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2014 Fantasy Baseball: 5 Sleeper Pitchers That Never Panned Out

5 Sleepers That Never Panned Out

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There are pitchers that fail to live up to their sleeper appeal every fantasy baseball season. As we approach the end of the 2014 season, here are five sleepers that simply never lived up to expectations this fantasy season.

5. RP Jim Henderson, Milwaukee Brewers

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5. RP Jim Henderson, Milwaukee Brewers

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Henderson was supposedly going to be the closer in Milwaukee this season and he looked like was going to be decent mid-level after locking down 28 games in 2013. Unfortunately, he never got the chance this season. Francisco Rodriguez has completely run away with the job and the veteran is currently third in the NL with 29 saves. Henderson is simply another sleeper that has not panned out this season.

4. SP C.C. Sabathia, New York Yankees

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4. SP C.C. Sabathia, New York Yankees

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Sabathia has always been a workhorse. He has thrown over 2,800 innings throughout his career and has a lifetime 3.66 ERA. Unfortunately, he has been a shell of himself this year. He had a 5.22 ERA/ 1.48 WHIP on the year before being shutdown following season-ending knee surgery. Sabathia has burnt his share of owners this season.

3. SP R.A. Dickey, Toronto Blue Jays

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3. SP R.A. Dickey, Toronto Blue Jays

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Dickey shocked the world by winning the NL CY Young in 2012. Unfortunately, he has been a mess since heading to Toronto. The knuckleballer has a miserable 7-10 record and his 1.30 WHIP is even higher than the 1.24 he posted in 2013. No matter what, Dickey is simply too unreliable to start on a weekly basis anymore.

2. SP Danny Salazar, Cleveland Indians

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2. SP Danny Salazar, Cleveland Indians

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Salazar was one of the most popular sleeper candidates from every single expert this offseason. The young fireballer has been rocked this year, which is evident by his 5.12 ERA/1.64 WHIP. Salazar was even sent down to the minors for a spell this spring. He was recently called up, but it is most likely too late for most owners.

1. SP Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants

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1. SP Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants

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Cain posted six straight seasons with 200-plus innings and an ERA under 3.80, so most fantasy fans ignored his miserable 2013 campaign (184.1 IP/4.00 ERA). Unfortunately, Cain has been even worse this season. He has a 4.18 ERA through 90.1 innings and the right-hander has just landed on the DL for the third time this season.