April 19, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Vance Worley (49) throws during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE

Fantasy Baseball Underrated players-Sleeper Central-April 20

MLB featured 12 games last night from coast-to-coast. The Yankees Curtis Granderson had a huge night in the Yankees win over the Twins. He’s either your fantasy hero today (if he’s on your team), or there’s no way you’re getting him in most leagues.

At sleeper Central, we try and help you find guys that could have helped you who are available in most leagues. If you need to add players as a specific position or for a specific need, these are some players to consider claiming on your waiver wire who are stepping it up for their teams.

If you’re looking for our spot starters options, we’ve separated them into another post so just go here and see who’s taking the hill for their team that can help you today.

Apr. 19, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; Minnesota Twins first baseman Chris Parmelee (27) breaks his bat during the first inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

Sleeper Starting lineup

C-Ryan Doumit-Min: (1.0%) Doumit started in RF in this one and hit his first HR of the year. He drove in 4 and scored 2 going 2-4 with a K. He raised his average to .250 and is trying to work his way into the lineup on a daily basis. His C eligibility makes him an interesting offensive consideration.

1B-Chris Parmelee-Min: (0.4%) After sitting 2 games, Parmelee had 2 hits for the 2nd game in a row agains the Yankees. Both hits were 2b although he failed to score or drive in any runs with the hits. He’s not hitting .294 in his first 34 at-bats of the season.

2B-Jose Altuve-Hou: (37.9%) Altuve continued his hot hitting going 2-5 with a double and a triple scoring one and driving in a pair. He’s 9 for his last 20 and has a hit in all but 2 of the games he’s started while batting .348 with 5 RBI and 6 runs scored.

Apr 19, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Cleveland Indians third baseman Jack Hannahan (9) hits a 2 RBI double against the Seattle Mariners in the 9th inning at Safeco Field. Cleveland defeated Seattle 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE

3B-Jack Hannahan-Cle (1.0%): Hannahan was 2-4 with a key hit to bring the Tribe back for the win. He raised his average to .313 in the early going and is now 10-32 with 3 R, 1 HR, and 8 RBI. His hold on the 3B job is tenuous but getting big hits like that is sure to help him get consistent playing time.

SS-Stephen Lombardozzi-Was: (0.2%) Lombardozzi went 2-5 (actually lowering his average) and is now 8 for his first 17 (.471 BA) this year. Manager Davey Johnson is going to have to figure out a way to work this kid into the lineup if he keeps mashing. He started as SS for Ian Desmond and led off and could soon be eligible at 2B, SS, OF, and possibly even 3B. If any National goes down injured, Lombardozzi would get more consistent time, so be aware of who he is. I don’t think the movement will catch on since #freeLombardozzi does take up a bunch of your 140 characters…

April 19, 2012; St. Louis, MO. USA; Cincinnati Reds left fielder Ryan Ludwick (48) hits a two run home run off of St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright (not pictured) in the fourth inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE

OF-Ryan Ludwick-Cin:(1.1%) Ludwick banged out 2 more hits and has hit in 4 straight games that he started. His 2 hits were a double and a HR as he drove in to runs and scored one as well. He’s up to .229 after a rough start and looks like he’ll continue to be a part of the outfield platoon in Cincinnati.

OF-Juan Pierre-Phi: (3.4%) Pierre went 2-3 with a 3B, BB, and run scored from atop the Phillies lineup once again. He’s playing almost every day and is now off to a .333 star with 3 SB, 2 RBI, and 3 R scored. If he stays in the top spot, he could have crazy fantasy value if and when the Phillies lineup starts to get its run-producers back.

OF-Michael Saunders-Sea: (1.4%) Saunders collected 2 hits in 3 official AB’s last night against Cleveland scoring the M’s only run of the game. His average is now .225 (9-40) with 1 HR, 2 RBI, 6 R, and 2 SB. He should continue to get plenty of AB’s and opportunities in the Mariners lineup.

AL Starting Pitcher-Jason Hammel-Bal: (2.7%)-Hammel picked up his 2nd win of the season after striking out 10 White Sox in 6 innings while allowing 6 hits, 3 walks, and 2 earned runs. The O’s have won all 3 of his starts and he’s allowed 1 or 2 runs in each of them going 8, 5, and 6 innings. His EAR is 2.37 and his WHIP 1.11. With 18 K’s in 19 innings, he’s off to a fast start to the year.

NL Starting Pitcher-Vance Worley-Phi: (43.8%) Worley was exceptional in San Diego against the struggling Padres in Petco. He fired 7 shutout innings allowing 4 hits and 3 walks while striking out 11. He picked up his first win of the year and lowered his ERA to 2.37 and his WHIP to 1.32.

Relief Pitcher-Randy Choate-Mia: (0.0%) After yesterday’s specialist post, Choate went out and showed just how valuable he can be as part of a mammoth effort from the Marlins pen. He added 2/3 of an inning with another K and a ground ball in the 2 batters he faced. He’s pitched 3 2/3 in 6 games and has yet to give up a walk, a hit, or a run. He has 4 K’s and has even faced 3 righty’s and retired them as well.

Tags: Fantasy Baseball Sleepers Jason Hammel Jose Altuve MLB Recap MLB Waiver Wire Ryan Doumit Ryan Ludwick Sleeper Central Stephen Lombardozzi Vance Worley

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