2012 Rankings: Top 40 Outfielders (#21-40): A Second Look

Yesterday we looked at our Top 20 outfielders (click here to view), so let’s not take a look at the next 20:

21. Michael Morse – Washington Nationals
22. Corey Hart – Milwaukee Brewers
23. Carl Crawford – Boston Red Sox
24. Nelson Cruz – Texas Rangers
25. Brett Gardner – New York Yankees
26. B.J. Upton – Tampa Bay Rays
27. Andre Ethier – Los Angeles Dodgers
28. Ichiro Suzuki – Seattle Mariners
29. Nick Markakis – Baltimore Orioles
30. Michael Cuddyer – Colorado Rockies
31. Lance Berkman – St. Louis Cardinals
32. Matt Joyce – Tampa Bay Rays
33. Chris Young – Arizona Diamondbacks
34. Carlos Beltran – St. Louis Cardinals
35. Nick Swisher – New York Yankees
36. Logan Morrison – Miami Marlins
37. Cameron Maybin – San Diego Padres
38. Jayson Werth – Washington Nationals
39. Colby Rasmus – St. Louis Cardinals
40. Alex Rios – Chicago White Sox


  • Both Michael Morse and Corey Hart have minor injury concerns which could cost them time over the first week or two.  Neither injury appears serious, however, nor would I downgrade either because of it.
  • Ichiro Suzuki’s move into the third spot of the order has been discussed before (click here to view my thoughts).  Much has been made about his potential to hit for more power, something that he has shown this spring (2 HR in 30 AB).  It’s not to say that he’s suddenly going to become a source of home runs, but he could easily produce more than we’ve become accustomed to from him.
  • Michael Cuddyer has long been a solid fantasy option, so you have to wonder how the move to Coors Field will help his production.  I wouldn’t necessarily expect a major increase thanks to a high groundball rate (49.8% and 48.5% the past two seasons), but he should remain a reliable option.  Would anyone complain with 20+ HR and 80+ RBI?  I don’t think so.
  • As I have said before, Matt Joyce is one of my favorite sleepers if he is able to get every day at bats in Tampa Bay (something that is extremely hard to predict, unfortunately).  He offers power and speed, bringing 20/10 potential.  Don’t sleep on him on draft day.

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  1. TY says:

    RP- 14 team Yahoo H2H, not very deep benches, daily moves too, would you drop Chris Davis or Alex Presley to pick up Henry Rodriquez? How has chris Davis or presley been doing in spring? I think i saw/heard presely wont bat vs. Leftys? im thinking i’d boot him? worth it?

    My staff is:
    SP- Lester, Daniel Hudson, Beachy, Nova, chacin, wandy, & Jurjjens
    RP-Marmol & Farnsworth….

    • Rotoprofessor says:

      I think you can probably replace either fairly easily. Do you have extra depth at either spot? That’s probably how I’d decide.

  2. hifilofi says:

    LoMo is looking way risky right now with those bad knees. Much rather have the Dude or Stubbs (or Kubel or Heyward) as an OF2.

  3. TY says:

    nope, haha… i think i’m going with dropping davis, its an 8X8 league, we count individual hits, etc, guys who hit for a better avg are more valuable, at least with presley i see some upside, with davis i’ve seen alot, its not pretty, he could go power crazy, but its not that likely…. i’ll take the chance for the saves

  4. big o says:

    bj’s bad back must be good news for your matt joyce .

    also ,
    you have crawford at #23 .
    what are you expecting from him this year ?
    not many people that i know would take him before cruz .

    • Rotoprofessor says:

      At this point he’s a similar injury risk (since he’s going to miss a month) and it’s hard for me not to value him along the same lines as when he was in TB. Prior to 2011 would anyone have selected Cruz before him? It’s probably doubtful.

      He is a risk, and I wouldn’t argue with flipping them, but it is extremely close for me.

  5. Phillysnowballthrower says:

    Joyce I don’t know. He had a great start last year but during that time he only played against right handers. He strikes out a lot and there are large number of players in my mind that have an equal chance to shine like Smoak, Carp, Duda. My sleeper watch out of the blue is JD Martinez and Lorenzo Cain.

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