The outfield is the lynchpin of a good fantasy team. You need at least two really solid outfielders in
order to be competitive in your league. However, that doesn’t mean you should overpay to get one. In
fact, overpaying for an outfielder is perhaps the worst mistake a fantasy GM can make, because there
are so many available in the player universe that have relatively similar stats.
For example, even if just half of the MLB’s outfielders were worthy of a place in a daily baseball
fantasy league, there would be 45 guys who can make a difference at the OF position. If you play in
a 12-team league, with 3 outfielders each, that’s just 36 slots for 45 of the game’s biggest power
hitters. So while it’s important that you have a few top-tier outfielders, it’s more than possible to make
a relatively affordable OF your second-through-fourth option without sacrificing the stats you need to
Whether you play in a daily fantasy baseball league or you need to head to the waiver wire in your
season-long league, here are a few guys to keep an eye on or pick up as the season winds down.
Brennan Boesch, Detroit. Boesch is pretty much a known quantity at this point, but if you can still grab
the MLB’s best rookie (yeah, I said it, Strasburg nation, Boesch is better!) you need to. It’s a
requirement. Stop reading and do it if you haven’t. Good. What, you need actual reasons for doing so?
OK, fine. I submit to you Boesch’s month of June: 35 hits, 8 homers, 23 RBI, and a .337 average that
he’s currently topping off with a blistering .429 rate in July. The best part about Boesch is that he’s
performing consistently well against both left- and right-handed pitchers. Nine of his 12 longballs on
the year come from righties, but he’s hitting close to .450 against left-handers. This kid is 6’6”, 210
pounds, and destined to be a top-10 fantasy stud. Get on the bandwagon while there’s still room.
• Corey Patterson, Baltimore. Patterson isn’t your typical power hitting OF, but he sure is fast. In just
the past month, Patterson has filched 11 bases and built up a .320 batting average. He really isn’t
reliable at the plate, but if you feel you just need someone to grab some SB’s for your roster, try
picking up either Patterson or Scott Podsednik of the LA Dodgers. Both will provide some speed on
your hypothetical cyber basepaths, without tanking the rest of your team stats.
• Carlos Quentin, Chicago White Sox. On the other side of the OF coin, we have Quentin. He came
into the year with high hopes, but he really struggled to produce for the first two months of the year.
While his average still isn’t quite where owners would like to see it, His power stats have certainly
picked up considerably; he’s hit 10 homers and 27 RBI since the end of May. He’ll never hit for a super
high average, but if you can stomach his season .234 BA (which has actually risen about 30 points in
the past month, believe it or not), I’m sure it won’t take much to pry him out of the hands of some
rather upset fantasy GM’s. Keep in mind, though, that Quentin is usually hotter at the beginning of the
year and doesn’t really heat up in the second half the way many players do.
• Now that you have the names, head over to www.fantasyfactor.com today, the home of the daily
fantasy baseball leagues.