FanDuel Value Plays: Tuesday (6/12)

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We have a 16-game state today. Yep, the Brewers and Cardinals play a day/night double-header with the first game starting at 2:15 p.m. ET and the second at 8:15 p.m. ET. Big fun Tuesday! Here are your value plays for FanDuel.

Pitcher

C.C. Sabathia (NYY): $8,600 @LAA

I thought my days of recommending C.C. Sabathia were long over, but here we are. Sure, he doesn’t have overpowering stuff, but his stuff is doing just fine thank you. He has won five in a row and has an astounding 1.31 ERA over his last three starts. The Angels are 24th in runs scored vs. left-handed pitching and rank 26th in HRs against southpaws.  Take Mike Trout out of the equation and the current Halo’s squad is batting .214 vs. Sabathia. I recommend C.C. more for your GPP plays.

Catcher

Mike Zunino (SEA): $2,800 @MIN

Mike Zunino can be an all-or-nothing player. We had pretty much nothing from him for April and May. Welcome to June where Mike is batting .321 with three home runs…oh wait, he hit another one yesterday, so make that four. Zunino will be teeing off against Kyle Gibson tonight. Too bad he yelled, “FOUR” already (I know it’s FORE…just having some pun).

First Base

Matt Adams (ATL): $2,700 @WAS

Matt Adams has been a happy camper getting the extra playing time in Atlanta for the injured Freddie Freeman. He belted two homers Monday and is thirsty for more! He has eight homers and 23 RBIs vs right-handed pitching this year. He hasn’t seen much of Joe Ross, but is 2-for-4 against him so far. For the price and the power, Adams fits in the first base spot just fine.

Second Base

Brandon Drury (ARI): $2,400 @DET

Who is Buck Farmer? Is he the pitcher who currently has a 13-inning scoreless streak? Or is he the pitcher who owns a 5.87 ERA over three major league seasons? My guess is that Mr. Farmer is somewhere in between and his luck is about to run out. Brandon Drury can be a cheap option for those who just need Clayton Kershaw in their lineups. He is batting .305 this season off of right-handed pitching and slammed three homers in his last seven games. The jig is up…Buck!

Third Base

Wilmer Flores (NYM): $2,700 vs. CHC

Some people own waffle makers, some own mansions in the Hollywood Hills, but Wilmer Flores owns Jon Lester…at least so far. Flores is 5-for-10 off of Lester with three homers. Lester is looking for win 150 for his career, but has been struggling to get it, giving up four earned in his last outing against the Rockies. Flores tends to hit southpaws well, batting .412 against them this season. Expect him in the clean-up spot tonight against Mr. Lester.

Shortstop

Dansby Swanson (ATL): $2,800 @WAS

After a might slow start, the Braves’ touted rookie Dansby Swanson is showing signs of life. He is hitting .375 over his last seven games collecting nine hits and is batting .342 for the month even knocking two homers. For the price, why not? He faces Joe Ross, and a few hits and runs for Swanson could add up big paired with more expensive choices elsewhere.

Outfield

Jason Heyward (CHC):$2,900 @NYM

Oh, yeah, Jason Heyward. He seems to be one of those forgotten players who has disappointed so many seasonal players over the years. That’s the great thing about DFS, Heyward today, gone tomorrow. Jason has some good numbers against Zack Wheeler. He is 7-for-19 against him with two bombs. Great for a one-time filler in GPPs as his ownership should be low.

Joey Rickard (BAL):$2,500 @CHW

Joey Rickard isn’t the splashiest name on the Orioles roster, but he does one thing very well and that’s hit lefties. Rickard is sporting a .313 average against southpaws over the last three seasons and is matched with Derek Holland who gave up six earned last time on the mound. Look for Rickard to lead off against Holland Tuesday night.

Mallex Smith (TAM):$2,200 @ TOR

Rookie Mallex Smith will remain in the cellar until he proves otherwise, like most rookies. But, this kid’s got speed and worth a shot for the price. A steal or two for some modest points may be all you need to cash a winner!

Kevin McGuire is a correspondent for FantasyPros. For more from Kevin, check out his archive, his sit Fantasy McGuire and follow him @FantasyMcGurk.

