We (me) have gone over the catchers to target, 1st basemen to target, 2nd basemen to target, shortstops to target, and 3rd basemen to target, cause I have to do everything around here! Look at me, throwing shade like a beach umbrella! That makes sense…if you don’t think about it! That’s what I want my bumper sticker to say, “That makes sense….if you don’t think about it.” Okay, so this post is all the outfielders that are being drafted after 200 overall that elicit uber-sexy feelings. There’s guys like Adolis Garcia and Jarred Kelenic that I would draft, and wrote a fantasy baseball sleepers for them, but they’re going before 200 overall, so not presented here without comment, uh, with comment. You know what I mean! Now, this is a (legal-in-all-countries-except-Canada) supplement to the top 100 outfielders for 2022 fantasy baseball. All Steamer hitter projects and all 2022 fantasy baseball rankings have been updated. Click on the player’s name where applicable to read more and see their 2022 projections. Anyway, here’s some outfielders to target for 2022 fantasy baseball:
Eddie Rosario (Yahoo 207) “Let’s see if he moves up when he signs somewhere” was written on an index card, prior to him signing. He’s still ranked 207th overall at Yahoo, so throw that index card into an empty window where glass should be and listen to the shattering sound. By the way, I stopped looking at ESPN for these posts, because I couldn’t figure out their rankings after five previous players to target posts.
Marcell Ozuna (Yahoo 217) Don’t completely understand how Ozuna went from a top 70 overall pick to barely top 250 (in Yahoo) and 160-ish in NFBC. I get that he’s a piece of garbage, but a lot of players are pieces of garbage or I just don’t know them well enough. Is, say, Paul Goldschmidt a good guy? I don’t know. I guess, if I’m giving the benefit of the doubt, but I don’t have any hard proof either way. Do I need hard proof either way? Ketel Marte is the only player who sounds like hard proof. Ozuna missed basically a whole year, so maybe his timing is off, or maybe he did get old. A forty spot discount seems right for that, so from a top 70 pick to around 110, which is about where I have him.
Randal Grichuk (NFBC 233, Yahoo 222) For what it’s Cronenworth, I changed ADP at NFBC to be only since Grichuk’s trade, and he’s still a steal. In our auction values rankings, Grichuk is at 150th overall. Coors and everyday playing time at DH is a yes, please and thank you.
Ramon Laureano (NFBC 255) Outfield is a bit of a mess from around ADP 50 overall to around 150 overall. Just a lot of over-drafted Bryon Buxtons; scary-as-fudge Cody Bellingers and yawnstipating Bryan Reynoldses. With maybe a few Seiyas and JD Martinii. Well, speaking of Martiniis, here’s a splash of insight into your cocktail, you can wait on outfield. I like a few of the guys in that range, but Byron Buxton will miss a month, and so will Ramon Laureano, and I could come up with a comp for every outfielder, almost as ridiculous as that one. Like the Cody Bellinger gamble? Why not take the Ozuna one hundred picks later? Loving what Jesse Winker can do? Have you heard of Austin Hays? He’s Winker with less average. Wait, let’s save some for the next blurb.
Austin Hays (NFBC 240) Hmm, I didn’t save much from the previous blurb. Hays’s 18-20% K% could even get him into a .280 average range — averange? — and then his 25/7 season is going to look even more dope being drafted after 200 overall. On a related note, it’s pretty wild that Yahoo appears to be more right-on with their rankings than the drafters at NFBC for both Laureano and Hays, ranking them in the top 200 overall, which is why they weren’t listed (only this big ol’ mention).
Jesus Sanchez (NFBC 230, Yahoo 324) What if I told you he hit 24 homers in 368 ABs last year between Triple-A and the majors, and a .288 batting average, would you be at all interested in that? What if I told you the majority of that time came in the majors? What if I told you that wasn’t lie? Still nothing? It feels that way with how late he’s being drafted. Also, gave you a Jesus Sanchez sleeper.
Jo Adel (NFBC 221) Yet, another guy who is ranked much higher in Yahoo, and I agree with them. Hey, did they look at my rankings before doing their own? Very sneaky! Also, I already gave you my Jo Adell sleeper.
Andrew Vaughn (NFBC 266) Included him in my 1st basemen to target post, so won’t spend long here, but I just wanted to say he’s yet another guy who is being under-drafted by those at NFBC and more accurately at Yahoo, which I think goes back to my original point about ADP at NFBC. Back in November, a few people set the ADP without a full idea of the scope what the league will look like. Imagine just the people drafting not knowing the NL would have the DH. You can sort to have ADP for just the most recent month, but that is still informed by all the ADP that was in there already. Once again, all sites should set ADP by just using our Player Rater ranks from the previous year. Finally, I’m well aware of Vaughn’s injury, but it doesn’t sound bad.
Lane Thomas (NFBC 288, Yahoo 364) Guess what? Chicken butt! Already gave you my Lane Thomas sleeper. As I said in the Laureano blurb, there’s a ton of interesting outfielders late. Not to mention, a lot of Yahoo leagues are three-outfielder leagues with two utility slots. I like to ground my outfielders with at least one or two top 50 outfielders. You can do that and wait about 150 picks before grabbing another outfielder. Not saying you have to, but you could.
Akil Baddoo (Yahoo 223) Damn, Yahoo and I are once again seeing eye-to-eye like two pirates staring each other down, while the two parrots on our shoulders duel. NFBC has Baddoo way higher (around 150) and I just don’t see it. I am Yabba Dabba Baddoo for Akil if he falls to the 250 overall range, but 150 overall feels a bit high.
Julio Rodriguez (NFBC 233, Yahoo 360) His ADP was likely hurt by the lockout, because he’s the type whom people see in minor league games and are like, “I’ll have what he’s having,” like they’re in When Harry Met Sally . Also, I gave you my Julio Rodriguez fantasy.
Mike Jastrzemski (NFBC 293, Yahoo 237) Some players fall through the cracks. Not sure why certain ones do vs. others. Carl’s Jr. Jr. definitely has. He’s a 25/5/.250 hitter, and I might be shortchanging his average. Last year, he hit .224, but that was with a low BABIP, and the two years before he hit .272 and .297 respectively. As they say about Carl’s Jr. Jr. in the south, that burger restaurant will hunt.
Tommy Pham (NFBC 260) This was just the outfielders who have an ADP between 200 and 300! I might have to do another post for outfielders to target in deeper leagues. Not sure I’ll have a chance though. Guess you could just look at my top 100 outfielders.
Riley Greene (NFBC 272, Yahoo unranked) Could he break camp with the team? Sure, and if he does, he will be one of the hottest adds of the first week, so grab or draft him now. Also, my Riley Greene fantasy.
Kyle Lewis (NFBC 449, Yahoo 240) Just wanted to quickly point out that I looked at NFBC’s Kyle Lewis ADP for about ten minutes, quadruple-checking it. I still have no explanation, and I spoke with my spiritual guru on Zoom for ten minutes about this.
Myles Straw (Yahoo 238) I like Straw. I never put my lips to the top of a beverage cup just to prove my love for Straw. How’sever, when you look at his projections of 5/22/.260, you do have to wonder how Tony Kemp is going 300 picks after him in some leagues. Obviously, Straw has a bit more speed, but that much more? *screaming into my own head* Don’t say Straw sucks! *quietly* Straw doesn’t suck, oddly enough, but I like him a ton more if I’m getting him as late as Yahoo has him ranked.