Fantasy Baseball Outfielder Ranks - 921

Fantasy Baseball Outfielder Ranks - 921

By David Ferris
CSNChicago.com Contributor

The following players qualify at outfielder in standard fantasy leagues. Rankings are based on a 5x5 scoring system (batting average, runs, home runs, RBIs, stolen bases).
                            
1. Mike Trout, Angels     NOTE: No offense Miggy, but Trout's the MVP.
2. Ryan Braun, Brewers     
3. Andrew McCutchen, Pirates     
4. Josh Hamilton, Rangers     
5. Alex Rios, White Sox     
6. Adam Jones, Orioles     
7. Matt Holliday, Cardinals     
8. B.J. Upton, Rays     NOTE: Team is done, but he's driving for next paycheck.
9. Jason Heyward, Braves     
10. Michael Bourn, Braves     
11. Curtis Granderson, Yankees     NOTE: A three-category guy this year.
12. Austin Jackson, Tigers     
13. Angel Pagan, Giants     NOTE: Most underrated player in baseball?
14. Allen Craig, Cardinals     
15. Josh Willingham, Twins     
16. Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins     NOTE: Knees are tricky, but pop is ridiculous.
17. Jay Bruce, Reds     
18. Yoenis Cespedes, Athletics     
19. Matt Kemp, Dodgers     
20. Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies    NOTE: Might be done for year.      
21. Carlos Beltran, Cardinals     
22. Martin Prado, Braves     
23. Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers    NOTE: Not as much fun from up close.      
24. Norichika Aoki, Brewers     
25. Justin Upton, Diamondbacks     NOTE: Has the thumb been right all year?

26. Alex Gordon, Royals     
27. Carlos Gomez, Brewers     
28. Corey Hart, Brewers     
29. Alfonso Soriano, Cubs     NOTE: Much better season than many realize.
30. Ben Zobrist, Rays     
31. Nelson Cruz, Rangers     
32. Shin-Soo Choo, Indians     
33. Josh Reddick, Athletics     NOTE: Average cratering in second half.
34. Andre Ethier, Dodgers     
35. Torii Hunter, Angels     
36. Hunter Pence, Giants     
37. Ichiro Suzuki, Yankees     
38. Desmond Jennings, Rays     
39. Alejandro De Aza, White Sox     NOTE: Underrated spark to their offense.
40. Shane Victorino, Dodgers     
41. Bryce Harper, Nationals     
42. Jason Kubel, Diamondbacks     
43. Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox     
44. Juan Pierre, Phillies     
45. David Murphy, Rangers     
46. Coco Crisp, Athletics     
47. Dexter Fowler, Rockies     
48. Garrett Jones, Pirates     
49. Ryan Ludwick, Reds     
50. Ben Revere, Twins     
51. Cody Ross, Red Sox     NOTE: Perfect swing for Fenway.
52. Justin Ruggiano, Marlins     
53. Jon Jay, Cardinals     NOTE: Defense needed; they're weak on corner.
54. DeWayne Wise, White Sox     
55. Nate McLouth, Orioles     NOTE: Don't laugh, Buck trusts him.
56. Mark Trumbo, Angels     NOTE: Bad habits back in second half.
57. Nick Swisher, Yankees     
58. Jayson Werth, Nationals    NOTE: No pop yet, but average is nice.      
59. Tyler Colvin, Rockies     
60. Drew Stubbs, Reds     NOTE: Trouble with the slider.
61. Michael Brantley, Indians     
62. Howie Kendrick, Angels     
63. Will Venable, Padres     
64. Dayan Viciedo, White Sox     
65. Jonny Gomes, Athletics     
66. John Mayberry, Phillies     NOTE: Cashing in late on pedigree.     
67. Rajai Davis, Blue Jays     NOTE: A speed play, that's it.
68. Michael Saunders, Mariners     
69. Denard Span, Twins     
70. Carlos Lee, Marlins     NOTE: Makes contact but zero pop.
71. Brandon Belt, Giants     
72. Matt Joyce, Rays     
73. Justin Maxwell, Astros     NOTE: An underrated, ownable Astro.
74. Brandon Moss, Athletics     
75. Cameron Maybin, Padres     
76. Delmon Young, Tigers     
77. Colby Rasmus, Blue Jays     NOTE: Is the grow-up season ever coming?
78. Trevor Plouffe, Twins     
79. Seth Smith, Athletics     
80. Michael Morse, Nationals     
81. Chris Denorfia, Padres    NOTE: A terrific play against lefties.      
82. Yonder Alonso, Padres     
83. Mitch Moreland, Rangers     
84. Jarrod Dyson, Royals     
85. Jeff Francoeur, Royals     NOTE: At least you're not paying him.
86. Scott Hairston, Mets     
87. David DeJesus, Cubs     
88. Gregor Blanco, Giants     
89. Gerardo Parra, Diamondbacks     
90. Brennan Boesch, Tigers     
91. Roger Bernadina, Nationals     
92. Jesus Guzman, Padres     
93. Tyler Greene, Astros     
94. Donovan Solano, Marlins     NOTE: Utility grab, will run freely.
95. Tony Campana, Cubs     
96. Darin Mastroianni, Twins     
97. Steve Lombardozzi, Nationals     
98. Ty Wigginton, Phillies     

62 Days To Kickoff: North Chicago

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62 Days To Kickoff: North Chicago

CSNChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O'Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting Jul. 31, we'll unveil the @CSNPreps Top 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 25.

