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Just because you’ve slipped behind in the Stolen Base category doesn’t mean you can’t catch up.  Here are some reasonably available stolen base options.
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Jemile Weeks, Oakland A’s:  Weeks is hitting .298 over the past 15 days with nine runs, four RBI, and six stolen bases. On the year he’s hitting .309 with 12 runs, six RBI, and six stolen bases. Jemile is owned in 24 percent of Yahoo! and 39.4 percent of ESPN leagues. Weeks gives you a speed boost at second base or middle infielder, which can free up your outfield slot for a slugger.
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Jason Bartlett, San Diego Padres:  Bartlett is hitting .224 over the past 15 days with four runs, three RBI, and five stolen bases. On the year he’s hitting .249 with 28 runs, one home run, 21 RBI, and 15 stolen bases. Jason is owned in around ten percent of fantasy leagues. Bartlett can help your speed at shortstop or middle infielder.
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Chris Getz, Kansas City Royals:  Getz is hitting .333 over the past 15 days with seven runs, two RBI, and four stolen bases. On the year he’s hitting .265 with 36 runs, 18 RBI, and 12 stolen bases. Chris is owned in less than five percent of fantasy leagues. Like Weeks he plays second base.
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Corey Patterson, Toronto Blue Jays:  Patterson is struggling hitting .163 over the past 15 days, but he still managed three stolen bases. On the year he’s hitting .263 with 39 runs, five home runs, 30 RBI, and 12 stolen bases. Corey is owned in 26 percent of Yahoo! and 34.5 percent of ESPN leagues. Patterson is an outfielder.
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Tony Gwynn, Jr., Los Angeles Dodgers:  Gwynn is hitting .333 over the past 15 days with four runs, five RBI, and three stolen bases. On the year he’s hitting .250 with 16 runs, 11 RBI, and eight stolen bases. Tony is available in virtually all fantasy leagues. He’s also an outfielder.
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Alexi Casilla, Minnesota Twins:  Casilla is also struggling hitting .186 over the past 15 days, but he has six runs, two home runs, three RBI, and three stolen bases. On the year he’s hitting .248 with 32 runs, two home runs, 15 RBI, and 12 stolen bases. Alexi is owned in 27 percent of Yahoo! and 55.2 percent of ESPN leagues. He has second base and shortstop eligibility.
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Dee Gordon, Los Angeles Dodgers:  Gordon is hitting .239 in his 19 games with ten runs, four RBI, and five stolen bases. He plays shortstop and is owned in 12 percent of Yahoo! and 10.5 percent of ESPN leagues.
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Charlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies:  Blackmon is hitting .277 in his 18 games with seven runs, six RBI, and five stolen bases. He plays outfield and is owned in 12 percent of Yahoo! and 48.2 percent of ESPN leagues.
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Are you hurting in the RBI category? Here are some reasonably available players that can help you out.
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Carlos Peña, Chicago Cubs:  He’s mostly likely gobbled up in ESPN leagues (70.9 percent ownership), but he may be available in Yahoo! ones (55 percent ownership). Over the past 15 days he’s hitting .234 with eight runs, six home runs, and 11 RBI. On the year he’s hitting .220 with 31 runs, 14 home runs, and 38 RBI. The batting average is the cross you have to bear by owning Peña, but he can help you in the power categories.
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Ty Wiggington, Colorado Rockies:  Wiggington is hitting .288 over the past 15 days with nine runs, four home runs, 11 RBI, and a stolen base. On the year he’s hitting .266 with 26 runs, nine home runs, 27 RBI, and four stolen bases. He has first base, second base, third base, and outfield (Yahoo! leagues) eligibility. Ian Stewart’s eventual return could cut into his at bats, but he’s  a nice versatile option in the meantime. Ty is owned in 28 percent of Yahoo! and 39.7 percent of ESPN leagues.
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Scott Rolen, Cincinnati Reds:  Rolen is hitting .317 over the past 15 days with seven runs, a home run, and ten RBI. On the year he’s hitting .260 with 27 runs, three home runs, 30 RBI, and a stolen base. Age is not on his side, but he can still help your fantasy team. Scott is owned in 33 percent of Yahoo! and 24.5 percent of ESPN leagues.
