The top 80 outfielders for 2021 fantasy baseball will fall in the overall range of near 225 overall and later. This is your late 4th outfielder and 5th outfielder range, or 6th outfielder for utility spot, or 7th outfielder if you’re trying to draft so many outfielders that everyone in your league is like, “Who invited the giant dope with seven outfielders and zero corner men?” Here’s Steamer’s 2021 Fantasy Baseball Projections for Hitters and 2021 Fantasy Baseball Projections for Pitchers. All projections included here are mine, and where I see tiers starting and stopping are included. Anyway, here’s the top 80 outfielders for 2021 fantasy baseball:

NOTE: All 2021 fantasy baseball projections are based on a 162-game season, and will be until we hear definitively there will be less games.

NOTE II: All my rankings are currently available on Patreon for the price of a Starbucks coffee, if you get one of those extra grande frappuccino jobbers. Don’t wait for the rankings to come out over the next month, and get them all now.

NOTE III: Free agents outside the top 100 are not yet written up or projected. They are approximately ranked, obviously subject to change.

PREVIOUS OUTFIELDERS AT: TOP 60 OUTFIELDERS FOR 2021 FANTASY BASEBALL

61. Hunter Renfroe – This tier started in the top 60 outfielders for 2021 fantasy baseball. This tier ends at McCutchen. I called this tier, “Hey, I grew up right by that strip club in The Wrestler!.” As for Renfroe, here’s what I said when he signed with the Red Sox, “Ping, ping, ping. That isn’t you transported into a video game. You’re still in the human world, though more concerned with the fantasy. Hey, one love. Me too. Ping, ping, ping is pi** missiles hit by Renfroe off the Green Monster called Ping Missiles from this point forward. That park is gonna push Renfroe’s BABIP up, maybe to .300, which would have him getting close to a .255 average, and pair that with his easy 27-homer power, and Renfroe could be a sneaky 4th to 5th outfielder who produces like a 2nd or 3rd.” And that’s me quoting me! Oh, and yes, I couldn’t resist putting Margot and Renfroe next to each other in the rankings. They’re forever joined. 2021 Projections: 58/27/71/.246/4 in 431 ABs

62. A.J. Pollock – He’s been remarkably consistent for everything good and bad. Hey, Pollock, how about you only repeat the good stuff? Last year, he went 16/2/.276 in 55 games, and if teams played another 100 games, he would’ve went 6/5/.260, because he’s always a 22/7 guy, whether it’s in 200 ABs or 400 ABs. It’s uncanny, which is how Pollock says he likes his peaches. Get ’em out of that can! 2021 Projections: 58/22/67/.262/7 in 424 ABs

63. Aaron Hicks – Was gonna say I was concerned Hicks became a .225 hitter in the last few years, but then I looked at his career average after 708 games. Any guesses? I can almost guarantee you you’re guessing too high. Or maybe I’m the only one who thought Hicks was a .260 hitter. Am I? Don’t answer like you know what everyone’s thinking! How presumptive of you! Like you presuming Hicks was a .260 hitter. How could you? *intern whispers in ear* I was the one thinking that? Oh. Anyway, Hicks is a career .235 hitter. Thankfully, he walks just about every fifth at-bat. 2021 Projections: 81/22/56/.228/11 in 441 ABs

64. Joc Pederson – Signed with the Cubs. Not specifically about Joc, but the Cubs team doesn’t look that bad. Dot dot dot. If you imagine Yu Darvish still in rotation or them trading him for real bats like Cronenworth or Myers or even Profar, who wasn’t signed with the Padres at the time of the trade, but I’m saying a hypothetical so who cares? That kinda makes me furious, but breathe in, breathe out, got a machinehead! Any hoo! Pederson goes to the Cubs and becomes exactly what he is everywhere else he will ever play, a righty killer, which I say knowing he hit .179 vs. righties last year.  2021 Projections: 69/28/71/.233/3 in 417 ABs

65. Mark Canha – Another name for this tier obviously could’ve been, “Vets who could go variations of 22/5/oof.” 2021 Projections: 71/23/83/.246/6 in 437 ABs

