In fantasy baseball roto-leagues, stolen bases are one of the most sought after categories. There are only so many players that have true 25-SB potential and the speedsters tend to go pretty early on draft day. To help you identify a couple base stealing sleepers, here are a couple of the most underrated stolen base threats in fantasy.
SS Everth Cabrera, San Diego Padres – Cabrera’s season ended rather abruptly, as the shortstop was served with a 50-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Cabrera still finished with 37 stolen bases in 95 games, though, and the speedster was leading the league in stolen bags before being shutdown for the year. Cabrera will be running all over the infield again in 2014, so expect the underrated stopgap to have no problem hitting the 45-steal mark.
2B Jason Kipnis, Cleveland Indians – Kipnis gains a lot of attention for his bating average and defense, but the second baseman is a threat on the basepath as well. He has stolen 30 or more bases in each of the past two seasons and it just increases his value as a top-tier 2B. Look for him to steal another 30-plus bags next year.
OF Shane Victorino, Boston Red Sox – The departure of OF Jacoby Ellsbury will leave Victorino in charge of being the team’s leadoff hitter and primary run producer. Victorino has 222 stolen bases throughout his tenured career and he has eclipsed the 30-steal plateau four times. If you need a cheap source of steals out of mid-level outfielder, lock onto Victorino this spring.