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Hideki Matsui, Oakland A’s:  Time isn’t on Matsui’s side either, but he’s been swinging the bat well of late hitting .278 with six runs, three home runs, and ten RBI over the past 15 days. He will pinch hit tonight and will likely do that again next week, but the A’s are committed to having his bat in the lineup during interleague play. On the year Matsui is hitting .220 with 20 runs, six home runs, and 30 RBI. Hideki is owned in less than ten percent of fantasy leagues.
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Seth Smith, Colorado Rockies:  Smtih is hitting .357 with nine runs, three home runs, and nine RBI over the past 15 days. On the year he’s hitting .315 with 36 runs, eight home runs, 32 RBI, and three stolen bases. He’ll likely sit against lefties, but he’s hitting (.337) against right-handed pitching. Smith doesn’t just rely on Coors Field as he is hitting .307 on the road. Granted his power numbers are better at home. Seth is owned in 32 percent of Yahoo! and 47.1 percent of ESPN leagues.
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Some reasonably available players to assist you in the Strikeouts category.  Realize that some of these will come with high ERAs & WHIPs because if a Pitcher has low numbers in those categories and a good K total, they’re already spoken for.
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Scott Baker, Minnesota Twins:  Baker is 3-0 in his past three starts with 22 strikeouts in 24 innings (8.2 K/9), a 1.50 ERA, and a 0.79 WHIP. On the year he’s 5-4 with a 3.24 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP, and 88 strikeouts in 91-2/3 innings (8.6 K/9). Scott is owned in a little over half of fantasy leagues, a number that will quickly change if he keeps pitching the way he has been. His next start is Friday against Milwaukee.
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Ryan Dempster, Chicago Cubs:  After resembling a dumpster early on, Dempster has come around. He’s 1-1 in his past three starts with a 1.96 ERA, a 1..25 WHIP, and 21 strikeouts in 18-1/3 innings (10.3 K/9). He’s still just 5-6 with a 5.46 ERA, a 1.48 WHIP, and 88 strikeouts in 92-1/3 innings (8.6 K/9) on the year, but he’s headed in the right direction. Ryan is owned in 68 percent of Yahoo! and 43.8 percent of ESPN leagues. His next start is Friday against Kansas City.
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Tim Stauffer, San Diego Padres:  Stauffer is 1-1 in his past three starts with a 0.41 ERA, a 0.86 WHIP, and 18 strikeouts in 22 innings (7.4 K/9). He won’t get put up a gaudy strikeout total, but he has had at least five strikeouts in eight of his past eleven starts. On the year he’s 2-5 with a3.13 ERA, a 1.26 WHIP, and 73 strikeouts in 92 innings (7.1 K/9). Tim is owned in 41 percent of Yahoo! and 14.6 percent of ESPN leagues. His next start is Friday against Atlanta.
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Edinson Volquez, Cincinnati Reds:  Volquez is 1-1 in his past three starts with a 3.50 ERA, a 1.44 WHIP, and 18 strikeouts in 18 innings (9 K/9). On the year he’s 4-3 with a 5.61 ERA, a 1.61 WHIP, and 71 strikeouts in 69 innings (9.3 K/9). Edinson is owned in 39 percent of Yahoo! and 32.9 percent of ESPN leagues. His next start is Friday against Baltimore.
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Chris Narveson, Milwaukee Brewers:  Narveson is 2-1 in his past three starts with a 3.60 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP, and 17 strikeouts in 20 innings (7.7 K/9). On the year he’s 4-5 with a 4.55 ERA, a 1.38 WHIP, and 76 strikeouts in 85 innings (8.0 K/9). Chris is owned in 14 percent of Yahoo! and 9.6 percent of ESPN leagues. His next start is Sunday against Minnesota.
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John Danks, Chicago White Sox:  After losing his first eight decisions, Danks is 3-0 in his past three starts with a 1.23 ERA, a 0.95 WHIP, and 17 strikeouts in 22 innings (7.0 K/9). On the year he’s 3-8 with a 4.29 ERA, a 1.38 WHIP, and 63 strikeouts in 92-1/3 innings (6.1 K/9). John is owned in a little over half of all fantasy leagues. His next start is Saturday against Washington.
