With the top 40 outfielders for 2021 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 a player 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 2021 fantasy baseball and how they compare to where I originally ranked them:

21. Tommy Edman – Already gave you my top 20 2nd basemen for 2021 fantasy baseball recap.

22. Jared Walsh – Already gave you my top 20 1st basemen for 2021 fantasy baseball recap.

23. Giancarlo Stanton – Remember those old-timey pornography reels where you flip through it and the girl, wearing pretty much all her clothes, runs around the room as she’s chased by an old lecherous man? Well, that was me and Giancarlo up until this year. This year, mi amigo, I was out, and I didn’t regret it at all. He was fine, don’t get me wrong. But also kinda whatever. How about that Yankees’ offense giving him 64 runs? In 2013, he scored 62 runs in almost 100 fewer ABs in Marlins’ lineup that lost 100 games. Preseason Rank #4 for Utility-Only, 2021 Projections: 71/33/82/.254/2 in 461 ABs, Final Numbers: 64/35/97/.273 in 510 ABs

24. Ryan Mountcastle – Already gave you my top 20 1st basemen for 2021 fantasy baseball recap.

25. Robbie Grossman – He deserves a bit of credit for posting a .357 OBP and 14.6% walk rate. How much credit? Well, depends on how embarrassed you wanna be when people ask you what you’re doing and you tell them, “Defending Robbie Grossman by using his OBP.” Cool stuff, nerd! Preseason Rank #101, 2021 Projections: 61/15/66/.238/10 in 464 ABs, Final Numbers: 88/23/67/.239/20 in 557 ABs

26. Kris Bryant – Already gave you my top 20 1st basemen for 2021 fantasy baseball recap.

27. Avisail Garcia – Really made some errors in the preseason by backing off guys late. When the Brewers signed JBJ in the spring (late-winter?), I dropped Avisail down in my rankings, after liking him, so, yeah, that sucked. Also, similar to Meadows, Duvall, Giancarlo and others, can we say definitively that if you had good outfielders, you struggled in runs? Cause it seems that way. Preseason Rank #75, 2021 Projections: 53/20/64/.248/6 in 447 ABs, Final Numbers: 68/29/86/.262/8 in 461 ABs

28. Chris Taylor – Already gave you my top 20 2nd basemen for 2021 fantasy baseball recap.

29. Austin Meadows – Didn’t like Meadows in the preseason, and now. Dot dot dot. Am I supposed to like his final numbers? Is 27/4/.234 good? Because if you would’ve told me, he’s gonna be bleh for runs and go 27/4/.234, I would’ve said, I’m not too keen on that, and that sounds like a top 80 outfielder. Preseason Rank #24, 2021 Projections: 71/22/54/.257/10 in 411 ABs, Final Numbers: 79/27/109/.234/4 in 518 ABs

30. Ronald Acuna Jr. – Can we talk about how there were a ton of injuries or underperforming hitters this year, and almost all of them came from the outfield? Six of the top eight OFs last year missed significant time or were just generally awful:  Acuña, Betts, Trout, Cody Belanger, Yelich and Luis Robert. Six of eight of the top drafted outfielders! That’s nuts. Okay, look at how many at-bats Tildaddy had last year to put up his stats. I am howling at how good he was per game. He had less than 300 at-bats and went 24/17. If he stays healthy, he’s going 50/40. Yes or no and, if “no,” why are you a hater? Preseason Rank #1, 2021 Projections: 116/39/97/.277/25 in 601 ABs, Final Numbers: 72/24/52/.283/17 in 297 ABs

31. Myles Straw – Straw was exactly as valuable as Tildaddy. El oh–*sobs loudly* You know I love Straw’s productivity, I can’t eat bobas without ’em. As for Myles, it’s all smiles! Aw, give me a high five. In your imagination! Don’t touch me! I liked Straw coming into this year, but he did seem stuck as a 4th outfielder. Thankfully, the trade to Cleveland happened and the Guardians have nothing but playing time for everyone. Preseason Rank #80, 2021 Projections: 46/2/41/.264/29 in 370 ABs, Final Numbers: 86/4/48/.271/30 in 564 ABs

32. Mookie Betts – If I’m being honest, I didn’t have Betts in any league, so I wasn’t entirely aware of how yawnstipating he was. Yo, that ain’t “Best Betts Ball” at all. Where on earth did his steals go? What’s up with the shizzy BABIP? Did he get hurt in April and hide it for five months? He nearly did in 60 games in 2020 what he did last year in twice as much time. I’m writing his whole season off on an injury. That was not Betts’ best-is. Preseason Rank #3, 2021 Projections: 121/30/91/.301/24 in 607 ABs, Final Numbers: 93/23/58/.264/10 in 466 ABs

