Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Outfield tiers for 2023 drafts

The Shuffle Up series continues with outfielders moving through the car wash today. Below are my recommended salaries if you are playing in the Fantasy Salary Cap Draft format. We’ve posted catchers, corners and middle infielders in this series before; we will move on to other positions later, ahead of the opening day.

Big Tickets

$45 Aaron Judge

$44 Ronald Acuna Jr.

$43 Julio Rodriguez

$41 Juan Soto

$41 flour stakes

Kyle Tucker for $40

$38 Mike Trout

$37 Jordan Alvarez

No one expects Judge to match his 2022 pinball stats, but if he regresses to 2017 or 2021 levels, no one should complain. I love that he hasn’t changed teams and he keeps the buoyancy of the New York lineup and the park. . . Akuna was never truly healthy last year, and despite missing about a third of the season, he still led the NL in the most caught steals. How much longer can Akuna expose her body to base theft? I suspect he needs one 40-40 season before he turns the page. . . The Mariners also played it safe with Rodriguez on the bases in the second half, stopping his running game (four sacks in total) as he dealt with back and wrist injuries. Home park was not an issue as Rodriguez’s OPS made a 72-point jump at home. His batting stats were better in the second half; the rookie adapted to the pitchers better than the other way around. I won’t argue with anyone who wants to put Rodriguez first overall. . . Alvarez would have been $4-6 higher if not for the hand problem.

Aaron Judge will have a hard time repeating his 2022 stats, but he still has plenty of imagination.  (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Aaron Judge will have a hard time repeating his 2022 stats, but he still has plenty of imagination. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Legal building blocks

31 USD Michael Harris II

$30 Randy Arozarena

$29 Louis Robert

$29 Cedric Mullins II

$28 George Springer

$27 Kyle Schwarber

$26 Adolis Garcia

$26 Theoscar Hernandez

$22 Eloy Jimenez

$22 Brian Reynolds

Starling Marte for $21

$21 Corbin Carroll

20 dollars Byron Buxton

It is difficult for Harris to enter into his second year as he has exceeded rookie expectations as well as exceeding expected batting statistics. In accordance with Baseball Savant, Harris averaged 29 points per game and 54 points on hits that weren’t earned by his strong profile. Harris also needs to deal with southpaws who held him to .238/.284/.365 slash. . . No one can guarantee you that Robert will stay healthy this year, but we have to say that he has played almost a full season (166 games) in the last two seasons, and here is the result: .307 / .344 / .486. 25 homers, 17 steals, 96 runs, 99 RBIs. Add to that the season at the age of 25 and it offers many opportunities for growth and profit. . . Garcia is a polar fantasy choice because it blooms late and swings on anything; his career slump is .243/.290/.449 and has sniffed 377 times in the past two years. However, the Rangers will play him and the category sings – 58 homers, 41 steals in the last two years. I’ll look the other way on the way if ADP stays in a reasonable pocket. . . Buxton only made it to 100 games once in his career, and he became hesitant about running much (only six bags last year. He also hit .224. Tad AllagashBuxton always seems to be on his way, but he rarely arrives.

Talk to them, talk to them

$18 Tyler O’Neal

$17 Nick Castellanos

$17 Anthony Santander

$16 Christian Yelich

$16 Steve Kwan

$16 Giancarlo Stanton

$16 Taylor Ward

$15 Jake McCarthy

15 dollars Amed Rosario

$14 Chris Bryant

$14 Seiya Suzuki

$14 Andrew Won

$13 Ian Happ

$12 Brandon Nimmo

$12 reindeer hunter

$12 Mitch Haniger

$11 Jeff McNeil

$11 Alex Verdugo

Lars Notable for $11

$11 Whit Merrifield

$11 Tyro Estrada

$10 Oscar Gonzalez

Baseball history isn’t everything, but Players like Bryant will scare you, a reminder of the many players who lost it around the age of 30: Richard Hidalgo, Hank Black, Yoenis Cespedes, Bob Horner. I’m not sure even Colorado can save Bryant; minus turns me off. . . You’ll have to make up for Kwan’s mediocre strength, but his contact skills are repeatable and the Guardians will probably give him a good spot in the roster. . . Nimmo is a fast player who hesitates to run; maybe the new rules will give him more incentive to hit, but given his injury history, I’m more likely to bet he’ll keep his set level on the bases. He’s a useful player, but I’ve stopped setting a ceiling on fun. . . McCarthy is underestimated because Arizona is a team of walkers and has never been decorated like an avenue. But he will likely finish third and have a shot at a season with 15 homers and 30 steals. . . Suzuki would have been a level up had it not been for a spring oblique injury. Last year, he was ridiculously offended by the judging panel, constantly receiving penalties for third shots that did not hit the zone. I’m still hoping I’ll get some shares, although it’s unlikely to be ready for Opening Day.

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Some plausible benefits

$9 Riley Green

$9 * Bryce Harper

$9 Jock Pederson

$8 Harrison Bader

$8 Joey Menezes

$8 Lourdes Gurriel Jr.

$8 Austin Hayes

$8 Masataka Yoshida

Jessie Winker for $8

$7 Andrew Benintendi

$7 Cody Bellinger

$7 Ramon Laureano

$7 Seth Brown

$7 Josh Naylor

$6 Michael Comfort

$6 Charlie Blackmon

$6 Will Myers

$5 Randal Grichuk

$5 Jarred Kelenick

5 dollars John Bertie

$5 Quique Hernandez

As a general rule, I don’t draft players who are already injured – injuries will find you anyway – so I’ll likely let someone play the “waiting game” with Harper. . . Winker appears to be in good health and is getting a park upgrade at just the right time. He has a .275 batting chance with 30 homers. . . Myers is young enough to keep fantasy relevant, and Cincinnati is the most accessible offense in the National League. . . Benintendi has taken over the career of Alex Gordon, exciting as a prospect and boringly efficient as a 30-year-old. You won’t get anything for its plus protection, and it’s unlikely to offer much category juice. . . Yoshida will be worth more if he ends up in Boston’s lead, although he’s oddly in the middle of the rankings now.

Trash bin

$4 Brian De La Cruz

$4 Trey Mancini

$4 Lane Thomas

$4 Alex Kirilloff

$4 Brandon Marsh

$3 Austin Meadows

$3 Jorge Soler

$3 Jake Frehley

$3 Manuel Margo

$3 Chris Taylor

$3 Trent Grisham

$3 Adam Duvall

$2 Christopher Morel

$2 Dylan Carlson

$2 Joseph Siri

2 dollars Oswaldo Cabrera

2 dollars Mark Kanya

$2 Mike Yastrzemsky

2 dollars Marcel Ozuna

$2 Michael Brantley

2 dollars Esteri Ruiz

$2 Nick Gordon

$2 Brendan Donovan

2 dollars Tommy Fum

$2 Andrew McCutcheon

2 dollars Max Kepler

$1 Avisale Garcia

1 US dollar Leodie Taveras

1 dollar Patrick Wisdom

1 dollar Yurikson Profar

$1 AJ Pollock

$1 Joey Gallo


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