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Carlos Carrasco, Cleveland Indians:  Carrasco is 3-0 in his past three starts with a 0.42 ERA, a 0.78 WHIP, and 17 strikeouts in 21-2/3 innings (7.1 K/9). On the year he’s 7-3 with a 3.87 ERA, a 1.25 WHIP, and 49 strikeouts in 79 innings (5.6 K/9). Carlos is owned in about a quarter of fantasy leagues. His next start comes Friday against San Francisco.
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High Strikeout Middle Relievers (Stats based on past 15 days)
Fernando Rodriguez, HOU: 8-2/3 IP, 14 Ks, 5.19 ERA, 1.38 WHIP
Ramon Ramirez, SF: 6-1/3 IP, 11 Ks, 1.42 ERA, 0.95 WHIP
Tyler Clippard, WAS: 7 IP, 11 Ks, 1.29 ERA, 0.86 WHIP
Cory Luebke, SD: 9-2/3 IP, 11 Ks, 1.86 ERA, 0.72 WHIP
Bobby Parnell, NYM: 6 IP, 9 Ks, 1.50 ERA, 1.00 WHIP
David Robertson, NYY: 6 IP, 9 Ks, 1.50 ERA, 1.17 WHIP
Jeremy Affeldt, SF: 6-1/3 IP, 9 Ks, 1.42 ERA, 0.95 WHIP
Joel Peralta, TB: 7 IP, 9 Ks, 1.29 ERA, 1.00 WHIP
Hisanori Takahashi, LAA: 8-2/3 IP, 9 Ks, 1.04 ERA, 0.46 WHIP
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The Need For Speed

18 June 2011


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A trade in my league prompted me to once again take a look at some relatively available stolen base guys. The trade was Michael Bourn for Carlos Quentin and Andre Ethier. I thought that was way too steep of a price to pay for runs and stolen bases.
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I’m not saying the following guys are better than Bourn, but they can be had for a much cheaper bounty. The stats are based on the past 15 days. He has the added benefit of shortstop and second base eligibility. That allows you to use sluggers in your outfield slots.
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  • Michael Bourn, Houston Astros:  .308 average, 16 hits, seven runs, three RBI, seven stolen bases
  • Jordan Schafer, Atlanta Braves:  .245 average, 13 hits, ten runs, one home run, three RBI, six stolen bases
  • Alcides Escobar, Kansas City Royals:  .392, 20 hits, 11 runs, three RBI, six stolen bases
  • Alexi Casilla, Minnesota Twins:  .373, 19 hits, eight runs, six RBI, five stolen bases
  • Charlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies:  .410, 16 hits, five runs, six RBI, five stolen bases

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I realize that Bourn is the superior option of this quintet, but he’s not good enough in my mind to justify trading two sluggers away. Not when stolen bases are available on the waiver wire. Casilla, for instance, has been hitting .320 with 19 runs, 11 RBI, and eight stolen bases since the beginning of May.
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I don’t have an issue with shaking up your lineup to improve a particular category, but you’re basically robbing Peter to pay Paul when you give up that much power to add to your speed categories.
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Just because you’ve slipped behind in the Stolen Base category doesn’t mean you can’t catch up.  Here are some reasonably available stolen base options.
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Alex Casilla, Minnesota Twins:  Casilla had five stolen bases over the past 15 days while hitting .396 with nine runs and five RBI. On the year he’s hitting .255 wtih 22 runs, nine RBI, and eight stolen bases. Alexi is owned in eight percent of Yahoo! and 14.9 percent of ESPN leagues.
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Peter Bourjos, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim:  Bourjos had four stolen bases over the past 15 days while hitting .240 with five runs, a home run, and three RBI. On the year he’s hitting .241 with 27 runs, three home runs, 13 RBI, and eight stolen bases. Peter is owned in 17 percent of Yahoo! and 6.4 percent of ESPN leagues.
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Andres Torres, San Francisco Giants:  Torres had four stolen bases over the past 15 days while hitting .263 with nine runs, a home run, and nine RBI. On the year he’s hitting .264 with 19 runs, two home runs, 12 RBI, and seven stolen bases. Andres is owned in 31 percent of Yahoo! and 48.7 percent of ESPN leagues.
