Bryce Harper
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I present the Lester’s Legends 2016 fantasy baseball NL Only outfielder rankings.
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1. Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
2. Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates
3. Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins
4. A.J. Pollock, Arizona Diamondbacks
5. Starling Marte, Pittsburgh Pirates
6. Charlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies
7. Yoenis Cespedes, New York Mets
8. Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers
9. Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies
10. Kyle Schwarber, Chicago Cubs (more valuable as a catcher)
21. Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers
22. Jason Heyward, Chicago Cubs
13. Matt Kemp, San Diego Padres
14. Hunter Pence, San Francisco Giants
15. Billy Hamilton, Cincinnati Reds
16. Gregory Polanco, Pittsburgh Pirates
17. Ben Revere, Washington Nationals
18. David Peralta, Arizona Diamondbacks
19. Christian Yelich, Miami Marlins
20. Curtis Granderson, New York Mets
21. Jay Bruce, Cincinnati Reds
22. Joc Pederson, Los Angeles Dodgers
23. Ben Zobrist, Chicago Cubs
24. Randal Grichuk, St. Louis Cardinals
25. Matt Holliday, St. Louis Cardinals
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Mike Trout
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I present the Lester’s Legends 2016 fantasy baseball AL Only outfielder rankings.
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1. Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
2. Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays
3. Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox
4. J.D. Martinez, Detroit Tigers
5. Nelson Cruz, Seattle Mariners
6. Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles
7. George Springer, Houston Astros
8. Justin Upton, Detroit Tigers
9. Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles
10. Lorenzo Cain, Kansas City Royals
11. Carlos Gomez, Houston Astros
12. Jacoby Ellsbury, New York Yankees
13. Michael Brantley, Cleveland Indians
14. Adam Eaton, Chicago White Sox
15. Hanley Ramirez, Boston Red Sox
16. Kole Calhoun, Los Angeles Angels
17. Corey Dickerson, Tampa Bay Rays
18. Shin-Soo Choo, Texas Rangers
19. Brett Gardner, New York Yankees
20. Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals
21. Khris Davis, Oakland A’s
22. Billy Burns, Oakland A’s
23. Kevin Pillar, Toronto Blue Jays
24. Josh Reddick, Oakland A’s
25. Evan Gattis, Houston Astros
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Mike Trout
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I present the Lester’s Legends 2016 fantasy baseball outfielder rankings.
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1. Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
2. Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
3. Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates
4. Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins
5. Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays
6. Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox
7. A.J. Pollock, Arizona Diamondbacks
8. Starling Marte, Pittsburgh Pirates
9. J.D. Martinez, Detroit Tigers
10. Nelson Cruz, Seattle Mariners
11. Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles
12. Charlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies
13. George Springer, Houston Astros
14. Yoenis Cespedes, New York Mets
15. Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers
16. Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies
17. Justin Upton, Detroit Tigers
18. Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles
19. Lorenzo Cain, Kansas City Royals
20. Carlos Gomez, Houston Astros
21. Kyle Schwarber, Chicago Cubs (more valuable as a catcher)
22. Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers
23. Jason Heyward, Chicago Cubs
24. Matt Kemp, San Diego Padres
25. Jacoby Ellsbury, New York Yankees
26. Hunter Pence, San Francisco Giants
27. Billy Hamilton, Cincinnati Reds
28. Michael Brantley, Cleveland Indians
29. Gregory Polanco, Pittsburgh Pirates
30. Adam Eaton, Chicago White Sox
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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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Here’s an look at the A.L. Only 2011 Outfielder rankings.
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1.  Carl Crawford, Boston Red Sox:  Crawford won’t give you the power as some of the elite outfielders, but he makes up for it with his speed. He’s familiar with the AL East pitching and should flourish in Boston’s lineup. He’ll help in all five categories. He could hit 15+ home runs with 40+ stolen bases.
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2.  Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers:  Hamilton was a beast last yea, leading the majors with a 1.044 OPS and a .359 batting average. He added 95 runs, 32 HRs, 100 RBI, and eight SBs, easily making him one of the top hitters in the game. His only downside is the risk of injury, but he plays in a great lineup in a great hitters’ park.
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3.  Alex Rios,  Chicago White Sox:  Rios (.284-89-21-88-34) was one of two outfielders with 20+ HRs and 30+ SBs. He has averaged 89.3 runs, 19.3 HRs, 80.8 RBI, and 26.8 SBs over the past four seasons. He’s a poor man’s Carl Crawford.
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4.  Shin-Soo Choo, Cleveland Indians:  He gets little fanfare because he plays in Clevleand, but Choo has averaged a .300-84-21-88-21.5 line over the past two seasons.
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5.  Nelson Cruz, Texas Rangers:  He’s only averaged 118 games in the past two seasons, but when he’s played he’s been a force averaging 67.5 runs, 27.5 HRs, 77 RBI, and 18.5 SBs. There is risk associated with Cruz, but there is also plenty of reward.
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6.  Curtis Granderson, New York Yankees:  It took him a little while to get going with New York, but Granderson hit 17 HRs in his final 241 at bats after hitting just seven in his first 225. In his second season in the Bronx, Granderson should approach 30 HRs with 90 runs, 70 RBI, and 20 SBs. Last year’s average should get him to you at a slight discount.
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7.  Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays:  While a sharp decline in HRs (54) and RBI (124) is expected, it’s still hard to overlook that kind of production, especially when it comes with positional flexibility (3B).
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8.  Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle Mariners:  The run total (74) slipped for the second straight year and he makes barely a blip in your HR category, but the .310+ average and the 40+ SBs are enough to earn him a slot in the top  ten slot in A.L. Only leagues.
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9. B.J. Upton, Tampa Bay Rays:  The average is brutal, but he’s swiped 40+ bases the past three years. He hit 18 home runs last year, meaning a 20 HR/40 SB season is not out of the question.
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10.  Nick Markakis, Baltimore Orioles:  Markakis hit around .300 last year, but dropped off in most categories. A better O’s lineup should help Markakis produce more like the player that averaged 99 runs, 20.3 HRs, and 100 RBI from 2007-2009.
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11.  Torii Hunter, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim:  It’s not likely that he’ll steal 15+ bases like he did from 2007-2009 with the Halos, but he should give you solid contributions in the other four categories.
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12.  Vernon Wells, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim:  Last year’s numbers are out of reach, but Vernon should hit 20+ HRs with 80+ RBIs.
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13.  Grady Sizemore, Cleveland Indians:  Thanks to his injuries, Sizemore has become a huge risk/reward player. No way he approaches 2008 numbers, but 20 HRs and 20 SBs is a possibility.
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14.  Bobby Abreau, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim:  Until he shows that he’s lost a step, you can’t bet against Abreau, who churns out 85+ run, 20+ HR, 80+ RBI, 20+ SB seasons with relative ease.
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15.  Delmon Young, Minnesota Twins:  Young made huge strides last year, knocking in 112 runs. His defense remains shaky, and if the Twins can stay healthy, he could see fewer at bats as they try to fit Delmon, Denard Span, Michael Cuddyer, Jason Kubel, and Jim Thome into three outfield spots and DH.
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16.  Nick Swisher, New York Yankees:  His two seasons in the Bronx have produced similar numbers, aside from his average last year. That number will come down, but 80+ Runs, 25+ HRs, and 80+ RBI are well within reach.
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17.  Denard Span, Minnesota Twins:  Span battled injuries and a below normal .295 BABIP. His average should increase to around .300 and he should scored close to 100 runs with 20+ stolen bases.
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18.  Jacoby Ellsbury, Boston Red Sox:  Ellsbury has the type of speed to give you a huge leg up in the stolen base category while providing a solid average and a bunch of runs.
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19.  Juan Pierre, Chicago White Sox:  Similar to Ellsbury. He’ll give you runs, average, and stolen bases, though Pierre will come at a better value.
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20.  Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles:  Jones struggled last year, but like Markakis should rebound in 2011. Five category potential.
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Here’s an early look at the 2011 Outfielder rankings. Online Accounting Classes are available for people who love crunching stats and numbers. People who enjoy checking out baseball stats are often some of the same people who are interested in working with numbers for a career.
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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.
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3.  Carl Crawford, Boston Red Sox:  Crawford won’t give you the power as some of the elite outfielders, but he makes up for it with his speed. He’s familiar with the AL East pitching and should flourish in Boston’s lineup.
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4.  Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers:  Hamilton absolutely bounced back last year. He lead the majors with a 1.044 OPS and a .359 batting average. Throw in 95 runs, 32 HRs, 100 RBI, and 8 SBs and you clearly have one of the top hitters in the game. His only downside is the risk of injury.
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5.  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 Colorado numbers for St. Louis, but he’s remains a top five fantasy outfielder. continue reading »

