2014 Fantasy Baseball NL-Only Outfielder Rankings

Ryan LesterSenior Writer IMarch 12, 2014

This is a 2014 photo of Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team. This image reflects the Pirates active roster as of Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 when this image was taken at spring training in Bradenton, Fla. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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Here’s a look at the 2014 Lester’s Legends’ outfielder rankings for NL-only fantasy baseball leagues.

1. Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates

Andrew McCutchen has been a fantasy force for five seasons, but he has really stepped it up the past two years, averaging .322 with 102 runs, 26 home runs, 90 RBI and 23.5 stolen bases.

2. Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies

CarGo has averaged just 129.5 games over the past four seasons, but when he’s playing, he’s highly effective. Over that span, he has hit .311 while averaging 91 runs, 27 home runs, 91 RBI and 21.3 stolen bases.

3. Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers

Ryan Braun has put up monster numbers throughout his career, but how much of that can be tied to his use of performance-enhancing drugs? He is certainly a risk, but he is capable of delivering big numbers if he proves he’s for real.

4. Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals

Bryce Harper has played just 128 games per season in his two years in the bigs. He’s averaging .272, 84.5 runs, 21 home runs, 58.5 RBI and 14.5 runs. He’s still just 21. I expect him to make a leap this year.

5. Carlos Gomez, Milwaukee Brewers

Carlos Gomez has hit .273 over the past two years while averaging 76 runs, 21.5 home runs, 62 RBI and 38.5 stolen bases.

6. Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins

Giancarlo Stanton is a pure power hitter. In four seasons, he has averaged 29.3 home runs while playing just 122 games per season. Imagine if he stays healthy.

7. Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers

Yasiel Puig burst onto the scene last season, putting up a .319-66-19-42-11 line in 104 games (382 at-bats). He could be even better in his second season.

8. Jay Bruce, Cincinnati Reds

Jay Bruce has hit at least 30 home runs in each of the past three seasons while averaging 87.3 runs, 101.7 RBI and eight stolen bases. His only downfall is his .257 lifetime average.

9. Matt Holliday, St. Louis Cardinals

Matt Holliday doesn’t excel in any one category, but his .300-103-22-94-6 line is evidence that he contributes across the board.

10. Justin Upton, Atlanta Braves

Justin Upton got off to an amazing start by slugging 12 home runs in April. He finished with a .263-94-27-70-8 line. He’s just 26 and is capable of doing more.

11. Jason Heyward, Atlanta Braves

Jason Heyward was limited to 104 games and a .254-67-14-38-2 line. In 2012, he produced a .269-93-27-82-21 line. He’s only 24 and should have no problem bouncing back.

12. Hunter Pence, San Francisco Giants

Hunter Pence has been a consistent force throughout his career, hitting .285 with averages of 80.9 runs, 23.6 home runs, 87.9 RBI and 12.7 stolen bases.

13. Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers

Matt Kemp has averaged just 89.5 games over the past two seasons. He will likely miss at least the Dodgers’ opening series, but once he’s healthy, he should be one of the most versatile fantasy options.

14. Mark Trumbo, Arizona Diamondbacks 

Mark Trumbo will transition to the outfield for the D’backs. He has averaged 31.7 home runs and 94 RBI over the past three seasons. His eligibility at first base gives him added versatility.

15. Allen Craig, St. Louis Cardinals

Allen Craig hit .315 with 71 runs, 13 home runs and 97 RBI. He doesn’t provide much power for the position, but he’s hit .311 with 94.5 RBI per season over the past two years. He also has eligibility at first base, which adds to his value.

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