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Roger Bernadina, Washington Nationals:  Bernadina had three stolen bases over the past 15 days while hitting .255 with nine runs and three stolen bases. On the year he’s hitting .255 with 14 runs, one home run, eight RBI, and seven stolen bases. Roger is owned in about one percent of fantasy leagues.
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Austin Jackson, Detroit Tigers:  Jackson had three stolen bases over the past 15 days while hitting .304 with ten runs and an RBI. On the year he’s hitting .240 with 29 runs, three home runs, 14 RBI, and nine stolen bases. Austin is owned in about 33 percent of fantasy leagues.
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Xavier Paul, Pittsburgh Pirates:  Paul had three stolen bases over the past 15 days while hitting .409 with five runs and three RBI. On the year he’s hitting .304 with 11 runs, six RBI, and six stolen bases. Xavier is owned in about one third of fantasy leagues.
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Eric  Young, Jr., Colorado Rockies:  Young has three stolen bases since debuting on May 27th with three runs and three RBI. With Dexter Fowler on the DL, Young could see fairly steady playing time. He’s owned in about six percent of fantasy leagues.
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Are you hurting in the RBI category? Here are some reasonably available players that can help you out.
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Josh Willingham, Oakland A’s:  Willingham had 12 RBI over the past 15 days while hitting .250 with five runs, four home runs, and a stolen base. On the year he’s hitting .240 with 23 runs, ten home runs, 37 RBI, and three stolen bases. Despite being among the league leaders in HRs and RBI Josh is owned in about 25 percent of fantasy leagues.
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Allen Craig, St. Louis Cardinals:  Craig had 11 RBI over the past 15 days while hitting .419 with seven runs, three home runs, and a stole base. On the year he’s hitting .337 with 14 runs, four home runs, 21 RBI, and four stolen bases. Allen is owned in about ten percent of fantasy leagues. He is more attractive in Yahoo! leagues than ESPN ones because he has second base eligibility in Yahoo!.
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Danny Espinosa, Washington Nationals:  Espinosa had 11 RBI over the past 15 days while hitting .273 with seven runs, five home runs, and an RBI. On the year he’s hitting .214 with 27 runs, ten home runs, 33 RBI, and four stolen bases. Danny is owned in 25 percent of Yahoo! and 37.2 percent of ESPN leagues. I know the average is terrible, but Gordon Beckham, who has a similar average, but has been less productive, is owned in over half of fantasy leagues.
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Juan Miranda, Arizona Diamondbacks:  Miranda had ten RBI over the past 15 days while hitting .300 with four runs and three RBI. On the year he’s hitting .243 with 13 runs, five home runs, and 15 RBI. Juan is owned in about five percent of fantasy leagues.
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Mark Trumbo, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim:  Trumbo had ten RBI over the past 15 days while hitting .283 with six runs, four home runs, and three stolen bases. On the year he’s hitting .255 with 21 runs, ten home runs, 28 RBI, and five stolen bases. Mark is owned in 28 percent of Yahoo! and 49.5 percent of ESPN leagues.
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J.P. Arencibia, Toronto Blue Jays:  Arencibia had ten RBI over the past 15 days while hitting .313 with seven runs and two homers. On the year he’s hitting .256 with 18 runs, eight home runs, and 26 RBI. J.P. is owned in just over 55 percent of ESPN leagues.
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Nick Swisher, New York Yankees:  Swisher had nine RBI over the past 15 days while hitting .205 with five runs and two homers. On the year he’s hitting .215 with 24 runs, four home runs, 23 RBI, and a stolen base. Nick is owned in a little over half of fantasy leagues.
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Chris Johnson, Houston Astros:  Johnson had nine RBI over the past 15 days while hitting .40 with four runs, a home run, and a stolen base. On the year he’s hitting .217 with 15 runs, five home runs, 25 RBI, and a stolen base. Chris is owned in about five percent of fantasy leagues.
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Some reasonably available players to assist you in the Strikeouts category.  Realize that some of these will come with high ERAs & WHIPs because if a Pitcher has low numbers in those categories and a good K total, they’re already spoken for.
