quitesanemax wrote:I thought sleeper might apply to players who are undervalued for whatever reason. Lopez is because he is listed as a catcher, but is actually a 1st baseman, or DH. I guess I'm unclear on what the definition of a sleeper is. (I'm not trying to be facetious here).
Basically, his value as a player is high because he's a catcher who can hit the ball fairly well compared to most other catchers.
Once he makes his move to first, though, he doesn't compare as well as a hitter against the other first basemen.
this is not a knock on lopez as a fantasy player at all. it's just that there are so many great hitters who play first base... Pujols, Ortiz, Teixera, Helton, D Lee, and those are the studs! What about Konerko? Helton? Hafner? Delgado? Berkman? Dunn? Sexon?
Is Javy Lopez even close to that level of a hitter? no, he's not.
But who are the stud catchers? Victor Martinez, Mauer, Varitek. Lopez could perform as well as any of them if things go his way.
Since Lopez IS
available to you this year as a catcher, by all means grab him and use him because he will be a good player for you, and yeah the added roster flexibility is a good thing to have in a player, but this doesn't increase Lopez's value enough to be considered a sleeper in my book. It would be a very strange move or a desperate situation where you would ever play him at first.
A sleeper is a player that has a good chance to perform above
expectations. I think Lopez has a good chance to perform to