33. Jesse Winker – This is likely obvious, but what good am I if not pointing out the obvious? Winker in 423 ABs and a waiver wire guy for the other 175 ABs was better than prolly a top 20 outfielder, or at least as good as Giancarlo. Winker’s 423 ABs plus waiver wire guy or Meadows? It’s not close. This is coming from someone who isn’t a huge Winker fan either. He’s fine, but he needs to be wrapped in gauze and only DH to stay anywhere near a field for 120 games. Preseason Rank #58, 2021 Projections: 64/24/75/.277/2 in 471 ABs, Final Numbers: 77/24/71/.305/1 in 423 ABs

34. Joey Gallo – A solid takeaway for my ego is my projections aren’t that far off, even if the rankings are goofy off — gooffy? This is mostly a by-product of lots of guys just not performing. Gallo did what I expected of him, and somewhere we lost 16 other outfielders who were between him and his ranking in the preseason. What I tell myself is if guys stay healthy and do what they should, they will meet my expectations. It’s fun in my world where everything is predictable. Preseason Rank #50, 2021 Projections: 71/34/87/.204/7 in 507 ABs, Final Numbers: 90/38/77/.199/6 in 498 ABs

35. Kyle Schwarber – Going to leave his runs and RBIs alone, and remove his HRs from his random hot week in June and see how far he falls in the rankings. Are we ready? He’d be the 41st best outfielder! Okay, not that dramatic, but that was me leaving his runs and RBIs alone. If I would’ve removed them too, he would’ve been around Adam Frazier’s value, which is around 45th overall for outfielders. That’s only removing one week of stats, and he falls ten spots in the final rankings. Preseason Rank #45, 2021 Projections: 80/32/94/.239/3 in 503 ABs, Final Numbers: 76/32/71/.266/1 399 ABs

36. Alex Verdugo – Excuse my French, but, holy shizzballs, em-effing outfielders were bad. Verdugo was a top 36th outfielder and went 13/6. Someone run over my foot to take away the pain of the outfield. Verdugo’s Launch Angle actually went up, and his fly ball rate is still hilariously bad. I do not get it. The Red Sox traded Benintendi for essentially the same player. Preseason Rank #30, 2021 Projections: 103/19/59/.304/7 in 568 ABs, Final Numbers: 88/13/63/.289/6 in 544 ABs

37. A.J. Pollock – This won’t come as a surprise, but the Dodgers’ stacked lineup is both a blessing and curse for Pollock. A blessing because he doesn’t get 400 ABs but still gets as many RBIs as, say, Joey Gallo. A curse because he can’t play every day, due to too many options. Those players are also options for Pollock to ask to help him screw in a light bulb, hearing it takes thousands of people to turn the room. Preseason Rank #62, 2021 Projections: 58/22/67/.262/7 in 424 ABs, Final Numbers: 53/21/69/.297/9 in 384 ABs

38. Andrew McCutchen – Basically, if you played 140-ish games, and weren’t in a completely horrific lineup, you’d make the top 40 outfielders whether you hit 35 HRs and .200 or 12 HRs and .290 and everything in-between. McCutchen was in The In-Between. Is that a Stranger Things thing? Preseason Rank #67, 2021 Projections: 73/17/54/.257/7 in 442 ABs, Final Numbers: 78/27/80/.222/6 in 482 ABs

39. Amed Rosario – Already gave you my top 20 shortstops for 2021 fantasy baseball recap.

40. Mark Canha – Yet another accumulator, which is fine, but when it comes with a .231 average, it’s so hard to get enthused. Hey, guys, four ladies and one nun, what the eff? Thankfully, we’re done with hitter recaps, because these guys were not great. It’s ironic that it ends with Canha, because I’m finding it hard to laugh. Preseason Rank #65, 2021 Projections: 71/23/83/.246/6 in 437 ABs, Final Numbers: 93/17/61/.231/12 in 519 ABs

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Jim Beam
Jim Beam
9 months ago

is it just me? i’m only seeing 21-40

Glen Mclellan
Glen Mclellan
9 months ago

Was reading through this list and can’t tell you the nber of times I thought Grey must have skipped 20 OFers and this is really 41-60

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
9 months ago

Sad when George Springer can’t even make the top 40. Old broken down bum!

