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Fantasy baseball: 3 deep sleepers for NL-only leagues

March 27, 2018 Updated: March 27, 2018 at 5:40 pm
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San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Chris Stratton throws against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a spring baseball game in Mesa, Ariz., Monday, March 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

It’s important for me to constantly self-evaluate in fantasy sports. I’ll play in almost any type of football league and I’ll have about the same amount of successes as failures, as I’m sure is the case with you. In basketball I’ll put my fantasy knowledge against anyone. I’ve enjoyed quite a bit of success. In baseball, I’ve realized that I tend to struggle as the season goes on. As I’ve gotten older I’ve reduced the number of baseball leagues I play in and I generally have a co-manager who runs the show once August hits. My one vice that I can’t give up is my NL-only league that I’ve been in for over a dozen years. It’s a keeper league, not a dynasty league, and it’s just a fun group. I don’t think I’d be stepping on any toes by saying that the majority of owners prefer intuition over analytics.   

 Assuming your draft is complete, here are three deep sleepers for NL-only leagues that are likely on your waiver wire. These players might be worth targeting (and keeping on your bench) during the first round of waivers. If they fizzle after two weeks, just drop them at little cost:


Enrique Hernandez, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, OF, Dodgers

The first thing to love about Hernandez is his ability to play multiple positions. He doesn’t turn 27 until August, but many doubt if he will every shake the role of utility play, at lest while he is with the Dodgers. During the spring he had four homers in 51 at-bats while hitting .314.


Austin Jackson, OF, Giants

He isn’t an everyday player, but he should start against lefties and will likely get plenty of at-bats in the leadoff spot.


Chris Stratton, SP, Giants

It’s hard to suggest someone pick up a pitcher who allowed 59 hits in 58 2/3 innings pitched last year, but of those 59 hits only five were home runs.