It’s hard to win a fantasy league without making a few great late picks during the draft. Every year there are several players that get picked near the end of the draft and end up having huge fantasy value. Our experts give you a list of deep sleepers that you you may want to take a gamble on in the late rounds of your 2012 fantasy baseball draft. If you have any fantasy baseball questions about sleepers, busts, or who to draft, feel free to post them in our Fantasy Sports Forum.
Robertson had an amazing year last year, and if he played for almost any other team he would be a closer. As long as Rivera is healthy Robertson will only have limited value, but he has the potential of being a top closer. He might not get a chance to close games this year, but he still has solid value as a setup man.
Duda is a young talented outfielder on a big market team, but he isn’t getting a lot of attention in the preseason fantasy rankings. In 301 at bats last year he had 50 RBIs, and he batted over .300 in each of the last 3 months of the season. Duda has a chance to show us what he can do this year, and I think he is a great gamble in the later rounds.
Altuve was just ok when he got called up last year by the Astros, but I still really like his upside. Before he got called up in 357 at bats in the minors he was batting .389 with 24 stolen bases. I think he could easily get his average up over .300 this year and throw in over 20 stolen bases. Altuve is a guy that is going to go really late in most drafts, and I think he is the perfect guy to target for your backup second basemen.
In 2 starts last year Peacock was impressive. Posting a 2-0 record with a sub 1 ERA. He is penciled in as the 5th starter for the A’s this year, and he could be a nice last round pick. In the minors in 2011 he had a 15 and 3 win loss record, well over a strikeout per inning, and had a 2.39 ERA.
The former first round pick got a chance to start for the Braves last year, and he showed some signs of promise. After the all star break in 9 games started, he had over a strikeout per inning and posted a sub 4 ERA. Minor is only 24 years old and he has a lot of breakout potential this year as the Braves 5th starter.
I love taking gambles on setup men or closers who move into the starting rotation. You know if they were pitching in the 8th or 9th inning that they have the ability to strike people out, and they normally have low ERAs as well. Bard had a down year last year when compared to his 2010 stats, but I still like his potential as a starter for the Red Sox this year.
The Padres didn’t give Luebke much run support in 2011, he posted a 3.29 ERA but he only had 6 wins in 17 starts. While it might be hard for Luebke to reach double digit wins, I still really like his potential. He had well over a strikeout per inning, and he has the stuff to be a dominant fantasy pitcher.
Guzman didn’t hit a lot of HRs last year, but he still has the potential to have a lot of fantasy value. He could lead all first basemen in stolen bases and potentially even batting average. I would be surprised if Guzman hits even close to 20 HRs this year, but I still really like his overall upside.
Lowrie has never had a chance to have a full season of at bats, and he should get just that as the new starting shortstop for the Astros this year. He has shown flashes of talent when given opportunities in the past, and I think he could put together a solid year. I am not expecting huge numbers, but he is worth a gamble for how late you will be able to get him in most drafts.
When you look at the numbers for the whole season from Morel they look just average, but the story is how he ended the season. In the month of September in 85 at bats he had 8 HRs and drove in 19 RBIs. He did however bat .224 during that stretch, but he proved that he can hit the ball out of the park. Morel is far from a guarantee, but this young third basemen has a big upside.