2014 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers: Three Late-Round First Basemen
The first base position has notoriously been a source of power for fantasy baseball fans and there are literally two dozen players that have the potential to hit over 20 homers this season. However, there are always a couple guys that fall each year. So to help you identify a couple hidden gems, here are three sleepers at first base that can be found towards the end of draft this spring.
Mike Napoli, Boston Red Sox – Napoli shockingly finished last season with 23 homers and his 92 RBIs were tied for 11th in the American League. The veteran showed that he can be a reliable source of power in Boston and will once again be a very underrated home run hitter in 2014. Look for the veteran to finish with around 22-26 home runs.
Justin Smoak, Seattle Mariners – The Smoak Monster has been a hidden source of power in recent years. He hit 20 homers in 2013 and now has 39 bombs over the past two years alone. Smoak will get plenty of chances to drive in runs this year with Kyle Seager, Robinson Cano, Corey Hart, and Logan Morrison all hitting in front of him. The extra firepower should help the first baseman rival his career numbers across the board and finally mature into a low-end starter.
Chris Carter, Houston Astros – Carter was one of the biggest surprises to find on the waiver wire last fantasy season. He finished with an impressive 29 home runs and the veteran finally displayed some real power. He also boasted a .320 OBP, which helped even out his miserable .223 batting average. The 27-year-old has become a great middle-of-the-order slugger and will be good for another 20-plus homers in 2014.