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With more outfielders than G-Unit feuds, we take it to the top 60 outfielders for 2010 fantasy baseball.  These guys may seem like they’re not worth the effort, but remember last year Adam Jones, Nelson Cruz and Justin Upton were found here.  As with the other 2010 fantasy baseball rankings, where tiers start and stop are mentioned and my projections.  Anyway, here’s the top 60 outfielders for 2010 fantasy baseball:

41. Michael Cuddyer – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here to Kubel.  I call this tier, “Yawnstipating power outfielders.”  Cuddyer probably could’ve/should’ve/Elliott Gould’ve ranked higher than this, but I think he had a career year that won’t be repeated.  A career year that I went over in the top 20 1st basemen for 2010 fantasy baseball, where you’ll also find his projections.

42. Brad Hawpe – Maybe it’s just me but Brad Hawpe screams a platoon player to me.  A platoon player that only plays the 1st half of the year? Ah, cute, random italicized voice.  No, he shouldn’t play vs. lefties.  Also, watch out if he’s shipped out of Coors.  (An idea that has me foaming at the mouth.  Well, that and my Diet Coke and Mentos diet.)  2010 Projections:  70/25/85/.280

43. Jason Kubel – I liked Kubel going into 2009.  He’s more or less the same this year, but the only difference is how people are perceiving him.  Kubel had value when he was a last round draft pick.  There’s no value when you have to draft him like he’s actually going to stay on your team.  Trust me, he won’t.  2010 Projections:  70/25/85/.285

44. Vernon Wells – He had wrist surgery in November.  Blech.  I’m really only ranking him because I don’t want people to ask me if I forgot him.  I didn’t, but you should.  2010 Projections:  65/17/75/.265/10

45. Corey Hart – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here to Snider.  I call this tier, “Back into outfielders that I would draft.”  Hart will be 28 in March and 2009 was a lost season; he battled injuries for almost two months.  His declining HR/FB is cause for some alarm, so he doesn’t come without risk.  But when you’re choosing between Kubel or Wells or Hart, I trust you’ll make the right choice.  2010 Projections:  75/20/80/.260/17

46. Dexter Fowler – I went over my Fowler fantasy already.  2010 Projections:  85/10/55/.285/35

47. Colby Rasmus – I went over him in a Colby Rasmus sleeper post.  2010 Projections:  85/17/65/.265/14

48. Travis Snider – I’m randy on Travis.  As long as the Blue Jays don’t Kemp him all season and move him up the order then he could be in for a huge breakout.  There was also a Travis Snider sleeper post.  2010 Projections:  70/27/85/.265/3

49. Drew Stubbs – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here to Brantley.  I call this tier, “Upside speed picks to make Ron LeFlore proud.”  I’ll like Stubbs more when he definitely has the job in center.  Though, even with the job, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him lose time to other outfielders, especially if Taveras is still there.  Stubbs also has a problem with Ks.  2010 Projections:  80/7/50/.255/35

50. Michael Brantley – It’s the Riverdance guy!  This ranking is really contingent on playing time and the speed he offers.  Don’t expect much else.  2010 Projections: 55/5/65/.275/30

51. Elijah Dukes – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here to The Big FraGu.  I call this tier, “Your back’s against the wall and you really need upside.” Last year was the first time in his career that Dukes didn’t have any trouble with the law.  He also didn’t hit.  Let’s hope in 2010 he catches manslaughter charges and hits 25 homers.  2010 Projections:  75/17/80/.270/15 <– optimistic but whatever

52. Chase Headley - I like him way better at 3rd base.  In fact, I already went over him there at the top 20 3rd basemen for 2010 fantasy baseball post.