FanDuel Value Plays: Tuesday (5/16)

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We have a few early games in the mix for Tuesday. Braves at Blue Jays at 4:07 ET and Rays at Indians at 6:10 ET. Here are some value picks for the night slate for FanDuel.

Pitcher

Jimmy Nelson (MIL): $7,800 @SDP

The San Diego Padres rank last in runs at home among all MLB teams, which should be incentive enough to take a chance on Jimmy Nelson in GPP plays. He had a great outing last time out against Boston allowing just one run and four hits over 6 2/3 innings. He also struck out eight. The Padres also rank last in hits at home and 23rd overall in homers at Petco. For the price, it’s Jimmy for me.

Catcher

James McCann (DET): $2,500 vs. BAL

James McCann is had a decent week last week, with five hits, three RBIs and a homer. He has some power against lefties with four bombs so far vs. southpaws. He will bat against Wade Miley in front of hometown fans in Detroit.  He has two hits in three at-bats against Miley and of the 12 homers he hit last season, nine of them were off lefties. Why spend big bucks on a catcher anyhow, you’ll get more bang for your buck at other positions.

First Base

Yonder Alonzo (OAK): $3,400 @SEA

Looks like Yonder Alonzo made some adjustments to his swing and it’s been paying off. He is batting .310 in the month of May with eight homers and 15 RBIs. All that being said, he still isn’t finding love on FanDuel where he is the 14th ranked first baseman off the board. Alonzo is pair with Chase De Jong who is 0-3 with a 7.85 ERA. Alonzo is batting .315 with 28 hits, 22 RBIs and nine homers against right-handed pitching. He just might go long on De Jong.

Second Base

Cesar Hernandez (PHI): $2,800 @ TEX

In your GPP only games, consider Phillies second baseman Cesar Hernandez. Hernandez is really having a breakout year, batting .311 on the season. And I know he is matched against Yu Darvish, but this is the first time he is facing the Phillies and the ball park in Arlington favors hitters. In fact, Globe Life Park ranks ninth in the most runs scored in the majors. Hernandez doesn’t hit too many long balls, but he is an impact player and has been killing right-handed pitching. He is batting .327 with 34 hits and 11 walks vs. righties. A good play for tournaments.

Third Base

Eugenio Suarez (CIN): $3,100 @CHC

This match-up would possibly work out better in hitter-friendly Cincinnati, but I’ll chance it anyway. Eugenio Suarez has a .346 lifetime average against John Lackey. This includes nine hits, six RBIs and a homer. Suarez has 17 RBIs and six homers against right-handed pitchers this season so far.

Shortstop

Chris Owings (ARI): $3,300 vs. NYM

Chris Owings has been putting the attack on southpaws this season. He is hitting 364 against them with 16 hits including seven RBIs. He’ll be batting in the hitting-friendly environment he calls home at Chase Field and will face the Mets emergency fill-in, Tommy Milone. Over from the Brewers, Milone holds an ERA of 5.88 in four starts and right-handers are batting .341 against him. Sounds like a lock for cash games.

Outfield

Brett Gardner (NYY):$3,600 @KAS

Brett Gardner has found new life at 33. He is batting .417 in the month of May with 10 RBIs and five homers. Jason Hammel has not looked good thus far. He is 1-4 with a 5.97 ERA. He gave up six earned runs his last time out and will face Gardner who is batting .309 against right-handed pitching.  Gardner may not be the base stealer he once was, but he can drive the runs and most likely will cross the plate if he is on the base paths.

Franklin Gutierrez (LOS):$2,900 @SFG

Another GPP only play is Franklin Gutierrez against the lefty Ty Blach, who holds a 5.29 ERA and struck out only three in his last three starts. Gutierrez hit 12 homers off of left-handed pitching last season and is hitting a decent .286 in a shortened season this year so far. I know, AT&T park is not the best hitter’s park, and that’s why Gutierrez is best left for GPP only.

Jon Jay (CHC): $2,400 vs. CIN

Jon Jay left last Friday’s game with back spasms and I’m not sure if he will be ready to play against the Reds tonight or not. But, I just had to mention him as the Reds are going with Bronson Arroyo and Jay like to hit Arroyo like it’s a free for all at a golf driving range. Jay is 16-for-42 against the long time veteran right-hander. That’s a .316 average. Check your lineups before plugging Jay in though. There’s a chance he may not play.

