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It may have been hard to catch Grey’s BUY post last Friday, because it was littered with SAGNOF outfielders. We’ll take a look at some of those guys today, with a special focus on Rajai Davis of the Blue Jays, who recently found himself some steady playing time in left field while Melky Cabrera is on the DL. As you’re reading this, I’m on the road to the Jersey Shore with my family for the Fourth of July, so I apologize in advance if I’m not as quick as usual with the comments. Speaking of Grey and Jersey, the main man talked about how New Jersey, my home state, looks like the profile of Kid from Kid ‘n’ Play. I have to say I was impressed. I like that image better than the American Indian profile they taught us in school. It’s probably more politically correct, too. Hats off to you, Grey! If only you had been my third grade teacher…

Rajai Davis (Last Week: 5 SB This Week: DET , MIN Owned: 15%

Last week, Rajai was my Green Light Special with two great match-ups against Tampa and Boston. He didn’t disappoint, swiping five bags over the weekend. Davis has always been a great source of cheap speed, with his value usually getting deflated due to a lack of playing time. But when he plays, he runs. In 2012 he stole 46 bags in 142 games. Going back to 2011, when he only played in 95 games, he still managed an impressive 34 SB. The injury to Cabrera has given him a chance to play on a semi-regular basis now, and that means he’s a great add that can contribute lots of steals. Mr. Davis has 19 SB already on the year, and the even better news is that he has only been caught twice. The Twins have been successful this year in catching base stealers, but the Tigers haven’t, and that means you should expect another solid week from Rajai.

Leonys Martin (Last Week: 4 SB This Week: SEA, HOU Owned: 70%)

Happy Fourth of July! Martin is putting on his own personal fireworks show, and he’s also piling up the steals in Texas with a stolen base in each of his last four games. He now has 16 on the year in less than 190 AB. Like our friend Davis, he has only been caught twice. Neither the Mariners nor the Astros are particularly good at stopping stolen bases, so I really like both match-ups this week. Martin remains the top pickup of this entire group if you find yourself in a league where he’s still available.

Jarrod Dyson (Last Week: 2 SB This Week: CLE, OAK Owned: 2%)

It looks as though Dyson is destined for a three-man platoon with Lorenzo Cain and David Lough, which doesn’t bode well for his playing time. However, Dyson has tremendous speed, and came off the DL with a bang, swiping three bags in his first three games back and adding another on Saturday against the Twins. Lough is playing well and I’m not a fan of the platoon situation for Dyson, but it’s also worth noting that he’s hitting .385 at home and .179 on the road, which is a pretty drastic split. How did I know that? The Twins announced it on their broadcast against the Royals. How did they know that? They looked it up on Platoony Tunes! Both series this week are at home for Dyson.

Eric Young (Last Week: 1 SB This Week: ARI, @MIL Owned: 5%

Young looks like a tantalizing pickup now that he’s playing every day and batting leadoff  for the Mets. However, he managed only one steal last week and has been caught 4 times in 13 attempts this season. He’s still worth a look because he has the natural speed, but in terms of steals help for your fantasy roster, he’s not my favorite option of the bunch until that talent starts converting into successful SB attempts. He’ll draw Arizona, who’s second only to St. Louis in least stolen bases allowed, so this might not be the week to take the gamble.

Brad Miller (Last Week: 2 SB This Week: @TEX, @CIN  Owned: 2%

We have to include at least one middle infielder so they don’t feel all left out, and the Mariners recently called up Miller to play shortstop on a regular basis. Despite going 0 for 8 in his first two games, he did manage to steal two bases. Miller showed some speed in the minors, stealing 24 bags across three levels of minor league ball last year. He could have some value in mixed formats, and double-digit steals ROS is a real possibility. This might not be the week to take him for a spin, however, with two poor match-ups against the Rangers and Reds.

Noteworthy:

- Adam Eaton is becoming stashable again if you have a DL slot available. He resumed his minor league rehab assignment this week and could still contribute to fantasy teams in the second half. Meanwhile, Peter Bourjos caught a bad break and hit the DL with a fractured wrist just when he was starting to get hot again. Players in deeper leagues may want to give J.B. Shuck a whirl when he faces the Red Sox later this week in hopes of garnering a steal or two.

– Speaking of Boston, they face the Padres and Angels this week, two teams that have combined to allow 116 stolen bases. Fire at will with your Red Sox players and let the steals wash over you like a cleansing summer rain.

Teams highlighted in green are in the top ten in most stolen bases allowed.

Teams highlighted in red are in the top ten in least stolen bases allowed.

 

Have a safe and happy 4th, Razzball nation!

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  1. Shake N Bacon says:
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    I picked up Dyson instead of Rajai late last week. Got two steals but those 5 would’ve been nice. I did end up picking up Rajai Saturday night and managed one steal from him yesterday (I think).

    I’m intrigued by Miller because Alcides Escobar has decided to not steal…ever again.

    What type of SB totals do see you Brett Gardner ending the season with? He’s been really good so far for me, but I really need him for the steals.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Shake N Bacon: ends up with closer to 25 I would guess. Don’t think he’ll break thirty.

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @Mike: Rajai with 2 steals already today!

  2. The Biz says:
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    Good work! The only players I have that are remotely close to a drop are Jon Lester and Daniel Nava. And I’m actually not a Boston fan, either. I could use the steals, and Martin is available. Drop either of the above for Martin?

    Thanks!!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @The Biz: yes I would want Martin over those two right now.

  3. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Rajai just stole third on the catcher’s throw back to the mound.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @VinWins: love it. That’s Billy Hamiltonesque.

  4. Clint says:
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    So, Hitter-Tron actually has Ellsbury below Martin for this coming week? Has he been drinking Quaker State again or do I close my eyes & roll with his judgment? My 3 OF and 2 Util spots are getting crowded now that Harper’s back so I have the following to choose from:

    Harper, Heyward, Bruce, Ellsbury, Martin, Revere and Hosmer

    So which 5 get the nod for this week? I’m so used to the “start your stud” theory of football it feels weird to be riding streaks over studs.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Clint: I don’t like to argue with robots but I’d rather have ellsbury with that matchup against LAA. Could bring healthy steals numbers. I’d sit revere and hosmer but they are all good players who are hitting right now. if you are good on steals with ellsbury maybe start hosmer over Martin in hopes he can keep up this little homer flurry.

      • Clint says:
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        @Mike:
        So, I’m struggling to determine who should stay in my lineup to get some gains on steals/runs, Rajai or Martin? Hittertron seems to like Martin but Davis is en-fuego for SAGNOF. Should matchups play into it at all or just go with one & stick with it?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          @Clint: if you’re in a daily league I would play the matchups. Rajai versus Detroit is a good one, but then the Twins are tough against the run so you might want to switch him out with Martin at that point since Houston is softer.

  5. fitz says:
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    Rajai is the man.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @fitz: truth. Two steals in four innings today.

  6. MB says:
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    In one league, who do I drop for Rajai? Arenado (have pedro), SS elig Prado (have alexei) or kluber (leaving me with only 5 SP).

    On other league, who do I drop for Rajai? Prado (same elig), Kendrys, Michael young (rotates with prado and castro at MI) or Victorino

    thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @MB: 1. Prado 2. Young. Thanks for reading!

  7. stinky_llama says:
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    ok, looking for some re-assurance on a risky move this morning….currently for 3 outfield and 1 utility spot i have CESPEDES, RIOS, DOM BROWN, C. DAVIS, L. MARTIN, J. HEYWARD and then R.BRAUN on my DL who will of course be taking back his spot when his masturbating injury finally heals. my problem (if u wanna call it that) is that i have price finally coming back off the DL for a win tomorrow nite in houston and needed to drop one of the above…

    with the trigger finger itchin, i pulled it on dropping heyward regardless of his high draft spot. hes fucking useless. and to all those waiting on his ‘breakout’, good luck to ya and your wasted roster spot. leonys martin did more for me last week with his swipes in 4 straight than that waste of skin down in hotlanta has all season… a matter of ‘what have u done for me lately’ i suppose…but goddamn i love me some leonys.

    ps. currently in 1st by 12.0 games in H2H league….moves like this that make the difference.

      • stinky_llama says:
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        @Mike: amen to that…coming off a ship last year in same league too. they should be kissing my feet and feeding me grapes

  8. Big AL says:
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    Picked up R davis when Melky went down. Steals bases in bunches and Toronto is hot right now so he’s a great source of runs too. On another note would you trade A Gordon for Hamels ?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Big AL: cool! Yup I’m still buying Cole.

  9. David says:
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    have to say jersey is more like the armpit of america. literally of course.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @David: ha…what does that make Florida?

  10. Frank White says:
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    What up… Would you pick up Leonys Martin and drop Peralta?? I have Reyes and he’s a bench guy.. 10 team mixed h2h points

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Frank White: i would. he’s a pretty hot schmotato.

  11. Kevin says:
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    You like Revere or Rajai?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Kevin: short term Rajai with the Melky injury. Long term, meaning rest of season, I still prefer Revere since Davis could slip right back into a platoon at some point. Great question.

  12. Kyle says:
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    I Get: Kemp
    I Give: Corbin and Rendon

    My OF is pretty packed but you do this deal right? SPs are Strassburg, Darvish, Cain, CC (7starts per week).

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Kyle: yup , I like the Kemp side.

  13. bojangles mcgee says:
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    i got offered adam jones/maholm for my dom brown/hosmer? you like this

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @bojangles mcgee: I’d rather have the two bats, especially with Hosmer starting to wake up.

  14. subs says:
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    Mclouth or DAza in an espn H2H for the rest of the season

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