Just about finishing up the hitting portion of the 2022 fantasy baseball rankings, to which I say, “I can’t feel my fingies.” The top 80 outfielders for 2022 fantasy baseball will fall in the overall range of near 215 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 2022 Fantasy Baseball Projections for Hitters and 2022 Fantasy Baseball Projections for Pitchers. Subscriptions are up and running, and you can already get Rudy’s Draft War Room. Anyway, here’s the top 80 outfielders for 2022 fantasy baseball:

NOTE: All 2022 fantasy baseball projections are based on a 162-game season, and will be until we hear definitively there will be less games, due to the CBA. Also, I’m going on the assumption the NL is getting the DH.

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 are listed as just that and not yet projected. Once a guy signs, I will write out their blurb and add in projections, or remove them, if they sign in an unfavorable place. They are ranked currently where I think they might be if they sign on for a full-time job.

61. Robbie Grossman – This tier started in the top 60 outfielders for 2022 fantasy baseball and goes until Santander. I called this tier, “Full bar booing as I sway side-to-side like Axl Rose, singing, ‘Patience.'” As for Grossman, something a lot of people will never tell you is the difference between Grossman, Renfroe and, say Carl’s Jr. Jr., Mike Yastrzemski, who hasn’t been ranked yet, is nothing but luck. I ranked the players in the order I want them, all things being equal, but if Renfroe and Grossman struggle and Carl’s Jr. Jr. starts hot and ends up hitting 3rd, then you’re not going to be able to tell the difference between Renfroe, Carl’s Jr. Jr. and Grossman by mid-April. Throw in a bunch of other guys who fit that too. Conforto lands in LA, between Bellinger and Pollock and all three start off hot in April, and you’re gonna be like, “Why didn’t I draft Conforto instead of Renfroe?” Or things will land as they are supposed to and Renfroe will be solid. There’s plusses and minuses with everyone. Then throw in how all fantasy teams are snowflakes, and none are alike, so you have to draft based on needs. Do you need a few steals from Grossman or Carl’s Jr. Jr.’s power? There’s so much voodoo in these rankings, you’re lucky you don’t have to drink chicken blood before reading them. Though, it could help. As for Grossman, a career year at 31, oh…*bounces on a pogo stick around the world*…kay. Not just a career year either, but a career high in games played and steals. His last year was like a poor man’s Semien. Call him Artificial In-Semien-ation. Grossman, indeed. 2022 Projections: 71/17/59/.241/10 in 481 ABs

62. Patrick Wisdom – Already went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2022 fantasy baseball.

63. Jose Barrero – Already went over him in the top 20 shortstops for 2022 fantasy baseball.

64. Amed Rosario – Already went over him in the top 20 shortstops for 2022 fantasy baseball.

65. Enrique Hernandez – Already went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2022 fantasy baseball.

66. Josh Rojas – Already went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2022 fantasy baseball.

67. Austin Hays – It sucks that Camden Yards became Camden Miles this offseason, because it had become a top-end home run factory. It was almost like MLB was only using the Super Bouncey Ball in Baltimore. For unstints, Hays had 22 homers last year and, if he played in Coors, he would’ve had 11 homers. As mentioned previously, I think the whole “expected home runs by park” is a little wonky and/or janky. Wouldn’t be surprised to see Hays beat teammate, Mullins, in power in 2022. Sadly (for Hays), he doesn’t have great speed like Mullins, and the fences in Baltimore went back about five hundred feet. Hays should have more than four steals, but maybe not a ton (ending sentences with palindromes for the win!). Finally, I don’t have to squint too hard to see why I thought Hays was a sleeper not that long ago, but the patience wearing thin comes from me screaming, “Break out already!” 2022 Projections: 77/23/69/.264/6 in 521 ABs

68. Ramon Laureano – Will miss the first 27 days of the 2022 season, due to ingesting an illegal supplement, accidentally. Crazy how athletes, who carefully calibrate exactly what to put in their bodies, always accidentally take PEDs. What’s bizarre is Laureano will miss 27 days and he just turned 27. That’s why I counted up to my 27th most favorite place to gamble, flew to Reno and put 27 dollars on 27 on the roulette wheel only to watch 28 come up. Damn, that means next year Laureano’s gonna be so good, and I’ll have to fly to a Louisiana riverboat to place my bet! So, figure Laureano will miss a month, which takes 100-ish at-bats off his line, and his average at-bats/season is 450, so he’s down to 350. Yikes, I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt, that he’ll play the entire year after he returns but not sure why he would. For shallower leagues, Laureano has produced in limited appearances, so I’m fine with him if you can sit on a guy for a month, but, remember, he’ll take up a bench spot vs. an IL spot. 2022 Projections: 58/18/51/.267/15 in 421 ABs

