2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers

You can never read enough articles on fantasy baseball sleepers this time of year, right? And since my colleagues already got the ball rolling on this I figured I’d join the party as well. Below are three guys that I’m targeting towards the end of all of my drafts. Oh and a quick tip, if you really believe in your sleepers like I do don’t wait and try to get the best value possible. Just draft them wherever you think is necessary to ensure someone else doesn’t scoop them up.

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Robert Gsellman | SP | NYM

ADP 280

An overlooked Mets pitching prospect that exceeds expectations upon reaching the majors, sound familiar? Yeah the Jacob deGrom comparisons go beyond just the hair. Despite mediocre minor league numbers, the skills are real with Gsellman. While not a flamethrower like many of his teammates he can still get it up to the mid 90’s and has the breaking stuff to keep hitters off balance. Additionally, it seems like there is going to be plenty of opportunity for Gsellman to carve out a role in this rotation as soon as Opening Day. Nobody knows what to expect from Harvey, Matz has never been able to stay healthy and Wheeler has already experienced setbacks in his return from TJ surgery. Assuming he gets at least 20 starts Gsellman is a great option as a fifth or sixth starter in mixed formats. And even if he doesn’t, at this price it’s certainly a risk worth taking.

Annaliese Leon - Cronkite News

Annaliese Leon – Cronkite News

Travis Shaw | 1B & 3B | MIL

ADP 329.7

The playing time is still somewhat of a concern, but at least it’s the favorable side of any potential platoon. My real source of excitement about Shaw however is the venue change as he goes from the worst park for left-handed power (Fenway) to the absolute best (Miller). Trust me I was just as surprised as you to see that Milwaukee played ever better than Yankee Stadium or Coors in this area last season. Even in fewer games that change alone could take Shaw from 16 homers all the way up to around 25. The Brewers propensity for stealing bases is also something to keep an eye on. While I’m not projecting it, it’s certainly plausible that we see him swipe 8-10 bags this year. Shaw is obviously a great target in an NL-only format, but I could actually see him being a viable CI option in deeper mixers as well.

(Looks like Haniger will finally have an everyday job/Photo: Joe Camporeale - USA TODAY Sports)

(Looks like Haniger will finally have an everyday job/Photo: Joe Camporeale – USA TODAY Sports)

Mitch Haniger | OF | SEA

ADP 338.7

Haniger has been one of the most talked about players this spring so in all likelihood you’re going to have to draft him a bit higher by now in most competitive leagues. Still, I think he’s a great value anywhere outside the top 240. The power has always been there in the minors so with the Mariners’ everyday RF job locked up a 15-20-homer season seems likely. More importantly, Haniger has personally expressed his desire to run more. Maybe it’s just talk, but the last time I heard a player be this vocal about stealing bases was Manny Machado in 2015 and Wil Myers last season. It also helps that Seattle has been the most aggressive team on the bases so far in spring training with Haniger himself already swiping a pair of bags. And while I don’t think he has the upside of the other two, even getting to 10 steals would be a massive value given where he’s being drafted.

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