Fantasy Baseball 2013: Ryan Braun and my Top 50 NL-Only Outfielder Rankings

Scott Cunningham

Ray Guilfoyle ranks his NL-Only Outfielders for 2013, and discusses where Ryan Braun should rank should he be suspended before the fantasy drafts begin.

The news last night that Ryan Braun's name appears on the client records of Miami-based anti-aging clinic Biogenesis is certainly going to rock the baseball world today. But, it will also rock the fantasy rankings amongst fantasy baseball writers across the internet, as well.

This makes the second year in a row that we are addressing Braun's links to PED use. Last season, he failed a drug test, but got off due to a chain of custody error. MLB is looking to eliminate PED use in baseball for good, but some players are doing their best to gain an advantage however they can. Multi-million contracts are the carrot, and players will do anything to add a few more million to their next contract.

With all that said, I am not changing my ranking of Braun in my overall outfielder rankings or in my NL-only outfielder rankings. He is still my #1 outfielder until we hear more on this case.

Where would I rank him should he be suspended for 50 games? I ranked him at #1 in our 2013 Consensus Outfielder Rankings, and #1 in my NL-only outfielder rankings below. Should he be suspended, I would drop him to around the 13-14 range,right behind Bryce Harper. Braun hit .319-.391-.595 with 41 HRs, 108 runs scored, 112 RBI and 30 stolen bases last season. He could still put up a 25 HR, 85 RBI, 20 stolen base season in 110 games, should he be suspended, so he still represents solid value on draft day.

Now let's take a look at my 2013 NL-Only Outfielder Rankings:

Rank

Player

Age

Tm

1

Ryan Braun

28

MIL

2

Matt Kemp

27

LAD

3

Andrew McCutchen

25

PIT

4

Giancarlo Stanton

22

MIA

5

Justin Upton

24

ATL

6

Carlos Gonzalez

26

COL

7

Jason Heyward

22

ATL

8

Matt Holliday

32

STL

9

Jay Bruce

25

CIN

10

Bryce Harper

19

WAS

11

Allen Craig

27

STL

12

B.J. Upton

27

ATL

13

Shin-Soo Choo

29

CIN

14

Carlos Beltran

35

STL

15

Andre Ethier

30

LAD

16

Michael Bourn

29

FA

17

Carl Crawford

30

LAD

18

Alfonso Soriano

36

CHC

19

Martin Prado

28

ARI

20

Jason Kubel

30

ARI

21

Hunter Pence

29

SFG

22

Carlos Gomez

26

MIL

23

Jayson Werth

33

WAS

24

Dexter Fowler

26

COL

25

Denard Span

28

WAS

26

Michael Cuddyer

33

COL

27

Corey Hart

30

MIL

28

Ryan Ludwick

33

CIN

29

Cameron Maybin

25

SDP

30

Norichika Aoki

30

MIL

31

Ben Revere

24

PHI

32

Cody Ross

31

ARI

33

Garrett Jones

31

PIT

34

Angel Pagan

30

SFG

35

Starling Marte

23

PIT

36

Adam Eaton

23

ARI

37

Justin Ruggiano

30

MIA

38

Carlos Quentin

29

SDP

39

Juan Pierre

34

MIA

40

Logan Morrison

24

MIA

41

Jon Jay

27

STL

42

Lucas Duda

26

NYM

43

Tyler Colvin

26

COL

44

Will Venable

29

SDP

45

Gerardo Parra

25

ARI

46

Nate Schierholtz

28

CHC

47

Kirk Nieuwenhuis

24

NYM

48

Darin Ruf

25

PHI

49

Domonic Brown

24

PHI

50

David DeJesus

32

CHC

Here are a couple quick thoughts on a few of my Top 50 NL-only outfielders:

Matt Kemp, LAD

Kemp stated a few weeks ago that he isn't concerned with being ready for the start of spring training, as he is more concerned with being ready for the start of the regular season. That's certainly not comforting to fantasy owners who will be watching him closely after his offseason shoulder surgery was worse than expected.

Giancarlo Stanton, MIA

Some readers are concerned that Stanton won't see any pitches to hit this season, so his power numbers will drop after the Marlins decimated their roster this offseason. Don't panic, Stanton will get pitches to hit this season. Consider this: Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano hit is a very bad Cubs lineup last season and managed to hit 32 home runs and drive in 108 runs. Stanton has way more power than Soriano, so he should be fine.

Shin-Soo Choo, CIN

Choo's trade to Cincinnati improves his fantasy value in a big way, as he leaves a pitcher-friendly park in Cleveland to one of the better hitters parks in baseball, Great American Ball Park. He easily could score 100 runs leading off for the Reds while putting up a 20-20 season.

B.J Upton, ATL

i think the older Upton could push his younger brother Justin for the family title in home runs this season. His home run totals have gone up every year since 2009, and I think he could reach the 30 home run level this season.

Hunter Pence, SFG

I might be a little optimistic on Pence here in my rankings. His performance as a Giant last season tells the story:

BA/OBP/SLG - .219/.287/.384

HR - 7

Runs - 28

RBI - 45

K/BB - 60-19 in 219 at bats

Pence moved from a hitter's park in Philly to one of the best pitchers parks in baseball, and I don't see him driving in 100+ runs in 2013, or ever.

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