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PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2007 11:51 pm 
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Hey guys! Long-time reader, first-time poster.

I had a quick question. I'm entering into a few fantasy leagues, and I'm looking for late-round steals (like every fantasy owner, I know).

Especially in pitching (I've always followed the conventional wisdom that pitching can never be predicted preseason, so I've stuck with the hitters in my top 7 picks or so, and it's worked out pretty well so far), I look to the below-average preseason picks for a steal. Jonathan Papelbon worked out pretty well for me last year, as did Gil Meche (at least, for a 17th round pick).

So this year, I'm DEFINATELY thinking hard about Ollie Perez. I'm also looking at the types of Erik Bedard, John Patterson (off injury), and Aubrey Huff.

Are these good picks? Are there any other picks that would come to mind as other good options late in fantasy drafts?

I figured this was as good a general discussion point as any, and conversation could turn to fantasy sleepers in general, not just my choices.

Anyway, thanks in advance for the sage advice!

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2007 12:00 am 
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Oliver Perez.

Edwin Encarnacion isn't a sleeper anymore.

He's a walking alarm clock.

Rafael Soriano also -- He'll be closing if his arm is sound before too long, IMO.

If he isn't he'll get you holds and K/9 and whip.

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see how far lester drops and keep an eye on his medical reports in the press and spring workload.


Phil Hughes is worth a flier if you have a deep bench -- Pavano is due to get hurt soon.

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Not really sleepers, but these guy can easily give you equal production of guys drafted 5-6 rounds above them.

Matt Cain
Rich Hill
Chris Capuano
Scott Olsen
Doug Davis
Matt Garza
Mark Buhrle

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I think Zumaya is a nice sleeper too. Todd Jones has got to be hanging by a thread these days. If Zumaya becomes closer, you're looking at a lot of Ks to go along with his saves. I am also partial to the injury prone yet big strikeout pitchers - Harden, Sheets, etc. You are taking a big risk with them, but they sometimes get picked a little later than they should, and if they somehow defy the odds and stay healthy, they could be huge steals.

A lot of good sleeper second basemen too - Weeks, Kendrick, Iguchi (constantly underrated fantasy-wise IMO), Kinsler, Barfield, etc. It's a much deeper position than you'd think.


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These are the first that come to my head...

Adam LaRoche
Rich Hill
Rocco Baldelli
Erik Bedard
Luke Scott

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I always look for the highly touted prospects late in the draft to hopefully steal a pick. but you have to follow the spring training and make sure they are gonna be on the team.

Delmon Young
Matt Garza
Carlos Quentin


Those type of guys


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I don't know that Bedard could be considered a sleeper. He made a lot of progress last year and seems to be a pretty well known commodity at this point.

Sticking with the same team though, I'd watch Daniel Cabrera's walk numbers in spring training. His BB per 9 innings dropped from 7.87 to 4.56 between pre and post all star break. If he makes further progress with his control, he's a strikeout machine and the sky is the limit. Even if you do draft him, I'd say don't start him until at least 4 starts into the regular season just to get a good idea of where he's at because if he hasn't made actual progress, he can be a true nightmare.


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