Fantasy baseball champion Shawn Childs wrote an interesting piece on Juan Pierre and other one-dimensional SB commodities.
Here is an excerpt:
"Are the plus steals from a Judy type hitter worth drafting in the first few rounds? In my mind, no. I'm sure some teams will be structured to handle a Judy type player in their lineup, but as soon as you draft him you are giving up an edge you had in two categories -HR and RBI. If you were able to draft Albert Pujols each year and pair him Juan Pierre, would this combo make sense? If Pujols hit 40 HR's with 120 RBI and Pierre hit 2 HR's with 45 RBI, you own two players with an average of 21 HR's and 82.5 RBI. You would own two players with good stats lines, but their combined total would probably only be average with plus steals. If your first player wasn't one of the best in the game, you would be giving up even more.
"This year there were a five or six Judy hitters taken in the first ten rounds - Pierre, Elvis Andrus, Julio Borbon, Nyjer Morgan, and Michael Bourn. In the future Borbon and Andrus might have enough power to reach double digits. Going into this season, you can't expect much more than 5 homeruns from these five players. Therefore there are five teams giving up some power and RBI in the first ten rounds. If you are able to avoid these two or three category players, you could have an edge over these teams after ten rounds.
"Steals are tough category and many fantasy players can't avoid the one stop shopping. If you plan is to buy a Judy, you need to plan your draft to handle this type of player. If don't plan properly and add a Judy just because you are short speed, you will probably be short power as well. There is a fine line drafting a balance team. You need to see the whole player pool and know where to go to develop your starting lineup. There might be a 20/10 player and a 10/30 player out there that would better suit your team and allow you to reach your teams goals."
For of Shawn's work, check out the World Championship of Fantasy Sports site.