Through the first few of my actual money drafts of 2014 the same players keep sliding in drafts. Many of these undervalued players have already become roster magnets for me and I really can’t complain based on past performance or the 2014 projections I have on these players. So without further adieu these are some players you should target when they start to fall.
Wilin Rosario-Catcher-Colorado Rockies
Rosario is one of the only catchers in the league that has 30 homer potential, yet he continues to slide in drafts. In leagues that only start one catcher and are smaller than 14 teams i don’t tend to worry too much about drafting the position unless there becomes a clear “value win” or I feel the catcher run is in full swing. It’s a lot like dealing with a one quarterback league that doesn’t weigh touch down passes as six points in fantasy football. After the first few catchers it’s pretty much fantasy league average through catcher 14 in my rankings. Rosario is the only one in my high-mid catcher rankings that I tend to target because of the home run potential. If you see your team is slipping in that category in Roto-style or if Home Runs count as 5 points in your points league then don’t miss out on this guy. You can find his current ADP at Fantasy Pros Here.
Justin Verlander-Starting Pitcher-Detroit Tigers
Justin Verlander is a stud. Instead of remembering his up and down season from last year try and remember how dominant he was in the playoffs. (23 Innings – 1 Run – 31 Strikeouts) Those are the numbers that get you excited about owning Justin Verlander and those are the numbers that are going to make him a draft steal this year. He is regularly going behind last year’s rookie phenom Jose Fernandez in drafts and that’s just not right. I have Verlander ranked right in my top 5 and have no fears at all about his perceived regression last year. Don’t let him last too long in your drafts because you will be sorry. Go to Fantasy Pros here for his current ADP across all sites.
Kyle Seager-Third Base-Seattle Mariners
Last year it was tough to own any Mariners besides King Felix (Felix Hernandez) and be happy about it, but Kyle Seager quietly had a very good year and he did it with multiple position eligibility in some formats. This year people seem to have forgotten that Seager showed pop (22 homers) and even some decent wheels (9 stolen bases). Seager has even more value in leagues that start a corner infielder, but in leagues that start a traditional lineup he can be the ideal first player on your bench or utility player. Instead of going in the low to mid 70s he is regularly available in the ealry 100s in drafts and I seem to be picking him off constantly. Go here to see his current ADP across all sites.
Hunter Pence-Out Fielder-San Francisco Giants
All Hunter Pence did last year was put up solid numbers in almost every category (.283-27 HRs-99RBIs-22SBs) and yet during drafts this year he continues to be over looked constantly. I know people always like their new shiny toys, but Billy Hamilton over Hunter Pence has happened far too often. I know his swing is ugly, but you don’t actually have to watch every at bat of your second fantasy outfielder. Seriously I can’t think of any reason he should slide this low (current ADP) unless it’s purely on aesthetics or latent antisemitism.