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Fantasy Baseball Outfielder Ranks - 921

Fantasy Baseball Outfielder Ranks - 921

By David Ferris
CSNChicago.com Contributor

The following players qualify at outfielder in standard fantasy leagues. Rankings are based on a 5x5 scoring system (batting average, runs, home runs, RBIs, stolen bases).
                            
1. Mike Trout, Angels     NOTE: No offense Miggy, but Trout's the MVP.
2. Ryan Braun, Brewers     
3. Andrew McCutchen, Pirates     
4. Josh Hamilton, Rangers     
5. Alex Rios, White Sox     
6. Adam Jones, Orioles     
7. Matt Holliday, Cardinals     
8. B.J. Upton, Rays     NOTE: Team is done, but he's driving for next paycheck.
9. Jason Heyward, Braves     
10. Michael Bourn, Braves     
11. Curtis Granderson, Yankees     NOTE: A three-category guy this year.
12. Austin Jackson, Tigers     
13. Angel Pagan, Giants     NOTE: Most underrated player in baseball?
14. Allen Craig, Cardinals     
15. Josh Willingham, Twins     
16. Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins     NOTE: Knees are tricky, but pop is ridiculous.
17. Jay Bruce, Reds     
18. Yoenis Cespedes, Athletics     
19. Matt Kemp, Dodgers     
20. Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies    NOTE: Might be done for year.      
21. Carlos Beltran, Cardinals     
22. Martin Prado, Braves     
23. Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers    NOTE: Not as much fun from up close.      
24. Norichika Aoki, Brewers     
25. Justin Upton, Diamondbacks     NOTE: Has the thumb been right all year?

26. Alex Gordon, Royals     
27. Carlos Gomez, Brewers     
28. Corey Hart, Brewers     
29. Alfonso Soriano, Cubs     NOTE: Much better season than many realize.
30. Ben Zobrist, Rays     
31. Nelson Cruz, Rangers     
32. Shin-Soo Choo, Indians     
33. Josh Reddick, Athletics     NOTE: Average cratering in second half.
34. Andre Ethier, Dodgers     
35. Torii Hunter, Angels     
36. Hunter Pence, Giants     
37. Ichiro Suzuki, Yankees     
38. Desmond Jennings, Rays     
39. Alejandro De Aza, White Sox     NOTE: Underrated spark to their offense.
40. Shane Victorino, Dodgers     
41. Bryce Harper, Nationals     
42. Jason Kubel, Diamondbacks     
43. Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox     
44. Juan Pierre, Phillies     
45. David Murphy, Rangers     
46. Coco Crisp, Athletics     
47. Dexter Fowler, Rockies     
48. Garrett Jones, Pirates     
49. Ryan Ludwick, Reds     
50. Ben Revere, Twins     
51. Cody Ross, Red Sox     NOTE: Perfect swing for Fenway.
52. Justin Ruggiano, Marlins     
53. Jon Jay, Cardinals     NOTE: Defense needed; they're weak on corner.
54. DeWayne Wise, White Sox     
55. Nate McLouth, Orioles     NOTE: Don't laugh, Buck trusts him.
56. Mark Trumbo, Angels     NOTE: Bad habits back in second half.
57. Nick Swisher, Yankees     
58. Jayson Werth, Nationals    NOTE: No pop yet, but average is nice.      
59. Tyler Colvin, Rockies     
60. Drew Stubbs, Reds     NOTE: Trouble with the slider.
61. Michael Brantley, Indians     
62. Howie Kendrick, Angels     
63. Will Venable, Padres     
64. Dayan Viciedo, White Sox     
65. Jonny Gomes, Athletics     
66. John Mayberry, Phillies     NOTE: Cashing in late on pedigree.     
67. Rajai Davis, Blue Jays     NOTE: A speed play, that's it.
68. Michael Saunders, Mariners     
69. Denard Span, Twins     
70. Carlos Lee, Marlins     NOTE: Makes contact but zero pop.
71. Brandon Belt, Giants     
72. Matt Joyce, Rays     
73. Justin Maxwell, Astros     NOTE: An underrated, ownable Astro.
74. Brandon Moss, Athletics     
75. Cameron Maybin, Padres     
76. Delmon Young, Tigers     
77. Colby Rasmus, Blue Jays     NOTE: Is the grow-up season ever coming?
78. Trevor Plouffe, Twins     
79. Seth Smith, Athletics     
80. Michael Morse, Nationals     
81. Chris Denorfia, Padres    NOTE: A terrific play against lefties.      
82. Yonder Alonso, Padres     
83. Mitch Moreland, Rangers     
84. Jarrod Dyson, Royals     
85. Jeff Francoeur, Royals     NOTE: At least you're not paying him.
86. Scott Hairston, Mets     
87. David DeJesus, Cubs     
88. Gregor Blanco, Giants     
89. Gerardo Parra, Diamondbacks     
90. Brennan Boesch, Tigers     
91. Roger Bernadina, Nationals     
92. Jesus Guzman, Padres     
93. Tyler Greene, Astros     
94. Donovan Solano, Marlins     NOTE: Utility grab, will run freely.
95. Tony Campana, Cubs     
96. Darin Mastroianni, Twins     
97. Steve Lombardozzi, Nationals     
98. Ty Wigginton, Phillies     

