In the 2009 fantasy baseball rankings, we already went over 2009’s top 40 outfielders.  But like Jacques Cousteau once may have said to his underachieving son, “That’s not deep enough.”  There’s more outfielders to draft than there’s members of the Wu-Tang Clan, so we take it to the top 60 outfielders for 2009 fantasy baseball.  If you think there’s no value to be found this deep in the position, ask someone who owned Nate McLouth, Jacoby Ellsbury or Milton Bradley last year.  Anyway, here’s the top 60 outfielders for 2009 fantasy baseball:

41. Jayson Werth – This is the first tier.  This tier goes from here to Juan Pierre.  I call this tier, “Guys I like, but they have caveats.”  As for Werth, will he still be… *pinkie to mouth* Worthwhile?  He should be.  In Citizen’s Bank, Werth should be good for at least 17 HRs and he can chuck in 17 steals, as well.  The one caveat is he might hit .260.  2009 Projections:  95/17/70/.270/17

42. Coco Crisp – Well, hello, Mr. Cereal.  I already went over Coco Crisp for 2009 fantasy.  2009 Projections:  90/12/60/.280/25

43. Xavier Nady – 2008 was a career year.  Nady could go 25/90 in 2009.  He’s not hitting .300 again.  2009 Projections: 80/24/90/.275

44. Conor Jackson – His 2009 projections can be found at the top 20 1st basemen for 2009 post.

45. Fred Lewis – With the bunions behind him (no, “bunions behind him” is not a euphemism for hemorrhoids), he’s ready to be valuable in 2009.  2009 Projections:  95/12/50/.270/25

46. Andre Ethier – In the top 4o outfielders post, someone asked where was Ethier.  I said, “Ethier hit 7 home runs in August and .462 in September, two insane months that don’t look like they’re going to be easily repeated.”  And that’s me quoting me!  2009 Projections: 80/17/75/.290/5

47. Mark DeRosa – DeRosa’s projections are in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2009 post.

48. Justin Upton – He’s very young still, but check this out.  To get you further jazzed, he led the majors with the longest average home run at 417 feet, according to “The Bill James Handbook.”  2009 Projections: 70/20/70/.260/7 but there’s lots of upside from those numbers.

49. Nelson Cruz – Went over him in a fantasy sleeper post.  2009 Projections:  75/25/90/.270/10

50. Adam Jones – Could be a younger, slightly riskier Coco Crisp.  Speaking of Coco Crisp, someone has the munchies!  2009 Projections: 75/15/60/.275/12

51. Shin-Soo Choo – Let’s call him a less stoned, more Korean Adam Jones.   2009 Projections: 70/16/70/.280/11

52. Rick Ankiel – Not sure how the Cards outfield is going to shake out, but at some point, someone’s going to have to make room for Colby Rasmus.  2009 Projections:  70/22/85/.260

53. Denard Span – I not-so-secretly hope Span fails miserably for Gomez’s sake.  Unfortunately (or fortunately if you’re Span kin — I said, spanking — hehe), I think Span’s here to stay, even in the Twins overcrowded outfield.  His batting eye was impeccable last year.  2009 Projections:  90/8/60/.285/20

54. Juan Pierre – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here to Taveras.  I call this tier, “SAGNOF.”  2009 Projections:  Steals

55. Willy Taveras – I have two words for you…. Actually, that was six words to get to the two words so eight words… Well, technically, now I’m up to twenty-one words.  Anyway, Dusty Baker, that was the original two words.  Baker’s going to bat Taveras lead-off and let him run like crazy.  He might just get 80 Steals and 60 Runs.  2009 Projections:  Lotsa steals.

56. Mike Cameron – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here to Kubel.  I call this tier, “The Forgetten Vets.” If Mike Cameron and Adam Dunn were invited to a pinata party, we can guarantee one of two outcomes:  no candy or a whole lotta candy.  2009 Projections:  70/22/75/.245/18

57. Nick Swisher – Swisher’s 2009 projections can be found at the top 20 1st basemen for 2009 post.

58. Hideki Matsui – I almost put Eric Byrnes here, but he’s old and he relied on speed.  Matsui will prolly get 400 ABs this year and produce solid numbers for a deep league.  2009 Projections:  70/18/80/.285

59. Randy Winn – As is the case with this tier, these guys offer little upside.  Winn is the epitome of that.  2009 Projections:  80/12/60/.290/17

60. David DeJesus – You have Kelly Johnson and the dealer is showing David DeJesus.  That’s a push.  2009 Projections:  70/12/75/.290/12

61. Jason Kubel – I just couldn’t resist adding one more name.  Some people may look at Kubel and say yawnstipating, I look at him and I say not that far from Jermaine Dye’s numbers.  2009 Projections:  80/20/80/.280

After the top 60 outfielders for 2009 fantasy baseball, there’s a lot of names, but here’s two that stand out:

Jeff Francoeur – There’s certain guys you can grab late to look for upside-slash-a bounce back year, Frenchy ain’t one of them.  I wouldn’t draft him with your team.  2009 Projections:  65/18/70/.260

Elijah Dukes –  The location is the car.  The scene is Dukes and Milledge carpooling to work.  Did you bring quarters for the toll? I thought you got some when you bought that BK Broiler.  Those are MY quarters! Screech to the side of the road.  2009 Projections:  75/20/70/.265/15 (<–not as optimistic as you might think)

  1. Fman99 says:

    Great list, thanks Grey.

