Five Fantasy Baseball Sleepers for 2009.
It's time for some baseball!
And with that comes the single biggest reason why men tune out their wives—fantasy baseball.
If you're just a casual player or a full-fledged fantasy fanatic, here's a quick list of five players that should fly under the radar in your fantasy league. Pay strict attention, as any one of these players could net you big dividends throughout the season.
Chris Iannetta, Rockies
While Chris Iannetta posted respectable numbers in just under half a season's worth of ABs with the Colorado Rockies in 2008, his coming-out party took place during the World Baseball Classic.
Look for Iannetta to get 500 plate appearances, 25 HR, 80 RBI, and a .270 avg.
Oh, and he's a catcher.
Fred Lewis, Giants
Have you ever even heard of Fred Lewis?
Well, the San Francisco Giants sure have, and from what I've heard, he's penciled in the third spot in their lineup.
Lewis put up some impressive numbers last year. His 21 SBs and .282 avg were a surprise, but his OPS was a shade under .800, which isn't terrible considering the lineup he was a part of.
Look for an improvement along the lines of .290, 12 HR, 75 RBI, 90 runs, and 25 SB.
Brett Gardner, Yankees
Brett Gardner's speed is game-changing.
The Yankees know that, and so should you.
Thanks to an awe-inspiring spring in which he led the team in home runs, Gardner looks to be the front-runner to start in center field for the New York Yankees.
If he can hold on to the top spot in the lineup, he should easily swipe 40 bases, score 90-100 runs, and hit .280.
Chris Davis, Rangers
Chris Davis is a masher.
There's no other way to describe him.
Plus, in some leagues, he's got 3B eligibility.
Davis could be a mini-Aramis Ramirez as soon as this year. And you know what that equates to—30 HR and 100 RBI.
Ian Stewart, Rockies
I've been a huge fan of Ian Stewart for what seems like years.
Stewart, a first-round draft pick of the Rockies back in 2003, finally flashed some of his potential at the Major League level in 2008.
Despite a disastrous September/October in which he hit .139, Stewart still ended up with an OPS of .804, which included 10 HR, in just 266 ABs.
Now, with a supposedly-healthy Todd Helton back in the mix, along with incumbent Garrett Atkins, word out of Rockies camp is that Stewart will get time at third base, left field, and possibly second base.
Stewart should net 400-500 plate appearances and hit 25 HR.