With more outfielders than random hairs growing from my grandfather’s ear, we take it to the top 60 outfielders for 2011 fantasy baseball.  These guys may seem like they’re not worth the effort, but remember last year Colby Rasmus, Drew Stubbs and Corey Hart were found here.  As with the other 2011 fantasy baseball rankings, where tiers start and stop are mentioned and my projections.  Anyway, here’s the top 60 outfielders for 2011 fantasy baseball:

41. Travis Snider – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Pagan.  I call this tier, “I’m grabbing at least one of these guys as my third or fourth outfielder.”  I’m all in again with Snider.  I’m rolling Snider into my sleeve like a pack of smokes and unclogging his pipes.  Okay, that sounded bad.  Not bad as in good but bad as in bad.  In 82 games, Snider hit 14 homers.  I’m not one to prorate stats unless you just have to double something, so over 164 games (assuming a four way tie for the playoffs and the Jays play two extra games and Snider plays in every single game a’la some Cal Gehrig Jr. shizz), Snider’s going to hit 28 homers!  Pretty sweet, right?  Okay, see that prorating thing doesn’t even work because Snider is young and can be better in 2011 than he was in 2010.  And he can be healthier.  Want more effusiveness?  Try my Snider fantasy for 2011.  2011 Projections: 65/27/80/.270/5

42. Delmon Young – I dropped a triple tissue already on my Delmon Young fantasy for 2011.  There was only three typos in the whole post.  “Grey, you created a work of art!  Sorry, Miles, that means you’re eliminated.”  Young is teetering between a solid upside pick and an overrated pick, which worries me.  He’s not going to put up the numbers that, say, Jay Bruce could.  He’s mooby like Billy Butler and Pablo Sandoval but he shares their power too.  Okay, a tad more, but not much.  Aside, there should be a Razzball glossary term for these fat guys that are missing the big time power.  2011 Projections:  75/24/85/.300/7

43. Carlos Quentin – I should’ve called this tier, “To wit, guys I didn’t learn my lesson with.” “To wit” because it makes me sound smart.  Though saying that it makes me sound smart makes me sound dumb.  The irony!  I’m not calling Quentin a sleeper this year.  I’m not going caca-cuckoo for him this year.  I do like him and I do think his upside really is his 2008 MVP-like season, which is crazy valuable.  His downside is every other season though.  His ability to get injured is almost as uncanny as his resemblance to Jose Canseco.  2011 Projections:  80/27/90/.260/3

44. Adam Jones – Another guy that I wish I could say I’m done with, but old habits die yadda3.  I’m really excited to draft Jones this year.  I might even write a sleeper post about him.  Still think he can make good on some of that promise that he failed to live up to last year.  He’s going to move up the outfielder ranks for next year.  I can feel it in my bones.  Speaking of bones, what happened to the picture of Adam Jones looking stoned?  2o11 Projections:  85/25/95/.295/12 (<–optimistic but whatevs)

45. Nick Markakis – Member when this schmohawk was a top 20 outfielder?  Trick question, he never was.  There was a time when fantasy baseball ‘perts said he was.  At the end of every season though, Markakis left you with blue balls.  Markakis’ homer totals from 2007 are as follows:  23, 20, 18, 12.  If this were a SAT question and you had to guess his 2011 homer total, the answer would be like 6.  The way he’s going, Juan Pierre’s going to outhomer him by 2013.  I like Markakis’ plate discipline and I think he’s young enough to bounce back, but I’m not reaching for him.  He falls to me and I’ll grab him.  2011 Projections:  85/17/80/.305/10

46. Ryan Raburn – Went over Raburn’s projections in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2011 fantasy baseball post and I dropped a Raburn fantasy sleeper on you too.  I love Raburn this year.  And I loved him before Karabelly.  To wit!

