Fantasy Baseball Sleeper Picks – Hitting
If you play season-long, weekly, or daily fantasy sports, it is important to find sleeper picks. Here are our top sleeper picks for hitting for fantasy baseball, including tips for daily fantasy sports. But act now, before somebody else picks these sleeper picks up.
Dexter Fowler – OF, Colorado Rockies
Fowler had seven HR, 10 RBI and 13 runs in his first 14 games. Fowler’s career high in HR is 13, set last season. He hit 11 of the 13 before the All-Star break. While Fowler, now 27, stole 27 bases in 2009, he has not stolen more than 13 in a season since. Fowler hit .300 in 2012 (.332 at home and .262 on the road).
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Matt Carpenter – 1B-2B-3B-OF, St. Louis Cardinals
Carpenter had 14 runs in his first 15 games and a .276 BA, not great for a corner infield spot, but with David Freese off the disabled list, he stopped filling in at third and moved over to second, where he now has eligibility in Yahoo! and should gain eligibility in other leagues soon. Carpenter hit .294 with a .828 OPS in 296 AB in 2012. In Game 3 of the NLCS, Carpenter came in for an injured Carlos Beltran and homered off of Matt Cain to put the Cardinals ahead to stay.
Brandon Belt – 1B, San Francisco Giants
Belt was a trendy preseason pick after hitting eight homers in spring training. In 2012, he hit .275 with a .360 OBP and hit .304 in the NLCS. Belt saw his ownership drop in the first ten days of the season after getting off to a .148 start (4-for-27). Belt, who missed a couple of days with a stomach illness that required an IV, was still struggling in mid-April, but remained in the Giants lineup.
Starling Marte – OF, Pittsburgh Pirates
On April 10, Marte had two hits for the fifth straight game. In his first 15 games, Marte had 21 hits and a .333 BA. Marte made his MLB debut in late July 2012 and had five HR and 12 steals in 167 AB while hitting .257. As the Pirates’ leadoff hitter, he could put up some good runs scored totals if the Pirates’ offense picks up.
Stephen Drew – SS, Boston Red Sox
Drew had 15 HR, 10 steals and a .278 BA as recently as 2010, but an ankle injury in 2011 wrecked his next two seasons. Drew signed a one-year, $9.5 million deal with Boston, then suffered a concussion in early March and did not make his Red Sox debut until April 10, going right into the starting lineup with previous Red Sox shortstop Jose Iglesias getting sent to the minors despite hitting .450 (9-for-20).
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Ben Hargrove writes on fantasy sports for sites like DraftStreet.