Outfield has always been a crucial position in fantasy baseball leagues. From the outfield spot you can grab some of the best players in the league. When analyzing just right fielders, there are several big name players who may be selected ahead of projections because many of them are entering their prime, or due to potential. Here’s a look at my top right fielders this fantasy season.
Right fielders just outside of my top five stack up as the following: Alex Rios, CWS, Carlos Beltran, STL, Nelson Cruz, TEX, Ben Zobrist, TAM, Nick Markakis, BAL, Nick Swisher, CLE.
5. Jay Bruce, Cincinnati Reds (.252 BA, 34 HR, 99 RBI, 1.4 WAR)
If the right field class wasn’t so stacked, Bruce would be higher up.The 6-foot-3 lefty oozes potential. He’s hit at least 25 home runs since entering the league in 2010, with 34 last year. He knocked in 99 RBIs last year, and should improve on that. As he enters his prime, Bruce will be a 40 home run candidate, and a sleeper to lead the league in home runs. Be careful though, he’s a .255 career hitter who strikes out a lot and walks very little. Also, his career high in steals is just nine.
In part nine of Couch Side’s series of the best players in the MLB by position, I’ll take a look at the top five right fielders for 2012.
I grew up playing the undesirable position in legion baseball, but I never let position No. 9 ever bother me. It’s one of the most valuable spots on the diamond, which is why managers choose to place their strongest throwing outfielders in the right corner. Despite Ichiro’s raw fielding ability, the Seattle Mariners never really thought bout placing him in center to chase down balls. His cannon was to valuable. It’s a position that may not get a lot of hype, yet we can never question it’s importance.
Here’s five right fielders in Major League Baseball who show us just how vital right field can be to a big-league club.
When will teams start pitching around this guy? It had better be this year or MVP voters may want to give Jo Baut a little more love. Last season, the 31-year-old set a career high in batting average (.301) while smacking 43 home runs and 103 RBI. In 2010, he easily led the league with 54 homers and 124 RBI. To say the least, this guy is now just entering his prime and he’s doing it loudly. Bautista’s power numbers are somewhat unmatched. Not a single player has belted at least 50 home runs during the past two seasons and maybe only a couple have reached the 40-home run plateau last season. I expect nothing but great things in the future from Bautista. And if he ever gets on an actual contender, his numbers should only improve with more protection in the lineup. (more…)
BY WADE MCMILLIN, Couchsideshow.com editor
Well, it’s 2012 and we’re a little behind.
You might have seen a lot of top-10, top-20 or top-50 lists swarming the internet either reviewing the good and the bad of 2011 or ones previewing what’s coming up in 2012. We at Couch Side haven’t made it that far, but my first new years resolution while I was stumbling drunk in a warm, cozy cabin during New Year’s Eve was to make such a list.
Last year was an amazing 12 months of sports. It wasn’t all glamour and good news, but 2011 was an exciting year in sports nonetheless. There was lockouts in the NBA and NFL. The Major League Baseball season literally came down to 162nd game of the season and the Texas Rangers came out on top for the first time in franchise history. Yes, 2011 was full of thrills. But, of course, the year also had its fair share of athletes that didn’t quite live up to their expectations. So without any further holdup, here’s Couch Side’s top-10 list of overhyped athletes for 2011:
Tebow came out of the gates blazing, but the fire didn’t last forever. The second-year quarterback out of the University of Florida started his campaign with a 6-1 record as a starter with a handful of those wins coming in the fourth quarter. His late-game heroics became known as “Tebow Time” and it seemed whether you loved or hated the guy, everyone rooted for him. “Tebow Time” didn’t last forever, though. Since his immaculate start, Tebow’s record as a starter dipped to 1-3. He still “led” the Broncos to the playoffs, but one could blame an incredibly weak division for Denver’s success. Tebow will be taken off this list quick if he can beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Wild Card round of the playoffs. I don’t know if that will happen though, considering that he’s only thrown for 675 yards and a dismal two touchdowns with five interceptions in the final four games of the regular season.
CJ2K was an absolute bust in 2011. There’s no way to argue it the other way. In fact, the only reason the Titans were playoff contenders during the final two weeks was because of Matt Hasselback and the Titan defense. No one can tell me or the average NFL fan that Tennessee was successful because of Johnson. After the third-year pro landed his over-the-top contract, which made him the second-highest paid running back in the NFL, he rushed for barely more than 1,000 yards. That was one year after he ran over opposing defenses for an unbelievable 2,006 yards. Talk about not living up to the hype.