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Jonathan Villar dished out a big old helping of steals this past week, and I wouldn’t expect anything different after not including him in my last few posts – D’oh! Fact is, prior to this week’s little splurge, Villar had gone from August 13th to September 5th with only 1 stolen base and 3 caught stealing. I couldn’t justify recommending him as a reliable source of stolen bases while he was in the midst of that kind of steals drought, especially at a critical point in the season like this. I’m changing my tune though after watching him steal 4 bases and chip in a homer to boot. He’s got the speed and last week is probably a good sign that the steals slump from August is officially over. He now has 17 steals in just 44 games and despite being caught 7 times already, he’s a player who should be worth a roll of the dice over the last two weeks of the season even with a tough match-up against the Reds to start the week. A lot of other owners have already jumped on board, as his ownership at the four letter word jumped 40%. If he’s already gone in your league, here are a few other options for steals that may be available on your wire:

Jarrod Dyson – @WAS, @CHC

I was really excited to watch Dyson and Emilio Bonifacio run all over the Tigers, but instead I got 1 caught stealing, two pickoffs, and an ejection between the two. Ugh. Dyson did swipe a bag despite all that and this week sets up to be another good opportunity for him to help your team in steals. The Nationals remain dead last in caught stealing percentage (17%).

Leury GarciaMIN, @DET

Garcia received a little bump in playing time last week and was able to steal two bases against the Tigers. While he’s not a reliable source of starting time and he’s dealing with a blister on his hand, you might do worse then him when he faces Detroit again later this week.

Billy Hamilton – @HOU, @PIT

The shiny new toy buzz has worn off a little, but Hamilton still managed to steal a base despite no playing time. He could still go on a little spree like he did his first week in the majors, although it seems like it’s only going to come in a pinch running role, which could be a risky proposition (he appeared in only two games last week).

Dee Gordon@ARI, @SD

Like Hamilton, Gordon has seen most of his contributions come as a pinch runner, but with the latest injury to Hanley Ramirez as well as some opportunities to play at second, Gordon could see enough time to be helpful to your fantasy team as a base stealer. He stole two last week and there’s a nice match-up against the Padres on the horizon.

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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  1. Mike says:
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    Mike,

    Thanks for this. I think you mixed up KC schedule though with ATL. KC plays CLE,TEX this week which is much harder.

    I am between villar and bonificio. I have zobrist who can play 2b/ss so its really just the better of those 2. Its also OBP league. I am leaning to Villar who is running more and higher OBP and playing 7 games this week. Counting stats are about equal given # of games.

    What do you think?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Mike: whoops, thanks for catching that. yeah I would go Villar too.

  2. I need to sit one of these guys this week for the finals:

    Utley, Belt, HanRam, Segura

    Leaning to it being Utley. Thoughts?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Bing Crosby: yeah, as risky as it is to start HanRam with the injury, he’s a stud when he plays. I agree Utley is the odd man out.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          @Bing Crosby: yeah oops is right. Segura or Hanram would have been way better

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          @Bing Crosby: actaully there ya go…Hanram three run bomb…

  3. Elliot Johnson says:
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    Hey! I play for the Braves now!!! I am getting regular starts and I have all sorts of position flexibility. Come give me a try.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Elliot Johnson: sorry for the mixup. I need to quit my day job.

  4. LarryA says:
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    Are any of Hoes, Shuck or Rutlege decent for steals this week?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @LarryA: I’d go with Hoes due to the playing time.

  5. Frank White says:
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    Are u around right now??

  6. Mike

    Mike says:
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    sure Frank

  7. Moose Out Front says:
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    I appreciate your column Mike. With Segura’s hammy tonight this is the first place I turned. Looks like Villar will be my fill in.

    My only request for next season would be for you to include the complete list of teams from green light to red light, or maybe a link to it. Even if it doesn’t get updated all that often it would be helpful for some daily rosterbation decisions for us steal streamers. No big thing though, I’ll be reading either way. :)

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Moose Out Front: I really appreciate that, man. Thanks for reading! That’s a good idea about the link, and I’ll try to find a way to incorporate that into the posts next year. Sorry about Segura, I’m dealing with that too. Couldn’t have come at a worse time since I’m only three steals away from the guy ahead of me and also lost Hanley for a while. Villar is a good fill-in for sure. Elliot Johnson too.

  8. Lord Xberk says:
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    Not your fault, obviously, but the Villar kid is killing me this week. Opted for him over BHam due to likely PT and it’s going to cost me…well, that and Miggy & Adam Jones deciding to take this week off while my opponent has Bruce & Trout this week…I’m trying to figure out if I should use my last WW move to drop Villar and pick up Escobar for the Royals for this weekend, but I don’t think that’s much of an upgrade, I’d just be hoping the short-term trends persist…ugh…

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Lord Xberk: yeah that blows man. both teams run a lot but it’s a crapshoot with just about ten games left. My two cents would be to hold villar though.

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