Fantasy Baseball Draft 2014: Top 10 Outfielders (OF)
Taking a Look at the Top 10 Outfielders in the 2014 Fantasy Draft
February 24, 2014
For the past week or so, we’ve been examining the top 10 players at each position in the upcoming 2014 fantasy baseball draft. Today we’re going to continue that trend by looking at outfielders. There’s quite a bit of talent here--as usual--and you’ll likely end up with at least one of these guys on your roster. Here’s our take for the top 10 at the OF position.
1. Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels: Trout seems to be the consensus top pick here, and we’d be foolish to argue. He’s coming off a 27-homer, 97-RBI, 33-steal season, and should be able to replicate last year’s stats pretty closely. If you have the luxury of owing Trout, you’ve already got a leg up on the competition.
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2. Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates: Though his production won’t be quite on Mike Trout-levels, McCutchen’s no slouch either. Expect him to flirt with 25 homers and steals while logging mid-90s numbers in RBI and runs. All that with a BA north of .300 makes him a top-shelf fantasy name.
3. Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies: Gonzalez is recovering from a handful of injuries--specifically an appendectomy, a finger sprain and a hernia surgery. That said, he’s expected to be just fine for the 2014 campaign, and will deliver across-the-board numbers. He’ll be in the 70s in RBI/runs and should hit at least 25 homers.
4. Jacoby Ellsbury, New York Yankees: Here’s a interesting name that will be talked about throughout the course of the season. Ellsbury is making the move from Boston to New York, and with it he’ll bring some potent finesse numbers. It wouldn’t be surprising to see him steal 50 bases and log over 100 runs. He should have a pretty good BA as well.
5. Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers: Braun is trying to put a very bad year behind him (PED suspension, in case you’ve been hibernating). If you don’t hold anything against him (which you shouldn’t), look past the difficulties to his talents. He’ll hit in the high .290s while tallying at least 25 homers, 95-ish RBI and around 90 runs.
6. Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles: Jones was pretty solid for most of last season, and he should carry that momentum into 2014. You may see a slight drop in RBI and run numbers, but the long-ball should still be there. We expect at least 30 home runs. He’ll also get double-digit steals for you. What’s not to like?
7. Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals: Coming in just behind Jones is Harper, who will provide much the same level of production, though not quite on the same level. If he remains healthy, he’ll see a homer total in the high-20s and runs in the mid-90s while providing pretty good RBI and swipes numbers. Not much of a question as to his value.
8. Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins: We’ve seen Stanton ranked all over the place this off-season, so it’s safe to say no one really knows what to make of him. One thing’s for sure, the Marlins’ sub-par lineup will drag on him at times. That said, he should eclipse 30 homers and have RBI/run totals in the mid-80s.
9. Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays: Bautista was shut down late last season due to a bone bruise on his hip, so you’ll want to watch and make sure he’s doing okay when spring training gets going. Assuming he’s good to go, he’ll get around 30 homers with marks above 90 in RBI and runs.
10. Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers: We’ve seen Puig ranked lower than this, and we’ve seen him ranked higher, so the 10 spot seems to be about right. If you’re optimistic about his prospects in 2014, expect him to surpass 30 homers, 75 RBI, 20 steals and 100 runs. If you’re not optimistic, you should probably let someone else draft him because he’ll be off the board before too long.
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