Editor's choice: Fantasy baseball sleepers

by KFFL Staff on February 25, 2011 @ 03:40:40 PDT

 


KFFL's staffers choose their favorite 2011 fantasy baseball sleepers.

Nicholas Minnix

Player
POS
TM
The what for
Travis Snider
OF
TOR
This is the year he puts it all together: 30-homer power and improving BA skills in a 23-YO, self-aware hitter available in 2nd half of MLB snakes.
J.J. Hardy
SS
BAL
Two years of awful production, with 2 different excuses. On the O's (love that park), 20-plus HR are once again a good possibility for him.
Dan Johnson
1B
TB
Excellent AAA hitter with high-end power has struggled to translate his OBP prowess into an acceptable MLB BA. Sounds like Carlos Pena 4 years ago.
Scott Sizemore
2B
DET
Nothing different about the skills (.285 BA, 15 HR, 15 SB) of popular 2009 sleeper - except he's (1) healthy, and (2) without a job. But he has avenues.
Jeff Francis
SP
KC
No one turns a profit like a $1 pitcher - 4.00 ERA, 10 W's and 125 K's all good bets if he stays relatively healthy.

 

Tim Heaney

Player
POS
TM
The what for
Jordan Zimmermann
SP
WSH
Return from TJS was flawed, but GB boost and recovering heat, paired w/ pristine BB/9, spell continuation of promising '09 rookie season.
Travis Snider
OF
TOR
Post-hypes often desirable targets. Snider RAKES. He whiffs, too, and that'll drive many away. Stable role, more seasoning - boom coming.
Danny Espinosa
2B
WSH
Will have to live w/ horrid BA. But you should embrace 20-20 potential, especially in MI class w/ less intriguing options. At his cost, take the chance.
Kila Ka'aihue
1B
KC
Kila monster, soon 27 years old, will get 1st crack at 1B; has OBP, pop to stick. KC doesn't want Eric Hosmer becoming another Alex Gordon, either.
Bud Norris
SP
HOU
BB/9 still an issue, but bargain-bin price worth a trial - K's too alluring to pass up. His GB rate is creeping upward. Most will ignore him. Don't.

 

Keith Hernandez

Player
POS
TM
The what for
Chris Young
SP
NYM
Assuming his shoulder is healthy, he could be a bargain. Citi Field should diminish some negative impact of FB%. NL-only target for sure.
Matt LaPorta
1B
CLE
Post-hyper struggled in '10 due to injuries, a main reason for poor #s. Power upside is still there, and BA should rebound.
Ryan Webb
RP
FLA
Leo Nunez isn't fully trusted by the Fish. Webb has the stuff to be a closer, and I'm not buying Clay Hensley in the role.
Alexi Ogando
RP
TEX
Neftali Feliz being considered for rotation - somebody has to close. Ogando throws gas and displays solid K/9. Closer-worthy arm at insanely cheap price.
Dustin Ackley
2B
SEA
Ackley is a big league hitter and is pushing for a roster spot. Brendan Ryan doesn't excite me at 2B for the M's. It won't be long before Ackley gets his shot.

 

Cory J. Bonini

Player
POS
TM
The what for
Gordon Beckham
2B
CWS
Capable contributor in four categories; added muscle this offseason, and the team added Adam Dunn's muscle.
Travis Snider
OF
TOR
Will play every day, has the power and can hit LHP; worthwhile pick if you can offset his BA elsewhere.
Reid Brignac
IF
TB
Enough pop, livable BA, plenty of minor league experience and respectable speed - nice late-round gamble.
Kyle Drabek
SP
TOR
Very smart player with MLB bloodlines; impresive curveball and mid-90s fastball. Could be inconsistent but upside is tough to ignore.
Russell Martin
C
NYY
Perhaps a better undervalued candidate; has a great eye, Yankee Stadium and impressive lineup is on his side; low cost mitigates risk.

 

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