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2016 Fantasy Baseball: Tiered Outfield Rankings – July Update

If I have a player listed above another player in the same tier it doesn’t necessarily mean I rank that player higher than the player below him. The reason for using tiers is because the wide variety of leagues (roto, categories, points) and sizes. The tiers give you a better idea how to evaluate players in a vacuum, while too much league-specific information would be needed for “Player A is better than Player B” analysis.

Major League Baseball outfielders ranked according to their sports podcast equivalent in 3, 2, 1…

Tier 1: Pardon My Take

  • Mike Trout
  • Bryce Harper
  • Mookie Betts
  • Giancarlo Stanton
  • Kris Bryant

Harper’s still not doing “great,” but in the last 30 days he has six home runs, six steals and 15 RBI. I moved Stanton back up, because in the last 30 days he has eight home runs with a .422 wOBA that’s tied for sixth-best among outfielders. I moved Bryant into the top tier, and it’s pretty simple why: he’s really freakin’ good. He leads all hitters in home runs in the last 30 days with 11, and his 25 on the year is good for second among all hitters, too.

Tier 2: The Vertical Podcast with Woj

  • Carlos Gonzalez
  • Mark Trumbo
  • George Springer
  • Chris Davis
  • Starling Marte
  • Yoenis Cespedes
  • Nelson Cruz
  • Ian Desmond
  • Charlie Blackmon

Desmond ranks eighth in wOBA among outfielders for the season, and he ranks fifth over the past 30 days. He’s one of only five outfielders with at least 15 home runs and 15 steals.

Tier 3: The Lowe Post

  • Wil Myers
  • Shin-Soo Choo
  • Michael Saunders
  • Adam Jones
  • Ryan Braun
  • Jackie Bradley, Jr.
  • Marcell Ozuna

Myers is tied for sixth among outfielders with 15 steals, and his 19 homers are tied for eighth. Choo’s .391 wOBA in the last 30 days ranks 15th among outfielders, and he also has seven home runs and three steals. He’s beasting after coming back from the DL. Ozuna ranks 12th among all outfielders in wOBA at .377.

Tier 4: The Bill Simmons Podcast

  • Christian Yelich
  • Miguel Sano
  • Stephen Piscotty
  • Justin Upton
  • Gregory Polanco
  • Odubel Herrera
  • Max Kepler
  • Ben Zobrist
  • Melvin Upton, Jr.

Kepler’s eight home runs in the last 30 days rank tied for fourth among outfielders, and his 31 RBI are seven more than the next closest outfielder. He has a .245 Isolated power in his rookie season to go with a 10 percent walk rate.

Tier 5: CBS Sports Fantasy Baseball Today

  • Jay Bruce
  • Rajai Davis
  • Hanley Ramirez

Davis’s 24 steals rank second among outfielders, and with his next home run he’ll join Melvin Upton as the only two outfielders with at least 10 homers and 20 steals.

Tier 6: The Jonah Keri Podcast

  • Adam Duvall
  • Khris Davis
  • Curtis Granderson
  • Adam Eaton
  • Matt Holliday
  • Andrew McCutchen
  • Josh Harrison
  • Kevin Pillar
  • Willson Contreras
  • Kole Calhoun

Pillar hit five home runs in June after just one apiece in the season’s first two months. He’s striking out more, but he’s also hitting for lots more power.

Tier 7: Baseball Tonight with Buster Olney

  • Nomar Mazara
  • Trayce Thompson
  • Danny Valencia
  • Tyler Naquin

These are just a few guys to keep an eye on as they’ve performed well at various parts of the season.

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