Everybody who’s performed a fantasy baseball draft is aware of you possibly can nearly all the time discover an outfielder value drafting. This doesn’t suggest it’s best to move on the top-tier OFs within the early rounds, but it surely does let you recognize it’s best to have a useful checklist of sleepers in your cheat sheet. The potential breakouts you discover within the outfield can produce in quite a lot of classes, making it an amazing place to focus on to spherical out your roster.
As all the time, we attempt to present an array of potential sleepers, whether or not you are in shallow leagues or deep leagues. A number of the gamers listed beneath will not be concerns in 10-team, three-OF leagues, however for those who’re in a 12- or 14-team five-OF league, you recognize you will be digging deep for a bench outfielder or two.
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You additionally know that numerous worthwhile outfielders will pop up all through the season. They won’t be something greater than two-week flashes, however using scorching streaks can work so long as you do not drop respectable long-term gamers. A number of the guys beneath won’t do a lot early within the season, however maintain them in thoughts because the yr goes on.
Fantasy Baseball OF Sleepers: Breakout outfielders, late-round steals
Place eligibility based mostly on Yahoo’s default settings
Randy Arozarena, Rays. Arozarena might be extra overvalued than undervalued at this level, so it could be a little bit of a stretch to name him a “sleeper,” however whereas many would possibly consider him as a slugger after his torrid postseason, he additionally has quantity of velocity. Arozarena stole 19 bases between the majors and minors in 2019, and he is a legit 20/20 candidate (and even 30/20 candidate) heading into this yr. It appears seemingly he’ll get overdrafted, however simply remember the fact that he may also help in a number of classes.
Ryan Mountcastle, Orioles (additionally eligible at 1B). Mountcastle impressed in his 35-game MLB debut final yr, posting a .333/.386/.492 line with 5 homers. Ticketed for on a regular basis enjoying time within the outfield, the 24-year-old slugger broke out at Double-A in 2018 (.297/.341/.464) and continued that in Triple-A in ’19 (.312/.344/.527). Clearly, he is trending upward, and given his dwelling park, it would not be stunning to see him hit near 25 HRs with a strong common and quantity of RBIs.
Anthony Santander, Orioles. Santander is not a whole unknown after hitting 20 HRs in 93 video games in 2019 and 11 HRs in 37 video games in ’20, however as a result of he performs on the Orioles and hasn’t had a monster season but, fantasy house owners won’t understand simply how excessive his breakout potential is. The 26-year-old switch-hitter surprisingly would not strike out a lot for an influence hitter (only a 15.2-percent strikeout proportion final yr, 21.2 the yr earlier than), and he will not kill your common, settling in round .260. He would not run, however given his dwelling park, homers and RBIs appear inevitable.
Alex Verdugo, Purple Sox. Verdugo has largely impressed the previous two seasons, hitting .294/.342/.475 with the Dodgers in 2019 and .308/.367/.478 with the Purple Sox final yr. He hasn’t proven the flexibility to steal many bases or hit plenty of homers, so it is simple to miss him, however he’ll seemingly hit for a excessive common. At 24, he may nonetheless develop extra energy, which can seemingly end in a good variety of runs and RBIs, however the primary purpose to focus on Verdugo is for those who want common assist.
Leody Taveras, Rangers. Texas has a number of OF and DH choices, so Taveras cannot afford a gradual begin, however the 22-year-old switch-hitter has legit power-speed upside. Proper now, he is extra velocity than energy — and his common will seemingly disappoint — however fantasy house owners are all the time on the lookout for velocity. If he hits leadoff for the Rangers, he may be a serious supply of runs, particularly if his 10.4-percent BB-rate from final yr is legit.
Mitch Haniger, Mariners. Haniger is a serious well being threat after enjoying simply 63 video games the previous two years due to quite a lot of accidents, however in his lone full season in 2018, he posted a .285/.366/.493 line with 26 HRs, 90 runs, 93 RBIs, and eight SBs. At 29, he should not be washed up, however the odds of him staying wholesome appear slim. Nonetheless, he is value a late middle-round decide on the prospect he performs 140-plus video games.
Victor Reyes, Tigers. Reyes is working out of probabilities to make good on the promise he confirmed within the minors (.299/.346/.391 with a good quantity of steals), but when he will get common enjoying time, he may hit for a good common, pop double-digit homers, and steal 20 bases. That has worth late in drafts in deeper leagues.
Dylan Carlson, Cardinals. Carlson struggled in his first main league motion final yr, hitting simply .200/.252/.364 in 35 video games, however his 2019 numbers spent largely at Double-A (.292/.372/.542 with 26 HRs and 20 SBs spent) present his upside. His strikeouts are a fear, however tif he holds onto his job and will get on a regular basis enjoying time in St. Louis’s strong lineup, he’ll be value a beginning spot in five-OF leagues.
Cristian Pache. Pache would possibly begin the season within the minors, however the 22-year-old defensive whiz may simply discover his manner into the lineup quickly. His bat continues to be a piece in progress, however with strong contact abilities, growing energy, and good velocity, Pache may very well be a pleasant all-around contributor as soon as he does get enjoying time.
Brandon Nimmo, Mets. Nimmo is a type of gamers who’s higher in actual life than fantasy due to his excessive BB-rate, however he quietly confirmed an enchancment in energy final yr, slugging .484 whereas chopping down on the strikeouts. If that development continues, it is not loopy to assume Nimmo can hit near 25 HRs and steal round 10 bases whereas producing a excessive OBP. That is value a late-round flier, no less than in OBP leagues.
Sam Hilliard, Rockies. The Coors Area issue makes nearly each Rockies hitter a possible sleeper, however Hilliard is especially intriguing due to his power-speed mixture. The 27-year-old lefty would possibly wind up being a “Quad-A” participant, however he hit 42 HRs and stole 24 bases between Double-A and Triple-A in 2019. The typical seemingly will not be nice due to a excessive strikeout proportion, however Hilliard ought to get a shot at common enjoying time within the majors this yr.
Myles Straw, Astros. Straw is a basic no-power speedster who may hit one homer — actually one homer — and swipe 40 baggage with common enjoying time. It is unclear if he’ll get on a regular basis bats, but it surely appears like that is the plan to begin the season. These kinds of gamers nonetheless have worth, and with Straw’s excessive BB-rate, he ought to all the time produce in steals and runs even when he would not do a lot else.
Different OF-eligible sleepers written about elsewhere: Daulton Varsho (C), Nick Solak (2B, 3B), Dylan Moore (2B, 3B, SS), Garrett Hampson (SS), Jon Berti (2B, 3B, SS), Yoshi Tsutsugo (3B), Dee Unusual-Gordon (SS*, 2B)
*Not eligible to play there on draft day however anticipated to play there through the season