Kevin McGuire is a correspondent for FantasyPros. For more from Kevin, check out his archive, his sit Fantasy McGuire and follow him @FantasyMcGurk.

FanDuel Value Plays: Tuesday (4/25)

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Welcome to Tuesday! Before you head out for some tacos for dinner, make sure you lock in your FanDuel lineups. There are 15 games on the slate, so let’s get to some value plays to consider.

 

Pitcher

Michael Wacha (STL): $7,700 vs. TOR

After a down year in 2016 with an ERA of 5.09, Cardinals’ Michael Wacha seems much more like his old self again. So far in three starts, Wacha holds a 2.41 ERA with 17 strikeouts. Tuesday he faces a Blue Jays’ team that has lost six of their last 10 games and eight of their players to the DL including Josh Donaldson (calf) and Troy Tulowitzki (hamstring). In addition, the Jays starters have had a rough month of April. Here are some averages so far vs. right-handed pitching:  Kendrys Morales (.216) Justin Smoak (.205), Jose Bautista (.160) and Devon Travis (.083)…Yikes! Need a few more reasons to take Wacha? Toronto is fourth in the MLB for the least amount of runs scored with 63. They rank 23rd in hits and 27th in RBIs. This gives Wacha more fuel for your GPP match-ups.

Catcher

Jett Bandy (MIL): $2,800 vs. CIN

In DFS, they say “ride the wave until it crashes.” Milwaukee’s Jett Bandy is still riding the wave high batting .400 over his last seven games with three home runs. And his name is “Jett,” how cool is that? But, if you are looking for more solid reasons to take Bandy, let’s glance at his opponent. Scott Feldman has a 9.00 ERA in his only appearance at Miller Park. Last time he faced the Brewers he gave up two earned runs and walked five. Miller still has its place in the top 10 parks for home runs. For the price, I’m game.

First Base

Ryan Zimmerman (WAS): $4,100 @COL

One of the lesser owned players in the Nats/Rockies game will be Ryan Zimmerman. Most think of him as a player who is passed him prime and always hurt. Well, right now he is batting .387 with six homers and is hitting the ball off of righties and lefties alike. Now, $4,100 might not seem like a value play, but he is $500 cheaper than the top guy (Anthony Rizzo), and cheaper than others playing in this Coors game. He has an unreal 10 RBIs in just his last seven games alone and is batting .500! Woah! Plug him in!

 

Second Base

Cesar Hernandez (PHI): $3,600 vs. MIA

Wei-Yin Chen had an excellent outing against the Mariners. He threw seven innings of no-hit ball. One note, he only struck out two and was plummeted for six earned runs against the Mets the week before. He will face Cesar Hernandez and the rebuilding Phillies. Sure, many DFS players might be jumping on Chen, but I don’t expect him to go through this one unscathed. This could be the breakout year for Hernandez. He is batting .338 on the season, .344 from the right side of the plate. He is 5-for-12 lifetime against Chen. Those are pretty good odds in your GPP lineups.

Third Base

Travis Shaw (MIL): $3,600 vs. CIN

The Brewers are at home in homer-friendly Miller Park. Travis Shaw is a great addition from the Red Sox and adds a little punch to the Brew Crew lineup. Over the last seven days, Shaw has 10 RBIs and three bombs. He will face Scott Feldman and is 2-for-5 with a homer against the righty. If Feldman leaves a meatball up there for Shaw, he will take it yard!

Shortstop

Chris Owings (ARI): $2,800 vs. SDP

If you are sweating over the idea of paying up for a shortstop, give Chris Owings a look. This scrappy player is in a favorable hitting environment at Chase Field and is batting .308 on the season. Better yet, he is hitting .318 versus southpaws and is facing Clayton Richard who he has had success against. Owings is 3-for-8 vs. Richard with an RBI and no strikeouts. A nice add that allows you to get bigger bats in elsewhere.

