How 'bout that Willie Bloomquist! 

April, 7, 2011
You know it's early in the season when the top fantasy option, according to the ESPN Player Rater, is Arizona Diamondbacks journeyman Willie Bloomquist. While filling in for top-10 shortstop Stephen Drew over the past week, Bloomquist has hit .348 with a home run, four RBIs and a major league-leading five stolen bases. It's a touching story, really, except we've seen this before, and not only doesn't it end well, it likely won't be well as soon as next week. In fact, this very thing happened in April 2009 with a very similar player.

The speedy, versatile player stealing bases and perpetrating a fantasy stud just two years ago was the Florida Marlins' Emilio Bonifacio. You remember Bonifacio, don't you? On Opening Day that season, Bonifacio had four hits, including a homer, scored four runs and stole three bases. It was indeed Tuffy Rhodes-like. Everyone in fantasy wanted Bonifacio, even though there really was no evidence he could sustain a high level of performance. Through seven games, he was hitting .485, with 11 runs scored and four steals. The rest of the season, he hit .234 with no home runs, and while he stole 17 bases, he was also caught stealing nine times. He went from the most-added list to the most-dropped list in a matter of weeks.

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Doug Pensinger/Getty ImagesWillie Bloomquist is a career .265 hitter with just 14 homers in nearly 1,900 major league at-bats.
Bloomquist reminds me of Bonifacio. He can run well, and his best season also came in 2009, when the Kansas City Royals utilized him way too much and he stole 25 bases, to go with a .265 batting average, poor walk rate and four home runs. I actually like players such as Bloomquist in deep-mixed leagues or AL- and NL-only formats. You can get them cheap and they steal bases, which offers good value. I commend fantasy owners for being somewhat reserved in their pursuit of "fantasy's top player" through one week, as Bloomquist is not on the most-added list, though he's darn close; he's up from 0.0 percent to 10.9 percent owned.