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Fantasy Baseball: 25 Sleepers Primed to Break Down MLB's Doors in 2014
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Experts and armchair analysts will tell you that fantasy baseball is all about value-based strategy. This value-based strategy will eliminate the need to overpay for certain players since you can play match-maker with your overall needs as your draft ensues. 

However, godsend acquisitions late in the draft or via the waiver wire are usually what helps give one owner a competitive advantage over other owners in his or her league.

Someone who splurged on Chase Headley early on found themselves decimated at third base as the season dragged on. For the Headley owners, finding replacement level value later on at that position, with a player such as Kyle Seager, would have allowed them to take a more certain player at a value similar to Headley early on.

As good as Headley was in 2012, there were signs of discouragement heading into 2013. Drafting a pitcher like Cole Hamels in the same round, instead of Headley, would have made an owner more valuable. On the other hand, no one is purely psychic in their cognitive abilities to forecast fantasy performance.

That is where luck comes into play. As fantasy baseball players, we all understand that luck plays a large part of the game. From injuries to hot streaks, we have all celebrated or griped about luck. 

Denzel Washington said, "Luck is when an opportunity comes along and you're prepared for it." That is the basis for this article. One has to get lucky to earn a competitive advantage in fantasy baseball. The more you prepare for the opportunity of gaining more efficient value via your draft, you are preparing yourself to reap the dividends of luck. 

Not every player on this list will fulfill their intended purposes. I have no psychic ability that I am aware of. Proceed with caution and do not make an entire roster of the players soon to be mentioned. Pick your poison and realize expectations go hand-in-hand with value.

All statistics provided courtesy of Fangraphs.com.

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