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2008 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers: Second Basemen

Sleepers, undervalued, profitable players, call 'em what you will.  In general, some guys who may not be getting enough respect in your mixed league.

  • Unless Brian Roberts slips to the fifth round, I often find myself taking Kelly Johnson as my second baseman this year.  Johnson is going 164th, tenth among 2Bs.  He's seventh in my rankings and a possible five-category guy.
  • Rickie Weeks is a popular breakout pick (again).  I have him at .261-16-49-90-22 in 445 ABs.  If you think he's likely to beat that, then perhaps his ninth round ADP doesn't look so bad.  It's not a risk I'm keen on taking though.  I have a similar opinion of Howie Kendrick, though I do own him in my keeper league for $4.
  • I've been quick to dismiss Aaron Hill, giving him a $0.63 value with a .283-12-65-73-3 projection.  Zachary of Sportszilla got me to think a little more about Hill, and I found myself agreeing that he's a nice sleeper.  Even if he just replicates his '07 he's right there with Johnson in value.  Mark Ellis is interesting to me as a poor man's Hill in a contract year.  Orlando Hudson is also playing for his next deal; could he muscle up for 20 HR?  All should be found in the 15th round or later.
  • Freddy Sanchez is intriguing given his nine second half home runs and tendency to hit .300.

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