Afterthoughts on draft day, or sleepers that only the select few stick with for SAGNOF? The realm of SAGNOF rotates around the perplexity for steals and the hotness of said player when garnering the stat. Leonys Martin is one of those guys this week that I’ll be focusing on. Draft season, he was an afterthought… or was he a deep sleeper? Being drafted in the 400’s overall and basically being drafted around Lonnie Chisenhall. Which if we are all paying attention, is good for you, but bad in terms of name value to stat value ratio currently. Over the last 13 games, Martin has been unleashed, scoring 12 runs, swiping 4 and slashing a very unusual Martin line of .294/.379/.647. For someone who’s career slash line is a fraction of said mark, the small sample size for the mini-fortnight breakout is welcoming. He was a stolen base darling… four years ago and now that he has been given a chance to shine at the top of the Tigers lineup in front of quality hitters like Castellanos and the like, is this a growing SAGNOF trend that we can buy into? I am saying yes on the short term, long term? We know what Leonys is. He is a .250 hitter with questionable on-base potential that has two feet and can run effectively given time and consistency. If he is lying around in your league on the waiver wire, give him a shot as the Tigers do score some runs and the lineup behind him has shown some decent skills at moving runners over and doing all the things needed for Martin to be successful in the short term. More SAGNOF-dom charts and tidbits after the jump!
|Team||SB’s Against||Week’s opponents (Team Steals)|
|Mets||53||@Atl (40), @Ari (38)|
|Blue Jays||48||@TB (35), vs. Was (49)|
|A’s||46||vs. Hou (34), vs. LAA (34)|
|Orioles||44||vs. Bos (47), vs. Mia (14)|
|Giants||42||@Mia (14), @LAD (21)|
|White Sox||40||vs. Cle (36), vs. Det (33)|
|Dodgers||35||vs. Tex (33), vs. SF (25)|
|Padres||35||@STL (25), @Atl (40)|
|Braves||34||vs. NYM (26), vs. SD (40)|
|Phillies||34||vs. Col (36), @Mil (42)|
Rajai Davis – King of SAGNOF, 11 plate appearances, 3 steals in the last two weeks. Ignored in all fantasy leagues for good reason.
Charlie Culberson – Nothing would complete the SAGNOF deep dive like the name Charlie Culberson. OBP of .381 the last two weeks and getting ample playing time. Added one steal during that time, but they face a great week for streaming steals with matches against the Mets and Padres. Basically stream anyone you can this week against the Mets and Blue Jays as both teams face two teams in top-12 in steals on the year.
Brandon Nimmo – Still going, and is the Mets MVP for batting and it’s not even close. Three steals in last 11 games and he is turning into an all-around stat filler from a team that hasn’t scored enough runs to even vote this month.
Jorge Polanco – I know he has about 20 more games to go before suspension, but he will be coming back and will be the Twins starting something when he does. 13 steals last year and is a far better talent for ROS projections than most of the waiver wire fodder out there.
Hector Rondon – Giles is a turdburger squared, and I don’t love Rondon for the answer at saves and prefer Devenski when he is at peak, but for now a hot reliever doesn’t hurt any ratios.
Kirby Yates – 2 saves in June, Hand is their best reliever and will pitch multiple innings when needed. Yates is the cuff for off day or RH heavy day.
Jordan Hicks – Since developing more into a pitcher over the last 3-4 weeks he has seen his K-rate go up and everything else mellow stat wise. The K’s were the missing piece to the fantasy reliever puzzle. Got the save the other day and I give it til July 1st and he will have the gig all to himself.