Fantasy Baseball Sleepers - Outfield
We’ve made it out of the infield and into the outfield. The outfield is an interesting situation when it comes to fantasy baseball. As typically you have three starting spots to fill, you want to hit on a stud early, but also need to find those sleepers to fill out the position later in the draft. We have a list of five, opposed to the three we’ve done for the previous five articles, below of players that will get it done for you in the outfield.
J.D. Davis (New York Mets)
Positional Rank: 54th
2019 Stats: .307 BA, 22 HR, 57 RBI, 65 R, 3 SB, .369 OBP, .527 SLG
2020 Projection (via RotoChamp): .295 BA, 21 HR, 66 RBI, 64 R, 3 SB, .357 OBP, .502 SLG
J.D. Davis comes with third-base eligibility on top of outfield, which adds value right away. On top of that, he had over a 45-percent hard-contact rate last season and comes into the 2020 season at just 26 years old. He hit 22 home runs a year ago and RotoChamp is projecting him to do just about the same with 21 in 2020. The RBIs will follow the homers, as he’s set to hit fifth in the Mets’ lineup. On top of that, you’re getting a .300 hitter. You can’t go wrong with Davis.
Bryan Reynolds (Pittsburgh Pirates)
Positional Rank: 53rd
2019 Stats: .314 BA, 16 HR, 68 RBI, 83 R, 3 SB, .377 OBP, .503 SLG
2020 Projection (via RotoChamp): .305 BA, 18 HR, 74 RBI, 89 R, 6 SB, .371 OBP, .487 SLG
I’m in love with the value you’re getting in the 15th round of 12 man leagues when you select Bryan Reynolds at his ADP. You get it all with Reynolds. You get a very good average with 15+ home runs and a fair share of RBIs. He’ll likely bat second for the Pirates so he’ll score a ton of runs. He’ll get on base and posted a plus .500 SLG a year ago. If only he could swipe a few more bases he’d be the complete package, but you are getting him at a discounted rate.
Justin Upton (Los Angeles Angels)
Positional Rank: 63rd
2019 Stats: .215 BA, 12 HR, 40 RBI, 34 R, 1 SB, .309 OBP, .415 SLG
2020 Projection (via RotoChamp): .251 BA, 25 HR, 75 RBI, 69 R, 7 SB, .337 OBP, .476 SLG
On top of age, you’re getting a discount in this year’s draft on Justin Upton due to a 2019 injury. He struggled during the time he was healthy but the former all-star is set to bounce back for the Angels in 2020. The average is not what it used to be and rightfully so, but again, you’re getting the Angels’ clean-up hitter late in the draft. You get the likes of Mike Trout, Anthony Rendon and Shohei Ohtani hitting before him. This is what I call a massive steal with a ADP in the 19th round of 12 man leagues.
Avisail Garcia (Milwaukee Brewers)
Positional Rank: 69th
2019 Stats: .282 BA, 20 HR, 72 RBI, 61 R, 10 SB, .332 OBP, .464 SLG
2020 Projection (via RotoChamp): .279 BA, 21 HR, 74 RBI, 66 R, 7 SB, .328 OBP, .463 SLG
Avisail Garcia with a ADP in the 22nd round is one of my favorite values of any sleeper this year. I love this guy. Not only has he hit 20, 19 and 18 home runs over the last three seasons, he moved from Tampa Bay to Milwaukee, which is a more hitter-friendly ballpark. He hits for a good average, has pop in his bat and has the speed to steal 10+ bases. He simply does it all and is arguably my favorite sleeper of this entire draft. You usually don’t find 20/10 guys this late in the draft who also hit for good averages.
Victor Reyes (Detroit Tigers)
Positional Rank: 130th
2019 Stats: .304 BA, 3 HR, 25 RBI, 29 R, 9 SB, .336 OBP, .431 SLG
2020 Projection: .279 BA, 7 HR, 48 RBI, 54 R, 14 SB, .307 OBP, .408 SLG
We’re going deep with this one. In just 69 games in 2019, Reyes recorded 84 hits and had 25 RBIs. On top of that, he swiped nine bags. Now, through his first 169 MLB appearances, he has 18 stolen bases. He has the speed to swipe bags on a regular basis. He also has a bit of pop in his bat for a guy you’d deem a speedster. This obviously is a deep league pickup, but you’re getting those stolen bases that are crucial with good averages and a high ceiling. He’s just 25 years old and has yet to play a full season in the majors. He could burst onto the scene this year.