Fantasy Baseball 2012: 5 Sleepers Who Will Put Up Big Numbers

Adam SpencerCorrespondent IFebruary 27, 2012

Fantasy Baseball 2012: 5 Sleepers Who Will Put Up Big Numbers

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    Last season, Lance Berkman came from nowhere and put up huge numbers for the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals.

    Players like Berkman also led many fantasy baseball teams to league championships with their unexpected production.

    Finding sleepers late in your fantasy draft is a great way to make some noise in your league.

    So, who will be this year’s Lance Berkman?

    Let’s take a look at five players who have some serious sleeper potential.

5. Adam Dunn, 1B/DH, Chicago White Sox

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    It’s impossible for Dunn to be as bad in 2012 as he was in 2011, right?

    Let’s just chalk up his terrible batting average and subpar production to adjusting to a new league and a new team.

    Now that he’s had some time to get used to playing in the American League, he should be much better in 2012.

    If he’s available in the last round of your draft, he’s definitely worth stashing on your bench for a couple weeks to see if he can turn things around.

4. Carlos Pena, 1B, Tampa Bay Rays

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    If you are looking for cheap power at the end of your draft, Pena is your man.

    He’s not going to hit for a high average, but he still has plenty of pop in his bat.

    He’ll give you 20+ home runs and 75+ RBI every year. You could do a lot worse than Pena in the last couple rounds of the draft.

    Plus, now that he’s back in Tampa Bay, where he had some of his best years, he could exceed expectations once again.

3. Delmon Young, OF, Detroit Tigers

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    Young showed some flashes of brilliance in last year’s playoffs, hitting five home runs for the Tigers.

    This year, he has a chance to sneak up on some people. He’ll be providing protection to Prince Fielder, Miguel Cabrera and Alex Avila in the batting order, meaning he should get some good pitches to hit.

    Opposing pitchers can’t pitch around everyone in Detroit’s loaded lineup, so a good power year for Young isn’t out of the question.

2. Emilio Bonifacio, 3B/SS/OF, Miami Marlins

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    Bonifacio is a good player who doesn’t receive a lot of hype.

    He hits for a good average (.296 in 2011) and has blazing speed (40 steals).

    But, his most valuable asset is his versatility. In Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues, the speedy Marlin is eligible at three positions.

    He’s a great guy to fill holes in your lineup due to injuries or on off days for other players.

1. Jemile Weeks, 2B, Oakland A's

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    Everyone is high on Dodgers shortstop Dee Gordon as the young middle infielder to watch this year.

    But, don’t fall asleep on Weeks. He also hits for a high average (.303 last year), has similar speed and hits for more power than Gordon.

    Weeks could be a sneaky pick late in your draft if you need a second baseman.

    He won't hit for nearly as much power as his brother Rickie, but he still has potential to be a very solid fantasy second baseman.