Fantasy Baseball Draft 2014: Top 10 Sleeper Picks - Position Players
Taking a Look at the Top 10 Fantasy Sleepers in the 2014 Draft
March 11, 2014
With the 2014 fantasy baseball draft season in full swing, it’s time to start looking at some of the sleeper options out there. We’ll start things out with position players, and there are a few notable names you can snag in the late rounds who could end up as cornerstones of your lineup. Let’s take a closer look at our top 10 sleepers (in no particular order of value or priority).
1. Junior Lake, OF, Chicago Cubs: We’ll start things out with a player for optimists on a team for optimists. Lake was just “meh” during his rookie campaign, logging six homers, 26 runs and 14 RBI in 236 at-bats. Still, with the extended playing time this season he could flirt with 30 stealsand 75 runs.
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2. Wil Myers, OF, Tampa Bay Rays: As the reigning AL Rookie of the Year, the secret’s out on Myers. He’ll be occupying a lot of his time as a DH in 2014 (since his defense still needs some work) and should get plenty of opportunities to improve on his promising stats. 30 homers and 100 RBI aren’t out of the question here.
3. Brett Lawrie, 3B, Toronto Blue Jays: Now let’s move on to the hot corner and check out Lawrie. He’s never really filled out on his lofty promise, thanks mostly to a series of injuries over the past couple of seasons. If he can stay healthy, we should see an improvement in contact, which will lead to all sorts of good things. We’re thinking high-teens homers and maybe around 70 RBI if things go well.
4. Pablo Sandoval, 3B, San Francisco Giants: Much has been made of Sandoval’s off-season slim-down, and his new physique is turning a lot of heads in San Francisco. Now that he’s in shape, potential fantasy owners should be salivating over the increased endurance, which will see him playing more often and putting up solid numbers at a steady clip. He should easily outpace last season.
5. Starlin Castro, SS, Chicago Cubs: There are a few reasons to believe in a resurgence from Castro this season, not the least of which is the fact that he can’t get much worse. He’s also got at least one prospect breathing down his neck and vying for his job, which should give him some steady motivation for a comeback. He’s a backup fantasy name, sure, but should outperform his draft position quite easily.
6. Daniel Murphy, 2B, New York Mets: Let’s move on and check out Murphy, who isn’t terribly high on a lot of draft boards. His fortes are steals and runs, so if you need some finesse numbers there aren’t too many better places to look at his draft level. As an added bonus, a .290 average and 80 RBI won’t be out of reach either.
7. Martin Prado, 2B, Arizona Diamondbacks: Prado won’t win any name recognition awards, but he should serve as a solid and versatile addition to your lineup for the whole year. He’s a utility man who will work as a nice plug-and-play option off your bench, and should provide 80 or so RBI/runs with a BA around .300. Not bad.
8. Albert Pujols, 1B, Los Angeles Angels: It’s weird talking about Pujols as a sleeper, but that’s exactly the scenario that’s unfolding this off-season. Thanks to an ugly, injured year in 2013, no one is giving him much chance, which will allow enterprising fantasy owners to jump on him at a discount. He should be healthy this season, and ought to nab around 110 RBI and 30 homers. Grab him.
9. Wilin Rosario, C, Colorado Rockies: We’ll finish up with a couple of backstops, starting with Rosario. His main attraction is power, as there aren’t too many other catchers capable of putting up 25-30 homers like he is. The Rockies are doing everything they can to keep his bat in the lineup, such as moving him to 1B at times this year. That means jump on the fantasy bandwagon ASAP.
10. Wilson Ramos, C, Washington Nationals: The Nats will be backing off their overuse of Ramos this year, which should help to keep his endurance levels high as the season wears on. By all indications, he should improve over 2013 just about everywhere. Look for high-teens homers, 65 RBI and 45 runs by season’s end.
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