Fantasy Baseball – Value Outfielders
If you didn’t fill your outfield slots early, you can still find value later in the draft. Try these OFers on for size.
Rajai Davis, Nyjer Morgan, Juan Pierre, & Scott Podsednik
Jacoby Ellsbury, Carl Crawford, and Michael Bourne will garner most of the attention, as long as early draft selections, but his quartet should put up solid SB totals as well. None of them offer much pop, but are solid three category guys.
David DeJesus, Kansas City Royals
Perhaps it’s because he plays in K.C. (and isn’t named Greinke, Soria, or Butler), but DeJesus is not particularly high on people’s radars. I don’t know why. Check out what he’s done the past two years:
Franklin Gutierrez Seattle Mariners
Gutierrez took a big step last year hitting .283 with 85 runs, 18 HRs, 70 RBIs, and 16 SBs. Unfortunately he doesn’t get any bonus points for his amazing defense, but at 27 he should be primed for an even bigger season.
Corey Hart, Milwaukee Brewers
Thanks to his poor .260-64-12-48-11 2009 line, Hart will come at a discount not normally associated with a guy that has gone 20-20 in two of the last three seasons. He’s struggled this spring, but once he finds his swing, he should be a nice option for five OF leagues.
Magglio Ordonez, Detroit Tigers
Magglio’s power numbers took a major hit as he managed just 9 HRs with a .428 slugging percentage. He’s a career .312 hitter so in the very least you’ll get a boost in average. He had 24, 28, and 21 the previous three years, so even at 36 there should still be some power there.
Juan Rivera, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Rivera quietly turned in a .287-72-25-88-0 2009 season. With all the attention that Torii Hunter and Bobby Abreu receive, it’s easy to overlook Rivera. That would be a mistake. He has decent pop in his bat, and you shouldn’t have to suffer with a low batting average.
Nick Swisher, New York Yankees
He’s not going win any batting titles, but he’s averaged 85.2 runs, 26.2 HRs, and 79.6 RBIs over the past five seasons. His 1B/OF eligibility gives him extra value to fantasy owners.