Fantasy Baseball Draft 2016: Shortstop (SS) Sleepers
Taking a Look at the Trending Sleepers and Value Picks at SS in the 2016 Fantasy Draft
March 18, 2016
It’s fantasy baseball draft season, and this week we’ve been taking a position-by-position look at some of the notable sleepers and value picks in this year’s crop of players.
Today it’s time to visit with shortstop, and there are several notable names here who should provide your team with some solid stats relative to their draft positions. Here’s a closer look at the numbers.
Addison Russell, Chicago Cubs: The young Russell is part of a dynamic young Cubs lineup that’s got a lot of people talking World Series (finally). Last season, he posted 115 hits with 29 doubles, 13 home runs and 54 RBI.
Russell is still young, so there are bound to be some bumps and slumps this season. That said, seeing him finish with 120 hits, 30 doubles and 15 home runs isn’t out of the question.
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Jonathan Villar, Milwaukee Brewers: Villar is a reasonably popular sleeper option with his new team in Milwaukee this season, and we like him in that capacity as well. He put up 33 hits in 53 games last season, along with seven doubles and 11 RBI.
Villar should be able to find his way into the leadoff spot in the Brewers’ order, though his average will have to stay steady to remain there. 70 hits and 40 runs seems a reasonable target--one that he could exceed.
Ian Desmond, Washington Nationals: Desmond will likely go early on in the mid-rounds of your draft, and on pure ceiling alone he’s worth the pickup there. He’s coming off 136 hits in 2015 with 19 homers and 13 steals--and that swipes number was low for him.
In 2016, Desmond has real potential at bagging 140 hits with 20 homers and 20 steals, and it’s tough to find any shortstop who will give you those numbers. Reaching a little bit on him isn’t a crime if you’re looking at it that way.
Jean Segura, Arizona Diamondbacks: Segura seems to be a nice value pick right now, based on his ADP. He put up 144 hits in 2015, with 16 doubles, 26 steals and six home runs.
We see Segura taking another step forward in 2016 and giving owners a good return on investment. 140 hits, 25 steals and 65 runs are well within reach, and he could even deliver double-digit homers as well.
Ketel Marte, Seattle Mariners: Marte is a little further down the list, but may not be a bad pickup as a plug-and-play bench guy. He logged 62 hits in 219 at-bats last year, with 14 doubles and eight steals to go along with them.
Marte could reach the 90-hit mark this season with any luck, and could also flirt with double-digit homers and steals. His .280-ish BA won’t hurt, either.
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