With the top 40 outfielders for 2019 fantasy baseball, we’ve finished all the hitter recaps. We meaning me, but I’ll include you. No, that’s not a cue to try to hold my hand. Why are you now patting my butt? Don’t muss my hair! The pitching recap will begin next. You can hardly wait. No, you! To recap, the end of the season rankings are based on our Fantasy Baseball Player Rater.  I felt the easiest way to keep it objective would to go this route.  This way when I say someone finished 30th and I ranked them 23rd in the preseason, it carries more weight like Willians Astudillo.  Anyway, here’s the top 40 outfielders for 2019 fantasy baseball and how they compare to where I originally ranked them:

21. Tommy Pham – I saw Pham’s runs and RBIs and I thought to myself that I must’ve forgotten about a long IL stint, then I saw 567 ABs and I started singing New Edition, “Mr. Telephone Man, there’s something wrong with Pham’s line.” Preseason Rank #37, 2019 Projections: 92/19/68/.281/18 in 512 ABs, Final Numbers:  77/21/68/.273/25 in 567 ABs

22. Michael Conforto – Gotta love when a plan comes together, which is what happened with Conforto. His projections and final line are about as close as you can get. Oddly enough, from month to month, it didn’t feel like Conforto was doing anywhere near this well. Those oh-for-week stretches are miserable when you’re living through them. Preseason Rank #21, 2019 Projections: 87/33/98/.268/4 in 569 ABs, Final Numbers:  90/33/92/.257/7 in 549 ABs

23. Yasiel Puig – I feel like there’s some kind of payola scheme going on between Puig and the Player Rater for him to end up this high. I owned him and can tell you from personal experience that it did not feel like Puig was the 23rd best outfielder. In a 15-team weekly league, I was benching him at times for entire weeks when he would get so cold. On a side note that no one wants you to talk about especially not the Lamestream Media, but Puig has two years in a row of a .267 average, after having two straight years of a .263 average. Get ready for two straight years of a .271 average. Grey teaching Kaplan SAT prep! Preseason Rank #33, 2019 Projections: 73/27/83/.273/11 in 502 ABs, Final Numbers:  76/24/84/.267/19 in 555 ABs

24. Victor Robles – Is anyone talking about how good a rookie year Robles had? I feel like he could be a sleeper again in 2020 since there’s so little buzz around him. He once again proves the old adage that only I say, “Power and speed produces way more fantasy value than anyone talks about.” It’s a catchy adage! I’d trademark it too, but no one else is saying that catchy AF adage! Preseason Rank #29, 2019 Projections: 78/12/47/.281/29 in 524 ABs, Final Numbers:  86/17/65/.255/28 in 546 ABs

25. Max Kepler – A few of these guys seemed to come out of nowhere, according to my rankings, but this is like I was saying in the top 20 outfielders, they didn’t really come out of nowhere. Yes, I ranked Kepler much later, but I wrote a sleeper post for him in 2018, and loved him last year. So this wasn’t out of nowhere, it was just not on the schedule I had in mind for him. By the way, I was one year off from owning Mancini and Kepler everywhere. *lifts bowling ball, drops bowling ball on foot* Thank you, Painmeister, I deserve it! Preseason Rank #98, 2019 Projections: 62/22/71/.232/5 in 502 ABs, Final Numbers:  98/36/90/.251/1 in 524 ABs

26. Jeff McNeil – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2019 fantasy baseball.

27. Nicholas Castellanos – For the most part, I only look at a guy’s homers and steals and how close I came to projecting those, because the rest is so fickle. The Greek God of Hard Contact was near-perfect to preseason projections even if he took an extremely circuitous route, detouring through Chicago. On a side note, check out homeboy’s doubles. Dizzamn, he racked up 58. Imagine if he spent one year elevating the ball. He’d challenge 45 homers, easy. Preseason Rank #25, 2019 Projections:  93/28/98/.302/3 in 597 ABs, Final Numbers:  100/27/73/.289/2 in 615 ABs

28. Marcell Ozuna – Luckily, OZUNA chucked in a random 12 steals this year, otherwise he wouldn’t have made the top 40 at all. OZUNA average bottomed out. OZUNA disappoint you with power. OZUNA bad idea to go green, and legally sanctioned as a windmill farm. Preseason Rank #19, 2019 Projections: 84/29/96/.286/2 in 591 ABs, Final Numbers:  80/29/89/.243/12 in 485 ABs

