Fantasy baseball category killers: Steals

Fantasy baseball category killers: Steals

By Rob Steingall
CSNChicago.com
Rajai Davis, Blue Jays: With the demotion of Eric Thames, a clear path to regular playing time has been cleared for Davis, a legendary fantasy rabbit. He stole 34 bags during his partial 2011 campaign. And with 10 already this year, it wouldn't be shocking to see him challenge or exceed that total.

Quintin Berry, Tigers: Since his May 23rd promotion, Berry has been on fire with the stick (.362), which has allowed him to run wild on the bases (six SB). He had 19 steals at Triple-A prior to his call-up, and also stole 42 bases in the upper minors in '11 while with the Reds.

Everth Cabrera, Padres: Cabrera has been seeing regular playing time for almost three weeks now, and has collected four steals during that time. While he's never been very menacing with the stick, if he can hit enough there's a chance he can replicate on the bases the success he had back in '09, when he stole 25 bases. He's a cheap speed play in deep formats, so go and roll those dice.

Jarrod Dyson, Royals: He's been great during the past week, batting .333 with two steals. Dyson can be a streaky hitter, but one who can cause chaos on the bases when he gets on, evident by his eight steals on the season. He collected 49 steals last season between the Royals and their Triple-A Omaha affiliate, so the wheels are certainly legit.

Juan Pierre, Phillies: Pierre is looking revived with the Phillies, posting a .329 batting average through the weekend with eight steals. More importantly, he's only been caught two times, which is a huge improvement over his '11 performance (27-for-44). He's hitting near the top of the Phillies lineup, which is uncharacteristically weak but run-scoring opportunities should still be plentiful for the speedy outfielder.

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Five Things to Watch: Bulls visit Bucks in final regular season meeting on CSN

Five Things to Watch: Bulls visit Bucks in final regular season meeting on CSN

Watch as the Bulls take on the Toronto Raptors tonight on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com. Coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. with Bulls Pregame Live. Then stick around after the final buzzer to watch Bulls Postgame Live for highlights and analysis.

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Five Things to Watch:

1. Can the Bulls get one on the Bucks? The Bulls are 0-3 against the Bucks so far this season and it hasn't been pretty. The Bucks have won the previous three meetings all by double digits and by an average of 19 points. The youth and athleticism of the Bucks has been a tough matchup for the Bulls so far.

2. Containing Giannis. There may be no stopping Giannis Antetokounmpo, but the Bulls can at least try to contain him. Antetokounmpo is averaging 23 points and nearly nine rebounds per game. In three games against the Bulls this year he has averaged 29 points, 10 rebounds and 7.3 assists per contest. If the Bulls are to stay in the game, they will need to keep him to numbers lower than that.

3. Playoff implications. The Bulls playoff hopes are still alive with nine games remaining, but things are looking a bit bleak. The Bulls are a game and a half out of the eighth playoff spot, but only 3.5 games behind two teams tied for the No. 5 seed, the Bucks and the Atlanta Hawks. The Bucks have won three in a row to improve their position.

4. Mirotic on a roll. Streaky play is nothing new to Nikola Mirotic, but he's on a good run currently. After scoring a season-high 28 points on Wednesday against the Pistons, Mirotic followed that up with 15 points against the 76ers. Since missing three straight games earlier this month, Mirotic has scored in double figures in five of the last seven games and is averaging 15.6 points during that stretch.

5. Beginning of a tough stretch. The Bulls' playoff hopes could be made or broken in the next three games. After taking on the Bucks, which occupy a playoff spot, the Bulls host two more Eastern Conference playoff teams in Cleveland and Atlanta. The Bulls need to string some wins together and this is not an easy stretch to do so against.

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