Atlanta's Alex Wood is bringing the funk to the Braves rotation. (Getty)
For the past month, the Yahoo fantasy crew has offered up its player rankings for the upcoming 2014 fantasy baseball campaign. Now, with the season only a couple weeks away, we felt it was time to take a deeper dive into the rationale behind those rankings, specifically where each expert has most drastically veered from the group-think (Yahoo ADP) path. Below, each expert explains his dissenting opinion on a couple players he likes more than the Yahoo ADP and a couple players he likes less than the ADP. For this exercise, we'll call them our sleepers and busts at the middle infield positions. In case you missed them, here's our sleepers and busts in the outfield, down on the corner and up the middle.
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Alex Wood, Atl - With his funky delivery and change-up heavy approach, Wood produced nearly a K per IP last season and produced a near 50 percent ground-ball rate. The only concern was whether he was going to see more time in the rotation or in the bullpen. But Tommy John victims Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy (not to mention Mike Minor starting the year on the DL) means the Braves will be leaning on Wood as a starter out of the gates — that he's been lights out this spring certainly didn't hurt his cause. Wood is going as the No. 56 starter, on average, in Yahoo drafts, but I have him pushing top 30 territory. (Brandon Funston)Read More »from Sleepers and Busts: The Starting Pitchers