47. Andres Torres – On one hand, you want to believe Torres’ 2010 was fluke.  On the other hand, you think he can repeat.  On a third hand that is actually just a foot wearing a mitten, you don’t know what to make of Torres’ last year.  I hear you, loyal Razzball reader.  It’s a pickle, I tell ya.  Here’s my take, Torres has 10+ homer power and 25+ steal speed but he’s also injury prone.  It’s one of the reasons why he’s so old and just now bursting on the scene.  I’d pay for Torres as a fourth outfielder, then pray he stays healthy.  2011 Projections:  75/12/45/.260/25

48. Angel Pagan – It’s appropriate that he falls right next to Torres in the rankings because they’re pretty much the same player.  Took a while in the minors because of injuries, does have some slight power and good speed, and he’s older than most guys who just get on the scene.  I really don’t like one more than the other.  Could’ve put Pagan above Torres.  They ended up this way because Pagan has a bit less power.  I would not draft both on the same team.  Unless I was trying to lose.  Then I would.  2011 Projections:  75/9/45/.280/25

49. Jason Bay – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Ibanez.  I call this tier, “That last tier was fun, wasn’t it?  Yeah, this tier not so much.”  I suppose Jay Bay can bounce back.  But when you suppose, you make a supp out of you and me.  Hmm… That makes no sense.  Fenway inflated Bay’s power.  He’s kinda a 20+ homer hitter in a neutral park.  He picks and chooses his running spots carefully… A little too carefully so he’s not going to put up a huge steal season.  It’s all a’ight, but he’s in Metco, he’s getting old and I think his name value will cost you more than he’s worth.  I’d take two (other outfielders) and pass.  2011 Projections:  70/18/80/.265/10

50. Alfonso Soriano – I’m telling you right now or write now, if homonyms always get you, this tier is not going to be that interesting to read.  I suggest you put on some music and half pay attention to the next few names.  Maybe hire a homeless person to read it for you.  That could be fun.  2011 Projections:  65/22/75/.260/5

51. Michael Cuddyer – See Kubel, Jason.  Or an 1/8th of an inch below.  2011 Projections:  85/20/80/.275/5

52. Jason Kubel – The Twins manage to consistently field a team that is solid in regular baseball terms but underwhelms for fantasy.  Not everyone, of course.  It’s a generalization.  Go with it.  2011 Projections:  75/24/85/.270

53. Chris Coghlan – If he does start at 2nd base, he’ll have nice value there.  In the outfield, Coghlan’s Law says anything else is always better.  2011 Projections:  95/8/60/.300/17

54. Denard Span – See Kubel or a half of an inch above.  For those of you who look at Span and think he’s a cheap underrated option, 6 homers and 24 steals over the course of the season breaks down to one homer and 4 steals per month.  That’s like watching the paint dry in a public restroom.  2011 Projections:  90/6/60/.280/24

55. Raul Ibanez – Maybe I should’ve just titled this tier, “Yawn.”  Or, “Draft these guys and drop them by April 7th when someone much more exciting starts hitting.”  Your call.  2011 Projections:  70/20/85/.270/3

56. Logan Morrison – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until we get to the top 80 outfielders.  I call this tier, “I just had to get out of that last boring tier, so here’s some fun upside guys again.”  It’s time for Morrison to break on through.  See what I did there?  I’m a freakin’ genius!  Though I do tend to spell genius wrong.  Thank you, spellchecker!  Morrison will probably disappoint in 2011.  Oh, he’ll be a good one at some point, but I’m not sure he’s going to be there yet in 2011.  Probably a bit up and down this year.  This high ranking is due to his August and September and his minor league stats.  In those last two months, he hit .297.  A Morrison-type pick usually translates to a guy who has one bad month and people drop him across most 12 team leagues, i.e., this comment, “Grey, Cuddyer’s hot and Morrison’s not doing anything, should I switch them out?  BTW, love the stache.  Rock it, Grey, rock it!”  For Morrison’s upside, I’m placing him here.  2011 Projections:  65/18/80/.290/5

57. Dexter Fowler – “Aw, sookie.”  That’s me getting excited about Fowler again this year.  What do you want me to say?  I’m a sucker for this guy.  If shizz breaks right, he’s basically Tabata.  Okay, maybe that’s not the most exciting way to put it.  How about this?  Give Fowler 600 ABs, he could steal 35+ and hit 10+ homers.  That’s good for a late round flier.  2011 Projections:  75/8/40/.270/20