66. Bryan Reynolds – Have an itch on your melon and want a head scratcher? Why do the Pirates continue to put Adam Frazier at leadoff when they clearly have a far superior guy for that role in Bryan Reynolds (Kevin Newman would likely even be better)? You’re not thinking on that hard enough on the head-scratching if you haven’t unearthed some dandruff. 2021 Projections: 68/20/74/.274/4 in 502 ABs

67. Andrew McCutchen – I did a spit take when I saw Steamer gave him 26/9/.246 in 534 ABs. That would be his 2nd highest homer total since 2013, and he needed a healthy 157 games in 2015 to pass nine steals. Not to mention, he’s never hit as low as .246 in a full season, so, yeah, I have no idea. For a guy with 7,000 career plate appearances, they’re expecting a surprise. 2021 Projections: 73/17/54/.257/7 in 442 ABs

68. Franchy Cordero – This is a new tier. This tier goes from here until Varsho. I call this tier, “Superbole.” Dictionary defines hyperbole as exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken seriously. Superb is defined as excellent. These guys have a chance to be superb or that might be hyperbole. Hmm, maybe that is just hyperbole. Never the hoo! Superbole! This tier isn’t about the projections each guy brings as much as the upside. For those keeping track, this is the last 12-team mixed league tier, which means some of the guys in this tier won’t even be drafted. As for Franchy, here’s my Franchy Cordero sleeper. I wrote it while saying my ABCs backwards. My CBAs? Wait, is that what a Collective Bargaining Agreement is? UPDATE: Traded to the Red Sox. In the background, I hear Kehlani singing, all this love is toxicYou a damn drug, you’re toxic… Franchy was already a love drug that I couldn’t stop — see my Franchy Cordero sleeperDamn right, we take turns bein’ wrong…Toxic…Now Franchy going around that Pesky Pole like Cardi B. Going up against the Green Monster with those glorious Franchy flies. Give me all the Franchy shares! Oh, and he still might platoon, but I did up his projections a tad, due to the Wall. 2021 Projections: 61/19/68/.259/12 in 421 ABs

69. Sam Hilliard – We all know Bud Black absolutely loves to play the worst possible guy when another exciting player is available, so pen Ian Desmond in for 550 ABs and give Hilliard an over/under of 12 for number of times Bud Black says to him, “Can you throw batting practice? Wait, you’re not the first base coach? You’re a player on the team? Hmm…” 2021 Projections: 58/24/66/.241/8 in 411 ABs

70. Josh Naylor – I almost wrote a sleeper post on Naylor, and, if more of you played in deeper leagues, I might’ve. Most people play in 12-team or shallower leagues. It’s just the way it is. Don’t hate the messenger, especially when the messenger is so handsome. Naylor is in a great spot to succeed. For years, Cleveland has been desperately trying to forfeit their seasons. Unfortch, their pitching keeps making them better than they should be or seem to want to be. So, Naylor’s playing time is seemingly locked up. If Naylor had an ounce of speed, I would’ve easily wrote the sleeper post on him, and ranked him about forty spots higher. A best-case-scenario upside of 30/2/.280 doesn’t bread the chicken cutlets like a 30/10/.280 would. 2021 Projections: 71/23/67/.272/1 in 506 ABs

71. Cristian Pache – Already gave you my Cristian Pache fantasy. It was shocked at how much Byron Allen was worth. 2021 Projections: 51/14/54/.244/11 in 461 ABs

72. Tyler O’Neill – Without checking, I believe O’Neill has now been in the sexy-barely-5th-outfielder-in-12-team-leagues tier for multiple years in a row. Usually you get one year and you move up or down, but you rarely pull off the never-ending promise of a better tomorrow without delivering anything, unless you’re a politician. Grey’s woke! 2021 Projections: 56/21/64/.249/5 in 408 ABs

73. Jurickson Profar – Already went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2021 fantasy baseball.

74. Alex Kirilloff – Already gave you my Alex Kirilloff fantasy. It never did figure out if there was one or two Ls or Fs in his last name.  UPDATE: Optioned to the alternate training site. Wow, those Twins are cheap! I also said the previous while watching an episode of Botched. I’ve had Kirilloff down for 332 ABs, so, yeah, I didn’t change anything. You’re gonna have to stash him for a few weeks, if you want to draft him. 2021 Projections: 44/15/46/.267/4 in 332 ABs