53. Chris Coghlan – Looking at Coghlan’s numbers, he looks like a cheap Denard Dawg.  That’s neither a compliment nor an insult.  To put that in overused slang terms, it is what it is.  Coghlan just needs to show more of that speed he showed in the minors.  Would I want Coghlan in my outfield?  Not unless I had a lot of speed and power on my team and felt I needed average and Runs.  2010 Projections:  100/10/55/.310/15

54. Franklin Gutierrez – The Big FraGu probably gets more pub on Razzball than he should because of his most excellent nickname.  His ceiling is what he did last year, but he could do it again.  2010 Projections:  60/15/75/.270/13

55. Carlos Guillen – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here to Mags.  I call this tier, “Old guys with no upside.”  Listen — or read as the case probably is — a lot of these guys will probably outperform some of the guys above, but that doesn’t mean I’d necessarily want them on all teams.  I tend to go for steady performers in the early slots of the draft, then I take fliers later on.  But if you have an outfield of, say, Justin Upton and Adam Jones, I could see taking Carlos Guillen to balance upside with stability.  As for Guillen, he was injury-prone when he was young.  Now he’s 35 years old.  Oy.  2010 Projections:  75/15/70/.285/6

56. Ryan LudwickWait, wasn’t Ludwick in a promising tier last year? Yeah, and now he’s  in an over-the-hill one.  2010 Projections:  60/24/85/.270/3

57. J.D. Drew – He’s actually stayed relatively healthy recently and the numbers have been pretty yawnstipating.  Hopefully, his brother, Stephen, can step it up Michael Voltaggio-style and help Mother Drew choose a favorite.  2010 Projections:  75/20/85/.275

58. Milton Bradley – He has the inverse Elijah Dukes thing going on.  When he’s good, he’s good, when he’s bad, he’s so bad.  (<–That would mean the exact opposite if you were to hear it in an R&B song.)  2010 Projections:  65/16/70/.280/5

59. Mike Cameron – Went over Mike Cameron for fantasy when he was signed by the Sawx.  2010 Projections:  70/20/85/.245/14

60. Magglio Ordonez – You can pretty much tell how stodgy a fantasy baseball site is by where they rank Magglio.  CBS has him 49th.  Barring his insane BABIP year of ’07, he hasn’t really been great since 2002 and now has been below average and down right bad the last two years, respectively.  He’s AARP Mags.  2010 Projections:  75/15/95/.310

50 Responses

  1. Steve says:
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    You’re down on Wells? Imagine how the Jays are feeling about that contract.
    Oh – and writing The (I actually prefer Da) Big FraGu isn’t half as much fun as saying it.

  2. cleaver596 says:
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    what do you think the odds are that I own Dukes for a third straight year? I grabbed him at the end of 2008 thinking “this guy is awesome.” I then drafted him last year thinking “I got Elijiah Dukes in round 21, this is the steal of the draft because this guy will be awesome.” Now in 2010 I will probably grab him while thinking “This guy has a chance at working out, but I will probably drop him for some random catcher that gets hot”

  3. big o says:
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    j.d. drew is my pick from this page .

    i drafted hart , for the 1st time , last year .
    he has to be better than that !!

    a veiled reference to the greatest movie ever made ?
    most excellent .

  4. JoeC says:
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    Dang… I don’t want *any* of these guys (well, except for maybe The Big FraGu).

    Outfield is surprisingly weak this year, it seems.

  5. Quintero says:
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    There’s lots of guys after the top 60 outfielders for 2010 fantasy baseball, but these two stand out:

    Kyle Blanks and Matt LaPorta!

    Master Grey! I can’t hardly wait!

  6. Big Mike says:
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    @Grey, @Quintero … didn’t I read that Laporta was hurt & will miss Opening Day (if he was even going to make the Bigs)?

  7. @Grey Carlos Guillen (or CarGu, as I call him) sucks. Way more than guys like Juan Rivera or Jermaine Dye who you haven’t posted yet.

    I’m just saying, is all.

  8. Tony says:
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    wow does this list suck, no offense grey… i’m not liking what i’m seeing in this tier, a couple decent upside guys… UGLY….

