Five fantastic baseball players to target for robberies

When you’re in a category-based fantasy baseball league, you can’t overlook any of the stat categories if you plan on winning your league. Especially categories like steals and saves, which are rarer than the others. A scoop of keys here and there can be the difference between a winning week and a losing week. Here are five players currently sitting on the majority of fantasy baseball waiver threads that can help you steal your steal category.

(only includes players registered in less than 50% of Yahoo Fantasy leagues; stats shown are after Saturday’s games)


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Jorge Mateo – Baltimore – 2B/SS/OF – 37% registered

Five fantastic baseball players to target for robberies

(.214, 37 R, 8 HR, 26 RBI, 24 CS)

It’s baffling that Orioles speedster Jorge Mateo is available on so many waiver threads. His 24 interceptions lead the American League and are second best in the majors. He has also been very consistent in his steals, dropping seven, six, six and five in the first four months of the season. His eight homers and three-position eligibility are the icing on the cake. He will face Texas to start next week, who are currently giving up the second most steals in the majors.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa – Yankees – SS – 21% registered

(.272, 46 R, 0 HR, 31 RBI, 15 CS)

Isiah Kiner-Falefa is a household name to anyone who read my column on the fantasy baseball waiver feed this year, as he has appeared there a few times as one of the best players currently sitting on waivers. And he still is. He’s on course to beat his career-high 20 shots last season, and he’s gotten more larceny as the warmer weather has arrived, with 10 of his interceptions since June. He has Seattle to start the week, which is among the worst teams in the league for letting teams fly over it.

Myles Straw – Cleveland – OF – 24% registered

(.218, 53 R, 0 HR, 17 RBI, 13 CS)

Myles Straw is strictly a two-tier guy at this point, but he gets you closer to elite-level racing and stealing, and you won’t get a perfect player outside of waivers. It’s his third consecutive season with double-digit numbers in the steals column, although he hasn’t really had any regular playing time until this season. However, he’s only made four thefts in the past two months, so buyer beware (although Yahoo has plans for him to steal another 10 bags this season).

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Jarren Duran – Boston – DE – 15% registered

(.237, 19 R, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 7SB)

Now we’re starting to scrape the bottom of the barrel a bit, but hey, it’s you who is desperate to steal, not me. Jarren Duran’s playing time has increased over the past two months and he has had seven interceptions in his last 35 games. Yahoo predicts it’ll net you around eight more over the rest of the year, with pretty decent runs and batting averages as well. And we don’t have to worry about his fantasy prowess.

Nicky Lopez – Kansas City – 2B/3B/SS – 7% registered

(.245, 35 R, 0 HR, 13 RBI, 7SB)

Nicky Lopez is having a disastrous season for the Royals, which is disappointing after hitting .300 last year with 22 interceptions. But there are signs he is starting to return to last year’s form. July was by far his best month of the season, hitting .300 with two interceptions. You might want to grab a flyer on him, especially since he plans to steal another seven sacks before the season is over.

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