Fantasy Baseball: Top Outfielders – 16 to 30
You may not have the opportunity to draft all of your outfielders in your fantasy baseball money league or your free fantasy league in the early rounds. So use this list to help you decide who else to pick in your draft.
16. Matt Holliday, St. Louis Cardinals
Holliday has seven straight 20-HR seasons and a career BA of .313. He turned 33 in January.
17. B.J. Upton, Atlanta Braves
Upton has five straight 30-steal seasons and 51 HR over the last two years. But his.246 BA was highest in last four seasons. Career .336 OBP, .422 SLG at home, .335 OBP, .422 SLG on road.
18. Michael Bourn, Cleveland Indians
After stealing 61, 52 and 61 bases from 2009-11, Bourn stole 42 in his walk year. He hit .225 in the second half and has a .272 career BA. Bourn turned 30 in December.
19. Shin-Soo Choo, Cincinnati Reds
Choo’s 16 HR, 21 steals and .283 BA didn’t match his consecutive 20-20-.300 seasons of 2009 and 2010, but now he moves to a better ballpark and lineup in Cincinnati.
20. Alex Rios, Chicago White Sox
Rios had his second 20-20 season in the last three with career highs in HR (25) and BA (.304). But he hit just .227 in 2011 and .247 in 2009 with a total of 30 HR. The inconsistent Rios turned 32 in February.
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21. Desmond Jennings, Tampa Bay Rays
After hitting 10 HR and stealing 20 bases with a .259 BA in 247 AB in 2011, Jennings had 31 steals in a full 2012, but 13 HR and a .246 BA. Jennings turned 26 in October, so he still has time to justify the hype.
22. Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals
Gordon took a step back from his breakout 2011 (23-87-.303 with 17 steals) going 14-72-.294 with 10 steals in 2012. Gordon turned 29 in February.
23. Austin Jackson, Detroit Tigers
Jackson hit .300 for the first time and raised his HR from 10 to 16 while cutting his Ks from 181 to 134. His steals dropped to 12 with 9 CS. Jackson scored 103 runs for the second time in three seasons.
24. Mark Trumbo, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Trumbo had 32 HR, 95 RBI and a .268 BA after going 29-87-.254 in 2011. But he hit .204 in August with 43 K in 103 AB and .183 in September.
25. Curtis Granderson, New York Yankees
Granderson hit over 40 HR for the second straight season, but his BA fell to .232 and he set a new Yankee record with 195 strikeouts. He will miss the first month of the season with a fractured forearm.
26. Carlos Beltran, St. Louis Cardinals
Beltran hit more than 30 homers for the first time since 2007 and had double-digit steals (13) for the first time since 2009. He hit .269 with 97 RBI. But his OPS was .924 in the first half and .724 after the break. Beltran turns 36 in April.
27. Shane Victorino, Boston Red Sox
Victorino had a career-high 39 steals in 2012, but hit under .260 (.245) for the second time in three seasons. Fantasy baseball money league fans will be watching to see how he does in Fenway Park.
28. Hunter Pence, San Francisco Giants
Pence reached 20 HR for the fifth straight season, including 7 after being traded to San Francisco, but hit just .219 in 219 AB as a Giant. But after stealing 18 bases in 2010, Pence stole 8 in 2011 and 5 last year.
29 Carl Crawford, Los Angeles Dodgers
After two disastrous years in Boston, Crawford will try to recapture his Tampa form with the Dodgers as he recovers from Tommy John surgery in his left (throwing) elbow last August. Crawford turns 32 in August.
30. Josh Willingham, Minnesota Twins
Willingham had career highs in HR (35), RBI (110) and games played (145) at age 33. He has hit at least 20 HR in the five seasons he has played 130 games. Willingham hit .260, almost exactly his career BA of .261.
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Ben Hargrove writes on fantasy baseball for sites like DraftStreet.