I know, it’s probably hard for a lot of you to love again. Whether it’s divorce or your number one outfielder was out for 60 games with plantar fasciitis, it’s equally disappointing. Hopefully, you didn’t draft Carlos Quentin last year and get divorced. No one can go through that sort of heartbreak. Not even Samuel L. Jackson. And he can handle a lot. Well, put aside your bucket of tears because it’s time you learned to love again without the help of a Nancy Meyers movie. Carlos Quentin’s plantar fasciitis may not fully heal (pun point). It’s a nasty little thing, but players can be productive — heal or no heel (what, too much?). So what can Carlos Quentin provide for 2010 fantasy baseball and is he a fantasy sleeper?
Depends what your definition of a sleeper is, really. Some will say, Quentin’s getting drafted everywhere, so how is he a sleeper? That is kinda true, but my definition needs to be malleable for people in 10 team leagues. I bought Quentin for $5 in a ‘pert mock auction draft recently and I’ve seen him being drafted around 100th in snakes. For that value, he’s a sleeper. I.e., he should return more value compared to where he’s being drafted. In 2009, Quentin hit 21 homers in only 351 ABs and his HR/FB was a bit low for him. Is he a slam dunk for 30 homers? If he’s healthy, he is. I’d say 35 homers is a reach, but doable. Also, last year Quentin was profoundly unlucky to have a .236 average. He’s not a batting title winner in the making, but he is a .275 hitter. He has some sneaky speed too. Though his plantar fasciitis may limit that. But stealing a base a month wouldn’t be a tall order. So 80/28/95/.275/5 with a chance for more. That’s nothing to sneeze at unless you’re allergic to productive fantasy outfielders.