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Power and speed in Fantasy Baseball are like peanut butter and jelly: great on their own, but together, they are sooo much better.

The key to competing in a typical Rotisserie league is to have a balanced team. A goal of being competitive in all statistical categories is a great approach.

You do not need to win every category — just be at least near the middle of the pack in all of them.

Picking a speed specialist usually means you have to pick a power specialist to make up for that speedster’s lack of power numbers.

I typically find that specialists are overvalued, since they do one thing extremely well and people are attracted to this.

On the other hand, I find that players that are able to do a little bit of everything are usually undervalued. This is due to the fact that since they are not dominant in any one statistical category; they are just not as flashy. However, balanced players that contribute to all of the categories are very useful.

5 Overlooked Power/Speed Combo Players

Let’s take a look at five players that have a decent shot at hitting 15 homers and stealing 15 bases this year. Their ADPs on FantasyPros.com are all over 200, which means they’re flying under the radar for a variety of reasons.

Some players are on new teams, some are young players still getting established, and some are just being overlooked. I have included some batted ball data to help explain the home run totals. I also included on-base percentages to help explain stolen-base opportunities.

1. Steven Souza, OF, Tampa Bay – ADP 243

Year
Team
PA
HR
SB
FB%
HR/FB%
OBP
SB Att
2012
Nationals (A,A+)
400
23
14
47.0%
17.2%
.366
22
2013
Nationals (AA,Rookie)
338
15
22
44.3%
16.3%
.396
28
2014
Nationals (AAA)
407
18
26
36.1%
18.0%
.432
33

Souza came to the Rays from the Nationals as a piece in the Wil Myers three-team trade. He lands in a great spot considering he is penciled in as one of the starting outfielders for the Rays.

Souza was blocked in Washington, so now playing time should not be an issue. Hiss minor-league stats are impressive and they have kept his ADP from falling too much.

Limiting the strikeouts will be Souza’s major obstacle to having a successful rookie season. It will also be interesting to see how he handles major-league pitching, but he definitely has the power and speed capabilities to join the 15/15 club this year.

2. Marcus Semien, 2B/SS/3B, Oakland – ADP 273

Year
Team
PA
HR
SB
FB%
HR/FB%
OBP
SB Att
2012
White Sox (A+)
487
14
11
39.7%
10.7%
.362
16
2013
White Sox (AA,AAA)
625
19
24
38.9%
11.3%
.401
29
2013
White Sox
71
2
2
47.9%
8.7%
.268
4
2014
White Sox (AAA)
366
15
7
46.4%
12.8%
.380
9
2014
White Sox
255
6
3
39.0%
9.7%
.300
3

Semien was traded from Chicago to Oakland in the Jeff Samardzija trade. Now, he is being given the shot to be the A’s starting shortstop.

His position flexibility is a benefit to both his Fantasy owners and his actual manager, Bob Melvin.

Semien needs to translate his great batting eye from the minors into the majors. In the minors, Semien had a BB/K close to 1.0. This has not yet translated at the major-league level in his brief sample size.

To steal bases, you first need to get on base. A solid batting eye is important to having a reasonable on base percentage. Assuming a full season and given his minor-league numbers, a 15/15 club membership awaits Semien. With an ADP of 273, coupled with his position flexibility, Semien will be a great pickup late in drafts.

3. Desmond Jennings, OF, Tampa Bay – ADP 297

Year
Team
PA
HR
SB
FB%
HR/FB%
OBP
SB Att
2012
Rays
563
13
31
38.0%
9.0%
.314
33
2013
Rays
602
14
20
35.9%
9.5%
.334
28
2014
Rays
542
10
15
33.9%
8.2%
.319
21

Jennings has been knocking on the 15/15 club door for a few years now. He has the speed part down pat and the power side is very close. If he can stay healthy and turn a few of his doubles into homers then he will finally have his membership card for the 15/15 club.

He almost got there is 2013, falling one measly homer short. His 31 and 30 doubles the past two years suggest there is pop in his bat. His batted ball profile and on base percentage have been quite consistent over his career.

With an ADP close to 300, Jennings provides great, balanced late round value.

4. Michael Saunders, OF, Toronto – ADP 359

Year Team
PA
HR
SB
FB%
HR/FB%
OBP
SB Att
2012 Mariners
553
19
21
34.6%
15.0%
.306
25
2013 Mariners
468
12
13
37.1%
11.3%
.323
18
2014 Mariners
263
8
4
36.3%
13.1%
.341
9

Saunders struggled through various ailments last year. This limited his running game; however, his power numbers were in line with previous seasons considering he only played about half a year.

Now, with a fresh start in Toronto, he is slated to be their full time left fielder. He should benefit from the friendlier confines of Rogers Center compared to the cavernous Safeco Field. Plus, the Blue Jays should have a much more potent offense.

Saunders should join the 15/15 club for a second time as long as his knee injury sustained in Spring Training does not force him to miss too much time.

With an ADP of 359, owners are overlooking his power speed abilities.

5. Drew Stubbs, OF, Colorado – ADP 385

Year Team
PA
HR
SB
FB%
HR/FB%
OBP
SB Att
2012 Reds
544
14
30
33.7%
13.2%
.277
37
2013 Indians
481
10
17
33.9%
10.3%
.305
19
2014 Rockies
424
15
20
34.5%
17.2%
.339
23

Stubbs has changed teams often over the past few years, yet he has consistently provided power and speed for his owners. Stubbs’ value in 2015 is contingent on an injury to a Rockies outfielder since he is their fourth outfielder.

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It is probably a safe bet that he plays a decent amount considering Carlos Gonzalez is as brittle as glass. He greatly benefitted from the thin air in Colorado, posting a career high 17.2% HR/FB%.

He joined the 15/15 club for a third time last year despite having just over 400 plate appearances. Even without an injury to a fellow outfielder, Stubbs should see a decent amount of at bats versus southpaws, since he is the only right handed hitter of the bunch.

You should expect a little regression on his career high on base percentage from 2014, given his unsustainable BABIP of .404. His career BABIP is .334, while his career on base percentage is .315.

With an ADP close to 400, there is not much to lose and plenty of room for profit.

Balance is a sought-after attribute when it comes to Fantasy Baseball. Cheap, multi-category contributors are a great way to solidify your team near the end of drafts.

Don’t overlook these jack of all trades, a little bit of everything goes a long way.

Data contained in the charts courtesy of www.fangraphs.com and www.minorleaguecentral.com.

Desmond Jennings Photo Credit: Keith Allison

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