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Since being traded to the Royals ten days ago, Emilio Bonifacio has seven steals – more than any player in baseball in that span. Obviously, he’s benefited from more playing time in his new home. He’s started all but one game since the trade and while he hasn’t exactly contributed much in the other fantasy categories, he’s been piling up the steals. It shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise since the Royals are near the top of the league in both stolen bases (112) and success rate (83%). Bonifacio has always had the wheels too. Just last year he stole 30 bases in just 64 games played. His dual eligibility at second base and outfield is a huge boost to his fantasy value. This week he’ll draw the Twins and Blue Jays. The Twins are stingy against the stolen base, but Boni should have some success on the base paths against his former team later in the week. Here are some other speedsters worth a look:

Jarrod Dyson – (@MIN, @TOR)

So this is interesting. Dyson only started three games last week, but still ended up with more steals than Bonifacio. Last Monday I picked up Dyson looking ahead to the Nationals match-up and I was a little disappointed that he was riding the pine so much. That disappointment didn’t last long as he still managed to swipe a bag in three of the games he didn’t start. He’s the poster boy for empty steals, but the points you could gain in the category are well worth it.

Eric Young – (PHI, @WAS) Green Light Special

Eric Young gets the green light special tag this week with these match-ups. He had a couple of multi-hit efforts last week and also chipped in 3 stolen bases. Both Philly and Washington are terrible at controlling the running game and Young will see them 7 times in the coming week. Washington continues to sport the worst caught stealing percentage in all of baseball at 14%.

L.J. Hoes – (@CWS, SEA)

The man whose name has been the target of more dirty puns than any player in baseball this year is scorching hot. He’s hit over .400 in the last week and he has recorded a steal in each of his last three games. That puts him at 7 stolen bases in just 22 games played. His stolen base numbers in the minors weren’t anything eye-popping, but he did swipe 24 across three levels in 2012. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him end up with 12-15 on the season the way the Astros run.

Anthony Gose – (NYY, KC)

The Blue Jays’ outfield is a total mess of injuries and it has opened up some playing time for Gose. He showed above average speed in the minor leagues, with a ridiculous 69 steals in 2011 (Double-A). I’d reserve him for deeper leagues or AL-only leagues, though. His strikeout rates are a red flag as they haven’t been under 20% since 2009 when he was in Single-A.

Jordan Schafer – (CLE, MIA)

Another player benefiting from an injured outfield is Jordan Schafer. With Jason Heyward out and B.J. Upton still struggling, Schafer should get a significant bump in playing time. He’s managed 2 steals in the past week, but his bat has been chilly with just 3 hits in that same period of time. I’d give him a look in NL-only leagues, but there are probably better options out there at the moment.

Kolten Wong - (CIN, @PIT)

I mentioned Wong last week, and he rewarded my faith in him with 3 stolen bases. His bat has gone cold, however, and he isn’t starting everyday. The Reds are stingy against the run with only 53 allowed on the year. It all adds up to me not counting on Wong for SAGNOF this week. It’s just the Wong week for it. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist)

Red Sox (BAL, CWS), Tigers (OAK, CLE), Angels (TB, MIL) – If you read this column regularly, you know these three teams are the holy triumvirate of stolen bases allowed. I’d recommend exploring options from any of the teams facing them (in parentheses) when setting your daily lineups.

Billy Hamilton Watch 2013: Still not on the 40-man. Frowny face.

Teams highlighted in green are in the top ten for most stolen bases allowed.

Teams highlighted in red are in the top ten for least stolen bases allowed.

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21 Responses

  1. liz says:
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    hello.

    h2h ros. venable or bonifacio?

    thanks.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @liz: Venable

  2. Jeff says:
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    Is BJ Upton toast? Trying to figure out whether to hang onto him in a new dynasty league. The lack of SB and attempts is distressing. Do you think this year is an exception or is this a sign of things to come?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Jeff: it really depends on how cheaply you acquired him. He’s never been a batting average guy but theralent is certainly there to reach 20-20 numbers again. I simply couldn’t afford him in one league but you may have the luxury to be more patient if there is no inflation involved in keeping him.

    • matt says:
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      @Jeff: dump that pile of baseball excrement and find better options from your waiver wire. He’s shitstoola disguised as a brave

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        @matt: couldn’t agree more in a redraft or shallow keeper, but dynasty leagues add a different dimension and he shouldn’t be abandoned completely due to one terrible year in that type of league.

  3. Joey Belle says:
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    Does the twins stinginess as a SB opponent change with Mauer out?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Joey Belle: it does, but not as much as you might think. Mauer was top ten in CS%, but Hermann is not all that far behind at 33%. Doumit is the guy to expoit at only 23% CS.

  4. Dave says:
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    Do you agree with the ROS player rater in ops league that crisp will be better than venable?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Dave: they are about as dead even as you can get in my mind, with an edge in BA going to Crisp. given Crisp’s recent steals drought, I might actually lean towards Venable

      • Dave says:
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        @Mike: Last one, over schierholtz? I have schierholtz. Not worth it is worth the switch.

        Thank you for the advice

  5. Mike

    Mike says:
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    @Dave: anytime! Yeah still venable…

  6. Andy says:
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    What happened to Villar? I was going to drop Rollins for him but he has 0 SB and 2 CS in his last 9 games!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Andy: I know. It’s frustrating. I still like him for steals but they’ve dried up recently. Not worth dropping Rollins for him until they show up again or he gets a really good match up.

  7. The Thumb says:
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    Who would you lose out of Dyson, Hoes, Campana, and EYJ?
    Thanks!

    • The Thumb says:
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      @The Thumb: also, what do you think about Tony Campana?

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        @The Thumb: I like him for a handful of steals the rest of the way, but not much more. I’d rank that group EY2, Dyson, Hoes, and Campana. thanks for reading

        • The Thumb says:
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          @Mike: no problem! I love reading these. One more, what do you think about this Reymond Fuentes guy the Padres called up?

          • Mike

            Mike says:
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            @The Thumb: I like him. Stole 35+ bags in three straight seasons plus he seemed to get his K% under control this year. Worth a flier since Amarista isn’t really a solid centerfield option at this point. Definitely worth a look in deep keepers at just 22 years old.

  8. The Thumb says:
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    Would you drop Hoes for Villar? I have Bogaerts at MI and he doesn’t play, Hoes is at Util for me…

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @The Thumb: that’s a good question. Personally I am a big Villar guy, but a lot of his value comes from his position. Since you’re talking about your utility slot I would ride the Hoes train until it cools off especially since Villar is in the midst of a steals slump

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