2011 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide: Left Field (LF) Best Value Picks. Left Field (LF) 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.
Left Field (LF) 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 – Left Field (LF) Best Value Picks 2011
Jason Bay – NYM
Yes we all expected a reduction in stats from Bay during the 2010 season as compared to his 2009 season.
However what we didn’t expect were nagging injuries to accompany Bay as well during the 2010 season, not to mention a near terrible Mets offensive and run producing lineup as well. Currently ranked between the #35-50 spots among all fantasy baseball outfielders entering the 2011 season, Bay is a former 3rd round pick in several 2010 fantasy drafts, who can now be drafted with a mid to late round pick entering the 2011 season. While a return to his previous 36 homerun and 119 rbi season in 2009 is unlikely for Bay in 2011, a return to the 20 plus homerun and 80 plus rbi plateau can absolutely be expected. Overall, Bay is a great value pick who is a proven power hitter and run producer that can be drafted as an OF3 in numerous fantasy baseball leagues to begin the 2011 season.
2010 Stats: 348 AB, 48 R, 6 HR, 47 RBI, 10 SB, .259 AVG
2011 Stat Projections: 85 R, 27 HR, 95 RBI, 10 SB, .275 AVG
Brett Gardner – NYY
Maybe it is the fact that Gardner doesn’t offer a great deal of stats across the board, but as an OF3 on fantasy baseball teams who can often be drafted between the #35-50 pick, there is absolutely great value to be found in Gardner entering the 2011 season. 50 stolen bases and 100 runs scored is definitely within Gardner’s potential, and his batting average and rbi numbers won’t kill your fantasy baseball team either. And even more important is the upside with Gardner, considering the fact that if he would ever move to the leadoff spot in the Yankees lineup permanently during the 2011 season, then something in the range of 120 runs scored and a .300 batting average to go along with those 50 stolen bases could be in store. Not a bad haul in for an OF3 on any fantasy baseball team.
2010 Stats: 477 AB, 97 R, 5 HR, 47 RBI, 47 SB, .277 AVG
2011 Stat Projections: 105 R, 5 HR, 45 RBI, 50 SB, .280 AVG
Tyler Colvin – ChC
As a rookie last season, Colvin did just about everything and even much more than what the Cubs expected from him entering the 2010 season. Breaking out with a 20 homerun season at just age 24, while only receiving part-time playing time, Colvin who can play all three outfield positions as well as first base, is one injury away from becoming an everyday starter in the Cubs lineup. Yet even if that permanent starting spot does not happen, Colvin could easily increase his at bats to around 450 during the 2011 season, a full 100 more at bats than what he tallied in 2010, as a near everyday starting utilityman. Currently drafted in only 20% of standard 12 team fantasy baseball leagues to begin the 2011 season, Colvin is a legitimate 20 homerun player with upside. If would not be impossible to think that Colvin could tally 20-25 homeruns and 10-15 stolen bases during the 2011 season. As a player who numerous fantasy baseball teams can draft with their last pick, Colvin offers excellent value with plenty of upside to boot!
2010 Stats: 358 AB, 60 R, 20 HR, 56 RBI, 6 SB, .254 AVG
2011 Stat Projections: 80 R, 20 HR, 75 RBI, 10 SB, .270 AVG
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