How quickly things change. Last week, it was looking like Adam Eaton was close to returning from an elbow injury and A.J. Pollock would be the odd man out in the Arizona outfield. Well, one setback later, Pollock looks good to go as a part of the four-man Arizona outfield and he’s worth watching in deeper formats. He’ll get starts against lefties and maybe more, so he’s a guy that you’ll have to play the matchups with unless he really catches fire. Meanwhile, Adam Eaton is probably not going to do much in the way of baseball for about three weeks and probably won’t be fantasy relevant until the end of June at the earliest. He was so close to returning too. Kind of like crashing your car with one payment left. We’ll take a look at matchups for all the members of the stolen base leaderboard for Week 9. As always, all players listed are owned in less than 50% of ESPN leagues and Sunday’s stats are not included.
|Player, POS||SB||CS||Matchups||G||v LHP||v RHP|
|Juan Pierre, OF||13||3||@TB, NYM||7||2||5|
|Will Venable, OF||8||2||@SEA, SEA, TOR||7||2||5|
|Ben Revere, OF||8||3||@BOS, BOS, MIL||7||1||6|
|Rajai Davis, OF||8||1||N/A (DL)||7||-||-|
|Justin Ruggiano, OF||6||1||@TB, NYM||7||2||5|
|Jordan Schafer, OF||6||2||@TOR, TOR, WSH||7||3||4|
|Elliot Johnson, MI||6||0||STL, @STL, @TEX||7||2||5|
|Denard Span, OF||6||3||BAL, @BAL, @ATL||7||1||6|
|Eric Young, OF||6||4||@HOU, HOU, LAD||7||3||4|
|Craig Gentry, OF||6||1||@ARI, ARI, KC||7||1||6|
|Leonys Martin, OF||6||2||@ARI, ARI, KC||7||0||7|
|Pedro Florimon, SS||6||0||@MIL, MIL, SEA||7||2||5|
|Jarrod Dyson, OF||6||1||N/A (DL)||7||-||-|
|Munenori Kawasaki, SS||6||1||ATL, @ATL, @SD||7||3||4|
|Michael Saunders, OF||6||1||SD, @SD, @MIN||7||3||4|
KEY: SB – stolen bases, CS – caught stealing, G – # games scheduled for Week 9
Teams highlighted in green are in the top five in MLB for most SB allowed, teams highlighted in red are in the top 5 for least SB allowed.
LHP, RHP matchups are included for you to determine how to play guys who are currently in platoons.
Pedro Florimon – Florimon was one of my green lights last week and I like him again this week due to favorable matchups against both Milwaukee and Seattle. He’s a perfect 6 for 6 in steal attempts this year and he is starting to get noticed.
Will Venable – I like Venable’s matchups this week with a four-game set against Seattle, who are still in the top ten in MLB for SB allowed. It’s like he drained Michael Saunders’ essence.
Leonys Martin – Sky did a great job covering Martin yesterday in his Creeper of the Week. Check it out. From a steals perspective, Arizona ranks in the top ten in least SB allowed, so Martin’s baserunning skills will be tested. However, the Rangers are also not scheduled to face any lefties in any of their 7 games this week, which makes Martin an enticing option, since he tends to yield starts to Gentry against southpaws.
Ben Revere – Revere has bounced in and out and all over the lineup, but he’s got a favorable matchup this week against the Red Sox, who are fourth in MLB in SB allowed entering Sunday’s games.
Michael Saunders – Saunders has been dropped all over the place due to his recent slump, but he might be worth a look this week with a four-game set against the Padres, who aren’t exactly catching many baserunners this year (37 SB allowed entering Sunday).
Chris Young has returned from the disabled list and looks to have picked up right where he left off. He makes for a nice pickup once again if you’re in need of an outfielder who can contribute both power and speed.
Cameron Maybin - Remember this guy? Anybody? Hey, where’d everybody go? Maybin is scheduled to begin his rehab assignment and could rejoin the Padres soon. Not going to go all crazy here, but there’s nothing wrong with his legs and he’s still got some upside. I’d say 15-20 SB ROS isn’t out of the realm of possibility, and I’m stashing him with cautious optimism.