Fantasy Baseball Sleeper Picks

Boh Suh, Staff Writer

Many people have at least heard of fantasy football. Yeah, drafting Aaron Rodgers, and so on is pretty common among fantasy sports fans. More fantasy sports exist in this world, and fantasy baseball is one of them and is a six-month long commitment.
Some may say it is a long time to keep tracking of their teams, while some (including myself) look forward to the long fantasy baseball season.
Fortunately, I have a good number of friends (and their friends, and their friends’ friends) who have played for several season.
Just like fantasy football, picking sleepers gives you advantages in fantasy baseball. However, having bad picks during the draft is not as damaging in fantasy baseball compared to fantasy football. Why? There are many more baseball players to draft, and the season is much longer.
This is why I consider fantasy baseball to be more relaxing than fantasy football. You can have your first couple round picks busted and still win the league. However, if your first two rounds of football picks are busts, you will need a miracle to win the league. Anyway, I still want to share my thoughts on some sneaky good players for baseball so that you can pick.

Daulton Varsho – His eligibility as a outfielder makes him worth the look. He has a potential of 20-20; 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases, which is very rare as a catcher. If he does so, he will be a top 3 catcher. Currently, he is playing in outfield, so there is a great chance that he will play more regularly than regular catchers.

First Base
C.J. Cron – He is now playing for the Colorado Rockies. Do you know what that means? He will have his home runs and other offense categories increased. A 30 home run season is not a far reach.
Jared Walsh – He had nine home runs last year with just 99 at bats. Usually, starting players get between 500 and 650 at bats. Mathematically, this means he could hit 45 or more home runs. Of course, that’s not likely, his home run numbers will go up. Currently, he is barely getting drafted, so he is a gem in late rounds.

Second Base
Dylan Moore – Moore had eight home runs and 12 stolen bases last year with 137 at bats. He has a potential of getting a 30-30 club if given enough opportunities. He could help you to fill in one of the toughest positions to fill in fantasy baseball.
Ryan McMahon – Similar to C.J. Cron, he is playing for the Rockies. Having a potential 30+ home runss in the second base position is always difficult. He had a down year last year with lower batting average, but he should bounce back to his somewhat career average of .250 and 25 home runs.

Third Base
Isiah Kiner-Falefa – He was eligible as a catcher last year along with a shortstop, which made him even more impactful. He had three home runs and eight stolen bases with a .280 average last year. The average may drop, but the stolen bases in the third base position are rare. Currently, he is available almost 90% of the leagues, so don’t worry too much about drafting him early.

Javier Baez – He is not a typical sleeper like the other ones as he is drafted around 70th overall. However, he has a potential to be Top 3 or even higher with his power and stolen base ability. He had a down year last year, but he is having a blast in the spring games, so I would expect him to be back to his MVP caliber form.

Raimel Tapia – Playing for the Rockies, Tapia gets a boost on his offense categories. His ability to run and good contact (0.321 average last year) makes him valuable. He is 27, and if his power increases a little bit (15-20 home runs), he should be able to be a Top 10 outfielder by the end of the season.
Myles Straw – With the departure of a fellow outfielder George Springer, Straw may be able to get a starting position for the Houston Astros. With his ability to run with a possible leadoff spot, he should provide plenty of Runs and SBs.

David Price – Many people may say Price is done as his last season with the Boston Red Sox ended with 4.28 ERA and 1.31 walks and hits per inning pitched (WHIP). However, he had 3.58 ERA and 1.14 WHIP with 177 Strikeouts the year before. Now, he is playing for the National League instead of the American League which should help.
Cristian Javier – He has 3.48 ERA and 0.99 WHIP with 54 strikeouts in 54.1 innings last year. He has been on fire since 2019, and he finally got the opportunity to shine last year. For some reason, he is barely drafted in most baseball leagues.