating. He had major gains in strikeout and walk rate, and that’s from a guy who was already an elite walker like you in those New Balance. But even with the rate changes, his swing changes were just as dramatic and equally detrimental to his average. His Launch Angle and fly balls went way up — hey, stop hanging out with Rhys Hoskins! — and his Hard Contact went down. Though, his exit velocity was pretty solid and similar to past years. Guess what I’m saying is he was a different hitter whose net result was exactly same as past years. Preseason Rank #7, 2020 Projections: 39/14/41/.261/4 in 208 ABs, Final Numbers:  41/13/33/.268/8 in 190 ABs

7. Teoscar Hernandez – So, my projections and rankings were way off, but if you didn’t draft Teoscar, that was on you. I highlighted him pre-shutdown, during the shutdown, and as soon as the season started. The Teoscar for Most Convincing Argument Why Grey Was Right Even Though It Appears He Was Wrong goes to…Grey! Yes! This is my first Teoscar, but hopefully not my last. Preseason Rank #88, 2020 Projections: 19/8/23/.219/1 in 168 ABs, Final Numbers:  33/16/34/.289/6 in 190 ABs

8. Ronald Acuña Jr. – With injuries and just an otherwise down year, Tildaddy was still easily a top ten outfielder. Tildaddy allows you to watch TV! Preseason Rank #1, 2020 Projections: 44/15/36/.287/15 in 219 ABs, Final Numbers:  46/14/29/.250/8 in 160 ABs

9. Wil Myers – Think there could be 15,000 words written about Myers and his 2020 season. Not the first time we’ve seen him be ‘good’ but it’s been awhile. Have to go back to 2017 for anything remotely close to this. He cut his Ks, and lost some walks, but the numbers that stand out most are HardHit% and games he was healthy. That last point might’ve been all he needed. Or maybe not. He was on the field for 155 games the previous year, but was he healthy? I don’t know. If I can lay out one narrative for him this year, I’d say he was healthy, cut his Ks and was making good contact, which is similar to 2017, but with less Ks. Overall, he looks like he could be a 30/10/.270, so like a contiution of 2017 without those terrible 2018 and 2019 years. Preseason Rank #94, 2020 Projections: 19/6/21/.231/4 in 131 ABs, Final Numbers:  34/15/40/.288/2 in 198 ABs

10. Kyle Tucker – There’s a few outfielders in this recap that seem way off — like Trent Grisham and Lourdes Gurriel Jr., but I was actually high on them and everyone who paid attention knew to draft them. Tucker? — that’s what Jame Gumb said! — I was out on Tucker. Wasn’t interested whatsoever. Figured Dusty would do Dusty-type stuff and make Bud Black seem like a friend of rookies by playing everyone over Tucker, but it turned out Tucker was the only Astros hitter to do well. It is wild to think the narrative coming into this year was the Astros were cheating, and Tucker, the one guy who wasn’t with the cheaters, is the only one to hit. That is not a way to kill a narrative. A way to kill that narrative is to win the World Series. That would be a fitting end to the 2020 season. Any hoo! I learned my lesson on Tucker. I’m in now. From Tuckered Out to Tuckered In, sounds like the CEO of Untuckit coming out in favor of belts. Preseason Rank #44, 2020 Projections: 17/6/20/.252/4 in 140 ABs, Final Numbers:  33/9/42/.268/8 in 209 ABs

11. Michael Conforto – Was expecting to see better stats from Conforto. Not only are his stats kind of a “Larry David meh face” his numbers are also saying he was a sell candidate if the season was longer. His .412 BABIP and strikeout and walk rates worse year-over-year are not great signs this was some sorta breakout. Brutal blurb, was expecting to like Conforto. Gonna move on. Preseason Rank #27, 2020 Projections: 34/12/38/.254/2 in 216 ABs, Final Numbers: 40/9/31/.322/3 in 202 ABs

12. Brandon Lowe – Already went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2020 fantasy baseball recap.

13. Trent Grisham – As mentioned in the Tucker blurb and kinda inferred in the Teoscar blurb, my preseason rankings and projections might say one thing, but I owned Trent Grisham in a bunch of leagues, and told every one of youse to do the same. Member when people were scared Grisham might not play every day? Haha, yeah, no. He played in 59 games. Member when people were thinking the Brewers made a good trade by getting Urias for Grisham? Haha, yeah, no. Member when people were thinking they should draft Tommy Pham and not Grisham? Haha, yeah, no.  Preseason Rank #72, 2020 Projections: 24/7/19/.254/5 in 168 ABs, Final Numbers:  42/10/26/.251/10 in 215 ABs

