Fantasy Baseball Draft Strategy 2016 Deep Sleepers; Best Outfield Finds Outside Top 50 That Could Win Your League
Everyone is searching for the "sleeper" pick that can win their league, and it's true--sleepers and free agent pickups often do make enough of a difference to win fantasy titles. That's what I'm here for. Here are some outfielders currently ranked outside the Top 50, who can really provide a spark to your team.
All rankings courtesy of FantasyPros.com.
Michael Conforto, Mets (No. 60)
Conforto played in just 56 games for the Mets last season, but impressed with a .270/.335/.506 slash line including nine home runs and 50 RBI. Conforto will be just 23 by the time the 2016 season begins, and he will have left field all to himself with Yoenis Cespedes out of the picture.
He profiled as a high batting average player in the minor leagues, and he showed his best power at the MLB level. Citi Field isn’t as cavernous as it used to be so Conforto has the look of a breakout. Keep an eye on him, especially in keeper leagues where he will be underrated.
Byron Buxton, Twins (No. 83)
This ranking is crazy, and will likely be adjusted when draft season creeps closer. Buxton didn’t do much in 2015’s 46-game sample, but as a raw talent he’s superior to any prospect in the sport. He will get full playing time from Opening Day for Minnesota, and at the bare minimum he will be a healthy source of stolen bases. That’s rarer these days than you think.
With talent like Buxton’s, he could click at any moment and be a Top 20 outfielder from that point on. With a ranking this deep it’s a total steal when the he’s sandwiched by Marcell Ozuna and Wil Myers. The upside on those two is nowhere near Buxton’s.
Denard Span, Giants (No. 63)
Span gives you nothing in the power department, but in categories leagues he will be extremely valuable. He is a .300 hitter with potential for 30-plus stolen bases. Span gives himself so many opportunities to reach base because he’s one of the best contact hitters in MLB. Span has posted a 90 percent or better contact rate every year since 2009. That ensures he’ll hit atop San Francisco’s lineup and probably score 100 runs if he stays healthy.