58. Domonic Brown – (UPDATE:  Don’t draft Brown outside of keeper leagues.)  Here’s my rejected Penthouse letter about my Domonic Brown fantasy.  You’re probably throwing away your draft pick by going with Brown (or Desmond Jennings, who I’ll get to).  Their value will probably be at its highest the day before the season starts.  If you find the guy in your league that loves them some rookie nookie, I’d look to move them.  To do this, pay attention to who in your draft room says something like, “Oh, man!  Great pick.  I was going to grab Jennings (or Brown) with my next pick.”  There’s always one of those doodes.  Or doodettes (for our 3 girl readers). 2011 Projections: 55/12/70/.290/14 30/8/40/.275/10

59. Lorenzo Cain – In most leagues, you’re not going to hold any of the outfielders in this tier for very long so you may as well try for some upside.  If it doesn’t pan out the first couple of weeks of the season, you drop them.  I’d also gamble on any outfielder who is hitting well in Spring Training who isn’t on this list.  They’re flyers, ya’ll.  I briefly warmed up my Lorenzo Cain fantasy already.  I don’t want to yell fire in the theater of Razzball but I’m gunning for Cain as my fifth outfielder in a lot of leagues.  He’ll probably put up the numbers you’re hoping Coco Crisp gives you.  2011 Projections:  70/7/40/.275/30

60. Desmond Jennings – This tier just got foxy!  Wanna get hotter under your collar?  See my Desmond Jennings fantasy.  Unfortunately, the Rays are going conservative (read: cheap!) and supposedly leaving Jennings in the minors.  The Damon and Manny signings don’t help Desmond’s cause.  But he’s my constant!  Situation is obviously fluid until we’re out of Spring Training.  In non-keepers, I wouldn’t draft him if he doesn’t break camp with the team.  In keepers, I’d go after him.  2011 Projections:  55/3/25/.270/20 (if call up is June 1st)

  1. DrEasy says:

    Thanks Grey for the many laugh-out-loud moments! I’m not even going to play fantasy baseball this year (new year’s resolution, don’t ask), but I’ll still be reading your posts every day.

  2. mic says:

    @DrEasy: now thats a horrible New Years resolution.

    @Grey: the A’s have one of the unsexiest teams ever… if they were sexy they would let this man play (Carter)… they let Cust play all those seasons right? he is could be the black version of Cust and hopefully get better with seasoning…

  3. mic says:

    but then again the A’s have a pretty serious log jam at OF and DH with all those sketchy FA signings and trades… and they seem to love Barton at 1B… IDK…

  4. Steve says:

    I’m with Dr E – some of your best stuff here, Grey. And some real useful OFs between 40 and 60.

    Big guy, non-comensurate power – is he a Fatboy Slim?

    “We’ve come a long long way together
    Through the hard times and the good… “

  5. d2bnz says:

    Let me be the first:
    Fat Guy missing big time power= upsized anorexic bat

  6. Al Swedgin says:

    Grey, I might be blind or just dumb, but I don’t think Cuddyer is actually in your Top 20 1B rankings.

    Now, if it’s just an elaborate ruse so you don’t have to try and write anything interesting about the yawnstipating Cuddy, then I’m sorry if I’ve blown that for you here.

  7. Al Swedgin says:

    Also, +1 to “Fatboy Slim.” For what it’s worth, I also like: “Chunky Soup.”

  8. Giant JJ says:

    Mic: “…could be the black version of Cust…” no big deal but that’s an odd thing to say. What kind of impact will the blackness of the black version of a white player have on their similarities as players? You don’t have to answer that.

  9. Howard says:

    @Steve I like ‘Fatboy Slim’. Good one! or maybe Light-heavyweight?

  10. RonWashington'sStache says:

    The ads that automatically play with volume must be stopped.

  11. Ned Shakeshaft says:

    Shooting Kyle Blanks?

  12. The Giant Brain says:

    These tower ads that have audio are killing me, and this place looks like the outfield wall in Major League! Do you have some evil woman owner forcing you to do this!?!

  13. BKK says:

    Grey, re: Morrison, I think those two 2010’s in the
    blurb should be 2011’s.

  14. rgp says:

    love the lost reference on desmond. thanks!

  15. Swagger Jackers says:

    @Grey: I’m avoiding most of the guys in the tier with Ibanez and Soriano. Forget those bums!

    I’d also rather take Morrison over Coghlan but they seem pretty similar. Who’s leading off?

