2014 Fantasy Baseball Deep Sleeper: Red Sox OF Grady Sizemore

By Bill Pivetz
Grady Sizemore
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After spending eight years with the Cleveland Indians and missing both the 2012 and 2013 seasons, Grady Sizemore signed a one-year deal with the Boston Red Sox. Sizemore hasn’t been fantasy baseball relevant since 2009, but is well worth a second chance after dealing with multiple injuries.

The major-league experience has Sizemore the favorite to win the starting center fielder job from Jackie Bradley Jr. He is a smart hitter who knows the strike zone and can draw a lot of walks. In this spring training, Sizemore has a .303 average, two extra-base hits and four strikeouts. Bradley is hitting an underwhelming .173 with five extra-base hits and 16 strikeouts.

While Sizemore was known for swiping a couple of bases in his younger years, he hasn’t attempted one this spring. The multiple knee problems will keep Sizemore anchored to the base. However, that won’t be necessary with David Ortiz and Mike Napoli batting behind him.

Sizemore should be getting the starting job based on the batting numbers this spring. Rotochamps.com list Sizemore as the Red Sox leadoff hitter. Even though the speed is no longer there, Sizemore will get on base. He has a career .357 on-base percentage. Fantasy experts project a .310 OBP for Sizemore in 2014.

The 31-year-old center fielder is a player to sneak onto your team in the last couple of rounds of your draft. There are rumblings of Sizemore being sent down for a couple of weeks to the minors. If Sizemore, however, earns the starting job over Bradley, then you have a legit OF5 that will provide hits, average and OBP (if your league uses that stat) at very little risk.

Bill Pivetz is a fantasy sports writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @BPiv_Sports.

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