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Fantasy Baseball 1B Sleepers: Breakout, undervalued first basemen to add to 2020 draft cheat sheets

first_imgIt’s always difficult to predict first base fantasy breakouts heading into the season. Most teams seem to have settled situations at 1B, either with an established star or an obvious platoon situation. Either way, it’s tough to call any of those players “sleepers”. That’s once again the case in 2020, but it’s not going to stop us from digging a little deeper in the rankings and highlighting mid-tier/lower-tier players who could outproduce their average draft positions if they find their way into consistent playing time. Our list features a mix of prospects, bounce-back candidates, and undervalued veterans. There will plenty of prospects worth watching, too, as 1B is a prime position for cheap power from a rookie. You probably won’t need to draft any of the guys on this list, especially if your league doesn’t have a CI spot, but it never hurts to have bench depth/power at the UTIL position. It’s easy to think you’re set at 1B if you have an established veteran, but  even if you’re “getting by” with that player, you could be missing out on someone better who’s having a breakout season. Explore every option, both during your draft and once the season starts.  More 2020 Fantasy Baseball: Auction Values | Mock Draft SimulatorRyan O’Hearn, Royals. O’Hearn is another holdover on this list from last year, but his shine has dimmed quite a bit. Heading into last season, he was coming off a campaign that saw him club 12 HRs in just 44 games. This year, he’s coming off a season where he mustered just 14 dingers in 105 games, and he has more competition for playing time, especially if the Royals actually use Salvador Perez at 1B more some this season. At this point, O’Hearn might be nothing more than a platoon player against righthanded pitching, but he has the power to put up solid HR totals if he’s given the opportunity for regular at-bats. Other players eligible at 1B who we’ve listed as sleepers elsewhere: Dominic Smith, Mets (OF), Michael Chavis (2B), Yandy Diaz, Rays (3B) DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2020 Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet2020 Fantasy Baseball 1B SleepersPosition eligibility based on Yahoo default settings (10 games played or 5 games started)Luke Voit, Yankees. Voit was on everyone’s “breakout” list last year after hitting 15 HRs in just 47 games in 2018. Injuries slowed him a bit, but he still managed a respectable .264/.378/.464 line with 21 HRs in 118 games in ’19. Reportedly healthy heading into this season, Voit should be the Yankees’ primary 1B, and while New York has a lot of guys competing for at-bats at virtually every position, Voit’s ability to consistently get on base and hit both lefties and righties almost equally well gives him an advantage. New York should once again be among the league leaders in runs scored, and Voit will be right in the middle of it all as long as he’s on the field. If he plays regularly, he’ll put up big numbers and far outpace his average draft position. 2020 Fantasy Baseball Rankings:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | Reliever | Top 300Jesus Aguilar, Marlins. Aguilar has earned the dreaded “one-year wonder” label after he followed up his breakout 2018 with a complete dud of a ’19. Now in Miami, it’s easy to ignore him, but if he can even come close to regaining his ’18 form, he’ll offer tremendous value. He did strike out less and take more walks last year, so his decline really comes down to making softer contact and hitting more ground balls. If Aguilar continues to struggle, that would open the door for Garrett Cooper to get more at-bats (which might happen anyway thanks to the universal DH), and he’s another potential sleeper after hitting .281/.344/.446 with 15 HRs in just 107 games last season. 2020 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers:Catcher | Second | Third | Short | Outfielder | Starter | Each teamRowdy Tellez, Blue Jays. Tellez is part of a crowded Toronto 1B/OF/DH group that will be competing for at-bats, but the big lefty has tremendous power after hitting 21 HRs in just 111 games last year. Perhaps most interesting about Tellez is that he actually hit southpaws noticeably better last season (.270/.317/.513), so he doesn’t necessarily have to be platooned. Tellez will probably need a hot start (or an injury) to get everyday at-bats, but he has major upside if that happens. 2020 Fantasy Baseball Tiers, Draft Strategy:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | RelieverJake Bauers, Indians (also eligible at OF). Bauers was a popular sleeper pick heading into last season, but he flamed out quickly and was forced to spend some time at Triple-A. He still wound up with 15 HRs and 11 SBs while maintaining his high BB-rate between the two levels, so the 24-year-old lefty remains an intriguing prospect heading into this season. He reportedly worked on his mechanics all offseason. If Bauers has truly made improvements and can hold on to an everyday role in Cleveland’s crowded lineup, he has breakout potential given that so few 1Bs provide any stolen bases. Fantasy Baseball Draft Strategies: Auction | Keeper/Dynasty | PointsNate Lowe, Rays. It’s tough to feel great about almost any Ray because of all the similarly skilled and versatile players Tampa has on its roster. Lowe will likely start the year as one of the odd men out, but the 6-4 lefty should make his presence felt at some point. Lowe held his own during his 50 games in the majors last year (.263/.325/.454), but his normally high BB-rate and manageable K-rate both went in the wrong directions. Lowe has little left to prove in the minors(.300/.400/.483), and even though it was a very small sample (28 PAs), it was nice to see him hit well against lefties in the majors (.292/.393/.625). If he starts getting regular at-bats, Lowe is a must-have in fantasy. Evan White, Mariners. White spent of all last season Double-A (.293/.350/.488 with 18 HRs in 92 games), so it’s tough to project immediate success in the majors, but the big righty comes in with an impressive pedigree. He should get a chance to start right away for the rebuilding Mariners, and if he does, he can certainly provide cheap power and some RBIs. Whether he provides much more than that remains to be seen, but he’s worth watching throughout the spring and early in the year. Jay Bruce, Phillies (OF). Bruce hits for power…and that’s about it — but as the expected primary DH for the Phillies, that could lead to worthwhile numbers for your fantasy team. Last season, he hit 26 HRs in just 98 games, and even though that came with a .216 average and .261 OBP, the HRs and RBIs still had value.last_img read more

Woman freed of murder charge

first_imgSecurity guard’s murder…to stand trial for accessoryThe woman, who was implicated in the death of a Rose Hall security guard along with her teenage son and another teen, has been freed of the murder but has been committed to stand trial in the High Court for accessory to murder after the fact, in the Berbice Assizes.Lalita Ballers of Section E, Port Mourant, Berbice, was acquitted of the murder charge after Defence Attorney Sasha Roberts presented a no case submission at the end of the Preliminary Inquiry at the Albion Magistrate’s Court.Magistrate Renita Singh ruled that there was no evidence to prove that Ballers was at the crime scene when the act was committed. The Magistrate said there was also no evidence to prove that Ballers was a part of the planning of the crime.She however said Ballers knew that the murder was committed, and she assisted her son to escape and avoid capture. Magistrate Singh said the court found that a Prima Facie was made out for Ballers as it relates to being an accessory to murder.On March 31, 2018, the body of Munisperen Iyasammy Monien was discovered in a pool of blood in a store room at Sukhsram General Store at Lot 13 Public Road, Rose Hall.The 53-year-old provided security services for the store, which sells agricultural products, working a 12-hour shift.Following the discovery of the body, it was also discovered that money which was being kept in the store was missing.It was also reported that when the store was closed on March 30, 2018, $1.5 million was locked in a draw.Police later arrested all of the employees following a theory that the robbery/murder was an inside job.Carlos Ballers, 19, of Williamsburg; and Yuvraj Singh, 17, of Guava Bush, Albion Front, were the prime suspects and have since been charged for the murder.Ballers took them to a house where his mother lives. The woman reportedly went to a section of the yard and dug up some money which was buried in the yard.Her son also reportedly showed the investigators where he had hidden the murder weapon.last_img read more