Michael Brantley's 2010 curse may be your 2011 blessing. The young speedster had a hell of a time getting into any sort of rhythm last season. He struggled out the gate, battled a string of ailments including, shoulder, hamstring and ankle injuries. And to rub salt in the guy's wounds, the Cleveland Indians demoted the kid twice. His April and July numbers were deplorable.
However, all of that could be a good thing for fantasy savvy GMs. The Indians handed the 23-year-old the the role of lead off hitter and center fielder in August, and Brantley closed out the season by hitting .290 down the stretch and stealing 8 bags in 9 attempts.
Brantley is a contact hitter with solid plate discipline, but the best part is he could very well swipe 30 bags in 2011, making him a very legitimate 2011 fantasy sleeper. He has more athleticism than Juan Pierre if that gives you any indication of what his blossoming potential could become. He reminds me of a former Indian, a young Kenny Lofton. I'd certainly rather take a shot on Brantley's upside than waste a bench spot on Nyjer Morgan's one category upside.
He's currently only owned in about 1% of leagues at this point.