SleepersSeptember 21, 2009

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Sleeper Watch

By R.J. White

Still looking for sleepers this deep into the season? I have a decent one for you — Willie Bloomquist. No, I’m not joking. Bloomquist has — hey, stop laughing. Bloomquist has been a stolen-base threat all season, swiping 21 bags in 27 tries in 2009. Though most of his thievery came before the halfway point of the season, Bloomquist has stolen three bases this month, but the reason you’ll want to sit up and take notice is his stunning average lately.

In 52 at-bats in September, the Royal infielder has 21 hits — good for a .404 average. While it’s not par for the course for Bloomquist, it’s something you want to take advantage of while it lasts. On Sunday he had another 2 for 4 game with a steal, and considering he can help you in your MI slot in three categories (steals, average, and runs), he’s a great gamble for the final two weeks.

While I wouldn’t cut a good player to nab Bloomquist, he’s likely to be your best option in replacing an injured player like Michael Young or a poorly-performing player like Khalil Greene, Edgar Renteria or Christian Guzman, all shortstops that are owned in more leagues than the Royals’ middle infielder.

R.J. White is a fantasy blogger at the sports site FanHouse. Check out his work both here and there, and feel free to talk to him in the forums, where he posts under the name daullaz.
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