29. Kevin Pillar – Every year I’m crazy for Pillar, like I’m a prepubescent Michelangelo admiring stonework but not sure how to craft something out of it, but even I would’ve never guessed he’d end up this high at the end of the season, and find his stats a bit yawnstipating. To repeat the common refrain that I don’t refrain from refraining, give power and speed and the player’s value is a lot better than you’d think. Preseason Rank #62, 2019 Projections: 64/15/70/.253/15 in 546 ABs, Final Numbers:  83/21/88/.259/14 in 611 ABs

30. Kyle Schwarber – Seeing Schwarber this high is like looking at him through the eyes of Joe Buck. I will now scream at my mom for walking in on me taking a 45-minute shower.  MA!  Schwarbs  is actually illustrative of how much lifting speed is doing to a player’s value. Schwarber hit 17 more homers than Pillar; more RBIs, same runs and average, more or less, and only ten fewer steals, but is below him. I.e., 17 more homers does not make up for ten fewer steals.  Preseason Rank #63, 2019 Projections: 63/29/74/.244/4 in 471 ABs, Final Numbers:  82/38/92/.250/2 in 529 ABs

31. Ramon Laureano – I loved, loved, lurved Laureano — Lurveano — in the preseason, and predicted a breakout for him, and he materialized, but I couldn’t be any more about how he was going to break out. Way more power, way fewer steals, runs and RBIs near what I thought, but I predicted they’d come from the leadoff spot, and they came from mostly the bottom of the order. Sometimes you’re right, sometimes you’re the broken clock that’s right twice a day and sometimes you’re both. Preseason Rank #45, 2019 Projections: 81/16/51/.264/28 in 542 ABs, Final Numbers:  79/24/67/.288/13 in 434 ABs

32. Shin-Soo Choo – Where a Latin (age) means a player is actually a lot older.  Like Yuli Gurriel is a Latin 35, which means he’s actually 40 years old. Asians are the reverse. An Asian 37 means The Seoul Train is actually 32 years old. The reason for this is prolly racist, so let’s not focus on that. Preseason Rank #74, 2019 Projections: 72/17/43/.259/5 in 523 ABs, Final Numbers:  93/24/61/.265/15 in 563 ABs

33. Brett Gardner – As I was saying with Kepler and in the top 20 outfielders, Gardner didn’t come out of nowhere (or Eaton, Choo or Kole Calhoun; the only one really in this post out of nowhere is Bryan Reynolds, more on him in a few), Gardner simply did what he was capable of with a little help from the juiced ball. Preseason Rank #100, 2019 Projections: 81/10/39/.238/14 in 476 ABs, Final Numbers:  86/28/74/.251/10 in 491 ABs

34. Adam Eaton – Not sure how many of you are watching the postseason. I’d guess 100% of you because you’re reading about baseball in October, so you’re the demographic, but watching Eaton in the postseason makes me think I’m so right to never like him. He gets into one occasionally, and he can get a single here and there, but you watch Eaton and you’re like, “If Eaton was on the Yanks or Mets or Dodgers or Phils any big market team and people would be screaming for Davey Martinez’s resignation for starting Eaton between Turner and Soto.” He is such an utter bore, which is not to say he’s related to Puig. Preseason Rank #94, 2019 Projections: 69/6/31/.293/8 in 437 ABs, Final Numbers:  103/15/49/.279/15 in 566 ABs

35. Ryan Braun – He could have another 35-homer season or a 10-homer season and either way I’d project him for around 21 homers and 10 steals every year unless, of course, I get some inside info that braun’s investing heavily in FedEx stock. Preseason Rank #41, 2019 Projections: 55/21/69/.261/9 in 412 ABs, Final Numbers:  70/22/75/.285/11 in 459 ABs

36. Hunter Dozier – Went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2019 fantasy baseball.

37. Joc Pederson – Went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2019 fantasy baseball.

38. Mallex Smith – How valuable are steals in today’s fantasy baseball? Thank you for asking, Clunky Intro Question! Mallex wasn’t really ownable for about three months, but, due to accumulated steals, he ranked in the top 40. Mallex P. Stealin’ making those Fantasy Ties that bind. Preseason Rank #48, 2019 Projections: 82/3/37/.286/42 in 546 ABs, Final Numbers:  70/6/37/.227/46 in 510 ABs

