Fantasy Baseball Sleepers 2014: Ranking the Top 25 Names to Know

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Fantasy Baseball Sleepers 2014: Ranking the Top 25 Names to Know
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Injuries destroyed Johnny Cueto's 2013 season, but that just makes him a fantasy sleeper for 2014.

In case you haven't yet opened your eyes to the upcoming—and fast-approaching—fantasy baseball season, it's time to stop hitting the snooze button on your internal alarm clock, wake up and start sleepering.

Yep, you read that right. "Sleepering" might not be an actual, you know, word—at least, not according to the Oxford dictionary—but if it were, surely the definition would be as follows: "The act and art of identifying potential fantasy sleepers."

Having marked some players who could regress this coming season after big 2013 campaigns, the focus now shifts to sleepering.

Most draft- and auction-day sleepers fall into one (or more) of the following categories:

  • Post-Hyper: A once promising player whose career has stalled and disappointed to date.
  • Injury-Returnee: A player who missed much, most or all of 2013 on the disabled list.
  • Lesser-Known: A player that isn't getting much, if any, real life publicity or fantasy love.
  • New Role: A player who is taking on a different position or new opportunity. 
  • Youngster on the Rise: A player who's ready to rise after a first taste of the majors in 2013.
  • Top Prospect: A highly rated youngster who remains rookie-eligible heading into this year.

The players on the following slides sport a sleeper status and fall into at least one of the above categories.

The other qualification required to be eligible? The players must fall outside the top 150—that's the first 12-15 rounds for 10- and 12-team leagues—based on average draft positions (ADP) from Mock Draft Central.

Here, then, are 25 fantasy sleepers, listed in order of ADP, to keep in mind over the next few weeks' worth of prep work.

 

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