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2008 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers: Mike Jacobs

I am digging the idea of Marlins first baseman Mike Jacobs as a solid sleeper this year.  I have the 27 year-old hitting .268-21-73-63-2 in 486 ABs, just a $0.30 value. 

  • It's not hard to see Jacobs in the $6-8 range this year.  If he got 550 ABs, couldn't he do .270-25-90-75-3?  He finished '07 with nine homers in the season's final two months.
  • A couple of points from Ron Shandler's book: Jacobs hit more flyballs and improved against lefties last year.  .530 OPS against lefties in '06; .819 in '07.
  • Jacobs should bat third for the Marlins.  The lineup still has solid hitters in Hanley Ramirez, Jeremy Hermida, Josh Willingham, and Dan Uggla.  Even Jorge Cantu could be respectable. 
  • Jacobs was undrafted in many leagues, so what do you have to lose?

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