The right field has some serious talent in it, but it’s an overlooked position making some of the best players out there true sleepers.
Right Field Sleeper #1: Shin-Soo Choo (Indians)
Shin-Soo Choo delivered for the Indians in 2008 and has truly clinched a spot with the team for the 2009 season. He posted a career high batting average in 2008 with a .309 and offered the team 68 runs and 14 home runs. Choo’s major career was a bit rocky and Seattle didn’t seem to see what he offered, but the Indians are going to cash in on the deal. As Choo comes into his own this year fantasy owners can expect him to bump up his average a bit more with 20+ homers under his belt.
Right Field Sleeper # 2: Elijah Dukes (Nationals)
Dukes battled serious injuries in 2008, several of them in fact, but he came back strong after each injury. After coming off the disabled list for the last time in August of 2008 he 267 average with 7 home runs. Some owners will be worried about the state of his knee, but overall Dukes looks good and will be a good bet for an owner willing to take a gamble.
Right Field Sleeper #3: Jermaine Dye (White Sox)
Dye doesn’t get the accolades he deserves, which is actually nice for fantasy owners looking to pick up someone later in the game. With 34 home runs last season he is a monster at the plate and is overall a consistent player. Owners can expect Dye to preform well with his only real problem being the weaker hitting stats of his team.
Right Field Sleeper #4: Kosuke Fukudome (Cubs)
Fokudome was the talk of the town when he joined the cubs last season, but the city sort-of fell out of love with him, as did much of the fantasy owners. He started strong but slid drastically from April until September. Considering he ended his season with a .178 batting average owners probably won’t be falling all over him, but he might just battle back and be everything he was intended to be in 2008 for 2009. I’d say he’s a good gamble.
Right Field Sleeper #5: Randy Winn (Giants)
When Winn is on, he is on, but he’s not the most consistent player in the world. Either way he’s a good pick for someone hoping to cash in on one of his stronger showings. I like Winn for his power and ability to truly crush the ball and many other owners probably will too.
Right Field Sleeper #6: Brian Giles (Padres)
Giles is a really underrated player in the MLB, but that’s a good thing for the lucky fantasy owners who grabs him. Giles is an overall good player with a consistent average and a solid defensive. The only reason some might shy away from Giles is because his career hangs in the balance over some budgeting issues with the Padres. Time will only tell.
Right Field Sleeper # 7: Justin Upton (Diamondbacks)
Upton was a golden boy for a while in 2008 but a May slump labeled him inconsistent and jittery. He was 0 for 24 with 17 Ks. He got himself together but his reputation is a bit tarnished and he is definitely a sleeper at this point.
Right Field Sleeper # 8: Andre Either (Dodgers)
Either is fast, powerful and a great defensive player, but he was overshadowed for a long time and never seemed to manage the superstar status or a great starting position consistently, but 2009 could be Either’s year and owners who take a gamble on the 27 year old will reap a huge payoff.
Right Field Sleeper #9 Nyjer Morgan- (Pirates)
Morgan brings speed to the game which could be a great asset to the struggling Pirates. Morgan’s running speed makes him a great catch both in the outfield and at the bat. His batting average is going to remain pretty much mediocre however once he’s on base he can do some serious damage. Expect big run and stolen base numbers from Morgan.
Right Field Sleeper #10: Ryan Church (Mets)
Church has battled some problems in the past as have the Mets so some owners are a little weary of the guy. I wouldn’t be. He has had some bad luck but 2009 might be his year and owners who pick him up will be happy they did it.