Yesterday Corey Hart, who I initially ranked 20th among outfielders, underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee. While there is a chance he could be ready for the start of the season, it is far from a guarantee. The potential for missed time has to drop him, at least a few starts. We’ll find out where he lands later this afternoon when I post our #21-40 rankings, but let’s see how the Top 20 now stands:
- Jose Bautista – Toronto Blue Jays
- Matt Kemp – Los Angeles Dodgers
- Ryan Braun – Milwaukee Brewers
- Justin Upton – Arizona Diamondbacks
- Carlos Gonzalez – Colorado Rockies
- Jacoby Ellsbury – Boston Red Sox
- Andrew McCutchen – Pittsburgh Pirates
- Matt Holliday – St. Louis Cardinals
- Josh Hamilton – Texas Rangers
- Giancarlo Stanton – Miami Marlins
- Curtis Granderson – New York Yankees
- Hunter Pence – Philadelphia Phillies
- Jay Bruce – Cincinnati Reds
- Ben Zobrist – Tampa Bay Rays
- Michael Bourn – Atlanta Braves
- Alex Gordon – Kansas City Royals
- Adam Jones – Baltimore Orioles
- Shin-Soo Choo – Cleveland Indians
- Desmond Jennings – Tampa Bay Rays
- Shane Victorino – Philadelphia Phillies
- Shane Victorino wasn’t very far behind Hart to begin with, so with the risk of Hart missing at least a week or two, it is very easy to suggest drafting Victorino in his place. Granted, it is a bit of a drop-off in the power department, but Victorino should provide 25-30 SB. If it is power that you are looking for, Mike Morse would also be a candidate for that spot.
- Is there really a major difference from Andrew McCutchen down to around Hunter Pence? It wouldn’t be surprising to see any one of those players emerge as the best outfielder of that group (or even potentially leap frog Ellsbury into the Top 6). Feel free to shuffle them around if you feel strongly about any one of them.
- Michael Bourn is a player that fits a very specific role for fantasy owners. It’s obvious that he isn’t going to help you in the power department, but he can almost single-handedly win stolen bases for you. If you have ample power elsewhere, he is a player that makes a lot of sense for owners.
- Don’t get distracted by the 10 HR Jennings hit in 2011 for the Rays, because that is not his game at all. As long as you go in expecting something around 12 HR and 35 SB, than you are not going to be disappointed.
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