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Rankings compiled by DAVID SABINO
March 20, 2006
No surprises among the highest rated, but don't overlook the young guys
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March 20, 2006

Outfield

No surprises among the highest rated, but don't overlook the young guys

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Avg. HR RBI Runs SB
1. AL Manny Ramirez, Red Sox .292 45 144 112 1
2. AL Vladimir Guerrero, Angels .317 32 108 95 13
3. NL Jason Bay, Pirates .306 32 101 110 21 One of two players last season to hit .300 and exceed 30 homers, 100 RBIs, 100 runs scored and 20 steals. The other? Alex Rodriguez.
4. NL Bobby Abreu, Phillies .286 24 102 104 31
5. AL Carl Crawford, Devil Rays .301 15 81 101 46
6. AL Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners .303 15 68 111 33
7. NL Andruw Jones, Braves .263 51 128 95 5
8. NL Carlos Beltran, Mets .266 16 78 83 17
9. AL Grady Sizemore, Indians .289 22 81 111 22 Keeper league alert: Talented 23-year-old only scratched the surface in his first full season.
10. NL Cliff Floyd, Mets .273 34 98 85 12
11. AL Gary Sheffield, Yankees .291 34 123 104 10
12. NL Carlos Lee, Brewers .265 32 114 85 13
13. NL Barry Bonds, Giants .286 5 10 8 0 Toughest call in fantasy history? Might flirt with .400 and lead NL in home runs; might disappear from the game. Want to take that chance?
14. NL Matt Holliday, Rockies .307 19 87 68 14
15. AL Vernon Wells, Blue Jays .269 28 97 78 8
16. NL Pat Burrell, Phillies .281 32 117 78 0
17. AL Scott Podsednik, White Sox .290 0 25 80 59
18. AL Johnny Damon, Yankees .316 10 75 117 18
19. NL Juan Pierre, Cubs .276 2 47 96 57 After he led NL with 221 hits in '04, this former Marlin's average dipped last year; nothing slows him on the bases.
20. NL Jim Edmonds, Cardinals .263 29 89 88 5
21. NL Ken Griffey Jr., Reds .301 35 92 85 0
22. NL Randy Winn, Giants .306 20 63 85 19
23. AL Hideki Matsui, Yankees .305 23 116 108 2
24. AL Jermaine Dye, White Sox .274 31 86 74 11
25. NL Jeremy Hermida, Marlins .293 4 11 9 2 One of the fresh faces on the new-look Marlins, the five-tool rightfielder is the favorite to win NL Rookie of the Year.
26. NL Jeff Francoeur, Braves .300 14 45 41 3
27. AL Reggie Sanders, Royals .271 21 54 49 14
28. NL Mike Cameron, Padres .273 12 39 47 13
29. AL Coco Crisp, Red Sox .300 16 69 86 15
30. NL Preston Wilson, Astros .260 25 90 73 6
31. AL Milton Bradley, A's .290 13 38 49 6
32. NL Willy Taveras, Astros .291 3 29 82 34 Proved to be a catalyst for Houston's pennant-winning team in 2005 and will be a boon on the base paths again.
33. AL Jay Gibbons, Orioles .277 26 79 72 0
34. NL Aaron Rowand, Phillies .270 13 69 77 16
35. NL Moises Alou, Giants .321 19 63 67 5
36. NL Brian Giles, Padres .301 15 83 92 13
37. NL J.D. Drew, Dodgers .286 15 36 48 1
38. NL Geoff Jenkins, Brewers .292 25 86 87 0
39. NL Luis Gonzalez, Diamondbacks .271 24 79 90 4
40. AL Torii Hunter, Twins .269 14 56 63 23
41. AL Corey Patterson, Orioles .215 13 34 47 15 Change of address may be just what this centerfielder needs for a return to '04 form (24 homers, 32 steals for the Cubs).
42. NL Austin Kearns, Reds .240 18 67 62 0
43. AL Kevin Mench, Rangers .264 25 73 71 4
44. AL Garret Anderson, Angels .283 17 96 68 1
45. AL Magglio Ordo�ez, Tigers .302 8 46 38 0
46. AL Raul Iba�ez, Mariners .280 20 89 92 9
47. NL Jose Guillen, Nationals .283 24 76 81 1 No longer needing wrist surgery, which would have sidelined him for three months, he'll probably start in rightfield on Opening Day.
48. NL Shawn Green, Diamondbacks .286 22 73 87 8
49. NL Jason Lane, Astros .267 26 78 65 6
50. NL Juan Encarnacion, Cardinals .287 16 76 59 6

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]


SPOTLIGHT

Randy Winn

It was Christmas in July for anyone who had Winn on his fantasy roster last year. That's when the Giants acquired the centerfielder from Seattle, and he became a statistical superstar. After the trade he hit .359 with 14 home runs in 231 at bats and had a .680 slugging percentage, astounding numbers considering he had never batted higher than .298, hit more than 14 homers or slugged better than .461 in any of his seven big league seasons. But San Francisco doesn't expect him to match that phenomenal two-month performance. "We just want him to give us what he's given every team he's played for," says general manager Brian Sabean. "Be a consistent force who can hit around .300 with some power and some speed." That's what fantasy owners should expect from Winn, who has stolen 20 or more bases in a season four times.

DEEP SLEEPERS

DUSTAN MOHR, Red Sox Due to a roster technicality, he'll probably open the year in the minors, but expect a call-up before the end of April. Mohr has the potential to hit 15 home runs in a platoon with Trot Nixon.

BRANDON WATSON, Nationals A slap hitter with great speed, he's battling Marlon Byrd and Ryan Church for time in center. He's the favorite for the job, though he batted only .175 in a brief call-up last season.

DELMON YOUNG, Devil Rays Dmitri Young's younger brother and the No. 1 overall pick out of high school in the '03 draft, he batted .315 and hit 26 home runs in Triple A and Double A combined last season.

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