Mike Moustakas had a disappointing season in 2016. He only appeared in 27 games, producing 25 hits and 12 runs. However, the team at SportsLine was all over Moustakas from the start in 2017. The result: He bounced back and finished the 2017 season with 151 hits, 75 runs and 38 homers, a Royals franchise record.
Their model had him as a top-eight third baseman, and anyone who listened to the advice probably made a run at their league title.
SportsLine’s model is powered by the same people who powered projections for all three major Fantasy companies. And that same group is sharing its Fantasy Baseball positional rankings for 2018.
In fact, when it came to ranking players in Fantasy Football, SportsLine’s Projection Model beat human experts this season when there were big differences in ranking. And the model was the closest to the hole overall, meaning it best pinpointed where every player would finish each week. That could literally be the difference between winning your league or going home empty-handed.
One sleeper the model says you need to be all over this season: Cardinals outfielder Tommy Pham. He had a breakout season in 2017 and finished with career highs in hits (136), runs (95), RBIs (73) and home runs (23).
However, drafters are sleeping on him this season. The team at SportsLine projects a bigger season for Pham than stars like Ryan Braun (51.8 average draft position), Starling Marte (50.7 ADP) and Andrew McCutchen (71.1 ADP). Don’t sleep on Pham — he could be your ticket to the playoffs.
Marte is a threat to steal anytime he gets on base. In fact, he had 19 stolen bases in two seasons with the Mariners. The Diamondbacks stole the seventh-most bases in the league last season, making Marte a dynamic threat for those who draft him. He’s a player who needs to be on your radar this season.
SportsLine also is extremely high on a starting pitcher you can get late in your draft who will outperform pitchers like Madison Bumgarner (9.3 ADP), Stephen Strasburg (31.8 ADP) and Jon Lester (20.6 ADP).
So what Fantasy Baseball sleepers should you snatch in your draft? And what starting pitcher can you wait on until late? Visit SportsLine now to get Fantasy Baseball rankings for every single position from the model that called Mike Moustakas’ huge breakout last season, and find out.