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Identifying 2023 Fantasy baseball sleepers heading into your drafts can be the difference between winning your league or going home with nothing. Fantasy baseball sleepers are the players who outperform their Fantasy baseball average draft position. For instance, Brewers shortstop Willy Adames was mostly an afterthought in many leagues last season. However, owners who took a chance and drafted or acquired Adames early in the season were rewarded handsomely.
Adames finished last season with 134 hits, 98 RBI, 83 runs scored and 31 homers, making him one of the top Fantasy baseball sleepers from a season ago. But which 2023 Fantasy baseball sleepers can you rely on this season? Before finalizing your 2023 Fantasy baseball draft prep and setting the valuation for players such as Adames or any others, be sure to see the 2023 Fantasy baseball rankings and cheat sheets from the proven computer model at SportsLine.
Last season, SportsLine’s Projection Model identified several top Fantasy baseball sleepers, breakouts and busts, including Cardinals second baseman Tommy Edman.
Edman had a 2022 Fantasy baseball ADP well outside the top 100 but the model predicted that he’d outperform that draft position. The result: Edman posted new career-highs in home runs (13), RBI (57) and stolen bases (32) while slashing a respectable .265/.324/.400 to finish as the third-best second baseman in Fantasy baseball. Anybody who followed its advice and picked up Edman late in their Fantasy baseball drafts received a huge power boost in their Fantasy baseball lineups.
The SportsLine model is engineered by the same people who powered projections for all three major Fantasy sites. And that same group is sharing its 2023 Fantasy baseball rankings and cheat sheets over at SportsLine, helping you find Fantasy baseball sleepers, breakouts and busts long before your competition. Their cheat sheets, available for leagues on many major sites, are updated multiple times every day.
Any time more MLB news comes out about the updated 2023 MLB schedule, free agency signings or Fantasy baseball injuries, the team at SportsLine updates its projections. Go to SportsLine now to see these proven Fantasy baseball cheat sheets.
Top 2023 Fantasy baseball sleepers
One of the Fantasy baseball sleepers 2023 the model is high on: Blue Jays starting pitcher Chris Bassitt. The 34-year-old was signed away from the Mets by Toronto during the offseason, receiving a 3-year, $63 million contract. He was an All-Star with Oakland in 2021, going 12-4 with a 3.15 ERA.
His consistency continued last year, as he posted a 3.42 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP en route to a 15-9 record across 182.1 innings. Bassitt’s go-to pitch is his sinking fastball, which he throws nearly half of the time. He is being drafted behind starters like Tyler Glasnow, Dylan Cease and Joe Musgrove, but the model expects Bassitt to perform better than all three of them this season.
Another one of the Fantasy baseball sleepers 2023 the model is all over: Twins 2B Jorge Polanco. Polanco missed the last month of the 2022 season due to a knee injury, but he’s expected to be fully healthy by opening day. He hit just .208 with two homers while dealing with numerous injuries after the All-Star break, but he showed his Fantasy capabilities in the first half of the 2022 season, homering 14 times with a .786 OPS.
Polanco has hit at least 16 home runs in three of his last four seasons, which includes belting 33 long balls in 2021. He’s also recorded over 150 hits in two of the last four years, which is a big reason why the model ranks Polanco (13th-round ADP) ahead of players like Tommy Edman and Ozzie Albies, two players being drafted at least three rounds earlier on average.
How to find proven 2023 Fantasy baseball rankings
SportsLine’s model is also high on a surprising starting pitcher who lands in the top 10 of its positional rankings. This player is barely going off the board in the top 125 picks, but is projected to outperform starters Aaron Nola, Shane McClanahan and Brandon Woodruff. This pick could be the difference in winning your league or going home with nothing. You can only see who it is here.
So which 2023 Fantasy sleepers should you target in your upcoming drafts? Visit SportsLine now to get 2023 Fantasy baseball rankings for every single position, all from the model that called Tommy Edman’s big season, and find out.