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Fantasy Baseball: Need For Speed

A rundown of MLB's speediest players

One of the few categories fantasy owners like to chase outside of saves is your stolen base category. In head-to-head formats, gathering the right group of speedsters could earn you a much needed point on the week. The difficult part about obtaining speed is harvesting it in a way that won’t compromise your power production categories (HR,RBI). The right mixture of speed and power could help you sweep the offensive categories and put you on your late season push towards the fantasy baseball postseason. Here’s a list of speeders that are readily available for a test drive on your local waiver wire.

Percentage of players available taken from Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues

Andrés Torres (SF-OF): 30 percent owned- Torres has been a quiet storm worth of value with his ownership creeping to 30 percent for the first time on the season. On the season, Torres has been


San Francisco Giants' Andres Torres hits a two run double in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Tuesday, July 20, 2010, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)

extremely efficient on the basepaths (17 steals, 4 caught stealing) while providing solid overall production in homers (9), runs scored (53) and batting average (.273). The San Fran outfielder has recently shown extraordinary pop, blasting six of his nine homers in the month of July alone. Torres is quickly becoming the worst kept secret on the wire and he deserves starting outfield consideration in most outfields.

Coco Crisp (OAK-OF): 6 percent owned- The best name in all of baseball might just be the best speed demon at this price on the wire. Crisp has struggled with the bat in the second half of the season thus far, batting an anemic .167, but he’s managed to rack up the most stolen bases since June 26th with 11 swipes. If you can stomach the ghastly average for now, Crisp could net some key steals while raising his current .238 average to return somewhere near his career average of .276.

Jose Tabata (PIT-OF): 7 percent owned- The waiver wire is full of up and coming Pirates these days (Pedro Alvarez, Neil Walker) and Tabata may be the most useful one for stolen bases. Since his mid-season call up in June, Tabata has stolen 10 bags with 5 coming in each month. He’s currently sitting at a respectable .281 clip with 22 runs scored to go along with the 10 stolen bags. The Pirates rank in the bottom five in both homers and RBI’s so expect Tabata to have plenty of opportunities to get in to scoring position at the top of the powerless Pittsburg lineup.

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