2020 Fantasy Baseball Super Sleepers

by Jacob Dunne
2020 Fantasy Baseball Super Sleepers

Welcome to the 2020 Fantasy Baseball Super Sleepers article!

There are sleepers, and then there are SUPER sleepers.

"Super Sleepers" are the fantasy baseball players leftover after all the fantasy studs and high-ceiling sleepers are off the board. These bottom-of-the-barrel players can help anchor your fantasy team and lead your team to glory.

Every year, hidden gems slip through the cracks. It's our job to figure out who those hidden gems could be before they hit the waiver wire. There's a ton of upside available in the late rounds that could potentially provide a boost in several categories.

In this article, we give you 10 players to consider targeting in the later rounds of your fantasy baseball draft. The following players have an ADP of 350 or higher. Let's dig through the bottom of the rankings and find that diamond in the rough.

Let's dive in.

2020 Fantasy Baseball Super Sleepers

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Mike Yastrzemski, OF, San Francisco Giants

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After spending the first seven years of his career in the minor leagues, Yastrzemski finally got the call up to the major leagues last season. The 28-year-old rookie outfielder made the most of his opportunity.

Although he struggled initially following his May promotion, Yastrzemski turned it on in the second half recording 16 home runs and 39 RBI with a .278 batting average in 251 at-bats.

Yastrzemski hit 21 home runs and 55 RBI in just 371 at-bats in 2019. He enters spring training as the starting right fielder for the San Francisco Giants, and they will give him every opportunity to succeed. If he receives 500-plus at-bats in 2020, Yastrzemski should be able to hit 25-plus home runs.

Brett Gardner, OF, New York Yankees

Gardner is one of the most predictable and consistent players in fantasy baseball.

Over the past three seasons, Gardner has averaged 92 runs scored, 20 home runs, 60 RBI, and 16 stolen bases with a .251 batting average.

Last season, he hit a career-high 28 home runs and 74 RBI. Gardner has a clear path to playing time with Aaron Hicks still recovering from Tommy John surgery.

At age 36, Gardner is as safe a pick as they come with your late-round draft pick. Any fantasy player capable of hitting 20-plus home runs and stealing 10-plus bases needs to be on your radar.

Daniel Vogelbach, 1B, Seattle Mariners

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Vogelbach made a name for himself as a bonafide power hitter in 2019. In his first season as an everyday player, he hit 30 home runs in 462 at-bats.

He hit 21 home runs and 51 RBI with a .238 batting average in the first half, but he slowed down considerably in the second half, only recording nine home runs and 25 RBI with a .162 batting average.

At age 27, he comes into the 2020 season as an everyday player for the rebuilding Seattle Mariners. If you're able to stomach his poor batting average, Vogelbach has the strength and ability to provide 25-30 home runs for your fantasy team.

Domingo Santana, OF, Cleveland Indians

Santana signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Cleveland Indians over the offseason.

Last season, Santana hit 21 home runs and 69 RBI while swiping eight bases in 451 at-bats for the Seattle Mariners. He's less than three years removed from his breakout campaign, where he hit 30 home runs and 85 RBI while swiping 15 stolen bases.

With Cleveland lacking depth at outfield, Santana is looking at ample playing time in 2020. If he can muster 450-500 at-bats, he should have no problem hitting 20-plus home runs and swiping 10-plus bases while providing a decent batting average.

Yoshi Tsutsugo, 3B/OF, Tampa Bay Rays

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Tstsugo is leaving Japan to join the Tampa Bay Rays on a two-year, $12 million contract.

Over the past four seasons in the Japan Central League, Tstsugo averaged 35 home runs and 93 RBI with a .293 batting average.

The Rays wouldn't have brought him over from Japan if they didn't intend on giving him regular playing time. He may not hit for high average initially as he adjusts to the speed of major league pitching, but he is worth taking a gamble on in the late rounds of fantasy drafts.

He could be a potential steal for your fantasy team if his power can translate to the major leagues.