Outfield

Jacoby Ellsbury (NYY): $3,600 @BOS

Who is Rick Porcello? Is he the Cy Young Award-winning pitcher we saw last season? Or is he the lifetime 4.22 ERA pitcher we are used to? I guess we shall see as the season progresses, but right now, he has an ERA of 5.32 in four starts. One guy to consider if you are betting against Porcello is the often overlooked Jacoby Ellsbury. Injury and age are factors in Ellsbury’s decline over the past few seasons, but he is off to a good start for the Yankees thus far. He is batting .333 on the year and .375 over his last seven games. He has some good numbers off of Porcello including 12 hits in 31 at-bats and four home runs. It’s always excitement when the Yankees come to Fenway, and you can bet adrenalin will be running high.

 

Yasmany Tomas (ARI):$3,200 vs. SDP

DFS players start to drool when they see that there is a home game at Coors. But last season, Chase Field in Arizona actually had a slightly larger home run rate than Coors. Knowing that, instead of paying up for Charlie Blackmon, why not consider Yasmany Tomas?  Tomas is batting .290 with four home runs on the season. Over the past three seasons, Tomas has a .325 average with 15 home runs vs. left-handed pitching. He will face southpaw Clayton Richard at Chase in front of the hometown Dback fans. Richard has a career 5.20 ERA at Chase. Tomas is 5-for-10 lifetime vs. Richard which includes a homer and three RBIs. No reason to doubt Tomas.

Scott Van Slyke (LOS):$2,300 @SFG

If you are jumping on the Coors and Chase games and need cheap filler for your lineups, check to see if Dodgers’ Scott Van Slyke is starting. In the last three years, Van Slyke owns a .282 average with 12 homers vs. left-handed pitching. But, it’s AT&T Park you say. Yep, AT&T had the lowest percentage of home runs over any ballpark last season. But, AT&T also fell in the top ten for doubles and triples, and during the same time period, Van Slyke had 67 hits and 17 doubles against lefties. A double with a few men on base can rack up some nice points at a low, low cost!

Kevin McGuire is a correspondent for FantasyPros. For more from Kevin, check out his archive, his sit Fantasy McGuire and follow him @FantasyMcGurk.

FanDuel MLB Value Plays: Tuesday (4/18)

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It’s a full slate of night games Tuesday with all 30 teams in the mix. Don’t forget to check the weather around the nation before setting those lineups. Here are some value picks for FanDuel leagues in tonight’s action.

Pitcher

Michael Fulmer (DET): $9,100 @TAM

Michael Fulmer heads into Tampa Bay with a 2.25 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP in two starts. That’s bad news for a Rays team that leads the majors in strikeouts with 139. Fulmer, the AL rookie of the year in 2016, had two wins, posted an 0.64 ERA and had 21 strikeouts against the Rays last season. Only the Royals had more Ks (23) than the Rays when Fulmer graced the mound. The Rays’ hitters batted only .156 against Fulmer over those two starts which gives me great confidence to use Fulmer as my main man in both cash and GPP plays Tuesday.

 

Catcher

Brian McCann (HOU): $3,000 vs. LAA

At age 33, Brian McCann still comes through for fantasy owners. He produces a steady average for season-long leagues and makes DFS players happy with clutch RBIs. Speaking of a long history, McCann and pitcher Ricky Nolasco have faced each other an astonishing 68 times. McCann has a lifetime .338 career average against the righty and knocked eight homers and 26 RBIs. Wow! I’m not seeing too many reasons not to take this match-up.

 

First Base

Eric Thames (MIL): $3,400 @CHC

Fantasy players were keeping a close eye on the progress of Eric Thames, who returned to the majors after being crowned a home run hero in the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) where he spent the last three seasons.  KBO pitchers tend to throw more off speed stuff than we see in the majors, but seeing more fastballs hasn’t been much of a negative factor for Thames so far this season. He is batting .368 with six home runs so far. Left-hander Brett Anderson takes the ball for the Cubs. It was thought that Thames would sit vs. southpaws, but after two solid starts and two home runs against opposing lefties, I don’t see a reason not to see him in the Brewers’ lineup.  Anderson did pitch OK his last start, but walked four. He throws his fastball about 56% of the time, but it only maxes out at between 89 to 91 mph. I think Mr. Thames can handle that.

 

Second Base

Logan Forsythe (LOS): $3,400 vs. COL

Kyle Freeland was smacked around his last time out giving up six runs and striking out only two in 4.1 innings. The lefty will face Logan Forsythe and the Dodgers in front of hometown fans. Forsythe is batting .450 this season against southpaws in 20 at-bats. He should be up in the order with some big bats to follow and knock him in. Go cheap with Logan at second, and that frees up some $$$ for bigger bats elsewhere or better pitching in your cash games.

