While the top fantasy baseball players provide the floor for your team, finding sleepers in the later rounds is key to determining your ceiling.
Hunting forfantasy baseball sleeper picks, 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.
Without further ado, here are three sleeper closers that can make a big impact for your 2021 fantasy baseball team.
Fantasy Baseball RP Sleepers
3. Craig Kimbrel, Chicago Cubs
If you just look at Craig Kimbrel's basic 2020 stat line, his season looks like a disaster. He had an ERA above 5.00 for the second consecutive year, finishing with a 1.435 WHIP while giving up 9 earned runs in 15 1/3 innings pitched. However, 7 of those 9 runs came in his first four appearances. From that point on, Kimbrel posted a 1.42 ERA across his final nine appearances, racking up a whopping 26 Ks in 12 2/3 innings. That's the Kimbrel fantasy managers know and love. Coming off the board as the 24th RP, per FantasyPros ADP data, Kimbrel is a nice buy-low candidate.
2. Alex Colome, Minnesota Twins
The Minnesota Twins are shaping up to be one of the best teams in baseball yet again, and that's always a great recipe for finding a reliable fantasy closer. Unfortunately, their manager Rocco Baldelli tends to rely on a platoon at the position rather than just handing the duties over to one guy. Still, the role is likely to be primarily split between Alex Colome and Taylor Rogers, and Colome feels like the much more reliable option. Over the past two seasons, he has a combined ERA of 2.27 (0.81 ERA in 2020) while Rodgers posted a 4.05 ERA in 2020. If Rogers' struggles carry over to 2021, or he deals with an injury, Colome could be closing for a juggernaut. Being drafted as the 20th player at the position on average, that presents fantasy managers with a great late-round flyer.
1. Drew Pomeranz, San Diego Padres
Similarly, the San Diego Padres are another projected juggernaut, boasting the third-best World Series odds on FanDuel Sportsbook. They haven't named an official closer, as it's expected to be a hotly-contested battle for the position, but that presents fantasy managers with an interesting opportunity. Drew Pomeranz was lights-out for the team in 2020, boasting a 1.45 ERA with 29 Ks and a team-high 4 saves in 18 2/3 innings pitched. If he wins the job outright, he's going way too low as the 26th RP drafted on average. He's a strikeout machine with the chance to close for a top-three team. That's a great recipe for a potential breakout campaign.
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