Top 3 Sleepers for Steals in 2020 Fantasy Baseball Season

Jason Schandl
Rangers OF Danny Santana slides into third base in a playoff game against the Athletics.
Rangers OF Danny Santana slides into third base in a playoff game against the Athletics. / Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images
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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 is 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.

If you find your team lacking in the steals department as you head into the later rounds of drafts, these three sleepers are worth a look.

Fantasy Baseball Stolen Base Sleepers

1. Danny Santana, OF, Texas Rangers

Danny Santana slides into third base against the Astros.
Danny Santana slides into third base against the Astros. / Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images

The Texas Rangers were not afraid to run in 2019, averaging an MLB-high 1.04 stolen base attempts per game. A big chunk of these came from Elvis Andrus, who finished fifth in the majors with 31 steals, but Danny Santana wasn't too far behind. Playing just 130 games (tied for the fourth fewest of anyone with 15-plus steals), he swiped 21 bags, getting caught just six times. His breakout came a little late, but Santana did also steal 20 bases in 2014, and he also had 30 at the Double-A level in 2013. He also hit well in 2019 (.352 weighted on-base average), and that should earn him more time in the Rangers' lineup, giving him the potential to build on that steal total this season.

2. Teoscar Hernandez, OF, Toronto Blue Jays

Teoscar Hernandez runs the bases against the Yankees.
Teoscar Hernandez runs the bases against the Yankees. / Cole Burston/Getty Images

One of the fastest players in the MLB, Statcast data had Hernandez tied for 42nd among all players in sprint speed in 2019. He only racked up 6 stolen bases last year, but he did add 3 at the Triple-A level as well. One key to unlocking stolen base upside is simply getting on base, and while Hernandez' 33.0 percent strikeout rate may be concerning, he also walked 9.7 percent of the time in 2019, giving him a career best .306 on-base percentage. If the 27-year-old speedster can continue to make strides in that area, he's got the wheels for double-digit steals.

3. Garrett Hampson, 2B, Colorado Rockies

Garrett Hampson runs the bases against the Yankees.
Garrett Hampson runs the bases against the Yankees. / Mike Stobe/Getty Images

Garrett Hampson makes Hernandez' sprint speed look modest, having finished fourth in the MLB in 2019. He was the only second baseman to crack the top 20 in that metric. He racked up 15 steals in 105 games for the Colorado Rockies, adding 7 in 26 Triple-A appearances. He ranked 14th in steals per plate appearance among all players with 15-plus steals in 2019, and the potential that he spends more time in the lineup after finding his footing in the MLB last year gives him some huge upside on the basepaths.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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