Without question, the hardest positions to get offensive production from in fantasy baseball are catcher, second base and shortstop.
Generally, I try to focus on at least one or two of those positions early since elite players at those positions are generally more positionally valuable than the elite first basemen or outfielders.
But sometimes, the draft board doesn't work in your favor, and you find yourself scrambling for suitable alternatives later in the draft at weak positions. It's not an ideal position to be in, but if you find yourself in it, I've identified three players that could make you look like a genius this season.
Wilin Rosario, C, Colorado Rockies
It's very possible that Wilin Rosario is the best sleeper in your draft, depending on how alert your league mates are.
In ESPN drafts, Rosario has an average draft position of 183.0, meaning you can snag him in the 19th round in 10-team leagues! That's remarkable considering Rosario hit .270 with 28 home runs and 71 RBI a year ago, excellent numbers from a weak offensive position such as catcher.
In Yahoo! leagues, however, Rosario's ADP is 106.3, which is about where it should be.
My guess? If you are playing in a league with really sharp opponents, target him in the 10th round. But if you are playing against more casual fans, it looks like he could drop way down the board and represent amazing value for your team.
Know thy league mates, and draft Rosario accordingly.
Andrelton Simmons, SS, Atlanta Braves
Hitting atop the Atlanta Braves order means shortstop Andrelton Simmons will be batting in front of Jason Heyward, Justin Upton, Freddie Freeman, B.J. Upton and eventually Brian McCann. In other words, Simmons has the potential to score 100 runs this season.
But the youngster's potential doesn't end there. Simmons may have people gushing already over his defense, but he's dramatically improved offensively in the past several seasons as well. He hit .289 with three home runs, 19 RBI, 17 runs scored and a stolen base for the team in 49 games last year.
Simmons should help teams in runs, average and stolen bases. He's also got the potential to add some pop in his game as well, but I don't think you'll see that this season. With an ADP of 189.5 in ESPN leagues and 240.7 in Yahoo! leagues, he's definitely worth targeting in the later rounds.
Jesus Montero, C, Seattle Mariners
At this point, you've probably at least heard of Jesus Montero, once the darling of the New York Yankees' farm system who was eventually traded to the Seattle Mariners for Michael Pineda.
Montero wasn't great in 2012—he hit .260 with 15 home runs and 62 RBI—but he has a ton of power potential, and Seattle conveniently moved the fences in this season. He's also been raking this spring, hitting .415 with two home runs and 11 RBI.
With an ADP of 211.3 in ESPN leagues and 168.0 in Yahoo! leagues, Montero is worth taking a gamble on in the later rounds, especially if you miss out on the elite catchers early and pair Montero with another lower-round catcher.
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