Fantasy Baseball: Second Base Sleepers

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Trying to put together sleepers before all the big sites fully begin hosting drafts is really tough as the ADP data you receive is limited and very site and therefore format/league size specific. Instead I have decided to do my early sleepers at each position based on how I rank people versus the expert consensus on fantasy pros. Generally the expert consensus will shape ADP especially in the early stages so it may be that my final sleepers look very similar to this list but there might also be a few adjustments once things start to settle out closer to the season.

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Before we look at the guys I have picked as my second base sleepers I just want to stress that just because I rank them higher than others doesn’t mean I think you should reach and take them miles early. If they are generally going 20th off the board at the position and I have them ranked closer to 10th that doesn’t mean you take them 10th it just means you take them at the time the 16th/17th guys are coming off the board. Yes you will likely be slightly over paying for them but I think the upside for them to outperform that slight overpay is there. However, if you take them 10th overall at the position then you are negating their upside and they no longer become sleepers.

Finally, these players are sleepers in roto leagues as opposed to points and the eligibility I have for them is based on ESPN.

Ozzie Albies, Atlanta Braves

Albies seems to be one of those guys who you either believe in or you don’t and I think he can be successful as a second baseman this season. I made it quite clear in the podcast that my feelings on second base is a clear top seven with the safe DJ LeMahieu at eight followed by a lot of meh with upside after that. Last year in just 244 plate appearances Albies had six home runs and eight steals whilst hitting 0.286. The only thing out of character for him there was the level of power he demonstrated but he is a young player who will be constantly developing so there is no reason he cannot be a 10+ home run guy this year. Given where the Braves are in their process I see Albies playing a ton this year and hopefully most of it will be hitting 2nd which offers a good potential for a mix of runs and RBI. I currently have Albies projected for 70 runs, 55 RBI and 13 home runs which all makes for a nice base. When you add in a 0.270-0.280 average and the potential 20-30 steals he can offer you are all of a sudden looking at a nice return from second baseman who is ranked well outside the top 10 by most. If he does continue to develop there is no reason we cannot see him go above 15 home runs and get closer to 80/65 in the Run and RBI totals which should mean he ends the season a top 10 second baseman.

Starlin Castro, Miami Marlins

Check out my thoughts as I “Make the Case” for Starlin Castro.

Jose Peraza, Cincinnati Reds

Peraza was something of a disappointment to fantasy owners last year. Following a 21 steal performance in 250 PAs in 2016 there was a lot of talk about a possible 30 or even 40 steal year on 2017. Well in 518 PAs he managed just 23 steals and saw his average sink from the mid-0.320s to 0.260 and generally left fantasy owners pulling their hair out. The good news is this year he is ranked well outside the top 20 at second base (26) so it will be hard for him to be a disappointment at his price. A player who can offer you 20+ steals with the potential for much more if he gets it right is a valuable commodity. Chuck in duel eligibility at second and short and he feels like a decent late round pick who could offer a nice return if he starts hot and gets moved near the top of the order. Even batting at 9 in the Reds line-up I think he can be a top 15 second baseman who gives you a nice steals boost at a time in the draft when power is still available but speed is not.

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