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Draft Guide Preview: Sleepers

by NBC Sports EDGE Staff
Updated On: February 27, 2020, 4:58 pm ET

The 114-day break is finally ended over the weekend and baseball is back!

Spring training kicked off this past Friday and since then every MLB team has officially returned to action, signaling to the fantasy baseball world that draft season has begun. And if you want to ensure draft day domination in your league, you won't want to miss out on the Rotoworld 2020 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide.

Our all-new guide features projections, rankings, tiers, mock drafts, expert columns and much more designed to give you the confidence you need when entering your drafts.

Still need convincing? Then feast your eyes at this quick look into the minds of our experts from the guide as they help to illuminate you on some of the sleepers to snatch for the upcoming season.

Check them out: 

 

Brian Anderson, 3B/OF, Marlins
By Christopher Crawford

Anderson has put up solid – if not spectacular – numbers in his first two years with the Marlins, but the 26-year-old seems primed for a breakout in his third season. Keep in mind that Anderson had an OPS of just .663 through the first two months of the season, but from June 1 on, he hit .285/.366/.563 with 15 homers and 45 RBI before his season came to an end in August due to a hand injury. That's a 34-homer, 102-RBI pace over a 162-game season, and while you shouldn't expect that kind of production from the former Arkansas Razorback, it's clear that Anderson is becoming more comfortable at the plate and tapping into his power while improving his selectivity. It's also worth noting that the Marlins lineup should be better in 2020, so there should be more opportunities for him to drive in runs this summer. Add in the fact that Anderson will have eligibility at both third base and the outfield, and you get a productive – and underrated – fantasy player for the coming campaign.

Hunter Renfroe, Rays
By Nathan Grimm

The Rays are one of those teams that, when they make a bold move, you sit up and take notice. So when an organization that has remained near-perennial contenders by staying ahead of baseball's intelligence curve trades Tommy Pham for Renfroe and Xavier Edwards, it's noteworthy. Now, there are some non-Renfroe factors that inform the decision. Primarily, Pham is more expensive and has fewer years of team control than Renfroe, and Edwards is also a legitimate prospect regardless of what Blake Snell thinks.  Since Renfroe was the only major league piece traded to the Rays, it says something about how the organization views the 28-year-old. Renfroe had a rough 2019 season, especially a second half in which he hit .161/.263/.299, but he also battled elbow and ankle injuries for much of that time. Even so, he finished 2019 with a career-high 33 homers in 140 games. Healthy, out of Petco Park and on a team that has shown a knack for successfully curating its players to the best of their abilities, nobody should be surprised if the outfielder takes another step forward and has a career year in 2020.

Tommy Edman, 2B/3B, Cardinals
By Matthew Pouliot

Playing time might be a question for Edman, but it's going to be nearly impossible for the Cardinals to keep him out of the lineup if he in any way resembles the player he was last year. It helps a bunch that he's adept pretty much everywhere in the field; he hasn't really played center field yet, but given his speed and the way he took to right field in his late season audition, it seems likely that he'll prove fine there, too.  Edman added some power to his contact ability last year, hitting 18 homers between Triple-A and the majors after finishing with just seven the year before. Most importantly for fantasy purposes, he's a terrific basestealer, going 54-for-60 in his attempts the last two years. There are so few 30-steal threats out there right now, and Edman will come cheaper than most of them. Plus, he should hardly be a zero elsewhere.

 

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