14. Mike Yastrzemski – Yaz Jr. Jr. broke out in 2020, and no one noticed so we need to whisper to keep his draft price down — by the by, “whisper” should be spelled “whishhper,” you messed up, English language. *speaks in a low whishhper, quietly opens trench coat* Looks at Yaz Jr. Jr.’s strikeout rate, his walks, his HR/FB%, his barrel%, everything you can want, and a little sniffy-sniffy, if you need it. Preseason Rank #83, 2020 Projections: 26/9/27/.254/1 in 200 ABs, Final Numbers:  39/10/35/.297/2 in 192 ABs

15. Eddie Rosario – Get the sense that Rosario gets no sorta love. Consistently Rosario is a top 20 outfielder and also one of those names that is floated in comments as a guy, “Who I could maybe drop, if you think I should.” He’s going on four straight productive years. Can’t find his upside, so I get that you get bored by him, but he’s been more productive year-over-year than, say, Marcell Ozuna. Preseason Rank #16, 2020 Projections: 35/11/40/.281/1 in 214 ABs, Final Numbers:  31/13/42/.257/3 in 210 ABs

16. A.J. Pollock – Not only did I not tell you to draft Pollock, I’m not sure I ever believed in him while the season was actually going on. Who’s the Pollock now? Still me, apparently. As for ‘was this year for real,’ no, it was not. He had a great 55 games, but in a longer season, he could’ve been one of the worst outfielders. Pinpointing why he was ‘lucky’ is a spray chart scattershot, but that’s appropriate for Pollock. Preseason Rank #102, 2020 Projections: 17/5/15/.259/2 in 117 ABs, Final Numbers:  30/16/34/.276/2 in 196 ABs

17. Eloy Jimenez – Not sure why I projected Eloy to hit for that good of an average, but I guess I was smarter — more smart? — than I thought. “I can’t spell genius without a spellchecker, but I am one of those things.” — famous quote by Grey Albright, Fantasy Master Lothario (don’t abbreviate). I’d contend (for the featherweight championship) that Eloy never even hit his stride or got as hot as he’s capable of this year. So, while great year, it wasn’t nearly the best we’ve seen from him. Grab your horsey mops, because it’s time the giddy up! Preseason Rank #12, 2020 Projections: 32/13/38/.284 in 216 ABs, Final Numbers:  26/14/41/.296 in 213 ABs

18. Starling Marte – At least one Marte was good this year — that’s shade your way, Ketel! You know Starling, so I won’t belabor this blurb. It is hilarious though that they sent his hat to Cooperstown because he played in 61 of a possible 60 games (due to the trade). 61 games is not a lot in a regular season. They know this, right? Preseason Rank #10, 2020 Projections: 36/8/32/.289/8 in 215 ABs, Final Numbers: 36/6/27/.281/10 in 228 ABs

19. Randal Grichuk – This year was so goofy — Audience screams in unison, “How goofy was it?” It was so goofy that Grichuk had one ten-game hot streak and was a top 20 outfielder. Audience screams in unison, “Okay.” Then a long pause, “Interesting.” Preseason Rank #90, 2020 Projections: 24/10/26/.238/1 in 181 ABs, Final Numbers: 38/12/35/.273/1 in 216 ABs

20. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. – Same glorious smart stuff that went into Trent Grisham and Teoscar was bestowed on your eye-bulbs with Lou-Gu-Ju. One tiny little side note that is related, the Jays were playing in such a goofy stadium this year that all their hitters did so well. Imagine how great it would be in 2021 if the Jays are playing in Buffalo again all year. Wait, that would mean there’s still a pandemic. Okay, not great. Preseason Rank #41, 2020 Projections: 29/10/31/.252/3 in 211 ABs, Final Numbers: 28/11/33/.308/3 in 208

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GottaLottaLosses
GottaLottaLosses
2 years ago

Tucker or Mondesi in keeper league… 5×5 OBP ROTO

Steverino
Steverino
2 years ago

We’re all about the Rays this year, right?

Crazy J
Crazy J
2 years ago

It’s still early but…

I think Altuve is coming up a little short, how about you?

Coolwhip
2 years ago

Since I tracked OFs a lot this season, a few extra thoughts:

Ozuna / Betts – once again shows how valuable steals were this year in roto. 10 steals = 2 hr, 23 rbis, and 46 pts on AVG… wow!
I picked Betts to win the NL MVP, so not surprised to see him up here, him at the front of the Dodgers lineup was a matchup made in heaven. Just imagine if Muncy and Belli are fixed next year? He might score 140 runs like 2019.

