Fantasy Baseball Preview: Outfielders

JOEL COLOMBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:20 PM ET

Fantasy baseball columnist Joel Colomby ranks the top 60 or so starting outfielders for the American and National Leagues. Dollar values are a guide for rotisserie league and head-to-head auctions.

$30+

Matt Kemp LAD Top-5 pick for sure, but can’t see a 40-40 repeat

Jose Bautista TOR Most of his owners will keep him at 3B over OF

Carlos Gonzalez COL Wrist better so look for something closer to 2010 stats

Ryan Braun MIL Easier to pitch around without Fielder on-deck?

Jacoby Ellsbury BOS Unexpected power makes him the complete package

Justin Upton ARIZ Drop in K rate best sign his career highs no mirage

Curtis Granderson NY Career highs in HRs & RBIs, but also in strikeouts

Giancarlo Stanton MIA OF formerly known as Mike ready to crack 40 HRs

Josh Hamilton TEX Injury risk, but always capable of first-round numbers

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Matt Holliday STL He’ll bat in Albert Pujols’ No. 3 slot in the order

Hunter Pence PHIL Getting out of Houston was a huge fantasy lift.

Andrew McCutchen PIT Could climb into the 30-30 club any season now

Desmond Jennings TB Sleeper, but no stud status until he has a full season

Jay Bruce CIN HR totals have increased each of the past four years

Michael Bourn ATL Could make it four SB titles with full year on Braves

Lance Berkman STL Expect a slight drop off, but 1B eligibility helps

Shin-Soo Choo CLE Rare sub-standard season could undervalue him

Nelson Cruz TEX Great power, but can’t seem to get in a full season

Cameron Maybin SD Steals, but any emerging power will vanish in S.D.

Adam Jones BAL Despite career year, O’s could still deal him

Michael Morse WAS Shed utility tag for good with huge final five months

B.J. Upton TB Speed & power, but hasn’t topped .245 past 3 years

Alex Gordon KC Took him five years to finally maximize his potential

Ichiro Suzuki SEA Move to third in the order will boost RBI numbers

Chris Young ARIZ Three-time 20-20er, but AVG only average at best

Drew Stubbs CIN With a .450 AVG bunting, may be doing more of it

Carl Crawford BOS Bad year, Jan. wrist surgery will hurt draft day value

Jason Heyward ATL Sophomore skid will have him batting eighth to start

Brett Gardner NYY Good bet for 40+ SBs, but could sit vs. some lefties

Austin Jackson DET AVG took a 44-point dive in his second MLB season

Shane Victorino PHIL Could wind up hitting anywhere from first or fifth

Delmon Young DET Free-swinging ways will reduce the value of his HRs

Corey Hart MIL Minor knee surgery in March won’t affect him

Andre Ethier LAD Power somewhere between 31 HRs in ’09, 11 in ’11

Jayson Werth WAS Once again, don’t expect Philly-type numbers in D.C.

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Carlos Beltran STL Good for one more year after a .300 AVG, 22 HRs

Angel Pagan SF Could swipe 40 bags with a full season at leadoff

Josh Willingham MIN Take away DL time and he was on pace for 35 HRs

Peter Bourjos LAA Hip will have to hold up to hold off Mike Trout

Michael Brantley CLE Grady’s injury thrusts him back into the leadoff role

Nick Swisher NYY Big jump in walks boosts value in leagues with OBP

Jeff Francoeur KC Last year’s .285, 20 HRs no surprise, 22 SBs were

Lucas Duda NYM Shorter OF fences at Citi Field will no doubt help

Jose Tabata PIT Breakout year put on hold by two lengthy injuries

Brennan Boesch DET Tigers should start him in first half, Raburn in 2nd

Martin Prado ATL Wasn’t same after 5 weeks out with staph infection

Coco Crisp OAK A proud CF, will move to left affect him at plate?

Matt Joyce TB Inability to hit LHPs may return him to a platoon

Eric Thames TOR Keeps LF job after hitting better than expected in ’11

Torii Hunter LAA At 36, still a safe bet to hit around .265, 15-20 HRs

Vernon Wells LAA Hit .187 versus RHPs and, at 33, turnaround doubtful

Logan Morrison MIA Tweeting issues aside, future power & healthy BB rate

Colby Rasmus TOR As long as he chases breaking balls, AVG stays low

Denard Span MIN Missing two months with a concussion is a red flag

Melky Cabrera SF Tough new home field, rising K rate suggest stats drop

Nick Markakis BAL Always one owner still hanging on his 20-20 in ’07

Alex Rios CHW Despite his .227 AVG, may wind up batting No. 3

Jason Bay NYM Still producing reliable numbers at a decent price

David DeJesus CHC Possible late gem as Cubs have him back in leadoff

Jason Kubel ARIZ LF starter, though Parra is clearly the better option

Alfonso Soriano CHC Once a four-category star, only the power is left

Emilio Bonifacio MIA Won’t repeat near-.300 AVG or, thus, the 40 SBs

Lorenzo Cain KC Speedster showed surprising March pop with 4 HRs

SAFE FOR A FEW BUCKS — Dexter Fowler COL, Michael Cuddyer COL, Marlon Byrd CHC, Ryan Ludwick CIN, J.D. Martinez HOU, Juan Rivera LAD, Nyjer Morgan MIL, Andres Torres NYM, Raul Ibanez NYY, Seth Smith OAK, Will Venable SD, Carlos Quentin SD, Franklin Gutierrez SEA

UPSIDE POTENTIAL — Gerardo Parra ARIZ, Nolan Reimold BAL, Alejandro de Aza CHW, Dayan Viciedo CHW, Jordan Schafer HOU, Jerry Sands LAD, Ben Revere MIN, Yoenis Cespedes OAK, Alex Presley PIT, Julio Borbon TEX

MINOR-LEAGUE WATCH — Mike Trout LAA, Domonic Brown PHIL, Bryce Harper WAS


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