69. Anthony Santander – Want a guy who could be a seemingly out-of-nowhere Adam Duvall-type home run breakout? Look no further! By ‘look no further,’ I mean don’t look at how I said nearly the same thing last year. Seriously, stop looking at my past thoughts on him. It’s not cool. I asked you nicely! 2022 Projections: 67/26/82/.241/1 in 498 ABs

70. A.J. Pollock – This is a new tier. This tier goes from here until Myers. I call this tier, “Lesser known dwarves like Dusty, Snoozy and Old.” This tier has nothing to do with Dusty Baker, but some of these guys were playing still when Dusty Baker was a player. This entire tier is filled with guys that Bud Black would love to rebuild around. Some of the guys in this tier aren’t exactly Old, but they play like it, or they’re Dusty and/or Snoozy. As for Pollock, I’m pretty sure Dave Roberts is a warlock who can make anyone usable. Roberts wiggles his nose, Pollock goes 20/10/.280, and the entire nation gets a free taco from Taco Bell. UPDATE: Traded to the White Sox. Chicago’s Pollock history is legion. Pollock is gonna coming up to bat with “Cheeburger Cheeburger Cheeburger” playing in the background. This should solve the issue of random White Sox players playing out of position and hurting themselves *cough* Andrew Vaughn *cough* but it doesn’t exactly help Pollock. Unless he’s been craving some really great kielbasa in order to play well. 2022 Projections: 63/18/69/.277/7 in 444 ABs

71. Adam Duvall – Duvall is Hunter Renfroe minus 30 points in average. Call him Hunter Whenaverageislow. 2022 Projections: 64/33/83/.222/2 in 489 ABs

72. Andrew Benintendi – Originally I called this tier “Old or old-like” but I could already feel people saying, “Benintendi (and Bader) aren’t old, Grey. By the way, very handsome face.” Yeah, Benintendi (and Bader) just happen to be old-seeming young guys. Benintendi feels like a time traveler from the ’40s, who came in fifth in the majors for homers with 17. Kansas City, while great for BBQ and jazz, is doing no one any favors for power, and Benintendi seems like he’s on a network TV Guy Frieri game show called, “385-foot Flyout or 395-foot Homer.” Where contestants watch a replay of Andrew Benintendi hitting the ball and guessing 385-foot out or 395-foot homer. By the way, the people who guess “395-foot homer” invariably lose. 2022 Projections: 70/15/77/.272/10 in 505 ABs

73. Harrison Bader – Rankings don’t mean anything. There, I said it. No, it’s not crazy that I spend 40,000 man hours writing up rankings if they mean nothing. The blurbs and projections mean everything. In some leagues, I could see going Bader 20 picks before this, or after, depending on your team. You can move guys around in a tier, and move them around from tier to tier. If you have Boba Chette, Straw, Buxton and Mondesi, well, stop drafting steals, but also you might want a power threat like Kyle Lewis over even a Grossman, because steals don’t matter and power does. Rudy has his War Room to help you with this. (I wouldn’t draft without his War Room.) As for Bader, instead of Dusty, or Old, I’d say he’s most like the dwarf, Snoozy. Not sure we know exactly what kind of player Bader is yet, but since he’s about to turn 28, he looks a lot like the player Benintendi is, and that’s not a compliment. 2022 Projections: 61/18/74/.261/10 in 526 ABs

74. Tommy Pham – Signed with the Reds. “Oh my God, it’s happened again! Wait, no, it hasn’t.” That’s Pham realizing he’s in a Reds jersey, and hasn’t been stabbed again. This is about as good a landing spot as he could’ve hoped for. He will be in no danger of losing at-bats, because the Reds will only be fielding five or six players this year, and only three of them are hitters. Plus, the stadium is great. 2022 Projections: 71/19/73/.241/17 in 512 ABs

