2020 Fantasy Baseball Draft Prep: Outfield Tiers, Versions 2.0

Tiers are a simple but effective way of plotting out a draft strategy that assures you won't fall behind at any position while maximizing your return on every pick. They serve an alternate form of rankings that groups players by expected level of production, denoting the points in the rankings where the most significant drop-offs occur. In the heat of a draft, you'll know which position to target by observing which one is closest to having its current tier depleted.

Below are the outfield tiers for 2020. They depict a balanced position that includes not only the first five picks of the average draft but also plenty of interesting late-round targets.

The Super Elite: Ronald Acuna^, Mike Trout, Christian Yelich, Cody Bellinger, Mookie Betts
The Elite: Juan Soto, J.D. Martinez, (Yordan Alvarez), Charlie Blackmon, Ketel Marte, George Springer, Starling Marte^, Bryce Harper
The Near-Elite: Whit Merrifield, Kris BryantAustin MeadowsJoey Gallo, Jorge Soler, (Nelson Cruz), Michael Brantley†, Giancarlo StantonVictor Robles^, Jeff McNeil
The Next-Best Things: Tommy PhamNicholas CastellanosMax Kepler, Eddie Rosario, Marcell Ozuna, Eloy Jimenez, Luis RobertMichael Conforto†, Aaron Judge, (Shohei Ohtani), Ramon Laureano^, Andrew Benintendi^
The Fallback Options: David DahlKyle Tucker, Danny Santana^, Kyle Schwarber, J.D. Davis, Mark CanhaGarrett Hampson^, Oscar Mercado^, Mallex Smith^, Scott KingeryFranmil Reyes^, Lourdes Gurriel^, Nick Senzel^, Willie CalhounTrey Mancini
The Last Resorts: Bryan ReynoldsYasiel PuigHunter DozierAvisail GarciaAdam EatonLorenzo Cain, Byron Buxton, (Khris Davis), (Miguel Andujar), Justin Upton, Jo Adell, Joc PedersonAlex VerdugoShin-Soo ChooLuis ArraezAndrew McCutchen†, Jon Berti^, Wil Myers^
The Deep-Leaguers: Sam HilliardMike YastrzemskiKole CalhounHunter RenfroeAristides Aquino, A.J. Pollock, Brian AndersonTrent GrishamCorey DickersonDavid PeraltaStephen Piscotty, Gregory PolancoJesse Winker, Austin HaysMike TauchmanYoenis CespedesDomingo Santana, Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, Kyle Lewis, David Fletcher
The Leftovers: Dylan Carlson, Shogo Akiyama, Nomar MazaraBrett GardnerHarrison BaderEnder Inciarte, Jarrod DysonIan HappAustin RileyTyler O'NeillRandal GrichukAnthony Santander, Jason HeywardKevin Pillar, Mitch HanigerRyan BraunBrandon Nimmo, Franchy Cordero, Cameron Maybin, Ian Desmond, Marwin Gonzalez, Niko Goodrum, Kevin Kiermaier, Delino DeShields, Jose Martinez, Garrett Cooper, Jackie Bradley, Dexter Fowler, Teoscar Hernandez, Roman Quinn, Nick Markakis, Adam Haseley

^:one tier lower in points leagues 
†: one tier lower in categories leagues
( ): DH-only    

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