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Sleepers in standard leagues worth getting

Updated: April 6, 2010, 5:44 PM ET
By Jason Grey

Just because other ESPN fantasy league owners are overlooking a player doesn't mean you should dismiss him. Going along with the groupthink is sometimes counterintuitive to actually winning your league. With that in mind, here are some sleepers based on their percentage of ownership in ESPN standard leagues. For this exercise, I'll look at my favorite options at each position who have less than 50 percent ownership as of Tuesday morning.

Catcher: A.J. Pierzynski, Chicago White Sox (23 percent): Pierzynski hasn't had a season of fewer than 460 at-bats since 2002, which is no small thing for leagues with daily transactions, and he continues to provide steady backstop production that is overlooked each year. He posted the best contact rate of his career last year and his first .300 season in six years, all while hitting double-digit homers for the seventh straight season. He has the starting job, and steady, reliable production has its value.

Also keep an eye on: Jeff Clement, Pittsburgh Pirates (2 percent): I happen to be a sucker for catcher-eligible players getting regular playing time at other positions with none of the wear and tear of being behind the plate.

Alex Avila, Detroit Tigers (0 percent): Gerald Laird is the starter in Detroit for the moment, but Avila has a chance to hit his way into a time-share at the position.

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