  9. Quintero says:
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    @Big Mike: From Rotowire.
    Matt LaPorta: Expects to Be Ready for Spring Training – 1/12/2010 2:35:53 PM

    Update:
    LaPorta (hip) believes he’ll be able to start spring training activities with the rest of his teammates next month, Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com reports.

    Recommendation:
    “I should be able to start Spring Training with everybody else,” LaPorta said. “I’ll have another checkup with my doctors right before [Spring Training] to make sure I’m 100 percent. I’m on a good pace.” Once he resumes baseball activities, it should be come clearer if he’s actually going to be 100 percent by Opening Day, or if the Indians will have to look to Austin Kearns or Shelley Duncan as a temporary option to fill in for LaPorta during the early weeks of the regular season.

    http://www.rotowire.com/Matt-LaPorta-googid310033-spmlb.htm

  10. Real Tom says:
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    So Grey, you’ve said that you draft a team by filling needs as you go, but do you generally have a plan regarding how many top tier OF you grab before waiting til this tier?

    In other words, by the time you start drafting these guys… who do you already have in your OF? Or on your team for that matter?

    ie: A top tier 1B, three 3rd-5th round caliber OF, 2 SP ?

  11. Tony says:
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    Giambi could sign with the rockies, that could be sick… where would be play? 1B?

  12. Real Tom says:
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    If Ludwick gets drafted as low as everyone ranks him, I see value.

  13. Tarasco'sSecretStash says:
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    @ big o: I’m with you on Glass Drew, he’s a favorite sneak pick of mine in the later middle rounds, and he’s been dy-no-mite the last couple seasons. He’s always undervalued because of his notorious inability to play through tweaks and dings, and he can be annoying own sometimes as a result. But as a late-middle round pick for a 4th OF you get top 20 production for the 400-500 PA’s he’s on the field. He’s put up the quietest back-to-back .900 OPS seasons you’re ever likely to find.

  14. Antrim Warriors says:
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    @Tony: what exactly about Giambi in CO excites you?

  15. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Yeah, absolutely terrible contract.

    @cleaver596: Ha! Sounds like a good chance.

    @big o: You righting last year’s wrongs?

    @JoeC: One or two guys out of the Hart, Fowler, Snider, Stubbs tier will be good this year.

    @Quintero: Ha! Yeah, next post.

    @Fman99: Dye doesn’t even have a team, Rivera’s coming.

    @Tony: See my comment to JoeC.

    @Real Tom: I probably will have a guy from the Rasmus tier.

    re: Ludwick — Yeah, I ended up with him on one mock team.

    @Tony: He already signed. He’s a pinch hitter unless someone gets hurt.

  16. kwak says:
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    No Juan Pierre? With his starting job he seems to have more speed value than someone unproven like Brantley. Definitely more value (imho) than Maggs or CarGu

  17. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @kwak: He was in the top 40. Check the site.

  18. Real Tom says:
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    Grey, which player is on just about every team you draft this year?

    I’m thinking Bruce and Snider, and probably J. Sanchez. For the most part, I’ll stick to your tiers and make sure I fit needs. But I want Bruce on just about every team.

    I’m actually aiming for Quentin too, but he might go too high for my liking.

  19. AdamH says:
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    Do you think Stubbs 8 HR in 42 games last year was a complete aberration or do you think there’s more to the story i.e. he could be finding his power stroke? He has shown some moderate power in the minors at times.

  20. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Real Tom: Stewart might be, but I won’t know until I draft.

    @AdamH: He hit 28 homers in 1588 ABs in the minors. That’s not moderate power. It was an aberration.

  21. Tony says:
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    @Antrim Warriors: I think i get excited when i read about any player going to colorado… there’s just no room for giambi i guess, i was hoping maybe helton was done/out, retiring…. guess not.

    stubbs is grady sizemore according to ESPN, lol

  22. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    maybe if i lay off hart , he’ll have a better chance at a rebound season .

  23. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @big o: Probably.

