Players to stash away in keeper leagues 

July, 17, 2014
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Prince FielderAP Photo/Tony GutierrezPrince Fielder doesn't have any fantasy value in 2014, but he could be a real hit in 2015.

Myriad fantasy baseball owners already have turned their collective attention to that other sport, the one that schedules its meaningless preseason games in August and then gives us four months of intense games mainly on Sundays and Mondays. However, that doesn't mean those in baseball keeper/dynasty formats should stop paying attention to the summer sport. This is precisely the time where owners with non-contending teams should look to the future and not only sell off useful parts to teams that desire them for future value, but stash away potential keepers for their teams for next season and beyond.

Ownership numbers in ESPN standard formats can tell us only so much, and those are redraft leagues anyway. So rather than look at what’s available on free agency as our guide, here are the different classes I see of occasionally forgotten keepers. I’m not saying they’re all out there in your dynasty league. Perhaps everyone in your keeper league is really, really smart and none of them are. But perhaps that's not the case, too! Whether you’re signing these guys as free agents or offering up an older but valuable player such as Justin Morneau or Francisco Rodriguez in trade, don't stop thinking about the future even if the present isn't much fun.