Where to Pick Up Stolen Bases
Two weeks of the fantasy baseball season are in the books and you look at your team and notice that you are doing well in most categories, but you completely forgot to pick up any base stealers (the most overrated category in fantasy baseball). Here’s some guys that may still be available on your waiver wire to help you get out of the stolen bases cellar so you don’t have to trade Ryan Howard for Michael Bourne.
Sam Fuld, Tampa Bay Rays
Sam Fuld, OF, Rays — Fuld bounced around the Cubs organization with limited playing time the past three years. He came over to the Rays in the Matt Garza trade. After Johnny Damon was 1 for his first 19, Fuld became the clear choice in left field. In 10 games, Fuld has 7 steals! Given the fact that Fuld hits leadoff and the anemic Rays offense has not scored a lot of runs, Sam is going to continue to get his chances to run. On Monday, Fuld was 4-6 with 2 doubles, a triple, and a homer. If the ex-Stanford star had stopped at first, he would have had a cycle.
Willie Bloomquist, SS-OF, Diamondbacks — Willie Bloomquist is hitting .349 with 6 stolen bases already on the year. Bloomquist stole 25 bases with Kansas City last year in his first semi-regular role after spending 7 years as a backup in Seattle. With Stephen Drew now back to take his shortstop position, expect Bloomquist to see some action in left field which is good for your position flexibility. How many guys qualify at shortstop and outfield any more?
Jason Bourgeois, OF, Astros — Jason Bourgeouis only has 11 AB’s on the season, but somehow he has 4 stolen bases. If you can afford his lack of playing time, or play in a daily change league, you might want to keep him on your roster in deep leagues and just put him in the lineup when he’s getting the occasional start.
Jonathan Herrera, 2B, Rockies — Herrera is splitting the second base duties with Jose Lopez. With Lopez hitting just .184, and .239 last year, Herrera is going to get increased playing time. He’s already converted 4 stolen bases this season, although you shouldn’t get too excited; he only swiped 2 last year.
David Murphy, OF, Rangers — With Josh Hamilton on the shelf for 6-8 weeks, Murphy will be the everyday left fielder in Texas. Murphy swiped 14 bases last year for Texas and he has 4 already this year–a number that is sure to increase as he plays every day.
Jarrod Dyson, OF, Royals — There hasn’t been a designated runner since Charlie Finley trotted out Herb Washington back in the 70’s. Jarrod Dyson, however, a 50th round pick, has 3 stolen bases on the year and 0 at bats. It won’t last much longer, however, as Dyson is slated to start on Saturday and Sunday this weekend. In 22 career games, Dyson has 12 stolen bases and has been caught just once.