While the top fantasy baseball assets provide the floor for your team, finding sleepers in the later rounds is key to determining your ceiling.
Sometimes you need to really dig deep, though, and even the top fantasy baseball sleepers won't cut it. Whether you're in a league with more teams than usual or looking for players to target right at the end of your drafts, sometimes you'll find yourself needing some deep sleepers.
With that in mind, here are the top deep sleepers for the 2020 fantasy baseball season.
1. Niko Goodrum, 2B/SS/OF, Detroit Tigers
One of our top shortstop sleepers, the up-and-down nature of Niko Goodrum's production has left him priced well below his ceiling for this fantasy baseball season. The 27-year-old has both 12-plus steals and homers in each of his first two full seasons in the MLB, adding a combined 116 runs and 98 RBI in that time. His career .243 batting average and 28.5 percent strikeout rate are obvious drawbacks, but the power-speed combo that Goodrum offers gives him a ton of upside, especially as he's still relatively inexperienced at the major league level.
2. Teoscar Hernandez, OF, Toronto Blue Jays
Teoscar Hernandez is a top sleeper for steals in 2020, and he has some real potential in a young Toronto Blue Jays lineup. His .306 on-base percentage in 2019 was nothing to write home about, but that was a career-high mark, and he paired it with a solid 9.7 percent walk rate. Once he's on base he's a threat to rack up some swipes too, with Statcast having him tied at 42nd among all players in sprint speed in 2019. He adds in some serious pop as well, with a .240 isolated power (ISO) across 1,194 MLB plate appearances.
3. Eric Thames, 1B, Washington Nationals
Egregious platoon splits and an inability to hit southpaws will always ding Eric Thames' fantasy value, but his upside still makes him a great target late in drafts. He's posted an ISO of at least .250 in each of his three seasons since returning to the majors, and while strikeouts (30.5 percent) and average (.247) aren't strengths, you do expect some red flags with anyone at the end of drafts. Thames bounced back with 25 dingers, 67 runs and 61 RBI in 2019, and he should continue to bring that kind of upside in his first year with the Washington Nationals, making him a valuable first base sleeper.
4. Todd Frazier, 3B, Texas Rangers
The 33-year-old Todd Frazier hasn't been producing like he did in his prime, but he still managed 21 homers, 63 runs and 67 RBI in 133 games for the New York Mets in 2019. His .192 ISO still shows some reasonable pop. He's moving to a more hitter-friendly home ballpark, now calling Globe Life Park home as a Texas Ranger, and that shift alone could spell an increase in power output for one of the year's top third base sleepers.
5. Corey Dickerson, OF, Miami Marlins
The second of our top outfield sleepers to make this list, Corey Dickerson will likely give us more of the same in yet another new home in 2020. Dickerson hasn't posted a weight on-base average (wOBA) south of .341 since 2016, and before that he hadn't done it since his 2013 rookie campaign. Last year's .367 mark, across 78 games, stacks up as his third-best single-season mark. He also saw a bounce-back in ISO, at .262, while his 20.1 percent strikeout rate was below his career average, and his 5.7 percent walk rate was right in line with his average. The 30-year-old still struggles with awful platoon splits against southpaws, but like Thames, his upside means you can afford to take that hit and still get some nice fantasy value out of him.
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