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This is not a drill.  Eric Young Jr. should actually see steady starts in right field with Michael Cuddyer hitting the disabled list. After Helton went down we were teased by the occasional EY2 start. I may or may not have seen Grey with a Cuddyer voodoo doll in his hand and next thing I know, EY2 is the Rockies leadoff hitter and starting right fielder. He and a few others who are on page one of the steals’ leaderboards may still be available in your league. Juan Pierre, Michael Saunders, and Kelly Johnson all graduated from this list with over 50% ownership now. Hopefully they are able to contribute to their new fantasy owners instead of doing what I did when I graduated, which was sitting in my parents’ basement eating pizza rolls and hoping that today would be “PLINKO” day on The Price Is Right.

All players listed are available in at least 50% of leagues. Sunday’s stats are not included in the table.

Week 7:

Player, Pos. SB CS SBO Opponents G vLHP vRHP
Rajai Davis, OF 8  1 32  N/A (DL)
Will Venable, OF 7  2 30 @BAL, WSH 6  1 5
Ben Revere, OF 7  3 40  CLE, CIN 5  1 4
Chris Young, OF 5  0 21 N/A (DL)
Justin Ruggiano, OF 5  1 41  CIN, ARI 6 2 4
Jordan Schafer, OF 5  2 26  @ARI, LAD 6 4 2
Eric Young Jr, OF 5  4 42  @CHC, SF 7 3 4
Craig Gentry, OF 5  1 29  @OAK, DET 7 0 7
Jarrod Dyson, OF 5  1   7  @LAA, @OAK 6 3 3
AJ Pollock, OF 5  2 36  ATL, @MIA 6 1 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key: SB- Stolen Bases, CS-Caught Stealing, SBO-Stolen Base Opportunites (number of PA when the runner was on first or second with the next base open), -#Games Scheduled through Sunday, including #vs lefties (LHP) and #vs righties (RHP)

Teams highlighted in green are in the Top 5 of MLB in most stolen bases allowed.  Teams highlighted in red are in the Top 5 in least stolen bases allowed.

Playing time and opportunities are important when trying to squeak out extra steals, which is why I provided the number of games on the upcoming schedule for the week as well as the number of games versus left handers and right handers for those players who may be in a platoon situation.

Green Lights…

Eric Young Jr should get his starts and the Rockies have 7 games on the schedule for this week. Three of those games will come against the Cubs, who are one of the worst teams in MLB in controlling the running game. The Giants aren’t much better, as they are also in the top ten in stolen bases allowed. He stole a base in three straight games this past week, and there”s no reason to think he can’t do it again. The only blemish on EY2’s resume is that he has been caught 4 times in 9 attempts.

Alexi Casilla isn’t in the above table, but he does have 4 steals on the season and hasn’t been caught this year. He’ll match up against the Padres and the Rays this week, who have allowed more stolen bases than any other teams in the majors.

Despite the tough matchup with Baltimore, Will Venable should see a lot of playing time this week with 5 of the 6 games against right handed pitching. He’s starting to warm up at the plate, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him contribute a couple of steals this week.

It may be time to stash Adam Eaton if you haven’t already. AJ Pollock has filled in nicely, but he’ll most likely get sent down when Eaton returns, and it looks like Eaton will be starting a rehab assignment with AAA Reno soon. He had 38 steals in 119 games at the AAA level last year. His injury is elbow related, so there’s nothing to stop him from being able to run as soon as he’s back. Eaton is currently available in 90% of ESPN leagues.

Dee Gordon has 4 steals already and has gotten some looks at the top of the Dodgers lineup as well. While he doesn’t necessarily have great matchups this week against the Braves and the Nationals, every time he plays there’s a chance for a steal or two.

From Around The Web

  1. jacob says:
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    Juan Pierre or Denard Span to fill in for Austin Jackson

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @jacob: Thanks Jacob…I actually forgot to include Span on the table this week with 5 steals and 24% ownership. I’d still lean Pierre, but Span has the better matchups this week with 4 games @ SD.

  2. Rags says:
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    NL-only OBP keeper league with no bench. Can drop Herrera or Descalso for one of the following guys: Dietrich > Heisey > Blackmon > Pill the right order? And which SS to drop? Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Rags: Great question…Yeah that’s the order I’d put them in too. Blackmon could provide more SB and a higher OBP than Dietrich or Heisey, but he also may not play as much as them. As far as Herrera and Descalso, I’d lose Herrera, assuming you’re talking about Jonathan…

  3. Jacks says:
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    M Saunders should be on this list. He apparently has the perpetual green light. 6 for 6 so far and he’s gonna run almost every opp he gets. Watched some of the M games this weekend and he drew as many throws to first as anyone I’ve seen.

