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Postby foulballstrike3 » Thu Jan 05, 2006 4:46 am

zhutou wrote:
GameOn wrote:The guy I always try to target in drafts is Ryan Freel. He has 2B/3B/OF eligibility, which allows you to carry one less infielder on your roster in favor of an extra bigger bat (OF or 1B) or a pitcher. I also play mostly leagues that include OBP or BB, so Freel is an excellent player for these leagues because he not only racks up SBs but he also gets on base much better than any other speedster in the league.


amen. freel is one of my favorite fantasy players. a very deeeep sleeper is daniel cabrera, who under mazzone's wing could do nasty things with his heater. :-°


Cabrera is definitely not a deeeeep sleeper, if you're in a competitive league and you want him, do not be afraid to put him in your starting 5.


Doug Davis has been mentioned earlier, but he is gonna keep improving. Bobby Crosby fulfilled his potential two years ago and was expected to bust out last year until injuries derailed him. If the Mets sign Boone, he could be a sleeper :-P :-t :-P
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Postby BigLebowski » Thu Jan 05, 2006 5:22 am

Here we go again...everyone has a variation on their def. of a "sleeper". But here are a quick couple of players who I think will outproduce where they are picked.

Davis...as mentioned already...steady and under-rated.
P. Wilson ;-D
W. Taveras...he gets over 50 sb's this year and 15 more runs than last year.
B. Fuentes.....40 saves from a late round RP.
Thome....30-35 HR from a mid round pick is great.
D. Bush....shhhhh
B. Webb.......finally gets the defense behind him....
R. Doumit....I hesitate even putting him here.... be very very quiet.
J. Gomes...those who know, say he is overrated...those who don't, don't know who he is...I say he gives you more than you pay for him. ;-D
Tadahit Iguchi....his stats are underrated.
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Postby Scooter1027 » Thu Jan 05, 2006 12:46 pm

BigLebowski wrote:Here we go again...everyone has a variation on their def. of a "sleeper". But here are a quick couple of players who I think will outproduce where they are picked.

Davis...as mentioned already...steady and under-rated.
P. Wilson ;-D
W. Taveras...he gets over 50 sb's this year and 15 more runs than last year.
B. Fuentes.....40 saves from a late round RP.
Thome....30-35 HR from a mid round pick is great.
D. Bush....shhhhh
B. Webb.......finally gets the defense behind him....
R. Doumit....I hesitate even putting him here.... be very very quiet.
J. Gomes...those who know, say he is overrated...those who don't, don't know who he is...I say he gives you more than you pay for him. ;-D
Tadahit Iguchi....his stats are underrated.


I already opened the can of worms on Bush, we agree on that. You have to monitor him closely though, just in case he doesn't win a rotation spot. Quick question though...how do you view both Tavares and Wilson as sleepers? One of them isn't going to be able to start this year. The OF will be Lane-CF-Berkman, and either Tavares or Wilson will be that CF. I have a feeling Tavares will be that odd man out, until Wilson gets hurt of course.
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Postby Scarp » Thu Jan 05, 2006 12:54 pm

Berkman at 1B. Bags is a pinch hitter at this point.
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Postby BigLebowski » Thu Jan 05, 2006 1:17 pm

Scooter1027 wrote:
BigLebowski wrote:Here we go again...everyone has a variation on their def. of a "sleeper". But here are a quick couple of players who I think will outproduce where they are picked.

Davis...as mentioned already...steady and under-rated.
P. Wilson ;-D
W. Taveras...he gets over 50 sb's this year and 15 more runs than last year.
B. Fuentes.....40 saves from a late round RP.
Thome....30-35 HR from a mid round pick is great.
D. Bush....shhhhh
B. Webb.......finally gets the defense behind him....
R. Doumit....I hesitate even putting him here.... be very very quiet.
J. Gomes...those who know, say he is overrated...those who don't, don't know who he is...I say he gives you more than you pay for him. ;-D
Tadahit Iguchi....his stats are underrated.