 

Third Base

Mike Moustakas (KAS): $3,300 vs. SFG

Despite a decent start last time out, Matt Cain has pitched a total of 33 games over the last three years and has a cumulative ERA of 5.20 over those injury-riddled seasons.  Nothing has convinced me that this trend won’t continue for Cain. Keeping that in mind, Cain will face the Royals at Kauffman Stadium and Mike Moustakas who likes knocking around right-handed pitching. Moose is batting .303 against righties with four bombs. He has never faced Cain, but my guess is it won’t be a pleasant introduction.

 

Shortstop

Zack Cozart (CIN): $3,100 vs. BAL
No one could have predicted that the Reds, in all their rebuilding glory, would lead the pack for the NL Central. Zack Cozart has been one of the shining stars of this young team. He is batting .478 with 11 hits at home and .452 vs. right-handed pitching. Interleague play brings Ubaldo Jimenez and the Baltimore Orioles to town to hitter-friendly Great American Ballpark. Jimenez gave up five earned runs in just 4.1 innings last time he took the mound. Right-handers are hitting .435 off of him so far this season, and Cozart is batting 1.000 off of Ubaldo in two at-bats, so that’s a good start!

Outfielders

Max Kepler (MIN): $3,300 vs. CLE
The Twins are off to a good start in second place in the AL Central and one reason for their success is a 24-year-old from Berlin, Germany. Max Kepler is batting .400 over his last seven games and has 13 hits in the month of April. He is a scrappy player who finds a way on base and finds a way to score. He did knock a homer off of Josh Tomlin last time he faced him. Tomlin would love to have a restart to his season as he gave up seven earned runs in his last appearance. He has a super inflated ERA of 18.47 and you can bet Max won’t take it easy on him.

 

Carlos Beltran (LAA): $3,100 @HOU
After many injury-plagued seasons, no one could have guessed that Carlos Beltran would be playing at age 39, but he has surprised us with string of decent seasons over the last five years. Though he hasn’t homered yet, Beltran is off to a decent start batting .283, with 13 hits and five RBIs. He will come to the plate in front of Astros’ fans and face a familiar foe in Ricky Nolasco. Sure, we usually don’t like to take much stock  in batter vs. pitcher stats, but Beltran has faced Nolasco 51 times and has a lifetime .353 batting average against him with 18 hits. He has also walked six times vs. the righty. With this Astros’ lineup, the chances of Beltran scoring when he gets on base are favorable.

 

Jay Bruce (NYM): $3,500 vs. PHI
Well, I don’t know if he is a Phillie-killer, but Jay Bruce has a .352 average against the City of Brotherly Love over the last three seasons. He has had a good start in his first full season with the Mets, batting .344 vs. right-handed pitching. With the absence of Clay Buchholz, the Phillies will go with righty Zach Eflin tonight. He posted a 5.54 ERA in 61.1 innings pitched in 2016. Bruce has four homers against righties this year and is looking for more. Eflin could be the next victim.

FanDuel Value Plays for Tuesday 4/11

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We have a solid 12-game slate for this Tuesday with a number of choice value plays to consider. There are two day games, but we will focus on the night schedule. Make sure you check lineups and weather before you lock your players into DFS contests. Here are some of my value picks to consider.

Pitcher

Jameson Taillon (PIT): $8,000 vs. CIN
The big story in Boston last Wednesday (4/5) was supposed to be the Red Sox debut of newly acquired ace Chris Sale…and it was. But Pittsburgh’s young starter Jameson Taillon lurked close enough in the shadows of Sale that his story caught the eyes of many fantasy players as well. The 25-year-old, who battled his way back from two surgeries, was very impressive against the Red Sox, striking out six over seven innings pitched and leaving Boston with a giant goose egg on the scoreboard. For his second start, Taillon will take the hill at home in pitcher-friendly PNC park against the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds finished last in the Central Division in 2016 and are in a rebuilding phase leading them to part ways with Jay Bruce and Brandon Phillips. If Taillon can go another seven strong, with six to seven Ks, and possibly a win…he can be a good option in GPP match-ups and allow you to load up on some big bats.

