2012 Fantasy Baseball Head-to-Head Points League Position Rankings: Outfielders 51-100

SEATTLE - AUGUST 16: Colby Rasmus #28 of the Toronto Blue Jays hits a three run RBI double in the first inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on August 16, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

This post is the eighth in a series of position rankings catered specifically to fantasy baseball head-to-head points leagues and the third of three focused on outfielders.

Previous outfield rankings:

Outfielders 1-25 Rankings/Profiles

Outfielders 26-50 Rankings/Profiles

All hitters in this post and previous/future points league rankings are based on these scoring values:

(1B x 1) + (2B x 2) + (3B x 3) + (HR x 4) + (R x 1) + (RBI x 1) + (BB x 1) + (SB x 2) + (SO x -1) = Total

For my thoughts on draft strategies and stats to track in H2H points leagues, consult the top of the catcher's rankings post here.

Rankings after the jump:

2012 Fantasy Baseball Head-to-Head Points League Outfielder Rankings: 51-100

51) Josh Willingham, MIN
2011 Points Scored: 314

Slightly better lineup and stadium for Josh Willingham in 2012. Emphasis on “slightly.”

52) Alex Rios, CWS
2011 Points Scored: 276

Solid in 2010. Terrible in 2011. Somewhere in-between in 2012.

53) Drew Stubbs, CIN
2011 Points Scored: 294

Drew Stubbs led all of the MLB with 205 strikeouts in 2011. His power/speed potential is excellent for standard scoring, but until he can improve on his career 28.9 SO%, he’s little more than a late round pick with some upside.

54) Michael Brantley, CLE
2011 Points Scored: 266

Michael Brantley should be the leadoff hitter to start the season with the potential for a 10/20 season and a .270 AVG.

55) Lucas Duda, NYM
2011 Points Scored: 211

Duda saw increased playing time in the second half last season and posted a .322/.411/.526 (.957 OPS) slash line with 10 HR, 38 RBI and 30 runs in that time. Right field should be his to lose in spring training meaning he is in line for a significant increase in PA combined with the drawn in fences of Citi Field.

56) Colby Rasmus, TOR
2011 Points Scored: 256

Still only 25 years old with potential for a consistent 20/20 output in the near future.

57) Delmon Young, DET
2011 Points Scored: 245

Delmon Young should see an increase in his counting and power stats with a full season in Detroit ahead of him. He is still only 26 years old and a former #1 overall pick.

58) Mitch Moreland, TEX
2011 Points Scored: 254

Lots of potential considering his lineup, home stadium and age (26). Playing time will be the concern for Mitch Moreland in 2012, especially if the Rangers sign a premiere first baseman.

59) Jason Bay, NYM
2011 Points Scored: 251

Shorter fences in Citi Field could help matters.

60) Carlos Quentin, SD
2011 Points Scored: 292

Petco certainly won’t help matters.

61) Bobby Abreu, ANA
2011 Points Scored: 304

Playing time/age are the concerns for Bobby Abreu entering 2012. If healthy and regularly in the lineup, 300 points should be possible again for the veteran.

62) Austin Jackson, DET
2011 Points Scored: 275

See Drew Stubbs above. Expect half the HR and half the SB and about 10% less strikeouts.

63) Jose Tabata, PIT
2011 Points Scored: 206

Pittsburgh believes in him and monitored his health very closely down the stretch. Jose Tabata could be a source of 10/20 and a .280 AVG if healthy atop the Pirates lineup.

64) Lorenzo Cain, KC
2011 Points Scored: Minor leagues

Lorenzo Cain should be the starting CF and potential leadoff hitter for the Royals after the team traded Melky Cabrera. Last season in AAA, Cain hit .312/.380/.497 (.877 OPS) with 16 HR and 16 SB.

65) Denard Span, MIN
2011 Points Scored: 158

There are some lingering concussion concerns regarding Denard Span, but if healthy he should offer a .280-.290 AVG with 20 or more SBs atop the Twins’ lineup.

66) Seth Smith, OAK
2011 Points Scored: 329

Seth Smith leaves Coors Field and the Rockies' lineup for Oakland and the 26th worst hitting stadium in baseball. More PA could help raise his value, but he'll need to improve his LHP/RHP splits.

