Fantasy Smack Talk (FST) - Fantasy Sports Advice for Football, Baseball, and Basketball
Finding a few late-round gems in your 2014 fantasy baseball draft can make the difference between winning and losing your league. Let’s take a look at a several deep sleepers that you may want to take a gamble on late in your draft. If you have any draft day questions feel free to post them in our Fantasy Baseball Forum.
Yelich was one of the top prospects in the minors in 2011 and 2012, but his numbers went down a bit once he made it to AAA in 2013. He still got called up last year though and he didn’t do too bad with limited at bats in the bigs. At only 22 years old I think the best is certainly yet to come and he is a great late round gamble with a lot of upside.
Even though Blackmon is currently the 4th outfielder for the Rockies, I still like his overall potential. He was great in 2013 with limited at bats and I think Colorado will find a way to get him on the field. You can’t use a great draft pick on Blackmon just because of his situation, but I think he makes a great 5th or 6th outfielder for your fantasy team. If he wins the starting gig or if there is an injury to one of the other outfielders for Colorado, then I think Blackmon could be a top 30 fantasy outfielder.
As of now it looks like Scooter is beating out Weeks for the starting second base spot for the Brewers. If he ends up playing everyday then I think he could be a great value on draft day. In limited at bats last year he hit well over .300 and had decent power. At only 23 years old he is one of the most interesting young second basemen in the league this year.
Brothers will be battling with Hawkins this spring training for the closer role and if he wins the starting gig he will be a great late round closer to target. He was solid last year out of the pen for Colorado and I would be surprised if he isn’t their closer on opening day. At this point Hawkins is an old man and the Rockies have to look for their closer of the future.
As of now it looks like Strop is in the lead for the closer role for the Cubs and he could be a decent source of saves that you can get super late in your draft. Looking at his numbers last year they weren’t that great, but his K counts were solid and he has had success in the past. He will be on a short leash though at the beginning of the season, so keep that in mind on draft day.
Hunter has a golden opportunity to start the year as the Orioles closer and if he gets off to a good start he could hold the job all year. His numbers weren’t amazing last year, but when you look at what Jim Johnson did for them the last 2 years it’s hard not to get excited about the saves potential. Even though Hunter didn’t have a great K rate, his walks were extremely low and his whip was under 1. All that being said he should be a great source of cheap saves come draft day.
I don’t have huge expectations for Iglesias, but I like his upside when it comes to a utility guy that you can get late in the draft. He has third and shortstop eligibility and he proved last year in limited at bats the he can play at the big league level. Even though I don’t think he will crack the top 15 at the shortstop position, I still think he will have fantasy value because of his position eligibility.
Miller is a middle infielder that I really like heading into 2014. He had decent success in limited at bats in the bigs last year and I love his minor league stats. In 2 full years in the minors he hit over .330 with decent power and speed. You are going to have to spend a somewhat decent draft pick if you want him on your team this year, but I think he will be well worth the risk.
The projected starting center fielder for the Cubs could be fantasy relevant this year and he is worth a look in the last few rounds. In limited at bats last year he proved that he can do a little bit of everything and it will be interesting to see what he can do with a full season of at bats. There is a good chance that he bats towards the top of that lineup, so he should have a lot of at bats this year.
Pinto is one of the best young catchers in the game and he showed the world what he is capable of at the end of 2013. In September last year he hit over .340 with decent power. Even though Mauer is out of the way and moving to first base, he still has to battle with Suzuki for playing time. The Twins are going to want to get their young catcher some at bats as the year goes and I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he is there main everyday catcher after the all-star break.