If you’re one of the seventy percent of ESPN fantasy owners who haven’t jumped on board the A.J. Pollock train, let’s fix that for the weekend. The Diamondbacks’ 26-year-old outfielder has hits in 9 of his 13 games since returning from the disabled list and also has four steals. He’ll get a four-game set in Colorado heading into the weekend which is great for any hitter, but especially good from a steals perspective. Colorado owns baseball’s worst caught stealing percentage at 17%. The league average mark on the year is 27%. With Pollock currently owned in just 30% of ESPN leagues, he should be available to pick up. If he happens to be gone in your league, here are some other good steals matchups for this week in fantasy baseball…

Player Own% SBL15 Schedule SP to Target
Juan Lagares 72 8 MIA (3), @ATL (3) Aaron Harang
Kirk Nieuwenhuis 0 3 MIA (3), @ATL (3) Julio Teheran
Eric Young 8 1 MIA (3), @ATL (3)
A.J. Pollock 16 4 SF (3), @COL (4) Jorge De La Rosa
Ender Inciarte 8 4 SF (3), @COL (4)
Alejandro De Aza 42 2 TOR (3), BOS (3) Drew Hutchison
Quintin Berry 0 1 TOR (3), BOS (3) Brandon Workman
Jimmy Paredes 1 1 TOR (3), BOS (3)
Michael Bourn 28 2 @HOU (4), @MIN (3) Scott Feldman
Jose Ramirez 23 3 @HOU (4), @MIN (3) Ricky Nolasco
Mike Aviles 4 1 @HOU (4), @MIN (3)
Adam Rosales 3 2 @OAK (3), @LAA (3) Jered Weaver
  Jeff Samardzija
  Scott Kazmir
Ezequiel Carrera 1 4 @MIN (3) , @KC (3) Ricky Nolasco
Andrew Romine 1 3 @MIN (3) , @KC (3) Jason Vargas
Emilio Bonifacio 19 3 WAS (3), NYM (3) Stephen Strasburg
Antoan Richardson 1 3 @TB (3), TOR (4) Drew Hutchison
  Drew Smyly
  Chris Archer
James Jones 2 5 @LAA (4), @HOU (3) Jered Weaver
  Scott Feldman

SBL15 = steals total for last 15 games

SP Targets = starting pitchers rostered on opposing team who are leaders in SB allowed

Green = teams with top ten worst CS% in majors

  1. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Nice title!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks Grey!

  2. RazzbALL or nothing says:
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    In a keeper league, no limits on # of keepers…

    Rank the top 3 for next year:

    Rusney
    Pollock
    Khris Davis
    Oswaldo
    Kenny, Kenny and Kenny Vargas

    • RazzbALL or nothing says:
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      @RazzbALL or nothing: throw Avisail into that group.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      hmmm…Garcia, Davis…then either Arcia or Rusney. Kind of like apples and oranges there. I’d lean Rusney.

      • RazzbALL or nothing says:
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        @Mike: thanks Mike! Enjoyed reading your stuff all year. Keep it up.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          No problem. Thanks!

      • A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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        @Mike: curious why both pollock and vargas aren’t ahead of those? unless of course homers alone is what you want then, yes arcia/k.davis are the best.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          I’d be happy if with any of Rusney, Arcia, or Pollock honestly, so it’s just preference. Vargas I’m not really buying the average which in turn could lead to less RBI. The two players I’m firmest on would be Garcia out front and Vargas at the back end of that list.

  3. Jayrod Ceol says:
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    What do you think about Eric Young Jr? You think he plays regularly the rest of the way since Lagares is probably out the rest of the season with a hyper extended elbow? I need SBs to close out the week and he looks like my best bet. Schafer strikes out way too much to grab. Almost tempted to grab Avasail Garcia

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yup, EY2 sounds fine with Lagares hurt

      • Jayrod Ceol says:
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        You [email protected]Mike: You think he plays a lot the rest of the way though? They do love themselves some Den Dekker

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          hard to say…he had a little four game streak where he started but tonight was his first start since the 14th?

          Schafer is better for more sure playing time if you can stomach the average, but rostering EY2 in a league with daily moves isn’t going to kill you. Just have somebody available for when he sits.

          Unless you are really just looking to stream EY2 for steals, I would think Garcia is the best overall option of the three players…

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