75. Charlie Blackmon – On the cover of a harlequin romance novel, it’s Chazz Noir, wearing nothing but his Rockies uniform and his beard flowing in the wind. The title reads, “Blackmon Fulfills Your Fantasy,” then below the title, “*Fantasy Baseball, and only if you want average, and nothing really else.” Now that’s romantic! 2022 Projections: 74/15/79/.282/2 in 492 ABs

76. Wil Myers – If Myers bounces back, he’s had the longest “this is just a down year” than anyone else in history. His “down year” has been since 2018! His “down year” was through his entire prime. *pays $30 million to go up to Mars with Jeff Bezos, travels six months to get there, steps off the rocket, lets out a long, echoing chef’s kiss just for Wil Myers being shizzy for so long, then* Okay, take me back to earth. 2022 Projections: 63/19/72/.251/7 in 474 ABs

77. Akil Baddoo – This is a new tier. This tier goes from here until the top 100 outfielders for 2022 fantasy baseball. I call this tier, “Honey Bunches of P-oats-Its.” All along my wall I have hundreds of Post-Its with players’ names to remind myself who to draft late. That’s when I got the brilliant idea to combine my favorite cereal with Post-Its, since they’re both made by Post. (At no point, do I google if they’re both made by Post.) So, if Post-Its had a Honey Bunches of Oats taste, when you were done with the notes, you could just eat them. No one, and I mean no one, steal this idea from me. I will hunt you down. As for this tier, I’ve written them in cereal all around my room, and the only way to get rid of them is if I open my mouth right as a tidal wave of milk bursts through my front door.

As for Akil, he’s currently leading in the category, “Biggest Difference in ADP from one Draft to the Next.” I’ve seen some drafts where Baddoo is going in the 120 overall range, and other drafts where he’s going in the 300th overall range. At some point in the preseason, Baddoo’s ADP will stabilize. My guess is I’m low on him. “Not feeling the Yabba Dabba Baddoo?” I ask my reflection inquisitively while wearing a loincloth. Well, what’s weird is I actually thought I was gonna be Yabba Dabba Baddoo for Akil. Would’ve expected to be the high man on him, because I do like him, but some of you have lost your mind. Him going around 120 with Austin Meadows and Grisham and Kelenic? Well, that’s Yabba Dabba Dumb. He can’t hit lefties at all, so he’s at best a righty-only guy. That’s fine in daily and/or shallow leagues. But he’s not producing top 30-ish outfielder stats missing 150-ish at-bats. The Launch Angle and speed makes me think 20/25 is a possibility, but the K-rate could make .240 a reality. Not saying I don’t like Baddoo, because I Yabba Dabba Doo. 2022 Projections: 76/17/57/.235/21 in 431 ABs

78. Lane Thomas – Already gave you my Lane Thomas sleeper. It was written while my dog attacked the mail carrier. 2022 Projections: 84/18/61/.256/21 in 561 ABs

79. Brandon Marsh – Already gave you my Brandon Marsh sleeper. It had about all it could stand, and it couldn’t stand no more. 2022 Projections: 68/8/51/.271/21 in 481 ABs

80. Steven Kwan – First off, how’d this Kwan person go from elite female figure skater to potential Guardians’ leadoff hitter? Huh?! Give me answers! So, while I’m late to the Kwan party, I’m still very early, and you will be too. You’re welcome. He’s a potential batting title champion, who is figuring out pull-side power. Think Trea Turner or Daniel Murphy. The Guardians had a 40-man crunch and they protected him, so they know, and appreciate what they have. He played college with Madrigal and Adley in Oregon, and looks like a .300 hitter on day one. Like 92% contact with no chase. Never swings at junk. Can run and play all three outfield spots. Elite contact guy that adjusted his swing path to get in front of the ball. Tight launch angle guy that gets the most of his power despite well below average raw power. This shouldn’t be Madrigal. If you’re looking for a guy off all radars as a fifth outfielder? Look no further! Well, look a little further, because there’s gonna be another sixty outfielders ranked still. 2022 Projections: 68/11/51/.307/14 in 481 ABs

CONTINUE TO THE TOP 100 OUTFIELDERS FOR 2022 FANTASY BASEBALL

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toolshed
toolshed
7 months ago

Ken Rosenthal reported today that spring training is likely going to be delayed and a cba is not close. Ugh. Glad he is still allowed to report and provide an opinion for the Athletic w/o fascist interference from the commissioner’s office.

