2013 Fantasy Baseball: Sleeper Could Be Freddie Freeman

By Andy Schmidt
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The 2013 fantasy baseball season is growing closer and that brings players that could surprise owners this season. One of those players could be Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves. Freeman is now in an even more powerful lineup than he was before with the team trading for Justin Upton, so Freeman could find himself putting up some huge numbers this year.

Freeman is likely to find himself hitting No. 6 or 7 in the Atlanta lineup right after Brian McCann and Dan Uggla, which will provide for plenty of chances to knock in runs. I think he will finish with 15-20 home runs and 90-100 RBIs with an average around .275. Those numbers scream sleeper candidate to me for any team’s first base position.

Even if an owner can’t pull Freeman in at first base, using Freeman in their starting utility spot would be a worthwhile move. The Braves are going to score a ton of runs in 2013 and should be involved in a lot of 11-9 games. Those kinds of games mean players like Freeman will get a lot of chances to knock in runs.

If I was drafting right now, I would pick Freeman in the 12th round around pick number 125. There are going to be a lot of first basemen who get picked higher than Freeman–and in a lot of cases, they deserve to–but Freeman is a player who could easily finish in the top-5 for first basemen this year. If you have to jump up a round or two to get Freeman, it will be well worth it.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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