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What you say, you need fantasy baseball sleepers for 2008? You’re looking to get some value at your fantasy draft. Yeah, you and every other schmohawk who’s reading this. Luckily, there’s enough crap out there to distract enough people. So here’s a quick breakdown of 2008 fantasy baseball sleepers for every position. If you want their projections, check the “Players by Position” dropdown on the left side or download Rudy Gamble’s 2008 Player Rater, it’s free, viral and virus-free as far as I can tell. BTW, we’ve covered some of these dudes in past sleeper articles here, here , here and finally here. This list is going to be quick and to the point (unlike this intro).

CATCHERS

Ramon Hernandez – He’s back and his parents didn’t feel the need to spell his first name backwards, so there’s that. (Retire, Nomar, and go prepare a Cobb Salad for Mia.)

Carlos RuizGeovany Soto’s now being touted like he’s the coming Messiah and J.R. Towles might be okay, but you really shouldn’t be going caca-cuckoo for any rookie catchers. You know where your misplaced love should be focused? Ruiz. He could put up Posada numbers with a handful of steals to boot. You’re welcome.

FIRST BASEMEN

Conor Jackson – He’s looking at everyday duty without Tony Clark looming. And, weighing in at 540 lbs. and stepping over the top rope at seven feet-four inches, Tony Clark looms. Conor stops looking over his shoulder and does something. C.J.’s still young, btw.

Casey Kotchman – If I say one more time that Magic recovered from AIDS quicker than Casey recovered from mono, I’m going to hell. Kotchman’s back, ya’ll.

SECOND BASEMEN

Alberto Callaspo — Why won’t Grudzielanek retire? I blame the Royals.

Dustin Pedroia – A Red Sox under the radar after winning ROY? Um, kinda. He’s being undervalued. Whatevs, grab him.

Robinson Cano – A Yankee without farkin’ bees swarming around him? Yeah, sorta. He’s the homer/RBI cheese to your middle infielders’ steal macaronis.

SHORTSTOPS

Yunel Escobar — Here’s what I said months ago, “His OBP hovered around .380 for his career in pro ball and he has decent speed and power. He could easily be a poor man’s Renteria. I know, that doesn’t sound that enticing, but there’s a place for that.” Damn, I got wisdom.

Miguel Tejada – Okay, not exactly a sleeper in the conventional sense, but he’s not done. He ripped up DR’s winter ball in the offseason and he’s playing with something to prove (that he’s urinating clean).

THIRD BASEMEN

Alex Gordon – Disregard last season and give him another shot; in ’09, he’s not going to be cheap.

Edwin Encarncion  – I never thought I’d say this, but I actually like Edwin Encarncion a lot this year. I got hate in my heart for him because he doesn’t run out routine popups and Dusty may get sick of that shizz, but here’s to Edwin hustling this year.

OUTFIELDERS

Matt Diaz – So what he’s got a rep for killing only lefties, you can’t make roster moves? Slot him in against lefties. FYhoo, I think he hits both sides this year.

Luke Scott – Anyone with the first name Luke can play baseball. Just not in the majors (Luke Appalling, excluded). I hesitated putting Scott on this list, but he gets a shot this year. Worth a late round flier to take a gamble. (Full disclosure: I try to only give advice I would follow, and I won’t draft Luke in any league, so, well, now you know.)

Michael Bourn – I’ve covered Bourn so much, he’s moving into mancrush territory.

Carlos Quentin – I don’t even know if he has a job. Let’s hope he does, because last year wasn’t indicative of his talent.

Shane Victorino – I’ve  touted Victorino to the point where I’m not even sure he’s a sleeper anymore. Anyway, I would/will draft Victorino as my 3rd outfielder. You have to have Victorino on your team this year. I may start a running piece on my love for The Flying Hawaiian. I got lots of love to give.

STARTERS

Adam Wainwright – Look at his splits from last year. Took him three months to recover from that closer experiment and he was on point after the All-Star break. (He burned me in the 1st half of last year too, you gotta give him another chance.)

Manny Parra – You want this year’s Yovani? Parra will make everyone’s list next year. You get him this year, especially in keepers.

Zach Greinke –  If  he takes his mental health pills every day, he could be a force this year. Could the Royals be this year Brewers? Perhaps, Ms. Cleo.

