2012 Fantasy Baseball Value Oufielder Options

Feb 28, 2012

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After the first 180 players have come off the board (15 rounds in twelve team leagues), there are still plenty of value outfielder options available.
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Carlos Lee, Houston Astros:  After a tough 2010 season that saw Lee’s average dip to .246, he bounced back with a .275-66-18-94-4 line. Unfortunately the runs will likely continue to be sub-70, but he can still help in the HR and RBI categories. He has 1B/OF eligibility, which helps his cause. His Mock Draft Central ADP is 187.
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Yoenis Cespedes, Oakland A’s: His ADP will likely rise, but currently Cespedes’ sits at 188. The A’s believed in him. I expect fantasy owners will as well.
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Jeff Francoeur, Kansas City Royals:  He lagged in May and June, but his overall .285-77-20-87-22 line was quite impressive. If you can get that kind of production from an ADP of 192, you’ll be in great shape.
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Martin Prado, Atlanta Braves:  Prado had a down year hitting .260, but he’s a career .293 hitter. His average and his third base eligibility give him nice value.
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Colby Rasmus, Toronto Blue Jays:  It would be easy to write off Rasmus after he hit .225 last year, especially when he hit .173 after coming over from St. Louis. Still, he hit 39 HRs in his first two seasons and is just 25. His ADP of 205 makes him worth a look.
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Alex Rios, Chicago White Sox:  I don’t blame you if you don’t trust Rios after his miserable .227-64-13-44-11 line. With an ADP of 217 he is a good player to take a chance on given his previous production.
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Youth Served?
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Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals:  Harper has a decent chance to make the Opening Day roster. His ADP of 221 will change dramatically through the spring if it looks like he’s going to stick.  There could be some growing pains, but he is a serious talent.
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Brandon Belt , San Francisco Giants:  Belt struggled with Major League pitching, hitting .225. He did hit nine HRs in 63 games though. With a .343 Minor League average, I expect him to do much better. His ADP is 204.
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Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels:  Trout hit .220 in his first taste in the bigs last year. He hit .337 with a .930 OPS in the Minors though and he’s just 20. His ADP is 212.
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3 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Rotoprofessor
    February 29th, 2012 at 7:10 am #

    Ryan, I hate to disagree, but I wouldn’t touch Carlos Lee for your team. If you look at the numbers, his HR totals have declined for 6 consecutive seasons reaching last year’s 18.

    Throw in his inability to score runs in a pathetic lineup and you get a player someone is going to overdraft due to name value alone.

  2. LestersLegends
    February 29th, 2012 at 8:43 am #

    I guess it depends on where you get him. I belive he belongs on a roster, and like his 1B/OF flexibility, but I agree don’t draft him just on name value.

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