Fantasy Baseball 2014 Sleeper: Brandon Belt
The first base position is one of the more bountiful positions in fantasy baseball. There are four or five players that can be taken within the first couple of rounds. Then there are players who will fall between rounds six and eight. Then, there are the low-risk, high-reward players that will be drafted as backups and bench filler.
However, there is one late-round option that fantasy owners could draft as their starting first baseman and his name is Brandon Belt.
After a couple of years in the minors, the San Francisco Giants named Belt to the Opening Day roster in 2011. He didn’t last long as he was sent down to make room for Cody Ross. He was called up and sent down a couple of more times before solidifying himself as the starting first baseman in 2012.
Last season, Belt played in 150 games. He finished with 17 home runs, 67 RBI, .289 average and .841 OPS. After the All-Star Break, Belt hit for a .326 average. With power hitters like Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval batting after him, Belt should be able to cross the plate plenty of times.
Belt is ranked in the lower half of the top-20 first basemen, No. 19 among most rankings. As the No. 3 hitter for the Giants, he will be able to hit 15-20 home runs and drive in close to 75 runs while staying close to a .300 average. Belt is a very low-risk, high-reward player and is a nice option late in drafts as a 1B/3B flex or utility player. He would also help teams if they want him as their starting first baseman.