Who Are the Top 2024 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers?

Fantasy Baseball Drafts: Navigating Injuries and Hidden Gems

by Nouman Rasool
Who Are the Top 2024 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers?
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The 2024 season for Fantasy Baseball will start in a parade of strong starts for the Texas Rangers, most probably the two strongest starters in the game: Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom. Their career speaks for itself, and these two All-Stars are going to be set back at the launching of their season because of some injuries: Max Scherzer isn't due back from the IL with low back pain until June; deGrom is likely to be close to a return.

This obviously gives the owners in Yahoo Fantasy Baseball quite a tricky question: are they taking far too big a gamble by drafting and stashing these veteran aces with delayed season starts? After all, history shows that these guys can reveal another widespread trait: consorting with witches — and flip one's fantasy baseball fortunes, possibly nailing down championships with their late-season injury returns if spaced out just right.

Injury Recovery Insights

Predicting how a player bounces back remains a challenge then and adds another complicating variable into their post-injury draft strategies. Drafting Scherzer and deGrom largely becomes a referendum pertaining to the possibility of recovery and impact for each pitcher up on return.

But aside from those, the Fantasy Baseball landscape is dotted with several sleepers that, no pun intended, are injury-riddled but come into play during the latter half. What the Projection Model and successful model at sports picks and analysis by SportsLine is doing is previewing the season for the 2024 Fantasy Baseball campaign.

The model correctly tabbed several breakout stars and sleepers last year, including Tampa Bay Rays young gun Isaac Paredes. He had a tough 2022, batting only .205, but bounced back in 2023, probably validating the forecast when he ended up among the AL MVP contenders.

Included among them are names for the most encouraging in the model for the upcoming 2024 season: sleepers that include Thairo Estrada of the Giants, and Merrill Kelly of the Diamondbacks. Estrada merely goes on to add more versatility in his game, in conjunction with the improvement in his game and the wrong Giants roster.

Merrill Kelly has been on a steep, upward trajectory, and his performances so far have been only in this postseason that emphasizes a prospective late-round steal.