Double-digit HR/steals guys dwindle
June, 28, 2012
By Eric Karabell | ESPN.com
Fantasy owners love the hitters that not only hit for power but also steal bases, because it essentially takes care of multiple needs in one shot. Of course, we still must own the likes of Adam Dunn and Dee Gordon, even if they do not contribute across those multiple counting categories, but isn't it just simpler to have one player doing the statistical job of two or three? Alas, it's not easy to acquire these fellows or to be sure their prowess will continue, but oh are they valuable, and this season more than normal.
Last season at the All-Star break there were 19 players who had already reached double digits in home runs and stolen bases, led on the Player Rater by statistical monsters Matt Kemp, Jacoby Ellsbury and Curtis Granderson, and certainly some of the others were not at all expected (Ryan Roberts, Jeff Francoeur, Danny Espinosa).