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Sam Fuld already has four stolen bases since his trade to the Athletics. He’s seeing time batting second in the A’s lineup now that Coco Crisp has returned from injury, and should continue to get enough playing time in the outfield to make him relevant as a speed play in most fantasy leagues. He’s basically owned nowhere with less than 2% ownership on ESPN, so he’s likely available as a play in leagues that make daily roster changes. Fuld is getting on base at a .347 clip this season and he’s only been caught three times in 19 stolen base attempts. His 16 stolen bases have come in only 262 plate appearances. That’s a rate of one steal for every 16 plate appearances. In the A’s lineup he’ll have opportunites to score runs, but outside of that and his steals he’s not going to bring much to the table as a .260 hitter with no power (hence the appearances in these SAGNOF columns). We’re getting closer to the finish line here folks and we need to get the stats where we can. Give Fuld a look this week against the Braves, who are tied for 8th in baseball with 73 stolen bases allowed. Here are some other steals picks for this week in 2014 fantasy baseball…

Jordan Schafer, OF – @HOU, @KC

Schafer has seen an uptick in his fantasy value now that he’s with the Twins. Like Fuld, he’s swiped four bags already with his new team. While he’s not an everyday player his speed comes in handy for those in need of a spark in steals. We’re past most fantasy trade deadlines so guys like Schafer are an easy way to pick up a point or two in the steals cat if you’re paying attention to match-ups and lineups. Keep an eye on Schafer in Houston. The Astros rank right there with the Braves with 73 stolen bases allowed this season. Schafer’s 18 swipes on the season have come in just 108 plate appearances, but steals are all he’s really going to offer as he’s hitting just .185 this season.

Anthony Gose, OF – @SEA, @CWS

Gose continues to see time in Toronto’s outfield and had three more steals last week including two in yesterday’s marathon match with the Tigers. It was impressive to see him steal successfully against Alex Avila, who is one of the better backstops in baseball at gunning down base stealers (35% CS%). Gose is only hitting .236 on the year and he’s been at the bottom of the Jays’ lineup. His value comes from his 14 stolen bases in 200 plate appearaces but he’s probably a better option for AL-only leagues or 15-team and deeper mixed leagues.

Jose Ramirez, MI – ARI, BAL

When Asdrubal Cabrera was traded to the Nationals part of me hoped that we’d see Francisco Lindor up in Cleveland as the everyday shortstop. I’ll have to wait a little longer for that as Ramirez has taken over most of the starts there for the Tribe. Ramirez stole 38 bags in the minor leagues last season and he has a couple swipes this year with the big club. This one’s more of a long shot for deep league players in need of a shortstop. The match-ups are tough this week as well. With only five games on the schedule, Ramirez goes up against the Diamondbacks and Orioles. Both are in the bottom third of the league for stolen bases allowed.

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  1. Chris says:
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    need HR/RBI..

    can give M. Brantley and Chase Headley for Adam Jones and David Ortiz

    make this deal, right?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yes, I like it

  2. Adam says:
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    Mike! How’s it going?

    Quick Q, Dee Gordon or jon singleton at IF this week?

    Next should I be worried about wheeler if he has an innings/ pitch limit? If so drop him?

    Thank you mike

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      going well Adam, thanks!

      I’d go with Dee and hold Wheeler for now

  3. So Fuld over Gose?

    Nice work this year by the way Mike.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks Shea! Yes, I’d take Fuld ove Gose if I had to choose one.

      • @Mike:

        Quick follow up jut noticed Dyson is available, may try the hot hand this week for SB’s with him. Thoughts?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          That works too. Royals get seven games this week, and Twins/As are middle of the road against in stolen bases allowed.

          Only thing with Dyson is playing time, so you might want to have another option for when he sits

          • @Mike: Thanks, yeah this would be straight backup/fill in roll for when guys sit for me.

            Thanks.

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              anytime. yup, Dyson is perfect for that. Go with him

              • Steve says:
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                @Mike: @Mike: would you start Dysom over Fuld this week? Thanks Mike.

                • Mike

                  Mike says:
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                  In a daily league I like Dyson, but in a weekly roster lock league I’d go with Fuld

  4. Joe says:
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    Mike would you trade David wright and mat adams for hisashi iwakuma ?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      If I really needed pitching, yes.

      • Joe says:
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        @Mike: the think is i have alot of bats and pitching is not pitching Well..:. In third i have manny Machado and in first i have Adrián González… In pitching i have Zack grienke ,julio Teherán,garrit colé,andrew cashner,jake arrieta,jessie Hhan , tanner roark, rick porcello

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          yeah, if they are bench bats, it’s worth consolidating. you have other options on offense that are solid

          • Joe says:
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            @Mike: They where my utilitys but if mccutchen comes back i can put ángel pagan in a spot and David Peralta

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              sounds good

  5. fausto says:
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    I am a man of many sagnofs but I have edwin and springer coming off dl soon. Gotta drop 2
    Howie kendrick
    Reddick
    Lowrie
    Hardy
    Alcantera (I can’t believe he’s being mentioned but hes stalled a bit in all departments)
    Familia or mejia could also drop im fine with my 5 other CL.
    FOLLOW UP …jorge soler stash or trash? Im cemented in playoffs in this league so I could have the bn spot.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d lose Hardy or Lowrie

      I’d also lose whoever is not the closer right now for the Mets (I’m guessing Mejia?)

      Soler is a nice stash for September. One of my favorites and he mashes

  6. Biff Diggerence says:
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    what about j dyson? he’s been pretty darn sagnof-y

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      absolutely! perfect for leagues where you can make daily roster changes. he gets mentioned a lot in this column, so you can pretty much assume he’s a guy I like.

      any omission on my part is just me trying not to be redundant with the players listed. I try to bring at least one or two new names to the table every week

      thanks Biff!

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