2015 FANTASY BASEBALL: TOP 20 OUTFIELDERS

1. Mike Trout– Clearly, the top player on the board as he had 36 homers and 111 RBI last season while scoring 115 runs. Trout is going to just come on producing and a season with 40 homers is coming as soon as this season.

2. Andrew McCutchen– Right behind Trout is McCutchen with his solid play in recent years. He had 25 homers last year and 83 RBI while batting .314 for the Pirates. Any owner would be happy to get him with the No. 2 overall pick.

3. Giancarlo Stanton– The power from Stanton is out of this world. 37 homers in 145 games to go with 105 RBI. He has a better lineup around him this season as well and could have 120 RBI and 45 homers.

4. Carlos Gomez– Clearly, the best option in the Milwaukee outfield after hitting .284 last season with 23 homers, 34 steals and 34 doubles. He helps in a lot of different categories and won’t escape the first round.

5. Adam Jones– Jones just missed hitting 30 home runs for the third straight year in 2014 while hitting 29. The offense in Baltimore has declined quite a bit but Jones is still someone who fantasy owners will want early in the draft.

6. Jose Bautista– The power has been there for the last five years with Bautista, who hit 35 home runs last season. He will never hit for a high average but he will bring plenty of hits and the elusive home run power.

7. George Springer– This will seem high to many people but Springer is worth going this high. He had 20 home runs in 78 games last season. He is going to hit 40 homers this season for the Astros while having 105-110 RBI.

8. Jacoby Ellsbury– It was a bit of a struggle for Ellsbury last year in his first season with the Yankees but still hit 16 homers and had 39 steals. A great option still as a top outfielder for fantasy owners going into the 2015 season.

9. Michael Brantley– 2014 was a fantasy season for Brantley and the people who owned him. His price will be high going into 2015 but finding a way to hit 20 homers and knocking in 97 runs again may be difficult.

10. Billy Hamilton– If an owner wants speed, Hamilton is their guy. He had 56 steals last season in 79 attempts. There is going to be a season where he steals 100 bases. If he can improve on his .250 batting average, it should be in 2015.

11. Yasiel Puig– The second season for Puig wasn’t nearly as good as his first but he is still improving at 24 years old. The Dodgers outfield has changed some this offseason and Puig is going to need to pick up the offense. 20 homers, 90 RBI will be expected.

12. Ryan Braun– Injuries and suspensions have derailed Braun’s career over the last two years. He hit just 19 homers with 81 RBI last season while hitting .266 overall. If he can play in 130 games, he should hit 20-25 homers with 90-95 RBI.

13. Bryce Harper– It has been a slow but steady decline for Harper with just 13 homers in 100 games last season. If he can get back to his rookie season level, he should make a run at being a top-5 outfielder this coming year.

14. Justin Upton– A move to San Diego will be interesting to watch. He hit 29 homers with 102 RBI for the Braves last year. It is a lot harder to hit home runs at Petco Park. He still has the ability to make fantasy owners very happy though.

15. Carlos Gonzalez– One of the biggest wild cards this season will be Gonzalez. He played in just 70 games last year with 11 homers and a .238 batting average. He could be a steal if he can stay on the field for 140-150 games since his draft stock is lower this year.

16. Hunter Pence– Pence has played in every game over the past two seasons for the Giants and has hit at least 20 homers in each of those years. He is still stealing bases and hitting a solid .280 or so. He is worth taking as a No. 2 outfielder early on.

17. Matt Kemp– Injuries didn’t hurt Kemp last season with 25 homers in 150 games while batting .287 for the Dodgers. He is now in San Diego though which won’t make things easy. However, he is still going to get his 18-23 homers and will hit around .290 for the Padres.

18. Corey Dickerson– It was a breakout year for Dickerson in 2014 with 24 homers while batting .312 for the Rockies. His opportunities should be plenty this season especially with a healthy Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki in the lineup.

19. Yoenis Cespedes– The third team in less than a year for Cespedes arrives with his addition to the Tigers lineup. He had 22 homers last season and has hit at least 20 in all three years of his career. No one will be shocked if he hit 25-30 this year with 100-105 RBI for Detroit.

20. Alex Gordon– The Kansas City left fielder hit 19 homers and knocked in 74 runs last season while having 34 doubles. The Royals are going to need him to pick it back up this season with changes to their roster. 20-24 homers though should be in the cards.

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