2014 Fantasy Baseball: 10 Players Showing Serious Keeper Potential

10 Fantasy Baseball Players Worth Keeping

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In fantasy baseball dynasty leagues, you always have to think about the future. To help those of you with a longterm plan, here are 10 players showing serious keeper potential so far through the 2014 fantasy season.

10. SP Henderson Alvarez, Miami Marlins

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10. SP Henderson Alvarez, Miami Marlins

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Alvarez is easily one of the most underrated hurlers in all of fantasy. He has already thrown over 100 innings (101) and is fourth in the NL with a glimmering 2.32 ERA. The 24-year-old will be worth locking down cheaply for at least a couple years.

9. SP Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros

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9. SP Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros

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Keuchel has been the most surprising contributor in Houston this season. The southpaw is 8-5 on the year and has a glimmering 2.78 ERA with a 1.10 WHIP. Keuchel has already thrown 103.2 innings and the young southpaw is truly having a breakout campaign.

8. RP David Robertson, New York Yankees

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8. RP David Robertson, New York Yankees

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Since allowing five earned runs on the first of June, Robertson was spotless the rest of the month. He converted all six of his save opportunities and lowered his ERA down to 2.93 from 4.50. Robertson has proven that he is the closer of the future for the Yanks.

7. 2B Brian Dozier, Minnesota Twins

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7. 2B Brian Dozier, Minnesota Twins

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Dozier is first in his position in home runs (15), first in runs scored (60), third in steals (15), fourth in RBIs (38), and third in OBP (.356). He has proven to be a legitimate top-five fantasy 2B and will be one of the best young keystones to stash away this summer.

6. 3B Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies

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6. 3B Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies

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Arenado was on fire before hitting the shelf with a finger injury. The third baseman had a .305 batting average and even had a 28-game hitting streak in the middle of the year. Arenado is one of the premier keepers at the hot corner in fantasy and the 23-year-old has five-plus years of All-Star production ahead of him.

5. 2B Jose Altuve, Houston Astros

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5. 2B Jose Altuve, Houston Astros

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Altuve is leading the American League with a gaudy .343 batting average and 37 stolen bases. The youngster has become a true dual-threat second baseman and will be worth a multiple year contract in all keeper formats before the start of the 2015 season.

4. SP Sonny Gray, Oakland Athletics

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4. SP Sonny Gray, Oakland Athletics

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Gray has emerged as the leader of Oakland’s collection of aces. The 24-year-old has a 7-3 record to go along with a glimmering 3.20 ERA. He has built off his successful 2013 postseason run and the right-hander will be a fantasy ace for years to come.

3. 1B Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs

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3. 1B Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs

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Rizzo has been carrying Chicago’s offense this season. He has clubbed 13 home runs in the last two months alone to go along with 32 RBIs. Rizzo has finally emerged as a superstar slugger and will be a top-tier 1B in 2015. Sign him to a longterm contract this year while his price is still somewhat manageable.

2. 1B Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox

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2. 1B Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox

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Abreu has emerged as the premier power slugger in fantasy. Despite a 15-day stint on the DL, Abreu has already slugged a league-leading 25 long balls to go along with 64 RBIs. He continues to hit homers week after week and the Cuban will be the ultimate keeper stick to lockdown this summer.

1. SP Masahiro Tanaka, New York Yankees

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1. SP Masahiro Tanaka, New York Yankees

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The Japanese sensation has certainly lived up to the hype this fantasy season. He is leading the majors with 11 wins and has a glimmering 2.10 ERA with a .095 WHIP. Tanaka has several All-Star seasons ahead of him and will be the number one keeper option to hang onto through the offseason.


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