2011 NL Fantasy Outfielders – Rebound Candidates

Injuries are the worst thing that could happen to fantasy baseball owners.  When those injuries happen to your star players, it makes for winning your NL Fantasy baseball league very difficult.  Others might struggle without being injured and that might be the most frustrating.  Do you want to drop a guy you picked up in the 4th round or bid $24 on?  Probably not, so the lingering issues at the plate put you in a bad place.  The following list of players are primed for a rebound season in 2011, whether it is due to ineffectiveness or just being unlucky with the injury bug.

Justin Upton – ARI – This guy has the tools and ability to be a superstar fantasy outfielder but he cannot seem to stay healthy long enough.  Keep in mind, he is just 23 this year.  Seems like he has been around forever but the best is yet to come.  He missed time again last year with a shoulder injury which hurt him in the power department managing only 17 home runs.  He is going to be expected to better his 2009 campaign of 26 home runs and .300 average.  He has 5-tool talent….just needs to be on the field more than 133 games each year.  Draft him with confidence and hope he remains healthy.

Andre Ethier – LAD – I love this guy!  He was the NL triple crown leader last year when he broke his pinky.  Upon his return from the DL, he struggled but got it going late.  Look for a huge bounce back season.   30 home runs, 100+ RBI and an average over .300 is possible. 

Jason Bay– NYM – Rough debut season with the Mets for Mr. Bay.  Coming off a career year in Boston, a lot was expected of Bay’s return the National League.  Fantasy owners who believed the hype were greatly disappoint, even before the concussion that ended his season.  After posting over 30 home runs in 4 of the past 5 seasons, Bay smacked a total of 6 in 2011.  He is probably not reaching 30 playing half his games at CitiField, but he should be able to reach 20+ and get close to 100 RBI.  He will come much cheaper on draft day than he did last year and should be up decent stats.

Nate McClouth – ATL – Seriously, what happened to this guy last year.  I drafted him with the hope of 25/25 season and I got the guy who was demoted to the minors.  Well he is back as the starting center fielder for the Braves.  He managed a total of 85 games in the majors last year posting a batting average below .200 and 6 home runs.  Probably not go to go for 25 HRs and steals but he has to be better than this.  15-20 HR and 15-20 steals is possible.  He should go very late in all drafts and much cheaper in auction drafts.  Be cautious but he could be a great sleeper pick if he can figure out what went wrong last year.

Other cadidates for a bounce back season include:  Carlos Beltran NYM, Lance Berkman STL, , Raul Ibanez PHI, Brad Hawpe SD

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