Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide: Dr. Roto's Visionary Sleepers
Dr. Roto shares his Visionary sleepers for the 2023 fantasy baseball season.
With a majority of fantasy baseball drafts happening over the next week, I wanted to share my favorite Visionary sleepers for 2023!
OF Taylor Ward, Los Angeles Angels
Ward is going to lead off for the Angels and has a terrific chance of hitting 20 HRs with about 80 RBIs and 100 runs scored. More importantly, he's normally going in the eighth or ninth round, which makes him a steal as your second or third outfielder.
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1B Rowdy Tellez, Milwaukee Brewers
If I don't get one of the top first basemen in the first or second round, I'm usually eyeing my guy Tellez in Rounds 10-11. Tellez will finally have a chance to get about 500 at bats this year, batting in the middle of the Milwaukee lineup. So long as he stays healthy, I think he's a lock for 30 home runs.
SS Anthony Volpe, New York Yankees
I've often said that you can see the next great hitters in baseball by going to Spring Training. The other week I went to see the Yankees play the Red Sox, and I was blown away by how well Volpe played. He could make an immediate impact in the Yankees’ lineup (think 20/20 potential).
OF Esteury Ruiz, Oakland A's
I always have a few players who I like taking later in drafts, and this year Ruiz is one of my favorites. If given the opportunity I think Ruiz has a legitimate chance to steal 50 bases. What most people don't realize, however, is that his OBP and his power potential are solid too.
OF Sal Frelick, Milwaukee Brewers
You may have not heard of him but trust me, you will know his name by the end of the season. Frelick has been mashing the ball for Italy in the WBC, and as soon as he gets the call to the majors he will be one of the impact minor leaguers brought up this season.
OF Masataka Yoshida, Boston Red Sox
I have a soft spot for Japanese players because I think that they are very disciplined hitters who know how to hit to all parts of the field. Many people thought that Yoshida would be batting leadoff, but Red Sox manager Alex Cora has said that he will bat in the middle of the lineup, which could make him way more of a run producer than originally anticipated.
SP Max Fried, Atlanta Braves
Fried feels like a player on the rise, and that ascension could be as high as NL Cy Young Award winner. I am expecting close to 200 IPs and 200 Ks with an ERA in the high 2.00s and a WHIP barely over 1.00.
SP Jordan Montgomery, St. Louis. Cardinals
Montgomery is in a great situation where he's going to an excellent team in a division where he should easily win 12 or more games and get about 150 to 160 strikeouts. You can usually get him as your SP4, which would make your pitching roster tough to beat.
SP Aaron Civale, Cleveland Guardians
Ryan Bloomfield from BaseballHQ actually put out a video on social media where I sniped Civale in front of his selection in a recent Tout Wars draft. This tells me that I'm in good company, because we both feel that Civale’s second half last year is something that he can build to become one of the top pitchers in the American League.
SP Gavin Stone, Los Angeles Dodgers
Go look at his minor league numbers from last year and thank me later. Stone is a perfect stash on your roster until he comes up in a month.
RP A.J. Puk, Miami Marlins
I can easily see Puk getting seven wins and seven to 10 saves with maybe 100 strikeouts, which would give him terrific value across the board. Think Josh Hader prior to becoming the closer.
RP Raisel Iglesias, Atlanta Braves
Iglesias is my favorite closer in fantasy this year, not only because he plays on a terrific team, but because he's always the third or fourth closer off the board, which gives him even better value.