CLOSERS

Carlos Marmol – He’s dealing and the Cubs (specifically Lou) want to win.

Joey Devine – I’m not convinced Devine won’t lay a turd baby at any moment, but Huston’s either moving on or getting injured.

Jeremy Accardo – If BJ’s hurting at any point in Spring Training, Accardo’s not a sleeper. You draft him like he’s your number two closer.

Aaron Heilman — Sorry, Mets fans, Wagner got old last year. Heilman gets at least fifteen saves this year. Act accordingly.

Al Reyes – Why doesn’t someone book a cruise for Grudzielanek and Percival? I blame the Rays.

Last name that I want to highlight:

Scott Baker – I haven’t seen much buzz about this dude, so I figured I’d drop him in at the end. I have nothing to say, except in 143.2 innings his K/BB was 102/29. Read those numbers one more time. Now he’s not ringing up 200 Ks this year, but that strikeout to walk ratio is a magical first step to finding value where others may not see it.

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  1. Zach says:
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    Much love to Phillies players Ruiz and Victorino, as well as former Phillies player Bourn. I’m expecting Bourn to have a huge year too. At least 30 SBs for the young speedster.

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  3. Grey

    Grey says:
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    The Phillie Phanatic and I are dating.

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  6. If Felipe Lopez wins the Nats 2B job in ST, do you think he has a chance to rebound nicely this year? 25 SB, 12 HR and a respectable BA?

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  7. Grey

    Grey says:
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    I’d take the gamble in a NL-only league. He’ll probably be shuffled in and out all season anyway unless Belliard or Guzman get injured. Even without the “starting” job, Lopez might still get 350 ABs. Though 12/25, .270 is probably optimistic.

  8. Damn, I totally thought this post would be pictures of people sleeping in different positions!

    Seriously though, how bout Randy Wolf? The move to Petco should help, hell Maddux is still passable there. And Jon Garland, he’s durable, pitches lots of innings, and is on a much improved team.

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  9. Grey

    Grey says:
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    re: sleeping positions — ha — well played.

    Honestly, I could list three sleepers for every team. Hmm… Maybe I will. Wolf is not bad in Petco. Actually, Kip Wells is worth owning if in Petco. Garland’s K/BB is so shitty, it’s hard to get excited about him anywhere (except maybe Petco).

  10. Man…I feel like a genius now. After reading this post, I actually had some of these people on my sleepers list.

    I am expecting a fairly big year from Conor Jackson, and decent numbers from Zack Greinke.

    As far as the three sleepers per team…I’d love to see you do that for the Pirates. I know that whole roster and I have no clue who those sleepers would be.

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  11. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    Sorry Grey… Marmol will not close for the Cubs. I’m putting my money on Kerry Wood. Dude’s throwing 98 in ST.

  12. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Dude will not get through April w/out an injury.

  13. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    You still think Dusty Baker is the manager? Everyone in Cubs world sees Marmol as a bullpen ace best suited for the 7th or 8th. He’d be a filthy shutdown closer, but if Wood goes down, I’d put my money on Howry first, Marmol second, Pignatiello third.

  14. Grey

    Grey says:
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    I think it’s Howry, Marmol then Wood at the end of the year with the most saves for the Cubs. Wood can be the closer on opening day, but that means nothing for who will be the closer on Oct. 1. I’ll be rooting for Wood to make it the whole season with no setbacks, but this is still Kerry Wood.

  15. Derek says:
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    If you think Arron Heilman will be closing your way off. I am a big met fan and been watching heilman for years, hes NOT a closer. THere is no way he gets 5 saves

  16. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Who Joe Smith? Sosa? Why ya holding back the knowledge? Cause Wagner’s getting old fast.

  17. I didn’t realize Luke Scott turns 30 this year. So much for any upside there. I guess .270/26/85 is possible in 500+ AB. I currently have the lifeless dried out husk of Jason Giambi on my bench in a 20 team league that counts OPS. Is Scott worth a waiver claim just to rid myself of Giambi’s infrequent playing time and declining contact rate?

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  18. Grey

    Grey says:
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    I’d get rid of Giambi any chance I’d get. Luke Scott’s worth a flier. At least you don’t know what you’re going to get. In this case the unknown’s better.

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