There isn’t a ton of value to be found in the waning rounds of most fantasy baseball drafts, but there are some players who should be available to you that offer elite level production in the stolen base category. None of these guys are going to contribute much in other categories, and quite frankly, they’ll likely provide negative value in other categories, but if you struggled to find sources of speed in the beginning and middle stages of your draft, you’ll have some opportunities to make up for lost ground in the closing rounds.
I’m going to highlight three players who I have ranked outside the top 170 batters who I have projected to steal at least 30 bases. If you need some speed late, these three guys should certainly be on your radar.
Jonathan Villar, SS Houston Astros- I have Villar projected to score 65 runs, along with 35 RBI, five home runs, a .243 average and 42 steals. Villar had 18 steals in just 241 plate appearances last season and the 22-year-old is set to be the Astros’ opening day shortstop. If you need some speed late and you still have a void at shortstop or middle infield, Villar is the guy you should be turning to.
Rajai Davis, OF Detroit Tigers- I have Davis projected to score 53 runs, along with 32 RBI, five home runs, a .257 average and 42 steals in just 400 plate appearances. Last season, Davis stole 45 bases in just 360 plate appearances and he attempted to steal a base once every 7.05 plate appearances. Davis is once again expected to be a part-time player, but even with limited plate appearances, he’s a very strong bet to steal 40 plus bases and should be a dependable source of speed late in drafts.
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B/OF Kansas City Royals- I have Bonifacio projected to score 53 runs, to go with 26 RBI, two home runs, a .263 average and 32 stolen bases. Bonifacio is actually ranked outside the top 200 among all hitters, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be an effective source of cheap steals at the very end of drafts. Last season, Bonifacio stole 28 bases in 461 plate appearances and he stole 70 bases in the previous two seasons combined (including 30 in just 274 plate appearances in 2012). It looks like it’s going to be another season of playing the role of utility man for Bonifacio, but like Rajai Davis, he has shown he can rack up the steals even with limited playing time.