Saturday, January 26, 2013

Early Fantasy Baseball Rankings - 2B

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The top 25 fantasy baseball second basemen are presented here for standard 5x5 Rotisserie leagues (R/HR/RBI/AVG/SB and W/ERA/WHIP/K/SV). To better understand the difference between the 2B options, the players are divided into tiers. For example, while Dustin Pedroia, Jason Kipnis and Brandon Phillips are ranked 3 through 5, the drop off between Pedroia and Kipnis is much less than between Kipnis and Phillips. First basemen rankings are also released and can be viewed here.

Second base is known as a shallow position which can be illustrated by only three players that have second basemen eligibility this season finished among the top 50 players in 2012. Robinson Cano is clearly the "belle of the ball" at 2B, and is easily a top 10 player for 2013.

However, second base is laden with other good options if you aren't able to grab Cano:

Jason Kipnis actually got a little unlucky last season and should hit for better average and power this year. Aaron Hill's power is real, especially hitting in Chase Field, but he's not a .300 hitter. There are lots of good power speed options are second base like Brandon Phillips, Ben Zobrist, Rickie Weeks and Danny Espinosa. Few second basemen hit for as much power as Dan Uggla, so if you can handle the terrible average, he's a great mid round selection. Only a few years ago, Uggla was a top 5 2B, so he's definitely worth the risk. Chase Utley has only played 155 games in a season three times in his career, but when healthy, he is effective. In only half a season last year, he hit 11 HRs with 11 steals, and good runs/RBI. No issue gambling on him as your middle infielder in leagues (assuming you have an IR slot or a deeper bench).

Josh Rutledge will be the Rockies everyday 2B and has the skill set to be a 15 HR and 15 steals player with decent average. He's very undervalued in drafts. After Tier 4, the 2B position pretty much falls of a cliff, which is why you see a guy like Profar, who's expected to start the season in the minors and seemingly has little room for playing time in TEX falling in at #20. At 20 years old, he's already a great power/speed threat and could easily hit 20 HRs with 20 steals if he gets the playing time. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem likely he will be called up before June, so if you are capable of burning a roster spot on him for half the season, he will be worth the wait.

Tier 1:
1. Robinson Cano, NYY

Tier 2:
2. Ian Kinsler, TEX
3. Dustin Pedroia, BOS
4. Jason Kipnis, CLE

Tier 3:
5. Brandon Phillips, CIN
6. Ben Zobrist, TB
7. Aaron Hill, ARI
8. Jose Altuve, HOU

Tier 4:
9. Danny Espinosa, WSH
10. Rickie Weeks, MIL
11. Dan Uggla, ATL
12. Neil Walker, PIT
13. Chase Utley, PHI
14. Howard Kendrick, LAA
15. Marco Scutaro, SF
16. Josh Rutledge, COL

Tier 5:
17. Daniel Murphy, NYM
18. Dustin Ackley, SEA
19. Omar Infante, DET
20. Jurickson Profar, TEX

Tier 6:
21. Jeff Keppinger, CWS
24. Cliff Pennington, ARI
22. Chris Nelson, COL
23. Gordon Beckham, CWS
25. Jemile Weeks, OAK

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