39. Bryan Reynolds – So, didn’t rank or project one guy in the top 40. That’s pretty impressive, or is sad for how few outfielders came out of nowhere, or a little from A and B. Prolly C, but there’s no C, so I’m painted into a logic corner, help! Not only did I not project Bryan Reynolds but, if I’m being 100 with red underlines, I didn’t even know who he was six months ago. He wasn’t in our Pirates prospect breakdown, and I kinda get it. He’s a .290 hitter without any big power or speed. Hard to get excited about that profile for fantasy. It’s like an old Derek Jeter profile. I will call him Married Jeter. Preseason Unranked, Final Numbers:  83/16/68/.314/3 in 491 ABs

40. Kole Calhoun – Bet you didn’t realize that Kole Calhoun had roughly the same season as Marcell Ozuna, minus some steals. Makes you rethink your interest in where Ozuna’s signing this offseason. Unless he goes to Colorado. OZUNA in the purple mountain majesties makes my pants water. Preseason Rank #99, 2019 Projections: 56/19/64/.221/5 in 519 ABs, Final Numbers:  92/33/74/.232/4 in 552 ABs

  1. Bill says:
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    Thanks for another great year. Is this the real Puig or do you think there’s still more there ? First!

    • hot corner says:
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      I owned Puig mot of the year and I think that this is who he is. He gets hot for a period time every year and hits home runs, but the rest of the season is meh. This year, he had a good June/July. The rest of the season, I found him on my bench most of the time.

      June/July full season pace: 87/36/87/21/.289/.340/.568
      Other 4 month pace: 70/18/82/18/.260/.323/.408

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        True stuff, hot corner

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem…I think this is about as real as it gets… Top 25 is pretty damn good year from him, prolly less than this going forward, especially in the steals

  2. bigbear says:
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    Robles is a textbook slap hitter. But somehow hit 17 HR! Yeah, them’s juiced balls. Gotta think that’s his high water mark, no? He had a 75% SB success rate. But his OBP and BBs are meh. Gotta think he has a 40+ SB season in the near future with full time ABs. Counting stats would still be lowish unless he hits ahead of Soto in the line-up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I projected him for 12 homers, so 17 with the juice sounds about right… He could fill out and add more power as he gets older, but then steals would come down…. My guess is he’d lose some power and add some speed for 2020, depends on how juiced the balls are tho

  3. MattTruss

    MattTruss says:
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    What’s crazy to me is we need 60 OF spots in the RCLs and yet everyone past #30 on this list besides Mallex Smith was on waivers at some point during the season. I consistently was able to grab Gardner during the year to fill in on short schedule days ditto for Joc and Calhoun. I added Choo, Braun and Reynolds midseason in a couple leagues too, never would have guessed these guys were all top 40.

    Robles was a guy I would bench randomly because he was always hitting out of the #8 spot. Impressive he had such a great year from that spot in the order. Imagine if they used him correctly! Can’t wait to be all over him next year with what is hopefully suppressed hype.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, similar thoughts to SPs when we get there tomorrow… There’s gotta be some kind of formula for how many people are owned 100% all year in a 12 team league vs. on and off waivers… Surprised no one’s done this yet — maybe that’s bc it’s not possible, idk

      Same on Robles, hard to not like him going forward if he can take even a small step forward

  4. Squat Cobblers says:
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    You’re so right on Eaton. I have Rendon in a postseason contest and it feels like he’s (Rendon) leading off constantly because Eaton ended a rally the inning before. Eaton is a total bore.

    I had Laureano nearly everywhere and wasn’t disappointed. Combine his replacement’s stats with his and he far exceeded his draft spot in 12/15 teamers. Only drawback (as you mentioned throughout the season) was that, having drafted Laureano and Trea!, I didn’t have the number of steals I thought I would. Nats’ Martinez said in the preseason that Trea would get 80! steals. Stupid preseason coach-speak!

    Anyway, thanks Grey for the re-caps, very helpful. Can’t wait for the rankings!!

