Fantasy Baseball Sleepers
With baseball season about to start, many will be taking part in fantasy baseball. Most people already have a strategy for their draft, but before you decided to draft anyone, let’s take a look at some fantasy baseball sleepers in this year’s fantasy baseball draft.
Our first sleeper is veteran Kolten Wong, who signed a two-year $18 million contract with the Milwaukee Brewers this offseason. In his 8 years in the Major Leagues, Wong has displayed some impressive stats.
Kelton Wong Stats:
- AVG: .261
- OBP: .333
- SLG: .384
- OPS: .717
- HR: 53
- RBI: 281
Even though Wong only hit one home run last season, he has shown great power throughout his career, hitting at least 9 home runs in 4 of his last 6 seasons. In the infield, Wong is a brick wall with a fielding percentage of .974%.
Fantasy baseball owners are waiting to draft him in the 16th round after second basemen Luis Guillorme and Jake Cronentworth, which to me does not make any sense.
Another player people should be looking out for is the Orioles right fielder Trey Mancini. Mancini did not play in the 2020 season due to colon cancer. In 2019 he had an average of .291 with 35 home runs and 97 RBI’s.
He is right not going to being drafted 186th on average. When you think about this, you could acquire Mancini at no risk and have a chance of him putting up the same type of numbers he did when he was healthy, which were about the same as J.D. Martinez.
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Fantasy Baseball Sleepers: Strasburg
Washington National’s Pitcher Stephen Strasburg, last year around this time, was ranked a top-six starter. Now he is ranked at 27th and is returning from carpal tunnel surgery. If Strasburg can perform like he has all throughout his career, he will be a steal in the draft.
Cincinnati Reds center fielder Nick Senzel has been plagued by injuries and sickness the last two seasons. He batted .245 in his first 127 major league games with 14 home runs and 16 steals. If he can stay on the field and play at least 150 games, he is a player you want with his draft stock dropping.
Washington Nationals catcher Yan Gomes is about to start his 10th year in the league. In 2020 he had an 84.6% contact percentage, which is also his career contact%.
He also has a career batting average of .246, and you may think that is low, but when it came to catchers in 2020, their batting averages were .229. Last year Gomes batted a solid .284 because he brought his strikeout rate down.
The Nationals GM stated he would be playing at least 110 because they want to take some of Gomes’ burden off. You will Likely see Gomes perform in 2021 with around 12-14 home runs.
Another catcher that is a sleeper this year is Minnesota Twins Ryan Jeffers. He only had 62 plate appearances in 26 games played, but he hit the ball hard while he was up at the plate. He also showed patience by drawing a walk 8% of the time.
Jeffers had a max exit velocity of 112.9 mph, which was 4th among catchers. People are worried because he is up against his fellow teammate Mitch Garver. Expect to see Jeffers getting most of the playing time.
I say this because Jeffers is in the 90th percentile for framing among catchers; his defense is very solid and consistent and, he hit the ball hard.
There are many sleepers to choose from in this year’s MLB fantasy draft, especially after having a shortened 60 game season, but I think you will get the most bang for your buck with these picks.