It is no secret that there are more sleepers in the outfield than any other position in fantasy baseball. Obviously, each team starts three outfielders, so there are plenty of options that emerge out of nowhere. Yet every fantasy season, owners jump on the big name outfielders early in the draft and are forced to settle for middle of the road infielders and pitchers.
Besides the obvious first-round superstars (Mike Trout/Andrew McCutchen), the water gets pretty muddled in the outfield. There really isn’t much of a drop off from an outfielder in the late-first round into the third round, so drafting outfielders like Carlos Gonzalez, Carlos Gomez, and Giancarlo Stanton in the first round isn’t worth it. Trout or McCutchen are worth reaching for, but the other first round outfielders don’t have the same value. It is better to go after skilled positions at first/third base with those highly-coveted draft picks.
There are some great value picks in the outfield to find in the second round or later. Stars like Bryce Harper, Jacoby Ellsbury, Adam Jones, and Yasiel Puig can all be found in the second or third round in most leagues and grabbing one of those veteran would be better than reaching for someone of the same value at the end of the first round.
The same can be said for every round after that. The outfielders grabbed in the fifth round have the same value as an outfielder grabbed in the sixth round.
There are plenty of outfield sleepers out there this season, so wait a little bit to fill out your roster.