    BTW, how are you doing in the post-season contest?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, Eaton’s painful, it’s hard to watch him in the postseason… On a big market team, people would hate him…

      Ha, yeah, on Laureano… He actually had a great year, prolly around top 18-20 if he’s healthy all year

      Donkey and I aren’t doing good… It feels like a silly contest, tbh… Everyone’s got the same players, so it’s impossible to move up at all… We’ve fluctuated between 50 and 120 overall… You?

      • Squat Cobblers says:
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        Well..i was second heading in to LCS’…not sure what happened…21st currently…so maybe can still make some noise, but like you said, everyone has my players! lol
        Really could use big days today from Stras, Flaherty, Rendon, Turner, Ozuna and Goldy…but likely not possible as they are head-to-head. Sure wish I had 2x Torres, tho I’m going Nats/Stros the whole way so I didn’t go big on Yanks.

        Am sharing two other entries…not doing well: 109 and 167. Oh well. Thanks to you, playing with house money!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You were 2nd?! Wow, that’s impressive! Good luck, hopefully you make some $!

          We were going Nats/Astros too, so have no Yankees or Cards except ones from 1st round, so Gary Sanchez, Judge and Edman, Flaherty — Um, yay?

  5. Will says:
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    Puig on the Reds: 22 home runs in 373 at bats, .252/.475/.777
    Puig on the Indians: 2 home runs in 182 at bats, .297/.423/.800

    Where did his power go in the American League? Looks like a lot of his HRs turned into doubles with Cleveland.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Or he just got extremely cold which he’s been known to do… He’s either a top OF or one of the worst, with no in between

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… I like how in Italy, if an actor wants to do a movie, they’re like, “Go, make it yourself.”

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        Haha. When’s the Razzball movie coming?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hopefully Summer of 2020!

  6. Cram It says:
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    Puig’s ranking is surprising. I mean, Conforto right ahead of him looks like a much more desirable line. Actually so does Castellanos. Who did Puig pay at Razzball to get that ranking?!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha — Rudy!

  7. Harley Earl says:
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    Just want to point out that you seemed to forget that Ozuna missed a month with broken bones in his hand. Otherwise, his numbers would have been much more in line with expectations. I wouldn’t be so down on him at all for next year, depending on where he lands. If it’s a hitter’s park, I’m in.

    Same can be said for Springer. He missed a month with a hamstring strain. If he doesn’t miss that month, he clocks 40-45 bombs and dominates runs again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ozuna feels like a guy who is going to end up in a great lineup somewhere, hopefully at least… Springer had a great per game value, agreed

      • Harley Earl says:
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        Just curious, where do you think Ozuna might sign? I’m not even sure who is in need of a power hitting LF. Would be nice to see him in Colorado!! lol

  8. Jack says:
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    Hi Grey,
    I have to choose 16 keepers among theese in a dynasty 10 teams points league:
    Bell, Bichette, Arenado, Blackmon, Robles, Soto, Ohtani, Lux, Wander Franco, Dustin May, Bauer, Luis Castillo, Lamet, Adrian Houser, Wheeler, Glasnow, Grandal, German Marquez, Carlos Martinez.
    Who are the three you would drop?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hmm…Might change since they’re some here dependent on offseason moves, but I guess Houser, Marquez, May

  9. Smitty says:
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    OF is a a beautiful place to live with Acuna, Trout, Betts, Yelich, Soto, and Judge. Big time interest targeting E. Jimenez, F. Reyes and L. Robert to fill out my ’20 outfield. Will take Y. Alvarez as my DH

    • Harley Earl says:
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      What kind of clown league do you play in that allows you to have 5 top 10 players, plus Judge Not top 10 outfielders, top 10 players overall. That’s a joke.

      Are you playing with third graders? And why would you even want to play with such idiots? What’s the challenge?

    • Harley Earl says:
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      What kind of clown league do you play in that allows you to have 5 top 10 players, plus Judge? Not top 10 outfielders, top 10 players overall. That’s a joke.

      Are you playing with third graders? And why would you even want to play with such idiots? What’s the challenge?

      • Whoa where are you coming from Barley? I don’t own any of those players – I was just pointing out players that I’d like to get in ’20. What a chump – guess you think you’re the shit. Couldn’t put a pimple on my ass Pearl

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