I purposely avoided the term “sleeper” in the title of this post because I’m not sure that word really applies in deep leagues. Whether you’re in an AL- or NL-only league, a 16-team mixed league, or a league that just uses a ton of starting positions, you have to know more players than the average fantasy manager.
I prefer the term “target” because it’s a much more literal description of how you feel about that player. So-and-so could be a sleeper, but that doesn’t mean they’re someone you should actually target. Aaron Hicks and Oswaldo Arcia are two outfield prospects I really like for the Twins, but chances are neither of them will see significant playing time this year, especially in the early going. Should opportunity knock and Hicks or Arcia lands a starting job in Minnesota, I’d be all-in on them. They’re sleepers for sure, they’re just not targets I’d have come draft time.
Darin Mastroianni, MIN
I haven’t heard much (if any) buzz surrounding Mastroianni this offseason, and I