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Eric Young is set to return from the disabled list prior to today’s game. While hamstring injuries are never fun to mess around with, Young did have 17 stolen bases before the injury. He had been relegated to a fourth outfielder role with the Mets, but now that Juan Lagares is hurt, Young should see a decent amount of playing time in the near future. He’ll draw the Cardinals and the Marlins this week. The match-up with St. Louis is obviously tough (only 18 steals allowed) but then there’s a four game set with Miami. That series should be a good opportunity for Young to show off his wheels as the Marlins are currently ranked fourth in baseball with 52 steals allowed. Here are some other steals picks for this week in 2014 fantasy baseball…

Drew Stubbs@LAD, MIL

Stubbs has benefitted from the injuries to the Rockies’ outfield, and now has seven steals on the year. He has only swiped one bag in the last two weeks, but he is also able to contribute a little more in the other categories than your typical SAGNOF recommendation. He’ll face the Dodgers and Brewers this week, who coincidentally have each allowed 34 steals this season. Not the best match-ups this week if you’re looking for a short-term answer specifically for stolen bases, but you could do worse in most formats.

Craig GentryTEX, BOS

Gentry is one of my favorite SAGNOF options off the wire this year. He’s getting lots of looks in the lineup and has made the most of them with 12 steals on the season in just 134 plate appearances. He’s owned in less than 1% of leagues, so fantasy owners can use him as needed without sweating a permanent roster spot. The Rangers match-up isn’t favorable for steals, but the Red Sox series could be interesting as the Sox have allowed 41 steals on the year (13th in MLB).

Jonathan Villar@WAS, @TB

I’ve been sticking with Villar almost to a fault, but it paid off this weekend. He swiped a much needed pair of bases for me against a stingy Tampa Bay squad on Sunday afternoon. The shortstop is now owned in only a third of ESPN leagues. For this week, he has two tough matchups against the Nationals and the Rays. I may go down with the ship with both Villar and Everth Cabrera, but their stolen base potential still holds value in most fantasy formats, and while they aren’t sluggers like Billy Hamiltonneither will lay a goose egg in the home run category.

Tony CampanaMIL, SF

For deep league players hurting for steals, Campana is available. He was recalled from Triple-A this past week to give the Diamondbacks’ outfield some depth. Campana stole 40 bases in 131 games between Triple-A and the majors last season. Daily leaguers might use him for a spot-start on a short schedule if they need a steal. The Brewers series isn’t ideal, but the Giants are tied with the Marlins for the fourth most stolen bases allowed (52).

  1. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Jup or Yu?

    We start 5 OFs

    Thanks.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      J-Up

  2. Alan says:
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    Just lost yelich, young a good replacement if i just ignore the avg, obp and slg (which count in our league) or should i just play it safe with billy butler? Polanco/A Gordon/Rajai hold down 2 spots so maybe i dont need either.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d roll with what you have. Young’s plsying time will be a concern again once Lagares comes back.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Mike: and see his ugly spot in the lineup today as well.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          look at Collins getting all creative…

  3. Eddie the mush says:
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    Can you rate this trade for me?
    I received Posey ($25 for 2 years) and A. Escobar ($8)
    FOR
    Navarro ($3), Lowrie ($12), and Calhoun ($2 for 2 year years) and a 2nd round draft pick.

    My two catchers are now Montero and Posey and Escobar becomes my MI over Lowrie.
    Thanks in advance

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      25 is a lot for Posey IMO, but you’re not giving up much. I like Escobar too.

  4. Mb says:
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    I just got cargo and roark in dynasty i am out of for pence, rajai and latroy. People are mad at me. Did I get ripped off getting the duo?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I like the CarGo side

  5. Scott says:
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    1) Bauer or Whitley?
    2) The winner of Bauer and Whitley or Porcello?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      1) Bauer
      2) eh, Porcello

    • Scott says:
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      Sorry, a bit confusing. So I’m asking is Bauer> Porcello?

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        yeah, I’d go with Porcello over the other two

  6. Franks & beans says:
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    Need to pick one to start at IF this week; I’m going for votto just want to hear your thoughts thanks mix master mike; Carlos Santana, Joey votto. Would you put in a claim for singleton? Someone in my league dropped j- singleton , I’d drop either jay Bruce , lackey or votto.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d grab Singleton and think about moving Votto in a trade if possible. Sounds like he’s not 100% and he still has some name value.

