Fantasy Baseball Draft Strategy 2012: Sleepers Guaranteed to Dominate

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterMarch 21, 2012

If you want to win your fantasy baseball league, you have to gamble on some promising sleepers, and here are the best. 

The first few rounds are so easy even a baby could make the right picks. Well, a baby with a Baseball Prospectus and a solid Internet connection could. 

The winning fantasy teams reach deep for the stars of tomorrow, the players that will make 2012 their playground and put up fantastic numbers. 

Sure, the losers will call them lucky, but we know better. It's all about calculating precisely the moment these guys breakout, and here are those breakout stars. 

Trevor Cahill

The Arizona Diamondbacks should cruise in a soft division with a fantastic rotation and a solid lineup. Cahill comes in with little pressure and will survive in Arizona thanks to his ground-ball sensibilities. 

Cahill will improve in the dessert and post a below-4.00 ERA, and more importantly, have a better run production to rely on. 

If you are looking for a sneaky hot 15-game winner, it would be Cahill. 

Ike Davis: 

Feel safe in knowing that Ike Davis will slide to the very depths of most drafts. His durability issues should have other managers reaching for healthier first basemen. 

Davis should be on your radar as a late sleeper who will be just fine after ankle woes kept him to just 149 plate appearances last season. 

Expect him to come back to his 2010 production, and that means 20 home runs and a bating average north of .280. 

Paul Goldschmidt: 

It's hard to find power late as most of the great outfielder and corner infielders will be taken. Goldschmidt will be on the radar of cagey owners in deep leagues, so beware. 

There is a ton to like about the prototypical big-hitting first baseman. After 177 plate appearances in 2011, the Diamondbacks budding star has seen enough to slip into a comfort spot to start the year. 

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