Friday, October 3, 2008

Keeper League: Best Picks (OF)

Outfielders

  1. Grady Sizemore (keeper) - #7
  2. Nick Markakis (keeper) - #13
  3. Vladimir Guerrero (keeper) - #20
  4. Ryan Braun (keeper) - #8
  5. Carlos Beltran (keeper) - #5
  6. Eric Byrnes (keeper) - #150+
  7. Magglio Ordonez (keeper) - #23
  8. Bobby Abreu (keeper) - #11
  9. Carl Crawford (keeper) - #63
  10. Hunter Pence (keeper) - #39
  11. Matt Holliday (keeper) - #3
  12. Juan Pierre (keeper) - #82
  13. B.J. Upton (keeper) - #31
  14. Chris B. Young (keeper) - #43
  15. Chone Figgins (keeper) - #74
  16. Adam Dunn (keeper) - #36
  17. Lance Berkman (keeper) - #2
  18. Alfonso Soriano (keeper) - #28
  19. Manny Ramirez (keeper) - #1
  20. Curtis Granderson (keeper) - #26
  21. Carlos Lee (keeper) - #27
  22. Torii Hunter (keeper) - #33
  23. Corey Hart (keeper) - #34
  24. Brad Hawpe (keeper) - #40
  25. Ichiro Suzuki (keeper) - #17
  26. Hideki Matsui (keeper) - #102
  27. Alex Rios (keeper) - #18
  28. Delmon Young, Riders of Rohan - #42
  29. Gary Sheffield, Howard’s Heroes - #97
  30. Jason Bay, Stewies SexyParties - #9
  31. Matt Kemp, Riders of Rohan - #15
  32. Nick Swisher, DamKnights - #70
  33. Vernon Wells, Dunedain Rangers - #46
  34. Jeff Francoeur, Vandelay Industries - #98
  35. Shane Victorino, Those Guys - #19
  36. Jacoby Ellsbury, Howard’s Heroes - #22
  37. Josh Hamilton, Cleveland Enforcers - #4
  38. Jermaine Dye, Cleveland Enforcers - #14
  39. Kosuke Fukudome, Dunedain Rangers - #71
  40. Michael Bourn, Riders of Rohan - #96
  41. Andruw Jones, Cleveland Enforcers - #150+
  42. Jeremy Hermida, DamKnights - #73
  43. Willy Taveras, Stewies SexyParties - #58
  44. Joey Votto, Mercer AutoWreckers - #35
  45. Johnny Damon, Akron Pronks - #16
  46. Michael Cuddyer, Mercer AutoWreckers - #143
  47. Pat Burrell, Mercer AutoWreckers - #48
  48. Rocco Baldelli, Dunedain Rangers - #150+
  49. Billy Butler, Cleveland Enforcers - #99
  50. Adam Jones, Mercer AutoWreckers - #81
  51. Rick Ankiel, Vandelay Industries - #62
  52. Ken Griffy Jr., Cleveland Enforcers - #79
  53. Justin Upton, Feisty Mosquitos - #106
  54. Josh Fields, Akron Pronks - #150+
  55. Melky Cabrera, Dunedain Rangers - #126
  56. Aaron Rowand, Howard’s Heroes - #80
  57. Felix Pie, Dunedain Rangers - #150+
  58. Colby Rasmus, Those Guys - #150+
  59. Jay Bruce, The Usual Suspects - #76
  60. Conor Jackson, DamKnights - #37
  61. Cameron Maybin, Stewies SexyParties - #150+
  62. Chase Headley, Vandelay Industries - #123
  63. Raul Ibanez, Those Guys - #21
  64. Carlos Gomez, DamKnights - #53
  65. Jose Guillen, Feisty Mosquitos - #56
  66. Ryan Spilborghs, Vandelay Industries - #105
  67. Willy Mo Pena, Dunedain Rangers - #150+
  68. Luke Scott, Howard’s Heroes - #69
  69. Bill Hall, Akron Pronks - #109
Analysis

You may have noticed that some guys are listed as "150+" above. The reality is that there are a lot of damn outfielders, and I wasn't interested in figuring out whether a guy was 164 or 177. Anything past 150 is bad, so we'll just leave it at a general "bad" status.

There was a ton of turnover at the top of the outfielder standings. Ryan Ludwick was undrafted in all but the deepest of leagues and finished as the #6 overall outfielder. Nate McLouth and Carlos Quentin also were not selected and placed in the top 12, and Quentin would be a reasonable selection for the AL MVP (see discussions here and here). Even more surprising (and frustrating for their owners) is that of the 27 kept OFs, 12 finished outside the top 30. That means that between this year and last year, there will be some big changes in who gets kept.

Cleveland's Josh Hamilton selection is the obvious best pick here (finishing 4th overall as the 30th OF off the board), but there were a few other nice surprises. Akron's Johnny Damon was drafted #45, finished #16. Stewie's Jason Bay: drafted 30th, finished 9th. And another Enforcer, Jermaine Dye: drafted #38, finished 14th.

Worst pick is a tough distinction here, but Eric Byrnes and Hideki Matsui are keepers that finished outside the top 100 in the final rankings. Those two guys didn't help their fantasy teams one bit. Andruw Jones seemed like solid value at #41, but he was among the worst hitters in baseball this season. And Luke Scott, the 68th OF off the board, only managed to be the 69th ranked OF. Yes, that was a joke.

Seriously though, Michael Cuddyer lost nearly 100 spots between his draft position and his final ranking. There's your joke.

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