67) Yonder Alonso, SD
2011 Points Scored: 61

Yonder Alonso finally gets in San Diego what he never had in Cincinnati, a position. Alonso should be the opening day 1B with a drastic increase in PA over the season. Petco will likely sap his power potential, but he’s shown excellent AVG and OBP in his short time in the MLB.

68) Brennan Boesch, DET
2011 Points Scored: 287

A thumb injury derailed his season in August, otherwise he could’ve reached 20 HR with an AVG around .280-.290 hitting in front of Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez.

69) John Mayberry, PHI
2011 Points Scored: 210

John Mayberry should see significant time versus LHP at 1B early in the season with the absence of Ryan Howard and potentially more time at LF upon his return if Domonic Brown is unable to make an impression. With enough PA, there is 25 HR potential with Mayberry.

70) Alfonso Soriano, CHC
2011 Points Scored: 279

Alfonso Soriano is now just a shell of the 40/40 player he once was. He could still come close to 30 HR, but it comes at the cost of literally everything else.

71) Alejandro De Aza, CWS
2011 Points Scored: 138

De Aza earned the CF job and likely the leadoff spot in the lineup after an impressive 54 game tryout to end 2011.

72) Ben Revere, MIN
2011 Points Scored: 278

Ben Revere had knee surgery in the offseason which could impact his base stealing in 2012. Playing time could also be a concern with Denard Span back in the fold and the signings of Josh Willingham and Ryan Doumit. But, if healthy and in the lineup, he is as good a SB threat as you’ll find this late in the draft.

73) Jason Bourgeois, HOU
2011 Points Scored: 179

Jason Bourgeois had 31 SB in only 252 PA last season and figures to be the starting RF or CF and bat at the top of the Astros’ lineup.

74) Jon Jay, STL
2011 Points Scored: 245

Jon Jay should be the starting CF for the Cardinals this season as he has handled both LHP and RHP well recently. Batting in front of Carlos Beltran, Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman should mean a lot of runs and an AVG around .280-.300 with 10-15 HR. The question will be how, if at all, the return of Allen Craig impacts his playing time.

75) Allen Craig, STL
2011 Points Scored: 169

Allen Craig’s value will depend on his health and playing time as he already has a knee issue that could keep him out until May. When he returns he should find himself in the top or middle of the lineup at RF and 2B.

76) Jason Kubel, ARZ
2011 Points Scored: 201

Jason Kubel should hit much better at Chase Field than Target Field. Unfortunately he will be in a platoon with Gerardo Parra in LF.

77) Dayan Viciedo, CWS
2011 Points Scored: 31

After the White Sox traded Carlos Quentin, it showed the team’s commitment to Dayan Viciedo as its everyday RF. Fortunately for fantasy, his bat is far more advanced than his glove.

78) Marlon Byrd, CHC
2011 Points Scored: 215

In a contract season and could be traded to a contender at the deadline.

79) David DeJesus, CHC
2011 Points Scored: 239

Should be the starting RF for the Cubs the majority of the season. That's about as exciting as it gets.

80) Grady Sizemore, CLE
2011 Points Scored: 112

At this point, why not?

81) Luke Scott, TB
2011 Points Scored: 102

Luke Scott should be the primary DH for Tampa (unless they resign Johnny Damon) and offers a power left-handed bat in the middle of their lineup.

82) Andres Torres, NYM
2011 Points Scored: 169

Andres Torres 2010 season seems to be more of an aberration than a developing trend.

83) Mike Carp, SEA
2011 Points Scored: 146

Mike Carp could provide 25 HR as soon as 2012, but it comes at the cost of a high SO% and his AVG won’t be what it was in 2011 as his .343 BABIP is unsustainable with his lack of speed.

84) Nolan Reimold, BAL
2011 Points Scored: 191

Nolan Reimold enters 2012 in his prime and as the lead candidate to play LF for Baltimore. If he comes out of the gates strong and remains in the lineup, there’s a chance for a 20/10 season with 75 RBI and 60 runs scored.

