Top 5 Sleeper Outfielders for 2023 Fantasy Baseball Season
By Tyler Maher
Opening Day is just around the corner, but there's still time to research and prepare for your 2023 fantasy baseball drafts.
Thankfully, The Duel is here to help with our annual fantasy baseball preseason prep. You can check out our top 100 fantasy baseball player rankings here, as well as our top 25 team names.
In addition to our top 10 fantasy baseball outfielders for the 2023 MLB season, here are our top fantasy baseball sleeper outfielders as well.
Fantasy Baseball Outfield Sleepers 2023
5. Alex Verdugo, Boston Red Sox
Verdugo has become a mild disappointment for the Red Sox after his promising 2020 campaign, failing to develop into an All-Star as hoped. The team believes it can get more out of him with improved motivation, which has already been on display this spring after getting in better shape during the offseason. Verdugo is off to a torrid start this spring and could be primed for a big year heading into his age-27 season, especially if he's able to stay focused and play hard for an entire season.
4. Cody Bellinger, Chicago Cubs
Bellinger has looked lost at the plate in recent seasons as injuries have helped derail what was shaping up to be a Hall-of-Fame career. He's still only 27, though, so there's still plenty of time for him to turn things around. A new team might do him some good as well now that he's with the Cubs. With less pressure on both him and the team, the former NL MVP might thrive in an environment with lower expectations and get back to being a 30-homer threat.
3. Jesse Winker, Milwaukee Brewers
Winker needed a change of scenery after his disastrous 2022 campaign with the Seattle Mariners, and thankfully he got one. Now with the Milwaukee Brewers, Winker is back in the familiar confines of the NL Central and could be ready to recapture his All-Star form from 2021. The 29-year-old former first-round pick should hit much closer to his career average of .270 with his usual solid power and elite plate discipline, making him a perfect bounce-back candidate to target in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts.
2. Laars Nootbaar, St. Louis Cardinals
Nootbaar is one of this preseason's most popular fantasy sleepers, and it's not hard to see why. The hard-hitting outfielder showed off a salivating blend of power and patience last year with 14 homers and a 51:71 BB/K ratio in 108 games. Now in his third season, the 25-year-old will get a full campaign to build on those numbers in a potent Cardinals offense. After raising his OPS from .739 to .788 last season, Nootbaar could take a similar step forward this year.
1. Masataka Yoshida, Boston Red Sox
As a player with zero MLB experience, Yoshida is the definition of a high-risk, high-reward player. It's unclear whether his power will translate to the majors, but observers are high on his plate discipline and contact skills. His profile should play well in Fenway Park, where he can use the Green Monster to his advantage. The Red Sox may have overpaid for him in free agency, but they won't care if he ends up being an All-Star.