With the top 40 outfielders for 2020 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 be to go this route. This way when I say someone finished 30th and I ranked them 23rd in the preseason, it carries more weight than Willians Astudillo. Anyway, here’s the top 40 outfielders for 2020 fantasy baseball and how they compare to where I originally ranked them:

21. Dominic Smith – Already went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2020 fantasy baseball recap.

22. Kole Calhoun – As I’ve been saying in various ways, if you won your league in a 60-game season, congrats, but that’s not a full congratulations, because shizz was so goofy, and one hot month turned Kole into fire and your fantasy team lucked into a top 22 outfielder, when he would’ve been a 60-80th ranked outfielder if the season continued. Though, don’t take that completely the wrong way, Calhoun is a 30+ homer guy. But also a .225 hitter, which kinda ruins things a little. It’s not like he’s a cheap Juan Soto. Don’t call him Kola Calhoun. Preseason Rank #86, 2020 Projections: 23/10/26/.222/1 in 173, Final Numbers:  35/16/40/.226/1 in 190 ABs

23. Charlie Blackmon – You in August, “Chazz Noir can’t not not not not hit .400 this year!!! Ugh, I can’t not not not believe it!!!” You at the end of the season, “Welp, that didn’t happen.” Was so funny all the proraters out there saying how poorly Noir would have to hit to hit as low as .300, meaning there was no way he would do it, and then he went ahead and did it. “Leave the prorating to me.” That’s Mr. Prorater. Preseason Rank #19, 2020 Projections: 39/10/29/.288/1 in 211 ABs, Final Numbers:  31/6/42/.303/2 in 221 ABs

24. George Springer – Ya know what’s interesting to no one but me? Stop trying to guess, you wouldn’t know, it’s only interesting to me. What’s interesting to me is that I tend to be lower on the Astros hitters than most, but always higher on Springer. Told you it was only interesting to me. His numbers look fairly normal until your eyes pop out of your skull seeing his Launch Angle. It went from 10.4 to 18.4, and, of course, his fly balls went way up, literally. That’s a good way to hit .260 instead of .280. Preseason Rank #9, 2020 Projections: 40/11/31/.281/2 in 204 ABs, Final Numbers:  37/14/32/.265/1 in 189 ABs

25. Luis Robert – Welp, pretty much nailed his ranking and projections. I’d take a bow, but my sciatica. Here’s a secret recipe for success in fantasy baseball: If a hitter has power and speed, he can only be so bad. Of course, there’s exceptions to every rule, and Byron Buxton has discovered just about every exception. He’s the Magellan of exceptions. Preseason Rank #24, 2020 Projections: 29/8/22/.248/9 in 190 ABs, Final Numbers:  33/11/31/.233/9 in 227 ABs

26. Kyle Lewis – You can say I did a doodie with Lewis’s preseason ranking and projections, and you might not be wrong, but I also told everyone to draft and/or pick him up during the shutdown. I was off him in January, when the original rankings were borne, but I was a very early convert like the world’s 2nd clown. Everyone knows the coolest guy in history has to be the second clown ever. The dude who looked at the first ever clown and said, “This rules. I want what that guy has.” That’s me, the world’s 2nd clown. Preseason Rank #125, 2020 Projections: 15/4/14/.234/1 in 114 ABs, Final Numbers:  37/11/28/.262/5 in 206 ABs

27. Cavan Biggio – Already went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2020 fantasy baseball recap.

28. Cody Bellinger – Already went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2020 fantasy baseball recap.

29. Adam Duvall – He’s like a poor man’s Kole. I will call him, Soot. Think about it, if Kole Calhoun happened to have a great month and ended up in the top 40 OF, what was Adam Duvall? A great two weeks? Okay. Whatever, but c’mon. (It was kind of a great two games.) Preseason Unranked, Final Numbers:  34/16/33/.237 in 190 ABs

30. Andrew McCutchen – Was like the polar opposite of Kole Calhoun. South Pole Calhoun? Okay, I’ll stop that now. But it’s true. McCutchen didn’t have any huge weeks or months, he was just decent for eight weeks. On a more specific note, McCutchen, Bryce and Hoskins’s Launch Angle are out of control. Are they trying to hit nothing but homers in Philly? Maybe they were inspired by their bullpen. Preseason Rank #49, 2020 Projections: 31/9/25/.257/1 in 187 ABs, Final Numbers:  32/10/34/.253/4 in 217 ABs

31. Kevin Pillar – Goes back to what I was saying in the Lou Bob blurb. Power/speed = Can’t go too wrong. Unfortunately for Pillar, he’s got severe limitations. One might say Pillar is the statute of limitations. Preseason Rank #63, 2020 Projections: 23/7/24/.264/4 in 180 ABs, Final Numbers:  34/6/26/.288/5 in 208 ABs

