Logan Morrison, 2011 Deep Sleeper Candidate

The following is a profile of Logan Morrison, one of my 2011 fantasy baseball deep sleeper candidates (affectionately called narcos).  For more information on the thought process behind the narcos, please visit the introductory post on this topic.

Average Draft Position: 271.75
Others drafted around that time: Joel Hanrahan, Omar Infante, Ryan Doumit
2011 Role: Starting OF
2010 Production: .283 AVG, 2 HR, 43 R, 18 RBI, 0 SB in 244 AB
My 2011 Prediction: .285 AVG, 15 HR, 90 R, 75 RBI, 5 SB (if he starts)

Upon being called up in 2010, Logan Morrison gave his team a lot to like with his bat.  He didn’t knock out a ton of HR’s but hit a ridiculous 29 extra base hits (with 20 doubles and 7 triples) over 244 AB.  Out of the 2nd spot in the lineup, those extra base hits turned into a ton of runs as well.  At the minor league level, he had shown a but more home run power so he could definitely knock out double-digit homers this year as he adjusts to the majors.

In roto leagues, he may not be able to deliver quite as much positive value for your team since his most optimistic projections in each category will only be near the fantasy average in each except for Runs.  In points leagues that reward doubles, triples and walks, he gives you quite a bit more.  So, don’t just pay attention to the average and HR’s if you’re in a points league, this guy delivers a high OBP with a propensity for hitting doubles and triples.  So he’ll definitely be valuable there and especially if his power develops a bit more as expected.

I wouldn’t go crazy for Morrison in a roto league this year though he can still end up delivering above average production for a fantasy player.  In a 5 OF league, he offers quite a bit more than a 3 OF league though.  In points leagues, I like him very much at his current draft position as he could deliver very nice value for your team with his ability to rack up extra base hits and get on base.

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