- Brian McKitish, Fantasy Basketball
Underrated Speed Sources
Willy Taveras, OF, COL -- Okay, he's a big name for an underrated source of speed, I know, but have you seen his average draft position? It's at 143.5 as of this writing. That's a good eight rounds after Juan Pierre (58.9). And the thing is, I'm not so sure that he won't out-produce the Dodgers outfielder. If spring-training action is any guide, we're going to be seeing a plethora of stolen bases out of the Rockies center fielder this season; Taveras is hitting a smooth .395 and has gone 8-of-9 in stolen base attempts. It's pretty clear that he has the green light from manager Clint Hurdle. I don't know about you, but I get pretty excited when I hear the words "green light" and "Taveras" mentioned in the same sentence.
Chris Burke, 2B/OF, HOU -- I mention Burke despite his horrendous spring-training slump. Burke may actually weigh more than his spring batting average. Luckily, we're in the preseason, and Burke has a pretty strong hold on the starting spot in center field for the Astros. I'm also much more interested in the four times he's attempted a theft this spring. Since he hasn't been on base much, four attempts is actually a pretty good sign. It means he'll be aggressive on the bases once he starts hitting again, and I'm projecting around 25 stolen bases for the year.
Brian McKitish discusses where you can find cheap, underrated sources of speed