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Fantasy baseball category killers: Steals

Fantasy baseball category killers: Steals

By Rob Steingall
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Rajai Davis, Blue Jays: With the demotion of Eric Thames, a clear path to regular playing time has been cleared for Davis, a legendary fantasy rabbit. He stole 34 bags during his partial 2011 campaign. And with 10 already this year, it wouldn't be shocking to see him challenge or exceed that total.

Quintin Berry, Tigers: Since his May 23rd promotion, Berry has been on fire with the stick (.362), which has allowed him to run wild on the bases (six SB). He had 19 steals at Triple-A prior to his call-up, and also stole 42 bases in the upper minors in '11 while with the Reds.

Everth Cabrera, Padres: Cabrera has been seeing regular playing time for almost three weeks now, and has collected four steals during that time. While he's never been very menacing with the stick, if he can hit enough there's a chance he can replicate on the bases the success he had back in '09, when he stole 25 bases. He's a cheap speed play in deep formats, so go and roll those dice.

Jarrod Dyson, Royals: He's been great during the past week, batting .333 with two steals. Dyson can be a streaky hitter, but one who can cause chaos on the bases when he gets on, evident by his eight steals on the season. He collected 49 steals last season between the Royals and their Triple-A Omaha affiliate, so the wheels are certainly legit.

Juan Pierre, Phillies: Pierre is looking revived with the Phillies, posting a .329 batting average through the weekend with eight steals. More importantly, he's only been caught two times, which is a huge improvement over his '11 performance (27-for-44). He's hitting near the top of the Phillies lineup, which is uncharacteristically weak but run-scoring opportunities should still be plentiful for the speedy outfielder.

Podcast: Albert Almora Jr. dishes on his role and the Cubs’ unsung hero that keeps things loose behind the scenes

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Podcast: Albert Almora Jr. dishes on his role and the Cubs’ unsung hero that keeps things loose behind the scenes

Albert Almora Jr. joins Kelly Crull on the Cubs Talk Podcast to weigh in on a variety of topics, including his budding bromance with rumored Cubs target Manny Machado, his expanded role and how he spends his time off away from the ballpark.

Plus, Almora has a surprise pick for the organization’s unsung hero, stating the Cubs would’ve never won the World Series without this guy.

Listen to the full Cubs Talk Podcast right here:

Bulls Talk Podcast: How NBA Draft combine impacted mock drafts

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Bulls Talk Podcast: How NBA Draft combine impacted mock drafts

On this edition of the Bulls Talk Podcast, Mark Schanowski and Kendall Gill discuss the NBA Draft and what happened at the NBA combine that shifted most experts mock drafts.

Kendall also explains why a "promise" to draft a player isn’t guaranteed. He also shares his experience on getting drafted by the Hornets and why he initially felt they were the wrong team for him.

North Carolina "News and Observer" Duke basketball beat writer Jonathan Alexander gives us his opinion on Wendell Carter and the other Duke draft prospects including why he thinks Carter will be a future all-star. Also includes an interview with Carter from the draft combine.

Listen to the full Bulls Talk Podcast right here: