The season ends this week, which means pretty soon I’ll be DVR’ing AFL games and streaming grainy video of the Dominican Winter League to get me through the bitter offseason. For the teams that are still in it, a close battle in the steals category can sometimes mean the difference between winning and losing. We’ve turned to many different SAGNOF types this year, but with so few games left I’m looking at adding any and all players that can help me gain ground in the category – even if they are just pinch runners. Listed below are four players who may steal a base or two even if they do absolutely nothing else. That includes getting a hit. This strategy is best for leagues where you can afford to lose a marginal player, you can make daily roster moves, and you have a cushion in the other cats like homers and RBIs. Personally, I’m rostering some of these pinch runners in leagues where I need 3 or 4 steals to catch that next point in the roto standings. Teams highlighted in green are below league average in caught stealing percentage, making them good targets. All of these players have seven games this week so they have the most opportunities to get in there and swipe a bag. Good luck on the basepaths and I’m looking forward to seeing you all at Grey’s place for the big “football” game. Make sure you bring the poppers.

Jarrod Dyson | KC – @CLE (3), @CWS (4)

Dyson is the only one in this group that I’m confident will be more than just a pinch runner. He should also get a start or two and that makes him the best option of the bunch. Cleveland is tough to run against, but Chicago is kind of middle-of-the-road. Either way he’ll get seven games this week. While Cleveland has been stingy (32% CS%), Trevor Bauer has not. The right-hander has allowed 19 steals on the year, which is good for the eleventh highest total in baseball.

James Jones | SEA@TOR (4), LAA (3)

Jones appeared in every game last week in some capacity and recorded two steals. He has five total over the last fifteen days as well. This is one of the long shots, and I wouldn’t drop anybody good for him. However, I’m using Jones in a couple leagues where stolen bases are super tight and I have nothing to lose in other offensive cats. Jones will get a four-game set against the Blue Jays, who have the fourth worst caught stealing percentage in the majors (21%). Then he’ll head back to Seattle to face the Angels who are about league average. With Seattle in a tight race for a playoff spot, I’m hoping they pull out all the stops and use Jones in situations where they are trying to manufacture a late run.

Ezequiel Carrera | DET – CWS (3), @MIN (4)

A left-handed bat off of the bench, Carrera hasn’t done much in the last week with only two at-bats and a handful of pinch-running appearances. He’s worth a shot if you’re desperate because he may find his way into the lineup should Detroit clinch early and rest a couple of their regulars. Also, Minnesota has the second-worst caught stealing percentage in baseball (18%) and the Tigers face them four times later this week.

Antoan Richardson | NYY – BAL (4), @BOS (3)

Boston and Baltimore are both league average in caught stealing percentage. Richardson was used sparingly last week but still managed to steal two bags and score a run. He’s not a great option unless the players above are somehow already taken in your league and two steals would be a difference maker for you.

  1. Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up says:
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    Thanks for the SAGNOF all season Mike, it’s helped me overcome drafting Casey Jansen and Nate Robertson, along with raking in steals in my roto leauges.

    Totally unrelated, but I’m in the championship round of a H2H points league and I’ve got 12 pitching starts allowed.

    I was thinking about starting Stults against the Rockies in SD. Good idea, bad idea?

    I picked up Nolasco per the Stream-O-Nator as well, and hell or high water I’m rolling with Paxton the Destroyer against Toronto.

    I have Jordan Zimmerman, Jake Arrieta, Fiers, DeGrom, Salazar, and Verlandar lined up to roll this week and I’ve got a pretty big lead on my opponent

    ‘Preciate ya bruh.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks for the kind words. I’m really glad it was helpful.

      re: Stults – I would. I’m streaming him in a league where I’m in a tight ERA race. Rox have just been awful on the road…

      Never hurts to go with SON if it’ liking Nolasco. Paxton should be fine too. Lot on the line for the Ms…it’s a nice staff to roll with in a championship week…

      Good luck!

      • Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up says:
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        @Mike:

        Thanks Mike, I think Wilin Rosario might take Stutts deep once; but that should be the extent of the damage.

        The rest of the Rockies are terrible on the road, and homie Dickerson might sit against the left hander.

        My opponent grabbed Matzek, so I might play Stults to try and bury him now. Liking Padres 4-2 final score.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          anytime…good call

  2. MB says:
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    Hey Mike, which two do I keep in 7×7 obp/slg? 11 team daily league

    Dickerson, Ortiz, Lester, Seager, Jose Fernandez

    I already have Cano, Freeman and J Up.

    We start 10 batters (3Of/2UT), 1350 IP limit so K/9 matters.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      keep 5? I’d go with Dickerson and Seager

      • MB says:
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        @Mike: Yea 5, thanks

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          No problem

  3. mike says:
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    Ok. Im up 6-5 so far and my the guy im up against just dropped Jansen. I gave him the impression i was throwing saves by dropping Holland. Hes got me 2-0 on saves. I can pick on Jansen on Wednesday. QUESTION IS….will he get me three saves bf the end of the week??

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      3 saves between Thursday and Sunday? I wouldn’t count on it.

  4. Wake Up says:
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    Your pawn riff cracked me up!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Haha. Pawn structure is underrated

  5. Frank White says:
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    Hey Mike… I just wanted to thank you and all the Razzball writers for all the help you gave me this season.. You’ll helped me win another Championship for the 2nd straight year. Great Job!!!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      no problem bud. Congrats!

  6. goodfold2 says:
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    enciarte or dyson as steals guy this week?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: or marisnick?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: bad news for ender, he gets molina in 3 out of his 5 games.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’m going with Dyson personally. I like the matchup with CWS for four

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Mike: TRON, on a per at bat level, agrees mightily, since it projects him for 1/3 of ender’s at bats, but almost the same amount of steals, and if he actually gets more at bats, well then…

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          nice

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