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2012 Fantasy Baseball: Outfield Rankings

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Opening Day is next week and Athlon Sports has all the fantasy baseball rankings you need to get ready for the upcoming season.

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Athlon Sports has combined nine fantasy baseball big boards from around the web to compile an updated consensus Top 200 as well as positional breakdowns.

Matt Kemp still leads the way among the outfielder rankings, but Ryan Braun is nipping at his heels. Braun, who was ranked No. 71 overall on the previous Big Board, soared up the Top 200 this time around and now checks in at No. 4.

It's no secret that the reason for the drastic change in his rankings is because his 50-game suspension for violation of MLB's drug policy was overturned in late February. Now that we know Braun, if healthy, will be eligible to play a full season, it's a matter of if the reigning NL MVP can repeat or come close to last season's numbers without Prince Fielder hitting behind him.

Outside of Braun, the only change among the first fifteen outfielders has nothing to do with rankings. Giancarlo Stanton (No. 32 overall, No. 10 OF) is the Marlin  formerly known as Mike Stanton. The 22-year-old slugger announced in late Februray that he wanted to be called by his given first name, rather than Michael/Mike, which he started using in the fifth grade.

Carl Crawford and Corey Hart are the two among the top 30 that saw their stock drop the most as both are dealing with injuries. Hart (No. 104 overall, down from No. 93) had knee surgery in early March, but there's still a chance he could ready by Opening Day or shortly thereafter. That does not appear to be the case for Crawford (was No. 17 OF, now No. 24), whose recovery from offseason wrist surgery has taken longer than initially expected.

Among the top 50 outfielders, Andre Ethier (No. 130, up from No. 150), Martin Prado (No. 140, up from No. 157), Melky Cabrera (No. 143, up from No. 165),Carlos Lee (No. 172, up from No. 200) and Angel Pagan (No. 185, up from No. 213) were the biggest risers.

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Rank Position ranking
OVR
Overall ranking on The Big Board
LR — Last Ranked, where player was ranked on The Big Board that was published on Feb. 20, 2012
NR — Not Ranked, means player did not appear on The Big Board that was published on Feb. 20, 2012

AS – Athlon Sports (updated 3/19/12)
CBS – CBSSportsline.com (as of 3/16/12)
ESPN – (updated 3/13/12)
FOX – FOXSports.com (updated 3/7/12)
MLB – MLB.com (as of 3/15/12)
RC – RotoChamp.com (updated 3/18/12)
RS – RotoSummit.com (updated 2/27/12)
USA — USAToday.com (updated 2/13/12)
Y! – Yahoo! Sports (updated 2/24/12)*

*Yahoo! ranked only 120 players on their list, while Athlon's Big Board contains 200. The aggregated scores of the other eight big boards were used to extrapolate Yahoo!’s rankings to 200 players.

Athlon Sports Fantasy Rankings**: Big Board | C | 1B | 2B | 3B | SS | OF | SP | RP

**Positional rankings will be updated throughout the week

Rank

OVR

LR

Player

Team

Pos

AS

CBS

ESPN

FOX

MLB

RC

RS

USA

Y!

