2014 Fantasy Baseball Super Sleeper: 2B Anthony Rendon
The second base position has notoriously been one of the thinnest each fantasy baseball season. Obviously big names like Robinson Cano and Dustin Pedroia are elite second basemen to grab, but after that the field becomes rather ordinary.
There are still a couple sleepers at the position, though, and one of these underrated options is 2B Anthony Rendon of the Washington Nationals.
A couple seasons ago, Danny Espinosa occupied Washington’s second base spot. Espinosa hit 38 homers and stole 37 bases between 2011-12, but he had a disastrous 2013 season. He posted an embarrassing .158 batting average and spent almost the entire season in the minors. Espinosa practically played his way right out of the league.
Rendon was drafted sixth overall in the 2011 draft and the infielder has flown up Washington’s prospect rankings. Rendon has been heavily praised by Nationals’ general manager Mike Rizzo and it wouldn’t be surprising for the 23-year-old become the full-time starter at second this season.
The young slugger hit seven homers in 98 big leagues contests last year and displayed some serious power from the middle of the infield. His .265 batting average wasn’t anything to write home about, but it will still much better than anything Espinosa has put together in the last two years.
Rendon will be a interesting late-round sleeper to target at the keystone spot and should end up surprising some people when it is all said and done. So if you need a second base sleeper to target in leagues with 10-plus owners, Rendon is a pretty solid choice.