Top 20 Fantasy Baseball Draft Sleepers for 2015

Spring Training is rapidly approaching, and that means it is time to prepare for yet another season of successful fantasy baseball. While every season is ultimately unpredictable, there are many methods available to ensure fantasy success, and a deep and thorough knowledge of the players set to breakout or bounce back is central to a winning fantasy baseball campaign.

In every fantasy baseball draft, it is vital to identify the players that have been undervalued and will produce much better than their draft position would seem to indicate. This involves taking some risks on players returning from injury and on young players who seem ready to break out, so the following 20 players represent the best calculated risks in the game today, and selecting them at the opportune place in the draft will go a long way toward ensuring fantasy success.

These sleepers are all poised to produce much better results than expected, with many flying under the radar on their respective teams in past seasons. Of course, the value of each player is directly related to their draft position, so taking some of these players too early will mitigate the value they deliver to a fantasy team. The idea is that these players are undervalued and should be available at places in the draft that will maximize their value by providing above-average production for a player usually taken at that position.

20 Dellin Betances, RP

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19 Neil Walker, 2B

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18 A.J. Pollock, OF

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17 Carlos Martinez, SP

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16 Jean Segura, SS

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15 Brett Lawrie, 3B

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14 Drew Smyly, SP

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13 Dylan Bundy, SP

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12 Yasmani Grandal, C/1B

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11 Aaron Sanchez, SP

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10 Eric Hosmer, 1B

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9 Xander Bogaerts, SS

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8 Wil Myers, OF

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7 Carlos Rodon, SP

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6 Travis d’Arnaud, C

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5 Joc Pederson, OF

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4 Carlos Carrasco, SP

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3 Oswaldo Arcia, OF

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2 Kolten Wong, 2B

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1 Marcell Ozuna, OF

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Ozuna had an excellent 2014 campaign, but most of the attention on the Miami team seemed to focus on Giancarlo Stanton’s MVP-type season and Christian Yelich’s breakout year, and perhaps rightly so. As a member of the exciting outfield triumvirate in Miami, Ozuna slashed .269/.317/.455 and delivered 23 homers and 85 RBI in 153 games for the Marlins. That's an impressive stat line, and it’s important to remember that Ozuna is only entering his age-24 season. The Marlins spent the offseason upgrading their lineup, and the return of Stanton should only benefit Ozuna’s 2015 production. Even after generating impressive production in his first full season, there is plenty of room for improvement for Ozuna, a fact that fantasy owners should take advantage of on draft day.

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