no weather wrote:Wilson, Preston
I'm not so sure I'd call these guys sleepers. In my mind, Wilson is a starting outfielder in any league. Sexson is probably in the top 5 or so at 1B in the NL... and that's saying a lot, considering the talent at the position. And Beltre is in about the same company at 3B. Maybe by sleeper you mean a 6th-8th round (or medium bid) starter who produces Sosa-like numbers, but I don't really see these guys doing *quite* that. Although that's kind of nitpickety of me... sorry...
Eric Young: (2B) shunned by the Cubs as step-slow and with something to prove, should be consistant in average and runs scored, and rebound to 35 steals.
I wanted to like Young. Really I did. But a .335 OBP for a leadoff hitter is rather low, combined with poor fielding (not a problem fantasy-wise, but it just made me wonder why the hell the Cubs kept him in the lineup) and nothing special speed-wise. The combination of Young and DeShields hitting 1-2 for most of the year is, IMHO, what really doomed the Cubs last year. Of course, the buzz around him this year is pretty good, especially in the SB area, and I *did* pick him as a backup for my team.
For me, I'm looking at Eli Marrero to be my big sleeper. I liked him at the beginning of the year, but was really concerned with him being platooned with 2 other catchers. With the Cards playing musical chairs in the field, and squeezing in Marrero at 1B and LF when he's not catching, I like him even more (and I can play him all over the place if I need to). His monster numbers in the first week haven't hurt my opinion of him either.
Juan Cruz could be dynamite on the mound if the wear and tear of a full season doesn't get him down (as it did to Kerry Wood last year - although he still posted good numbers).
Satoru Komiyama looks like a definite maybe as well. Foreign pitchers seem to do pretty well with confusing batters for at least one time around the league, and with the unbalanced schedule a lot of teams won't get a second chance. The run support that he's liable to receive from the Mets lineup wouldn't hurt either. If he doesn't start, he could end up closing some games if Benitez gets hurt or just needs a few days rest.