I already opened the can of worms on Bush, we agree on that. You have to monitor him closely though, just in case he doesn't win a rotation spot. Quick question though...how do you view both Tavares and Wilson as sleepers? One of them isn't going to be able to start this year. The OF will be Lane-CF-Berkman, and either Tavares or Wilson will be that CF. I have a feeling Tavares will be that odd man out, until Wilson gets hurt of course.


Berkman is gonna be playing first base. Of will be Lane, Taveras, and Wilson.
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Postby williesd » Thu Jan 05, 2006 2:40 pm

Phil Nevin = contract year in a hitters park.
Chad Tracy = Breakout Season?
Tony Clark = Big Time Power
Jason Marquis
Fransisco Liriano
Mike Gonzalez
Ian Kinsler
Milton Bradley
Wily Mo Pena
Matt Holliday

I guess most of these aren't really sleepers, more like breakout candidates...
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Postby pjalst » Sun Jan 08, 2006 8:29 pm

Surfs up wrote:Mike Jacobs FLA 1B Because of the breakup in Florida, he won't have a lot of protection around him. With that said, a very late round pick, who could get you 20+ home runs and 80+ RBIs could be a very good pick late in the draft. Wes Helms may take some at bats, see how things develop in Spring Training.

Josh Barfield SD 2B He will have to earn the starting second base job over Mark Bellhorn, so watch his progress this spring. He's only 23, but is a polished hitter. He has better power than most second baseman and will get 10 to 15 stolen bases a year. More useful in keeper leagues, but could be a good late round pick this year if he wins the starting job.

Ian Kinsler TEX 2B With Soriano being traded to Washington, Kinsler appears to be the favorite to get the second base job. He has some pop and decent speed. 15 homers and 15 stolen bases is obtainable. Another plus is that he plays in a hitter friendly part and is surrounded by a good hitting lineup.

Grady Sizemore CLE OF Okay, by now most people know of Grady Sizemore. The thing we like is that he does not stick out in any fantasy category, but produces well in everything. He is often overlooked because he doesn't excel in any category. Draft him in your middle rounds and enjoy his all-around production.
Delmon Young TB OF A "must have" in keeper leagues. He is the real deal. He will hit for power, steal 20 plus bases a year and hit around .300. He has a big upside and should do well in all fantasy categories once he is a full-time starter.

Matt Holliday COL OF Hits for a high average and has good power. Plays half of his games in Colorado. He is the best young hitter on the team. Enough said!
Jeremy Hermida FLA OF Our favorite heading into the season for National League Rookie of the Year honors. A lot like Delmon Young in that he does it all well. Maybe not quite the power threat that Delmon Young will develop into, but if your league has on-base percentage he may be more valuable. In minors he put up huge walk numbers and is a very patient hitter.

Randy Winn SF OF He has been solid for many years. We think with Bonds, Alou and Durham around him for a full season, all of his stats will go up in 2006. Would be a decent third outfielder for any fantasy team as he will do well in all fantasy categories.
Jonny Gomes TB OF Finally will have his chance to be a full-time player as a designated hitter this season. Has a very good power stroke. If you need home runs and RBIs late in the draft, don't overlook him.

Ryan Church WAS OF The Nationals have made room for Church to be a full-time player in 2006. Highly touted in the minors, he shown glimpses of his potential last season. Would be a good late round pick, if you are willing to take some risk.

Jason Kubel MIN OF If he does start in right field this year for Minnesota, he would be a steal in the later part of your draft. He is coming back from a major knee injury, but prior to that was a top ten prospect heading into the 2005 season. Watch this progress in spring training, as he may turn out to be a real gem.

Brad Wilkerson TEX OF Moves from Washington to a great hitters park in Texas. He has always had good runs scored and homerun numbers. Now in this Texas lineup, he should increases runs batted in and his batting average. 30 homers, 105 runs, 90 RBIs and 15 stolen bases could be achieved in 2006.

