Double-digit HR/steals guys dwindle

Updated: June 28, 2012, 2:06 PM ET
By Eric Karabell

Fantasy owners love the hitters that not only hit for power but also steal bases, because it essentially takes care of multiple needs in one shot. Of course, we still must own the likes of Adam Dunn and Dee Gordon, even if they do not contribute across those multiple counting categories, but isn't it just simpler to have one player doing the statistical job of two or three? Alas, it's not easy to acquire these fellows or to be sure their prowess will continue, but oh are they valuable, and this season more than normal.

Last season at the All-Star break there were 19 players who had already reached double digits in home runs and stolen bases, led on the Player Rater by statistical monsters Matt Kemp, Jacoby Ellsbury and Curtis Granderson, and certainly some of the others were not at all expected (Ryan Roberts, Jeff Francoeur, Danny Espinosa).

Entering Thursday's action, and with roughly 10 games to go for most teams before this year's All-Star break, a mere eight players have achieved this noteworthy designation (well, noteworthy to me). I can't call any of them as surprising as what we saw in 2011 -- let's just say a few of those surprises are barely worth owning at this point -- but this brings more proof that not only power is down this year, but steals are as well, and there are fewer top options doing both.