2024 Fantasy Baseball: Draft Sleepers from every American League MLB team

By | March 5, 2024

Your definition of fantasy baseball sleeper may vary, but the following list contains underrated players compared to ADP.

Holliday was the No. 1 pick in the 2022 draft and is coming off a strong season in the minors. He posted a .396 OBP with impressive plate discipline as a 19-year-old in Triple-A, and projection systems require the rookie to be an above-average hitter right away. Holliday has a 15/15 potential, but there are over 200 picks available in Yahoo drafts.

Crawford posted a 3.96 ERA and 1.09 WHIP with 94 strikeouts over his final 88.1 innings after cementing himself in Boston’s rotation last year. He’s locked into the role entering 2024, and his K-BB% (19.6) after the All-Star break would have been in the top 15 among all starters for the season. Crawford is a key sleeper.

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Ceddanne Rafaela is a deeper fantasy sleeper from Boston with speed who will soon take over the midfield thanks to great defense. ZiPS projects the rookie to hit 15 home runs, steal 20 bases and record more than 75 runs scored and RBI over 130 games.

Williams was a first-round pick in 2021 and owns a dominant minor league track record (2.10 ERA, 11.8 K/9). He still needs to work on control, but Williams’ 25.1 K% after the All-Star break as a rookie would have been in the top 20 among starters on the season. He showed his potential when he struckout 22 batters over two starts (12 innings) in August and should have no innings limit after topping 140 last year. Williams could easily become Cleveland’s ace in 2024.

Berroa still needs to improve his control, but he is the favorite to bring Chicago closer. The 23-year-old posted a 36.6 K% mark in the minors last season, which would have ranked sixth among MLB relievers. Berroa also posted a 2.88 FIP despite a BB/9 rate of 5.37, and the White Sox don’t have anyone to match his arm talent in their bullpen.

Keith is one of Detroit’s top talents and should get a chance to start next Opening Day sign a contract during the offseason. He hit .306 with 27 home runs and 101 RBI over 126 games in the minors last season, posting a 163 wRC+ in Double-A before holding his own in Triple-A (.890 OPS). “Kool” Keith could move up in Detroit’s lineup quickly, so he looks like a top-25 fantasy second baseman who has more than 225 picks available in the draft.

Brown’s ERA of 5.09 equated to a SIERA of 3.74 last season, so he faces regression in 2024. His 26.8 K% would have ranked 12th among starters had he qualified (he had only 6.1 innings needed), alongside Gerrit Cole and Zack Wheeler. Brown should improve in year two and will benefit from pitching for an Astros team projected to win the third-most games this season. Brown isn’t drafted as a top-50 starter in Yahoo leagues, but he is a top-35 SP on my board.

Velázquez does the second best barrel rate sandwiched between Aaron Judge and Ronald Acuña Jr. last season. He also answered the third best xwOBA against fastballs of 476 batters. Velázquez averaged one home run per 9.5 at-bats; Shohei Ohtani led all qualified hitters with 11.3. Sure, he’s on the verge of regressing, but that’s an impressive power profile for an outfielder with 250 picks available in the draft. Velázquez’s expected batting average (.255) was 20 points higher than his actual BA, and Kauffman Stadium is one of the best hitter parks in baseball for RHB.

Canning likely won’t rack up wins pitching for the Angels, but he’s back on the fantasy scene thanks to increased velocity last season after returning from multiple injuries. Canning posted an 11.55 K/9 (30.1 K%) with a 3.26 FIP after the All-Star break, while his 23.9 K-BB% this season would have ranked behind only Spencer Strider. Canning has four effective pitches and strong minor league numbers, yet he still goes after 70 SPs are taken off the board.

Julien sports Juan Soto-esque swing decisionsending with one of the lowest chase rates of last season. Concerns remain that the Twins may still line him up against some lefties, but Minnesota’s second base job opened up after the trade of Jorge Polanco. Julien posted a 136 wRC+ as a rookie, is on the verge of gaining an edge against righties and is a steal with an ADP outside the top 200.

Chris Paddack is also a fantasy sleeper in Minnesota.

LeMahieu is outside pick No. 225 in the Yahoo drafts, despite the fact that he posted a 129 wRC+ after last season’s All-Star break and was about to hit leadoff (and play at third base play) for the Yankees. He is eligible at three positions and could easily approach 100 points scored ahead of Juan Soto and Aaron Judge.

Mason Miller undoubtedly did that the most imaginative upside in Oakland’s bullpen, but he’s a high injury risk, has a much higher ADP and “will gradually move up” rather than opening the season as a closer. Meanwhile, Oakland’s general manager mentioned Jiménez’s name first when asked about the team’s final situation. Jiménez posted a 1.72 ERA and 0.83 WHIP over his last 17 appearances after returning from a shoulder injury last season, so he appears to be a source for early saves that go undrafted.

Haniger was ranked in the top 50 in wRC+ from 2017 to 2022 before injuries destroyed him last year in San Francisco. He returns to Seattle this season, where he hit 39 home runs with 100 RBI and 110 runs scored in 2021. Durability is a concern, but a healthy Haniger can hit. He could quickly find himself in the middle of the Mariners’ order, and Haniger has nearly 250 picks in drafts.

Caminero is unlikely to make Tampa Bay’s Opening Day roster, but his bat is worth keeping in fantasy leagues. He hit 20 home runs in 81 games in Double-A last season as a 19-year-old (31 in the minors), because Caminero has the power of “80.” Fantasy managers may have to exercise patience, but he is a legitimate prospect capable of playing Major League pitching right away. He’s only eligible for the UTIL position for now, but SS/3B might not be far off once he reaches the big leagues (he would need five starts/10 appearances in the MLB to qualify).

Langford does quickly loses its “sleeper” status. thanks to a hot start at the plate, but he still remains underrated. He was ridiculous, eye-popping statistics from last year, including his debut in the minors. Langford, the No. 4 pick in the 2023 draft, possesses grades of “70” in both speed and strength, so he is the best prospect for fantasy.

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There’s no guarantee he’ll start the season in Texas (although recently news certainly sounds encouraging), and projecting rookies is typically a nonsense (note that Steamer immediately has Langford posting a 122 wRC+). But Langford looks like a special talent with big upside. Texas has increased its home run rate for right-handers by 12% over the past three seasons, which is the fourth-highest rate in baseball. I predict Langford wins Rookie of the Year and has a better fantasy campaign than teammate Evan Carter, who goes several rounds earlier.

If Langford is too clearly a sleeper, Josh Sborz is a deeper prospect in Texas; he could easily emerge as the Rangers’ closer this season.

Tiedemann struggled with injuries last season, but remains one of the best baseball players. His fat physique And nasty stuff has created a buzz Through Toronto camp. Once he gets his chance this season, Tiedemann will be one of fantasy’s most sought-after waiver wire signings.

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