2013 MLB Preview: Fantasy Baseball Additional Outfielder Options

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer IMarch 4, 2013

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 18:  Curtis Granderson #14 of the New York Yankees reacts after he struck out in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers during game four of the American League Championship Series at Comerica Park on October 18, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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We already looked at the LestersLegends’ top 20 fantasy baseball outfielders for 2013, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t additional options if you choose to wait on filling your outfield slots to address other positions.

Norichika Aoki, Milwaukee Brewers

Aoki posted a solid .288-79-10-50-30 line last year. His main contribution comes in stolen bases, but he should hit for average and score a healthy amount of runs.

Carlos Beltran, St. Louis Cardinals

Beltran played over his head posting a .269-83-32-97-13 line. His OPS was .924 before the All-Star break and .742 after. He’s still a solid third outfielder, but don’t expect a repeat of the power numbers.

Michael Bourn, Cleveland Indians

Bourn is a guy to target if you’re going after the stolen base category. He’s a career .272 hitter, so he’s not an asset in that category. He should be a solid runs contributor, but don’t expect help in the power categories.

Nelson Cruz, Texas Rangers

Cruz was finally able to stay healthy, but his numbers declined as he posted a .260-86-24-90-8 line. He is a bit of a risk, as his name was linked to the Miami anti-aging clinic.

Michael Cuddyer, Colorado Rockies

Cuddy was limited to 101 games, but still managed to score 53 runs, hit 16 home runs, drive in 58 runs and steal eight bases. Assuming he can stay healthy, he should put up much better numbers this year.

Andre Ethier, Los Angeles Dodgers

Ethier bounced back with a .284-79-20-89-2 line after hitting just 11 home runs in 2011. He won’t return to his 2009 numbers, but he should match last year’s production.

Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals

Gordon took a step back last year, but there was still plenty to be pleased with his .294-93-14-72-10 line. He’s a solid contributor in all five 5×5 categories and a solid second outfielder.

Curtis Granderson, New York Yankees

Granderson’s broken arm drops him out of the top 20, but he’s still a solid second outfielder. He has 84 home runs over the past two seasons, and while he won't reach the 40-HR mark for a third straight season, he should flirt with 30.

Austin Jackson, Detroit Tigers

Jackson bounced back with a .300 average after hitting .249 in 2011. He has scored at least 90 runs in his three seasons, twice reaching 103 runs. His home run total has increased every year, and he’s better than the 12 stolen bases last year indicate. He has a decent shot of producing a 20-20 season. He could easily be a top-15 outfielder.

Michael Morse, Seattle Mariners

Morse’s return to Seattle doesn’t bode well for his fantasy numbers, despite the improved dimensions of Safeco Field. He has power potential, but he has only reached 500 at-bats one time in his career.

Nick Markakis, Baltimore Orioles

Markakis has not reached 80 runs, 16 home runs or 75 RBI since 2009. He hits for average (.295 career hitter), but does not stand out anywhere else.

Hunter Pence, San Francisco Giants

Pence has combined for 13 stolen bases the past two seasons after swiping double-digit bags in his first four seasons. That hurts his value. He his hit 20 or more home runs the past four seasons, but could struggle to reach that mark this year. His OPS was .671 after coming over from the Philadelphia Phillies. He’s a better option than Markakis, but he will not likely be as productive as he’s been in the past.

Colby Rasmus, Toronto Blue Jays

Rasmus has power, but he is a batting average liability, which minimizes his run and RBI appeal.

Ichiro Suzuki, New York Yankees

Ichiro got a jolt from being shipped to the Yankees. He should continue to provide a solid batting average, run total and stolen base total.

Mark Trumbo, Los Angeles Angels

Trumbo has 61 home runs over the past two seasons. He doesn’t score many runs or hit for average, but he should provide plenty of power, especially in that offense.

B.J. Upton, Atlanta Braves

You’ll have to live with Upton’s .255 lifetime average, but he’s a solid producer in runs, home runs and RBI. Where he really leaves his mark is in the stolen base category. He’s averaged 39 over the past five seasons.

Shane Victorino, Boston Red Sox

Victorino’s move to Boston should be a good one. He figures to score a lot of runs and steal a bunch of bases. He should be decent in the home run and batting average categories.

Jayson Werth, Washington Nationals

Werth is coming off a broken wrist, which makes him a risk. His power was already on the decline. I would target somebody else unless he slides in your draft.

Josh Willingham, Minnesota Twins

Willingham has plenty of power. He smacked 35 home runs with 110 RBI last year. While I don’t expect him to repeat that production, he should hit close to 30 bombs with 100 RBI.

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