Many things have changed since November when we kicked off the 2010 fantasy baseball sleeper posts. For one, the date. For two, some of these guys are no longer that sleepery. For three, hut-hut-hike! As long as you don’t reach too far, sleepers can make all the difference on your team. You’re not grabbing a sleeper in the first round. You’re not like, “Hey, Drunky Cabrera, you walk that line, I’m going with Garrett Jones.” You should have a solid foundation in the first eight to ten rounds, then mix some sleepers in after that. If you click on the names for these players, there’s entire posts about them with their 2010 projections. Anyway, here’s some sleepers for 2010 fantasy baseball:
Alcides Escobar – Forty steals from Alcides wouldn’t be surprising. He’s especially nice if Web Gems is a category in your league. Please, blog, may I have some more?
Rookie pitchers give you a roofie. Rookie hitters give you agita. So why do we keep going back for more like a guest on Oprah? It’s sorta like the old joke that Woody Allen quotes in Annie Hall. We need the eggs. Besides said eggs, if a rookie somehow/someway breaks out, he’ll help you win your championship. Face it, if you draft properly in the first 7 to 10 rounds, your team will be competitive, but so should other teams. It’s what you do after those rounds that makes the difference. You’re not winning your league with A-Rod, but you could with Ian Desmond. As wonky as that sounds, it’s true. If you click on the player’s name, you’ll find whole posts and projections for each guy. It’s like Santa woke up drunk in March. Anyway, here’s some rookies to target for 2010 fantasy baseball:
Brian Matusz – As the fortune cookie that snuck through quality control says, a person who goes to bed with scratchy rear wakes up with a smelly finger. Rookie pitchers can give you a scratchy rear. I’m real hesitant about rookie pitchers. I’d prefer a starter to target from that post. Please, blog, may I have some more?
The top 20, 40, 60 and 80 starters for 2009 fantasy baseball can be found under the 2010 fantasy baseball rankings. For those of you who spent most of college like me here’s the Cliff Notes version of the starters. If you click on some of the player’s names, you’ll see whole posts dedicated to these doodes with 2010 fantasy baseball projections. Anyway, here’s some starters to target for 2010 fantasy baseball:
Jonathan Sanchez – 200 Ks; ADP 200-something. That’s like having extra butter on your movie popcorn and control over the artificial sour cream seasoning shaker. Hint: Take off the lid and pour it on. It’s wonderful. Please, blog, may I have some more?
Even if you draft one or two outfielders in the top 100 (which you should), you’ll still need to identify some late bargains. The top 20, 40, 60 and 80 outfielders for 2010 fantasy baseball can be found under the 2010 fantasy baseball rankings. This is by no means all the outfielders I’d draft for one of my teams. This is a list of guys that will go late and could provide some healthy returns. Where applicable, click on the player’s name to read more about them and to see their 2010 projections. Anyway, here’s some outfielders to target for 2010 fantasy baseball:
Jay Bruce – Bruce is actually a good case study for someone who wants to see how long it takes a player to go from being a hyped rookie to actually producing. Bruce burst on the scene in 2008, then bust on the scene in 2009 and now can actually start producing. Please, blog, may I have some more?
I suggest you grab a 3rd baseman before leaving the top 100, but that’s not always possible. So, if you miss out on one, this list is guys that can be had later in your drafts. Look at this as a supplement to the top 20 3rd basemen of 2010 fantasy baseball. Where applicable, click on the players name to read more about them or to see their 2010 projections. Anyway, here’s some 3rd basemen to target for 2010 fantasy baseball:
Ian Stewart – For those drinking every time I mention Stewart, keep your buzz going. Please, blog, may I have some more?
There’s no Reyes, Rollins or Hanley on this list of shortstops. This list is guys that can be had later in your drafts if you’ve punted shortstop or are still looking for a middle infielder. Look at this as a supplement to the top 20 shortstops of 2010 fantasy baseball. If you’re feeling especially industrious, click on the players name to read more about them or to see their 2010 projections. Anyway, here’s some shortstops to target for 2010 fantasy baseball:
Elvis Andrus – He’s slated to start the season in the nine hole. I’ll bet my two hole he moves up the order by midseason. Please, blog, may I have some more?
Some of these guys will be on waivers if you don’t draft them, so does that mean you shouldn’t draft them? Actually, I got confused by my own question, but I think that means you should still draft them. Or maybe it means you should pick them up. Or maybe wait until someone else picks them up, then mock them relentlessly then when they drop them you pick them up. Yeah, that feels right. Either way, here’s some players that no one may own coming out of your (12 team) draft, but you’re likely to look at them at some point in the season. In larger leagues, these guys will probably be last round steals. Please, blog, may I have some more?
Between the two middle infield positions, I tend to draft a 2nd baseman early and punt shortstop. This happens for a few reasons. 1) 2nd base has more talent. That’s right, I draft the deeper position earlier. Same reason I punt catchers and try to get a 1st baseman early. If a position is deep, a lot of your leaguemates are going to have one of the top guys. You don’t want to be one of the 3 or 4 teams without a top guy. 2) There’s less difference between a middle-tiered shortstop and a bottom-tiered one. 3) Shortstops tend to give value with the steal. You can find cheap steals later. Most of the 2nd basemen on this list are going after the top 100 in your 2010 fantasy drafts. This is a supplement to the top 20 2nd basemen of 2010 fantasy baseball. Please, blog, may I have some more?
Denard Dawg doesn’t seem to have a bad rap. He has no rap. Denard Span gets about as much press as fencing in the high school newspaper sports section. Span’s in the shadow of everyone, not just his teammate, the 7-foot-1 Loek van Mil (who’s supposedly very TALLented). Denard couldn’t even get hit on by a waitress at a pool bar. No one wants the guy that barely gets 10 homers or 20 steals. Like the reviews said for Mr. Please, blog, may I have some more?
Here, friend, are some catchers that I will be targeting at my 2010 fantasy drafts after the top options are gone. I’m not going to get into the strategy of punting catchers. Been there, half-drunkenly wrote that. Click on the player’s name where applicable to read more and see their 2010 projections. This is a supplement to the top 20 catchers of 2010 fantasy baseball. Anyway, here’s some catchers to target for 2010 fantasy baseball:
Ramon Hernandez – He’s unexciting3. But so is losing your league. Please, blog, may I have some more?