2018 fantasy baseball breakouts
Are you prepared to find the hidden gems that will set your team apart? Have you scouted the next superstar waiting to rise to the top of the Player Rater? Can you navigate the player pool and avoid the busts that will leave you with regrets all season long? Below, our experts predict the players they consider to be sleepers, breakouts and busts for the season. Here's a quick guide to what we mean by these categories A player set to exceed the value implied by his average draft position.
Each analyst has provided an early-round sleeper, a midround sleeper and a sleeper you can find at the end of your drafts. A player poised to enter the upper echelon of the fantasy game via a big step forward, reaching a new level of play for the first time in his career.
Our analysts have picked an early breakout player who could deliver first-round value, a midround sleeper who could return value of a top player and a rookie who could jump straight to fantasy stardom. A player who will disappoint relative to his average draft position. Our experts have picked players set to disappoint as expected first-round selections, disappointments in the early to middle rounds and rookies who won't live up to expectations. Moncada boasts power, speed, plate discipline, a middle-infield starting spot and a place near the top of a potentially interesting lineup, all at age OK, he could have been better last year, but he was still a rookie.
This is a homer, steal profile, at least, and even if he hits only. The breakout is still coming! Margot always profiled as a leadoff option with stolen base potential, and then in his rookie season, he swatted 13 home runs in games as well. The Padres should score many more runs than they did in , and Margot at the top is key as a potential five-category option. Margot was not supposed to hit for much power, but the underlying figures show that his rookie power was legit.
Margot is certainly capable of more than 30 stolen bases, with expected gains in batting average and runs pending as well. Harper has achieved historic numbers, with home runs before turning 25, but he is a risk in Round 1. Durability is a problem, but the numbers are inconsistent as well.
He's not an imposing presence in the batter's box at 5-foot-9, pounds, but Albies has excellent bat speed and he used that to generate above-average game power. He also went 8-for-9 on the basepaths, and when it was all said and done, Albies was worth roughly two wins above replacement in just 57 games.
Albies' ability to make consistent contact gives him a solid floor in batting average, and he runs at a time when stolen bases are on the decline league-wide. The power is just the cherry on top. He could end up being a significant bargain in drafts and auctions, even with spring helium. Injuries limited Altherr to games in , but his performance when on the field constituted a mini-breakout.
He upped his average a full 70 points and his OBP nearly 40 points while matching his highest home-run total from any professional season. If everything comes together, he could easily be a top 25 pitcher.
Yet, he has been the 72nd pitcher taken in drafts thus far this year. But the matter of the fact is that fantasy owners tend to overestimate the effect of Coors, and so the Rockies hitters are often overvalued, and the Rockies pitchers undervalued.
Jon Gray has all the makings of an Ace. He has all the tools. Now it is just time to put them together for an elite season. There is reason to believe that that elite season could be this year.
First of all, if he had stayed healthy last year, he would have already had that elite season. If he had had 32 starts instead of 20, his stat line would have looked something like this: And for this high upside player, you could draft him as the 58th overall pitcher assuming your draft is a typical one.
Granted, Coors may keep Gray from being a 1 in most leagues, but he would be a solid 2 and a great 3. Right now he is being drafted like a 5.
Luiz Gohara is the youngest player on this list. And he got 5 solid starts at the Major League level in September. He had a 2.