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You want to know where to draft the top twenty catchers – here. While you’re at it, here’s the top twenty 1st basemen, 2nd basemen, 3rd basemen and shortstops. Also, our Player Rater for 2007 is here to give you some prospective. But, really, the position that has you here is the top twenty outfielders for 2008. Without further ado:

1. Matt Holliday – See our top ten overall where Holliday ranked fourth.

2. Grady Sizemore
– See our top twenty overall where Sizemore ranked 13th.

3. Carl Crawford – See our top twenty overall where Crawford ranked 14th.

4. Alfonso Soriano – He’s 16th overall, see his projections here.

5. Carlos Lee – 17th overall, see his projections here.

6. Alexis Rios – I went out on a limb and placed him 18th overall, see why here.

7. Vladimir Guerrero – 19th overall, see why here.

8. Nick Markakis – I obviously love Markakis as I admitted here. Miguel Tejada left the Greek God of Roto, so what now? Well, he didn’t have him for thirty games last year and actually hit better during that time. Projections: 100/27/115/.300/20 with the skill set to go above and beyond these numbers.

9. Carlos Beltran – I don’t know how he’s been able to make everyone look the other way, but Beltran is a .270 hitter with 25/20 skills. Good, but he’s not a top twenty overall player where he usually gets drafted. Maybe it’s his resemblance to Ricky from My So Called Life. Projections: 100/27/110/.270/18

10. B.J. Upton – See the top twenty 2nd basemen for his projections.

11. Ichiro Suzuki – The new manager of the Mariners, John McLaren, challenged Ichiro to hit .400, steal 80 bases and a staring contest. Ok, I made up the staring contest. I’ve never had Ichiro on a team. I stay away from guys whose number one benefit is a high average. More than likely, you only need a .280 average for your team to finish in the top three in your league. What, are you gonna turn your average points up to an eleven? But there is a place for Ichiro on a fantasy team, if coupled with Adam Dunn, Troy Glaus and Chris B. Young. Projections: 110/10/65/.330/45

12. Lance Berkman – See the top twenty 1st basemen for his projections.

13. Bobby Abreu – I rode Abreu’s second half last year to a title in one of my more important leagues, so maybe I’m prejudice. Then again, I rode Braun, Peavy and a host of others. Anyway, Abreu’s in a good lineup for runs and RBIs and won’t kill you in home runs and average while chipping in decent steals. I’m a believer. Projections: 120/15/110/.310/20

14. Curtis Granderson – In the same post about why I like Markakis, I broke down why I didn’t like Granderson. He’s too much of a free swinger for my taste, so I won’t have him on my teams, unless he falls way down from where I’ve been seeing him get drafted. Projections: 115/27/85/.280/25

15. Adam Dunn
– Go ahead and guess Dunn’s age? Wrong, he’s only 28 for the ’08 season. It’s the 320 lbs. that confuses people. I’ll probably get reamed for putting Dunn this high, but follow along, he’s got a great eye and he’s hitting 40 homers and getting 100 runs and RBIs without question and he chips in some steals. Also, as players get older, their averages tend to get better. Projections: 100/45/110/.265/7

16. Eric Byrnes – Let me start by saying, I’m not drafting Byrnes this year. He’ll be overvalued/rated. But if the hype gets high enough on him, maybe the tide will shift and he’ll be underrated by draft time. (I’m seeing this begin with Braun in the reverse direction. Everyone started very high on Braun for ’08, and now people have begun to get cold on him.) I think Byrnes can get you decent numbers, just don’t draft him thinking you’re getting more than last year. You will get less. Projections: 90/20/75/.270/20

17. Torii Hunter – Torii landed on a good team for running and a crappy team for offense. (Celebrity Deathmatch: Billy Beane (the straight one) vs. Mike Scioscia) The word on the streets of The OC is Torii is going to be protecting Vlad. Well, who’s going to be protecting Double I? The Rally Monkey? Either way, I think Torii’s good for 20/20, act accordingly. Projections: 85/25/100/.275/20

