While the definition of a sleeper is open to debate and opinion, for the sake of this column we’ll define a sleeper simply as a player that will outperform their draft position. Let’s take a look at our top fantasy baseball sleepers 2016 that are safe bets to provide good value for where you will be able to get them on draft day. If you have any draft day questions feel free to post them in our Fantasy Baseball Forum.
Brantley battled injuries last year and he only played in 137 games, ending with 529 at bats. Even with him missing 25 games he still had 60 extra base hits and 15 stolen bases. Brantley it’s 100% currently and he could miss the first few weeks of the season, but that just means he will cost less on draft day and he should be there for your team when it counts the most.
I am still trying to figure out why the fantasy world disrespects Frazier. True he is a little older at 30 and he doesn’t bat for the best average, but he has been solid over the last four years. Even though Frazier isn’t the sexiest pick you need to make sure you are giving him the credit he deserves on draft day. We currently have Frazier as our fifth best third baseman for 2016.
I have high hopes for this young third basemen for 2016 and I think he could end the year as one of the top young fantasy players at his position. Don’t expect a batting average over .300 and don’t count on much speed, but I think he could easily hit over 20 long balls. Franco is the perfect guy to target late in the draft if you need a third basemen for your bench with upside.
When you look at the extra base hit stats for Paulsen they are pretty awesome, almost as awesome as his sweet mustache that he rocks from time to time. He had 34 extra base hits in just 325 at bats last year and I am excited to see what he can do with a full season of at bats. The Rockies have moved on from Justin Morneau and this means an every day job for Paulsen.
I haven’t been this excited about a player coming to MLB for a long time. True it’s partly because I am a huge Twins fan, but Park should bring some excitement to the game. This guy was nuts in the Korean leagues hitting well over .300 with over 50 home runs and over 140 RBIs. While I don’t expect those numbers to translate to the bigs, I am expecting some solid power stats and if you get a chance you should watch his sweet bat flips on Youtube.
Dickerson carried a hefty price tag on draft day heading into last season and he let down all of his owners with an injury-riddled season. He did put up solid stats while he was healthy though, so there is a nice chance of a bounce back. He has a new home with the Rays and he should be out to prove something on his new squad.
When I look where other experts have Keuchel ranked I scratch my head at the hate. Many have him outside of the top ten for starting pitchers and to me that just seems crazy. The guy has had two stellar seasons in a row and in my opinion could easily be a top seven starting pitcher this year. In my opinion he is a true ace and he should be drafted as such.
Rosenthal’s production has been somewhat of a roller coaster thus far in his short career, but there is no doubting this kids talent. He has amazing K rates, he rarely gives up home runs and if you take out his 2014 season he has a great walk ratio as well. Rosenthal has the potential of being one of the best in the game at the closer role and I am expecting big things from him in 2016.
After the season that Giles had last year it’s no surprise that he will be on most people’s sleepers list. Even with that being said I think he could still be a value on draft day. He has the potential of being a top five closer and his average draft position currently has him as about the tenth closer off the board.
I have always been a Jake McGee fan and even though he has been up and down during his career I like his chances this season. He has a new home in Colorado and many fantasy owners will write him off because of his new ball park and the fact that the Rockies only had 68 wins last year. Those fears are going to push McGee down most draft boards and this should make him a good value pick.