3 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers for the Second Half of the MLB Season

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 06: Michael Pineda #35 of the Minnesota Twins delivers a pitch against the Texas Rangers during the second inning of the game on July 6, 2019 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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The All-Star break officially comes to an end on Thursday and with it comes a renewed focus on the fantasy baseball season. Several players are in the middle of fantastic years and are bound to continue to produce as the season goes along.

However, there are a select few players who are just getting started and could provide your fantasy baseball team with much-needed production.

Here are three potential second-half sleepers, owned in less than 50 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues, that could be big-time contributors on your fantasy team.

3. Jason Kipnis, 2B/OF, Cleveland Indians

CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 07: Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians reacts after hitting a solo home run in the eighth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on July 7, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Indians won 11-1. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Jason Kipnis had a dreadful start to the 2019 season, but his recent surge in production could point to a huge second half. The 32-year-old second baseman has slashed .291/.363/.532 with 19 RBI and a .849 OPS since June 14. Kipnis has seemingly put it together and as long as he continues perform at the plate, he should provide consistent fantasy production for the rest of the fantasy baseball season. Kipnis is available in 90 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues.

2. J.P. Crawford, 3B/SS, Seattle Mariners

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 14: J.P. Crawford #3 of the Seattle Mariners hits a two-run double in the top of the fourth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Ring Central Coliseum on June 14, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
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J.P. Crawford has shed the "bust" label thanks to a solid first half of the season, but the former top prospect may just be getting warmed up. The young middle infielder had a slash line of .276/.350/.494 with 20 RBI and a .844 OPS in his last 22 games before the break. Crawford has a .359/.400/.564 slash line with runners in scoring position so far, and he could put up huge numbers down the stretch. Crawford is available in 85 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues.

1. Michael Pineda, SP, Minnesota Twins

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - MAY 16: Michael Pineda #35 of the Minnesota Twins pitches against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning during their game at T-Mobile Park on May 16, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
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Michael Pineda was downright dreadful to start the year, but his recent performances suggest he could turn it around in the second half. The 30-year-old righty has been great in his last five starts, going 2-1 with a 2.83 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 28 2/3 innings. Pineda is seemingly rounding into form at the right time and with a dangerous Minnesota Twins' offense backing him, he could be in for a highly productive finish. Pineda is available in 65 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues.

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