75. Avisail Garcia – Two players, near each other in the rankings, are in no way similar, but one has more speed and one has more average. One player is Aaron Hicks and one is Avisail Garcia. The moral of this parable is anyone can be compared to anyone. The only thing that can possibly stop Avisail is a vaccine being administered by Prince Fielder. UPDATE: With signing of JBJ, I gave Avisail a haircut. Like Prince Fielder’s wife did after they moved from the shower to the vanity. 2021 Projections: 53/20/64/.248/6 in 447 ABs

76. Enrique Hernandez – Already went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2021 fantasy baseball.

77. Mauricio Dubon – Already went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2021 fantasy baseball.

78. Daulton Varsho – Already went over him in the top 20 catchers for 2021 fantasy baseball.

79. David Peralta – This is a new tier. This tier goes from here until the top 100 outfielders for 2021 fantasy baseball. I call this tier, “Tom Berenger.” This tier named after a guy who you always forget was in Platoon. That’s this tier, are these guys in a platoon? Hmm, maybe. As for Peralta, I don’t know why I’ve loved David Peralta for five years straight, more than any other player, but let’s not psychoanalyze me, ‘kay? I don’t even particularly like guys who are average-first. Wonder if it’s because I think being average is the worst thing you can do. Hey, I didn’t say I couldn’t psychoanalyze myself. 2021 Projections: 47/16/54/.287/3 in 387 ABs

80. Myles Straw – He has a sneaky underrated awesome name to get in a lot of fights. Someone to Myles, “Hey, what’s up?” Myles, “It’s Straw. Not hay.” …and it’s on as they wrestle each other to the ground. Ah, to get back to the days when you could just wrestle strangers to the ground without worrying about catching a plague. Any hoo! Member the days when I’d have a whole SAGNOF tier? Was, I think, two years ago when I had the last one. There’s just not enough SAGNOF guys to require it right now. Straw would’ve fit right in if it were still around. Hey, when you’re right, you’re right. “It’s Straw!” 2021 Projections: 46/2/41/.264/29 in 370 ABs

Continue on to the TOP 100 OUTFIELDERS FOR 2021 FANTASY BASEBALL

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aunt glo
aunt glo
1 year ago

you are sleeping on Nimmo. dude only batted 220 one year and only played about 40 games that year due to injury. He has hit significantly better than that every year.

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
1 year ago

If Story was traded today, how far would he fall in your rankings? Obviously would depend on landing spot, but let’s assume neutral-stadium/team that would be fine with him running.

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks – that was my feeling too, that Arenado would be more disadvantaged than Story by a move like that. Maybe a hit to average a little but same on HR/SB and maybe a little more R/RBI.

Dan
Dan
1 year ago

Freeman or eloy in a keeper league ?

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
1 year ago
angels after hours
angels after hours
1 year ago

Hello Grey, I am wondering when the RCL’s will be open for signups?

Will
Will
1 year ago

So if you’re scoring the Arenado trade at home, the Rockies traded their best player away for a sort-of major league pitcher and 4 kids not even in the top 10 of STL prospects, AND the Rockies will pay Arenado’s $35 million salary this season, AND the Rockies will pay STL an additional $15 million in calendar 2021. This, for one of the best players in all of major league baseball. If you’re the Cubs you just shit a brick because now you’re not getting diddly squat for Kris Bryant based on the Arenado trade.

hot corner
hot corner
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

I know what Rockies are doing. They needed to clear out 3B to move Fuentes there (his natural position), so they could finally move forward with their original plan of playing Desmond at 1B. They will also sign someone like Cron to DH before finding out there is definitely no DH making playing time even more of a mess.

I am only half joking, because the Rockies may just be that dumb.

Coolwhip
1 year ago

Franchy Cordero! There he is!
He’s my pick to win the “that’s so Grisham” award this year. 70/70 raw power and speed grades, but doesn’t have the discipline of Grisham, could hit .235 but could find a gear and be mostly-Grisham in leagues without OBP.

