Fantasy Baseball 2012: 5 Underrated Speedsters to Watch

Adam Spencer@AdamSpencer4Correspondent IMarch 1, 2012

Fantasy Baseball 2012: 5 Underrated Speedsters to Watch

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    Stolen bases are one of the hardest stats to get in fantasy baseball.

    If you don’t end up drafting a guy like Jose Reyes or Michael Bourn, you might not be able to find enough steals to be competitive every week.

    But, if you can get one of these guys on the waiver wire and stash them on your bench, your team will be in good shape.

    Even if they can only play as off-day replacements on Mondays and Thursdays, they can swipe enough bags to pull off a steals category win in head-to-head leagues.

    Let’s take a look at the top five underrated speedsters now.

5. Alcides Escobar, SS, Kansas City Royals

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    Escobar hits for below-average power, a decent average and can score some runs.

    He’s not going to be a good everyday shortstop for your team, but he can still run.

    He swiped 26 bases in 2011 and should end up around that number again in 2012.

4. Will Venable, OF, San Diego Padres

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    Venable is the best power hitter on this list.

    He mashed nine home runs in limited action in 2011. But, he doesn’t hit for a very high average.

    He can, however, run the bases pretty well, amassing 26 steals in 2011.

3. Jason Bourgeois, OF, Houston Astros

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    Bourgeois is a backup outfielder and sees most of his action as a pinch runner.

    But, he’s one of the best pinch runners in the league. In 2011, he stole 31 bases despite getting only 238 at-bats.

    Every time he gets on base, he’s a threat to run and can be a valuable asset to your bench.

2. Ben Revere, OF, Minnesota Twins

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    Revere didn’t hit a single home run in 2011 and only drove in 30 runs in 450 at-bats.

    But, like everyone else on this list, he can run the bases. He swiped 34 bags in 2011 and managed to score 56 runs, too.

    His .267 batting average won’t kill your team either.

1. Rajai Davis, OF, Toronto Blue Jays

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    Davis will probably see most of his action as a pinch runner this season.

    But, that’s fine, since he wasn’t really providing any significant statistics at the plate anyway.

    If he pinch hits, he probably won’t get on base. But, if someone gets on base for him, he’s a threat to steal two bases in one at-bat.

    Stash him on the end of your bench if you are desperate for steals.