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Bold predictions are fun. Bold predictions about high-quality players are less fun. No offense to my colleagues, but takes about Mike Trout , Mookie Betts , and Aaron Judge don’t interest me nearly as much as takes about late-round flyers do. Because I am the guy who writes the weekly deep-league sleeper articles, I tried to gear my bold predictions toward some later round guys who could have mixed-league value down the line. As others have stated, these predictions are bold to the nth degree. If I get even one of these right, I’m ecstatic. However, I provided a quick fantasy tip for each prediction, in case you want to know how it could affect you this season. Enjoy. 1. Niko Goodrum has a 20/20 season Let’s kick this thing of with a good old fashioned, “who?” Niko Goodrum was the Detroit Tigers ’ utility infielder/second baseman last season, hitting 16 home runs and swiping 12 bases in 131 games after coming over as a minor-league free agent. Goodrum is a former second-round pick who spent seven seasons in the Minnesota Twins organization, flashing good speed but little else until 2017, when he hit 13 home runs and swiped 11 bases at Triple-A Rochester. The primary reason for this prediction is playing time. Or at least it was, until the Tigers went ahead and signed Josh Harrison to be their primary second baseman. Still, I believe Goodrum is going to get full-time at-bats as a super-utility player. The predicted starting lineup right now has Miguel Cabrera , Harrison, Jordy Mercer , and Jeimer Candelario around the infield, with Dawel Lugo , Ronny Rodriguez , Brandon Dixon , and John Hicks left to compete for additional playing time on the infield and at DH. Yikes. Goodrum’s numbers last season, translated to 162 games, would have given him 20 home runs and 15 steals. xStats pegged him right at 16 home runs and Goodrum actually improved his hard-hit rate, line drive rate, and HR/FB rate—all while lowering his strikeout rate from the first half to the second half. Regarding the steals, that will depend on if manager Ron Gardenhire gives him the green light. Goodrum ranked in the 94th percentile in sprint speed last season and has racked up 140 steals at the professional level. So reaching 20 steals—if he is allowed to run—is certainly not out of the question. However, Goodrum only slashed .245/.315/.432 last year and xStats thought even that was a bit much. So even if Goodrum has the ability to hit 20 home runs and steal 20 bases, it will likely come with a ho-hum batting average and on-base percentage. I wouldn’t advocate rostering him outside of AL-only or very deep formats, but he’s worth adding to your watchlist. Fantasy tip: Keep an eye on Goodrum in 12+ team leagues, but don’t draft him unless you’re in an AL-only or 16+ team league. 2. Jesus Luzardo finishes as a top-25 starter All aboard the Jesus Luzardo hype […]