Sweatpants Nation
Sweatpants Nation
1 year ago

Other than money which is always the moving force in MLB there is really no reason to increase the number of playoff teams. As it stands now who might get left out? The Nats, Cubs, Giants, Brewers in the NL? Rays, Royals, Twins, A’s? These are teams that have done little or nothing or even subtracted. Why should they get in? The whole reason given is that it would give incentive. Incentive to do what? Stand pat? I mean I could see it as part of the CBA for next year if teams know that’s what it’ll look like early enough so they improve but not this year. Two cents.

Sweatpants Nation
Sweatpants Nation
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Exactly. It’s joke. I’m sure the players see right through it for the reason you say. It won’t improve the free agent market.

Jolt In Flow
Jolt In Flow
1 year ago

Things really fell off a cliff after the top 59 outfielders. Seems like a really big dropoff at that point.

What disturbs me is that there are 30 teams. 3 outfielders each. That’s 90 outfielders starting in the league. That means these last 31 outfielders are starters on real MLB teams. And factor in that some teams have 4 strong outfielders, so that’s about 31 to 36 outfielders that are unplayable, yet start for MLB teams. Mind boggling taking this list into account.

Btw, I recall that Mercado hype. Was nuts. The overpay the last 2 years had to be huge.

Jolt

molina bros bbq
molina bros bbq
1 year ago

Hey Grey!

Got sniped on Rafael Montero yesterday and ended up taking Amir Garrett in the 13th round of dynasty start up. Bit of a reach I’d say but I do like Amir. Might take Sims late as a hedge.

1.Can you rank relievers below in dynasty? Guys I’m looking at for my next few picks.

Barnes, Gallegos, Alex Reyes, Bard, Rich Rod, Leclerc

2. Do you have any hope for Sam Hilliard? I know Rockies are a mess but the age/power/speed/walk % is appealing in OBP roto dynasty. Potentially looking at him in 14th or 15th round, but might go Mitch Keller or reliever instead.

Thanks Grey!

molina bros bbq
molina bros bbq
Reply to  molina bros bbq
1 year ago

Sorry, I see your Hilliard blurb above now. I agree playing time this year is a concern. Probably platoon. But dynasty/long term I think the skills could play in Coors, no? Said all of us every time a Rockies hitting prospect was promoted, Hah! Thanks again. Cheers.

this ain't no disco
this ain't no disco
Reply to  molina bros bbq
1 year ago

Anyone know of any good keeper league sites. The one I’ve been using for years (FSRU) disappeared and kept all the mobey.

this ain't no disco
this ain't no disco
Reply to  this ain't no disco
1 year ago

He actually kept the money not the mobey

this ain't no disco
this ain't no disco
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Fantasy sports are us out of florida

this ain't no disco
this ain't no disco
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Seems that way

Website is gone

He used the cbsports platform to run his leagues and all leagues are gone from there.

molina bros bbq
molina bros bbq
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Nah just looking at what’s left for RP and trying to plan lol.

It’s a saves only league those were the guys I sort of thought made sense to target next. Gallegos is young and though it’s a committee I think he can help in other categories. Rich Rod, Barnes, Leclerc… honestly so many relievers look to be trade bait at the deadline. it’s hard to balance drafting saves (which I need) and overall relievers that could help every where and maybe contribute some saves. My firsts dynasty start up too so there’s a learning curve there. In hindsight, might’ve made sense to go in on one of the “elites” earlier. Hey I like my team overall and I have some youth.

Thanks Grey

molina bros bbq
molina bros bbq
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks Grey. These peeps are talking smack lol. Would be nice to shut them up hahaha.

Thanks again have a good one.

Richard
Richard
1 year ago

Hey Grey! Thanks for the great post! Love from China
I hope you could help me with a keeper issue:
I can keep one of these guys at a price of a 8th round in a 14 team league:
JDM, Suarez, Castellanos, Biggio, Goldy, Sale
League setting is 7X7, with OBP OPS HLD and QS
Any thoughts?

Richard
Richard
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks! this league is barely a keeper league… i can only keep Franco at the price of a 21st round and one of these guys.

ashtray
ashtray
1 year ago

I saw in a previous OF post that you didn’t rank Stanton due to being DH only but Yahoo is keeping 2019 eligibility. Where does he rank in that situation? It’s crazy how loose Yahoo’s position rules are. Every player is eligible for 2 or 3 spots.