    I especially enjoy the idea of Milledge and Dukes capping each other in a BMW fighting over quarters at the Triborough Bridge or whatnot.

    Any thoughts on David Murphy from Texas?

  2. sean says:

    @grey: this is slightly off-topic, but with the ARod grilling about to come today, I can’t help but wonder what to do if I have the 3-5th pick and ARod is undrafted. Is he that sensitive that he won’t produce this year? Should I let someone else worry whether he will be the best player in the league or whether all the distractions will finally catch up with him? Should I thank the fools ahead of me for letting the media circus convince them that ARod’s questionable moral character will effect the fact that he is a lock for 115/35/120/15/.300? Preach.

  3. Booj says:

    Little known fact: that Elijah Dukes/Lastings Millledge scene was actually first performed as a fight between two hobos over a couple of buttons in a DC slum. It has since rated highly with critics because no one knows what on earth it means.

  4. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Fman99: Murphy wasn’t really as good as he showed last year. So he might do exactly that again over the course of a season, or he might fall into a platoon. The Rangers are a bit like the Rox though, if someone has a job they’re worth a look because their park is so hitter friendly.

    @sean: If anything, Arod wants to prove that he doesn’t need drugs to win an MVP, so he’ll be doing his best this year to show what he can do ‘clean.’

    @Booj: Manohla Dargis of The NY Times hailed it a “breakthrough of talent” and “something only a person of an IQ of 85 could appreciate.”

  5. Turnip

    Turnip says:

    I expect the A-roid press conference to have a giant chart. Drugs he took in the past and is now apologizing for. Drugs he still takes and currently denies taking. Drugs he was accused of taking, but never actually took.

  6. James says:

    Arod has been getting slammed on page 6 throughout his Yankee career and still has put together stellar regular season numbers. I see no reason why this will be anything different.

  7. Tony says:

    All i can say is arod was wrong, now lets see the other 103 people on that list. Is no one else PO’d they out arod and not the other 103? Seriously? Thats Effff’d up. All they did was find the highest paid, highest profile guy on the list and out him. Thats pretty shady. And I dont even like AROD!

  8. James says:

    err – why this season will be different. Ha

  9. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:

    Unlisted: Adam Lind, Travis Snider, Ryan Spilbourgs…

  10. Eric W says:

    @IowaCubs: was going to mention Travis Snider think he has a legit shot at ROY.

  11. Sal Rosenberg says:

    These lists are great. Any idea when the top 300 will be posted?

  12. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:

    @Grey: What about Lind or Spilborgs?

  13. Fman99 says:

    @Eric: I don’t think Snider has any shot at Roy. I think Roy likes women.

    Wait, what?

  14. Josh says:

    i’m not sure if you’re rooting against span so gomez hits leadoff or so he gets enough PT. if it’s about PT, don’t worry because CG’s defense will keep him on the field. span is a twinkie through and through, so they love him and like you said, he’s not going anywhere. they’re on the hook for cuddyer, and delmon’s defense is atrocious, so it seems delmon is the odd man out, but i’m sure he’ll get enough ABs to maintain or maybe increase his trade value. i’ve been monitoring this situation a bit so figured i’d throw in my sense of how it’ll play out.

  15. Grey

    Grey says:

    @IowaCubs: Spilborghs is a great endgame bargain, especially in NL-Only leagues. Could be a very cheap 15/12 guy. Lind has a .378 career OBP in almost 1400 at-bats minor league at-bats and the Jays seem committed to him, he could surprise with 20 to 25 home runs. I like them both. They’ll be in the top 80 OFs post.

  16. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:

    @Grey: My blood pressure just went down 20 points reading that there will be a top 80 list. Ahh!

  17. Nick says:

    Hey Grey & the rest of the gang,

    I’m back for the start of my fantasy season…got the invite to join my league today. So stoked…

    I need a team name, last season it was Citi Field ’09…keep it or anybody got a better name? I’m a diehard Met fan so I’m tryin to stay in that category…

  18. Adam says:

    Do you think there’s any chance Shin-Soo Choo can continue the torrid pace he was on last year? Could he be considered a sleeper?

  19. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Adam: Definitely. In fact, I wrote up a sleeper post for him the other day. Will post it soon.

  20. Pops says:

    @Nick: There’s Always Next Year

  21. Nick says:

    @Pops: And that next year is now! Hopefully, haha

  22. Sabs says:

    Any room for Ben Francisco in the next batch of OFs? Grew pretty fond of the guy over the couple of months he was on my squad last season. Think with FraGu gone he could make some noise this year?

  23. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Sabs: They’re both going to be in the next batch.

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