Fantasy Baseball 2012: Top 40 Fantasy Sleepers

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Fantasy Baseball 2012: Top 40 Fantasy Sleepers
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Third baseman Mike Moustakas (89 homers as a pro) is perhaps the best 24-and-under prospect from the Royals' deep and talented pipeline of potential stars.

To create this painfully subjective list of Top 40 Fantasy Sleepers heading into the 2012 season, I used two simple baseline measures of eligibility:

1. Each player must have five or less years of major league service time, which explains why Homer Bailey, Carlos Lee, Ryan Raburn, Brandon League and Justin Morneau are nowhere to be found.

2. Using Mock Draft Central's current listing of Average Draft Position values, anyone ranked from Nos. 1-180 (essentially Rounds 1-15 in a 12-team draft) was disqualified from "sleeper" status...which explains why Austin Jackson, Yu Darvish, Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Dustin Ackley and Jason Kipnis cannot be located as well.

After that came the actual definitions of what makes a sleeper more viable—expected production in the short term or best-case scenario of production in that same time frame? And what about certain assets who will be gone by Round 16, compared to those who tumble to Rounds 23-25? Is one more valuable than the other?

Ugh, who knew fantasy subjectivity could be so complex and political? Enjoy the show!

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