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Draft Guide Preview: OF Outliers

by NBC Sports EDGE Staff
Updated On: March 20, 2020, 3:49 pm ET

Since before draft season began, we've been providing looks into our 2020 Rotoworld Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide to help give you the knowledge you need to make smarter decisions when your league's draft rolls around.

Complete with content covering various league types — from projections and rankings to tiers, ADP reports, mock drafts and exclusive expert columns — this year's edition is the finest we've produced.

Today, we'll be giving you a look at the guide's exclusive positional outlier column series with the below excerpt from the Starting Pitcher Outliers.

Take a look:


OF Outliers


Matthew Pouliot had Andrew Benintendi 19. The composite ranking was 30.63.

I was closer to the pack on Benintendi before the Red Sox put money ahead of winning and shipped Mookie Betts off to Los Angeles. While that move took most of the rest of the Red Sox lineup down a peg in my rankings, it looks like a boon for Benintendi, who is likely to slide into the leadoff spot rather than open up batting fifth or sixth. Benintendi led off to begin last year, too, and it didn’t go so well for him, but he seems to be making some adjustments, and the extra at-bats and runs scored will definitely do him some good. While Benintendi was a definite disappointment last year, especially in the strikeout department, his Statcast stats continued to trend in the right direction; his average exit velocity and barrel rates have increased each year he’s been in the majors. Maybe his ceiling isn’t as high as it seemed to be a few years ago, but he still has the potential to help in all five categories. Some of those doubles have to turn into homers one of these years. - Matthew Pouliot (@matthewpouliot)


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