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Saturday, February 20, 2021

2021 FANTASY BASEBALL DRAFT SLEEPER: RAMON LAUREANO OUTFIELDER OAKLAND A'S

When looking back at the extreme volatility that was the 2020 shortened fantasy baseball season, there were a slew of beyond rough seasons posted by a ton of previously high-end players that the entire campaign was one big throw out.  With just 60 games or less of numbers to post, those who were slow starters at the dish or who missed time with injury were then stuck with some ugly statistics that perhaps clouded their overall profile heading into the 2021 fantasy baseball season.  As we have said countless times since, the entirety of the numbers last season have to be taken with a grain of salt and so it is a great idea to just look more toward 2019 than 2020 when it comes to projecting things going forward.  This brings us to Oakland A's outfielder Ramon Laureano who had a extremely tough go of it last season when he batted just .213 with 6 home runs and 2 steals in 183 at-bats. The real shame of it all is that Laureano was a big target of this peanut stand given how much of a revelation he was in 2019 when he exploded onto the scene with 24 home runs, 13 steals, and a .288 average at the age of 24.  Given the attraction of any power/speed offensive player, Laureano's ability to also hit for average quietly put him on the five category tier leading into last season.  Alas, things went haywire for Laureano whose decent start to the season was soon marred by a slump and an incident where he charged the Houston Astros dugout which incited a brawl.  Add in being hit by a pitch three times in the Astros series and Laureano became totally unhinged last season.  So as we continue to espouse, it is best to throw the numbers out for Laureano regarding last season and instead, target him as a very nice sleeper pick who will come at a cheap draft cost.  Again we are talking about potential five category production who can be had for a middle round cost.  So your best bet is to be aggressive here as Laureano is very talented and capable of big numbers if all breaks right.  



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