Now that full teams are all in spring training, there’s always one question on Fantasy Baseball owners minds.
Who are this year’s sleepers?
With that in mind, I will take a look at my early All-Sleeper team, giving one guy at each position that I feel could be a sleeper in 12-team mixed leagues. As a note, to qualify for a sleeper, a player must have a current ADP of lower than 120 according to Fantasy Pros.
With that being said, let’s take a look at my first sleeper team.
C- Devin Mesoraco, Cincinnati Reds, ADP 275
I’ve always liked to have Mesoraco on my NL-only teams as he was always a safe No. 2 catcher who wouldn’t hurt your team. I actually like him a lot this season.
He comes with a high contact rate and above average power that plays very well at Great American Ballpark. He’s ready to take over as the Reds’ primary catcher.
Given regular at bats, I think Mesoraco could turn into this year’s breakout candidate behind the plate. I’m not going to project a huge season from him, but I feel a .260 AVG, 16-20 HR and 60-70 RBI are within reach. That late in the draft you can’t ask for much more.
1B- Brandon Belt, San Francisco Giants, ADP 141
Truth be told I was going to look at Jose Abreu in this spot, but he has been going a little higher in drafts so he doesn’t qualify as a sleeper.
Belt on the other hand is a guy that I have never been crazy about but should give you solid value at his average draft spot.
The Giants’ conservative approach to his role and his home ballpark have caused Belt to fall beneath the radar in many fantasy leagues his first three seasons, though he showed many signs of growth in 2013 that could portend greater things ahead. He set career highs in many offensive categories- hits, doubles, home runs, batting average and slugging- last season and I look for the growth to continue.
Belt significantly improved his contact rate in the second half of 2013, which should bode well for more improvement from Belt in his third full season.