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The signing of Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo by the Boston Red Sox has everybody excited. Like other Cuban players, scouts were limited in the amount of looks they were able to get and so the information we have on him is somewhat limited as well. The one tool that is not in question is his speed. A 30+ steal season from Castillo is a possibility as soon as 2015. The power is still up in the air. Some have tagged him more as an 8-12 homer type guy while others have said 15 or maybe even 20 homers could be in the cards. With any player, we get lots of comps thrown around. Two of the comps I’ve heard the most are Shane Victorino and Rajai Davis. Honestly, the Davis comp makes the most sense to me. The money the Red Sox invested in Castillo shows how owners are more willing to take a chance on these guys after seeing the success of players like Cespedes, Puig, and Abreu in the majors.

In keeper leagues Castillo needs to be added now. In redrafts, he’ll be less valuable as he’ll likely get a limited look in September. Castillo still needs to get his feet wet for a few games in the minors as he hasn’t seen game action in a while. The Red Sox have a crowded outfield that includes Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. Betts is an exciting offensive piece himself and Bradley still provides the best defense in centerfield. It will be interesting to see how the Boston outfield shakes out heading into 2015. Getting back to this season, here are some steals options for this week in 2014 fantasy baseball…

Jarrod Dyson – NYY, MIN, CLE

Dyson continues to see some time batting leadoff for the red hot Royals. He is tied for seventh in the majors with 28 stolen bases and he’ll match up against the Twins this week. Minnesota has allowed 80 stolen bases this year which ranks eleventh in the majors. The Prince of SAGNOF continues to be a better option in daily move leagues since he is not always in the lineup.

Jordan Schafer – @KC, @BAL

It’s hard to ignore what the Minnesota offense has done lately. They have pop in Mauer, Vargas, and Arcia. They also have two sparkplugs bookending their lineup in Danny Santana and Jordan Schafer. Schafer now has 23 steals on the season including one on Friday and Saturday against Detroit. He’ll face a tougher match up this week against the Royals, but he still makes a good option for some cheap speed off the wire.

Craig Gentry – @HOU, @LAA

Gentry came back rom the disabled list and promptly stole a base on Saturday. He’s been a great SAGNOF type all year, and should be helpful down the stretch for players in deep leagues in need of some cheap speed. Like Dyson, keep an eye on the lineup card as he won’t play everyday. Gentry has the best matchups of the group this week. The Astros (84) and Angels (83) are both in the top ten for stolen bases allowed.

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  1. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Great title, Mike!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks guys!

  2. MarkedMan says:
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    He would be added in most keeper leagues if he were available to pickup…

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      true story. some leagues make you wait until guys sign, others don’t

      • Mordacious Levator says:
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        @Mike: what leagues are you in that even have his name in system yet? i’ll bet they aren’t on espn or yahoo. i’m in the ones that usually have NA guys both before and after callups and he doesn’t exist in either. i’m thinking since he didn’t start the year as an NA guy he won’t be in system till he’s actually called up, and this goes for (i’m guessing) all espn/yahoo leagues.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          CBS and FanTrax both have him.

          Outside of RCLs I’m in keepers and haven’t used ESPN or Yahoo for those leaguesin a while for the reason you just mentioned above.

  3. SMLV1 says:
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    Off topic Mike but can you rank these guys ROS based on overall production?

    Duda, LaRoche, Moss and Josh Hamilton.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      That’s the order IMO.

  4. MarkedMan says:
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    My league doesnt use waivers, so really need to check early each day to see if he is added : /

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’m guessing he isn’t in all the databases yet? That blows.

      • MarkedMan says:
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        @Mike: Yeah, I am literally checking every hour to see if he is added yet. Bryant and Soler as my NA guys, will move Soler to bench until his call up and put Castillo there.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          nice. great pickups. I love Soler

  5. El Famous Burrito says:
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    Just waiting for Castillo to be added to the ESPN database.

    Is trading Khris Davis to get Addison Russell giving up too much? I have a good shot at next year in a 12-T points league.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Bummer. Should be soon. Hopefully they get their act together.

      I don’t think it’s too much, no. I value Russell more than Davis personally.

    • Mordacious Levator says:
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      @El Famous Burrito: he’s not in yahoo either.

  6. cl says:
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    He’s not in yahoo’s yet either. They obviously don’t know I have a middling dynasty team to run.

    Currently, my OF is:
    LF: Marte
    CF: Jones
    RF: Pence

    CarGo on the DL, and Rymer Liriano is on my roster. I assume it’d be an upgrade to dump Liriano for Castillo?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      word. yeah I’d take Castillo over Liriano in a dynasty.

      Fantrax is the best database I’ve found FWIW. Way better than even CBS’s.

  7. Drexel Hill Dragons says:
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    Who’s the better prospect to hold for a playoff boost to your lineup in September?

    Jorge Soler
    Maikel Franco
    Alex Guerrero

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Soler

  8. Nightpandas says:
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    1 move left looking to next year who do you like in a vacuum?

    Castillo or Rodon?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      good question. I usually lean the bat, so I’ll go with Castillo.

      I think Rodon has the higher ceiling, but also more risk since he’s an arm. He could also start the year in the minors whereas I think Castillo will contribute from day one

  9. schtickball says:
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    you think its safe to drop segura at this point?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yes

  10. Peanuts galley says:
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    Hey mike, which player do you like at the IF slot for a weekly h2h points league & would you sit David wright?

    My IF is currently open; here is who I’m looking at : aramis Ramirez, Trevor plouffe, Vogt, Steve Pearce

    At 2nd base pedroia or Dee Gordon?
    If you say pedey, at SS Gordon or Alexei Ramirez?

    Thanks!

    • Peanuts galley says:
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      @Peanuts galley:

      Allen Craig is also available

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      man, Wright looks lost. Yeah, I’d sit him

      I’d go with ARam and Dee

  11. Clint says:
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    When is Yahoo gonna get their heads out of their behinds and put this guy into the player pool? I’ve been waiting to snatch him since the news broke of his signing.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I hear ya.

      Here’s another name you’ll want to know that just defected from Cuba…Yoan Moncada.

      Farther away (only 19) , but put him on your radar in keepers/dynasties…

  12. Joe Shmoe says:
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    Hi Mike,
    Last ditch before the weekly lineup league sets:
    Who has more steals by the end of the week?
    Holt or Betts?

    Thanks for the help!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      anytime…I’d go with Betts

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      anytime…I’d go with Betts

  13. Chris says:
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    So…I picked up F. Liriano last week for my annual Liriano spot start and he promptly dropped his annual (-14) on me. I dropped him before the end of the game. Tonight he looked unhittable. I may need a spot starter on Sunday in my H2H playoffs and was thinking about Liriano again. SON loves him for some reason. I’d have to drop K. Hendricks to do it. Hendricks faces St. Louis this week and finishing out my season against Milwaukee and Toronto. Is Hendricks worth holding on to with those starts remaining or is he just a streamer? Thanks.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d treat Hendricks like a streamer, yes. I’d roll the dice on Liriano

  14. bored says:
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    Ryu or H. Bailey, 16 team H2H longterm Dynasty league.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Prefer Bailey

  15. bored says:
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    Drop Aoki, Teixeira, C. Carter, LaRoche to Activate A. Craig or drop Craig?

    12 Team H2H dynasty league. (R, HR, RBI, AVG, SB categories)

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Lose Craig

  16. Five-On-One says:
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    Is there a tool / link that shows which teams are easiest / hardest to steal against? Not SP specific, but team specific?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      not exactly, but you can sort most leaderboards by steals against and CS%

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