Fantasy Baseball OF Sleepers: Breakout outfielders, late-round steals

Everybody who’s finished a fantasy baseball draft is aware of you possibly can nearly all the time discover an outfielder price drafting. This does not imply it is best to cross on the top-tier OFs within the early rounds, nevertheless it does let you realize it is best to have a helpful record of sleepers in your cheat sheet. The potential breakouts you discover within the outfield can produce in quite a lot of classes, making it an excellent place to focus on to spherical out your roster.

As all the time, we attempt to present an array of potential sleepers, whether or not you are in shallow leagues or deep leagues. A few of the gamers listed under will not be concerns in 10-team, three-OF leagues, however when you’re in a 12- or 14-team five-OF league, you realize you will be digging deep for a bench outfielder or two. 

You additionally know that numerous worthwhile outfielders will pop up all through the season. They may not be something greater than two-week flashes, however using scorching streaks can work so long as you do not drop first rate long-term gamers. A few of the guys under may not do a lot early within the season, however preserve them in thoughts because the 12 months goes on. 

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Fantasy Baseball OF Sleepers: Breakout outfielders, late-round steals

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Randy Arozarena, Rays. Arozarena might be extra overvalued than undervalued at this level, so it is likely to be a little bit of a stretch to name him a “sleeper,” however whereas many may consider him as a slugger after his torrid postseason, he additionally has an excellent quantity of pace. Arozarena stole 19 bases between the majors and minors in 2019, and he is a legit 20/20 candidate (and even 30/20 candidate) heading into this 12 months. It appears doubtless he’ll get overdrafted, however simply remember that he may also help in a number of classes.

Ryan Mountcastle, Orioles (additionally eligible at 1B). Mountcastle impressed in his 35-game MLB debut final 12 months, posting a .333/.386/.492 line with 5 homers. Ticketed for on a regular basis taking part in time within the outfield, the 24-year-old slugger broke out at Double-A in 2018 (.297/.341/.464) and continued that in Triple-A in ’19 (.312/.344/.527). Clearly, he is trending upward, and given his dwelling park, it would not be shocking to see him hit near 25 HRs with a stable common and an excellent quantity of RBIs.

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Anthony Santander, Orioles. Santander is not an entire unknown after hitting 20 HRs in 93 video games in 2019 and 11 HRs in 37 video games in ’20, however as a result of he performs on the Orioles and hasn’t had a monster season but, fantasy house owners may not notice simply how excessive his breakout potential is. The 26-year-old switch-hitter surprisingly would not strike out a lot for an influence hitter (only a 15.2-percent strikeout proportion final 12 months, 21.2 the 12 months earlier than), and he will not kill your common, settling in round .260. He would not run, however given his dwelling park, homers and RBIs appear inevitable. 

Alex Verdugo, Crimson Sox. Verdugo has largely impressed the previous two seasons, hitting .294/.342/.475 with the Dodgers in 2019 and .308/.367/.478 with the Crimson Sox final 12 months. He hasn’t proven the power to steal many bases or hit a variety of homers, so it is easy to miss him, however he’ll doubtless hit for a excessive common. At 24, he may nonetheless develop extra energy, which can doubtless end in a good variety of runs and RBIs, however the principle cause to focus on Verdugo is when you want common assist.

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Leody Taveras, Rangers. Texas has a number of OF and DH choices, so Taveras cannot afford a sluggish begin, however the 22-year-old switch-hitter has legit power-speed upside. Proper now, he is extra pace than energy — and his common will doubtless disappoint — however fantasy house owners are all the time on the lookout for pace. If he hits leadoff for the Rangers, he may be a significant supply of runs, particularly if his 10.4-percent BB-rate from final 12 months is legit.

Mitch Haniger, Mariners. Haniger is a significant well being threat after taking part in simply 63 video games the previous two years due to quite a lot of accidents, however in his lone full season in 2018, he posted a .285/.366/.493 line with 26 HRs, 90 runs, 93 RBIs, and eight SBs. At 29, he should not be washed up, however the odds of him staying wholesome appear slim. Nonetheless, he is price a late middle-round decide on the possibility he performs 140-plus video games. 

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Victor Reyes, Tigers. Reyes is working out of possibilities to make good on the promise he confirmed within the minors (.299/.346/.391 with a good quantity of steals), but when he will get common taking part in time, he may hit for a good common, pop double-digit homers, and steal 20 bases. That has worth late in drafts in deeper leagues.

Dylan Carlson, Cardinals. Carlson struggled in his first main league motion final 12 months, hitting simply .200/.252/.364 in 35 video games, however his 2019 numbers spent largely at Double-A (.292/.372/.542 with 26 HRs and 20 SBs spent) present his upside. His strikeouts are a fear, however tif he holds onto his job and will get on a regular basis taking part in time in St. Louis’s stable lineup, he’ll be price a beginning spot in five-OF leagues.

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Cristian Pache. Pache may begin the season within the minors, however the 22-year-old defensive whiz may simply discover his manner into the lineup quickly. His bat continues to be a piece in progress, however with stable contact expertise, growing energy, and good pace, Pache might be a pleasant all-around contributor as soon as he does get taking part in time. 

Brandon Nimmo, Mets. Nimmo is a type of gamers who’s higher in actual life than fantasy due to his excessive BB-rate, however he quietly confirmed an enchancment in energy final 12 months, slugging .484 whereas chopping down on the strikeouts. If that pattern continues, it isn’t loopy to suppose Nimmo can hit near 25 HRs and steal round 10 bases whereas producing a excessive OBP. That is price a late-round flier, a minimum of in OBP leagues.

Sam Hilliard, Rockies. The Coors Discipline issue makes nearly each Rockies hitter a possible sleeper, however Hilliard is especially intriguing due to his power-speed mixture. The 27-year-old lefty may wind up being a “Quad-A” participant, however he hit 42 HRs and stole 24 bases between Double-A and Triple-A in 2019. The common doubtless will not be nice due to a excessive strikeout proportion, however Hilliard ought to get a shot at common taking part in time within the majors this 12 months. 

Myles Straw, Astros. Straw is a traditional no-power speedster who may hit one homer — actually one homer — and swipe 40 luggage with common taking part in time. It is unclear if he’ll get on a regular basis bats, nevertheless it appears like that is the plan to begin the season. These kinds of gamers nonetheless have worth, and with Straw’s excessive BB-rate, he ought to all the time produce in steals and runs even when he would not do a lot else.

Different OF-eligible sleepers written about elsewhere: Daulton Varsho (C), Nick Solak (2B, 3B), Dylan Moore (2B, 3B, SS), Garrett Hampson (SS), Jon Berti (2B, 3B, SS), Yoshi Tsutsugo (3B), Dee Unusual-Gordon (SS*, 2B)

*Not eligible to play there on draft day however anticipated to play there throughout the season



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