Fantasy Baseball Draft 2014: Top 10 Value Players
Taking a Look at the Top 10 Undervalued Names in the 2014 Fantasy Draft
March 17, 2014
We’ve almost reached the beginning of the MLB season, which means the fantasy anticipation is going strong. In keeping with our draft breakdown theme over the past couple of weeks, we’ve come up with a few value pickups you should look into before the season starts. Here are our top 10 guys (in no particular order) who should deliver much better numbers than their draft positions would indicate.
1. Xander Bogaerts, SS, Boston Red Sox: Bogaerts is a popular pick for a breakout campaign, and we’d tend to agree there. He showed some real promise late last season, and should continue to build on that. Look for around 15 homers and 75 or so runs--or even more if he can get that BA up a little bit.
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2. Billy Hamilton, OF, Cincinnati Reds: Billy Hamilton will be the main source of the Reds lineup’s speed this summer. Most of his stats will be unimpressive, but he’ll deliver a ton--and we mean a TON--of stolen bases. He may even hit 65 by the time the season’s over with.
3. Jurickson Profar, SS, Texas Rangers: Profar is fighting off a shoulder issue this spring, but that’s not expected to slow him down much once the season begins. The good thing about him is that he’ll bring across-the-board stats. Think around 60 RBI, 75 runs, 15 homers and 15 swipes.
4. Yan Gomes, C, Cleveland Indians: With the increased playing time this season, Gomes is set to become one of the premiere fantasy catchers out there. He showed some incredible flashes in 2013, setting him up as a solid value pick this summer. 20 homers and 65 RBI aren’t out of the question if he can stay consistent.
5. Kolten Wong, 2B, St. Louis Cardinals: Wong is a relative newcomer to the fantasy radar, but he won’t stay that way for long. A lot of people expect big things from him this year, so much so that 50 RBI, 70 runs and 20 stolen bases don’t seem too far outside the realm of expectation. He makes a great backup or spot-play.
6. Adam Eaton, OF, Chicago White Sox: Eaton’s big trade to the White Sox this off-season has a lot of fantasy owners expecting his numbers to be on the upswing. Now that he’s healthy, he should be able to provide those finesse numbers we rely on him for: 85 runs and 25 steals seem realistic for him.
7. Wil Myers, OF, Tampa Bay Rays: Myers’ defense leaves a lot to be desired, but that’s beside the point in fantasy. You’ll most likely see him DHing quite a bit, where he can use his skills at the plate for the most good. 25 homers and 100 RBI are within reach, so keep Myers in mind while you’re on the clock.
8. Patrick Corbin, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks: Corbin has had kind of a “blah” spring so far, but don’t read too much into that. The fact of the matter is that he’s coming off a pretty promising 2013, and should take another step forward this year. He should win 15 games, and his WHIP (around 1.15 or so) and Ks (190-200) will definitely be a boon to your squad.
9. Jackie Bradley, OF, Boston Red Sox: There’s one big stumbling block in the way of a potential Bradley surge this season, and that’s the solid play of Grady Sizemore, who will be competing for starts at center. If Bradley can win his fair share of reps, he’ll make a big improvement over his disappointing 2013.
10. Michael Wacha, SP, St. Louis Cardinals: Wacha has been strong so far this spring, and that’s great news for potential fantasy owners. He’ll be taking on a bigger load in 2014, and should come up with some solid numbers. We’d imagine 15 wins, 200 Ks and a 1.10 WHIP aren’t out of the question.
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