  24. Regarding Coghlan, I am thinking about taking him as my 5th OF in a slow mock draft this week. And yes, I do need BA and runs. I’d certainly rather have him on my roster thank Wells, Carlos Guillen or Maggs. What a triple bleech those guys have become.
    Also, to beat a dead horse:
    I will be hosting mock drafts every Wednesday evening on Mock Draft Central. Drafts are at 8 PM EST and will run weekly through mid-March. I then analyze the draft and post the results on http://www.fantasygameday.net for everyone to see and comment on. These are not expert drafts, everyone is welcome, although we do have good participation from other fantasy baseball writers. Password is FGD2010 for all drafts. Hope to see you there.

  25. giant JJ says:
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    Grey, if you think the right thing to do is take Hart before Kubel and Wells, why do you rank Hart in a seperate tier below the other two?

  26. Nate Marcum says:
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    @Grey: Here is a mock that I think could look like a team that I would be pretty happy with, I think I would not have Salty as my #2, and since I hate 2c leagues, it probably won’t happen. Thoughts.
    C Chris Iannetta COL R15 P2 Comment
    C Jarrod Saltalamaccia TEX R23 P2 Comment
    1B Joey Votto CIN R3 P2 Comment
    1B Billy Butler KC R6 P11 Comment
    2B Brian Roberts BAL R5 P2 Comment
    SS Hanley Ramirez FLA R1 P2 Comment
    SS Elvis Andrus TEX R12 P11 Comment
    3B Ian Stewart COL R10 P11 Comment
    OF Grady Sizemore CLE R2 P11 Comment
    OF Curtis Granderson NYY R4 P11 Comment
    OF Jay Bruce CIN R9 P2 Comment
    OF Nolan Reimold BAL R16 P11 Comment
    OF Travis Snider TOR R20 P11 Comment
    DH Hideki Matsui ANA R17 P2 Comment
    SP Ricky Nolasco FLA R8 P11 Comment
    SP Jered Weaver ANA R11 P2 Comment
    SP John Danks CHW R13 P2 Comment
    SP J.A. Happ PHI R18 P11 Comment
    SP Jonathan Sanchez SF R19 P2 Comment
    SP Brian Matusz BAL R21 P2 Comment
    RP Jonathan Broxton LA R7 P2 Comment
    RP Huston Street COL R14 P11 Comment
    RP Chad Qualls ARI R22 P11 Comment

  27. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @giant JJ: Hart has more risk. This late in the rankings risk should be embraced, but that doesn’t necessarily make them better than the above. They can be.

  28. aj says:
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    So I guess that Fowler ranking means you think Seth Smith will be on the sidelines again.

    *sigh* What a waste.

  29. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Nate Marcum: The hitting can be absolutely fine there, but you need people to max out their projections to get enough power. If Bruce, Reimold and Snider come up short, your team would be a mess. re: pitching — Not crazy about Happ or Danks but your pitching should be competitive.

  30. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @aj: Yeah, Smith almost made this list, but there’s just no place right now for him.

  31. Tony says:
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    @Nate Marcum: i like the team except your “aces” of your staff are Nolasco and Weaver? Very suspect. Maybe instead of taking Broxton in the 7th you could invest in a Josh Johnson or a better SP.

  32. Jo says:
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    @grey: I’m surprised that Cameron Maybin hasn’t been listed yet… he’s got the talent set and I could see him going all jupton this year. He came out bad last year, but ended it really well.

  33. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Jo: Maybin doesn’t have nearly the same upside Upton ever had, but Maybin will be coming along in the top 80. I still like him as a flier 5th outfielder.

  34. Nate Marcum says:
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    @Tony: I can’t agree with you more. I even hate taking closers that early SAGNOF. I definitely agree with you on Nolasco and Weaver….I do believe Nolasco will be a stud this year, but that is a lot of “thinking” on my behalf, and that is not my strong suit.

    @Grey: I was really hoping that you had high hopes for Happ, any reasons why not?

  35. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Nate Marcum: I’ll go into him in detail, but he was very lucky last year.

