Turn Two – Outfielders

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2015 FANFOOD Fantasy Baseball

 

- Outfielders -

 

Last year we brought you “Five to Watch” for each position including prospects. They were the players that we found interesting at each position, ones you needed to keep an eye on during the spring before considering for your fantasy baseball team.

This year we give you two players at each position outside the top 10 that you can TURN inTO starters and win your fantasy baseball league championship. 2 players from each position we think you should watch closely this spring and plan accordingly. of course it’s followed by a great recipe, this time it’s Puff Pastry Jalapeño Poppers

Timing is Everything/Be Flexible is just one of the 2015 FANFOOD Fantasy Baseball Drafting Strategies and many would say the most important.

We are not saying go out and get ALL these guys, just remember them when the time comes, and if you are looking to fill a need, or backup your projected starter, consider them and if the time is right and they are available, pull the trigger.

 

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Outfielders

Many people are saying that the Outfield position is thin this year. While it’s true that the top tier is thin, (you’ll want to at least two of the top-30 outfielders), once it gets beyond that, the talent is relatively equal for the next grouping of outfielders.That means you can wait a little for your OF3 and OF4. Keep in mind that you will probably draft 4 or 5 of them. In a 12-team league that is at least 60 OFs selected. The team with the best group will be atop the standings all year.

Since you are filling (3) OF positions and backups, here are 4 players outside the top 30 that you can turn into fantasy relevance.

 

1. Kole Calhoun (Angels)

 

Summary

He had an intriguing first full season in Anaheim, and things are looking up for a guy that can offer you decent power with a pretty good batting average. He has the tools to jump up in the OF rankings and if he is your OF3 you are doing pretty good.

PROJECTION

It wouldn’t surprise to see him hit 20 or more HRs, and score 90 or more runs. His RBI and Batting Average will be good and he has little speed. What you do with those projected stats is your call.

Where to Draft

You probably won’t see him much after the 75th pick in your draft. That’s early 6th round. This might be a little high to grab a third OF, this would mean sacrificing elsewhere. If he fails to you in round 8, plug and play.

 

2. Mookie Betts (Red Sox)

 

Summary

In his second call-up last season, he hit four home runs, with 16 RBI, six steals and 29 runs scored in 42 games (.303 batting average). He might be 2B-eligible in some leagues with 14 games played there last season. That makes him one the first OF you should target outside the top 30. But he will probably be drafted sooner to play 2B.

PROJECTION

Best case scenario,  he hits 15 or more HRs, steals close to 30 bags, scores 90 or more runs, and hits .285 or better. Damn that’s good.

Where to Draft

He is not listed in the top 100 in many if not all rankings we have seen. We would gladly take him earlier with the scenario described above. but do you think he can reach those numbers?

 

3. Gregory Polanco (Pirates)

 

Summary

Polanco had a very disappointing rookie season following his promotion to the majors in 2014. The highly touted prospect hit just .235 with a .650 OPS in 89 games.
Part of Polanco’s struggles appeared to be from fatigue. In 2013, he totaled 171 games played, which included games in the minors and the Dominican winter league. Polanco, who was listed at 220 pounds last year, said Wednesday he is up to 235 pounds. He added he isn’t worried about the added bulk slowing him down this year. “I feel very good,” Polanco said. “I gained weight and I maintained my speed, too. I’m ready, 100 percent ready. Every time I get a chance to play, I’m going to give it my 100 percent, for sure.”

PROJECTION

His speed is his #1 asset. The added weight is a concern. If he stays healthy, he could steal 25 or more bags, score over 80 runs for your team, and give you some pop. The issue you will get with him is that he will hurt your team’s BA%.

Where to Draft

If and when the top 125 players are gone you should start looking at Polanco. This is about the 11th round. By now, you should have your infield filled out, 3 Starting pitchers and ready to finish up in the OF.  If you are lacking speed and/or runs – polanco.

 

4. Avisail Garcia (White Sox)

 

Summary

Garcia played in just 46 games last year after tearing his labrum on April 9. The 23-year-old has been working hard to get in better shape this offseason, and said he’s learned a lot after sitting out most of last year. “It’s a lesson,” Garcia said. “You have to think of the future, not in the past. The past is the past. Now is the future.”Garcia pointed to the team’s offseason moves as proof that everyone on the team is working harder and wants to win. In order to do so, Garcia will need a big season. He’s set to open the year as the team’s starter in right, and should slot in the middle of the team’s lineup.

PROJECTION

He won’t steal you many bags or score a ton, but should hit enough HRs to backup your outfield nicely or make for a decent UTIL. He could go 20/70/.270

Where to Draft

He will be picked by someone within the top 200, much more than that is to rich for our blood.

 

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LFCFRF
Michael BrantleyMike TroutGiancarlo Stanton
Bryce HarperAndrew McCutchenYasiel Puig
Corey DickersonCarlos GomezJose Bautista
Justin UptonAdam JonesBryce Harper
Yoenis CespedesMichael BrantleyHunter Pence
Starling MarteYasiel PuigGeorge Springer
Charlie BlackmonJose BautistaCharlie Blackmon
Matt KempJacoby EllsburyMatt Kemp
Matt HollidayBilly HamiltonRyan Braun
Alex GordonStarling MarteJason Heyward

 

Top 30 OVERALL

 

  1. Mike Trout
  2. Giancarlo Stanton
  3. Andrew McCutchen
  4. Carlos Gomez
  5. Adam Jones
  6. Michael Brantley
  7. Yasiel Puig
  8. Jose Bautista
  9. Bryce Harper
  10. Hunter Pence
  11. George Springer
  12. Jacoby Ellsbury
  13. Corey Dickerson
  14. Justin Upton
  15. Billy Hamilton
  16. Yoenis Cespedes
  17. Hanley Ramirez
  18. Starling Marte
  19. Charlie Blackmon
  20. Matt Kemp
  21. Ryan Braun
  22. Jason Heyward
  23. Jorge Soler
  24. Matt Holliday
  25. Alex Gordon
  26. Carlos Gonzalez
  27. J.D. Martinez
  28. Christian Yelich
  29. Jay Bruce
  30. Josh Harrison

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Puff Pastry Jalapeño Poppers

 

Rather than frying your poppers, do something way easier and a bit healthier: Wrap them in puff pastry and bake them. These jalapeño poppers from Rachel Schultz’s Household Almanac feature a mix of cheddar and cream cheese as well as bacon crumbles, which can be left out for vegetarian snacks. They’re perfect for game days, parties, and days when you just need something to snack on.

 

INGREDIENTS

12 jalapeños, halved and seeds removed
1 box puff pastry, thawed
8 ounces cream cheese
½ cup bacon pieces
1 cup cheddar, shredded
4 cloves garlic
1 egg
Olive oil

 

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Drizzle garlic cloves with olive oil and wrap in aluminum foil. Roast in oven for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, unfold thawed pastry sheet and roll into a 9-by-12-inch rectangle.

Slice each sheet into 12 3-by-3-inch squares, making for a total of 24 squares with both sheets.

In a large bowl, mix together cream cheese, bacon, cheddar, and garlic. Spoon cream cheese filling into jalapeño halves.

Wrap pastry squares around stuffed jalapeños and arrange on a baking sheet.

Whisk together egg and 3 tablespoons water. Brush egg mixture over poppers. Bake for 20 minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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