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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL OUTFIELDER RANKINGS: 41-60

41. Kole Calhoun:  Calhoun is solid and steady but keep in mind what you get here.  That is a good power bat with decent counting numbers and nothing in the way of speed.  Also Calhoun;s average has become a bit of an issue as well.
42. Nomar Mazara:  Likely only going to move up from here as long as Mazara proves his terrific 2016 (.266/20 HR) is no fluke.  No speed to be had here though.
43. Yasmany Tomas:  Tomas is underrated now after some initial hype coming out Cuba.  Yes he has not become a star many thought he would but 31 home runs and a .270 average works nicely in your outfielder 3 spot.
44. Carlos Beltran:  Older than dirt but Beltran showed in slamming 29 home runs last season that he will likely put up numbers right up until he retires.
45. David Peralta:  This is me giving Peralta a total mulligan on his no-show and injury-marred 2016.  Keep in mind Peralta hit 17 home runs, stole 9 bases, and batted ,273 in 2015.  Intriguing five-category talent.
46. Randal Grichuk:  Another guy who I won't chase as Grichuk's average is a killer but there is no denying his massive power.  Poor average and big power hitting outfielders are a dime a dozen so never chase them.
47. Curtis Granderson:  See above.
48. Ender Inciarte:  Lots to like here for a very cheap price as Inciarte is a true leadoff guy who can threaten 90 runs and 25 steals while hitting .300.  He also can knock the odd homer as well.
49. Matt Holliday:  Like Carlos Beltran with the New York Yankees last season, Matt Holliday could have one big 30-home run year left in his bat in that park.
50. Keon Broxton:  Ignore Billy Hamilton and instead snag this guy a few rounds later.  Broxton has speed to burn and he also hit 9 home runs in just 207 at-bats last season.
51. Kevin Kiermaier:  Sports Illustrated called Keirmaier the most underrated player in baseball and while we won;t go that far, he has quietly been very good in terms of fantasy baseball-related numbers the last two years in posting power/speed ratios of 10/18 and 12/21.
52. Yasiel Puig:  Who knows with the mercurial Puig who has all the natural talent in the world but who can't keep his head on straight.
53. Carlos Gomez:  Back in Texas where Gomez saved his quickly fading career the second half of last season.  There is still some power/speed numbers to be had here but it looks like Gomez' days of batting .280 are finished.
54. Joc Pederson:  I was a big fan prior to 2015 but no longer as Pederson is a huge average-killer whose minor league steals never made it to the majors.
55. Jorge Soler:  Post-hype sleeper alert here as Soler gets a fresh start in Kansas City to show his minor league promise was not a fluke.
56. Corey Dickerson:  Bombed the first half of last season as Dickerson dealt with his new spacious surroundings with the Rays but finished with 24 homers.  Look for some minor gains across the board this season as Dickerson is now likely more comfortable in his new home.
57. Jacoby Ellsbury:  While he might be able to swipe another 20 bags, Ellsbury's average is sinking and his power is in hiding.  Throw in all the typical injuries and Ellsbury should be avoided.
58. Jay Bruce:  If you want 30 home runs and a .260 average at best, this is your guy.
59. Michael Conforto:  I still believe Conforto is set to be a big hitting star but the Mets' outfield is a bit crowded.
60. Brett Gardner:  Now nothing more than a 15-20 steal guy who can pop some home runs.  The flash has long left the station.
61. Leonys Martin:  Found some power to go with the always solid speed last season but Martin finished terribly.  He remains a firm outfielder 3 player this season.


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