Brian, Outfield, Rankings

Brian’s Top 25 Outfielder Rankings and Projections for ’12


PEDs or not, Kemp and Braun were roto-studs in '11.

I was rereading my outfield rankings for the 2011 season and, while I had a few players pegged perfectly, overall I’d missed the mark on many occasions. I wasn’t high enough on Jacoby Ellsbury or Curtis Granderson (but who was?). I didn’t give Jose Bautista enough credit (I won’t make the same mistake this year). I was bullish on Carl Crawford moving to Boston. I fell in love with Jason Heyward. I was a mess.

Because there are so many outfielders, it’s tremendously difficult to calculate. In the following rankings, I’m sure some players near the bottom of my rankings will have career years, while some players near the top will have lamentable seasons. As a fantasy manager, you can’t project those occurrences. All you can do is look at track record (most recent stats being most important) and cross your fingers.

My inclination is to take stable outfielders. Those guys who don’t have terribly high ceilings, but their floor is well above sea level.

There are five outfielder tiers indicated by the underline.

1. Ryan Braun– 105, 32, 107, 23, .317

2. Matt Kemp- 98, 33, 107, 29, .286

3. Jose Bautista– 100, 39, 110, 6, .280

4. Carlos Gonzalez- 95, 30, 95, 23, .297

5. Justin Upton- 89, 24, 83, 19, .281

6. Andrew McCutchen- 90, 20, 85, 28, .280

7. Jacoby Ellsbury- 90, 15, 60, 40, .290

8. Hunter Pence- 88, 23, 95, 13, .297

9. Mike Stanton- 80, 34, 90, 5, .260

10. Curtis Granderson- 90, 28, 93, 18, .255

11. Josh Hamilton- 87, 28, 95, 8, .308

12. Jay Bruce- 82, 28, 90, 6, .267

13. Nelson Cruz- 62, 25, 82, 5, .270

14. Matt Holliday- 85, 21, 80, 5, .290

15. Desmond Jennings- 80, 15, 60, 35, .253

16. Michael Morse- 80, 28, 90, 1, .290

17. Adam Jones– 72, 25, 86, 15, .282

18. Ben Zobrist- 88, 18, 83, 21, .254

19. Shane Victorino- 89, 17, 65, 26, .268

20. Lance Berkman- 75, 24, 75, 2, .280

21. B.J. Upton- 85, 20, 71, 39, .239

22. Shin-Soo Choo- 75, 16, 79, 17, .280

23. Alex Gordon- 67, 15, 70, 10, .277

24. Michael Bourn- 89, 2, 44, 50, .280

25. Howard Kendrick- 90, 15, 70, 15, .280

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