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Fantasy Baseball Sleepers

Here are six more fantasy baseball sleepers for the 2008 season.  Remember any one of these could be a sleeper in deep AL-only leagues or standard mixed-leagues or shallow NL-only ones.  These are not tailored for any specific league.  They are just my thoughts on players who are under the radar.

  1. SP Jeff Neimann Tampa Bay Rays:  With the AAA rotation filling quickly with more highly-regarded prospects, Neimann could be the 5th starter this season.  I think using him in the bullpen would make him a closer-in-waiting though, and maximize his value given the hoard of younger, more-highly regarded starting prospects right behind him.
  2. 2B/OF Alexei Ramirez Chicago White Sox:  Regardless of the waiver status of Juan Uribe, Ramirez is turning heads in White Sox camp.  With comps to Alfonso Soriano being bandied about, one must keep an eye on Alexei.
  3. RP Rich Thompson LA Angels:  With Dustin Moseley moving into the rotation, there are opportunities in the bullpen for this rookie.  He K'd 91 in 79.2 innings between AA, AAA and the majors.
  4. UT INF Jorge Cantu:  Cantu's competition at 3B in Florida is Jose Castillo and a bad-backed Dallas MacPherson.  With the ability to play three infield positions, Cantu can be a pleasant surprise given 300 ABs.
  5. C Ryan Doumit Pittsburgh Pirates:  He has lost weight and seen a lot of time in the heart of the Pirates' exhibition line-ups.  Given the weak pool of catching options for fantasy baseball, Doumit could hit like a Top 20 catcher.
  6. 3B Blake DeWitt LA Dodgers:  With Nomar nursing a micro-fractured hand, DeWitt has the chance to open the season as the starting 3B.  He hit 42 doubles last season along with 14 HRs.  In half the AA ABs last year, he hit 6 of those HRs.  He may not be a full-season play for 2008, but he could be one of those players who can be drafted for a $1 in NL-only keepers leagues and stashed for 2009 when Nomar is healthy.