18. Magglio Ordonez – Saw something the other day about Mags. It said he won his 1st batting title in ’07. Thought it was weird it said “1st” as if he’s going to win a second. He’s not a bad hitter; he’s just not going to hit .363 again. Since so much of his value last year was tied to his high average, be very careful drafting him. Projections: 100/30/110/.300

19. Corey Hart – He ran like a demonfish in the first half (mostly against righties) and kept consistent power and average throughout. As much as I feel weird saying it, I think Mr. Hart is here to stay. His OBP against righties is kinda icky, but you know who else is like that, Double I. That’s right, Corey Hart is the white man Torii Hunter. Projections: 95/22/75/.280/25

20. Brad Hawpe/Ryan Spilborghs – With only twenty outfielders listed (will do a second half to the outfielders at a later date), I wanted to reach a bit for number 20. Hawpe will be sensational this year and not hit lefties. He sported a .418 OBP last year against righties. Grab Spilborghs for next to nothing and platoon them yourself, cause Spilborghs had a .426 OBP against lefties. Hawpe/Spilborghs combo projections: 105/35/110/.300/5

After the top twenty, many obviously, but one name to absolutely avoid:

Jason Bay – I broke down various reasons to avoid him here. You may feel like he’s a bargain coming off a bad year, but he’s doesn’t run anymore, his lineup protection is from hunger and he compares to Bobby Higginson. Do I have to say more? Projections: crap/crap/and more crap.

But let’s end on a positive note. Someone I’m absolutely giddy about:

Shane Victorino – Last month I wrote about Victorino here. He’s Eric Byrnes seven rounds later. You’re welcome. Projections: 115/15/60/.280/40

Tomorrow, the top twenty starting pitchers to draft.

  1. Emmett Jones says:
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    As someone who is from Pittsburgh, you couldn’t be more right about Bay. He’d would honestly have to be the last pick before I would take him.

  2. Who We Are says:
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    Perhaps, senior contributor Rudy Gamble will chime in with how much he hates Bay. Rudy?

  3. rudygamble says:
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    Michael Bay was responsible for Armageddon.

    Jason Bay was responsible for Armageddon on my team last year.

    Ridiculous that he was drafted in the same round as Holliday last year….

  4. Jay a.k.a. 'Dat' says:
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    Man, I don’t know if I agree with a bunch of these ones. But then again, we still have a couple months before starting up the fantasy season anyways.

    Jay
    DatMoney.com
    DatCurious.com

  5. Herb Urban says:
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    Does Lastings Milledge have a shot at cracking the top 20 this year? Getting a fresh start and a starting job on a bad team where he should run more, could he post something along the lines of .285/20/85 with 20+ swipes?

  6. Who We Are says:
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    I love Lastings choice in music, but I don’t see him any higher than 30th OF off the board. Acta doesn’t like to steal and Milledge hasn’t stolen above 20 since A-ball. Also, .285 doesn’t seem too likely. Say more like 70/.275/17/80/7, guess there’s upside here, but I’d keep expectations in line.

  7. JC says:
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    So i have Holliday, Markakis and Granderson. I’m gonna kick butt right?

  8. Who We Are says:
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    Well, you’re gonna need a few more people obviously, but it’s a great start. Though I do advise caution with Granderson.

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  11. alex says:
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    Wondering about Pence and Manny … I saw an archived post which you state to avoid Manny, but nothing found about Pence. Most have him at the same level as Hart, thus #19 on your list … his average auction value seems too high at #11.

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    Grey says:
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    Manny would probably be #21. I could see Pence at the same level as Hart but I don’t like his surrounding offense as much. Hart and Pence (as the case with most second year hitters) are going too high for my taste. As you see, I’m very down on Braun, as well. Pence would be right there with Manny. Will be doing a 21-40 post shortly. Stay tuned.