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  toolshed
7 months ago

why would you be sure sure his reports aren’t just MLB’s outputs made to look like something else. such as shefter in NFL “news reports”

toolshed
toolshed
Reply to  goodfold2
7 months ago

I hope Grey is right. Rosenthal is a very reputable journalist. He was canned for criticizing Manfred earlier this year. It is a tough business, but he has been doing this job for a while and has integrity. He’s earned my trust based on his history.

nightpandas
nightpandas
7 months ago

Goodbye January Grey….

Got a trade offer: JoRam and McCullers for my Buehler and Arozerena

Batting: figure this helps me across the board particularly where I am weak (obp and batter k’s)
Pitching: hurts wins whip k’s qs maybe helps losses, era k/9

15 team keep 11
My keepers would be: Olson Albies Riley Semien SMarte Tatis and JoRam instead of Aroz
Keeper arms would be: RIglesias, Alcantara Gausman and McCullers instead of Buehler

no picks in first 5 rounds so my pitching could be a little suspect…but solid bats

What say you?

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Reply to  Grey
7 months ago

yr so far west that it’s like most places it’s february compared to you exactly an hour ago. or around half.

toolshed
toolshed
7 months ago

Found this on twitter. Adolis Garcia is on the far right. He is jacked! Yordan Alvarez needs to work on his legs. He’s that dude at the gym who can bench press a truck but can’t even squat his own weight. The other two are Randy Arozerena and JRod.

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goodfold2
goodfold2
7 months ago

kept digging into who might get those TOR 3B at bats if not espinal, didn’t realize (as he’s not listed at 3B or anywhere in their minors system, NOR MLB) they signed jake lamb, but haven’t listed him as bench or in minors on RR. at the top shows the signings but i forgot that they don’t always list a player’s destination after a recent signing right away.

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  Grey
7 months ago

new nickname for him the 5ish times he’s mentioned yearly.

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  Grey
7 months ago

scratch that, lamb was dropped in sept after being waivered from WSOX. i forgot he had been on TOR. he’s not now though. so back to nobody that’s in TOR’s system seems to be taking away s.espinal’s at bats (presumably they’ll sign somebody just like lamb if/when MLB gets back to existing). dyson chicken legs another one not resigned yet most recently on TOR

Jolt In Flow
Jolt In Flow
7 months ago

I’ve found OF the toughest thing to fill in my NL only and AL only leagues the last few years.

Thanks for this article. My late, cheap target has now been identified for the upcoming season. This should free up some $ to spend on more established free agents.

Much appreciated Grey,

Jolt

leon
leon
7 months ago

Reylando lopez or edward olivares 16 man. thanks

leon
leon
Reply to  Grey
7 months ago

you think lopez is a possible breakout candidate for 2022? showed some real improvements.
Also, lopez over edward only because edward doesn’t currently have a job?

End the Lockout
End the Lockout
7 months ago

C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, MI, CI, 4 OF, 2 UTIL
4 SP, 2 RP, 2P
4 Bench

6-Team roto redraft

3rd pick

What round would you start taking SP’s in this size league? I was thinking 5th or 6th.

End the Lockout
End the Lockout
Reply to  Grey
7 months ago

Thanks Grey.

About Turner and Bichette – who leads off for the Jays in the likely event Springer misses any significant time with Semien gone? Bichette? If that’s the case it would hurt his RBI count and I might lean Turner with his 2B/SS eligibility and instead. What do you think?

William Hung
William Hung
7 months ago

Benintendi and Kyle Lewis being ranked in this range. Who would’ve imagined just a couple seasons ago? You should name this entire range of guys – the graveyard of former Grey touts

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
7 months ago

Yeah man – so many guys on this list were in those Tiers in the Top 20/Top 40 where you were aggressively buying not so long ago… so sad. I also feel like the COVID seasons definitely mucked some guys up

Will
Will
Reply to  Grey
7 months ago

Wil Myers agrees. Man, what a letdown he was in 2021 after that 60 game 2020 performance.

