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In 1983 Rickey Henderson ran his way to 130 steals for the Athletics, a modern day baseball record (Hugh Nicol actually stole 138 bases in 1887 for the Cincinnati Red Stockings). Others of the modern era have hit triple-digits – Lou Brock, Vince Coleman Maury Wills – but those just aren't numbers we see anymore. Nowadays we're lucky to find guys who steal half as many bags. So why is it that you hear so many people in the fantasy game say 'I don't worry about steals early, I can find them late.' Is that an accurate statement? How should you look at steals for the coming season, and which players should you consider targeting?
Desmond Jennings came into the 2012 season with an immense amount of hype. So far he has failed to live up to expectations. Will that change as we move forward or were expectations out of whack? Starlin Castro has been a terrific option this season, but does he have any room to grow? Who is the best pitcher in baseball? It may not be Justin Verlander or R.A. Rickey. Which five bullpen arms have impressed me to the point that I felt the need to tell you about them? Read on to find out.
Doubleheaders can be a tricky business for fantasy owners. If you own players starting in a twin-billing, there’s nothing worse than opening up your live scoring page and seeing a big, fat 0-for-8, or worse in some cases. Right off the bat, you know it’s a batting average/OBP killer for you and you just have to sit and hope that someone else in your lineup had one of those 4-for-5 days just to help take the sting out of it. On the other side of the coin, there’s that jubilant feeling you get in your belly when you pop that live scoring page open and see a 6-for-8 followed by a whole slew of baseball abbreviations. Sometimes you see multiple home runs, sometimes it’s one of everything, and sometimes, in points leagues, it’s the bonus for a grand slam or hitting for the cycle. Sink or swim. Feast or famine. The doubleheader can be your best friend or your worst nightmare. But I’ll take my chances with it every time.
When I opened the email and saw the trade offer sitting in front of me, I didn’t know whether to laugh or to cry. Finally, someone in this particular league was using my writing jobs against me, something I’ve often suggested to those in the various leagues in which I play. If you want to know which players I like, who I believe in and who I don’t, all you have to do is read. It’s out there, all over the internet. Review at your leisure.
It is the final day of another week in fantasy baseball and it is getting to the point that it is just a move or two that could be the difference between first place and third of fourth, so your roster moves now are more crucial than ever. And chances are two-thirds of your league isn't paying attention anymore so there aren't as many people competing for the waiver wire moves any more. Tonight we talk about some disappointing producers, what to expect from them next season, and how they might finish the season. There are also three or four more guys in here tonight that can help you make that move from third place to first place by ascending you to the top of any category. There isn't much time left in the season, so you really can't miss Rounding The Bases.