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2016 fantasy baseball preview: Powerful outfield tiers

It’s that time of year again! Everyone has reported for spring training, Teeb’s Seasonal Affective Disorder is starting to clear up and Brody Stevens‘ Elbow is tingling with excitement … or tendinitis.



and at Punch Drunk Fantasy we have our eyes on the prize …

Obviously for most of you that means another exciting thing …

Punch Drunk Sports Powerful Fantasy Baseball Tiers

Tiers: C | 1B | 2B | 3B | SS | OF | SP | RP

Consensus on rankings this fantasy baseball season is harder to pin down than Tripoli fleeing the scene after forgetting our guy Jeff Sherwood’s name. With young guns climbing draft boards, veteran talent being written off and the so-called touts of the fantasy industry ass backwards on a number of players #PDSBaseball is here to help you with the MOST ACCURATE** fantasy baseball rankings of the 2016 season.

**complete assumption

2016 Powerful Outfield Tiers:

Tier 1 & 2: High End Shit


Player Name



1 Bryce Harper WSH 3

Mike Trout



3 Giancarlo Stanton MIA 7
4 Andrew McCutchen PIT 9
5 Jose Bautista TOR 18
6 Kris Bryant CHC 11
7 Mookie Betts BOS 19
8 A.J. Pollock ARI 16
9 Chris Davis BAL 33

Where’s the value? Both Jose Bautista and Mookie Betts are slotted late 2nd round by Average Draft Position (ADP), I’m buying there. Chris Davis is another value who gives you the flexibility to slot him at 1B or OF and that POW is special.


  • It’s a 2 man tier at the top, ladies choice. Forced to pick Ill bet on Bryce Harper meeting and exceeding last year’s totals.
  • Don’t be surprised to see a steals increase for Harper too.
  • I can’t quit Jose Bautista. Always on-base and the power hasn’t slowed.
  • Giancarlo Stanton is a machine. I’m expecting 35+ HR’s.
  • AJ Pollock and Mookie Betts is a toss up. Very safe #1 outfielders either way.
  • I’m betting on Chris Davis early. The O’s offence should be high powered and Crush hits bombs.

Tier 3, 4 & 5: If the Price is Right

10 Starling Marte PIT 27
11 Charlie Blackmon COL 32
12 Nelson Cruz SEA 37
13 George Springer HOU 31
14 Adam Jones BAL 47
15 Yoenis Cespedes NYM 39

Justin Upton



17 Carlos Gonzalez COL 50
18 Ryan Braun MIL 45
19 Yasiel Puig LAD 82
20 J.D. Martinez DET 34
21 Jason Heyward CHC 70
22 Carlos Gomez HOU 53
23 Lorenzo Cain KC 49
24 Adam Eaton CWS 112
25 Hunter Pence SF 98
26 Matt Kemp SD 79
27 Corey Dickerson TB 97

Michael Brantley



29 Brett Gardner NYY 129
30 Jacoby Ellsbury NYY 96
31 Gregory Polanco PIT 106
32 Billy Hamilton CIN 94
33 Kole Calhoun LAA 116
34 Hanley Ramirez BOS 119
35 Alex Gordon KC 189
36 Shin-Soo Choo TEX 141
37 Christian Yelich MIA 131


Where’s the value? Adam Eaton, that’s where. Obtaining speed in guys like Eaton is key to wasting roster spots on one trick steals guys late. Eaton, Hunter Pence and Brett Gardener are some double digit steals guys that help in other areas and if I have them as third or fourth outfielders you’ll be alive in stolen bases all year.


  • In both 3 & 5 Outfielder leagues I would like to have players 3 rostered by the end of these tier. In a 5 OF league it is a guarantee.
  • Starling Marte and Charlie Blackmon are both 3 category-plus players. Valuable in any format.
  • Gotta think George Springer continues to grow. Injuries have been rough on him though.
  • The demise of Yasiel Puig is not a problem thing. His talent will shine on through, I want him everywhere. The revolution will be televised!
  • Mentioned Pence and Eaton before. Quality players that I like to roster.
  • Alex Gordon and Christian Yelich are under rated. They’re going in great spots. Happy to grab them as the prices drop and people take shots on rookies.

Tier 6 & 7: Bottom of the Bag

38 David Peralta ARI 136
39 Brandon Belt SF 149
40 Jorge Soler CHC 171
41 Randal Grichuk STL 173
42 Khris Davis MIL 167
43 Curtis Granderson NYM 144
44 Ben Revere WSH 107
45 Dexter Fowler FA 187
46 Joc Pederson LAD 163
47 Josh Reddick OAK 204
48 Billy Burns OAK 181
49 Michael Conforto NYM 213
50 Jay Bruce CIN 176
51 Ben Zobrist CHC 182
52 Evan Gattis HOU 190
53 Melky Cabrera CWS 268
54 Denard Span SF 310
55 Kevin Pillar TOR 194
56 Stephen Piscotty STL 238
57 Gerardo Parra COL 220
58 Matt Holliday STL 211

Wil Myers



60 Marcell Ozuna MIA 285
61 Ender Inciarte ATL 210
62 Steven Souza TB 226
63 Mark Trumbo BAL 208
64 Byron Buxton MIN 195
65 Joey Gallo TEX 359
66 Jayson Werth WSH 358
67 Delino DeShields TEX 214
68 Kevin Kiermaier TB 258
69 Rusney Castillo BOS 241
70 Ryan Zimmerman WSH 224
71 Carlos Beltran NYY 376
72 Josh Harrison PIT 217
73 Domingo Santana MIL 375
74 Ben Paulsen COL 348
75 Nick Markakis ATL 391
76 Brandon Moss STL 331
77 Marlon Byrd FA 415
78 Chris Colabello TOR 306
79 Danny Valencia OAK 286
80 Avisail Garcia CWS 345

Where’s the value? There is a ton of Power available in these later tiers. If there is one category I’m fine waiting on its Homeruns. Legit 20+ HR pop in Josh Reddick, Curtis Granderson, Brandon Moss & Joey Gallo to name a few. The list of guys who could hit 20 bombs here is well over a dozen names.


  • If you’re late to the steals party Billy Burns is my guy. Speed for days and posts high average.
  • Brandon Belt is a poor man’s Crush Davis. As it gets later in the draft I love drafting multi-position players. Injuries are going to come.
  • Denard Span should have a big role in SF, he is great value this late.
  • Melky Cabrerra keeps doing Melky things. I’ll take him, but history of  slow starts might mean he sits ’til July.
  • Pick your poison with rest of this grab bag. Names I’m targeting: Randal Grichuk; Wil Myers; Gerardo Parra; Marcel Ozuna; Steven Piscotty; Josh Reddick; Michael Conforto; Jorge Soler ( depending on Cubs news).















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