Trout – how dare you! LOL. At the end of this season he was in a mini slump when he had been above 300 for most of the mid-season so he ending is a bit deceptive. for funsies, how about this counterpoint: of the top 5 OF to start the season how many finished there? Yeli bombed, Belli bombed, Soto would have if he played 60, Betts did, Acuna prob would have if not injured. Its not just that he has a high floor, but an elite floor. If he gets pushed down, and then you others getting cute an taking “top pitchers” in the first you could hilariously get Trout on the turn and pick again 1-2 picks later… that would be league winning shit right there, hahaha.

Myers – he’s on my deep dive fall/winter list, hinted on it some in the Slam Diego article. Preview: part of his reclamation is he got more patient, attacked and identified the zone better, and used the whole field (30% oppo). Impressive stuff.

Conforto – Same. He’s a fast starter. He didn’t have enough time to hit his patented midseason slump that he’s done the last few years.

Grisham – Thats our boy! his 10/10 would put him on pace for 25/25 in a full season. As i tweeted after the season there 6 guys that finished with a double-double, everyone but him was a top 15 pick to start the year.

Eloy – you prob thought what I’m seeing, last year his BABIP was below his career average and his K-rate was high. This season K-rate went back down and BABIP back up, ergo, AVG up.

LuGu – Crazy he finished 20th after such a crappy first month. He came to life in September and hit 360+, yowzas! So what went right for him? He succeeded where Ketel failed. Ketel reverted to sucking at breaking balls esp sliders which was a large part of his success last year. LuGu did same thing last year, but as he was slow out of gate he corrected and hit sliders great again AND then improved vs offspeed… I’ll be targeting him again next year.

Dong Show
Dong Show
2 years ago

Grey how do you Puk view Harper in a dynasty league? Guy in my league has approached me about trying to get Luis Robert off me for him.

Harper is so consistent with what he does that it’s incredibly appealing. Robert looks like a stud in the making, but his underlying metrics and super high K rate (and inability to hit a fastball) kind of scare. I like to view him as if Gallo and Mondesi had a baby, you would get his profile.

Age and youthful hype is obviously on Robert side still with the idea he can get better as time goes on. Harper looks like a lineup stabilizer where I know what to expect and his profile should age nicely.

I lost in the fantasy championship so I feel like Harper’s consistent bat can help, but am incredibly fearful of giving up on LuBob overall potential.

Your thoughts? And as always thanks for all the wonderful content this year and currently. Still reading daily!

Dong Show
Dong Show
Reply to  Dong Show
2 years ago

Do you view*. No Puk lol autocorrect

Dong Show
Dong Show
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Lol at damn Puk. 7 offensive categories

Runs
Homers
Rbi
Offensive Ks
Avg
OPS

Dynasty wise I feel like these two are probably neck and neck currently. This guy is a know Harper lover so for him to even consider selling him has shocked me. 0 chance he gives up anymore unfortunately, as you might as well consider Harper near impossible to get off him. He never buys into the flashy guys who have this kind of profile.

I always viewed Harper as somewhat overrated for Dynasty, but I know and get the appeal of his profile which is why I’m considering this. But I trust you and you brain more than mine here since your the one with a successful website lol. I basically look at it as you have my deciding vote here since I can’t figured out what to do.

Dong Show
Dong Show
Reply to  Dong Show
2 years ago

and 10 team league 32 man rosters. 25 active, 7 Inactive slots for whatever we want

Dong Show
Dong Show
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Yep lol SB is one. Apologizes. Which obviously favors Robert over Harper. That change anything?

This is the hardest I have ever thought about a trade in this league. Just cant get a feel at all on what is “right”

Dong Show
Dong Show
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thanks for your time and advice Grey! Sincerely appreciate it.

Low on Lowe Now?
Low on Lowe Now?
2 years ago

I WANT to keep Lowe in 13th protected round in a 14 team keeper, but I would feel better about it if he could actually hit a ball in the postseason…..

The Great Knoche
2 years ago

Well, since you brought up Soto as potential top pick next year I think it is time to look at what the top 15 should look like next year. (Side note, I think more pitchers are gonna go next year in the top 20 than ever before. I could see people sticking Darvish, Bauer, Giolito, Scherzer, Nola, Kershaw into Top 15-20)

Here’s my top 15

1 Tatis – Speed Power Combo puts him ahead of Soto for me – Also in better lineup.
2 Acuna – Same as above
3 Betts – Same as Above
4 Soto
5 Turner
6 Story
7 Trout
8 Freeman
9 JoRAm
10 Yelich
11 Bellinger
12 Bieber
13 Degrom
14 Cole
15 Lindor

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

What about Arozarena at #1??

