2013 MLB Preview: Fantasy Baseball NL-Only Outfielder Rankings
Here’s the 2013 LestersLegends Outfielder Rankings for NL-Only Leagues.
1. Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers
Kemp was limited to 106 games, but still managed to produce a .303-74-23-69-9 line. At 28 years old, he’s in the midst of his prime and could easily be the top outfielder.
2. Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers
Braun didn’t let the PED rumors affect him with his .319-108-41-112-30 line. He has the goods to be a five-category stud again.
3. Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates
McCutchen took the next step by adding power to his arsenal. His stat line is .327-107-31-96-20. He’s truly a five-category stud now.
4. Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies
CarGo also produces in all five categories. Last year he posted a .303-89-22-85-20 line in 135 games. He has never played more than 145 games, though, which keeps him out of my top four spots.
5. Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins
Stanton has power for days. He’s only 23 years old and he’s averaged 31 home runs in his three seasons. He should move into 40-HR territory this season. Fifty bombs isn’t out of the question, either.
6. Matt Holliday, St. Louis Cardinals
Holliday did not suffer from Albert Pujols’ departure. All he did was post a .295-95-27-102-4 line. He puts up a similar line every year.
7. Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
Harper was a little overlooked because of the season that Mike Trout had in 2012, but his .270-98-22-59-18 season was a good starting point. Harper was just 19 last year.
8. Justin Upton, Atlanta Braves
Upton has a new home. He’s a five-category performer and while he doesn’t dominate in any category, he’s solid across the board.
9. Jay Bruce, Cincinnati Reds
Bruce has averaged a .254-87-33-98-9 line over the past two seasons. The soon-to-be 26-year-old could also reach the 40-HR club this year.
10. Jason Heyward, Atlanta Braves
Heyward bounced back from a soft 2011 season with a .269-93-27-82-21 line. At just 23 years old, there is plenty of room for growth.
11. Shin-Soo Choo, Cincinnati Reds
Choo is a solid contributor in all five 5×5 categories. His move to Cincinnati should be beneficial.
12. 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, though, is in the stolen base category. He’s averaged 39 over the past five seasons.
13. 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.
14. 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 has 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.
15. 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.
16. 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.
17. 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.
18. Jayson Werth, Washington Nationals
Werth is coming off a broken wrist, which makes him a risk. His power was already on the decline, so I would target somebody else unless he slides in your draft.
19. Allen Craig, St. Louis Cardinals
Craig posted a solid .307-76-22-92-2 line last year. He has a history of injuries, but he’s valuable because he also has first base eligibility.
20. Martin Prado, Arizona Diamondbacks
Prado can be used at either third base or in the outfield slot. He tends to provide quality average along with decent run and RBI totals.
21. Carl Crawford, Los Angeles Dodgers
Crawford is an injury risk and won’t be ready to start the season. If he can stay healthy, though, he has big-time potential.
22. Angel Pagan, San Francisco Giants
Pagan is a three category (batting average, runs, stolen bases) contributor. He’s a solid No. 2 NL-Only outfielder.
23. Cameron Maybin, San Diego Padres
If Maybin could improve his lifetime .314 on-base percentage, he’d improve his counting numbers. He still remains a quality stolen base contributor.
24. Jason Kubel, Arizona Diamondbacks
Kubel offers help in your home run and RBI categories. He has averaged 22.2 home runs and 84.2 RBI over the past five years.
25. Ben Revere, Philadelphia Phillies
Revere swiped 40 bases last year and 34 in 2011. However, he doesn’t offer much elsewhere.
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