Sometimes the “best” player on the fantasy baseball waiver wire isn’t necessarily the best player for your team.

Whether it’s because of a position crunch or a statistical need, don’t be afraid to scroll down the wire a little bit to acquire the skills or stats that you think your team really needs.

Just because a player is ranked higher doesn’t mean you need him more.

This week’s deep sleepers column is going to look in the deep ranks to help you out in steals, since that seems like a stat fantasy players are always chasing. I’ll throw in a couple pitchers as well.

(The number in parenthesis is the percentage a guy is owned in a standard Yahoo Sports! league. Only guys owned in less than 10% of leagues will appear in the column.)

Carlos Gomez, OF, Milwaukee Brewers (5%)

Honestly the most amazing state Gomez has put up this year is having just one strikeout. It seems like a dozen years ago that he was a Twins prospect, but the reality is that he’s only 26. Nobody has ever questioned his speed, five steals in 35 ABs, and he’s off to a strong start at the plate this year, batting .371. If he can enhance his platoon role, which is possible since his competition is a struggling Nyger Morgan, he could be a sneaky steals option.

Tony Campana, OF, Chicago Cubs (3%)

Much to the delight of Cubs fans, the tiny speedster appears to have a path to playing time now that Marlon Byrd has been traded. As the only left in a 3-man platoon the burner could get plenty of playing time. He doesn’t even need that much to help you in steals as he has four steals already despite just 13 ABs.

Geraldo Parra, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks (10%)

Parra is starting to emerge a little bit after his strong all-around start has placed him 84th on the Yahoo Player Rankings. He is a drain in AVG so far this year, but he hit .290 last year. He also has five steals, 10 runs, two homers and eight RBIs. There’s a lot worse you can do as a temporary fill in for guys like Chris Young.

Trevor Bauer, P, Arizona Diamondbacks (7%)

This may be a bit premature since Bauer isn’t a lock to get called up in the next couple weeks, but I wanted to at least make you aware of his name since I feel bad about forgetting to include Jarrod Parker in Tuesday’s column. Both were guys I grabbed at the end of my keeper auction because of their stud potential. While Bauer isn’t up yet, he has an even higher upside because the Diamondbacks are better and he strikes out people a little more often, 28 Ks in 22.2 minor league innings this year.

Drew Smyly, SP, Detroit Tigers (6%)

Smyly’s numbers are a little out of whack with a 1.12 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP, but he is one of the Tigers’ best prospects and he is going to get a shot to prove himself with Fister out. He has struck out 15 in 16 innings and that offense should get heated up soon to give him plenty of support.

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Douglas Elish

Doug Elish is new to after spending four years as the Sports Editor of the LaPorte (IN) Herald-Argus and two years as a writer for the NWI Times. He has been a all-around fantasy sports addict for 12 years.

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