Jeremy Guthrie used to be one of the top 25 pitchers in fantasy baseball. However, those days are long behind him.
Guthrie fits as a great sleeper because of his change of scenery. Guthrie was traded to the Colorado Rockies this offseason, leaving behind the terrorizing lineups of the AL East for the more friendly lineups of the NL West. The Red Sox and the Yankees were the top two offenses in the majors last season in terms of runs scored, while the Rays and Blue Jays have potent offenses as well.
While Guthrie will now call the most feared hitter's park in Coors Field home (which also comes in at second place on ESPN's Park Factors), he will leave behind the likes of Fenway Park (third on the list), the Rogers Center (fourth on the list) and Yankee Stadium (sixth on the list).
Instead, he will get Coors (second), Chase Field (fifth), Dodger Stadium (22nd), PETCO Park (28th) and AT&T Field (30th). Needless to say, Guthrie will be pitching in more pitcher-friendly parks.
This trade also helped increase Guthrie's value in fantasy. He should have an increase in the number of wins this season. The NL West is a much easier division than the AL East, and the Rockies possess a better offense than the Orioles did. This should equal some more run support for Guthrie, which usually translates to more wins.
According to RotoAuthority.com, Guthrie currently has an Average Draft Position (ADP) of 350.53 and is being drafted in less than two percent of all fantasy leagues. This could make Guthrie a great last-round sleeper.