Mining for stolen bases 

May, 22, 2014
May 22
10:23
AM ET
Todd Zola is filling in for Eric Karabell, who is on vacation this week.

Of the standard rotisserie hitting categories, stolen bases offer by far the greatest element of strategy. Granted, the majority of this is tied into how you draft your team. Regardless of how you assembled your squad, the fact remains that one player can influence the category more than a single player can affect the other categories.

To wit, last season there were 2,693 stolen bases and it took only 54 players to account for half of them. In contrast, 102 hitters were necessary to total half of the 4,661 homers swatted in 2013.