In 2010 fantasy baseball, right field is one of the deepest positions. Ten right fielders had OPS numbers above .850, 13 hit at least 20 home runs, and seven stole at least 20 bases in 2009. Right field is not just a deep position, but a homogenous one with little separating the top ten hitters at the position.
1. Justin Upton, Arizona Diamondbacks
Justin Upton is one of the best up-and-coming players in baseball and he demonstrated a great deal of progress in the 2009 season. Upton hit 26 home runs, tallied 86 RBI, scored 84 runs, and stole 20 bases. On top of his totals, he posted great rate stats including a .300 average and an OPS of .899. As he enters his age 23 season, Upton has the potential to become the top 2010 fantasy baseball right fielder.
2. Jayson Werth, Philadelphia Phillies
Jayson Werth has found a friendly home in Philadelphia where he has put up back-to-back strong fantasy baseball seasons. After a breakout season in 2008 in which he hit 24 home runs and stole 20 bases, Werth proved it wasn’t a fluke with 36 home runs and 20 stolen bases in 2009. He led all right fielders in home runs and runs scored (98). Jayson Werth is now firmly established as a top 2010 fantasy baseball right fielder.
3. Bobby Abreu, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
The Angels were glad to get Bobby Abreu on the cheap (by pro sports standards) last season. He continued to put up great on-base and run-producing numbers as he has throughout his career. Abreu has seven consecutive seasons of at least 15 home runs, 100 RBI, and 20 stolen bases. In 2009, he stole 30 bags and scored 96 runs and he is a safe bet to maintain his consistency in 2010.
4. Shin-Soo Choo, Cleveland Indians
Playing for a bad team in Cleveland, Shin-Soo Choo has quietly become a good fantasy player. Choo hit 20 home runs and stole 21 bases in 2009. He hit .300 and got on base at a .397 clip, scoring 87 runs and driving home 86 RBI. Cleveland’s offense has a lot of question marks, but also a lot of upside. Their overall performance could determine the strength of Choo’s season.
5. Nick Markakis, Baltimore Orioles
Nick Markakis has spent the last three years becoming one of the most reliable hitters in the American League. Markakis is averaging 20 home runs, 99 runs scored, and 100 RBI over the last three seasons. He should benefit from an improved Orioles offense and be one of the top 2010 fantasy baseball right fielders.