1

3

2

Matt Kemp

LAD

OF

6

4

3

1

1

4

2

1

2

2

4

71

Ryan Braun

MIL

OF

5

5

4

8

5

2

1

2

6

3

5

4

Jose Bautista

TOR

3B/OF

11

2

5

6

3

6

5

5

5

4

8

6

Jacoby Ellsbury

BOS

OF

19

8

8

2

8

9

6

12

12

5

11

10

Justin Upton

ARI

OF

14

18

9

14

7

21

10

11

10

6

12

14

Carlos Gonzalez

COL

OF

12

19

16

18

15

12

11

16

11

7

21

18

Curtis Granderson

NYY

OF

38

15

23

22

13

23

17

20

22

8

26

25

Andrew McCutchen

PIT

OF

40

38

26

20

26

29

28

30

27

9

30

32

Josh Hamilton

TEX

OF

26

46

40

35

36

49

25

27

34

10

32

34

Giancarlo Stanton

MIA

OF

83

68

25

33

25

22

30

25

25

11

37

39

Matt Holliday

STL

OF

42

57

30

36

65

45

33

28

36

12

40

40

Hunter Pence

HOU

OF

45

77

37

66

56

24

29

34

44

13

47

47

Jay Bruce

CIN

OF

63

90

38

62

34

40

55

38

51

14

50

52

Ben Zobrist

TB

2B/OF

93

72

51

41

45

64

43

51

52

15

54

54

Nelson Cruz

TEX

OF

94

76

44

56

37

95

48

37

37

16

61

65

Michael Bourn

HOU

OF

80

74

35

72

87

84

51

42

67

17

63

68

Shin-Soo Choo

CLE

OF

51

75

77

80

85

58

64

49

63

18

64

58

Desmond Jennings

TB

OF

99

85

104

68

50

54

61

50

43

19

65

69

Alex Gordon

KC

OF

82

87

50

81

60

73

66

59

66

20

66

77

Shane Victorino

PHI

OF

102

69

55

65

79

78

58

56

65

21

70

79

Michael Morse

WAS

1B/OF

103

83

71

53

82

42

70

83

62

22

80

84

B.J. Upton

TB

OF

106

99

80

82

73

87

60

64

69

23

83

87

Lance Berkman

STL

1B/OF

105

78

59

77

96

52

77

99

86

24

84

67

Carl Crawford

BOS

OF

79

67

70

29

59

-

71

52

103

25

87

92

Adam Jones

BAL

OF

86

117

78

102

110

63

83

88

89

26

90

90

Howard Kendrick

LAA

1B/2B/OF

85

119

118

79

84

88

91

101

72

27

99

101

Brett Gardner

NYY

OF

110

109

90

105

104

124

89

78

107

28

102

106

Chris Young

ARI

OF

117

88

107

110

116

93

81

98

125

29

103

102

Drew Stubbs

CIN

OF

113

129

112

87

95

136

102

79

92

30

104

93

Corey Hart

MIL

OF

107

89

100

97

176

114

80

96

93

31

105

108

Ichiro Suzuki

SEA

OF

116

84

88

120

121

129

90

106

106

32

106

115

Jayson Werth

WAS

OF

121

140

82

98

94

113

104

100

114

33

112

120

Michael Cuddyer

COL

1B/2B/OF

96

152

92

123

156

139

98

121

70

34

113

114

Jason Heyward

ATL

OF

119

153

109

92

106

182

111

102

85

35

117

104

Nick Markakis

BAL

OF

88

128

145

111

139

48

112

176

130

36

129

130

Cameron Maybin

SD

OF

143

139

143

138

99

160

155

81

140

37

130

150

Andre Ethier

LAD

OF

137

130

140

127

174

100

166

109

120

38

131

132

Carlos Beltran

STL

OF

128

196

115

135

-

111

120

95

105

39

135

125

Emilio Bonifacio

MIA

SS/3B/OF

124

114

213

83

-

109

142

172

119

40

140

157

Martin Prado

ATL

3B/OF

152

122

168

128

150

115

162

157

150

41

141

149

Nick Swisher

NYY

1B/OF

163

170

150

146

115

137

158

114

153

42

143

165

Melky Cabrera

SF

OF

164

141

149

149

151

102

138

173

157

43

148

142

Logan Morrison

MIA

OF

146

-

153

118

-

75

171

133

145

44

149

156

Jeff Francoeur

KC

OF

189

151

180

136

124

133

144

146

164

45

154

154

Torii Hunter

LAA

OF

172

-

146

159

198

94

149

131

154

46

163

NR

Coco Crisp

OAK

OF

-

146

138

167

199

112

153

169

170

47

172

200

Carlos Lee

HOU

1B/OF

161

-

-

147

-

150

183

123

175

48

176

189

Austin Jackson

DET

OF

177

148

-

179

144

-

-

136

182

49

185

213

Angel Pagan

SF

OF

187

167

178

187

154

-

163

193

-

50

186

NR

Delmon Young

DET

OF

155

195

-

162

177

177

169

-

200

51

191

187

Matt Joyce

TB

OF

-

150

-

192

-

164

194

163

199

52

192

175

Carlos Quentin

SD

OF

194

-

-

126

-

-

-

166

183

53

195

NR

Josh Willingham

MIN

OF

-

-

184

-

183

167

190

158

-

54

204

177

Peter Bourjos

LAA

OF

-

194

-

-

155

-

186

167

-

55

207

NR

Lucas Duda

NYM

1B/OF

-

-

-

-

-

173

-

143

190

56

209

155

Mark Trumbo

LAA

1B/OF

-

-

-

155

-

-

177

-

185

57

210

NR

Brandon Belt

SF

1B/OF

-

197

-

190

186

192

-

154

-

58

215

178

Seth Smith

OAK

OF

-

-

-

-

-

128

-

-

195

59

216

219

Colby Rasmus

TOR

OF

175

-

-

-

-

-

-

152

-

60

217

NR

Alex Rios

CHW

OF

-

-

197

-

175

-

172

186

-

61

222

NR

Yoenis Cespedes

OAK

OF

-

-

-

-

-

153

-

-

-

62

223

216

Yonder Alonso

SD

1B/OF

181

-

-

-

-

176

-

-

-

63

227

NR

Jose Tabata

PIT

OF

-

184

-

-

-

178

-

-

-

64

231

NR

Dexter Fowler

COL

OF

-

-

-

177

-

-

-

190

-

65

232

NR

Mike Carp

SEA

1B/OF

-

-

-

-

-

166

-

-

-

66

237

223

Jason Kubel

ARI

OF

169

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

67

240

221

Jason Bay

NYM

OF

173

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

68

249

NR

Brennan Boesch

DET

OF

-

-

-

-

196

-

-

188

-

69

251

212

Mike Trout

LAA

OF

188

-

-

-

-

-

-

200

-

70

254

NR

Bryan LaHair

CHC

OF

-

-

-

189

-

-

-

-

-

71

263

NR

Ben Revere

MIN

OF

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

197

-

72

264

NR

Jon Jay

STL

OF

-

-

-

-

-

197

-

-

-

73

266

167

Alejandro de Aza

CHW

OF

-

-

-

-

-

198

-

-

-

74

267

NR

Jason Kubel

ARI

OF

-

-

199

-

-

-

-

-

-

— By Mark Ross, updated on March 29, 2012

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