Fantasy Baseball Free Agent Pool – Speed Demons
Just because you’ve slipped behind in the Stolen Base category doesn’t mean you can’t catch up. Here are some reasonably available SB threats.
Scott Podsednik, OF, Chicago White Sox – Pods is at it again. He swiped four bases last week while hitting .323 (10 for 31) with 4 Runs, a HR, and 2 RBIs. On the year he’s hitting .304 with 7 SBs, 16 Runs, a HR, and 10 RBIs. He’s owned in 15% of Yahoo!, 3.5% of ESPN, and 12% of CBS leagues.
Chris Young, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks - You know the drill with Young. Can’t hit for average, but has decent pop and good speed. Last week he flashed his wheels with 4 SBs of his own. He didn’t contribute in other areas though going 5 for 24 (.208) with 3 Runs, a HR, and 2 RBIs. On the year he’s hitting .178 with 8 SBs, 20 Runs, 4 HRs, and 14 RBIs. He’s owned in 29% of Yahoo!, 63.6% of ESPN, and 43% of CBS leagues. Enter at your own risk with him. He’s been known to destroy team batting averages.
Elvis Andrus, SS, Texas Rangers – Elvis picked up 3 SBs last week while hitting just .222 (4 for 18) with 3 Runs and an RBI. On the year he’s hitting .276 with 9 SBs, 26 Runs, 3 HRs, and 12 RBIs. He’s owned in 45% of Yahoo!, 64% of ESPN, and 51% of ESPN leagues.
David Murphy, OF, Texas Rangers – Murphy has been picking up steam of late, and Josh Hamilton’s extended DL stay should keep the ABs flowing. Last week he swiped two bases while hitting a robust .391 with 3 Runs and 2 RBIs. On the year he’s hitting .259 with 4 SBs, 18 Runs, 2 HRs, and 12 RBIs. He’s owned in 4% of Yahoo!, 0.9% of ESPN, and 10% of CBS leagues. He’s not going to light up the SB category, but he’s worth picking up to help across the board.
Brendan Ryan, 2B/SS, St. Louis Cardinals – Brendan picked up 2 SBs last week hitting .391 (9 for 23) with a Run and 2 RBIs. On the year he’s hitting .297 with 5 SBs, 14 Runs, and 5 RBIs. He’s owned in 3% of Yahoo!, 0.8% of ESPN, and 3% of CBS leagues.
Two SBs last week, so maybe: Placido Polanco, Emilio Bonifacio, Anderson Hernandez
Two SBs last week, but don’t bother: Andres Torres, Jody Gerut, Matt Tolbert, Chris Coghlan