2011 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide: Center Field (CF) Best Value Picks. Center Field (CF) Best Value Picks selections are based on a standard scoring system in mixed AL/NL fantasy baseball leagues for the 2011 season. Scoring system stats include: runs scored, homeruns, rbi, stolen bases, and batting average – (R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG). AB = at bats during the 2010 season.
Center Field (CF) Best Value Picks selections are based on players who offer the best value at their likely draft positions in 2011 fantasy baseball drafts. These best value players typically include players who have a history of successful seasons in the MLB, and because of their history are somewhat safer and more reliable draft picks for fantasy baseball teams entering the 2011 season.
Top 3 – Center Field (CF) Best Value Picks 2011
Drew Stubbs – Cin
Entering the 2011 season, it seems that Stubbs is nearly invisible in the eyes of numerous fantasy baseball mangers. Stubbs racks up 22 homeruns, 30 stolen bases, 91 runs scored and 77 rbi as a rookie in 2010, and he is being ranked and drafted on average (or in some cases even well after) the #20 spot among all fantasy baseball outfielders to begin the 2011 season. Even worse is the fact that some fantasy baseball managers consider Stubbs a sleeper entering the 2011 season! Are you serious? The guy hits 22 homeruns and steals 30 bases and you think he is a sleeper who no one knows about!?!? I honestly have no problem ranking Stubbs between the #10-15 spots among all fantasy baseball outfielders entering the 2011 season. If you are lucky enough to be in a seemingly backwards league where Stubbs is still available after 20 other outfielders have been drafted, then you can consider yourself one lucky fantasy baseball team.
2010 Stats: 514 AB, 91 R, 22 HR, 77 RBI, 30 SB, .255 AVG
2011 Stat Projections: 100 R, 20 HR, 80 RBI, 40 SB, .270 AVG
BJ Upton – TB
A once sky high rated name in fantasy baseball leagues a couple of years ago, Upton has slowly lost the hype while oddly enough improving his stats. Still just 26 years old for the 2011 season, Upton significantly increased his homerun hitting ability in 2010 while still maintaining his stolen base total. Finishing the 2010 season with 18 homeruns, 42 stolen bases, 89 runs scored and 62 rbi, Upton’s only major downfall is his batting average which rolled in at just .237. However an increase to just a .250 batting average is well within Upton’s reach for the 2011, and considering Upton is often drafted after fellow outfielders Chris Young, Jacoby Ellsbury and Shane Victorino in numerous fantasy baseball leagues to begin the 2011 season, I would gladly pass on those three OFs and take Upton a few picks later and get the same type of stat value with definite upside to boot.
2010 Stats: 536 AB, 89 R, 18 HR, 62 RBI, 42 SB, .237 AVG
2011 Stat Projections: 85 R, 20 HR, 80 RBI, 40 SB, .265 AVG
Colby Rasmus – StL
The whole bickering with manager Tony LaRusa likely affected Rasmus’ production during the 2010 season, and yet Rasmus still tallied a very respectable 23 homeruns, 12 stolen bases, 85 runs scored, 66 rbi, and .276 batting average while taking swings at every spot in the Cardinals batting order last season. With an average ranking between the #25-40 spots among all fantasy baseball outfielders entering the 2011 season, Rasmus who tallied an outstanding 16 homeruns, 9 stolen bases, 51 runs scored, 42 rbi and .284 batting average before the all-star break (and before the bickering with LaRusa started) last season, could and should rekindle that type of stat production in 2011. Over the course of a full season, Rasmus could be looking at a 25-30 homerun, 15-20 stolen base, 90-100 runs scored, 70-90 rbi, and .280 plus batting average season in 2011. Now that is what you would call overall roto stats in any fantasy baseball league, not to mention this can easily be had for just a mid round OF draft pick in nearly all fantasy baseball leagues to begin the 2011 season.
2010 Stats: 464 AB, 85 R, 23 HR, 66 RBI, 12 SB, .276 AVG
2011 Stat Projections: 90 R, 25 HR, 80 RBI, 15 SB, .280 AVG
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