It never hurts to be a thrifty in fantasy baseball, and one position that can provide excellent value due to its depth is the outfield.
While standouts like Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels and Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers may catch the eye, lower profile names can be high-reward picks.
Whether they produce proven all-around stats or are bound for a rise in production, these outfielders are bound to provide high returns on their value.
Yoenis Cespedes, Oakland A's
In his first year in the major leagues, Cuban-born outfielder Yoenis Cespedes pleased both the Oakland Athletics and fantasy owners with a stellar 2012 campaign.
In 129 games with the A’s, Cespedes displayed some pop, hitting 23 home runs and 82 RBI while also proving he could hit for average, batting .292.
Cespedes also showed some speed, stealing 16 bases.
The A’s outfielder also seemed to improve as the season went on. Cespedes was one of three players—along with Braun and Trout—to hit .300 with double-digit home runs and steals after the All-Star break.
Expect for Cespedes to build on his strong finish and be a strong-value pick as an outfielder for your fantasy lineup.
Justin Upton, Atlanta Braves
With a move to Atlanta should come a rise in Justin Upton’s fantasy value. The Braves left fielder hit .280 with 17 home runs and 67 RBI with the Arizona Diamondbacks last year while scoring 107 runs.
Upton also displayed a bit of speed, swiping 18 bags in 150 games with the Snakes last year.
Upton is just 25, and is one of seven players to have amassed 100 home runs and 80 steals by his age-24 campaign. The Braves outfielder could be bound for even bigger and better things, considering the squad he is joining.
Upton’s stats should benefit from the lineup protection he will receive in Atlanta. He joins a prolific Braves lineup that includes his older brother B.J. Upton and slugger Jason Heyward.
Look for Upton to be a solid value pick for your fantasy lineup.
Alex Rios, Chicago White Sox
Chicago White Sox outfielder Alex Rios may not be a household name, but he is a solid addition to any fantasy lineup.
Rios set career-highs in home runs and RBI last season, hitting 25 balls out of the park and driving in 91 runs. He also hits for average, having set another personal-best with a .304 average in 2012.
Rios also scored 91 runs last season and stole 23 bases, providing all-around value. While some regression is to be expected, Rios is a versatile addition to your fantasy lineup.
All statistics via ESPN.