    And Bonifacio … I picked him up thinking he his return from injury and league change adjustment period is over. I hope so.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Jacks: Thanks Jacks…Love Saunders, he graduated from this list to over 50% ownership though…I think he’s actually around 80% now…definitely agree that Bonifacio is somebody to keep an eye on. All 4 of his steals have come in like the last week. Should be interesting to see what he can do if he gets some regular PT…

  4. Allan says:
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    If pollock gets sent down when eaton returns does that mean parra continues to play everyday? I was going to drop him when eaton returns cuz I assumed he’d end up platooned but if not i could find room for both parra and eaton. Parra has been lights out.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Allan: Thanks Allan…most of what I’ve seen says Pollock is the odd man out…which says a lot about their outfield depth…Parra, Eaton, Ross…maybe he stays on as a fourth OF? I’d imagine they’d want him to get everyday at bats in AAA instead of riding the bench in the majors though. Both Parra and Pollock have been great for sure…

      • Allan says:
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        @Mike: Thanks also I got a trade offer. Guy in my league wants victor martinez, lance berkman, adam eaton, and gallardo and in return I get buster posey and max scherzer. Would I be giving up too much?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          @Allan: No problem…It looks like you’re getting the best two players in that deal which is always good…I’m guessing you have guys in mind that you can use in the two roster slots you’re losing, … Posey is arguably the best at his position and Scherzer is a pretty significant upgrade over Gallardo..I’d do it

          • Allan says:
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            @Mike: Thanks

  5. Morgan says:
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    My Harvey for McCutchen? What do you all think?

    • Stantonovation says:
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      @Morgan:

      Id take the bat

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Morgan: Like it..top ten bat!

  6. Moose Out Front says:
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    Thanks for the write-up. I’m a steal streamer kind of guy and this has been very helpful.

  7. Matt says:
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    Drop gyorko for eaton? 12 team H2H 5×5

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Matt: .He’s still a couple weeks away it looks like, so if you think he’ll still be availabel I’d hold, but for the ROS I think I’d rather have Eaton than Gyorko…

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        @Mike: I guess it depends on your needs…15 HR from Gyorko or a half dozen homers and 20 SB from Eaton…Eaton could end up hitting about 30-40 points higher in BA too…

        • Matt says:
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          @Mike: thanks, currently rotating gyorko, prado and jed lowrie at 2B and have kemp, cesp, bourn, mclouth with stanton on the DL… Ill try and hold but it’s a deep 12 team league with a deep bench (I’m stashing wheeler and taveras) so I’m also looking ahead ROS.

  8. Vottomatic says:
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    Dom Brown or EY2 to fill in for AJAx

  9. Bert Ernie says:
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    I don’t know about the EY2 thing, Mike. Like Grey’s been saying for a while, the Rockies seem to not like this guy. First day after Cuddyer’s gone, EY2 sits and Blackmon plays. Bill Cosby would say “The proof’s in the pudding”: Looks like the Rox will stick with the same pattern and NOT play EY2 every day.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Bert Ernie: Thanks Bert Ernie, I get where you’re coming from, it seems to be everyday is opposite day for EY2, last time I green lighted him he didn’t play, then last week I red lighted him and he stole three bags…it’s a crapshoot, but I’m hoping that the Cuddyer injury is enough to get him the ABs…and as a result the SBs…it does feel like catching a squirrel with a hula hoop though…

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        @Mike: looks like he’s starting in center today…c’mere squirrel!

  10. Agentmoose says:
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    I have grandy coming off DL. Have to cut fowler or hunter in a 11 team 5×5 league. Thoughts?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Agentmoose: Thanks Agentmoose…Geez, I like both guys…if I had to choose I’d cut Fowler

  11. Mariner Mike says:
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    Mike, usually always like the bat in trades but I have no confidence Tulo will stay healthy this year so last night traded him for Kershaw. Do you think the sun will continue coming up?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Mariner Mike: Haha..if I was gonna trade for an arm, Kershaw would be the guy…

  12. Jeter's Gift Basket says:
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    Pierre or Venable to fill in for Jackson?

  13. Jason says:
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    Great stuff man. I want to pick up eaton but indeed to drop one of the following: Jared burton, dher, Heath bell. My guy says bell will be out soon enough, but being wrong here could really cost me. I’m not hard up for saves though the league is all about SAGNOF! Who is the drop?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Jason: thanks Jason… I’d cut Burton even with Perkins a little banged up…D her and Bell could form a committee or one of them could grab it and you’ll have a clearer picture…

  14. Billy B-Cup Butler says:
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    12 team standard h2h…

    drop McLouth for EY2 at this point? Nate has hit the skids in a pretty big way…

    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Billy B-Cup Butler: No problem..at least while Cuddyer is injured, EY2 could put up some better numbers than Mclouth…you’re right about McLouth slumping pretty hard right now…

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        @Mike: just keep in mind that long term Mclouth is the better option…

        • Billy B-Cup Butler says:
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          @Mike: well seeing as how my team name is “Ass to McLouth,” I feel a strange sort of allegiance to Nasty Nate. But damnit if I lose SB’s again this week..

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