Fantasy Baseball Draft 2015: Top 10 Sleepers - Pitchers
Taking a Look at the Top 10 Sleeper Pitchers in the 2015 Fantasy Draft
March 19, 2015
The fantasy baseball draft season is upon us here in 2015, and there’s plenty of homework to do before your big day. On that note, let’s continue our draft coverage by checking out some of the popular sleeper options out there when it comes to pitchers. Here’s a closer look at some guys who could provide some nice value for you and your fantasy team.
1. Gerrit Cole, Pittsburgh Pirates: Cole is a strong value pickup this season, as lots of fantasy owners are pegging him to improve quite a bit on his 2014 numbers. He could conceivably hit 15 wins with a 3.20 ERA or so, and if he stays healthy could also hit 200 strikeouts.
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2. Chris Archer, Tampa Bay Rays: If Archer can finish on the right side of .500 again this year, we could have a nice value pickup here as well. 12 wins sounds about right for him, with an ERA in the 3.50 range and 185 strikeouts or so. Good numbers if you can get him low.
3. Kevin Gausman, Baltimore Orioles: Assuming Gausman can solidify his spot in the rotation this season, we could be looking at some pretty good stats by summer’s end. He’s another guy who could reach that 12-win threshold, and will sport an ERA around 3.40 or so. It sounds lofty, but he could also double his strikeout numbers from 2014 and finish with around 170.
4. James Paxton, Seattle Mariners: Paxton is coming off a forearm injury this spring, but should be fine around opening day. If all goes well, he’ll sport a 3.30 ERA with a 1.20 WHIP and maybe can hit 150 Ks. 12-15 wins aren’t out of the question, either.
5. Zack Wheeler, New York Mets: Wheeler’s a guy to watch, as he’s trying to get over a torn UCL. If he’s not done for the season, he’ll make a solid grab-and-stash in deeper formats. He’s capable of holding a 3.30 ERA with a 1.20 WHIP or so--that is if he’s healthy.
6. Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros: Keuchel will get the opening-day start for the Astros and figures to take another step forward in 2015. He’s got the stuff to hit the 15-win mark, and could flirt with a sub-3.00 ERA and 1.10 WHIP. He had 146 Ks last year and will likely better that number as well.
7. Brandon McCarthy, Los Angeles Dodgers: New Dodger McCarthy should be able to bounce back from last year’s disappointing season and make his mark on the fantasy game. He could very well hit 12 wins with a 3.50 ERA and 1.20 WHIP. McCarthy also has the goods to hit 150 strikeouts.
8. Wily Peralta, Milwaukee Brewers: Peralta is coming off a strong 2014 and should see his draft stock rise in the wake. He still could provide some nice value beyond where he’s taken, however, as it would be no surprise at all to see him hit 15 wins with a 3.50 ERA and 1.20 WHIP.
9. T.J. House, Cleveland Indians: If House can finish the spring strong and latch onto that No. 5 starter role, he’s worth taking late in fantasy. He could hit 13 wins or so with a 3.40 ERA and 1.20 WHIP. 140 strikeouts isn’t a crazy number for him, either.
10. Homer Bailey, Cincinnati Reds: We’ve been on and off the Bailey bandwagon over the past few years, and at this point we’re optimistically back on board. He’ll be in double-digits as far as wins, and figures to bounce back from a “meh” year in 2014. Figure on a 1.15 WHIP and 170 strikeouts.
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