Fantasy baseball category killers: steals

Fantasy baseball category killers: steals
July 17, 2012, 5:58 pm
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Lorenzo Cain, Royals: He's finally returned from his lengthly disabled list trip, but also has the threat of Jarrod Dyson and a looming Wil Myers to worry about. Cain was inserted into the cleanup spot Sunday, which is comical, and shouldn't be anything we see with regularity. Cain has 30-steal speed, so let's set the half season total at 12-15, given regular playing time.
Jose Altuve, Astros: He's still one of the more unheralded players in the majors, and hopefully his All-Star berth this year will begin to change that. As an opportunistic fantasy gamer though, this is your time to capitalize. Altuve has 15 steals on the season, and looks good for 25-30 at his current pace. He'll provide modest power and a strong batting average too, making him a nice little package, pun unintended.
Ben Revere, Twins: The Twins have a bunch of rabbits on their roster, and we're back to Revere this week, who has been highly effective by stealing eight bases during the past month. You'll get a strong batting average, but zero power as he's now gone 701 at-bats without a home run. As long as he's killing the steals category though, you should be pleased.
Alexei Ramirez, White Sox: After only tallying one steal in April, Ramirez has stolen 10 bases since and appears to be closing in on the 20-steal plateau for the first time in his career. He's been one of the better middle infield plays over the past month (.393, 1 HR, 12 RBI, 17 R, 3 SB). And at only 66 ownership in the Yahoo! Game, he could be available on your league waiver wire.
Alex Rodriguez, Yankees: This seems crazy, but A-Rod is running more this year than he has since '09, when he stole 14 bases. The power hasn't completely evaporated either, and you're sure to get strong run production from him being in a potent Yankees lineup. He currently has 10 steals on the year, and should approach 18-20 if this pace continues.