Fantasy Baseball Sleepers: Superstars Poised for Huge 2014 Rebounds

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Fantasy Baseball Sleepers: Superstars Poised for Huge 2014 Rebounds
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Matt Cain finished 2013 with a 4.00 ERA, well below his 3.35 career mark.

One underwhelming year is not enough to bury an MLB superstar in 2014 fantasy baseball drafts.

These top performers fell short of expectations last year, but luckily for us, last year's numbers don't count this year. Many veterans have witnessed their fantasy utility permanently evaporate (hey, Tim Lincecum!), but some just ran into a pothole last season and suffered a flat tire.

Now, here is where things get tricky; true superstars are not readily available as sleepers, so the two terms contradict each other.

Prince Fielder should reignite his power with the Texas Rangers, and I'm confident in Ryan Braun turning the dial back to his fantasy superstar days. That's great, but you still must exert a first- or second-round pick to claim either of these former teammates.

While the following players aren't sleepers in the traditional sense, they'll come at a relative bargain this season considering their past success. Formerly premier picks, all but one of them are frequently falling past the fifth round in typical mixed-league drafts.

Each of the players on this list also all fall under the outfield or starting pitcher category, as those cavernous positions allow big names to get lost in the fold. Jose Reyes could revisit his days as a top shortstop if his body permits, but he's getting drafted among the top five at his position despite logging just 93 games last season.

These players all underachieved relative to their draft price in 2013, but expect the reverse to hold true this time around.



Note: All advanced statistics courtesy of FanGraphs, unless otherwise noted.

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