Fantasy Baseball Draft 2015: Top 10 Deep Sleepers
Taking a Look at the Top 10 Deep Sleeper Picks in the 2015 Fantasy Draft
March 25, 2015
Today, we’re going to be finishing up our 2015 fantasy baseball draft coverage with a look at some of the deep sleepers out there. These guys are off the radar in many leagues, and may provide some sink-or-swim value to owners looking to make a gamble. Let’s check out our top 10 and see what we may be able to expect this season.
1. Kris Bryant, 3B, Chicago Cubs: Surely you’ve heard of Bryant by now--unless you’ve been living under that proverbial rock. He’s almost out of the “sleeper” category due to his stellar spring, starting things out with a homer in nearly 1-in-3 at-bats. Bryant’s definitely got 30-homer potential this season, but you’ll have to grab him early if you want him.
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2. Joc Pederson, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers: Pederson is another guy you should be aware of by now. He’s looking to be the starting CF for the Dodgers this year, and is off to a great spring so far. He’s got the potential to hit 20 homers and steal 25 bases if things go well.
3. Taijuan Walker, SP, Seattle Mariners: Assuming Walker secures the fifth starter role in Seattle (which he most likely will), he’s a nice late-round pickup to fill out your fantasy rotation. He’s been throwing very well this spring, and could hit double-digit wins if things fall his way this summer.
4. Dalton Pompey, OF, Toronto Blue Jays: The Blue Jays will be short on outfielders until at least the All-Star break, and that means plenty of chances for Pompey to prove his worth. He’s a speedster and will do good things for your stolen base and run totals down on the lower end.
5. Micah Johnson, 2B, Chicago White Sox: Johnson has a couple of things working against him in the early-going this year. He’s got to shake off Carlos Sanchez for the starting 2B job, and he’s got to improve his defense immensely. Provided he can do that, and maintain form at the plate, he’s a nice source of low-end finesse numbers.
6. Steven Souza, OF, Tampa Bay Rays: Souza hasn’t looked all that great this spring, as he’s fought injury and futility at the plate. Still, provided he gets his act together, he’s got a shot at hitting 15-20 homers and stealing 20-25 bases this year in Tampa.
7. A.J. Pollock, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks: Pollock is coming off a pretty promising year statistically, homering seven times and swiping 14 bases off 265 at-bats. He also carried a .302 average. Provided he can stay healthy we’ll see double-digit homers and 25 steals this season.
8. Yasmani Grandal, C, Los Angeles Dodgers: Fantasy owners in need of a lower-end power-hitting catcher need not look much further than Grandal. He’s got the stuff to hit 20 long-balls this year and could get around 60 RBI if he’s lucky. He makes a great backup backstop.
9. Kevin Gausman, SP, Baltimore Orioles: Some experts are pegging Gausman to have a breakout season in 2015. We think he’ll perform pretty admirably; think around 12 wins and 170 strikeouts with an ERA just south of 3.50 or so.
10. Drew Hutchison, SP, Toronto Blue Jays: Hutchison has shown some pretty good stuff this spring, and if all goes well that’ll translate to the season. He should get at least a dozen wins and has a chance at hitting 200 strikeouts. His ERA won’t be all that great, though; think around 3.90 or thereabouts.
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