Mariners fantasy advice recap – outfielders
Yes, you should draft Jarred Kelenic. But, I still don’t have a clear answer for when you should draft him. At the minimum, he should be drafted in the last five rounds of your draft if he starts the season in the minor leagues. Kelenic is too good of a prospect to let sit around in free agency because it gives every fantasy owner an equal chance of picking him up. Don’t let that happen. Draft him so you don’t have to worry about losing out on him. But, if we find out that Kelenic will be on the Opening Day roster in the next few days, Kelenic should be a middle-round pick. I would probably draft him in a similar area as Marco Gonzales, so in the 150-175 rank area.
Fraley has struggled in Spring Training and doesn’t belong on your fantasy team. He has had a great minor league career, but he just hasn’t been able to figure out big-league pitching yet. I hope Jake Fraley can become a viable fantasy player, but we might have to wait a couple more years.
Mitch was once called the best player on the team, and I think that is still true. Haniger is having a great Spring Training and is hitting .297 with three home runs and a 1.030 OPS. The outfielder had to take the tough road back to the field and looks 100% for the season. Since he has missed so much time, he is ranked relatively low and will probably be overlooked. This is great news for you because you could get a player like Mitch Haniger in the late rounds when Austin Riley and David Peralta get drafted. I would be a little hesitant to wait that long just because I think Mitch will have an incredible season, but it gives you an idea of how he is viewed. Don’t miss out on Mitch!
Like Haniger, Kyle Lewis is another player you probably don’t want to miss out on. I regretted not drafting Kyle Lewis last year, so don’t make the same mistake as me. Unlike last year, Kyle will be gone a lot earlier than last season. Based on where he is ranked, you should be looking to draft the 2020 AL Rookie of the Year when outfielders like Dominic Smith, Ramon Laureano, Joey Gallo, and Jorge Soler come off the draft board. Personally, I will take Lewis over most of the players I just listed above, but that is the general area.
Last but not least, we have Mariners outfield prospect Taylor Trammell. Similar to Jarred Kelenic, it really depends on whether he is on the Opening Day roster or not. At the moment, he still has a chance to be the starting left fielder. If the speedy outfielder is sent to the minor leagues, you should not draft him. Trammell isn’t on the same level as Jarred Kelenic so it isn’t worth stashing him on your bench until he gets called up. However, if Taylor is the starting left fielder you should draft him with one of your last five picks of the draft.
We hope our last-minute recap of all the players we covered was helpful and wish you a successful 2021 fantasy baseball season.