85) Chris Heisey, CIN
2011 Points Scored: 183

Chris Heisey could see the majority of starts in LF for the Reds in 2012. Or he could not. Dusty Baker is crazy.

Update: Cincinnati signed Ryan Ludwick who should see a fair share of ABs in LF for the Reds in 2012, possibly more than Heisey, ergo Heisey's value just dropped big time.

86) David Murphy, TEX
2011 Points Scored: 248

It’s almost a guarantee that Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz will miss time throughout the season. When they do, enter David Murphy into one of the best lineups in baseball.

87) Josh Reddick, OAK
2011 Points Scored: 156

It doesn’t get much worse than a trade from Boston to Oakland. Fortunately for Josh Reddick, he should see just about all the starts in RF for the A’s.

88) Eric Thames, TOR
2011 Points Scored: 199

The Toronto outfield is crowded with Jose Bautista, Colby Rasmus, Travis Snider and Rajai Davis and Eric Thames may be the odd man out too often to accumulate any kind of significant point total.

89) Nyjer Morgan, MIL
2011 Points Scored: 232

Nyjer “T. Plush” Morgan should hit either leadoff or second for the Brewers versus RHP, but he offers little in HR and his 2011 SB total plummeted from his career average.

90) Alex Presley, PIT
2011 Points Scored: 138

Alex Presley’s value depends entirely on whether he is the starter in LF or the fourth OF for the Pirates. If he is the starter, he could reach the low-to-mid 70s and if not, well, he is of no use to a fantasy roster.

91) Franklin Gutierrez, SEA
2011 Points Scored: 119

Franklin Gutierrez suffered with stomach-related injuries the entire season and it’s still unknown just how much those issues could affect him this season and onwards.

92) Ryan Raburn, DET
2011 Points Scored: 178

At this point Ryan Raburn seems nothing more than a platoon player with excellent stats versus LHP. If he gets the majority of 2B starts for the Tigers he could jump up the rankings.

93) JD Martinez, HOU
2011 Points Scored: 117

JD Martinez impressed to end the season but currently may be without a position with Carlos Lee slated for LF and Brett Wallace at 1B.

94) Mike Trout, ANA
2011 Points Scored: 71

The Angels outfield is too crowded as is which makes it highly unlikely that Mike Trout breaks camp with the team. Barring multiple injuries, the 20 year old could find himself in AAA the entire 2012 season.

95) Juan Rivera, LAD
2011 Points Scored: 275

Juan Rivera will get nowhere near the PA he did in 2011 with starting the season on a NL team in 2012 instead of an AL one.

96) Domonic Brown, PHI
2011 Points Scored: 115

The Phillies seem very hesitant to give Domonic Brown a real shot at the LF job and could struggle for playing time if he even breaks camp with the team.

97) Gerardo Parra, ARZ
2011 Points Scored: 282

Gerardo Parra will have to fight both Willie Bloomquist and Jason Kubel for PA in LF, but his Gold Glove should find its way into the lineup often.

98) Will Venable, SD
2011 Points Scored: 230

The stolen bases Will Venable is able to provide are completely irrelevant thanks to his platoon role, strikeouts and meager AVG.

99) Collin Cowgill, ARZ
2011 Points Scored: Minor leagues

Oakland pretty much lets players run wild as Jemile Weeks and Coco Crisp can attest, meaning that if Cowgill is able to win a starting job alongside Crisp and Reddick, he could be a great source for points via SB and low-teen HR this late in the draft.

100) Bryce Harper, WAS
2011 Points Scored: Minor leagues

Your guess is as good as mine as to whether Bryce Harper appears in Washington in 2012. I’m guessing not and if by some chance he breaks camp with the team, you’re unlikely to know until far after your draft. He’ll be drafted long before this anyways which just leaves more MLB players for you.

Honorable mention:

Hideki Matsui, FA
Kosuke Fukodome, FA
Cody Ross, FA
Raul Ibanez, FA

Were all guaranteed starting jobs they would most definitely crack the list, but not knowing whether they’ll be reserve players or starters on their new team leaves far too much up to question.

Is there an outfielder that didn't make the cut that you're excited for in 2012? Feel free to comment on these rankings or ask any fantasy baseball questions below.

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