2021 Fantasy Baseball Hitting Super Sleepers

by Dennis Sosic
2022 Fantasy Football Week 3 Sleeper Heat Check

Welcome Fantasy friends and foes to my next installment in the Fantasy Six Pack 2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Kit. In my last addition, I provided Fantasy managers with my 2021 Fantasy Baseball Pitching Super Sleepers. This time I turn my attention to my 2021 Fantasy Baseball Hitting Super Sleepers.

As I was writing my articles this week, I received a notification on my phone that made me feel warm inside. Pitchers and catchers reported to Spring Training!  And you know what that means? Baseball is back!

In celebration, I gifted five hitters that can assist Fantasy managers to celebrate after they brag about finding golden tickets with ADP outside the top 300 in their Fantasy drafts.

Which catcher selection will make you look like a Fantasy genius? Are any infielders available deep in drafts that can help my Fantasy team? Which outfielders can help my power categories? Find out the answers to those questions and a whole lot more in the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Hitting Super Sleepers.

2021 Fantasy Baseball Hitting Super Sleepers

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Ryan Jeffers, C, Minnesota Twins

Ryan Jeffers had an outstanding rookie season for the Minnesota Twins. Jeffers slashed .273/.355/.436 with three home runs and a .791 OPS in 26 games. Jeffers progressed in the Twins' system and came up last season when Mitch Garver suffered an intercostal strain that kept him out one month. Furthermore, Garver continued to suffer minor injuries throughout the season while struggling to live up to his stellar 2019 season.

Jeffers, 23, is a darkhorse candidate to take home the AL Rookie of the Year honor this season. Fantasy managers will be reluctant to move forward with Jeffers due to his sharing of the catching duties with Garver.

However, Jeffers proved last season that he is better defensively than Garver.  He projects to take over the number one role for the Twins next season. With Garver available to play in the AL Wild Card Series, Jeffers started both games of the series.

Fantasy managers have witnessed the best of Mitch Garver in 2019. It is also a safe bet to assume that last season was the worst for the 30-year-old catcher. The happy medium will allow both catchers to play and get plenty of at-bats with Ryan Jeffers, the likely starter on Opening Day.

"There are ways to get both of these guys in the lineup regularly, keep them rested and play a full season. The days of catchers catching five, six days a week, although it's still seen in the game, Baldelli said. I think it's more of a rarity at this point."

There is plenty of upside for the young catcher. At the point outside of 300 ADP of your draft, there is no terrible draft pick. Grab Jeffers as a 2021 late-round sleeper option at catcher.

C.J. Cron, 1B, Colorado Rockies

C.J. Cron signed a minor league contract with the Colorado Rockies to invite their Spring Training camp. Cron signed with the Detroit Tigers last season but only played 13 games before missing the rest of the season due to knee surgery. He started the season on fire, hitting four homers and eight RBI in just 13 games with a .894 OPS.

Cron was cleared for total activity and projects to be ready to compete with Josh Fuentes and Greg Bird for the Rockies' starting first base job. He is only a few seasons away from consecutive seasons where he combined to hit 55 home runs and 152 RBI while posting a .799 OPS and 113 wRC+.

The 31-year-old Cron is an above-average power option at first base and the CI slot for Fantasy managers. He is a smasher who should excel while calling Coors Field home. Cron could prove to be a dangerous option for the Rockies and a hitting sleeper for Fantasy managers in 2021.

Kolten Wong, 2B, Milwaukee Brewers

The Milwaukee Brewers agreed with free-agent second baseman Kolten Wong on a two-year deal that will provide elite defense up the middle, with Keston Hiura shifting over to first base.

Wong, who has won two straight Gold Gloves, is currently projected to be the Brewers leadoff hitter in 2021. The 30-year-old hit leadoff 47 times for the Cardinals last season, slashing .261/.342/.324, including an improved 9.6 walk percentage.

Wong owns a .356 OBP over the last four seasons. He provides a healthy option at the top of the lineup and will set the pace ahead for the returning Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich.

His power won't stand out, but he will provide double-digits in homers and steals. Fantasy managers should expect a season similar to his 2019 season when he hit .285/.361/.423 with 11 homers and 59 RBI along with 24 stolen bases.
Kolton Wong will represent a formidable middle infield option for Fantasy managers in deep mixed leagues.

Adam Duvall, OF, Miami Marlins

The Miami Marlins agreed to a one-year deal with free-agent outfielder Adam Duvall to give the power-hungry Marlins lineup some pop in their lineup. The Marlins finished dead last in home runs last season.

Duvall is a noticeable upgrade for their right field position, taking over for the much-maligned Lewis Brinson and Monte Harrison. Last season with the Atlanta Braves, he posted a .237/.301/.532 slash line and hit 16 homers with 33 RBI in 57 games. The 32-year-old slugger barreled the ball 13.9% of the time, which was in the 89th percentile.

The former All-Star provides Fantasy managers with a considerable slugging percentage production (.467 career slugging percentage) and a power stick. Duvall posted back-to-back seasons of 30+ homers and 100+ RBI as a Cincinnati Red in 2016-17. However, he will hurt your batting average, with Duvall owning a career .233 batting average. Duvall will also drown your OBP with a low career .293 on-base percentage.

Duvall will be an everyday player in the Marlins lineup, which should allow him to possess the ability to reach the 30+ homer plateau again. Considering NFBC 396.38 ADP's draft capital, Adam Duvall should be a power target for Fantasy managers in any category format.

Robbie Grossman, OF, Detroit Tigers

The Detroit Tigers signed outfielder Robbie Grossman to a two-year deal to provide an offensive spark for the Tigers' offense. Detroit finished 23rd in runs scored last season, and Grossman is one of many additions to the Tigers' daily lineup that should elevate their offensive output.

The switch-hitting outfielder enjoyed a career season in 2020. Grossman achieved career-highs with a 130 OPS+, .482 slugging percentage, and career-best 126 wRC+ last season. He hit .241/.344/.482 with 22 extra-base hits (eight homers) and stole eight bases. Grossman was on pace for his first 20 homers/20 stolen bases season in 2020.

Grossman projects to hit leadoff for the Tigers this season, highlighted by his excellent career .350 OBP. He has struck out less than 20 percent with a 13 percent walk rate in each of the last four seasons.

All indications are that Grossman will be patrolling left field at Comerica Park this season. The Tigers got a bargain in Grossman, who will look to build upon his excellent 2020 season to become the catalyst for the Tigers' offense.

Fantasy managers should keep Grossman's name handy in five-outfielder and deeper Fantasy leagues.

Make sure you bookmark our Fantasy Baseball category page to consume all of our 2021 MLB content in the coming weeks!

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