MLB Fantasy Sleepers

MLB Fantasy sleepers


Yesterday we dove into some 2020 fantasy baseball prep and discussed potential breakout stars that can be had at good value during your upcoming draft(s). Today, let’s talk some sleepers.
“But Pete, aren’t breakouts and sleepers sort of the same thing?”
Thanks for the question, but no… not really. Our fantasy expert Scott White has defined the “sleeper” category as players he’d expect to go very late in a draft and be overlooked by the general population. He’s got a list of newcomers you should most definitely not sleep on heading into the shortened season:
  1. Josh James, P, Astros: James appeared well on his way to winning the final spot in Houston’s rotation with an excellent initial Spring Training. There’s not a lot of room for error on that staff but he’s got awesome stuff and an extremely promising swinging-strike rate
  2. Alex Wood, SP, Dodgers: Dave Roberts said Wood will likely get the fifth spot in the Dodgers’ rotation, but his workload might be limited. He likely won’t be more than a five-inning pitcher and he’s coming off a brutal year last year, so that’s concerning. But as far as sleepers go, he’s got upside and plays on a great team
  3. Dylan Carlson, 1B, Cardinals: With the DH in play for NL teams, Carlson will have a spot after putting together a great initial spring. His offensive game is well-rounded and he should have an opportunity to produce for St. Louis
  4. Danny Jansen, C, Blue Jays: Jansen has had a bit of a delayed breakthrough but there’s still reason to believe. He tweaked his swing and hit four homers in eight games this spring, and he plays catcher so the bar is set pretty low for fantasy competition
  5. Austin Riley, LF, Braves: After his rookie year unraveled a bit, Riley will be worth a shot as a late-round gamble. He’s a top prospect with great pop at the plate and has proven he can contribute at the big league level (he hit nine homers in his first 18 games last season). The addition of the DH slot should give him more of an opportunity
  6. Nate Pearson, RP, Blue Jays: Pearson was lighting up the radar gun and looked pretty much unhittable against MLB talent in Spring Training. He may have spent significant time in the minors this year as Toronto tried to ease him into The Show, but that’s not an option anymore. Take a chance on him making the jump earlier than expected
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White also includes a list of guys who are holding steady on the sleepers list, as well as some guys who have dropped out of the classification, so you can check out the rest of the guide here.
You know who’s not a sleeper? Me. Catch me lying in bed experiencing crippling existential dread all night instead.

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