Jake Fox (Baltimore Orioles)
With the Orioles lineup pretty much set, Fox is just trying to make their roster. Signing Vlad Guerrero in the off-season to DH hurt Fox and his chances to make the team. (more…)
Opening day is right around the corner, so right now is the perfect time to take a look at one fantasy baseball sleeper from each division that can push your team to greatness. All of these players are positioned for either a breakthrough or bounce-back season and can be found at a discount. If your league hasn’t drafted yet these are great players to target, and if you have already drafted they are great buy low candidates. Target these guys as fantasy baseball breakout players.
AL East- Brian Matusz, SP Baltimore Orioles
The AL East is one of the toughest divisions in baseball, and contains a lot of talented players that can be had in fantasy baseball leagues. While it’s sometimes hard to look past the Yankees and Red Sox, my sleeper from this division plays in Baltimore. Brian Matusz went through some growing pains in his full year, but the talented southpaw finished the year on a great note. (more…)
Breakout players are what every fantasy owner hopes to find in each sport. They usually lead to championships because you are getting more value out of the players you select. Think about football season. People who drafted Adrian Peterson got exactly what they wanted and expected from him, but that didn’t guarantee them a championship. Now think about the owners that got Arian Foster and Darren McFadden in the middle rounds, those are the players that led teams to the top of their leagues. These are the MLB players that should be able available as fantasy baseball sleepers in 2011 fantasy baseball.
Rajai Davis – OF – Toronto Blue Jays
Davis might be the best option for fantasy baseball owners looking for cheap steals late in drafts. While Davis has been around for a while, this may be his real breakout season. (more…)
Finally, fantasy baseball is back in our lives. The time has come to hype up and critically analyze highly touted prospects as well as throw dirt on some heroes of the past. Each and every week of the baseball season we will check in on the hottest phenoms and see which are ready to make an impact in the majors as a top fantasy baseball prospect. Last season, rookies such as Buster Posey, Jason Heyward and Neftali Feliz burst onto the scene and made sizeable impacts on their respective teams. This space will be dedicated to finding those types of players before they become the obsession of band wagon fans all across the country.
1) Jeremy Hellickson – TB (LW:1)
Hellickson has missed a couple days of work early in the grapefruit league schedule, but that hasn’t scared me off from keeping him in the top slot. (more…)
Spring Training is quickly approaching and GMs are starting to make more moves in preparation of the upcoming season. It is important to pay attention to where certain players land. This could affect their fantasy value and what type of production to expect. For example, it is expected Jorge Cantu will sign with the Padres. This will have a serious impact on his home run totals, playing half his games at Petco Park. Mike Napoli was traded twice in the past week. First to the Blue Jays in the Vernon Wells trade and then he was shipped off to Texas for relieve pitcher for Frank Francisco. Now it may be tough for Napoli to find regular at-bats given the Rangers lineup. However, given an opportunity, he could have big year playing in the much more hitter friendly Ballpark in Arlington. (more…)