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Bartolo Colon, New York Yankees:  Colon had 21 strikeouts in 23 innings (8.2 K/9) over the past 15 days while going 1-1 with a 2.35 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP. On the year he’s 3-3 with a 3.26 ERA, a 1.10 WHIP, and 62 strikeouts in 66-1/3 innings (8.4 K/9). Despite his success Bartolo is owned in just 36 percent of Yahoo! and 41 percent of ESPN leagues.
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Scott Baker, Minnesota Twins:  Baker had 21 strikeouts in 18 innings (10.5 K/9) over the past 15 days while going 0-1 with a 3.50 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. On the year he is 2-3 with a 3.65 ERA, a 1.26 WHIP, and 61 strikeouts in 61-2/3 innings (8.9 K/9). Scott is owned in 32 percent of Yahoo! and 12.6 percent of ESPN leagues.
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Edwin Jackson, Chicago White Sox:  Jackson is one of those risky plays picking up 20 strikeouts in 17-2/3 innings (10.2 K/9) while going 1-1 with a 5.60 ERA and a 1.75 WHIP. On the year he’s 4-5 with a 4.63 ERA, a 1.53 WHIP, and 59 strikeouts in 68 innings (7.8 K/9). Edwin is owned in 43 percent of Yahoo! and 19.5 percent of ESPN leagues.
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J.A. Happ, Houston Astros:  Happ had 20 strikeouts in 17 innings (10.6 K/9) over the past 15 days while sporting a 2.65 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP. On the year he is 3-6 with a 4.66 ERA, a 1.638 WHIP, and 52 strikeouts in 63-2/3 innings (7.5 K/9). J.A. is owned in less than ten percent of fantasy leagues.
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Jonathon Niese, New York Mets:  Niese had 18 strikeouts in 18-1/3 innings (8.8 K/9) over the past 15 days while going 2-1 with a 0.98 ERA and 1.31 WHIP. On the year he’s 4-5 with a 3.92 ERA, a 1.43 WHIP, and 50 strikeouts in 66-2/3 innings (6.7 K/9). Jonathon is owned in less than ten percent of fantasy leagues.
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High Strikeout Middle Relievers (Stats based on past 15 days)
Sergio Romo, SF:  6-2/3 IP, 13 Ks, 2.70 ERA, 0.45 WHIP
David Robertson, NYY:  6 IP, 12 Ks, 0.00 ERA, 0.67 WHIP
Mike Adams, SD:  5-2/3 IP, 11 Ks, 3.18 ERA, 1.59 WHIP
Koji Uehara, BAL:  6-2/3 IP, 10 Ks, 2.70 ERA, 0.90 WHIP
George Sherrill, ATL:  5-2/3 IP, 9 Ks, 3.18 ERA, 1.41 WHIP
Alfredo Simon, BAL:  6-2/3 IP, 9 Ks, 4.05 ERA, 1.35 WHIP
Brian Sanchez, FLA:  7 IP, 9 Ks, 1.29 ERA, 1.43 WHIP
Grant Balfour, OAK:  7 IP, 9 Ks, 6.43 ERA, 1.29 WHIP
Charlie Furbush, DET:  8-2/3 IP, 9 Ks, 0.00 ERA, 0.81 WHIP
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Just because you’ve slipped behind in the Stolen Base category doesn’t mean you can’t catch up.  Here are some reasonably available stolen base options.
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Adam Kennedy, Seattle Mariners:  Kennedy stole four bases in the past 15 days while hitting .333 with four runs, two home runs, and five RBI. On the year he’s hitting .283 with 12 runs, four home runs, 11 RBI, and five stolen bases. Not a traditional speedsters, especially given his age (35), but Kennedy quietly had 34 SBs over the past two years. His positional flexibility adds to his bench value. Adam is owned in less than five percent of fantasy leagues.
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Carlos Gomez, Milwaukee Brewers:  He’s streaky. Currently he’s streaking the wrong way hitting .175 over the past 15 days. He has managed to score seven runs and steal four bases though. On the year he’s hitting .225 with 24 runs, two home runs, 12 RBI, and 12 stolen bases. He’s best used in head-to-head leagues in which you are way up or way down in the batting average category. Carlos is owned in about ten percent of fantasy leagues.
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Corey Patterson, Toronto Blue Jays:  Patterson has been productive for the Jays hitting .276 with 11 runs and three stolen bases over the past 15 days. On the year he’s hitting .268 with 20 runs, two home runs, 19 RBI, and six stolen bases. Corey is owned in eight percent of Yahoo! and 18.2 percent of ESPN leagues.