School: North Chicago

Head coach: Addonte Adams

Assistant Coaches: Jamal Patterson OC Wilton Hill Joshua Franklin Orlando Kilpatrick

How they fared in 2016: 3-6 (2-5 Northern Lake County conference), failed to qualify for the 2016 IHSA state playoffs.

2017 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 25 – @ Waukegan

Sept. 1 – vs Robeson

Sept. 8 – @ Round Lake

Sept. 15 - vs Grayslake North

Sept. 22 - @ Grant

Sept. 29 – vs Wauconda

Oct. 6 - vs Grayslake Central

Oct. 13 - @ Antioch

Oct. 20 - vs Lakes

Biggest storyline: Can the Warhawks get back to winning and into the state playoff field in 2017?

Names to watch this season:  Senior LB Garrett Turner Senior WR/DB Ishaun Walker Senior QB/ATH Dyshaun Gates

Biggest holes to fill: The Warhawks return a ton of starters from a season ago, however just one starter is back on the offensive line in senior OC Joseph Gaiden.

EDGY's Early Take: It's been a while since the Warhawks have been a threat in either the conference or in the state playoffs, yet that could change in 2017. North Chicago went young last season and gained a ton of playing experience in 2016. If head coach Addonte Adams can get his Warhawks to buy into his program, this has the potential of becoming a team to watch this fall. 

It’s a business, but Blackhawks still feel sting of emotional deals

It’s a business, but Blackhawks still feel sting of emotional deals

Coach Joel Quenneville stood in the United Center hallway, summing up what had been a difficult Friday.

“Very emotional deals,” he said on Saturday morning, as Day 2 of the NHL Draft commenced. “A lot to process there.”

Indeed, the Blackhawks had a busy and difficult day on Friday, trading defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson to Arizona and swapping Artemi Panarin and Brandon Saad in a deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Quenneville was seen by media leaving a coaches meeting in between the Hjalmarsson and Panarin/Saad trades on Friday morning and he wasn’t at the Blackhawks’ table on Friday, unusual for the opening night of the draft. But he said his absence wasn’t about the trades.

“Not at all,” he said.

Still, as Quenneville said, big moves are a lot to process, even for a team that’s done its share of shedding players since the 2010 offseason. General manager Stan Bowman said Friday was filled with, “high emotions… when you make some difficult decisions.” Jonathan Toews said on Friday night that, “everyone’s kind of shocked” by recent events, including Marian Hossa’s loss. Toews added he was wary of saying the team was better today, out of respect for departed players.

“It’s hard to sit there and say that without sounding like you’re being disrespectful to two teammates you care for and know were huge parts of the team,” he said.

We talk about the business side of hockey all the time. You make the tough decisions and then you move forward. But there’s a human element to all of this that’s easy to forget. Players, especially those who are with an organization for a long time as Hjalmarsson was, make their impact on and off the ice. Teammates and coaches are spending endless amounts of time together, and those bonds, coupled with what they all go through during regular seasons and Stanley-Cup runs, endure. Saying goodbye is difficult.

For Quenneville, seeing Hjalmarsson leave was very difficult.

“Well, certainly Hammer, he’s one of those heart-and-soul guys and was instrumental in winning some championships for us. You feel for him and what he meant to his team and his teammates and fans here and the city of Chicago. He’s one of those guys that you have an appreciation to watch and see how he competes and knowing what he fights through to stay on the ice in a lot of games. He’s a heart-and-souler. Those guys are hard to see go,” Quenneville said. “Bread Man wasn’t here long enough to really get that consistency over term. But Hammer really did give a lot to the organization. And we are very appreciative of the Bread Man, because he could wow us and entertain us and a great kid, as well.”

Still, there’s the positive side. Quenneville and Toews are thrilled to have Saad back in the fold. Toews and Saad had great chemistry, the first time around and Quenneville said he’ll put those two together to start the season – “I know that [Patrick Kane] finds a way to make it happen, no matter who’s playing at center or on his left. It really adds a one-two punch that hopefully we get consistency and predictability in that area,” Quenneville said.

Saad should also help fill at least some of the void left from Hossa.

It’s another offseason during which the Blackhawks are feeling the losses, professionally as well as personally. You process, you deal with the sting and then you proceed. That’s the business.

“As a coach, we’re in the short-term business, we’re thinking about now,” Quenneville said. “So we’re going to do everything we can to better ourselves right now and looking to win today. And that’s our challenge and that’s what we look at.”