32. Nick Castellanos – The Greek God of Hard Contact severely struggled with strikeouts this year, and it tanked his average. What’s bizarre (subjectively), he swung at less pitches in and out of the strike zone. The pitches he did swing at, he missed more, but when making contact, he hit balls harder. Seems kinda fluky, like Monday’s fish special at his mom’s diner. Preseason Rank #28, 2020 Projections: 33/9/30/.277/1 in 225 ABs, Final Numbers:  37/14/34/.225 in 218 ABs

33. Jurickson Profar – Already went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2020 fantasy baseball recap.

34. Chris Taylor – Already went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2020 fantasy baseball recap.

35. Dylan Moore – Already went over him in the top 20 shortstops for 2020 fantasy baseball recap.

36. Jackie Bradley Jr. – If you were to list all the names on this top 40, and say to me, “Pick out the one name that isn’t really in the top 40,” I’d pick out Jackie Bradley Jr., then you’d say, “It was a trick question, all the names are correct,” then I’d say, “Why are you bothering me with trick questions?” And you’d say, “Because I am your daddy,” as you shrugged. Preseason Rank #103, 2020 Projections: 13/4/14/.231/1 in 104 ABs, Final Numbers: 32/7/22/.283/5 in 191 ABs

37. Brian Anderson – Already went over him in the top 20 3rd basemen for 2020 fantasy baseball recap.

38. Alex Verdugo – Similar to JBJ, in that if you were to say, “Which guy made the top 40 outfielders:  Ian Happ or Verdugo?” I would’ve guessed the wrong one. By the way, this is a good reminder that just because a team’s pitching is the cat’s vomit, it doesn’t mean their hitting is bad. Not to make this about next year, but I bet no one is *that* interested in Verdugo. He was a top 40 outfielder, so, yeah, they should be. Preseason Rank #56, 2020 Projections: 29/6/21/.291/2 in 168 ABs, Final Numbers:  36/6/15/.308/4 in 201 ABs

39. Alex Dickerson – True story alert! I looked at the rankings on the Player Rater multiple times to make sure I wasn’t seeing Alex Verdugo, and thinking I saw Alex Dickerson. True does not mean interesting. Preseason Rank #135, 2020 Projections: 19/4/20/.268/1 in 161 ABs, Final Numbers:  28/10/27/.298 in 151 ABs

40. Franmil Reyes – Guys like Franmil were really hurt by the shortened season. A guy like Alex Dickerson would’ve petered out and hit 15 HRs on the season, and be lost to the commons, but a guy like Franmil could’ve hit five-seven homers per month and had 40 homers, and a top 15 OF season. Also, just sucks that he’ll never have age 24 season. At least I don’t think he will, but after 2020, I guess nothing’s off the table. Preseason Rank #33, 2020 Projections: 27/14/33/.271 in 201 ABs, Final Numbers:  27/9/34/.275 in 211 ABs

 
  1. LaRockakis says:
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    Another typo! “I felt the easiest way to keep it objective would to go this route.”

    Can I have a full-time job at Razzball as your editor?

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      Be careful what you wish for.

      • LaRockakis says:
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        I can think of nothing better than sitting next to Grey every day and sipping boba. Maybe Cougs will let me move in.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Dude, we’re not sharing boba, you gotta feed me the boba

          • LaRockakis says:
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            Mother to baby bird style? Not sure I’m down for that. Unless we can talk about baseball all day.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Vin — haha — been there, done that!

    • LaRockakis says:
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      Oof, I just found one in your e-book as well. Page 17, 5th paragraph, you have “diary” where you meant “dairy”.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oops, thanks!

  2. William Hung says:
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    Will there be a 2021 Ramon Laureano sleeper post? Haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, unlikely, but I still think I like him

      • William Hung says:
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        If your league counts OF assists then yeah

  3. Rebar says:
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    As far as putrid OF go, I can only keep one of these 3 – Cole Tucker (lost his ss elig) Myles Straw or Brett Phillips. Who has the brightest near future? Tucker seems to have the easiest path to playing time I’m thinking. But with Springer a free agent does that clear room for Straw? And Phillips has little pop. AHHH, the conundrum.

    • NUX says:
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      I’d prob lean Straw, not just Springer, but Reddick and Brantley are also FA going into this winter. They’ll re-sign at least one of them I’m sure, but the speed upside of Straw were to get some real PT is what I’d be taking the flyer on atm

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      None of them really, but I guess Straw

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I don’t have your optimism that Straw will ever be a full-time guy in Houston

        • NUX says:
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          That’s fair, I def get that. I don’t think he’ll ever be a full time player either. But given those 3 options, I’m seeing Straw as the one with the fantasy upside.