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Jason Bartlett, San Diego Padres:  Bartlett has three stolen bases in the past 15 days while hitting .327 with six runs and 11 RBI. His hot streak has pushed his average up to .255 with 14 runs, 16 RBI, and eight stolen bases. Jason is owned in 11 percent of Yahoo! and 19.8 percent of ESPN leagues.
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Roger Bernadina, Washington Nationals:  Bernadina has three stolen bases in the past 15 days while hitting .245 with four runs, a home run, and six RBI. On the year he’s hitting .266 with five runs, a home run, six RBI, and four stolen bases. Roger is owned in about two percent of fantasy leagues.
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Jon Jay, St. Louis Cardinals:  Jay has three stolen bases in the past 15 days while hitting .404 with four runs, a home run, and nine RBI. On the year he’s hitting .329 with eight runs, three home runs, 11 RBI, and three stolen bases. Jon is owned in four percent of Yahoo! and 10.2 percent of ESPN leagues.
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Are you hurting in the RBI category? Here are some reasonably available players that can help you out.
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Ryan Ludwick, San Diego Padres:  Ludwick is swinging some lumber. He has 14 RBI in the past 15 days while hitting .255 with six runs and four home runs, including three HRs in his past four games and 13 RBI in his past seven. On the year he’s hitting .27 with 19 runs, eight home runs, 28 RBI, and one stolen base. Ryan is owned in 14 percent of Yahoo! and 20.3 percent of ESPN leagues.
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Jason Bartlett, San Diego Padres:  Who would have guessed that the Padres would have two of the top nine RBI producers in the league over the past 15 days. Bartlett has 12 of his own to go along with a .327 average, seven runs, and two stolen bases. On the year he’s hitting .267 with 14 runs, 16 RBI, and seven stolen bases. He has an active ten-game hitting streak going. Jason is owned in nine percent of Yahoo! and 13.4 percent of ESPN leagues.
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Travis Hafner, Cleveland Indians:  Pronk has 11 RBI in the past 15 days while hitting .351 with four runs and a homer. On the year he’s hitting .345 with 17 runs, five home runs, and 22 RBI. He’s day-to-day right now so you have some time to decide if he’s a player you want to add. Pronk is available in about half of all fantasy leagues.
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Alberto Callaspo, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim:  Callaspo has 11 RBI in the past 15 days while hitting .339 with two runs. On the year he’s hitting .307 with 15 runs, two home runs, and 20 RBI. Alberto is owned in 32 percent of Yahoo! and 51.7 percent of ESPN leagues.
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Justin Turner, New York Mets:  Turner has 11 RBI in the past 15 days while hitting .387 with six runs, a home run, and a stolen base. On the year he’s hitting .333 with seven runs, a homer, 12 RBI, and a stolen base. Justin is owned in less than five percent of fantasy leagues, a number that will likely increase dramatically as he gains third base eligibility.
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Jonathan Lucroy, Milwaukee Brewers:  Need some pop at catcher? Lucroy has 11 RBI in the past 15 days while hitting .289 with five runs and two home runs. On the year he’s hitting .315 with 11 runs, three HRs, and 16 RBI. Jonathan is owned about 15 percent of all fantasy leagues.
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Jon Jay, St. Louis Cardinals:  Jay has ten RBI in the past 15 days while hitting .462 with five runs, two home runs, and a stolen base. On the year he’s hitting .322 with eight runs, three home runs, 11 RBI, and a stolen base. John is owned in about one percent of fantasy leagues.
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Some reasonably available players to assist you in the Strikeouts category.  Realize that some of these will come with high ERAs & WHIPs because if a Pitcher has low numbers in those categories and a good K total, they’re already spoken for.
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Scott Baker, Minnesota Twins:  Baker has dialed it up in the strikeout department recently, picking up 22 in 18-1/3 innings (10.8 K/9) over his past three starts. His results haven’t been spectacular as he has a 5.40 ERA and 1.53 WHIP. On the year he’s 2-3 with 48 strikeouts in 49-2/3 innings (8.7 K/9), a 3.99 ERA, and a 1.31 WHIP. Scott is owned in 34 percent of Yahoo! and 18.3 percent of ESPN leagues.
