Fantasy Baseball Draft 2016: Outfielder (OF) Sleepers
Draft Value Picks and Sleepers at the OF Position in Fantasy
March 15, 2016
It’s fantasy baseball draft season once again, and before the 2016 campaign gets started, savvy owners will want to check in on some of the sleeper and value pick options out there. We’ll be checking out each position over the next couple of weeks, and today it’s time to visit the outfielders. There are plenty of guys to choose from when it comes to OF, and these are just a few of the intriguing sleepers you may come across when you’re on the clock in the late rounds of your draft.
Hunter Pence, San Francisco Giants: Pence is coming off an abbreviated 2015. He fought a broken arm early on and then dealt with an oblique injury that shut him down late in the summer.
Still, Pence should be on your radar, as he may not be in the minds of your league-mates due to his shortened season. In his 52 games, he posted 40 RBI and 30 runs with a .275 average. He ought to go within your first 100 players drafted but will give much better returns if healthy.
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Marcell Ozuna, Miami Marlins: Ozuna didn’t quite live up to his lofty expectations last season. He didn’t start out very well, and ended up hitting .259 with 10 home runs, a significant step back from the 23 bombs he slapped in 2014.
That said, there are some signs that Ozuna is poised for a resurgence. He should be hitting second in the lineup this season, and will debut with a new svelte figure (he lost 20 pounds in the off-season). He’s the perfect guy to come in off your bench and excel.
Randal Grichuk, St. Louis Cardinals: Grichuk is another guy who fought off injuries in 2015, but while he was healthy he showed some nice stuff at the plate. In 323 at-bats, he came up with 17 homers, 47 RBI and a .276 average.
Hitting 30 home runs isn’t out of the question for Grichuk; as long as he can stay healthy there’s plenty of reason to be confident in his power. He’ll whiff a lot, as long-ball hitters tend to do--but will far outweigh those Ks with HRs.
Nori Aoki, Seattle Mariners: The Mariners merry-go-round in left field has stopped this season with the addition of Aoki, who will take his place atop the order and deliver his usual plethora of base hits. He had 102 last year with 42 runs in 355 at-bats.
Aoki won’t give you much in the way of power numbers, but for a depth guy he’ll be great for base hits, average and 15 or so stolen bases. You should be able to get him at a premium price in your draft as well.
Delino DeShields, Texas Rangers: DeShields is starting to get some attention as a fantasy sleeper and value pickup this season, so make sure he’s on your radar as well. He will hit atop the Rangers’ order and should post plenty of runs and steals in that capacity.
DeShields should be your main target if you need swipes and runs. He would have posted even better numbers last year (25 SB; 10 3B; 83 runs) had he not had to fight off injuries.
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