Fantasy Baseball Draft 2015: Top 10 Sleepers - Position Players
2015-03-17 11:00:00 EDT
With the 2015 fantasy baseball nearly season upon us, it’s time for us owners to start looking at the draft from all angles. We’ve already covered our top 10 players at each position over the past week, so now it’s time to get into a few sleeper prospects you should be looking out for when you’re on the clock. These guys should provide some nice value that far exceeds the position they’ll be taken in. Let’s take a closer look.
1. George Springer, OF, Houston Astros: Of all the potential sleepers out there, Springer seems to be the most popular. He bagged 20 homers with 51 RBI and 45 runs last year, but sported an anemic .231 average. If he can get that BA up a little bit, he’s a lower-end five-category asset in fantasy, as he’s got both power and speed.
2. Brandon Belt, 1B, San Francisco Giants: Belt’s another pretty popular sleeper choice, and the Giants are relying on him to produce this season. He put up 12 homers in 214 at-bats last year, and could easily double that in 2015. Look for 75 RBI/runs as well.
3. Kolten Wong, 2B, St. Louis Cardinals: Wong isn’t so much of a sleeper as he is an undervalued player, as just about everyone knows about him. He’s coming off a productive postseason and should carry that momentum into April. He could steal 25 bases with 15-20 homers this year.
4. Kole Calhoun, OF, Los Angeles Angels: Calhoun is coming off a solid year as the leadoff guy for the Angels. He should be able to better his totals this summer, and we’ll pencil him in for 20 homers, 65 RBI and 100 runs. Nice value if you can get him low.
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5. Gregory Polanco, Pittsburgh Pirates: If you look at Polanco’s ugly BA from 2014 (.235) you might shy away from drafting him. We think he’ll pump that number way up into the .270s this season, however, and add 25-30 steals to boot. Double-digit homers aren’t out of the question either.
6. Matt Wieters, C, Baltimore Orioles: For a depth catcher, you can’t do much better than Wieters. He’s coming off Tommy John surgery after a season-ending injury in 2014, but before that he was on track for a stellar campaign. If he can stay healthy, we can see 20 homers with a .275 average–great for a backstop.
7. Jedd Gyorko, 2B, San Diego Padres: Gyorko burst onto the scene as a rookie, but couldn’t duplicate his success in 2014. He batted just .210 last season with 10 homers. There’s a lot of optimism surrounding him, though, and he could still hit that 20-homer mark with a .250 average if he can put everything together again.
8. Mookie Betts, OF, Boston Red Sox: Though he has some competition from Rusney Castillo this year for playing time in center, Betts should get plenty of opportunities to showcase his skills this summer. He should provide some nice low-end stats for owners, as double-digit homers and 15 steals or so seem about right.
9. Nick Franklin, SS, Tampa Bay Rays: Franklin is putting in time this spring competing for the starting SS job in Tampa. If he can snag it, there’s a lot of potential there. He’ll need to get his BA up (it’ll be around .225 or so) but he could very well hit 15 homers with 50 RBI this year.
10. DJ LeMahieu, 2B, Colorado Rockies: There’s a healthy buzz surrounding LeMahieu this off-season. He’s reportedly been putting in work on his speed and should be able to leg out some more extra-base hits. A .270 average with 50 RBI/runs isn’t out of the question, so he makes a great middle-infield depth guy.
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