            • Rebar says:
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              thanks guys – it is a really deep league so part time guys that steal bases have value.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                No problem

  4. mcmi11ions says:
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    I’m disappointed you didn’t go 41 and make it an honorary ranking for Rice Bowl just to talk about him more. His 80th OF rank on the player rater really does feel more like a 41… or a 1.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, all hail the Rice Bowl!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Just looked up Randy — he came in 80th overall for OF, but he did miss time

  5. Niceguybilly says:
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    Hey Grey!
    Great stuff as always.
    My commish made some weird decisions in my keeper league and now we keep our team from last year but we can switch out one player. My team got old damnit.
    My team
    Goldy
    Biggio
    Story
    Bryant
    Acuna
    JD
    Scherezer
    Nola
    Woodruff

    I can switch out 1 with
    Teoscar
    Kyle Lewis
    Urshela
    Moose
    Lamet

    Im leaning losing Bryant for Teoscar but JDs decline worries me. Thoughts? Thanks in advanced.

    • Niceguybilly says:
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      JD Martinez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Bryant for Teoscar or Lewis, pretty close

      • LenFuego says:
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        Yeah, yeah, I know, hitters > pitchers, but 93 Ks in 69 innings with a 0.86 WHIP and a 2.08 ERA pitching for a really good lineup is sexy AF. I would be tempted to pick up Lamet over Teoscar or Lewis.

        I would also dump Goldy over Bryant. Goldy had a decent comeback season … and still hit only 6 HRs and 1 SB. At 33, I think Goldy’s days as a starter in fantasy are behind him. There is at least a chance Bryant could rise from the ashes.

  6. The Great Knoche says:
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    Guys that will get lost next year in rankings and values are Dominic Smith, Dylan Moore and Verdugo.

    If you said to me hey. Your OF3 OF4 OF5 are gonna hit a combined .290 with 80-90 HR and 30-40 SB you’d say ok right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Verdugo and Moore are interesting; Smith I wonder if the new Mets regime comes in and moves him or commits to him, but things could happen this offseason with Smith and his PT

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        True. He wasn’t gonna get much PT until Cespedes Leftedes. Remember when Yoenis was #1 on player rate earlier this year?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, totally! Yoenis was like the lede for my first Buy this year, heehaw!

  7. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Kris Bryant can’t hit at 28?! WTH happened to him?

    JBJ any value for him in 2021?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kris Bryant looks silly bad, and I worry he’s got some kind of shoulder injury he’s not revealing…No on JBJ, just had a decent few weeks

  8. scoboticus says:
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    When is future World Series MVP Arozarena on the list?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He came in 80th, so he’s not going to appear in a recap…Save him for looking ahead to 2021!

  9. scoboticus says:
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    Christian Pache batting tonight. Very exciting!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, love it!

  10. Steverino says:
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    Don’t demean the ol’ H2H three-peat!

    Kidding!

    This will sound like the most annoying humblebrag of all time, but I’ve actually been struggling to work out how I won the damn thing. Hardly owned anyone figuring prominently in your recaps – until this one. Four guys here – Kole, Springer, Dread and Verdugo (although I’d jettisoned him by the end).

    Helps that the first three were pretty strong over the final few weeks too. Throw in Giolito/Castillo/Maeda plus the SON and there you have it I guess. But you still wouldn’t look at my team now and think yeah, that one’s a winner.

    Told you it would be annoying.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, well done! Not annoying at all either, don’t you dare put down Steverino!

      • Steverino says:
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        Oh – and Heaney too. Grabbed him after someone dropped him thanks to one of the writers on the site here (forget who). He faded in the last week or so but was pretty much nails apart from that.

        Pitching shouldn’t win H2H but maybe it did this year? It certainly wasn’t a result of going Lindor-Olson the first two picks – especially when you pass on Story to take Lindor!

        I guess everything is upside down in 2020.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Lindor and Olson weren’t awful, but they didn’t win it…That was Steverino’s gumption!

          • Steverino says:
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            Gutted it out!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Phenomenal showing Steverino! A 3-peat, while trademarked by Pat Riley, can be celebrated by anyone, but only by those precious few who pull it off

              • Steverino says:
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                I’m assuming we’re all about the Rays this year? (Obvs my happy times at Dodger Stadium compel me to root for them too).

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Rays and Dodgers or Braves works for me

                  • Steverino says:
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                    Not having a strong preference for the Dodgers is starting to look like a pretty sound approach.

                    • scoboticus says:
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                      Having a preference for the braves is a sound approach.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, sigh

                    • Steverino says:
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                      Not so fast!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, would’ve liked a closer game tho

  11. scoboticus says:
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    2 run shot by Freeman. Man, he must have sucked up the youth.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, is that what they’re calling it now?

  12. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey, I am on the clock to make my minor league pick by noon EST. These are my choices to choose from:

    Tyler Gentry OF KC
    CJ Van Eyk SP/RHP TOR
    Ben Hernandez SP/RHP KC
    Tyler Soderstrom C OAK
    Landon Knack SP/RHP LAD

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        ok i’ll draft gentry. After him should I grab Knack if he is available?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Works for me

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            Thanx as always

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