Originally written on We Talk Fantasy Sports  |  Last updated 2/12/13
The Outfield is where you are going to find the most value.  Last season 10 of the top 25, 19 of the top 50 and 36 of the top 100 fantasy baseball players were outfielders.  That list does not include OF eligible players like Chase Headley and Ben Zobrist.  If you can not land a top 3 or 4 first baseman, Miguel Cabrera, Robinson Cano, or the Justin Verlander's of the pitching world, then you better be drafting outfielders in the first two rounds!  Using our scoring system from last season (1B - 1pt, 2B - 2pts, 3B - 3pts, HR - 2pts, RBI - 2pts, R - 2pts, BB - 1pt, SB - 1pt) 28 OFs had at least 600 points while just 29 other NON pitchers reached 600. * - New Team** - Sleeper1.) Mike Trout - Los Angeles AngelsMike Trout has to be 1st player ever to go from rookie to #1 overall draft pick in a single offseason in fantasy baseball history. He was unreal last year and there is no reason to believe he wont score 100+ runs, hit .300 with 30 doubles, 10 triples, 30 home runs, drive in 100+ RBI and steal 50 bases ...OUT OF THE LEADOFF SPOT! - @WeTlkFntsySprts2.) Matt Kemp - Los Angeles Dodgers3.) Ryan Braun - Milwaukee Brewers4.) Josh Hamilton *- Los Angeles Angels5.) Andrew McCutchen - Pittsburgh Pirates6.) Adam Jones - Baltimore Orioles7.) Giancarlo Stanton - Miami MarlinsGreat player, otherworldly potential, but I’m avoiding him in fantasy this year. Simply put, I don’t see teams pitching to him while he plays for a weak Marlins team. And in that lineup, I don’t see a lot of RBIs happening. The home run potential is tempting, but he’s looking like a one-category contributor to me. And while he can help you big-time in that category, at this draft position I need someone who can contribute in multiple ways.  - @RDevinHughes8.) Jose Bautista - Toronto Blue Jays9.) Curtis Granderson - New York Yankees10.) Melky Cabrera *- Toronto Blue Jays11.) Carlos Gonzalez - Colorado Rockies12.) Jay Bruce - Cincinnati Reds13.) Matt Holliday - St. Louis Cardinals14.) Mark Trumbo - Los Angeles Angels15.) Ben Zobrist - Tampa Bay Rays16.) Nelson Cruz - Texas Rangers17.) Bryce Harper - Washington Nationals18.) Justin Upton *- Atlanta Braves19.) Alex Gordon - Kansas City Royals20.) Jason Kubel - Arizona Diamondbacks21.) Austin Jackson - Detroit TigersAbsolutely love Austin Jackson coming into 2013. The Tigers will have a MUCH improved offense in 2013 with the addition of OF Torii Hunter and return of C/DH Victor Martinez. Hard to believe that the reigning AL Champions could get a lot better, but I'm telling you they will be. We saw the results from Austin Jackson last year: .300/.377/.479 (yes, .856 OPS) with 16 HR, 103 Runs, 66 RBIs, 12 SBs.  With Hunter, Cabrera, Fielder and V-Mart behind him, and another year of MLB service in the books for Jackson, A-Jax will see continued growth in '13.  I like Jackson just outside the Top 15 OFs.  He makes a very good #2, and a great #3 outfielder on any fantasy squad.  Like him A LOT more than the likes of Kubel, Ethier, Swisher, Victorino. - @Jewish_Jeff22.) Andre Ethier - Los Angeles Dodgers23.) Yoenis Cespedes - Oakland Athletics24.) Carlos Beltran - St. Louis Cardinals25.) B.J. Upton *- Atlanta Braves26.) Michael Bourn *- Cleveland IndiansBourn will be batting leadoff in front of Jason Kipnis, Carlos Santana, Asdrubral Cabrera , Mark Reynolds and Nick Swisher.  Expect the usual from Bourn and watch the runs and stolen base categories fill up!  - @WeTlkFntsySprts27.) Hunter Pence - San Francisco Giants28.) Jason Heyward - Atlanta BravesHeyward recovered nicely from a bad sophomore season and hit 27 home runs while adding 30 doubles, 20 stolen bases and 82 RBI. The addition of B.J. Upton and Justin Upton would lead you to believe that Heyward's stats should jump across the board, but in losing Martin Prado, Heyward lost a leadoff hitter with a patient bat. I would love to rank him higher but his .226 career average against lefties is scary. - @WeTlkFntsySprts29.) Josh Willingham - Minnesota TwinsWIllingham isn’t getting enough love this year. 3rd among outfielders in RBI. 5th in HR. Mark Trumbo had worse numbers yet is ranked way better. Mark Willingham down as a draft target and get his impressive power numbers at a discount. -  @RDevinHughes30.) Shane Victorino *- Boston Red Sox31.) Torii Hunter *- Detroit Tigers32.) Alex Rios - Chicago White Sox33.) Shin-Soo Choo *- Cincinnati Reds34.) Michael Cuddyer - Colorado Rockies35.) Jacoby Ellsbury - Boston Red SoxHow the mighty have fallen. Ellsbury was a FIRST ROUND pick in many leagues last year, yet appears to have fallen off fantasy radars this year. This could be to your advantage. Remember, he is playing in a contract year and will be motivated to produce. Outfield is really deep this year, so I have no issues taking a high-upside guy here because I think I’ll be able to replace him if he doesn’t pan out. And if he does pan out, you got yourself a first-round talent for cheap. - @RDevinHughes36.) Nick Swisher *- Cleveland Indians37.) Alfonso Soriano - Chicago Cubs38.) Angel Pagan - San Francisco Giants39.) Nick Markakis - Baltimore Orioles40.) Ichiro Suzuki - New York YankeesCheck out Baseball Professor full Player Profile on IchiroSuzuki certainly is not the player he was five years ago, but he’s still a fantasy force. He almost never misses a game, and in 2013 he gets a full season as the Yankees’ lead-off hitter. His power played well a Yankee Stadium last year as he hit five homers in just 67 games with an 11.1% HR/FB rate, so it’ll be interesting to see if a full season in New York’s left-handed hitting haven significantly boosts Suzuki’s power numbers. - @BaseballProf41.) Josh Reddick - Oakland Athletics42.) Cody Ross *- Arizona Diamondbacks43.) Matt Joyce - Tampa Bay Rays44.) Carl Crawford - Los Angeles Dodgers45.) Jayson Werth - Washington Nationals46.) Desmond Jennings - Tampa Bay Rays47.) Michael Brantley - Cleveland Indians48.) Cameron Maybin - San Diego Padres49.) Alejandro De Aza - Chicago White Sox50.) David Murphy - Texas Rangers51.) Carlos Quentin - San Diego Padres52.) Denard Span - Washington Nationals53.) Dayan Viciedo - Chicago White Sox54.) Dexter Fowler - Colorado Rockies55.) Carlos Gomez - Milwaukee Brewers56.) Coco Crisp - Oakland Athletics57.) Peter Bourjos - Los Angeles Angels58.) Brett Gardner - New York Yankees59.) Colby Rasmus - Toronto Blue Jays60.) David DeJesus - Chicago Cubs61.) Garrett Jones - Pittsburgh Pirates62.) Michael Morse *- Seattle Mariners63.) Adam Eaton - Arizona Diamondbacks64.) Norichika Aoki - Milwaukee Brewers65.) Ryan Ludwick - Cincinnati Reds66.) Delmon Young *- Philadelphia Phillies67.) Drew Stubbs *- Cleveland Indians68.) Jon Jay - St. Louis Cardinals69.) J.D. Martinez - Houston AstrosMartinez was selected as a breakout candidate last season(link) and he failed miserably. His .241 average was way below his minor league numbers and his power was non