Reigning NL MVP Acuña headlines fantasy outfield rankings

March 22nd, 2024

Home to some of the biggest names in the sport, the outfield will be the centerpiece of many fantasy baseball lineups in 2024.

Seven of the top eight players in’s 2024 fantasy rankings have outfield eligibility, led by our No. 1 overall player, reigning National League MVP

With solid choices to be had later in drafts, you can certainly build a competitive team without picking an outfielder in the first or second round, but it’s not easy to pass on the position’s elite players.

No matter your strategy, this tier-by-tier breakdown of this year’s outfield crop can help.

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Tier 1: Ronald Acuña Jr.

Likely to go No. 1 in virtually every redraft league, Acuña is a tier unto himself after producing one of the greatest power-speed combo seasons in baseball history a year ago. The Braves' superstar did it all for fantasy managers, hitting .337 with 41 homers, 73 steals, 106 RBIs, 149 runs scored and a 1.012 OPS. Entering his age-26 season, there’s a chance he could be even better in 2024, as crazy as that sounds.

Tier 2: Julio Rodríguez, Corbin Carroll, Kyle Tucker, Fernando Tatis Jr., Aaron Judge, Juan Soto, Yordan Alvarez

The second tier features the seven other outfielders who belong in the first-round conversation, led by our No. 2 overall player, Rodríguez.

J-Rod followed up his 2022 American League Rookie of the Year Award-winning season with a 32-homer, 37-steal campaign in ‘23 and has the potential to reach even greater heights this year. The same goes for Carroll, who won the NL Rookie of the Year Award with 25 homers, 54 steals and an .868 OPS in 2023. Both players are just 23 years old.

Tucker and Tatis join J-Rod and Carroll among the 30/30 threats in Tier 2. Tucker fell one homer shy of joining that club last season, while Tatis finished with 25 homers and 29 steals in his return to action after missing all of 2022 due to injury and a suspension. The 25-year-old led the NL with 42 homers over 130 games back in 2022, so we know he has more power than he showed in ‘23.

Judge, Soto and Alvarez, projected by Steamer to be three of MLB’s four best hitters this season, round out this tier.

If it wasn’t for a fluke toe injury suffered at Dodger Stadium in June, Judge might have followed his 62-homer season with 50-plus dingers a year ago, ending up with 37 in just 106 games. Neither Soto nor Alvarez has reached 40 homers before, but would anyone be surprised if they did it in 2024?

You can also include Mookie Betts in this tier, though he is arguably more valuable to fantasy managers as a second baseman, considering how shallow that position is. Betts made 70 appearances at that spot in 2023, in addition to 107 in the outfield and 16 at shortstop.

Tier 3: Luis Robert Jr., Michael Harris II, Adolis García, Randy Arozarena, Cody Bellinger, Nolan Jones, Mike Trout, Jazz Chisholm Jr., Christian Yelich, Kyle Schwarber

This tier is loaded with power-speed options with the potential to provide 20-plus homers and 20-plus steals in 2024. Robert (38 HR, 20 SB), Arozarena (23 HR, 22 SB), Bellinger (26 HR, 20 SB) and Jones (20 HR, 20 SB) all did it last season, while Harris (18 HR, 20 SB), Chisholm (19 HR, 22 SB) and Yelich (19 HR, 28 SB) came close.

García was a 20/20 guy in 2022, and while his steals total dropped off last season (9 SB), he made up for it with a power surge, setting career highs in homers (39), RBIs (107) and runs (108).

Schwarber also posted big-time power numbers in 2023, exceeding 45 homers for the second straight season with 104 RBIs and 108 runs scored, though he hit just .197.

Then there’s Trout, who was one of the most difficult players to rank. The 32-year-old had a legendary fantasy run earlier in his career, but he has missed 249 games over the past three years and showed signs of decline in 2023, posting his lowest average (.263), on-base percentage (.367) and slugging percentage (.490) since ’11. He also no longer runs, stealing a mere six bases since the beginning of 2020. Still, this is Mike Trout. Don’t let him fall too far in drafts.

Tier 4: Bryan Reynolds, Nick Castellanos, Evan Carter, Wyatt Langford, George Springer, Lane Thomas, Seiya Suzuki, Jordan Walker, Teoscar Hernández, Cedric Mullins, Jackson Chourio, Esteury Ruiz

Carter (MLB Pipeline’s No. 5 overall prospect) is perhaps the most intriguing name in this tier after what he did for the Rangers in his abbreviated 2023 debut, especially under the bright lights of the postseason. Between the regular season and the playoffs, the 21-year-old slashed .303/.415/.574 with six homers and six steals in 40 games.

But Carter isn't the only Rangers rookie in this tier. There's also Langford, MLB Pipeline's No. 6 overall prospect. Langford was just drafted last year (fourth overall), but he reached Triple-A in his first professional season and will be part of Texas' Opening Day roster after a huge spring in 2024. The 22-year-old played at four Minor League levels altogether in 2023 and hit everywhere he went, posting an eye-popping .360/.480/.677 slash with 10 homers and 12 steals in 44 games.

Chourio actually outranks both Carter and Langford on MLB Pipeline's Top 100 list, placing second overall. The 20-year-old produced 22 homers and 44 steals between Double-A and Triple-A in 2023 and is expected to spend most or all of 2024 with the Brewers after signing an eight-year, $82 million contract with Milwaukee in December.

Walker was a highly touted prospect last year, going straight from Double-A to the Majors. The youngster had his ups and downs as a rookie, but he finished with a .276 average, 16 homers and .787 OPS over 117 games. He's a breakout candidate in 2024.

Five players -- Reynolds, Castellanos, Springer, Thomas and Mullins -- in this tier reached double figures in homers and steals last season, with Thomas (28 HR, 20 SB) and Springer (21 HR, 20 SB) producing 20/20 campaigns.

Ruiz didn’t do much with the bat as a rookie, but he’s still worth a look in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts because of his speed. The outfielder is coming off an AL rookie record 67 stolen bases in 2023.

Tier 5: Jorge Soler, Anthony Santander, Ian Happ, Josh Lowe, Riley Greene, Chas McCormick, Masataka Yoshida, Brandon Nimmo, James Outman, Eloy Jiménez, Jarren Duran, Christopher Morel, Daulton Varsho

If you’re in need of a power boost in the middle rounds, this tier has plenty of players who can provide it.

Nine players in this tier produced 20-plus homers in 2023: Soler, Santander, Happ, Lowe, McCormick, Nimmo, Outman, Morel and Varsho.

Soler is one of three Tier 5 players with a 30-homer season on his résumé, having hit 48 in 2019 and 36 last year. Santander also did it in 2022 (33) before going deep 28 times last season. The third? Jiménez, who crushed 31 homers as a rookie in 2019 but hasn’t had 20 in any year since while battling a myriad of injuries. Once a highly touted prospect, Jiménez may still have some untapped potential if he can ever find a way to stay healthy for a full season.