Fantasy Baseball: 2011 N.L. Only Top 20 Outfielder Rankings

Mar 10, 2011

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Here’s an look at the N.L. Only 2011 Outfielder rankings
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1.  Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies:  All CarGo did last year was hit .336 with 111 runs, 34 HRs, 117 RBI, and 26 SBs. He’s the total package.
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2.  Ryan Braun – Milwaukee Brewers:  Braun regressed in 2010 (-12 runs, 7 HRs, -11 RBI, – 6 RBI), but he has still averaged a .307-99-32-105-16 line in his four years. You may prefer Braun over CarGo, but I don’t think you can go wrong with either choice.
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3.  Matt Holliday, St. Louis Cardinals: Holliday is a little less sexy, but you have to be pleased with a .312-95-28-103-9 season. He won’t put up the gaudy numbers that he produced while with the Rockies, but he’s remains a top three N.L. fantasy outfielder.
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4.  Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers:  Kemp struggled last year (.249-82-28-89-19), but he is still one of the few candidates to produce a 30-30 season. I blame last year on Rihanna. Just kidding, but if you think she had a Jessica Simpsonesque effect on him, they have broken up.
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5.  Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates:  Looking for a solid average, a healthy amount of steals, a bunch of runs, and decent power. You’ve just describe McCutchen, who displayed no signs of a sophomore slump posting a .286-94-16-56-33 line last year. A move to third in the lineup would mean more RBI opportunities.
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6.  Andre Ethier, Los Angeles Dodgers:  Ethier got off to an unbelievable start hitting .380 with 25 runs, 11 HRs, and 38 RBI in the first two months (129 ABs). He wasn’t quite the same after fracturing his knuckle, hitting .263 with 46 runs, 12 HRs, and 44 RBI the rest of the season (388 ABs). He’s a solid bet for 90 runs, 30 HRs, and 100 RBI though.
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7.  Jason Heyward,Atlanta Braves:  Heyward was 20 a good chunk of the season and hit .277 with 83 runs, 18 HR, 72 RBI, and 11 SB. While 11 of his 18 HRs came before the All-Star Break, his OPS was .055 higher in the second half (.876 compared to .821). As good of a prospect as Heyward was, I’m not concerned of a sophomore slump.
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8.  Hunter Pence, Houston Astros:  Pence is just a solid performer. He has exactly 25 HRs in his past three seasons. He set career highs in runs (93), RBI (91), and SBs (18). My only concern is Houston’s lineup, but it hasn’t exactly been the ’27 Yankees those past three years.
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9.  Justin Upton, Arizona Diamondbacks:  Upton regressed to a .273-73-17-69-18 season,  but his age and HR/SB potential still make him a desirable fantasy option. So you had to pump your brakes on his expectations, that just means he’ll come at more of a discount.
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10.  Colby Rasmus, St. Louis Cardinals:  Rasmus (.276-85-23-66-12) improved across the board (+13 runs, +7 HR, +14 RBI, +9 SB, +.025 BA, +.145 OPS). Another step forward would put him with the best fantasy outfielders in baseball, and with Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday in the lineup, it is certainly possible.
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11.  Jay Bruce, Cincinnati Reds:  Bruce may not have reached full-fledged stardom like Joey Votto, but he did take a major step forward with a career best average (.281), runs (80), HRs (25), and RBI (70). A 30 HR, 90 RBI season is a strong likelihood. His wrist is fully healed and a 40 HR season isn’t out of the question.
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12.  Jayson Werth, Washington Nationals:  I’m a little concerned how Werth will produce without Phillies’ lineup. Still he’s been one of the most productive outfielders over the past two seasons.
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13.  Chris Young, Arizona Diamondbacks:  It took him some time, but Young finally figured some things out last year posting a .257-94-27-91-28 line. It’s been a bumpy couple of years for Young, but if you can stomach the average, which was actually a career high last year, you get a nice HR/SB combo.
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14.  Mike Stanton, Florida Marlins:  Stanton is loaded with potential. His .259-45-22-59-5 line in 100 games was solid. The tear he went on in September when he hit .316 with 16 runs,  eight HRs, and 19 RBI has fantasy owners salivating. He carries a big bat, and this should be the last year that you get him at such a value.
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15.  Corey Hart, Milwaukee Brewers:  Hart bounced back last year with a .282-91-31-102-7 line. The power is good, but his fantasy value took a hit when he started running less (13 SBs attempts compared to 30 in 2007 & 2008).
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16.  Shane Victorino, Philadelphia Phillies:  Victorino (.259-84-18-69-34) doesn’t bring elite speed to the table, but he’s averaged 33 SBs over the past four seasons. If his career high 18 HRs can be matched, he’ll be a quality second outfielder.
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17. Drew Stubbs, Cincinnati Reds:  He has a nice power/speed combination if you can stomach his average, though he did hit .281 in the second half last year.
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18.  Michael Bourn, Houston Astros:  With 154 stolen bases over the past three years, you acquire his services to get a leg up on your competition in that category. He’s also averaged 90.5 runs the past two years.
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19.  Jason Bay, New York Mets:  The concussion that ended his season prematurely scares me a bit, but Bay has been one of the more steady five category outfielders over the past seven years.
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20.  Alfonso Soriano, Chicago Cubs:  His days of fantasy dominance are over. His days of terrorizing opposing catchers on the basepaths are a distant memory. He has enough pop to remain an low-end second outfielder in N.L. Only leagues.
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