Garrett
Garrett
1 year ago

Grey love the rankings and updates! Been all over them on patreon.

I see you have Hilliard in the top 80 OF. Do you think I can dust off last years sleeper post on him and expect that kind of production if taking a $1 dart throw at the end of the draft. Also with Nolan out and murphy retired so you think Hilliard will get easier chance for at bats ?

Then again after reading this I realized I haven’t accounted for the Rockies factor and bud black.

Sweatpants Nation
Sweatpants Nation
1 year ago

So with Pedroia officially retired and unlikely to ever be mentioned on these hallowed pages ever again can you for one last time mention your nickname for him one last time? Cracks me up.

Sweatpants Nation
Sweatpants Nation
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Haha. Never fails.

Sweatpants Nation
Sweatpants Nation
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Gonna miss the little guy

Ante J GALIC
Ante J GALIC
1 year ago

Grey!!!

So many goodies in this top 80 for OF report (including players and comedy)!!!

a. Pollock and his 22/7 is like the ubiquity of that how many Pollocks does it take to screw in a light bulb joke.

b. Mercado! Had for most of last year, total garbage. Was he 1/0.199 or something last year? I dropped him but damn it I followed him almost every day after he made it back and never regretted it!

c. MLB quote of the day for February 2, 2021

1. Red Schoendienst, born February 2, 1923

‘”The Milwaukee Sentinel,” in 1957, according to (Hank) Aaron, “carried a full page spread on (Red) Schoendienst, calling him ‘a Moses come to lead (the Braves) out of the wilderness of bitter disappointment and frustration.'” Aaron was voted NL MVP that year following the World Series; Schoendienst finished third, behind Aaron and Musial.”‘

Hank Aaron in I Had A Hammer (June 2007)

2. Don Buford, born February 2, 1937

‘The leadoff men of the 1960s were known mainly for slapping singles and stealing bases. Into this game stepped Don Buford, a versatile switch-hitter with speed and a little power, and also the ability to draw walks and get on base. He had some success for a few years with the White Sox, but it was not until he joined forces with Earl Weaver in Baltimore that the full measure of his value was exploited. Weaver wanted his leadoff man to be a productive hitter who could start the offense, and the first thing he did when hired to manage Baltimore Orioles in July 1968 was to put Buford, a utility player at the time, at the top of the batting order every day. Buford became a star, and, not entirely coincidentally, the Orioles soon became one of the best teams in baseball history.’

Baseball Historian Mark Armour (SABR Baseball Biography Project, “Don Buford Biography”, Source)

3. John Tudor, born February 2, 1954

‘He (John Tudor) was also combative, curt, and bluntly honest; when he considered a question stupid, he said so. It is the age of 10-second sound bites and TV mini-cams and much of what the professional athlete must deal with really is trivial and repetitive, but the unwritten rule is that you play along, smile for the camera, babble banalities and go on. Not this guy.’

Joe Henderson in The Man and the Image (Baseball Digest : August 1986)

4. Buddy Biancalana, born February 2, 1960

‘I probably understand more about what it takes to hit because I wasn’t very good at it.’

Buddy Biancalana in Crowning the Kansas City Royals: Remembering the 1985 World Series Champs (Jeffrey Spivak, Sports Publishing LLC, March 1, 2005, Page 166)

Cheers,
Ante

Dave D
Dave D
1 year ago

Fine list, Albright. Go Renfroe!!! No Jahmai Jones? But he was traded for CY Cobbler? How about I trade you Mackenzie Gore for Dee Strange-Gordon?

Life is so strange, like so strange, destination unknown.

Am I really the first to comment here? Shocking.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Gore-Don could morph into Dee Don Gore-Strange or would that be Strange-Gore?

Coolwhip
Reply to  Dave D
1 year ago

Nothing makes sense anymore.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Coolwhip
1 year ago

Could have probably gotten Maquez for Jahmai and another top prospect, which Id do. Moreno seems self-destructive. Misses in Snell, Darvish then gives up Jahmai for Cobb? Unbelievable. Jahmai probably is a better prospect than any that Rockies got for Arenado.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Ha! That would make too much sense, right?

DonnieB
DonnieB
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Mike Trout will never win a ring. Alex Cobb,really?