existent with just 14 doubles and 11 home runs in 395 ABs. I do believe in J.D. still so feel free to pick him up as a sleeper in the last rounds of your draft! - @WeTlkFntsySprts70.) Starling Marte - Pittsburgh Pirates71.) Juan Pierre - Miami Marlins72.) Lucas Duda - New York Mets73.) Michael Saunders - Seattle Mariners74.) Lorenzo Cain - Kansas City Royals75.) Will Venable - San Diego Padres76.) Ben Revere **- Philadelphia Phillies77.) Adam Lind - Toronto Blue JaysAdvanced Fantasy Baseball likes Adam Lind. Read the full analysis hereThe key to Lind’s productivity is health. If he can stay off the disabled list and do the necessary stretching and exercise to both stay in shape and prevent his back from tightening it could help him put up numbers more in line with his potential. There is some hope that the big changes to the Blue Jays roster this offseason will serve as motivation. - @BigJonWilliams78.) Gerardo Parra - Arizona Diamondbacks79.) Andy Dirks - Detroit Tigers80.) Luke Scott - Tampa Bay Rays81.) Domonic Brown - Philadelphia Phillies82.) Seth Smith - Oakland Athletics83.) Justin Maxwell - Houston Astros84.) Jonny Gomes *- Boston Red Sox85.) Darin Mastroianni - Minnesota Twins86.) Gregor Blanco - San Francisco Giants87.) Justin Ruggiano - Miami Marlins88.) Kirk Nieuwenhuis - New York Mets89.) Tyler Colvin - Colorado Rockies90.) Jeff Francoeur - Kansas City Royals91.) Leonys Martin **- Texas Rangers92.) Franklin Gutierrez - Seattle Mariners93.) Chris Parmelee - Minnesota Twins94.) Nate McLouth - Baltimore Orioles95.) Chris McGuiness *- Cleveland Indians96.) Vernon Wells - Los Angeles Angels97.) Mike Baxter - New York Mets98.) Travis Snider - Pittsburgh Pirates99.) Jesus Guzman - San Diego Padres100.) Craig Gentry - Texas RangersStats from last season:Josh Hamilton, Curtis Granderson and Ryan Braun were the only guys to hit 40+ homersGiancarlo Stanton and Josh Willingham only others with at least 3510 others hit at least 307 outfielders drove in over 100 runs10 others had between 90-99 RBI17 others had at least 75 RBIAlex Gordon (51) was the only outfielder to hit more than 45 doublesNelson Cruz, Shin-Soo Choo, and Martin Prado were the only guys in the 40s25 others hit at least 30 doubles8 outfielders scored at least 100 runsMike Trout (129) was the only guy with more than 1088 others scored between 90-99 runs24 others scored at least 75 times 57 outfielders struck out 100+ times12 struck out at least 150 timesCurtis Granderson (195) was the only guy with more than 1698 outfielders walked at least 70 times10 others walked between 60-69 timesMike Trout, Rajai Davis, Michael Bourn and Ben Revere were the only outfielders to swipe 40+ bags12 others stole at least 30 bases15 other outfielders stole between 20-29 basesAngel Pagan led all outfielders with 15 triples5 others did it at least 10 timesOf outfielders with at least 300 ABs17 hit .300 or betterMelky Cabrera, Andrew McCutchen, Mike Trout and Andy Dirks were the only guys above .3209 outfielders had OBP of .375 or betterAndrew McCutchen (.400) was the only guy in the .400sMike Trout OBP was .399Giancarlo Stanton was the only outfielder who SLG over .600Ryan Braun, Josh Hamilton, Mike Trout and Andrew McCutchen were the only others over .55016 other SLG over .500 last season including Tyler Colvin and Scott HairstonCatchers RankingsFirst Base RankingsSecond Base RankingsThird Base RankingsShortstop Rankings
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