2009 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers

1B Kila Ka'aihue, Kansas City Royals:  Yeah, he was sent down, but his power/walk combination is exactly what the Royals need.  The question is whether an injury or ineffectiveness afflict Mike Jacobs or Billy Butler to open an opportunity.

RP Troy Percival, Tampa Bay Rays:  Raise your hand if you're taking Dan Wheeler before Troy Percival?  Does anyone believe Rays' manager Joe Maddon when he says Percival remains the closer?  I don't but, as long as Percy is healthy, he is going to get Saves.  As long as you don't pay more than half-rpice for those Saves, you'll be fine.

OF Cody Ross, Florida Marlins:  With the anticipation of a 15/40 season from Cameron Maybin and the enduring disappointment of Jeremy Hermida, Cody Ross' 22 HRs in 461 ABs is forgotten.  With a full time outfield job, Ross could hit 30.  With 6 SBs in 7 attempts last season, there is a chance for 10 of those too.

MM Ronny Cedeno, Seattle Mariners:  In very deep single league formats, the back-up middle infielder is often selected to fill a middle infield spot.  For that reason, I tend to list them for every team in my pre-draft preparation.

I struggled with the Mariners as Yuni Betancourt and Jose Lopez appear locked into playing every single day.  However, the M's acquired former Cubs' SS Ronny Cedeno in the Aaron Heilman trade.  It wasn't too long ago that Cedeno was considered a quality sleeper.

RP Jason Motte, St. Louis Cardinals:  Everyone knows about the strikeout reliever.  However, I am rolling the dice that he gets the Cardinals' job and brings back Rotisseire visions of Eric Gagne - shutdown closer with 90+ ks.  Since he is not being taken with the elite closers, there is considerable value to be realized.

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