Italicized are my favorite in each tier.
- Mike Trout
- Mookie Betts
- Bryce Harper
- Trea Turner
This tier is incredibly fun to watch, Trout is the best option in this tier and goes #1 in the draft for a reason. I don’t think Trout is the consensus #1 every year because he is far and away the best. I believe he is the consensus #1 because he is the most consistent from year to year.
If Mookie Betts can repeat 80% of his numbers from last season, he will still be a top option in the OF. I expect him to bat 1st or 3rd for the Red Sox this season. Either way, he will be in good position to fill some offensive categories.
Harper can outperform everyone in this tier if his head is on straight. He plays for a superb team and will have his chances to fill all five categories.
My man crush on Trea is pretty obvious on this blog. He is the biggest up and comer in the MLB and will be dominant in the MLB for a long. A no doubt five-tool player.Most likely will be a SS all season, but will still have the OF eligibility.
- Charlie Blackmon
- Starling Marte
- Nelson Cruz
Marte is an all around producer on the field. He is a two-time gold glove winner. Over the last three years, he has a .296 AVG 13 HR 61 RBI 71 R and 35 SB. He is a fun player to watch, same caliber player as Villar. I hope he is hitting at the top of the Pirates lineup this season. If he can add some RBI and R to his stats, he would be up in that top tier.
Nelson Cruz is 36, but he is just consistent if you check out my NFBC ADP round 3 and 4 post. Cruz basically performed at the same level as guys going in the late first round early second round last season. A consistent 40 HR guy he has averaged 42 HR 102 RBI 96 R and a .286 AVG over the last three seasons.
- A.J. Pollock
- George Springer
- J.D. Martinez
- Yoenis Cespedes
- Ryan Braun
- Giancarlo Stanton
After his .315 20 HR, 76 RBI 111 R 39 season A.J. Pollock suffered a brutal elbow injury in the 2016 spring training season. He potentially was the most disappointing player in fantasy last season. Only playing in 12 games last season, we are looking for a bounce back this season. He has hit .300 one other time in his major league career, but he has had trouble staying healthy over his five-year career. I am not sure how much I trust Pollock, but he may be worth the risk if he bats lead-off with the Diamondbacks.
Stanton and Martinez have also had trouble staying healthy over their tenure in the MLB. Both with elite power, Stanton won’t hit for much average. He has never hit over .300 but .288 and .290 in his career. If Stanton stays healthy 30-40 Hr and 100 RB would be his floor. Martinez, on the other hand, will help a little more in average, hitting over .300 twice in his career.In his one full healthy season, he hit .282 38 HR 102 RBI 93 R and 3 SB. An excellent bat in a good lineup if we can only keep him healthy.
George Springer played his first full season in the MLB last season, actually a full 162 games, he hit .261 with 29 HR 82 RBI 116 R and 9 SB. While he hasn’t hit over .276 in his three seasons in the majors, he is a great power/speed combo hitting in a great lineup. If Springer hits lead-off, he will have Bregman, Altuve, and Correa behind him.I am not 100% that he will hit lead-off, but I love him there if he does. His ADP is in the third round, not bad there but, would be okay if he was in the 4th round.
- Ian Desmond
- Christian Yelich
- Gregory Polanco
- Andrew McCutchen
- Carlos Gonzalez
Desmond is in an interesting situation, after a bounce back year last season. He is in Colorado, the true definition of a hitters ballpark. After hitting .285 22 HR 86 RBI 107 RBI and 21 SB. I see him easily repeating those numbers again in Colorado, I could see him as the number two hitter for Colorado this season with Arenado and CarGo hitting behind him. He is a sneaky steals guy going over 20 steals five times in his career.
Yelich had a career high in games played last season, playing in 155 games. Yelich has had some problems staying healthy in his four-year career. But when healthy he is an excellent option in the outfield. After only hitting for 2o total home runs in his first three seasons with Miami. Yelich hit 21 total in 2016 with 98 RBI 78 R and stole 9 bases. Plus he has a career .293 average. Yelich is a good baseball player that can help out in all categories, I expect those power numbers to be the new norm for Yelich.