Fantasy Baseball 2012 Rankings: Top 40 Outfielders (No. 21-40)

Eric StashinSenior Writer IFebruary 15, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 22: Michael Morse #38 of the Washington Nationals hits a three run home run during the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on September 22, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Nationals won 6-1. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
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We looked at our Top 20 outfielders earlier in the week (click here to view), so let’s look at the next batch of options. 

Outfield isn’t as deep as it once was, but there is still plenty of value available in this group.  Let’s take a look at who is worth targeting and who may not be:

21. Corey Hart – Milwaukee Brewers
22. Shane Victorino – Philadelphia Phillies
23. Michael Morse – Washington Nationals
24. Nelson Cruz – Texas Rangers
25. Brett Gardner – New York Yankees
26. B.J. Upton – Tampa Bay Rays
27. Andre Ethier – Los Angeles Dodgers
28. Nick Markakis – Baltimore Orioles
29. Michael Cuddyer – Colorado Rockies
30. Lance Berkman – St. Louis Cardinals
31. Matt Joyce – Tampa Bay Rays
32. Chris Young – Arizona Diamondbacks
33. Carlos Beltran – St. Louis Cardinals
34. Nick Swisher – New York Yankees
35. Logan Morrison – Florida Marlins
36. Cameron Maybin – San Diego Padres
37. Ichiro Suzuki – Seattle Mariners
38. Jayson Werth – Washington Nationals
39. Colby Rasmus – Toronto Blue Jays
40. Alex Rios – Chicago White Sox



  • Call me a glutton for punishment, but I am willing to bet on both Colby Rasmus and Alex Rios as bounce-back candidates in 2012.  Would I bet on them as starters in shallower formats?  Obviously not, but the potential is still there (it certainly couldn’t get any worse).  Rasmus was plagued by a .267 BABIP and career worst 8.3% HR/FB and, with some time under his belt in the AL, could become acclimated to his new surroundings.  Rios, meanwhile, had a .237 BABIP, a number that surely will improve.  Maybe it was his toe injury, but we’ll soon find out.  As high-upside gambles, they are both well worth it.
  • Cameron Maybin is going to be a highly sought-after player, but I would have my reservations about his power developing, especially in San Diego, as well as his RBI/R potential.  To read more about why I’m a bit skeptical, click here.
  • We all know that Ichiro Suzuki is no longer the player that he once was.  There’s no hiding that fact, and his numbers have struggled as the talent around him has fallen off (he hasn’t scored more than 88 runs in the past three seasons).  That said, despite hitting .272 in 2011, he still has the potential to hit well over .300 and steal 35+ bases.  Those numbers just can’t be ignored, especially in the deepest of formats.
  • If Matt Joyce receives full-time AB in the Rays outfield, he has the potential to post impressive numbers for fantasy owners.  He has continually shown off his power potential (13.3% HR/FB) and could easily be a 25+ HR source.  With Carlos Pena also back in the mix, the pressure on him to produce won’t be as great as it could’ve been. 
  • We all know that the issues are when it comes to Nelson Cruz.  He has a ton of upside potential, but he needs to stay on the field.  He hasn’t played in more than 128 games in a season, significantly capping his potential.  That has to also limit where he falls on our rankings.
  • While Derek Jeter may open the year in the leadoff spot, it would appear that it’s only a matter of time before the Yankees realize that Brett Gardner is a much better option for the job.  As it is, he stole 49 bases and scored 87 runs in 2011, despite struggling to a .259 average (he should produce a much better BABIP with his speed than his .303).  If/when he moves to the leadoff spot, 100+ R would be a near lock.

What are your thoughts of the rankings?  Who’s too high?  Who’s too low?

Make sure to check out all of our 2012 rankings: