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Washington, D.C. has two Spans. If you like politics and live footage of people walking around in suits on a video feed, then C-SPAN (2:43) is your best bet in the capital city. If you prefer players who can help you win some fantasy leagues, than you better go with D-SPAN. Denard Span is currently owned in less than 50% of ESPN fantasy leagues but he’s got as many steals as guys like Brett Gardner, Coco Crisp, and Alex Rios. He’s only been caught twice, and hitting at the top of a Nationals lineup that now sports a healthy Bryce Harper to go along with Anthony Rendon and Jayson Werth should give Span nice opportunities to score runs as well. He’s hitting .276 on the year and should see that average maintain in the second half. If the Nationals offense cooperates, he should see 90 runs scored and 25 stolen bases by the end of the season. He hits for no power, but contributing to three of the five standard fantasy categories comes in handy from a waiver wire grab. This week Span will face the Rockies and Reds, who have both been stingy against the stolen base. If you have an injured outfielder or need a reserve, Span is worth a look though. Here are some other steals options for this week in 2014 fantasy baseball…

Arismendy AlcantaraSD, STL

The Padres are tied for second in the big leagues for steals allowed (74) and Alcantara faces them to start the week. I do think he’ll get enough playing time to make an impact in the second half. Another 8-10 steals with a sprinkle of homers and a decent average can help players in 12-team leagues or deeper who are hurting at middle infield. I wouldn’t mess with him in shallow leagues though and if given the choice I’d prefer a guy like Kolten Wong.

Craig GentryHOU, @TEX

Gentry has as many steals (16) as the players mentioned in the introduction. He’s done it in about half the plate appearances though and has only been caught once. He’s pure SAGNOF and he gets the Astros and Scott Feldman this week. Feldman is tied for third in MLB with 19 steals allowed. Gentry and/or Coco Crisp should take advantage.

James Jones – NYM, BAL

Jones is up to 18 steals on the season, but he has only one stolen base in July after swiping 12 bags in the month of June. Speed doesn’t usually slump, so you could make an argument that Jones is still a great pickup for steals the rest of the way. I’m just throwing it out there as a heads up that June may have been the mountaintop.

Eric Young, Jr.@SEA, @MIL

I’m sure I’ll be pelted with vegetables for this, but I bet EY2 gets 40-45 steals again this year. He’s at 25 now, which is tied for fifth in the majors. I think he’ll find the at bats like he and Rajai Davis seem to do every year, and between that and pinch-running appearances he’ll get the steals. Playing time is a big hurdle and the .236 average is tough to swallow, but you need look past some warts to get the steals. From my experience, saves and steals are some of the easiest categories to snag roto points with at this time of year. Guys like EY2 get glossed over all the time on the wire, but they’re cheap points.

Adam EatonKC, @MIN

Eaton has quietly put up decent numbers this season with a .280 average and nine stolen bases. He’s settling in as the White Sox leadoff man and he could easily double his current steals total by the end of the season. He’ll face the Royals, who are usually tough against the run but who are also missing Salvador Perez at the moment. Eaton is owned in about 40% of leagues, but if he’s available I’d give him a look in 12-teamers.

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  1. Chris says:
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    hello Mike,

    Got this three offers:
    Lee for Brantey
    Lee for Dickerson
    Yu and Chinsenhall (between 1b and BN) for SP Zimmermann and AGone

    Which one do you prefer? Can you rankt the trades?

    Also, if Alcantara produces regularly should I add him and drop Andrus?
    Thanks.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d stil rather have Andrus.

      I like the first trade.

  2. jb says:
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    what do you think about Bruce bouncing back…he has been awful and I can trade him for aramis ramirez what do you think

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      He’s streaky, but in general I think he’ll be better. If you need a third baseman that’s not a terrible swap though.

      • JB says:
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        I need BA help so I thought it might work. But I’ve been a Bruce guy and watched him hit 5-6 HR in a week…and worry I might miss his only hot streak of the season

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          he seems to hit them in bunches. it’s a fair trade, depends really on how patient you’re willing to be as the owner of Bruce

  3. Austin says:
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    I’ve got both Brian McCann and Evan Gattis on my roster and my pitching is a weaker point on my team in a 16 team league (40 man rosters). Would it be safe to trade McCann for a pitcher who is currently down like Dallas Kuechel?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Assuming it’s a one-catcher league, yes.

  4. Steve D. says:
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    Time to cut Ben Revere? Sizemore has been cutting into his playing time pretty good.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      depends on the league, but there are probably better options out there at this point

      shame cause he’s one of my favorites

  5. Game of Throws says:
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    12 team H2H re-draft

    Who wins:

    Bryce Harper for Jose Bautista?

    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d go with Bats in a redraft, but it’s close

  6. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:
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    isn’t gentry only facing lefties? if so, he would only get the start tuesday vs. oberholtzer, and not the next 2 (including righty fledman). good for one day tuesday stream only?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      don’t know

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        FWIW…he started against Young, Iwakuma, and Gausman…all righties, no?

        • Simply Fred

          simply fred says:
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          @Mike: yes, correct on those starts vs. righties. i was relying on mlbdepthcharts, who had him listed against righties only.

          realize, sb tough to predict. 3 sb for him in last 30 days doesn’t lean toward attractive, but weak defense against sb’s could fire his cylinders.

          will look to stream him in and watch daily rostering.

          i respect your eye, and just wanting to make sure something didn’t fall through the cracks. nice catch on those righty starts…just what we expect and appreciate!

          • Simply Fred

            simply fred says:
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            @simply fred: edit, mlbdepthcharts listed vs. ‘lefties’ only…

            • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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              @simply fred: fred weren’t you just on here a couple of days ago, not being aware of weeks only playing against lefties? sounds like you got enlightened. good for you. depthcharts kicks ass.

          • Mike

            Mike says:
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            Oh no worries, I’d rather have somebody question something and start a convo.

            It’s tough to predict with guys like Gentry, which is why he’d be a daily roster move play in my mind more than a weekly lock guy. A couple of those righty starts came when Crisp was having neck trouble before the break, so he could very well fall into a straight platoon. Not sure about yesterday against Gausman though.

            I think he’s got equal number of at bats against both hands for the year, and he’s hitting around .270 against both. 3 steals in 30 is meh, but we’re scraping the bottom of the barrel here, and his success rate is what stands out to me.

  7. Ian says:
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    Are you sure Colorado is stingy against the stolen base? Don’t they have the lowest caught stealing rate in the MLB?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      moreso the Reds at 39 SBA (27th in MLB) than the Rockies at 56 SBA (17th). I usually go by the counting stat of steals allowed when I do these.

      You’re right though, the Rockies have the league’s worst CS% and that’s definitely worth noting, so thank you.

  8. George Zip says:
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    Sup Mike?

    Looking to trade for Khris Davis, who should i offer? In a 12 team keeper

    Tavares
    Singleton
    Moss
    Ozuna

    Jesse Chavez
    Eovaldi
    Carlos Martinez
    Tillman

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d be comfortable with any two of those pitchers for him.

      I would also consider Singleton straight up depending on how long you can keep guys for.

      • George Zip says:
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        @Mike: I can keep players for 2 years. 2 pitchers for him? You think he’s going to be putting up better numbers?

        Or Singleton?

        thanks Mike

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          anytime, with only two years kept, I’d take a major league bat like Davis over those pitchers, yes. Not sure about numbers, but he has 25 homer power right now with good counting stats.

          • George Zip says:
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            @Mike: Makes sense, thanks Mike

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              no problem

  9. Jack says:
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    Wanted to hear your opinion on this…

    In my 10 team H2H league OBP league someone just dropped Votto who the Reds are saying will be out for another 5 weeks. The Cards reported that Wacha will also be out for at least 5 weeks. Wacha is on my DL. I’m wondering if I ought to drop him to pick up Votto.

    My pitching is weaker than my hitting. If I keep Wacha he would replace Kennedy, Lincecum or Hammels when he comes off the DL. My hitting is strong especially in HR & RBI. I’m weaker in R, OBP and SB. If I pick up Votto he would replace K. Davis when he comes off the DL.

    Drop Wacha for Votto?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d stick with Wacha based on what you told me about your situation.

  10. pickleball says:
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    gattis came off the DL and i’ve been riding the catcher roulette fad. quite fun actually, you dropping my new favorite catcher Yan Gomes to play Gattis?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sure, I’d make that swap

  11. Shawn says:
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    Razz all expert opinion, who do you go with ROS: Josh Hamilton or Matt Kemp?

    • Shawn says:
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      @Shawn: RAZZBALL*… Sorry my lords

      • Chicken Dinner says:
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        @Shawn: Hamilton

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      lol…I prefer Kemp personally

  12. fausto says:
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    Revised question….. dropping James jones bc hes not sagnoffing or sagginoff enough to roster in 10tm h2h.
    Castellanos, markakis, or Span ROS MOST counting stats who you taking? Rbi being the most needed.

    • fausto says:
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      @fausto: appreciate the input.

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        anytime :)

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      If you’re chasing RBIs, Casty and Markakis could be about the same going forward and both better than Span for RBI. I’d lean Markakis of the three.

      • fausto says:
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        @Mike: thank you kindly. . markakis is easier on the avg. Like castellanos dual elig in yahoo..like markakis in front of davis/jones. Decisions….

  13. Maxi says:
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    Hey Mike! Great write up on SAGNOF, it’s been keeping me afloat the last few weeks in my daily, Y! 12 team H2H Rot keeper league w/OBP and SLG, no AVG

    ATM, I have Alcántara, Wong and Pedroia all 2B elgible and am trying to move Pedroia for a SS and hopefully a SP. I had been rolling with Simmons until Betts got his call-up. After Betts got sent down, I picked up Mercer for SS hoping for a Coors miracle later this week, and, also recently DL stashed Everth Cabrera in hopes that he regains some form when he’s activated.

    I’m 2nd to last in total SB on the season and dead last in OBP, but sitting in 2nd in the league standings and I think Alcantara, Wong and Eaton should help me going forward at least for SBs.

    We are going to reset rosters and change our format after next year. Who do you think has the most actual value this season and next season? What about current trade value?

    I also have Gerrit Cole, Singleton and Stroman to offer as trade bait if I want a big upgrade at SS, but of course I’m nervous to trade for Hanley or Tulo cuz of their injury histories.

    Appreciate any advice!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks! I like those guys (Alky, Eaton, and Wong) to help you with steals ROS. Hard to say for next year, but I’d probably put Wong at the top of the list in value.

      I wouldn’t be to concerned about Hanley and Tulo being injury prone. THey are th ebest at their position and if those are the pieces you’d have to give up, it’s not big deal.

      • Maxi says:
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        @Mike: So the guy with Tulo (who is sitting out his 3rd straight game with “cramps,” yikes) also has dee gordon and zobrist, whereas the guy with Hanley has Desmond.

        It’s probably easier to target those guys, but you really think throwing in more or all of my keeper prospects is worth their value for the last 60 games? I can only keep 5, who ATM would be Abreu, Cespedes, Wong, Gray, +1 between: Alcantara, Singleton, Cole, Stroman, Holt, Corey Dickerson, or Betts…clearly, I have too many and am trying to win it this year, any thoughts on which package seems reasonable?

      • Maxi says:
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        @Maxi:@Mike: Perhaps Pedroia, Singleton, Betts, Stroman for Hanley +1?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          the fewer players kept, the better quality you want those players to be IMO. SO you’re looking at trading quantity for quality, which is good. I’d see what he wants for Hanley or Tulo. It might not take that big of a package.

          • Mike

            Mike says:
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            Tulo just placed on DL I believe, FWIW

  14. OT says:
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    any chance you could put these out on saturday for weekly leagues?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      big guys make the schedule…I just feed my content

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