Fantasy Baseball Category Killers: Steals

Fantasy Baseball Category Killers: Steals

By Rob Steingall
CSNChicago.com

Ryan Theriot, Giants: The past two weeks have been great for Theriot, as he's produced a .370 average with seven runs scored and eight runs batted in. More importantly, he's swiped four bases during the past week and actually seems interested in being a foce on the bases once again. There is 20-steal upside in these legs with regular playing time.

Ben Revere, Twins: He's running hot in June, with five multi-hit efforts already this month, to go along with four stolen bases. Revere stole 34 bases last season, and have 50 steal upside if he ever locks down a full-time gig for an entire season. As long as he's playing daily, he's one of the best speed options in the fantasy game.

Angel Pagan, Giants: San Francisco's center fielder is having a resurgent year that strongly resembles his career best 2010, where he posted a .2901169 line while stealing 37 bases. While his average is likely to come down to earth a little bit, the modest power and speed upside is very real, and he could finish with 15 home runs and 35 steals when all is said and done.

Jason Kipnis, Indians: Currently one of the best fantasy players in the game, it isn't likely you'll be finding him on your league waiver wire, but he certainly could be had in a trade. Currently sitting at 14 steals, he could land in the 25-30 range by the end of the season. Fish around, you might just find an owner willing to deal him for a more established name.
Alejando De Aza, White Sox: De Aza continues to have a stellar season, batting .310 with 43 runs scored and 13 steals on the year. At this rate, he has a good shot at exceeding the 100 run30 steal marks, making him a valuable asset in all formats.

Illini running back Ke'Shawn Vaughn announces transfer

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Illini running back Ke'Shawn Vaughn announces transfer

The guy who went into last season looking like the Illini's biggest offensive weapon announced his transfer Wednesday.

Ke'Shawn Vaughn announced on Twitter that he'll be transferring away from Lovie Smith's program. His decision comes after a 2016 season in which he started the as the team's primary running back and finished as the third option in the Illinois backfield.

"After much thought, consideration and discussing this with my family, I have decided to explore different avenues to obtain my bachelor's and athletic endeavors," Vaughn wrote on Twitter. "I want to take a moment to express my appreciation to the University of Illinois and the coaching staff for the opportunity to not only gain experience academically but as an athlete as well. Will forever love the Illini Nation."

Vaughn played in 11 of the Illini's 12 games this past season, finishing as the team's third-leading rusher with 301 yards. He trailed Kendrick Foster (720 yards) and Reggie Corbin (523 yards), who emerged as the offense's preferred rushing options.

Vaughn had one big game in 2016, rushing for 116 yards and a touchdown in Illinois' 48-23 loss to North Carolina. Take that game out, and Vaughn totaled a mere 185 yards in his other 10 games. His carries plummeted after the first two weeks. After rushing 17 times in the opener and 15 times against North Carolina, Vaughn received just 28 carries the remainder of the season, including just one carry in four separate games.

The lack of production and opportunity doesn't make Vaughn's transfer much of a surprise. But in light of what he did as a true freshman just one season earlier, the fact that Vaughn is departing says something.

Recruited by Tim Beckman, Vaughn was one of the Illini's highest-rated recruits in that 2015 class. He rushed for 723 yards on just 157 carries as Josh Ferguson's backup, including turning in a huge 180-yard, two-touchdown game in a 48-14 win over Purdue.

Now, he'll continue his career elsewhere.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Tim Raines elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Tim Raines elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Hub Arkush (670 The Score/Pro Football Weekly), David Schuster (670 The Score) and Patrick Finley join Kap on the panel.  Tim Raines finally gets the call from the Hall along with Jeff Bagwell and Pudge Rodriguez.  So when will Bonds and Clemens get in?  Why are Sammy Sosa’s vote totals dropping? The guys debate from former Cub David DeJesus joins the panel to talk Hall of Fame and the 2017 Cubs.

The Bulls lose to a bad Mavericks team. When will GarPax blow it up and start over?

Plus the guys discuss whether or not Antonio Brown will distract the Steelers and if the Falcons defense is the x-factor in the NFC title game.