2011 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide: Center Field (CF) Breakout Players. Center Field (CF) Breakout Player 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) Breakout Player selections are based on players who have the potential to post a significant increase in offensive statistics during the 2011 season. Center Field (CF) Breakout Players are players to consider drafting a round or two earlier, based on their offensive stat potential likely being greater than what their fantasy baseball draft position is to begin the 2011 season.
Center Field (CF) Breakout Players 2011
Adam Jones – Bal
After a solid season in 2009, Jones entered the 2010 season with high expectations for a breakout year while becoming one of the best hitters in the Orioles lineup. Unfortunately for the Orioles and fantasy baseball teams who gambled on drafting Jones early last season, Jones was just an ordinary hitter in 2010 as he put up a near carbon copy of his 2009 stats. Yet on the upside, Jones is still only 25 years old, and he has plenty of ability to finally breakout in 2011. A 25 homerun and 15 stolen base season is absolutely within reach for Jones in 2011. Often ranked outside of the top 40 outfielders taken in fantasy baseball drafts to begin the 2011 season, Jones could reel in a nice loot for fantasy baseball teams as late-mid round draft pick in 2011.
2010 Major League Stats: 581 AB, 76 R, 19 HR, 69 RBI, 7 SB, .284 AVG
2011 Stat Projections: 90 R, 25 HR, 85 RBI, 15 SB, .290 AVG
Colby Rasmus – StL
While Rasmus clearly progressed as a major league hitter during the 2010 season, there is no denying that he also struggled mightily during the second half of the season after the all-star break. However given his place in a potent run scoring St. Louis offense, Rasmus has all the tools to tally stats in the range of 25-30 homeruns and 15-20 stolen bases. With a ranking often after the top 25 outfielders taken in fantasy baseball drafts to begin the 2011 season, Rasmus could definitely rack up stats worthy of being a top 10 overall outfielder in fantasy baseball leagues by the end of the 2011 season.
2010 Major League 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
Austin Jackson – Det
In terms of rookie expectations, Jackson was every bit as good of a rookie leadoff hitter as any major league team could have hoped for during the 2010 season. Putting up a steady and reliable stat line all season long, Jackson seemingly eluded any major slumps during his rookie season, and if that is any indication for the future, Jackson could easily become one of the best leadoff hitters in the entire league in just a year or two. With a 27 stolen base, 103 runs scored, and .293 batting average season already in the bank from 2010, Jackson could easily take the leap up to the 35 plus stolen base plateau in 2011. With a typical ranking outside of the top 50 outfielders taken in fantasy baseball drafts to begin the 2011 season, Jackson not only offers excellent value, but excellent upside as well for fantasy baseball teams with their mid to late round draft pick.
2010 Major League Stats: 618 AB, 103 R, 4 HR, 41 RBI, 27 SB, .293 AVG
2011 Stat Projections: 110 R, 8 HR, 45 RBI, 35 SB, .295 AVG
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