Mike Fiers, RHP, Oakland Athletics

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Oakland was the ideal landing spot for Fiers. Ever since the Detroit Tigers traded him to the Oakland Athletics in 2018, Fiers is 20-6 with a 3.86 ERA and 1.16 WHIP.

In 2019, Fiers recorded 15 wins with a 3.90 ERA and 1.19 WHIP. He thrived at home posting a 2.90 ERA in 17 starts, but he struggled on the road posting a 5.14 ERA.

He had a 12-game stretch last season where he went 8-0 with a 2.09 ERA and 0.93 WHIP. During that stretch, he threw a no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds.

At his current ADP, Fiers could be a potential steal. He has the potential to win 12-15 games while keeping his ERA under 4.00. Give him a look in the late rounds of your fantasy draft and start him with confidence, especially at home.

John Means, LHP, Baltimore Orioles

Means is coming off a solid rookie campaign where he recorded a 12-11 record while sporting a 3.60 ERA and 1.14 WHIP with 121 strikeouts over 155 innings.

He started the first four months of the season strong by posting a 2.44 ERA while recording a 7-4 record. He stumbled in the months of July and August posting a 5.19 ERA but was able to rebound in the final two months of the season.

Means comes into the 2020 season as the number one starter for the Baltimore Orioles. At age 26, Means will look to improve on his numbers from last season. He should provide owners with 10-plus wins and 150-plus strikeouts while keeping his ERA between 3.50-3.90.

J.A. Happ, LHP, New York Yankees

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Happ is coming off a disappointing 2019 season where he recorded a 4.91 ERA and 1.30 WHIP. He still managed a 12-8 record despite the poor ERA and WHIP thanks to ample run support.

Happ is only two years removed from his breakout campaign where he recorded a 17-6 record while posting a 3.65 ERA and 1.13 WHIP while striking out 193 batters.

He comes into the 2020 season looking to bounce back from an atrocious 2019 season. With a powerful offense backing him up, he should provide plenty of wins for your fantasy team. If Happ can make a comeback after an off-year and mirror anywhere close to his 2018 stats, he will be a steal at his current ADP.

Anibal Sanchez, RHP, Washington Nationals

Sanchez was a steady source of wins and ERA in 2019. Even though he wasn't able to mirror his 2018 breakout campaign, he still put up a respectable 3.85 ERA and 134 strikeouts while recording 11 wins.

He started off last season slow going 0-4 with a 5.91 ERA and 1.72 WHIP in his first six starts. From then on, Sanchez went 9-4 with a 3.20 ERA and 1.16 WHIP while recording 107 strikeouts in 133.3 innings pitched.

The 35-year-old should be a steady source of wins, ERA, and strikeouts in the upcoming 2020 season.

Julio Teheran, RHP, Los Angeles Angels

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Teheran signed a one-year, $9 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels over the offseason after spending the last nine seasons with the Atlanta Braves.

Over the past three seasons, Teheran is averaging a 4.04 ERA and 1.29 WHIP with 158 strikeouts. He should be able to put up similar numbers in 2020, even in his new surroundings. He gives up a lot of walks but makes up for it with a decent ERA and strikeouts.

Despite entering his 10th season in the major leagues, he is only 29-years-old. He still has plenty of time to develop and improve on his career averages of 3.67 ERA and 1.21 WHIP. If you want a durable pitcher with upside, give him a look in the late rounds of your draft.

Other Super Sleepers to Consider

  • Matt Carpenter is just two years removed from hitting 36 home runs and 81 RBI while scoring 111 runs.
  • Kevin Pillar can hit 15-20 home runs and steal 10-plus bases while providing a decent batting average.
  • Nick Markakis has averaged 10 home runs and a .286 batting average over the past three years.
  • Merrill Kelly ended his 2019 rookie campaign with a 4-1 record while sporting a 2.18 ERA and 1.03 WHIP.
  • Zach Davies has earned 10 or more wins with a sub-4.00 ERA in three of the last four seasons.

Don't let the next hidden gem slip through the cracks. It's in the late rounds of fantasy drafts where you can win your league. Keep these "Super Sleepers" in mind when preparing for your draft. Don't let them end up on your opponent's bench!

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