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Finding a mid-season source of saves or steals in fantasy baseball is what the waiver wire is for. And there are still some players, available in more than 50 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues, that can give you the kind of production you may need in those two categories – at least for the time being.
Here are three fantasy baseball waiver wire pickups for saves or steals that could help you close out Week 11 of the fantasy baseball season with a win.
Steals: Jarrod Dyson, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks
Jarrod Dyson has played in a platoon role for Diamondbacks this season, but whenever he's in their lineup, he's arguably the most dangerous stolen-base threat in the Majors. The 34-year-old speedster leads the National League with 15 stolen bases, despite making just 190 plate appearances this season, and he remains available in 86 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues. When he's in the Diamondbacks' lineup, he bats leadoff, giving him just enough value to be on a steals-needy fantasy team.
Saves: Ian Kennedy, RP, Kansas City Royals
The Kansas City Royals have gone with a closer-by-committee approach for most of the season, but it looks like Ian Kennedy has finally established himself as the preferred ninth-inning option for Royals' skipper Ned Yost.
The 34-year-old veteran has been called upon the last three times the Royals had a save opportunity, converting all three saves without allowing a run. A consistent source of saves is a hard find on the waiver wire at this point in the season, but Kennedy remains available in 68 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues, and he should be a reliable closer now that he's earned top-dog status in KC's bullpen.
Steals: Kolten Wong, 2B, St. Louis Cardinals
Kolten Wong has had as streaky a season as a Major Leaguer could have, and fantasy owners should try to strike while the iron is hot. And right now, the iron is incredibly hot. The Cardinals' second baseman has been getting on-base at a .390 clip over his last 13 games, which has resulted in four stolen bases during that span.
Overall, Wong is a perfect 11-for-11 in steals attempts this season, and as long as he keeps swiping bags with that kind of efficiency (or close to it), the stolen bases will keep pouring in as the season rolls along.
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