Each year around this time, I’m asked about fantasy baseball sleepers at least five times per day. I reply with a question of my own: How deep of a sleeper are you looking for?
For example, a guy like Aaron Hill would’ve been considered a sleeper heading into 2012 even though he was being ranked just outside the top 10 at his position in most cases. That’s because no one thought he’d end up being the second-most productive second baseman in baseball. Sleeper? You better believe it.
Another example from 2012 would’ve been Brewers pitcher Marco Estrada, although that’s on an entire different level of “sleeper”. We could’ve categorized him as a “Super Sleeper.” He actually pitched pretty well in 2011 (4.08 ERA, 92.2 IP, 83 H, 29 BB, 88 K), but it was hard to take notice because all but seven of his 43 appearances were out of the bullpen, and most of those were low-leverage situations.
Estrada wasn’t on anyone’s radar last offseason. And if you held on to him until late June, your patience was rewarded because that’s when he turned into a quality start/strikeout machine.
So who will be the Aaron Hill of 2013? Who will be this year’s version of Marco Estrada? Keep reading to find out...