  16. polczek5 says:

    Grey, why do you keep giving away your afternoon post? Personally, I prefer the suspense…

    Awesome job, as usual, by the way.

  17. Wilsonian says:

    So I’m almost up in my 16 Team H2H draft, and I’m looking at taking an SP here or maybe not, I’m really up in the air. Here’s my roster so far:

    Wright, Hamilton, Heyward, Dunn, Andrus, Lester

    These are the guys I’m looking at:

    Marcum, Sanchez, Morrow, Romero, Beckett, OR

    Tabata, Dom Brown, Figgy, McGehee, Grady, Lind, Kendrick, Zobrist

    With my team so far, what do you think? Assuming Marcum is still there at my pick, he’s the most likely choice, but just wondering your opinion. Thanks man.

  18. Big Jgke says:

    Re fatties with no power.

    Biggie Smalls?

  19. RandomItalicizedVoice says:

    MDC is super glitchy. Just keep trying.

  20. Rabbit says:

    Biggie Smalls is pretty good, but Fatboy Slim is pure genius as the term for tubby guys who are short on power. Pithy and aptly descriptive.

  21. RandomItalicizedVoice says:

    Also, don’t bother opening that draft up to the public until maybe the day of. Even if you wait until an hour before, it will be full when it starts.

  22. sean says:

    These rollover ads are bullshit. I’d rather pay than have them be there.

  23. carlos marmLOL says:

    ditch that one ad network with the auto-start audio ads. please.

  24. royce! says:

    Your efforts to poison my brain have failed! I don’t even know what an emu looks like! Closest thing I can think of is an “emo,” so I’ll just picture that…Dammit! That’s worse!

  25. KDR says:

    OF Keepers vs. SP keepers question…
    Mixed, 5×5 – can only keep 3 – with one being kept at orignal price (first one listed) and the other two being kept at inflated second price (convulted for no reason but what are ya goin do?)

    King Felix $25 / $32
    JUpton $13 / $21
    Heyward $3 / $12
    CarGo $8 / $17
    Kershaw $17 / $25

    I thought King Felix at $25 is a no-brainer but over the weekend I indulged in plenty of “medicine” (I live in Colorado, you do the math) and wondered if keeping all 3 of my OF (for a combined total of $41) might be a better play than rolling the dice on another outstanding season from King Felix (he’s given me 2 monster years for a combined $41)…

    Any help would be much appreciated…

    Thanks a pantload.

  26. carlos marmLOL says:

    @Eddy: you all got to eat so we won’t belabor the point. it’s at the bottom right downscreen. they usually are mouseover audio (which is fine) but today it was auto-start for a number of us. i guess it’s really not that hard to turn off the speaker, just letting you know.

  27. mic says:

    i’ve never had any issues with ads… maybe you guys needs to get a mac…

  28. TJ says:

    No issues with the ads here either. Mozilla and the Ad-block add-on make browsing nice and easy.

  29. Tony says:

    Whats the big news at razzball today? snider? markakis? desmond jennings!? NOPE…. the pop up ads!


  30. if grey’d just said cuddyer not being in the 1B top 20 was the joke i would have bought it.

    also, morrison had 5 triples in september, not homers. he had 2 homers all year.

    torres is another hitting coach guy. i could give you all my opinion about him but maybe i shouldn’t.

  31. sean says:

    @Grey: Reyes a sleeper? Looking at the MDC ADP (Holliday, Reyes, Choo, F-Her, VMart, Youk, McCann, Pedey, Ichiro, Cruz, Phillips, Adverb, Ethier, and J-Upside), Reyes looks like one of two hitters that could return first-round numbers in the third round. I’m a little more risk adverse to Reyes given the amount of speed that is available all over the place, but if I’m solid on the corners after two and he’s available in the third, why not pull the trigger?

  32. Panti Jose says:

    If Tex, Howard, Hamilton, and Zimmerman are there at the bookend of a 15-teamer, are one of the 1Bs and Zimmerman the call?

    Is 3B really that crappy that you have to take him at 16 if you have this pick (and Longo/Wright/A-rod are gone)?

    I want to drop down draft slots in some leagues this year, but this is effing with my head.

  33. Grey

    Grey says:


  34. John says:

    So you don’t think Logan Morrison wont put it together this season. 10-4 on that. Will Gaby Sanchez?

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