Fantasy Baseball 2012: Top 40 Outfielders

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Fantasy Baseball 2012: Top 40 Outfielders
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Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp posted personal highs in HRs (39), RBIs (126), runs (115) and steals (40) last year, just missing out on National League MVP honors.

Here's the initial top 40 listing of fantasy outfielders. For all we know, the Class of 2012—led by Matt Kemp, Jose Bautista, Ryan Braun, Jacoby Ellsbury, Curtis Granderson—may include prospective champions in homers, RBI, steals, runs and/or batting average.

The position may also produce baseball's largest number of four- and five-category studs by season's end. But all that star power at the top still cannot obscure the uncertainty of drafting inexperienced young players, injury-riddled veterans or certain big names that will fall short of sustaining the pace of last year's amped-up stats.

Put it all together, and it's easy to see why prioritizing outfielders throughout the early and middle rounds makes perfect sense. It eliminates doubt...especially in leagues which require five starters at the position.

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