Fantasy Baseball Bounceback Players – Outfielders

Feb 23, 2008

Here’s a look at some outfielders who should improve on last year’s stats.  Keep them in mind when you’re drafting your fantasy baseball team.  They could be great bargains.

Rocco Baldelli (.204, 5 HR, 12 RBI)
Rocco was limited to 35 games last year because of a hamstring injury.  The Rays are going to take it easy on Rocco in spring training to keep him healthy.  Judging by that, he’ll probably be a little slow out of the gates.  If he stays healthy, he should be able to get back into the .280, 10 HR, 60 RBI range. 

Jason Bay (.247, 21 HR, 84 RBI)
He complained about the lack of improvement Pittsburgh made to its roster in the offseason.  One way to help fix it is to improve yourself.  I have a feeling Bay will put his money where his mouth is and have a nice across-the-board improvement.

J.D. Drew (.270, 11 HR, 64 RBI)
J.D. may have pressed a bit in his first season in Boston.  He had a nice playoffs going 16 for 51 (.314) with 7 runs, 3 doubles, a HR, 11 RBI, and 6 walks.  Now that he’s more comfortable in Boston, I think he’ll improve on his modest 2007 numbers.  That is assuming he stays healthy (knock on wood).

Jermaine Dye (.254, 28 HR, 78 RBI)
Those aren’t bad numbers, but they are a far cry from the .315, 44, 120 he put up in 2006.  I think the addition of Nick Swisher will help the offense.  Dye’s home runs may not change much, but I expect increase in his average and his RBI.

Andruw Jones (.222, 26 HR, 94 RBI)
To say Andruw struggled last year would be a major understatement.  Sure he’s aged, but I think a change in scenery will rejuvenate his bat. 

Craig Monroe (.219, 12 HR, 59 RBI)
The Twins are in trouble if he doesn’t improve on his horrendous 2007 campaign.  They need him to step up to help fill the void losing Torii Hunter created.  If he can improve to .260. 20, 80 the Twins will be very happy.  So will his fantasy owners.

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Manny Ramirez (.296, 20 HR, 88 RBI)
Manny being Manny isn’t producing 20 HR & 88 RBI.  That’s Manny being Josh Willingham.  ManRam can still mash.  In the playoffs he hit .348 with 11 runs, 4 HR, and 16 RBI in 14 games.  He’ll get back to over 30 HR and 100 RBIs.  Of course, Manny being Manny, he won’t slide much. 

Vernon Wells (.245, 16 HR, 80 RBI)
Wells shoulder bothered him last year.  In fact, he cut his season short in Septemeber to go under the knife.  He’s saying he’s close to 100%.  100% for Vernon Wells is at least worth .280, 25 HR, 90 RBI).

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2 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Big Denny
    February 24th, 2008 at 1:22 pm #

    The Twins need Monroe to have a good year after losing Hunter.

  2. Ryan Lester
    February 24th, 2008 at 8:47 pm #

    Big Denny – Exactly

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