Huston Street OAK RP May get overlooked because he was not the closer all year last season. Will produce very good ERA and WHIP numbers. With the experience he gained from last year and starting 2006 as the closer, 35 to 40 saves could be obtained making him a top fantasy closer. Don't let him slip too far down in the draft.

Derrick Turnbow MIL RP Not well known before last season, he had a breakout year in 2005. Do not overbid/draft him too early, but he should be a top closer again in 2006. He may get overlooked because he plays in Milwaukee, but would be a good middle round pick on an improving team.

Travis Bowyer FLA RP Could be the closer in Florida this season. Came over from Minnesota in the Luis Castillo trade. Was very good in the minors and could be a steal late in the draft. He should have a good number of strikeouts for a closer and 25+ saves is a real possibility.

Felix Hernandez SEA SP Luckily fantasy owners only got a small taste of Felix last season. He is the real deal, and another "must have" in keeper leagues. He will excel in ERA and WHIP, and have a good strikeout and win numbers. In keeper leagues, if you can get him anytime after round three, you will get good value for him.

Matt Cain SF SP Probably the most polished pitcher in the minors. He will be on a good San Francisco team playing in a pitchers park, all of which will help his numbers. He is worth taking in the middle of your draft. Should be a solid number three starting pitcher on your fantasy team.

Doug Davis MIL SP Like Turnbow, is overlooked because he plays in Milwaukee. He has put together a couple of good years (check out his fantasy stats). We like him even more on improving Brewer club. He will provide lots of strikeouts and wins this season.

Francisco Liriano MIN SP This is our wild card player, who could be a boom or bust pick. We think he would be worth a pick later in the draft. Very good pitcher in the minors who should continue to produce high strikeout number in the majors. He is penciled in to be a starter in the Twins rotation for the 2006 season. Only concern is his past injury problems. Watch him this spring to judge for yourself, we think you will like what you see.





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Postby wkelly91 » Sun Jan 08, 2006 9:52 pm

Lidge- seems to be a little undervalued due to his post season performance. He has gone 42,57, 66,79 in mocks.

C.Jones- he had a great second half 87, 87, 90, 110 were his mock spots. I seriously can see him at .310-100-25-100 this year.

M.Ordonez- came back from injuries and had a solid second half, he went: 97, 118, 160, 169. I could see .290-90-25-90

W.Pena- I think given the chance he will excell. Mocks-171, 241. His MLB numbers to date:

830-AB, 108-R, 51-HR, 134-RBI, 10-SB, 0.2482

.265-90-35-100-10

C.Guillen- No love? Mocks 118, 182 and this after his 2004? .318-97-20-97-12 There is no reason to believe he can't do it again. Last year in 334-AB .320-48-5-23-2

G.Jenkins- Again no love here. Mocks-135, 142, 170

2nd hf-.335-45-17-56-0
2005-.292-87-25-86-0
2004-.264-88-27-93-0

Well thats a few for now ;-D
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Postby lostraven » Sun Jan 08, 2006 11:30 pm

Pedantic wrote: I'll bet he starts; the real question with Freel is his health.


I've been a big Freel fan for a few years but these alcohol-related incidents
really frustrate me to no end. Another arrest for Freel. Perhaps
he can work it out with time but if it starts to bite into his playing
time, I'll have to move on.

-ShawnD
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Postby j_d_mcnugent » Mon Jan 09, 2006 12:00 am

Scarp wrote:
suppasonic wrote:I think Ponson may surprise a few people. Now, he will not post anything close to the numbers to when he was an "ace", but in deeper leagues he may be worth a pick one of the last rounds.


Reyes should be starting over him.


reyes should be starting over him, but i just have a feeling that larussa goes with the vet and sends the rookie to the pen or back to the minors.
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