Fantasy Baseball Draft 2015: Top 10 Undervalued Players
Taking a Look at the Top 10 Value Picks in the 2015 Fantasy Draft
March 23, 2015
Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve examined the 2015 fantasy baseball draft from just about every angle. Today it’s time to check out some of the undervalued players out there. While these guys may not be dictionary-definition sleepers per se, they should provide owners with value beyond their expected draft positions. Let’s take a closer look at the stats to see what we can expect.
1. David Wright, 3B, New York Mets: Wright has long been a reliable fantasy name that you can count on as a nice backup at the hot corner. He should see a big increase in homers this year (15-20 if things go well) and will flirt with 80 on RBI and run numbers. He’ll also bat in the .280s.
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2. Starling Marte, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates: Marte will be a very solid contributor across five categories this season, and that’s a dangerous trait to undervalue. He should flirt with 30 steals again this year while hitting 15-18 homers and batting in the .290s.
3. Jose Ramirez, SS, Cleveland Indians: Ramirez is a lower-end guy who should provide some nice contributions in finesse numbers. He wont’ do much for power, but shouldn’t have a problem hitting .280 and stealing 20-plus bases this year. If all goes well, he’ll notch around 60 runs as well.
4. Daniel Murphy, 2B, New York Mets: Let’s go back to the Mets again and visit with Murphy. He should get double-digits in both steals and homers this season while notching a BA in the .280s somewhere. He could very well plate 90 runs if he stays healthy.
5. Neil Walker, 2B, Pittsburgh Pirates: There are a lot of guys on the Pirates worthy of your fantasy consideration, and Walker is definitely one of them. He should do great things for your power numbers, as it wouldn’t shock us to see him equal last season’s total of 23 home runs and 76 RBI.
6. Marcell Ozuna, OF, Miami Marlins: Speaking of power players, Ozuna should provide some pretty decent totals in homers (25-plus) and RBI (90-plus). He won’t do much for swipes, but should get around 80 runs.
7. Alex Gordon, OF, Kansas City Royals: Like Caloun (who we’ll get to in a minute), Gordon is going to hit 20 home runs this season. He’ll also log double-digit steals with an RBI number in the mid-80s and 90-something runs.
8. Kole Calhoun, OF, Los Angeles Angels: Calhoun is going to be a 20-homer guy this season, but he’s not being drafted that way. His RBI will hover in the 60s, but he’ll make up for it by flirting with 100 runs and a BA near .280.
9. Phil Hughes, SP, Minnesota Twins: Now let’s move on to the mound as we round things out today. Hughes had a breakthrough season last year, logging 16 wins and 186 strikeouts. He’s on track to at least equal those numbers this season, and should trim his ERA down closer to 3.10 as well.
10. John Lackey, SP, St. Louis Cardinals: We’ll finish up with another pitcher and check out Lackey in St. Louis. He’s been throwing pretty well this spring, and looks to hit the ground running when the season begins. We think he might be able to better last year’s numbers, maybe hitting 14-15 wins if things go well.
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