Finding a few late-round gems in your 2016 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.
Castellanos had himself a nice 2015 campaign, racking up 54 extra base hits with a decent batting average. I think the 24 year old third baseman is primed for a breakout season and he needs to be on your sleeper list. He won’t give you any speed, but I think he could flirt with 20 home runs and 100 RBIs this year.
If you are looking for power then don’t look at Marte, but I like his potential for speed with a decent average. He is only 22 years old and and I think he could be a relevant fantasy shortstop for many years to come. Marte is the perfect second shortstop to draft for some bench depth.
Duffy is one of my favorite sleeper infielders this year and I will be targeting him in all of my leagues. He can bat for average, throws in some power, and he is a lock for double digit stolen bases. Duffy was great in the minors and it looks like this kid could be the real deal.
Lamb spent a few years in the minors where he hit well over .300 with decent power totals. He got called up last year and had some instant success and I think he will build on his numbers in 2016. I am expecting close to a .300 average with some speed and decent power. I don’t think Lamb will be a top ten third baseman, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he cracks the top 15.
I think Javier Baez is the best hitter in the bigs that doesn’t have a starting gig. The 23 year old from Puerto Rico has amazing power and he has the potential to bat for average as well. The biggest hurdle for Baez is playing time in the middle infield of the Cubs lineup, he is currently stuck behind Addison Russell and Ben Zobrist. If Baez does end up with regular playing time then I truly think the sky is the limit.
At only 22 years old Reed is one of the best prospects in the game. His minor league stats are sick and I would be shocked if he doesn’t get a shot at the bigs in 2016. Pay close attention to his spring training stats and the reports on this young superstar, if he is going to start the year in the majors then bump him up your draft boards.
There are many things I like about Realmuto. I am a fan of his batting average potential, I think he will add some pop, and he has a great chance at double digit stolen bases. At 25 years old I think he could be inline for a breakout season and I love him as a sleeper. The catcher position is somewhat thin this year, so make sure to try to grab this kid toward the end of your draft for some depth.
I am excited about Ender in 2016 and I think he has the chance of being one of the biggest surprises. He only had six home runs last year, but he did end up with 38 extra base hits and he hit over .300 with 21 stolen bases. At only 25 years old I think he could increase his power numbers and if he is able to do that then he could be the whole package.
Mahtook was impressive in limited at bats last year and I think he might get a chance to show us what he can do in 2016. He has some competition for at bats, but if he does well I think the Rays will make sure he gets some playing time. Keep a close eye on Mahtook in spring training because if he ends up winning a staring gig he could have solid value.
The Mets have done it again when it comes to finding another great starting pitcher. Matz has been a part of the Mets organization since 2012 and since that time he has never had an ERA over 2.62 and he has always had right around a strikeout per inning. It looks like he has locked up a spot in the starting rotation and he could be a nice surprise this year.