Catcher

Welington Castillo (BAL): $2,800 @BOS

Drew Pomeranz is scheduled to make his season debut against the Orioles Tuesday after returning from the DL. Welington Castillo batted .278 vs. lefties with seven homers last year and he has greeted Pomeranz with a four-bagger in the past. Sure, Castillo would have to clear the Green Monster, and that’s a factor, but even a bounce off the wall is double and maybe a run for Castillo. If the price isn’t right for you, take a look at Tony Wolters in the Coors Field game, especially with Jered Weaver on the mound.  Yikes!

 First Base

Marwin Gonzalez (HOU): $2,700 @SEA

We haven’t seen much of Seattle’s Ariel Miranda. The southpaw did face the Astros in his last appearance posting a 3.62 ERA and giving up two earned over five innings pitched. But, one of those earned runs came from Marwin Gonzalez with a home run. Gonzalez ended last week batting .364 with two home runs and four RBIs. He has had some success against left-handed pitching batting .279 with 11 homers over the last three seasons. Let’s see how this rematch lines up.

 Second Base

Dustin Pedroia (BOS): $3,000 vs. BAL
Fantasy owners were scrambling to get Dylan Bundy on their rosters after he posted a 1.29 ERA and struck out eight Blue Jays over seven innings last Wednesday. How soon we forget that he had an ERA over 4.00 last season. Boston’s rock, Dustin Pedroia is 5-for-11 with a .455 average vs. Bundy.  Last week, Pedroia batted .313 with five hits. Last season he batted .320 with 12 homers against right-handed pitching. He also batted .334 in front of hometown fans in Fenway. Bundy will show his true colors in Boston and Pedey will be there.

Third Base

Yunel Escobar (LAA): $3,000 vs. TEX
By the weekend, Yunel Escobar was batting .417 with 10 hits. (I’ll give you some time to get the magnifier out to make sure you are reading this right…) OK, so we’ve done our fact checking and noticed that Escobar is a lifetime .212 hitter vs. Cole Hamels. Let’s take a closer look at that. In 33 at bats against the lefty Hamels, Escobar struck out only four times and walked 11 times. He also batted .314 in general against left-handed pitching last season. Hamels only struck out four and gave up four runs in 6.0 innings last time on the mound. Send me an Angel!

Shortstop

Asdrubal Cabrera (NYM): $2,900 at PHI
Asdrubal Cabrera has never been a flashy name in fantasy baseball, but Clay Buchholz certainly remembers him. Cabrera is 6-for-14 lifetime off on Buchholz, batting .429 with two home runs. He has only struck out once against the righty.  In 2016, Cabrera hit 20 homers, all from the left side of the plate and all off of right-handed pitching. Lefties batted .280 against Buchholz last season. Citizens Bank Park has been favorable to hitters like Cabrera who has a lifetime average on .302 with two home runs in Philly.

Outfielders

Geraldo Parra (COL): $3,400 @COL
It’s hard to resist a Coors Field game and tonight Jered Weaver takes the mound for the Padres. Not sure what happened to the onetime Angel ace, but Weaver has been pretty awful lately. He posted a 5.06 ERA last season and gave up four earned runs in his first outing of this season.  One under-the-radar guy to consider against Weaver is Gerlado Parra. I think people expected more from Parra last season, especially after knocking 14 home runs prior to the Rockies in 2015. But, we know he has pop. At the end of last week, Parra was batting .400 with one homer. Add in the Weaver and Coors factor here and you might have a winner in Parra.

 Manuel Margot (SDP): $3,500 @COL
Padres’ centerfielder Manuel Margot is off to a great start this season batting .357 with two homer vs. right-handed pitching. He also has three triple and a steal. He will be at Coors Field tonight against Antonio Senzatela who pitched well his last time out giving up zero earned. But, pitching in Colorado changes the playing field and my chips are all in on Margot.

Howie Kendrick (PHI): $2,800 vs. NYM
Maybe moving to the East Coast was a good move for Howie Kendrick. He is hot right now batting .462 against righties. He will face Matt Harvey, but only time will tell which version of Harvey we will see; the 2015 ace version, or the 10-game loser from 2016. At this point, I think Kendrick can handle both.