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Jake Arrieta, Baltimore Orioles:  Arrieta is 2-0 in his past three starts with a 2.37 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP, and 21 strikeouts in 19 innings (9.9 K/9). On the year he’s 5-1 with a 4.03 ERA, a 1.23 WHIP, and 46 strikeouts in 51-1/3 innings (8.1 K/9). Jake is owned in 20 percent of Yahoo! and 28.5 percent of ESPN leagues.
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Ryan Dempster, Chicago Cubs: After a brutal start, Dempster has turned it around going 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP, and 20 strikeouts in 20 innings (9K/9) over his past three starts. On the year he’s 2-4 with a 6.71 ERA, a 1.53 WHIP, and 49 strikeouts in 51 innings (8.6 K/9). Ryan is owned in 67 percent of Yahoo! and 42 percent of ESPN leagues.
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James McDonald, Pittsburgh Pirates:  McDonald has 20 strikeouts in 16 innings (11.3 K/9) over his past three starts with a 3.94 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. On the year he’s 2-3 with a 6.20 ERA, a 1.60 WHIP, and 35 strikeouts in 40-2/3 innings (7.7 K/9). You really have to pick your starts with him. James is owned in six percent of Yahoo! and 1.8 percent of ESPN leagues.
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Brett Myers, Houston Astros:  Myers has been off this year, as evidenced by his 1-3 record, 4.79 ERA, and 1.58 ERA. His strikeout ratio is down to 7.0 K/9. Perhaps last night’s start, in which he struck out six while allowing two runs in six innings is the beginning of a turnaround. I don’t blame you if you give him another start to verify that. He’s available in about half of fantasy leagues.
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Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants:  Ever since I picked Bumgarner as a streaming option on April 27th against Pittsburgh, he has pitched well. I said he was too good not turn it around, and he has delivered. The credit is all mine. Kidding aside, Bumgarner has lost all three of his decisions since that start, but has a 1.80 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. He also has 25 strikeouts in 25 innings (9.0 K/9). His hot stretch has allowed him to improve his season numbers to 0-6 with a 4.25 ERA, a 1.42 WHIP, and 34 strikeouts in 42-1/3 innings (7.2 K/9). Madison is owned in a little over half of fantasy leagues.
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Jordan Zimmermann, Washington Nationals:  Zimmermann, today’s streaming pitcher option, has 21 strikeouts in 18-1/3 innings (10.3 K/9) over his past three starts. On the year he’s 2-4 with a 4.12 ERA, a 1.23 WHIP, and 35 strikeouts in 48 innings (6.6 K/9). He’s been about a strikeout per inning pitcher throughout his career so look for that number to improve dramatically. Jordan is owned in 51 percent of Yahoo! and 58.6 percent of ESPN leagues.
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High Strikeout Middle Relievers (Stats based on past 15 days)
Nick Masset, CIN:  8-1/3 IP, 13 Ks, 1.08 ERA, 0.72 WHIP
Eric O’Flaherty, ATL:  8-1/3 IP, 11 Ks, 1.08 ERA, 0.72 WHIP
Todd Coffey, WAS:  8-1/3 IP, 11 Ks, 1.08 ERA, 0.96 WHIP
David Robertson, NYY:  5-2/3 IP, 10 Ks, 1.59 ERA, 2.29 WHIP
Grant Balfour, OAK:  7-2/3 IP, 10 Ks, 0.00 ERA, 0.91 WHIP
Matt Albers, BOS:  8-1/3 IP, 10 Ks, 2.16 ERA, 1.32 WHIP
Mike Dunn, FLA:   8-2/3 IP, 10 Ks, 4.15 ERA, 0.92 WHIP
Glen Perkins, MIN:  6 IP, 9 Ks, 1.50 ERA, 1.50 WHIP
Tyler Clippard, WAS:  6 IP, 9 Ks, 3.00 ERA, 0.83 WHIP
Michael Wuertz, OAK:  6-2/3 IP, 9 Ks, 1.35 ERA, 1.05 WHIP
Koji Uehara, BAL:  7-1/3 IP, 9 Ks, 2.45 ERA, 0.82 WHIP
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