Grey's Tube Sox
Grey's Tube Sox
9 months ago

H2H, 10-team, standard categories + OBP. Need to keep 4 betwixt:

Tatis, Jr.
Acuna
Vladito
Wander
Betts

There’s no salary or round or any other complication. So I can keep on keepin’ ’em.

I’ve kept Betts for years, but even if Wander doesn’t wander into better than Betts’ best next year … we’ve got to bet Wander’s better for wonders going forward, right?

Jack Straw
Jack Straw
Reply to  Grey's Tube Sox
9 months ago

Grey – love the banter and the sage advice.

I have been offered $26 Giancarlo in AL only 5×5 standard roto league for my $28 Bellinger in NL only 5×5 standard roto league.

Choose all the apply below with comment on any or all that apply.

A) yes – accept it, take anything you can get for Bellinger. Run. Don’t walk.

B) no – Bellinger has all offseason to remember how to hit – his 2019 numbers are too tasty to forget the deliciousness of that flavor

C) no – Giancarlo at $26 is an large overpay based on his expected games played. He will be hurt, play 50 games, and tease you with his greatness in that small sample.

D) no – why would you want either of them at those prices, quit wasting my time!

daro
daro
9 months ago

Hey Grey,

12 team H2H.

Need to keep 3 SP out of Giolito, Ray, Manoah, McCullers, Ranger Suarez, Bassitt, Framber.
Considering top 3.
Thanks for your help.

breaking568
breaking568
9 months ago

Grey,
12 team H2H league where we keep 10.
Current 10; Olson, Bo, Moncada, Yordan, Betts, K. Tucher, Jrod, CJ abrams, Buehler, L. Gilbert.

(other options to keep – duran, sixto, Ynoa, and Adolis garcia. would you replace anyone above for these guys?)

Was offered 3 deals –
1st deal – Freid, Mondesi and a 3rd rd pick for Olson and my 1st round.
2nd deal – Rodon, Mondesi and a 3rd for Olson and a 4th rd.
3rd deal – Abreau, Nola or Gausman for Olson.

What would Grey do in this situation?

thanks for all your hard work Grey!

Oddball Herrera
Oddball Herrera
9 months ago

Given the dreck at the back end of the top 40 I am surprised Happ didn’t make it, even though he only played about 1.5 months of effective baseball 25/9 looks a lot better than we got out of some of these guys. Looking forward to his being on every 2022 sleeper post.

Oddball Herrera
Oddball Herrera
Reply to  Oddball Herrera
9 months ago

Ex: Would anyone in their right mind take Meadows over Happ if they drafted today?

Will
Will
Reply to  Grey
9 months ago

Happ has migrated to my permanent do not draft list. Been burned too many times and nearly all of his 2021 production came in garbage time after the Cubs sold off everything but the batting practice machine.

Will
Will
Reply to  Grey
9 months ago

Agreed, particularly if you factor in his 2020 season also. He’s been good for about two and a half months out of eight over 2020 and 2021.

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Grey
9 months ago

Like all my decisions, it will depend on what Grey says.

Sport
Sport
9 months ago

Wow. You are the only author I know who could write about the top 30 to 40 outfielders and still hold my interest in actually reading every word.

At least Yahoo only has 3 OF spots on the active roster! But a couple of my dynasties have 5 OF. I remember being embarrassed when I picked up McCutchen for a while in one. And I still have Charlie Blackmon on two of my rosters!

Acuna had 297 at bats and still finished 30th! He had 72 R, 24 HR, 52 RBI, 17 SB.
My KC Royal’s stats for right field all 162 games? 69 R, 14 HR, 61 RBI, 11 SB, .220 AVG
I bet Mondesi could get that in 100 games in RF.

Thanks for the write up. Looking forward to the SP.

Schmohawks Bob
Schmohawks Bob
Reply to  Grey
9 months ago

I traded for Blackmon in an NL only where I’d lost Acuna and DeGrom and ended up winning it by 17 points (not so humble brag?). Not saying I won the league because of him, but the last third of the season wasn’t terrible. Actually, now that I think about it, I probably won because I also picked up Fabulous Frankie Schwindel.

Cram It
Cram It
9 months ago

I remember the internal debate over wanting to drop Meadows. Seeing him finish as a top 30 OF is both affirming and sad.

Will
Will
Reply to  Grey
9 months ago

Meadows still managed to tie for 10th in MLB for RBIs with 106. And yes I had to look that up and yes it surprised me. Although that .243 average…

Will
Will
Reply to  Grey
9 months ago

just realized I brick handed the batting average, should read .234 not .243