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     

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After loss to Mavs, Wade says Bulls 'keep putting (their) hand on the hot stove every day'

Dwyane Wade sounded every bit like a frustrated 35-year old father when talking about the repeated ills and so-called growing pains of his Bulls, as they surrendered yet another game against a sub-.500 team.

Sometimes it's the New York Knicks whom the Bulls are offering temporary refuge. Or maybe the Minnesota Timberwolves as they are all-too-generous to roll out the welcome mat for returning figures to Chicago.

Tuesday it was the Dallas Mavericks, the second-worst team in the Western Conference, who stormed into the United Center and escaped with a 99-98 win, courtesy of Wesley Matthews' triple with 11.7 seconds left followed by him locking down Jimmy Butler on the ensuing possession.

Wade was forced to take a contested 21-footer that went awry, but the Bulls' ills went far beyond the last two possessions, when the Mavericks exploited their strategy yet again.

"Either you learn the lesson or figure out," Wade said. "Keep putting your hand on the hot stove every day.

"We just gotta figure out not to put our hands on that stove. And understand when we come in the kitchen, that stove is hot, don't touch it. As I continue to say, this is a very young team and they have to play in these games and have to go through these moments. The one thing you want, whether it's this year or next year, is to not make the same mistakes."

The Bulls are apparently insistent on touching the stove and keep burning themselves, the most recent time with the confusion or the bad strategy in defending the Mavericks' final offensive possession.

Deron Williams found himself with Nikola Mirotic defending him off a switch from Jimmy Butler. Not the quickest afoot, Mirotic gave Williams an easy path to the basket and Wade was the backside help, not wanting to leave Matthews on the wing for a triple.

But with the bench commanding Wade to help, Williams easily found Matthews for an open 3 as Wade had no help for his man. With the Bulls up two, one could see how Wade didn't want to leave Matthews.

"I'll have to go back and watch, but it looks like Deron got downcourt, Wade went over to help and we didn’t rotate accordingly," Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. "We obviously need to do a better job of staying in front of the other end."

Mirotic was supposed to be brought back slowly in his return from strep throat, but he played the entire fourth quarter and 22 minutes overall, having lost eight pounds with his illness that had him miss four games.

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Their issues were game-long and have been seasonlong as the Mavericks were supposed to absorb a shellacking from a Bulls team that felt a 25-point beatdown in Texas last month.

Instead, they would've been happy with settling for an escape when Butler rose up over his college teammate Matthews for a 20-foot wing jumper with 22.8 seconds left.

Butler nearly added a triple-double and clutch moment to his growing resume with 24 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds but was dogged by Matthews all night, the defender who wouldn't give him airspace, went chest-to-chest and even earned a technical foul when he felt Butler exaggerated some contact in the third quarter.

"He took away my space, wouldn't let me get to my spot," Butler said of Matthews. "Good for him. I should've did something different."

Wade missed 13 of his 21 shots, scoring 17 with five rebounds on his 35th birthday

With scoring at a premium, Robin Lopez had a season-high 21 points being guarded by Dirk Nowitzki — and they were necessary considering the Bulls were without Taj Gibson (ankle injury) and Doug McDermott couldn't repeat his 30-point showing from Sunday in Memphis.

Rick Carlisle has long been regarded as one of the top strategic coaches, and though he doesn't have the usual personnel from the Mavericks' salad days, he had enough tricks up his sleeve to throw the Bulls off.

Six Mavericks scored in double figures, led by Harrison Barnes' 20 points and Seth Curry's 18, as Barnes, Matthews and Curry combined for eight triples — spreading the Bulls out and picking them apart defensively.

The Mavericks started Nowitzki at center, going to an almost all-small lineup. And though Lopez scored 14 points in the first half, trying to feed him seemed to take the Bulls out of it in the second half.

The energy was tardy to the party, as they shot just 41 percent in the first half but woke up a little in the third quarter — continuing their all-too familiar trend of half-hearted efforts against lesser teams.

And it looks like the ever-optimistic Wade is dishing out some realism, probably something that comes with the perspective of turning 35.

"You can't keep getting stressed out or frustrated. We've been going through this all year. We'll get back in in the morning.

"Once you realize who you are, you're better off. I sleep better at night. Once we want to be a better team and start winning games, we will. I'm not mad, I'm not frustrated, I'm not stressed. Just taking the hits."