Jose Abreu is off to a terrific rookie season and is just one of many players who have emerged as key fantasy players in 2014. Abreu, who signed with the Chicago White Sox this off-season currently leads all of Major League Baseball in home runs with 13. The White Sox first baseman has also driven in 37 runs, putting him only behind Giancarlo Stanton.
The list of top offensive stats is filled with the game’s top stars such as Stanton, Albert Pujols and Adrian Gonzalez. A few new names have appeared as some of the game’s top offensive stars including Colby Rasmus, Brian Dozier, Charlie Blackmon and Dee Gordon. The production from these lesser likely stars have made it easier for fantasy owners to build rosters to compete.
Here is the list of “sleepers” who have produced in 2014:
Dee Gordon, Los Angeles Dodgers: Gordon has been talked about for a few seasons, but is now living up to the hype for the Dodgers. In 145 at bats this season, Gordon leads the majors with 24 stolen bases and seventh with his.331 batting average.
Charlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies: Blackmon has been given a chance to be the starter after the team traded away Dexter Fowler and he has impressed. Blackmon is currently tied for second in runs with 34, third in hits with 51, sixth in home runs with nine, seventh in runs batted in with 29 and second in batting average with a .352.
Brian Dozier, Minnesota Twins: The Twins second baseman has emerged as one of the top power hitting second basemans in the game. Dozier currently leads all second baseman with nine home runs in 143 at bats this season. Dozier has also added 17 runs batted in and 12 stolen bases for the Twins this season.
Colby Rasmus, Toronto Blue Jays: The Blue Jays have a very powerful lineup that can hit for power that includes Rasmus. Rasmus is tied for the lead with nine home runs on the Blue Jays and second with 11 doubles.
Seth Smith, San Diego Padres: Smith has put together a solid 2014 season hitting .330 with 11 doubles, three triples and three home runs for the Padres in 2014. Smith has picked up 14 hits in his last 28 at bats, including five doubles, three triples and a home run.
Chris Colabello, Minnesota Twins: Colabello joins fellow teammate Dozier on this list of players who have emerged as key fantasy players this year. In 140 at bats Colabello is tied for fourth with 30 runs batted in along with 10 doubles and four home runs.
Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox: The White Sox first baseman not only has himself in the running for the rookie of the year award he has played himself into the AL MVP talk early in the 2014 season. Abreu currently leads the league in home runs with 13 and is only behind Giancarlo Stanton in rbis with 37.