  36. Nate Marcum says:
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    @Grey: let me guess w/out looking it up…..Very high S%, FB pitcher in hitters park with little damage last year, opp. had low BABIP which will revert to norm? All are guesses.

  37. Tony says:
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    @Nate Marcum: Yeah I like snagging a closer early here and there just to see what my team looks like with a broxton on it…. and usually it makes me realize why I DONT need to take a closer early. I’d much rather have a SOLID SP in the 7th round than a top tier closer… I like nolasco this year too, especially since he had a rough patch last year, really misconveys the underlying stats.

    Its kinda like Ian Stewart. You love him, you want him on your team, but you also wanna draft arod, wright, longo, zimmerman, youk, etc JUST IN CASE he doesn’t pan out…. kinda one of those you see elite production but you dont want him to be your first option.

  38. Jarrad says:
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    Yeah, OF is looking a lil’ thin this year, but I think all positions – with the exception of maybe 1B – are getting weaker in general. Could this be the beginning of a shift from the popular, long-held fantasy baseball tenet that hitting is more important than pitching?

  39. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Nate Marcum: Off the top of my head, high LOB w/ RISP and low BABIP.

    @Jarrad: If hitting’s weaker than pitching would be stronger, which would mean there’s more solid pitchers, not less.

  40. Tony says:
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    @Jarrad: positions just “appear” weak in the preseason… last year 2B was weak… now its seen as somewhat deep.

    Its only thin until the year is played out.

  41. Steve says:
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    The guys on this list might look ugly now, but chances are that in 5 OF leagues, you’re going to have to learn to love at least one of them.

  42. Jarrad says:
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    @Grey: I definitely agree with your statement. If hitters’ power numbers are going down, that means less run production, which means lower ERA for pitchers, which means…well, you know what I’m saying here.

    @Tony: TI agree. There will definitely be differences in how we perceive positions from now through the end of the season. But, speaking generally, it seems to me that we’re starting to see the consequence of real-world drug testing on our fantasy teams. For as long as I’ve been playing fantasy baseball – and it hasn’t been as long as some here – one of the rules toward the top of the list is draft hitting/keep hitting. I’m thinking that starts to weaken a bit over the next few years…

  43. Jarrad says:
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    “draft hitting high*/keep hitting”, that is…

  44. Eddy says:
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    Grey what do you think of Ben Sheets?

    Rumor is he may end up in Oakland and I think he can do well since he’s only one year removed from his last (pretty damn good) campaign.

    Considering he’s not even being DRAFTED in mock drafts, picking ujp someone with his potential can pay off big time.

  45. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Eddy: He’ll be a last round flier if you wanna go there. I think he can be incredible, but he’s never healthy.

    ****BTW, SHOW SOME LOVE TO THE DODGERS BLOGGER WHO DID THE Q & A IN THE NEWEST POST.****

  46. Nate Marcum says:
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    @Bobandy: Thanks for the info Bobandy, very insightful. Looks like my guess and your ginormous memory bank that you have stored in the stache was spot on.

    This is the reason that I love this site Grey! You have rallied a group of fantasy diehards that love to compare and share fantasy knowledge. Only if I could contribute:(

    Albert Pujols is good….*way to go me*

  47. BEASTDOG says:
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    Told ya man, watch that Kyle Blanks. The NEW Adam Dunn! I GUARANTEE YA!( not a guarantee). BTW, I’m sure you’re aware you appear in an old Dylan song. ” They say I shot a man named Grey, and took his wife to Italy
    She inherited a million bucks
    And when she died, it came to me
    I can’t help it , if I’m lucky”

  48. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BEASTDOG: Yeah, that led to Hootie trying to rob Dylan and had to pay him. I’m more of a fan of “Josie’s on a vacation far away… Come around and talk it over… So many things that I wanna say… You know I like my girls a little bit older…”

  49. Rabbit says:
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    @Grey: Nice Outfield quote–I’ve been waiting for it for three OF posts now (after the Gas Face reference I knew it had to be comin’).

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