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2022 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Top 50 outfielders

  • Manuel Gómez - East Coast Contributor & Podcast Director Manuel Gómez, East Coast Contributor & Podcast Director
  • April 5, 2022

Ranking the top 50 outfielders for the 2022 Fantasy Baseball season.

With the 2022 Major League Baseball season starting this week, we’re going to rank the top 50 outfielders in Fantasy Baseball. These rankings are for head-to-head (H2H) leagues. Determinations were made by aggregating projection stats from three major locations: Steamer, ZiPS, and THE BAT.

Before we begin, a brief explanation – or rather an impassioned adulation – of the no. 1 ranked player Juan Soto. Now entering his fifth season in MLB, the Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic native is ready to claim the top spot in Fantasy Baseball. Soto is ready to put together an Albert-Pujols-circa-2008 type of season that should set baseball ablaze.

The 23-year-old walks more than he strikes out; he hits for average and for power; and pitchers intentionally walk him more than any other player in baseball… by a mile. In the last two seasons, Soto (35 IBB) has 13 more intentional walks than the next guy, Freddie Freeman (22 IBB). That’s free points.

Don’t overthink this. Take Soto before anybody else in your 2022 Fantasy Baseball draft.

Top 50 Outfielders

Rank Player Team
1 Juan Soto WSN
2 Mookie Betts LAD
3 Bryce Harper PHI
4 Kyle Tucker HOU
5 Mike Trout LAA
6 Ronald Acuña Jr. ATL
7 Aaron Judge NYY
8 Nick Castellanos PHI
9 Bryan Reynolds PIT
10 Ketel Marte ARI
11 Kris Bryant COL
12 Whit Merrifield KCR
13 Cedric Mullins BAL
14 George Springer TOR
15 J.D. Martinez BOS
16 Rhys Hoskins PHI
17 Austin Meadows TBR
18 Kyle Schwarber PHI
19 Teoscar Hernandez TOR
20 Christian Yelich MIL
21 Luis Robert CWS
22 Mitch Haniger SEA
23 Charlie Blackmon COL
24 Jesse Winker CIN
25 Enrique Hernandez BOS
26 Trey Mancini BAL
27 Alex Verdugo BOS
28 Giancarlo Stanton NYY
29 Starling Marte NYM
30 Eloy Jimenez CWS
31 Franmil Reyes CLE
32 Jorge Soler MIA
33 Tyler O’Neill STL
34 Joey Gallo NYY
35 Max Kepler MNT
36 Nelson Cruz WSN
37 Ryan Mountcastle BAL
38 Dylan Carlson STL
39 Trent Grisham SDP
40 Cody Bellinger LAD
41 Michael Brantley HOU
42 Eddie Rosario ATL
43 Randy Arozarena TBR
44 Michael Conforto
45 Andrew Benintendi KCR
46 Lourdes Gurriel Jr. TOR
47 Hunter Renfroe MIL
48 Austin Hays BAL
49 Randal Grichuk COL
50 Robbie Grossman DET
Players highlighted below
Players still free agents

Fantasy Baseball Notes

This offseason, Kris Bryant signed a 7-year, $182 million contract with the Colorado Rockies. It is the second-largest contract handed out this offseason.

We highlighted Bryant because he is one of the most defensively versatile players on this list. He can play multiple positions and is set to see his offensive numbers improve this season because of Coors Field.

Though he is ranked 11th on this list, do not be surprised to see him go before the likes of Nick Castellanos and Ketel Marte.

Though Whit Merrifield is listed primarily as a second baseman, he can also play multiple outfield positions. In fact, in the COVID shortened 2020 season, Merrifield played more in the outfield than he did in second base.

Though Merrifield does not hit for power – he has 68 home runs in six MLB seasons – he has led the league in hits twice, stolen bases thrice, and is routinely at the top of the list in doubles and triples.

Trey Mancini has become a fan favorite in Baltimore. As such, ahead of Opening Day, the Orioles granted him a guaranteed $7.75 for 2022 with an option for 2023.

Like Merrifield and Bryant, Mancini is a versatile option in Fantasy Baseball because he likely qualifies as a first baseman, outfielder, and designated hitter. In fact, for his career, he splits quite evenly between the three positions.

More Notes

This season, Rhys Hoskins (1B) and Kyle Schwarber (OF) will don the same uniform. They will also likely share DH duties when they’re not playing their regular positions.

Hoskins and Schwarber have had incredibly similar careers. Both players are 28 years old and coming into their own at the same exact time. Both players had, arguably, their best statistical positions in 2021. But only one player will likely realistically qualify as an outfielder in fanstasy baseball leagues: Schwarber.

J.D. Martinez and Nelson Cruz are projected to see playing time in the outfield even though they are primarily designated hitters, according to Steamer, ZiPS, and THE BAT.

  • J.D. Martinez played just 32% of games in the outfield
  • Nelson Cruz played just one game at first base in 2021

Draft these players with caution, especially if your intention is to take an outfielder. Chances are, in most leagues, they won’t qualify for the position.

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