Here’s a look at the 2014 Lester’s Legends’ Outfielder Rankings for NL-only fantasy baseball leagues.
1. Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates
Andrew McCutchen has been a fantasy force for five seasons, but he has really stepped in up in the past two years, averaging .322 with 102 runs, 26 home runs, 90 RBI and 23.5 stolen bases.
2. Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies
CarGo has averaged just 129.5 games over the past four seasons, but when he’s playing, he’s highly effective. Over that span, he has hit .311 while averaging 91 runs, 27 home runs, 91 RBI and 21.3 stolen bases.
3. Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers
Ryan Braun has put up monster numbers throughout his career, but how much of that can be tied to his use of performance-enhancing drugs? He is certainly a risk, but he is capable of delivering big numbers if he proves he’s for real.
4. Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
Bryce Harper has played just 128 games per season in his two years in the bigs. He’s averaging .272, 84.5 runs, 21 home runs, 58.5 RBI and 14.5 runs. He’s still just 21. I expect him to make a leap this year.
5. Carlos Gomez, Milwaukee Brewers
Carlos Gomez has hit .273 over the past two years while averaging 76 runs, 21.5 home runs, 62 RBI and 38.5 stolen bases.
6. Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins
Giancarlo Stanton is a pure power hitter. In four seasons, he has averaged 29.3 home runs while playing just 122 games per season. Imagine if he stays healthy.
7. Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers
Yasiel Puig burst on the season, putting up a .319-66-19-42-11 in 104 games (382 at-bats). He could be even better in his second season.
8. Jay Bruce, Cincinnati Reds
Jay Bruce has hit at least 30 home runs in each of the past three seasons while averaging 87.3 runs, 101.7 RBI and eight stolen bases. His only downfall is his .257 lifetime average.
9. Matt Holliday, St. Louis Cardinals
Matt Holliday doesn’t excel at any category, but his .300-103-22-94-6 line is evidence that he contributes across the board.
10. Justin Upton, Atlanta Braves
Justin Upton got off to an amazing start by slugging 12 home runs in April. He finished with a .263-94-27-70-8 line. He’s just 26 and is capable of doing more.
11. Jason Heyward, Atlanta Braves
Jason Heyward was limited to 104 games and a .254-67-14-38-2 line. In 2012, he produced a .269-93-27-82-21 line. He’s only 24 and should have no problem bouncing back.
12. Hunter Pence, San Francisco Giants
Hunter Pence has been a consistent force throughout his career, hitting .285 with averages of 80.9 runs, 23.6 home runs, 87.9 RBI and 12.7 stolen bases.
13. Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers
Matt Kemp has averaged just 89.5 games over the past two seasons. He will likely miss at least the Dodgers’ opening series, but once he’s healthy, he should be one of the most versatile fantasy options.
14. Mark Trumbo, Arizona Diamondbacks
Mark Trumbo will transition to the outfield for the D’backs. He has averaged 31.7 home runs and 94 RBI over the past three seasons. His eligibility at first base gives him added versatility.
15. Allen Craig, St. Louis Cardinals
Allen Craig hit .315 with 71 runs, 13 home runs and 97 RBI. He doesn’t provide much power for the position, but he’s hit .311 with 94.5 RBI per season over the past two years. He also has first base eligibility, which adds to his value.
Also check out:
- 2014 Fantasy Baseball Team Name Contest
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- 2014 Fantasy Baseball Third Base Rankings
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- 2014 Fantasy Baseball Catcher Rankings
- 2014 Fantasy Baseball Outfielder Rankings
- 2014 Fantasy Baseball AL-Only Outfielder Rankings
- 2014 Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitcher Rankings
- 2014 Fantasy Baseball Closer Rankings
- 2014 Fantasy Baseball Designated Hitter Rankings