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Fantasy Baseball Sleepers For 2017
There's nothing better than taking a chance on a value pick during your draft and watching it pay off.

To aid you in your quest for the elusive fantasy baseball sleeper, we've put together a list of potential breakout or bounce-back players to help you win this season.

This list is in alphabetical order and the degree to which these players qualify as sleepers obviously depends on your specific league.

Albert Almora

Chicago Cubs  Outfielder

Year G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
2017 Proj. 90 314 42 83 12 3 4 28 4 2 12 37 .264 .292 .360 .652
Almora spent a significant portion of his 2016 campaign at Triple-A Iowa, where he put together one of his best performances in the upper levels of the Cubs' minor league system. He was young for the level as a 22 years old, and he continued to show a developing hit tool despite the lack of a discerning eye at the plate (2.7 percent walk rate at Iowa, 4.3 percent with the Cubs). If the Cubs turned him loose with an everyday role, his defense alone would make him a valuable contributor. With further projection remaining in his bat, Almora still has the raw tools to emerge as a double-digit threat in home runs and stolen bases, and one with a good batting average thanks to his low strikeout rate (17.1 percent K% against MLB pitching). In order to deliver on that potential, he will need to carve out a significant share of the playing time in center field for the Cubs.

Tim Anderson

Chicago White Sox  Shortstop

Year G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
2017 Proj. 145 607 82 169 26 10 11 50 27 7 21 158 .278 .305 .409 .713
Anderson took over the starting shortstop job last year and looks to be the long-term solution at the position. Chicago promoted Anderson after just 55 games in Triple-A when he was hitting .304 in 256 plate appearances. Anderson's track record throughout the minors has been one of few walks and a below-average strikeout rate, and that continued at the big league level as he walked once for every nine times he struck out. However, he also hit for surprising power, matching his home run output (nine) from his previous 180 minor league contests. He was able to steal 10 bases despite a low on-base percentage. The speed will help his batting average and he has consistently made quality contact throughout the minors. His BABIP has yet to be below .369 in any stop of the minors where he spent longer than two weeks.

Tyler Anderson

Colorado Rockies  Pitcher

Year G GS CG SH IP H ER HR BB K W L SV ERA WHIP
2017 Proj. 30 30 0 0 173 175 77 14 51 141 11 8 0 4.01 1.31
Following a season lost to an elbow injury, Anderson came into spring training healthy and ready to compete for a major league rotation spot. Unfortunately, his comeback hit a roadblock almost immediately, as the left-hander suffered an oblique injury in March that sidelined him until May. Once he did make his way back, Anderson showed why the Rockies spent a first-round draft pick on him. He dominated hitters at both the Double-A and Triple-A levels, prompting his promotion to the big leagues just over a month after his activation. He even found some success during his time in the majors, sporting a 3.54 ERA and 1.29 WHIP over 19 starts. Anderson certainly doesn't overwhelm hitters with his low-90s fastball, as his 7.8 K/9 shows, but his 50.9 percent groundball rate is a welcome sight considering many of his starts come at Coors Field. As long as Anderson can stay healthy, he should be a mainstay in the Rockies' rotation.

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