Where Do Top Five Drafted Outfielders Rank Through Two Months? Fan’s Take

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The outfield position has always been one of the best positions for fantasy baseball GM's. A player like Ryan Braun is great because of his ability to hit for a high average and power. A player like Michael Bourn is great because of his ability to steal bases, but it is the player like Matt Kemp that combines all three of those statistics that is an easy selection early in drafts.

Are the first five outfielders taken first in Yahoo drafts this season the top five ranked players through two months?

Top Drafted - Average Pick

1. Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Angels, 2.4

2. Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays, 5.3

3. Adrian Gonzalez, Boston Red Sox, 9.5

4. Justin Upton, Arizona Diamondbacks, 12.4

5. Jacoby Ellsbury, Boston Red Sox, 13.5

I honestly can't recall if Gonzalez was eligible for outfield coming into the season, but while he hasn't been spectacular this season, he has done his part to warrant the early selection on draft day. Through two months, he is hitting .275 with four home runs and 29 RBIs for the underachieving Red Sox. Playing at Fenway Park, it would be easy to see Gonzalez quickly pile onto those numbers.

Another underachiever in Boston is Ellsbury. He played just seven games before landing on the disabled list with a subluxation of right shoulder. In those seven games, he hit just .192 with three RBIs and four runs, leaving fantasy GM's with a terrible memory.

Top 2012 Performer

1. Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers

2. Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies

3. Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles

4. Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers

5. Melky Cabrera, San Francisco Giants

Hamilton has been far-and-away the best player in all of baseball this season. While Kemp began the season hot, two stints on the disabled list have allowed Hamilton to be called the best. He is hitting .366 with 21 home runs and 57 RBIs, advancing his lead in the American League MVP race each day.

The biggest surprise on this list to me is Cabrera. He had a great 2011 season with the Kansas City Royals, but coming into this season, I didn't see him following up that performance. He hasn't followed that performance by playing just as well, but has exceeded all expectations. He is hitting .376 with four home runs, 26 RBIs, .977 OPS and is on pace to get more than 200 hits for the second straight season.

For more fantasy baseball rankings through two months, go here.

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Hobson Lopes has been playing fantasy baseball for more than 10 years and can be followed on Twitter @HobsonLopes.

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