From Rotisserie fantasy baseball to the head-to-head version, most prospective team owners consider acquisitions based on the one-two-three, or top priority criteria—batting average, home runs and RBI.
Several leagues, such as some six-by-six structures, consider OPS and/or OBP or SLG as well.
Lost in the shuffle is usually the last offensive stat in most four-by-four leagues: total or individual stolen bases. And when the SB variable is finally considered, the first players drafted are those who have proven themselves as the No. 1, 2 or 3 guys in the league when it comes to stealing bases.
This list is a guide that flies further under the radar, considering ballplayers that might not have a history of bulk steals but may be a surprise source of steals during the 2012 season.
Over the following 25 slides, you won't find players like Atlanta's Michael Bourn (MLB's SB leader with 61 swipes) or Dodgers MVP candidate Matt Kemp (40 SB).
In fact, you won't find any player who stole more than 30 bases in 2012, with one exception.
What you will find are the 25 sneakiest basestealers in Major League Baseball. No team is represented more than once, though not all teams appear on this list.
For each of the following players, a risk assessment has been included, which is an approximation of the precariousness involved in drafting each player solely for SB output in 2012.
The scale ranges from Minimal (the pick involves very low risk) to Extreme (the pick involves very high risk).
The complete scale is as follows: Minimal—Low—Moderate—Considerable—Extreme