This is my second look at outfielder rankings, expanded from the top 25 to the top 40.

1. Ryan Braun – Not only is he the top outfielder, but he’s a top five overall pick.

2. Matt Holliday – Thankfully the Oakland experiment was short-lived. Great decision to stay in St. Louis.

3. Matt Kemp – Dating Rihanna. Continually improving at the plate. What’s not to like about Kemp.

4. Grady Sizemore – If he could improve his average, he could move up to #2.

5. Justin Upton – Upton turned heads last year with his breakout season. He should be even better this year.

6. Jacoby Ellsbury – Had 70 SBs last year, which gives you a great jump on the competition.

7. Carl Crawford – Another SB machine. Has a little more pop in his bat than Ellsbury, but will likely score fewer runs.

8. Jayson Werth – Has averaged 30 HRs and 20 SBs the past two seasons.

9.  Andre Ethier – Doesn’t steal many bases, but a good bet for .280-90-30-100-5.

10. Jason Bay – Would prefer him in Boston, but he’s quietly been one of the most all-around productive OF for years.

11. Manny Ramirez – As long as the bat speed doesn’t fail him, ManRam should be a #1 fantasy OF this year.

12. Curtis Granderson – As long as the pressure of playing in New York doesn’t get to him, look for Granderson to put up big numbers.

