There are many starting pitchers out there that could be labeled as "sleeper" in fantasy this season. I'm going to touch on three that I think could make a fairly big impact this upcoming season. The three guys I'm talking about are Daniel Hudson, Jhoulys Chacin, and Jaime Garcia.
First let's look at Daniel Hudson's 2010 stats...
[NOTE]95.1 INN, 8-2 record, 2.45 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 84 Ks, 27 walks, 7.9 K/9[/NOTE]
What a line for a guy who is only 23 years old. He is only going to continue to improve greatly as he ages and gains more experience. I don't think all that many are targeting Hudson, especially in the more shallow 10-team leagues.
If Hudson gets a considerable gain in innings this year, we will really see what he's made of. He is of course a risky pick in some ways, being such a young pitcher, but I like the reward and the upside. Hudson is easily worth a middle round pick in my opinion.
Now let's check out Jhoulys Chacin...
[NOTE]137.1 INN, 2-2 record, 3.28 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 138 K's, 61 walks, 9.0 K/9[/NOTE]
Once again we have another 23 year old pitcher, but this one is on a team that could very well take the division in 2011. He's got huge sleeper potential and has everything it takes to be a great fantasy SP. As of right now he is probably just a No. 5 SP, but down the road I think he's going to be something special.
I must say he may be a bit more valuable for a keeper league, but I can see him having a very good season in 2011 with all the favorable match-ups he'll be getting near the bottom of the rotation. One more thing I want to point out is that astonishing K/9 rate...NINE strikeouts a game. Now that's VERY impressive, and will give you tons of fantasy production. Look for another great year from Chacin.
Last but not least we have Jaime Garcia...
[NOTE]163.1 INN, 13-8 record, 2.70 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 132 K's, 64 walks, 7.3 K/9[/NOTE]
Garcia has really fallen under the shadow of Cardinal pitchers Adam Wainwright and Chris Carpenter. He may not be a huge strikeout pitcher, but he will definitely do wanders for your ERA and will also rack of a good amount of wins. He's also an excellent ground-ball pitcher and gets the ball in the strike zone with many good, solid pitches.
He is working with pitching coach Dave Duncan this off-season, who has a great track record of getting good results. Garcia has a very high ceiling like the other two previous guys, and I really think he's worth a middle round pick. What makes guys like these great, though, is that you may be able to get them in the later rounds. This could very well be a 15-win breakout season for Garcia, so keep a close lookout for him on fantasy, he could be a great steal.