IHSA Football Playoff Pairings Show Roundup

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In ugly home opener, Lauri Markkanen gives a glimmer of hope

In ugly home opener, Lauri Markkanen gives a glimmer of hope

Keeping the game simple is often a tough task for rookies entering the NBA, but it seems Lauri Markkanen has been a quick learner in that aspect.

Through two games he’s probably the lone bright spot, especially after the Bulls’ cringe-inducing 87-77 loss to the San Antonio Spurs in their home opener at the United Center.

Jumper not falling? Okay, go to the basket.

“It wasn’t falling so I tried to get to the rim a couple times,” Markkanen said. “At the end, I was like let’s do it and I connected on a 3-pointer, I felt more open just because I was at the rim. I think that helped.”

He was asked what the difference was in the second game of his career compared to the first.

“I mean the crowd was chanting for us (tonight),” Markkanen said, referring to Thursday in Toronto.

He wasn’t attempting to display any dry wit but applying common sense seems to work for him, even though he’s been thrust into a situation after an incident that doesn’t make any sense.

With Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic out for the foreseeable future, playing a game-high 37 minutes will be more common than anomaly.

“Whatever your minutes are, you gotta play them to the best of your ability,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. “He’s being allowed to play through some mistakes right now. He’s gonna play heavy minutes every night.”

He only shot five of 14 but achieved his first double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds after a 17-point, eight-rebound debut against the Raptors Thursday.

No, someone didn’t open a door for a draft to come into the United Center on that three-pointer that went wide left, but it didn’t stop him from being assertive and continuing to look for his shot.

There was plenty of muck, easy to see on the stat sheet. The 38 percent shooting overall, the lack of penetration, the 29 percent shooting from 3-point range and 20 turnovers.

It’s not hard to imagine what Markkanen will look like with competent and effective NBA players around him, along with a true facilitating point guard that will find him in this offense.

“Markkanen is a wonderful player,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “He’s aggressive, he’s smart and obviously, he can shoot the ball. He’s just going to get better and better as he figures things out.”

He received a crash course, facing the likes of Pau Gasol, LaMarcus Aldridge and Rudy Gay Saturday night. On one instance, Gay drove baseline and made Markkanen buckle with a 3-point play.

Aldridge had 24 shots in 32 minutes as a new focal point with Kawhi Leonard out with injury.

So he’s not getting treated with kid gloves, nor is he backing down from the assignments.

“He didn’t shoot the ball well but he battled,” Hoiberg said. “He had a tough assignment with Pau, who’s gonna be in the Hall of Fame one day. Good experience. He guarded Aldridge, Rudy Gay some. He battled, he fought them.”

Even with the airball, had the moment that gives the Bulls fans hope, when he drove on Gasol, spun and hooked a lefty layup while being fouled by the veteran in the first half—giving the United Center faithful something to have faith in for a moment.

“Sometimes you get labeled as a shooter. That’s the label Lauri had,” Hoiberg said. “But he really is a complete basketball player. He’s versatile, he can put in on the deck. He slides his feet very well for a guy that’s seven feet tall, someone his age. Yeah, he’s learning on the fly. He’s gonna have ups and downs, as young as he is. He’s gonna have some struggles at times. But he’s played pretty darn well for everything he’s been through, understanding two days ago he’s gonna be in the starting lineup.”

And for all the bad air around the Bulls right now, from the on-court product to the off-court drama that seems to follow them around like Pigpen, it would be even worse if Markkanen’s first two games had him looking like a corpse, or someone who would be a couple years away from reasonably contributing to an NBA team.

“He’s good, he’s very good,” Gasol said. “I like him. I like his game.”