By Adam McGill @adammcgill83twitter.com on March 12, 2014
The outfield position provides a slew of sleepers each fantasy baseball season. There are plenty of options to choose from, but only so many are worth the risk. To help you identify some of the best targets, here are the top 10 fantasy baseball outfield sleepers to target this spring.
Springer is one of the only true five-tool prospect. He perfected his craft while playing ball at UConn and will earn an everyday spot in the outfield sooner rather than later. The minute he gets the call, Springer will be a decent third fantasy outfielder, so grab him in the later rounds this spring and stash him away.
Arcia is an amazing fastball hitter, as the outfielder hit .311 off fastballs last year. He also hit 14 homers in 351 at-bats and the youngster is a very underrated power-hitter. He has the potential the club 20-plus home runs and will be a decent OF3 to grab this spring.
Yelich has started the spring off rather slow, by going 5-24 with seven strikeouts. However, he has showed that he has big league power by hitting .288 in 62 games last season. He has several 20 HR-20 SB seasons in his future and the 22-year-old is worth grabbing as a late-round flyer this month.
Calhoun only played in 52 games last season, but he made quite the impact. He boasted a .282 batting average and surprisingly hit a home run every 24.4 at-bats. Calhoun will bat leadoff in LA, and considering the firepower behind him; the 26-year-old will instantly become a low-end fantasy option.
Garcia flew through the minors with a jaw-dropping .379/.431/.561 slash line. The outfielder hit .283 in Chicago last year and the Venezuelan ended up earning a starting spot in Chicago’s outfield. He has all the tools in the world and should have no problem hitting 20-plus homers in 2014.
Between the months of May and June, Brown clubbed 18 home runs and added 46 RBI. Unfortunately, he hit just six home runs in the final 193 at-bats of the 2013 season. Brown’s streaky numbers down the stretch will concern some owners, but the outfielder displayed some serious pop last year.
Hamilton posted a career-low .250 batting average last year to go along with a mediocre 21 home runs and 79 RBIs. He has a career .295 batting average and the slugger should have a bounce back fantasy campaign in 2014. Take advantage of his sleeper status this season and grab his as a OF2.
Cruz was suspended the final 50 games of the 2013 season due to his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal, and the veteran’s fantasy value will take a serious hit this spring. He still smashed 27 home runs last year in just 109 games and could thrive in Baltimore’s loaded lineup. He will be an ideal second outfielder to grab this spring and the slugger should easily club over another 25-plus homers in 2014.
Victorino will be asked to do much more with Jacoby Ellsbury now out of the picture and the Flying Hawaiian could easily jump up to 30-plus stolen bases. Victorino can be a great OF2 this season and the veteran will be a steal after the top-25 names come off the board.
Pence finished fourth in the National League last year in home runs (27), seventh in RBIs (99), ninth in runs (91), and seventh in stolen bases (22). He is one of the best all-around outfielders and deserves more credit around the fantasy world. Draft Pence as a second outfielder this year and enjoy the reliable numbers week after week.
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