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Craig Kimbrel's recent signing with the Chicago Cubs did not create a big waiver wire rush in fantasy baseball, as he was already being stashed in the majority of Yahoo! leagues.
As such, the pickings are slim for saves this week, but there a few options still available in over 50 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues for those that are desperate or chasing saves on a week-to-week basis.
Here are a couple of saves options, along with one outfielder who can contribute in the stolen base department.
1. Saves: Scott Oberg, RP, Colorado Rockies
While Wade Davis is nearing a return from the IL, he may require a rehab assignment that could delay his return to the Rockies by another few weeks. In the meantime, Oberg has pitched very well despite being 50/50 in save attempts on the season. It's always tough to trust a reliever at Coors Field, but for the time being, he is the most likely option for saves in the Rockies pen, until Davis returns.
2. Steals: Kevin Kiermaier, OF, Tampa Bay Rays
Kiermaier used to tease fantasy owners with his speed/power potential, but in the current climate of baseball, he is primarily more of a speed option going forward. Despite being owned in just 17% of Yahoo! leagues, Kiermaier has 10 steals on the season, tied for 12th in all of baseball. And since Kiermaier is not a total zero in the power department (six homers on the season), he makes for a solid pickup if you can stomach the poor batting average.
3. Saves: Mychal Givens, RP, Baltimore Orioles
If you can rationalize picking up a reliever on the Orioles, Givens looks to be the preferred option for Baltimore in the ninth. The closer to open the season, Givens hit a rough patch in May and presumably lost his job to Shawn Armstrong. When the team needed a save during their June 4 win over the Rangers, however, it was Givens who was called to get the final two outs. Armstrong was actually used earlier in the game, giving up a run on two hits in one inning of work. The saves will be sparse, but in leagues where every closer should be owned, Givens (available in 33% of Yahoo! leagues) is worth a look.
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