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Fantasy baseball sleeper: Lucas Duda

The Mets' Lucas Duda follows through on a

The Mets' Lucas Duda follows through on a solo home run in the second inning against the Marlins. (Sept. 21, 2010) Credit: AP

Lucas Duda isn't  a name that will be mentioned as a fantasy target. He has the flexibility of being used at two different positions. He will play the outfield and played enough games there last season to qualify and he's eligible at first base.

First base isn’t as deep as most think and it’s especially shallow in the National League, so he might cost more in an NL-only league. Duda batted .292 with 38 runs, 10 home runs, 50 RBIs, and an .852 OPS in 301 at-bats last season.

Duda started to receive more consistent playing time after the All-Star break and he batted .322 with 30 runs, 10 home runs, 38 RBIs, and a .957 OPS in 205 at-bats. The fences will be moved in at Citi Field, but Duda didn’t hit cheap home runs. Duda hits the ball in the air as well with a 43.4 percent fly ball rate.

If there is something to look at, Duda didn’t hit a home run off a left-hander last season, but it was a small sample size of 62 at-bats and he did bat .274. Duda will play every day for the Mets. He showed good power at Triple-A in 2010 and has always displayed good patience at the plate in the minors that translated to the majors last season with a 9.5 percent walk rate.

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