Fantasy Watch

March 27, 2006

YOU CAN'T teachspeed, and in fantasy leagues you can't easily acquire it either. Here are afew stolen base threats who might be available at your draft.

CurtisGranderson

CF, Tigers
After notching 23 home runs and 23 stolen bases between the Tigers and Triple AToledo in 2005, Granderson entered spring training deadlocked with theincumbent Nook Logan for Detroit's starting centerfield and leadoff jobs. Withhis power, speed and defense during the spring, the 25-year-old Granderson(above) won out. He is a 20-homer, 20-steal threat.

Tony Womack

2B, Reds
Despite playing a limited role for the Yankees, Womack (right) tied for seventhin the AL in steals last season, with 27. He'll play every day in Cincinnati,giving him a great chance to resurrect his career--and fantasy value. Look forat least 30 more swipes.

Others toWatch

It looks as ifTampa Bay will move Aubrey Huff back to third base, which will open up anoutfield spot for speedster Joey Gathright, who has 26 steals in 95 majorleague games.... Although outfielder Chris Duffy stole just two bases in his39-game stint with the Pirates in '05, he swiped 30 or more in three of hisfour full minor league seasons--and should see more at bats in the bigs thisyear.

PHOTOTOM DIPACE (GRANDERSON) PHOTOHEINZ KLUETMEIER (WOMACK)

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