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2007 OF Rankings, NL-Only

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Staying with the decision to ignore category scarcity when presenting equally-weighted 5x5 rankings, I present my NL-only outfielders. As with the Mixed league ones, roto-commentariat consensus #1 OF Alphonso Soriano does not come out at the top. What holds Soriano back in my rankings are his low RBIs and low AVG - two categories that are not likely to change with the Cubs if he bats lead-off. Interestingly, my 2nd round pick in the mixed league expert draft, Carlos Lee, did come out as #1. Pure coincidence, but validating nonetheless.

Again, I've included the stats for each of the players, and you can see that the SB studs - Juan Pierre, Dave Roberts, Willy Taveras and Ryan Freel are penalized for their lack of power and RBIs. However, remember Ryan Freel in now a starter in the OF and should see his RBIs increase. This will likely put him ahead of the three SB punch-and-judy hitters.

Finally, look at the bottom of the list for the 2007 sleepers. This set-up is similar to the ones we are familar with when we draft in Yahoo! leagues - the players without the previous year's playing time are always near the bottom of the rankings. What is convenient is you take a player from that area i.e Chris Young and find a player who you believe will perform similarly i.e. Mike Cameron and then see where that sleeper projects for value. In this case, Chris Young would be a Top 10 NL-only outfielder. If that seems unlikely, then retest versus a slightly worse player i.e. Randy Winn. And so on until you reach a reasonable conclusion.

Rank Player Team AVG HR RBI R SB
1 LEE CARLOS HOU 0.300 37 116 102 19
2 HOLLIDAY MATT COL 0.326 34 114 119 10
3 SORIANO ALFONSO WAS 0.277 46 95 119 41
4 BELTRAN CARLOS NYM 0.275 41 116 127 18
5 BAY JASON PIT 0.286 35 109 101 11
6 BERKMAN LANCE HOU 0.315 45 136 95 3
7 CAMERON MIKE SD 0.268 22 83 88 25
8 DUNN ADAM CIN 0.234 40 92 99 7
9 JONES ANDRUW ATL 0.262 41 129 107 4
10 JONES JACQUE CHC 0.285 27 81 73 9
11 BYRNES ERIC ARZ 0.267 26 79 82 25
12 HAWPE BRAD COL 0.293 22 84 67 5
13 KEARNS AUSTIN WAS 0.264 24 86 86 9
14 ENCARNACION JUAN STL 0.278 19 79 74 6
15 FRANCOEUR JEFF ATL 0.260 29 103 83 1
16 BURRELL PAT PHI 0.258 29 95 80 0
17 PIERRE JUAN CHC 0.292 3 40 87 58
18 ROBERTS DAVE SD 0.293 2 44 80 49
19 GILES BRIAN SD 0.263 14 83 87 9
20 ALOU MOISES SF 0.301 22 74 52 2
21 DEROSA MARK CHC 0.296 13 74 78 4
22 WILLINGHAM JOSH FLA 0.277 26 74 62 2
23 BONDS BARRY SF 0.270 26 77 74 3
24 TAVERAS WILLY HOU 0.278 1 30 83 33
25 MURTON MATT CHC 0.297 13 62 70 5
26 WILSON PRESTON STL 0.263 17 72 58 12
27 GONZALEZ LUIS ARZ 0.271 15 73 93 0
28 GRIFFEY JR. KEN CIN 0.252 27 72 62 0
29 DUNCAN CHRIS STL 0.293 22 43 60 0
30 GREEN SHAWN NYM 0.277 15 66 73 4
31 WINN RANDY SF 0.262 11 56 82 10
32 CHAVEZ ENDY NYM 0.306 4 42 48 12
33 ETHIER ANDRE LA 0.308 11 55 50 5
34 FREEL RYAN CIN 0.271 8 27 67 37
35 JENKINS GEOFF MLW 0.271 17 70 62 4
36 NADY XAVIER PIT 0.280 17 63 57 3
37 VICTORINO SHANE PHI 0.287 6 46 70 4
38 BURKE CHRIS HOU 0.276 9 40 58 11
39 HUFF AUBREY HOU 0.267 21 66 57 0
40 ROWAND AARON PHI 0.262 12 47 59 10
41 DAVANON JEFF ARZ 0.290 5 35 38 10
42 DIAZ MATT ATL 0.327 7 32 37 5
43 EDMONDS JIM STL 0.257 19 70 52 4
44 LEWIS FRED SF 0.455 0 2 5 0
45 HAIRSTON SCOTT ARZ 0.400 0 2 2 0
46 BAKER JEFF COL 0.368 5 21 13 2
47 ESCOBAR ALEX WAS 0.356 4 18 14 2
48 SCOTT LUKE HOU 0.336 10 37 31 2
49 ANDERSON MARLON LA 0.297 12 38 43 4
50 BAUTISTA JOSE PIT 0.235 16 51 58 2
51 RODRIGUEZ JOHN STL 0.301 2 19 31 0
52 DUFFY CHRIS PIT 0.255 2 18 46 26
53 LOGAN NOOK WAS 0.300 1 8 13 2
54 WILSON CRAIG ATL 0.251 17 49 53 1
55 AMEZAGA ALFREDO FLA 0.260 3 19 42 20
56 MENCH KEVIN MLW 0.269 13 68 45 1
57 FINLEY STEVE SF 0.246 6 40 66 7
58 SPILBORGHS RYAN COL 0.287 4 21 26 5
59 SPIEZIO SCOTT STL 0.272 13 52 44 1
60 TAGUCHI SO STL 0.266 2 31 46 11
61 HART COREY MLW 0.283 9 33 32 5
62 MCLOUTH NATE PIT 0.233 7 16 50 10
63 CONINE JEFF PHI 0.268 10 66 54 3
64 SULLIVAN CORY COL 0.267 2 30 47 10
65 REPKO JASON LA 0.254 3 16 21 10
66 CHURCH RYAN WAS 0.276 10 35 22 6
67 BRANYAN RUSSELL SD 0.228 18 36 37 2
68 DENORFIA CHRIS CIN 0.283 1 7 14 1
69 FLOYD CLIFF NYM 0.244 11 44 45 6
70 LANE JASON HOU 0.201 15 45 44 1
71 ROSS CODY FLA 0.227 13 46 34 1
72 KEMP MATT LA 0.253 7 23 30 6
73 ABERCROMBIE REGGI FLA 0.212 5 24 39 6
74 GROSS GABE MLW 0.274 9 38 42 1
75 LINDEN TODD SF 0.273 2 5 15 1
76 CRUZ JR. JOSE LA 0.233 5 17 34 5
77 CLARK BRADY MLW 0.263 4 29 51 3
78 QUENTIN CARLOS ARZ 0.253 9 32 23 1
79 BORCHARD JOE FLA 0.230 10 28 33 0
80 HERMIDA JEREMY FLA 0.251 5 28 37 4
81 LANGERHANS RYAN ATL 0.241 7 28 46 1
82 MILLEDGE LASTINGS NYM 0.241 4 22 14 1
83 JOHNSON BEN SD 0.250 4 12 19 3
84 THORMAN SCOTT ATL 0.234 5 14 13 1
85 SNELLING CHRIS WAS 0.250 3 8 14 2
86 YOUNG CHRIS ARZ 0.243 2 10 10 2
87 GWYNN JR. TONY MLW 0.260 0 4 5 3
88 SLEDGE TERRMEL SD 0.229 2 7 7 0
89 ELLISON JASON SF 0.222 2 4 14 2
90 BIGBIE LARRY STL 0.240 0 1 2 0
91 BOURN MICHAEL PHI 0.125 0 0 2 1