With the start of the 2012 MLB season just around the corner, fantasy baseball junkies are preparing to draft their teams. Here is a look at the top sleepers and steals for the upcoming season for those owners who need a little help come draft time.
Ike Davis is one of the best young players in baseball and if not for an injury last year, Davis would be a top 10 choice at first base. After a terrific rookie year in 2010, the NY Mets infielder had eight home runs and 25 RBI before colliding with third baseman David Wright cost the second-year pro the rest of the season. Davis is healthy this spring and will likely bat cleanup for the team and that is good news for owners who take Davis in the later rounds.
Ryan Madson is now the closer for the Cincinnati Reds after a terrific year in Philadelphia last season. Madson was always considered a little to inconsistent to close games, but the Phillies gave the veteran right-handed pitcher a chance and now he will take his skills to the Reds after saving 32 games in 2011.
Several youngsters are among the top sleepers for the upcoming MLB season, but drafting rookies can be tricky and the risk-reward is not always a good move until later in the year. Look for veterans getting a chance to start and proven bench players being moved to a starter before reaching for a young player.