Stealing Steals: Finding speed on the waiver wire

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Finding extra steals can be as easy as checking the waiver wire

Way back in 2006, when the world was throwing around names like Blagojevich, Buckethead, and Bumblefoot (only two of which were in Guns N’ Roses), and Bernie Madoff was stealing from the Mets among others, major leaguers were stealing bases. With Jose Reyes (64) leading the pack, the top 10 steals leaders nabbed 507 bags. Just 10 seasons later, Billy Hamilton (62) took over the reins, but the pack fell short stealing only 412 bases. That’s a difference of 95 stolen bases…Woah (In my best Keanu Reeves voice).

Sure, we can sit here and decipher all the reasons why steals have become significantly unimportant over the past few seasons. But, that’s not going to help you in your upcoming draft, or with your current team that is lacking in steals category. Let’s discuss a few players to consider off the waiver wire.

  1. Delino DeShields: 12% Owned in Yahoo Leagues

After a dismal 2016 batting a mere .209, this 24-year-old will start the season on the Rangers’ roster and is set for playing time in both left and center. He may also land in the lead-off role. DeShields is having a good Spring batting .316 with 12 steals. Over the past six seasons (not full considering major league playing time) DeShields has taken 262 bags, that’s pretty impressive! DeShields is only owned in 12% of Yahoo leagues, which means he could be available right now on your waiver wire.

  1. Jarrod Dyson: 38% Owned in Yahoo Leagues

Jarrod Dyson just couldn’t find everyday playing time with the Royals, yet he still managed to steal 30 bags in 299 at-bats. Now, the 32-year-old, finds himself in Seattle and has a chance to be an everyday player in left field for the Mariners. He does struggle a bit against lefties and may share a bit of time with Ben Gamel, but there is also center field to consider. Leonys Martin has not lived up to expectations overall hitting .240 with 15 home runs in 2016. Any drop off for Martin could lead to more time for both Dyson and Gamel. Like DeShields, there’s a chance we might see Dyson in the lead-off role for the Mariners which could send him into a 40+ steals year. He is owned in about 38% of most leagues right now, so check your waiver wire and scoop him up.

  1. Rajai Davis: 50% Owned in Yahoo Leagues

Everyone will remember Rajai Davis for his two-run homer in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series which tied things up and put Cubs’ fans on the edge of their seats. At age 36, Davis is showing no signs of slowing down on the base paths, stealing 43 bags last season and six in Spring Training alone this year. He is set to start in center for the A’s this season. Davis may be a bit harder to get (owned in 50% of leagues), but I was able to nab him in round 23 of my 10-team Yahoo league.

  1. Travis Jankowski: 8% Owned in Yahoo Leagues

How many times have you heard the saying, “You can’t steal first base”? With a .245 average last season, OF Travis Jankowski still managed to steal 30 bases for the Padres. With a few adjustments worked on in Spring, Jankowski can surely bring that average up and see more time on the bases in 2017. He is batting .339 this Spring, and has seen a few seasons in the minors with a batting average over .300. Still, even if he gives you a season like 2016, that’s 30+ steals. Pretty solid for a player only owned in 8% of Yahoo leagues.

  1. Ben Revere: 3% Owned in Yahoo Leagues

How soon we forget that just three seasons ago, Ben Revere batted .306 with 49 stolen bases for the Philadelphia Phillies. He’s bounced around a bit since then, lost his starting role with the Nationals after an oblique injury and now is planning to bounce back with the Angels. He is having a wonderful Spring batting .438 with four steals. But, there is a problem, with Mike Trout, Kole Calhoun and Cameron Maybin slated for the outfield, where does the 28-year-old Revere fit? Well, surely the Angels will use Revere strategically when they need another lefty bat in the lineup, and Maybin is batting a miserable .143 this Spring and can’t seem to stay injury-free. If Revere earns his keep, he may be a bargaining chip at the deadline. Personally, for a guy who stole 31 just two seasons ago, taking a chance on Revere as waiver wire pick is worth a shot.

Honorable mentions include Hernan Perez (50% owned), Chris Owings (11% owned), Melvin Upton, Jr. (6% owned) or stashing rookies such as Yoan Moncada (40% owned), and Bradley Zimmer (4% owned). Good luck this season and hopefully you will steal a championship.