      Fine with Votto for this week, though.

  7. Halkster says:
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    I have McCann as my catcher he has not done much, feel like every week I’m just about even in Runs homeruns and RBIs
    Wondering if a better backstop would put me over the edge
    Any particular catcher you would consider trading for and how much is too much to give up to try and upgrade

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I bet you can get Rosario cheap right now. People seem to be down on him and I bet he has a nice ROS. He seemed to have ticky-tack injuries one after another to start the year.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Mike: it sure looks like he still has those injuries, he’s benched like 2 out of 5 days for over last week and a half.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          yeah, he hit himself in the face with a ball

  8. Mike says:
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    My commish offered me Lonnie Chisenhall for Palanco. I just laughed in his face….your thoughts. Also, should I hold onto Maer and better things to come or part ways…

    • Jason says:
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      @Mike: I would have laughed in his face too lol

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’ve seen worse…

      Yes, I would explore alternatives to Mauer

  9. Jose says:
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    Drop Matt Holliday to add jon singleton?
    It’s h2h points / redraft & 10 teamer. I have a lot of olayers at OF; we start 4- Hunter pence , Brantley, springer, jay Bruce , polanco who i have at utility & Bryce Harper on DL

    At second base who do you like it’s also weekly lock; pick one dee Gordon (6 games), slumping pedroia (7 games ) or tommy la Stella (7)
    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d stick with Holliday

      Go with Gordon. Pads are easy to run on…

      • Jose says:
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        @Mike:

        Thanks for the response mike!
        You wouldn’t add singleton over Holliday? If you’ll be sticking w/ Holliday would you drop Bruce for singleton ?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          anytime.

          yeah, in a redraft I’d still rather have Holliday and Bruce

          if you are a big fan of Singleton, I’d at least explore trading one of the other two instead of just dropping them

  10. L-Boogie says:
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    So if you had to pick one for all their SAGNOFy goodness ROS, EvCab or Villar?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I prefer ECab.

      Villar is always buried in that 9th spot.

      Steamer still has both of them ending up with ~35 steals though, FWIW

  11. James says:
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    12 team keeper league…

    Charlie Blackmon + Johnny Cueto + Starling Marte

    OR

    Matt Adams + Brandon Belt + Kevin Gausman

    Which side would you rather take for ROS?
    Which side would you rather take for the future?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      ROS – Blackmon side

      Future – Adams side

      • James says:
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        @Mike: Can Gausman outpitch Cueto in 2nd half?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          That’s a great question. I have more shares of Gausman, so I hope so ;)

          My head says no, since Kevin will have to navigate the AL east and will have the normal ups and downs of a young arm…

  12. 740 says:
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    Nice read Mike. 10team roto 5×5… drop Eovaldi pick up Heaney?

    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks! love Heaney, but I wouldn’t drop Eovaldi for him just yet…

  13. Bobert says:
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    Start which one; h2h points/ weekly league, Bruce or springer, other spots are all filled- just been going back/forth between springer & Bruce for this week 12 matchup, I’m giving the edge to springer dinger but wanted to hear your thoughts

    Gracias in advance

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sure, Springer

  14. goodfold2 says:
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    stubbs contributes in COL MUCH more than Sagnof only guy.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yeah, he does a little of everything…hits LHP real well too

  15. Joeg414 says:
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    Been offered McGee for J Chavez . Obviously selling high on McGee. But I Need Saves bad , my only two Closers are Mejia and Belisario. And there’s no set-up/ Closers in “waiting” as free agents. My other Starters are pretty good, but Am I selling a little low on Chavez for someone who might get some Saves with 2 other options on that team? Whata think? Thanks.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I don’t think McGee is a sure bet for saves. Hold Chavez

  16. Joeg414 says:
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    Or should i do Pomerenz for Britton?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Britton is a better bet, IMO. Hunter is his only real competition

  17. Joeg414 says:
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    Thanks Mike

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      anytime

  18. Mike says:
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    Im getting this urge to pick up Jon Jay. Is he turning it around? Im in a 10 team league. Grab him or not?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      nah. not in a 10-team league

      • Mike says:
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        @Mike:

        Thanks Mike!

  19. Sheriff McRawDawg says:
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    Hey Mike! What about Marisnick for the next couple weeks? And is there any shot he stays up after Yelich returns? Thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I like him a lot, but I’m not sure where he fits when Yelich gets back.

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