While the top fantasy baseball assets provide the floor for your team, finding sleepers in the later rounds is key to determining your ceiling.
Hunting for sleeper candidates, by definition, is a volatile task. For every sleeper that does turn into a great pick, there are two or three that go nowhere. However, this process can be the difference between a first-place finish and stumbling to a losing season. That makes it crucial to hit on your sleeper picks.
With that in mind, here are our top three deep league sleepers for the 2021 MLB season.
1. Mitch Haniger, OF, Seattle Mariners
Mitch Haniger has dealt with his fair share of injuries over the last few seasons and that has caused him to lose popularity in the fantasy baseball world. However, he is expected to hit in the middle of the Mariners lineup almost every day as one of their starting outfielders. The last time Haniger played a full season (2018), he scored 90 runs, hit 26 home runs, and racked up 93 RBI. He is reportedly a "full-go" for spring training and is a great option for your low-end OF spots or simply as a depth piece to see if he can get it going once again. He is a steal at his current average draft position (ADP) of No. 259 overall, according to FantasyPros ADP data.
2. Spencer Turnbull, SP, Detroit Tigers
Spencer Turnbull is not a flashy name by any means, but here is a pitcher that will eat innings and put together wins for your team when you need him to. After a horrible 2019 season, Turnbull looked impressive in a shortened 2020 season posting a 3.97 ERA in 11 starts and finishing with a 4-4 record to go along with 51 strikeouts. He will not be a top-tier starting pitcher by any means, but is a great player to have on your team in case of injuries or demotions at the starting pitcher position. With an ADP of No. 327 overall, he won't cost you almost anything to draft, either.
3. Joey Votto, 1B, Cincinnati Reds
Once a household name in the fantasy baseball world, Joey Votto has seen his statistics drop over the last few seasons with the Reds. Although, the veteran first basemen seemed to show more power in 2020 as he hit 11 home runs in 54 games played. That is a 30+ home run pace over the course of a full season. If he can maintain that kind of power hitting in the middle of an impressive Reds lineup, we could see him approach a 75+ run and 25+ home run season. He's a player worth taking a chance on in the later rounds as his ADP is just No. 295 overall.
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