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

U watching Lovecraft Country?
I’m half way thru… really like it so far.

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I was going to start that next or Fargo…

The Great Knoche
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Very strong!

The Great Knoche
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Think Tatis was only slightly over where he should be on BABIP. Guessing with his hit rate he is about a .340-.350 BABIP. Should land him around .270-.280 Average. Isn’t that where Acuna could land also?

The Great Knoche
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

So what you are really saying is Betts should be number one since he has speed and average, but you really want to talk yourself into Sexy Dr. Pepper.

The Great Knoche
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Yeah, you just converted me. Just looked at SB% last 3 years. With his rise in OBP, and BB/K Ratio + he’s gonna get pitched around more next year. He should have close to 25ish SB attempts next year if he maintains rate from this year. That means it could be closer to .320/40/20.

Woolly the Mammoth
Woolly the Mammoth
2 years ago

I had Mookie Best and Trent Grisham going into the season in my h2h points league. Added Teoscar and Myers at the beginning of the season and went on to sweep every week of my league! Trying to figure out whether to keep Randy Arozarena (we keep 20 so pretty deep) and what to do with Austin Meadows. I think he’ll bounce back, right?

Cersy
Cersy
2 years ago

Hey Grey!

Nicely done as always.

I’m in an 8 keeper 12 team league. Offensive cats are runs, hits, BA, OPS, HR, k’s, RBIs, SBs, TBs.

I have 6 keepers I’m set on but struggling for the last 2 slots. I was offered Trevor Bauer and Yastrzemski for Walker Buehler. Do you think that’s fair?

My possible last 2 keepers without making that deal are Anthony Santander and Nick Madrigal. Is Yastrzemski better than these 2 options? Do you think Santander can be a top 20 OF next season?

Thanks,

Cersy

Cersy
Cersy
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thanks. Thoughts on Santander or Madrigal as a keeper?

Will
Will
2 years ago

Raise your hand if you had Wil Myers finishing at #26 and Trent Grisham finishing at #35 on the Player Rater prior to the season starting. I drafted Grisham late and Myers went undrafted in our league but I added him just before the season opened. Both helped me win the league this year. I watched a lot of Padres games this year and Myers looked very good. Problem is like you said other than 2017 and his half season in Tampa all the way back in 2013 he hasn’t been very good. He hit .288 / .606 / .959 this year versus career rates of .254 / .447 / .776 so which version of Myers can we expect going forward?

Will
Will
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

He could have been the “player you kept waiting to fall off but never did” award in one of your year end columns. Also, I really like Grisham for next season, there aren’t a lot of potential 20 / 20 players left out there.

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
2 years ago

Grey,

My minor league pick is 2 picks away. Who should I take? These are my choices:

1 Cole Henry SP/RHP WAS
2 Tyler Gentry OF KC
3 Evan Carter OF TEX
4 CJ Van Eyk SP/RHP TOR
5 Ben Hernandez SP/RHP KC
6 Chris McMahon SP/RHP COL
7 Tyler Soderstrom C OAK

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I was thinking Gentry or carter

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Joe Morgan passed away at the age of 77 this morning

Rebar
Rebar
2 years ago

Soto missed almost a quarter of the season due to Covid, and still put up those numbers. Sexy indeed!

LaRockakis
LaRockakis
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I have him as a keeper, so do me a favor and rank him 3-5.

LaRockakis
LaRockakis
2 years ago

I’m not gonna point out the typo in the Trent Grisham blurb because everyone one makes mistakes.

hot corner
hot corner
Reply to  LaRockakis
2 years ago

If you are pointing out “youse” as a typo, then you didn’t grow up in Jersey.

LaRockakis
LaRockakis
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

No that’s not the typo I’m referring to

LaRockakis
LaRockakis
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Everyone one makes mistakes!

LaRockakis
LaRockakis
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Not sure if sarcasm, but I did in my original comment. This is confucius. I got shake shack today btw

LaRockakis
LaRockakis
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Nah. I got a cheeseburger since I’ve never tried it before.

hot corner
hot corner
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Yup. Grew up every night with my mom saying, “What do youse guys want for dinner?”

I am from Bergen County (Chicago now) but my parents are from the Dirtz Jerz that is Jersey City.