In fantasy baseball, you will encounter different breeds of sleepers, right from household names to emerging sleepers. Whether you are an entrant or a long-time diehard, you ought to understand the typical sleepers that you need in order to have a lasting baseball experience. While this article does not necessarily give you the assurance of a league championship, the insights provided here will take you a long way. Bearing in mind that fantasy baseball sleepers are fickle, these are some of the names that you expect to explode to fame this year:
Taijuan Walker (RHP Seattle Mariners)
This is a 22-year old hotshot that has remained in the limelight for the past two seasons, though his star has been marred by some injuries. His recent form placed the Mariners 5th prior to the 12the round, something that makes him a big star for savvy fantasy sleeper pickers.
Martin Prado ( Miami Marlins)
Although his 2014 season ended early because of a serious appendectomy, Prado is back in the national league, with an expectation that he will remain the consistent bat that he has always been. Irrespective of the fact that the last season was not his prime, he is expected to make a major bounce-back after the rest. Due to his eligibility to take multiple positions, he is definitely expected to break double digit homers, score some runs and certainly drive in some runs.
Ryan Zimmerman (Washington Nationals)
Though he may not have given his best especially in previous keeper leagues, this guy is the best bet for seasonal leagues, precisely the mid rounds. Affected by injuries like other players, Zimmerman can play first base all season although he carries some OF eligibility as well. Third base eligibility proves a little harder to secure especially those times when he is an injury risk but he has always put up admirable power and RBI numbers whenever he is healthy. To use this player, however, you ought to have a perfect first baseman.
Nathan Eovaldi (New York Yankees)
Traded in with Martin Prado to join the Yankees, Nathan is known for his extraordinary velocity. He had a great spring under the auspices of a renowned Larry Rothschild, and is therefore expected to produce spectacular strikeouts.
Leonys Martin (Texas Rangers)
Although the Texas Rangers are less likely to shine this time round, Martin is certainly one of the best places to be watched. With his speed, expect Leonys to hit the lead-off spot full-time this season, with a probable 80 runs and 50 bases. With lots of expectations that Martin will improve his power this season, you definitely expect some easy time with him.
Avasail Garcia (Chicago White Sox)
People expected Garcia’s prime last season but his early injury saw him off for a better part of the season. Avasail is expected behind players such as Jose Abreu this season, which points out to plenty of RBI opportunities. However, he is a player who needs to reduce strikeouts and instead work on BA/OBP. Turning 24 this year, this player’s star is expected to shine brighter as he gains more and more experience.
Marcus Semien (Oakland Athletics)
Traded to Oakland from the Southern League MVP, he possesses a great pop for a second baseman and some attractive averages. He is not the kind of player that you will expect to steal bases but be sure that he is a safe pick in any league.
Alex Rodruguez (Newy York Yankees)
This is perhaps one of the players that you can describe as old, almost hitting 40. He has been locked out for almost two seasons but expect a great deal of pop in his bat. There is not much of an injury worry this time round, which places him at a better position to hit 20 runs alongside the most descent BA/OBP.
Mike Zunino (Seattle Marines)
Irrespective of his 25-hommer potential, Mike does strike out a lot. Having improved his walk last season, this is one of the players you need in the draft especially if you haven’t settled on any catcher. With only 24 years of age, expect much from him as he heaps up experience over the coming seasons.
Conclusively, there is no assurance that particular players will continuously shine in fantasy baseball. To be savvy and strategic, however, you need to assess a person’s record, age, history of injuries and prospects of shining in seasons to come. With this comprehensive list, there are very little chances of going wrong.