Cubs: Three potential sleeper picks for your fantasy baseball league

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Andrew Chafin/Chicago Cubs
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Cubs: Andrew Chafin worth a flier for those needing late-round arm

The Cubs are giving Andrew Chafin the chance to run it back after he barely grabbed a cup of coffee in Chicago last season. Why? Because they know he could prove to be their go-to left-handed arm out of the bullpen this year.

The 30-year-old had a rough 2020 campaign riddled with injuries and physical setbacks. But Chafin had a 3.23 FIP in seven seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks and can rack up the strikeouts.

Chafin struck out 11.6 per nine innings in 2018 and 12.1 per nine innings in 2019. He ranked in the 90th percentile or higher in whiff rate both years. Chafin misses barrels and generally induces weak contact.

dark. Next. Is a fire sale on the horizon?

There’s a good chance Chafin goes undrafted in most leagues. But the relief market can be pretty fickle throughout the season, and managers could take a chance on him in the final round(s) or grab him off the waiver wire.