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Sleeper: J.J. Hardy

J.J. Hardy has fallen far off the fantasy radar and it's easy to see the reasons for it. Hardy has been bad the last two seasons. In 2009 with the Brewers he hit .229 with 11 home runs and 47 RBIs and batted .268 with six home runs and 38 RBIs in 101 games with the Twins last season.

So why is he a sleeper you ask? Hardy battled a wrist injury last season. More often than not, a hitter loses power with a wrist injury. Hardy hit 26 home runs in 2007 and 24 in 2008. We know he has the skills to hit for power.

Last season besides the injury he was playing in Minnesota at Target Field, which was extremely difficult to hit home runs. Hardy moves to Baltimore, which is an excellent hitters' park. The Orioles lineup is improved and if Hardy is over the wrist issues, he could hit 20 home runs. The best part is he will come cheaply in drafts. You can draft him as a middle infielder in a typical 12-team mixed league.

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