Between now and the end of Spring Training, there will be a lot of fantasy baseball chatter about possible sleepers heading into the 2014 MLB regular season. For those who draft early, here’s an early list of sleepers to keep an eye on at each position.
Catcher – Dioner Navarro
The catcher position is not necessarily deep in fantasy baseball, but Navarro will be given a nice opportunity in 2014. As a backup in Chicago last season, he hit .300 while also showing some nice slugging numbers. Toronto should have a potent lineup, and Navarro will get more opportunities at the plate. He'll make a great stack player in FanDuel lineups all year long
1st Base – Chris Davis
This might sound a bit weird to list a MVP candidate as a sleeper, but the fact of the matter is a lot of fantasy baseball owners are completely overlooking him. The consensus is he had a bit of luck in 2013, and that will dry up this season. He might not hit 53 home runs, but he will still be a top five option.
2nd Base – Jurickson Profar
The hype has settled a bit on the young 2nd baseman for the Texas Rangers, but this might actually turn out to be his true rookie season. He was a hot prospect in 2013, but a lack of consistent playing time at the same position hurt him. Ian Kinsler is gone, and that means Profar can settle in as an everyday 2nd baseman for one of the best offenses in the game.
3rd Base – Will Middlebrooks
The defending World Series champions appear to be ready to give Xander Bogaerts the starting shortstop job, which means that Middlebrooks should be ready for a bounce back 2014 campaign. He hit .288 in 2012 with plenty of power, but he struggled with a .227 average in 2013. A full-time return to 3rd base could cure his woes.
Shortstop – Asdrubal Cabrera
Even though he has been fairly consistent in Cleveland, Cabrera tends to get overlooked. His .242 batting average was rough in 2013, but he did hit 14 home runs and remained a stolen base threat. If he can get back to his career average in the .270 to .280 range, he should provide plenty of value.
Outfield – JB Shuck, George Springer, Corey Dickerson
Baseball has become a more athletic game in recent years, and this outfield trio clearly illustrates that. All three should be poised for double-digit stolen bases in 2014, with the chance to contribute in several other categories as well.
Springer and Dickerson have power to go with their speed, while Shuck is more of an on-base percentage guy. All three are still relatively young, so they should have a few more years to really evolve as fantasy baseball standouts. They also will all get their chance to be full-time players for the first time in 2014. Springer has the most potential, while Dickerson appears to be the closest to a sure thing with his starting job in Colorado.