2022 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Top 50 outfielders
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
|6||Ronald Acuña Jr.||ATL|
|46||Lourdes Gurriel Jr.||TOR|
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.
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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