Will
Will
Reply to  Grey
7 months ago

2020 sure looks like an outlier year (55 games) with that .606 slg and .959 OPS. Kept waiting for him to wake up last season, never happened. He won’t be on my fantasy squad this season.

bigbear
bigbear
Reply to  Grey
7 months ago

Wil Myers should have stayed a C to redeem his career.

toolshed
toolshed
7 months ago

Chazz is a shell of his former self. The decline was precipitous. The red flags were there before last year’s catastrophically bad season. I kept thinking he was unlucky and he’d turn it around because his xstats looked better and his walk rate was up. The avg exit velo (20th percentile) says it all. Coors field is generally regarded as a panacea, but he is toast and Coors can’t even save him given his low exit velo and surging gb rate. He somehow managed to hit 13 hr. He only had 2 hr on the road! His road iso was .102. Yikes! I will avoid him like the plague and would much rather own anyone else even if I was able to play chazz only in coors.

Vacation
Vacation
7 months ago

Grey forgot Julio Rodriguez exists.

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Vacation
7 months ago

Dude prolly won’t be up til after all star break.

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Grey
7 months ago

400+ is optimistic for sure

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Grey
7 months ago

Obviously hard to predict with all the factors involved. Just grabbed two prospects in our DC and it’s either foolish or genius haha

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Grey
7 months ago

That’s why you’re the FML. Btw I’m middle season 3 on rewatch so close to the final season…

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Grey
7 months ago

nice it’s so good the writing the music everything I hope season five isn’t disappointing HA

toolshed
toolshed
7 months ago

I see you have laureano down for 15 sb. He will get 12 of them over the first month he plays. Last year the dude had 8 sb in his first 9 games and then proceeded to steal 4 over his remaining 79 games. He also had 13 hr over his first 54 games played and hit 1 more over his last 34 games! You talk about a all or nothing with this guy. Not sure I can stomach owning him again. He will miss 27 days to start the year, but will go 27 games where you wish he’d miss while he is technically “playing” and clogging up your roster spot.

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  toolshed
7 months ago

Peds stopped working early in the season lol

Ryan Y
Ryan Y
Reply to  toolshed
7 months ago

He slowed way down after got hurt. Lower body soft tissue IIRC. Likely why he “accidentally” ingested those magic injury recovery beans ?

Randi
Randi
7 months ago

Your links don’t work. Redesign for its own sake. Couldn’t leave well enough alone.

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Randi
7 months ago

Everything works over here douchebag.

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  frankgrimes
7 months ago

They even added arrows for easy scrolling on computers to help people like me!!!

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  frankgrimes
7 months ago

Agree with Grimey

Ante GALIC
Ante GALIC
7 months ago

Grey!!!!!!!

Awesome!!!!!!!

a. Loving the top 80 for OF keep ’em coming. So, OF shallow…then wait for Franmil in round 5/6 (or earlier if you’re in an RCL) and then wait further for the Baddoo tier.

b. Totes agree with the ‘old’ tier Myers is in. Padres are not going to win anything with a commitment to Myers in the OF and HOFmer at 1B. They HAVE GOT to find a better 1B.

c. So, in my 5×5, 12-team, redraft, weekly H2H league (each category), I have these 21 players on the roster. Here are picks by round (we’re allowed to add/drop 7 players every Monday).

Round 1 (immediately after the draft)

VGJ, Judge, Alonso, Devers, Acuna, Trout, Salvy

In my ranking system, I took 6 of my top 10. I reached for Salvy.

Round 2 (Monday Jan 24, 2022)

Olson, Hendriks, Hader, Cease, Wheeler, Ray, Xander

Here I reached for SP. In my system, top closers are important because they are excellent SV, WHIP, not bad in ERA and sometimes vulture. I reached for Cease, guilty as charged.

Round 3 (Monday Jan 31, 2022)

O’Neil, Eloy, Clase, Iglesias, India, Alcantara and Peralta

Reached for India. Shored up the RP. Really wanted O’Neil and got him.

So the team in a shallow H2H 12-team

Salvy
VGJ
India
Xander
Devers
MI
Alonso
O’Neil, Acuna, Judge, Trout, Eloy
Olson

Cease, Alcantara, Peralta, Ray, Wheeler
Hendriks, Hader, Clase, Iglesias

Not bad, right. There’s three other teams doing the same, the rest are MIA. The Commish will wake up or he won’t.

c. Norm MacDonald quote of the day for January 31, 2022

‘Was OJ high on speed the night the murders took place? Absolutely not, said Defense Attorney Johnny Cochrane today, and a simple test of any of OJ’s blood at the crime scene will prove it.’

d. Marx Brothers quote of the day for January 31, 2022

‘There’s one way to find out if a man is honest – ask him. If he says, “Yes”, you know he’s a crook.’

Cheers,
Ante