Two weeks have passed in most fantasy baseball leagues and, like most owners, you are probably starting to wonder just how your team will pan out after the start to the MLB 2014 season.
Taking stock of their success last year, the Boston Red Sox would have been a likely target for fantasy talent in any owner's draft for this season.
After all, the Red Sox offense ranked second in the American League with a team .277 batting average and boasted a respectable 3.79 team ERA.
Following their 2013 World Series, Boston would offer a number of hot commodities sought after on draft day. Stars like designated hitter David Ortiz, second baseman Dustin Pedroia and upstart phenom infielder Xander Bogaerts were probably around on your big board somewhere.
Yet the Red Sox have not exactly gotten off to a hot start in 2014—a 5-9 record as of April 15.
Sure, the overall team record is not a primary concern with fantasy owners, but it does reflect on some of the problems Boston players have endured this early in the season.
Regardless, there is plenty of talent to be had here with the Red Sox.
While most of the big names are likely on active rosters at this point, let us shift the focus to some sleepers that may help get your fantasy team over the top.
In this slideshow, we will evaluate five Red Sox sleepers and determine their eventual fantasy impact in 2014 and beyond.
We shall stay away from the big names like Ortiz, Pedroia and Jon Lester, given the fact that they are hardly considered sleepers. We will also ignore prospects—like third baseman Garin Cecchini—who have long-term potential but minimal, if any, fantasy value in 2014.
Instead, let us focus on players that may have either slipped into the deep rounds on draft day or perhaps missed being drafted at all.
In addition, each fantasy league is different and is provided by a variety of affiliates. For the purposes of clarity and consistency, we shall utilize CBS Sports as a primary source of relevant fantasy point value, owned/started value and scoring system.
Here we go.