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We spend a lot of time in fantasy baseball talking about who to draft in the first two or three rounds that we often times don't focus enough on the positional battles that teams are going through during Spring Training. Does the second base decision with the Blue Jays impact a guy like Emilio Bonifacio who has such huge upside given his wheels? What about the Cardinals second and shortstop decisions – do they matter? Of course you are going to care about what the Angels do in the 9th inning, but maybe what the injury ravaged Yankees do in the outfield should also be something you concern yourself with? We'll discuss those battles and more in this piece.
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?
We are (unfortunately) back from the FSTA Summer Tech Conference in San Francisco, California and it is time to get back to the daily work. Fantasy baseball didn't stop while we were away, and there is plenty of news to get to. Another one of baseball's top young players will find his way to the big leagues this weekend, so you better check that out. A hot young pitcher is going to miss a start, and one of the hottest waiver wire pickups this year is also injured. The game's greatest player gets extra eligibility today, and of course we have random observations from tonight's games. Don't miss the pitching streamer to finish it off in tonight's Rounding The Bases.
TGIF is what we are thinking as another work week comes to a close, but there is always plenty going on in fantasy baseball. We are now nearly in the middle of June and the pretenders are starting to fall in the standings of your leagues. Even if you are one of those, it is never too late to try to turn your team around and make a charge to the top if you can make a few good waiver moves as well as make a good trade or two. It also never hurts if your competition suffers some injuries, which by the way things are going, seems kinda likely. I know you notice the picture of Buster Posey attached to this article, but you won't find any news about him tonight. This was just a way to let the young catcher know just how much we all at Fantasy Alarm miss him and wish him a speedy recovery. There is still plenty of relevant news for you to read, so without further ado, here's Rounding The Bases.