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When the New Year's Ball drops, that means one thing to baseball fans – that pitchers and catchers report in just a few short weeks. With the baseball season suddenly on the horizon, it's time to start preparing for the fantasy season with the position that arguably carries the most weight – outfield, since you need to fill three OF spots.
With that in mind, here are the top 10 outfielders heading into 2019, including the top two fantasy players in all of baseball.
Fantasy Baseball Top-10 Rankings:
10. Charlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies
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The three-time All-Star is just one season removed from a top-5 MVP finish and he plays half his games in Coors Field. Charlie Blackmon had a "down year" in 2018 and still hit .291 with 29 home runs, 70 RBI and 119 runs scored. Outfield is a deep position, but after the top 10 to 15 players, it drops off a bit. Make sure you at least grab Blackmon as your OF1 as he's a nice five-tool player to build around.
9. Juan Soto, Washington Nationals
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The first of two second-year players in the Top 10, Juan Soto was spectacular as a rookie for the Washington Nationals. The 19-year-old from the Dominican Republic hit .292 with 22 home runs, 79 runs scored and 70 RBI in just 116 games during his rookie season. He will only continue to improve as he gets older. The sky is the limit for Soto.
8. Giancarlo Stanton, New York Yankees
The first half of a New York Yankees outfield fantasy tandem, Giancarlo Stanton had an up-and-down season in his first year in pinstripes. Despite that, he still managed to smash 38 home runs and drive in 100 runs. If he can bounce back to what he was the season before with the Marlins, then Stanton is a top-5 fantasy talent. But for now, 40 home runs and 100 RBI isn't exactly going to hurt your fantasy team.
7. Aaron Judge, New York Yankees
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And speaking of the Yankees, Aaron Judge is arguably the most important player in the Bronx. In his second full season in the bigs, Judge spent a good chunk of the season hurt, but still hit .278 with 27 home runs, 77 runs scored and 67 RBI in 112 games. If he can stay healthy in 2019, Judge is just a tick better than Stanton with a higher batting average and the possibility of swiping 10 bags.
6. Bryce Harper, Free Agent
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Bryce Harper could end up ranked a bit higher, depending on where he ultimately signs, but the combo of his down year with his free-agent status lands him as the No. 6 OF. The former NL MVP hit just .249 in 2018, but still slugged 34 home runs, scored 103 runs and 100 RBI. He also had a career high 130 walks. No matter where he ends up, Harper is still a top talent and has another MVP season in his near future.
5. Ronald Acuña Jr., Atlanta Braves
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Ronald Acuña Jr., the 2018 NL Rookie of the Year, played just 111 games last season and still managed to hit .293 with 26 home runs and 64 RBI. He's already one of the best outfielders in MLB and still has plenty of room to improve. He finished 12th in MVP voting as a rookie so look for that to be Top 10 or even Top 5 in this coming season.
4. J.D. Martinez, Boston Red Sox
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The best thing about fantasy is that J.D. Martinez can play every game at outfielder and you never have to worry about his defense. Martinez was an absolute monster for the Red Sox last year, hitting .330 with 43 home runs and 130 RBI. He's hit above .300 in four of the past five seasons and is in for another huge year with half of his games played coming at Fenway Park.
3. Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers
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The reigning NL MVP is in for another big year in Milwaukee. At just 26 years old, Christian Yelich hit .326 with 36 home runs, 118 runs scored, 110 RBI and 22 stolen bases, coming very close to winning the NL Triple Crown. While a Triple Crown might not be in the cards, Yelich is far and away the National League's best outfielder.
2. Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox
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Mookie Betts has a realistic claim for No. 1 player in the MLB and fantasy baseball, but he comes up just short for now. Still, the AL MVP hit .346 and slugged .640 in 2018 with 32 home runs, 80 RBI and 129 runs scored. And don't forget he also stole 30 bases last season. He's easily a top-two pick in any fantasy draft and, at 26 years old, he still has room to improve.
1. Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
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Mike Trout remains the No. 1-ranked outfielder and overall player in fantasy baseball again in 2019. We've gotten so used to his incredible numbers that the seven-time All-Star casually hit .312 last season with a league-leading 1.088 OPS. He also had 39 home runs, 79 RBI, 101 runs scored and 24 stolen bases. He's still the best all-around player in the league and the top fantasy outfielder for 2019.
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