When it comes to approaching the outfield position in 2017 fantasy baseball drafts, my advice is simple: Just wait.
Whereas last season the position felt remarkably thin, it is decidedly deeper heading into the 2017 campaign. While you're probably going to want to grab one or two stud outfielders with your first couple picks because the drop-off between the Top 12 and the middle tier is fairly steep, it makes sense to target other positions in the middle rounds, then resume filling out your OF depth later.
Whether it's a post-hype breakout candidate (hello there, Byron Buxton), a player looking to return to form after injury (get well soon, Michael Brantley), or a young burgeoning star ready to take the next step forward (Nomar Mazara became just the 11th player to hit 20-plus home runs at 21 or younger last year, joining a decent group of Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Giancarlo Stanton, Justin Upton, Carlos Correa, Freddie Freeman, Albert Pujols, Adrian Beltre, Miguel Cabrera, and Ryan Zimmerman), there is an abundance of sleepers and value picks available after the Top 100 picks. Even if you're in a league where you need to start five outfielders, you shouldn't feel upset if you end up with two or three after the eighth or ninth round.
With that in mind, you can click through the gallery for some of my favorite outfielder bargains and breakout picks for the 2017 season. Note that we're using average draft position data from FantasyPros.com and only looking at players who are outside the Top 30 at the position. (Getty)
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