13. Nick Markakis – Needs to get either his speed back (18 SBs in 2007) or finally deliver 25+ HRs, he’s best suited as a #2 fantasy outfielder.

14. Adam Dunn – Consistent power threat with first base eligibility.

15.  Ben Zobrist – You’re not going to use him as an OF most likely, but the position flexibility is nice. He’ll give you solid power numbers and swipe a few bases.

16. Ichiro Suzuki – Not the same guy he used to be, but still darn good.

17. Bobby Abreu – Quietly delivers in all five offensive categories.

18. Carlos Lee – Great #2 power OF.

19. Adam Lind – He’ll go before I’m comfortable taking him. Many have him as a top ten OF so if you want him, you’ll have to take him early.

20. Nelson Cruz – Was a force at times. He’ll need to be more consistent. He had three good months (April, May, July) and three bad ones (June, August, September).

21. Josh Hamilton – If he can regain his form he’ll shoot up this list like a rocket.

22. Carlos Quentin – If he can stay healthy, he’ll move up this list.

23. Shane Victorino – If you miss out on Ellsbury or Crawford, Victorino is a nice consolation prize.

24. B.J. Upton – If he can put it all together a 20-40 season is possible.

25. Adam Jones – Injuries caught up with Jones as well. Has the potential to blow up in 2010.

26.  Shin-Soo Choo – He doesn’t stand out in any one category, but he is solid across the board.

27.  Hunter Pence – Similar to Choo, Pence quietly gives you production in all categories.

28.  Denard Span – The competition at CF is over with Carlos Gomez moving to Milwaukee. Span should hit .300+, score 100+ runs, and steal 20+ bases.

29.  Jay Bruce – The power potential is there. The average will hold him back. Don’t reach on Bruce.

30.  Andrew McCutchen – He dazzled in his rookie debut, and will be a solid #3 fantasy outfielder this year. Don’t count on him for power, but he should help your average, runs, and SBs.

31.  Nate McLouth – McLouth had 26 HRs and 23 SBs in 2008 and 20 HRs and 19 SBs last year. Though hee played better with Pittsburgh, another 20-20 season seems likely.

32.  Jason Kubel – Kubel was a nice source of power for the Twins. Thome’s addition means he’ll play more outfield, which is a good thing. Kubel hit .308 with 14 HRs and 46 RBIs in 201 ABs while playing OF and .294 with 11 HRs and 52 RBIs in 303 ABs at DH.

33.  Alfonso Soriano – His power and speed numbers have been in a free fall. If he can stay healthy, which is a big if, he could have a 25-20 year.

34.  Raul Ibanez – Age is not his friend, but Ibanez still has another productive season in him.

35. Franklin Gutierrez – Gutierrez will likely see his SB total decrease hitting fifth in the lineup. His RBI total should increase though.

36.  Torii Hunter – Hunter continues to produce for the Halos. He’ll turn 35 this summer, but should still be solid across the board.

37.  Nyjer Morgan – Runs, average, and SBs are the name of the game for Morgan.

38.  Juan Pierre – Ditto.

39.  Corey Hart – A bounce back year is in order.

40.  Julio Borbon – See #37 & #38.

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Here’s an early look at Outfielder Rankings.

1.  Ryan Braun – Power, Average, Speed. He’s got it all.
2.  Matt Holliday – I love that he re-signed with St. Louis where he hit .353 with 42 runs, 13 HRs, and 55 RBIs in 63 games. 
3.  Matt Kemp – Has a legitimate chance at a 30-30 season.
4.  Grady Sizemore – Now that he’s healthy, Sizemore should  be one of the best dual threats again. Another 30-30 candidate.
5.  Justin Upton – Really blossomed last year. He should continue to grow into an elite  outfielder.
6.  Jacoby Ellsbury – His SBs put you in the driver seat of the SB category.
7.  Andre Ethier – He’s been raking for a year and a half. At 28 he should be just getting started.
8.  Carl Crawford – Another guy who can give you a leg up in the SB category.

9.  Jayson Werth – Big slugger that picks up SBs.
10.  Jason Bay – The move to the Mets should hurt his power numbers, but his RBI production shouldn’t suffer with Jose Reyes and David Wright.
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