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Friday, February 2, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL OUTFIELDERS I WILL TARGET

Since the outfield position is so deep, I decided to devote separate posts of those who I will target and those who I will try and avoid.  On that front, here are the outfielders I have a keen interest in for 2018. 

FANTASY BASEBALL OUTFIELDERS I WILL TARGET

Mike Trout:  Duh!  Hope I get the top pick.

Mookie Betts:  I love the slight dip in ADP for Betts so that I can snag him at the end of Round 1 if in position instead of needing the number 2 overall pick like a year prior.  This is all due to a BABIP-caused drop in Betts' average last season but you know better.

Charlie Blackmon:  Yes the steals are drying up and I also see a slight drop back in homers but Blackmon is the real hitting deal.

J.D. Martinez:  The cat is out of the bag now on Martinez which means no more discount at the draft table.  Still, his 40-homer swing is well-tuned and will look great as your OF 1 anchor.  The only thing is that the similar-skilled Yoenis Cespedes is much cheaper.

Starling Marte:  Love reclamation projects like this (PED suspension) as the value could be immense in these situations.

Andrew Benintendi:  I had Benintendi in the Experts League last season and needless to say, I want him everywhere again.  A 25/25 blockbuster season is in the offing.

A.J. Pollock:  The injury threat is real but boy can Pollock fill up the five standard categories when healthy.

Christian Yelich:  Left-handed power in Milwaukee is always a good thing and that could uncork the power that is lying in Yelich's bat.

Byron Buxton:  Yes I am a firm believer in the ability of Buxton and am willing to deal with a .260 average but also enjoy the 20/40 ratio in power/speed.

Tommy Pham:  I won't break the bank for Pham but I also will have him in my early mid-round queue.  There are legitimate health and power questions but Pham seemed to unlock everything a year ago.

Rhys Hoskins:  The hype is immense here which could price me out but boy I love Hoskins.  The power is insane and better yet, Hoskins draws a ton of walks which could help ward off major average trouble.

Andrew McCutchen:  Said to buy low on McCutchen last season and that worked out nicely.

Dee Gordon:  I am including Gordon here because he will gain outfield eligibility in April since the Seattle Mariners plan to move him there this season.  60 steals, 100 runs. and a .300 average would lock down three categories nicely.

Lorenzo Cain:  Always a sucker for the annually affordable Cain who moves to a more offensive park in Milwaukee and is still capable of a 15/25 campaign.

Yoenis Cespedes:  Playing the value game leads me to Cespedes whose ADP is dropping sharply from a year ago due to all his leg injuries.  Yes that is a major concern but Cespedes is J.D. Martinez but with a cheaper price tag.

Ender Inciarte:  Cheap speed here.  And a .300 average also.

Yasiel Puig:  Yes I am back on the bandwagon.

Gregory Polanco:  See Cespedes, Yoenis above.

Adam Eaton:  Was headed for a nice 2017 campaign before injury disaster struck.  Will be leading off a stacked lineup this season.

Ian Desmond:  Desmond is too young and remains in a potent home ballpark to go away this quickly.

Nick Castellanos:  Whether at third base or the outfield, Castellanos is sitting on 30 home runs.

Michael Conforto:  Any spring training injury question causes a player's stock to fall drastically and so a big profit could be had here regarding five healthy months of Conforto.

Eddie Rosario:  Already have talked about my intrigue regarding the emerging power bat of Rosario and the dirt cheap price looks very nice.

Manuel Margot:  The screen in San Diego will help you get a potential 15/25/.280 Margot on the cheap.

Odubel Herrera:  Another guy I am a sucker on, Herrera can be a solid OF 3 for a very late round pick.


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