  13. alex says:
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    thanks for the quick response … awesome work/blog and in my rss subscription … love it!!

  14. Mike says:
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    Just drafted, Id appreciate your thought on my team.

    11 Team League

    Starters
    C-M.Napoli
    1B-R.Howard SP1-Roy Oswalt
    2B-Ian Kinsler SP2-Chris Young
    3B-Edwin Encarnacion SP3-Javier Vazquez
    SS-Miguel Tejada SP4-Rich Hill
    OF-Carl Crawford SP5-Adam Wainwright
    OF-ALex Rios RP1-Rafael Soriano
    OF-Lance Berkman RP2-Eric Gagne
    Util1-NickMarkakis
    Util2-Travis Hafner

    Bench
    Rickie Weeks,Khalil Greene,Jeremy Hermida

  15. Mike says:
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    Just drafted, Id appreciate your thought on my team.

    11 Team League

    Starters
    C-M.Napoli
    1B-R.Howard SP1-Roy Oswalt
    2B-Ian Kinsler SP2-Chris Young
    3B-Edwin Encarnacion SP3-Javier Vazquez
    SS-Miguel Tejada SP4-Rich Hill
    OF-Carl Crawford SP5-Adam Wainwright
    OF-ALex Rios RP1-Rafael Soriano
    OF-Lance Berkman RP2-Eric Gagne
    Util1-NickMarkakis
    Util2-Travis Hafner

    Bench
    Rickie Weeks, Khalil Greene, Jeremy Hermida
    George Sherill, Dustin McGowan, Zack Greinke, Brandon Lyon

    Thanks

  16. Mike says:
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    rotisserie

  17. Hey Mike -
    Not sure what format you’re playing but your team looks stacked. I’m not sure how you managed to get Howard, Crawford, Rios, Berkman, Markakis, and Hafner in the first 6 rounds but it’s quite the bounty. The first four were off the board by my 3rd round pick in my expert league draft and the other two weren’t there by my 5th round pick.

    And then you still end up with Kinsler and some decent starters?

    I’d say your league mates need this site more than you…

    Rudy

  18. Mike says:
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    Im in a 5×5 format…. i had the 10th pick. I tried not to worry about position needs on my team until after round 6-7 and i think taking the best player available was the way to go in a 2Util league. Im still a little worried about Encarnacion but i figure he cant kill me. Thanks for taking the time….best fantasy baseball site around in my opinion. Thanks again

  19. No problem, Mike. We appreciate the compliment and visiting/posting on the site.

    If you ever want to repay me, let me into that league of yours if it’s a cash league and we can chop the pot at the end of the season…

  20. Mike says:
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    ha def… LETS GO YANKEES!!

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  22. mike says:
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    Ok, so i got offered Grady Sizemore and Johnny Cueto for Hafner,Weeks,Oswalt,Gagne and Brandon Lyon……..I kno im giving up a good amount but my only offensive starter in the trade is Hafner and Oswalt isnt what he used to be, also my 2nd,3rd,4th,5th,6th and 7th starters(POSTED MY TEAM ABOVE) i feel are good enough to keep me in the pitching categories. As for Gagne and Lyon, who needs them neway? With Sizemore in my lineup i think my offense will be unstoppable…..any thoughts?

  23. Hey Mike -
    I’m going to have to vote no on this trade. I think Gagne still has some value while Lyon seems like a lost cause. But those aside, this is a three for two. Sizemore is more valuable than Hafner (espec. if Hafner doesn’t have 1B elig.). But Oswalt is more valuable than Johnny Cueto – enough that I don’t think i’d make that trade 2 for 2. Throw in Weeks and the small value from the closers, and I’d say it’s too much.

    If you really liked Grady and Cueto, I’d re-propose the trade without Weeks. Still don’t love it but much closer to even…

    Rudy

  24. mike says:
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    I never though id say this but Zack Greinke is single handidly saving my pitching staff until this point. What a steal this kid might be…(crossing fingers)

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