Fantasy Baseball Category Killers: Steals

Fantasy Baseball Category Killers: Steals

Everth Cabrera, Padres: Cabrera has swiped three bags during the past week, and five in the last two weeks. While his average still sits at .240, he's on pace for another 30-steal season, and should be able to compile another 8-10 more steals before the season ends.
Cameron Maybin, Padres: It's been a disappointing year for Cameron Maybin, but he's been heating up lately. With a .421 average and three steals during the past week, he's been one of the hotter hitters in the National League recently, and is widely available in most formats (39 owned in Yahoo!).

Nate McLouth, Orioles: I just added McLouth in one of my deeper mixed formats with the hope that he continues stealing bases at a decent clip. He's picked up a pair of steals in each of the previous two weeks, and has five in 19 games since joining the Orioles. If he can keep his average in the .240-.250 range in Baltimore, he makes an interesting play.
Ben Revere, Twins: Revere keeps churning out the steals, with two during the past week, and six in August. Now at 30 steals on the season, he has an outside shot at 40 if he can put together a few hot weeks. He'll be a strong source of average and runs, and is available in most formats (39 owned in Yahoo!).

Billy Hamilton, Reds: Looking to catch lightning in a bottle? Hamilton just broke the all time minor league steals mark held by Vince Coleman, and now sits at 150 on the season. The Reds are considering brining him up as a spark off the bench in September, and he's likely to get plenty of chances to steal as a pinch runner. He's the type of high upside play that clinches a championship late in the season.

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3 biggest games of Ryan Anderson's Alabama career

3 biggest games of Ryan Anderson's Alabama career

Ryan Anderson played four seasons for the Alabama Crimson Tide, though his career did not take off until his junior and senior seasons. In those two years, Anderson combined for 14.5 sacks and 30 tackles for loss. 

Looking back at his biggest games is a fun excercise to see the 6-foot-2, 253 lbs., linebacker at his best. 

No. 3

  • November 14, 2015 - Alabama @ Mississippi State - The Crimson Tide won this road game against Dak Prescott and the Bulldogs, and Anderson was a big part of the win. He registered five tackles along with two sacks and two tackles for loss and recovered a fumble. This marked Anderson's lone two sack game at 'Bama. 

No. 2 

  • October 8, 2016 - Alabama @ Arkansas - It's hard to remember now as the Tide steamrolled the Hogs, but there was a major upset alert when 'Bama traveled to Arkansas for a nationally televised game. Anderson showed up big time, making nine tackles to go with two tackles for loss and a sack. Nine tackles marked a career high.

No. 1

  • January 9, 2017 - Alabama vs Clemson - Anderson played his best game in the biggest spot. Yes, it was the only loss for Anderson in his final two seasons and it came in the national title game, but he was all over the field. Twice he made tackles for loss to go with one sack and seven total tackles, but he also forced a fumble and recovered two fumbles.

Bonus: Anderson scored one touchdown in his career. It came in the College Football Playoff game against Washington. He grabbed an interception and rumbled 26 yards for the TD. Notice a trend? In big games, Anderson delivers. 


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New Redskins LB Anderson: 'I'm an old school football player'

New Redskins LB Anderson: 'I'm an old school football player'

The conference call that Redskins second-round pick Ryan Anderson had with the Washington media shortly after he was drafted got off to a slow start, with the former Crimson Tide linebacker giving short answers to a few questions.

But when he was asked what he would bring to the Redskins on the field, he became animated.  

“I'm a play maker, I’m a game changer,” he said, with some emotion coming to his voice. “I'm a good teammate, I'm a good due to have in the locker room. I'm an old school football player, man. I'm not a workout warrior,

“I'm a football player. At the end of the day, that's why it boils down to. See ball, get ball, and strike the man in front of you. That's what I bring to the table.”

If Anderson lives up to his own billing, he could quickly become a fan favorite.

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