2011 Fantasy Baseball: Value Stolen Base Options

Mar 15, 2011


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Carl Crawford was on your wishlist, but you couldn’t get you mitts on him? Don’t worry. He’s not the only player capable of stealing a ton of bases this year. Here are some players you can add to get a nice boost in that category. Average Draft Positions are from Mock Draft Central.
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Juan Pierre, Chicago White Sox:  His ADP is 133, which puts him in the 12th round of fantasy drafts. He’s obviously not a super big value pick, but he’s coming off a 68 stolen base season. He’s not a one-trick pony as he should give you 90+ runs and a .290+ average. When you compare him to Michael Bourn, who has an ADP of 115, fewer steals, worse average, and fewer runs, you can see how Pierre could be considered somewhat of a value pick.
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Rajai Davis, Toronto Blue Jays:  Now we’re talking value. Davis has an ADP of 242 and has 91 stolen bases the past two years. With Toronto’s boppers he may not get as many green lights as he had in Oakland, but 40 stolen bases is a strong likelihood.
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Brett Gardner, New York Yankees:  He stole 47 bases last year, scored 97 runs, and hit .277. He hit .232 after the All-Star Break though so there is a concern that he won’t get as many at bats this year. If the Yankees fall behind the Red Sox, he is the most likely person to be moved to a bench role if the Yankees add a bat. Gardner’s ADP is 174, which puts him in the 15th round.
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Angel Pagan, New York Mets:  Pagan could find it hard to reach 579 at bats again if Jason Bay and Carlos Beltran remain healthy. That said, he contributed across the board last year posting a .290-80-11-69-37 line. With an ADP of 243, he’s worth a look.
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Nyjer Morgan, Washington Nationals:  I’m afraid the butthead factor could be quite high for Morgan, but the dude has wheels. He swiped 34 bags in 136 games last year and 42 in 120 the year before. His ADP is 304 so it’s not much of a risk at all.
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Coco Crisp, Oakland A’s: Crisp had 32 stolen bases in 75 games last year. He also scored 51 runs, hit eight home runs, and had 38 RBI. If, and it’s a big if, he can stay healthy a 15 HR/50 SB season isn’t out of the question. Of course he’s played in just 242 of the 486 games (49.7 percent) over the past three years.
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Drew Stubbs, Cincinnati Reds:  Stubbs is less of a value pick (157 ADP) because of his power (22 HRs). He also hit .281 after the All-Star Break. With 22 HRs and 30 SBs last year, there is a lot to like about Stubbs.
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Cliff Pennington, Oakland A’s:  Pennington had 29 stolen bases last year and should continue to run in Oakland’s anemic offense. His ADP (322) and shortstop position make him a nice value.
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Will Venable, San Diego Padres:  He has a little pop, hitting double-digit HR the past two years, and good speed swiping 29 bases despite a .324 on-base percentage. The average won’t be good and his counting numbers will be minimal. His ADP is 299 though so he could be worth a look at the end of your draft.
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Jose Tabata, Pittsburgh Pirates:  I really think the Pirates will have a decent offense this year with Andrew McCutchen, Pedro Alvarez, and Garrett Jones clearing the bases. Tabata, who had 19 SBs in 102 games, will set the table. He could hit around .300, steal close to 30 bases, and score 90+ runs. His ADP of 222 makes him an attractive option.
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Ian Desmond, Washington Nationals:  Desmond stole 17 bases last year, hit ten HRs, and drove in 68 runs. He also plays shortstop, which is a nice speed/power combo for the position. His ADP of 163 puts him in the 14th round.
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Julio Borbon, Texas Rangers:  Borbon stole 15 bases in 137 games last year, but stole 19 bases in 46 games in 2009. His ADP of 283 make him an option to consider.
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Dexter Fowler, Colorado Rockies:  Fowler had 13 SBs last year, but 27 the year before. The potential for base theft is there, but the Rockies have a crowded outfield. With an ADP of 228 he’s could be a nice value.
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