Fantasy Baseball Rankings 2012: Top Outfielders You Should Avoid

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IMarch 26, 2012

TOKYO, JAPAN - MARCH 26: Outfielder Ichiro Suzuki #51 of Seattle Mariners looks on in the top half of the first inning  the pre season game between Yomiuri Giants and Seattle Mariners at Tokyo Dome on March 26, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Koji Watanabe/Getty Images)
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There will always be those over-hyped players who go early in fantasy baseball drafts.

Then, when they don't lead to wins, owners wonder where it all went wrong.

One way you can gain an advantage over your competition is by weeding out the over-hyped and making sure you avoid them.

Here's a look at some top outfielders you should avoid (outfield rankings according to Yahoo! Sports).


3. Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle Mariners (28)

Yes, Ichiro hits for a high average. Yes, he steals bases. But he's 38 years old now, and his average has dropped considerably in the past two years.

After hitting .352 in 2009, Suzuki hit .315 in 2010. Then he hit .272 last season. Even when he hit .352 in 2009, Suzuki only scored 88 runs. He's on a poor team and his greatest value—batting average—isn't the same as it once was.

PEORIA, AZ - MARCH 06:  Ichiro Suzuki #51 of the Seattle Mariners bats against the Cincinnati Reds during the spring training game at Peoria Stadium on March 6, 2012 in Peoria, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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2. Drew Stubbs, Cincinnati Reds (25)

Drew Stubbs will get you runs, stolen bases and an average amount of home runs. But none of that makes up for his batting average.

Stubbs is a career .251 hitter and he hit .243 last season. Everyone always says, "If he only bumped up his average a bit, he'd be a great outfielder to have."

But, given his career averages, that's like saying, "If only Michael Bourn had Albert Pujols' power. Then he'd be the top pick."

I'm not a fan of players who can single-handedly lose categories for you.

CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 8: Drew Stubbs #6 of the Cincinnati Reds hits a two-run home run in the third inning against the Colorado Rockies at Great American Ball Park on August 8, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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1. Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles (24)

Adam Jones had a good season for the Orioles last season. He hit .280 with 25 home runs, 83 RBI and 68 runs.

But I'm still trying to figure out how that makes him the 24th-best outfielder in fantasy baseball.

Jones has put up similar numbers throughout his career, and the reality is, those aren't eye-popping numbers for a position that regularly proves to be productive.

If Jones continues to escalate and ramps up his home run and RBI numbers, perhaps he would be worth it. But I just don't see it happening. He hasn't considerably improved as a hitter in my opinion.

BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 29:  Adam Jones #10 of the Baltimore Orioles throws his batting gloves after striking out to end the eighth inning against the New York Yankees at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on August 29, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Gre
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