Fantasy Baseball: 2B Rankings (Roto)

(Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times)

Going through these 2B rankings it’s easy to see why many owners will likely use the position to also fill their MI spot this season. It’s as deep a group as I can remember and one that will significantly impact draft strategy. It’s certainly feasible to wait on the position and take a high upside option in the later rounds, but there are also several elite second basemen going in the first 40 picks or so.

If you’ve checked out any of my other positional ranks this year you’ve noticed I’m trying out a new format. Instead of tiered commentary I’ve broken down my analysis into two sections; overall draft approach to the position and thoughts on individual players. Hope you enjoy the new setup and as always I’d love to hear your feedback.

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Note: I’m using a combination of Yahoo and ESPN positional eligibility which cumulatively will be more lenient than some individual sites so a few players you see here may not actually be 2B eligible in your league. Additionally, I’m including players who are expected to gain 2B eligibility in-season.

C | 1B | 2B| 3B | SS | OF | SP | RP

PlayerRankLeagueTeam
Jose Altuve1ALAstros
Trea Turner2NLNationals
Robinson Cano3ALMariners
Brian Dozier4ALTwins
Daniel Murphy5NLNationals
Jonathan Villar6NLBrewers
Rougned Odor7ALRangers
Ian Kinsler8ALTigers
Matt Carpenter9NLCardinals
Jason Kipnis10ALIndians
Jean Segura11ALMariners
Dee Gordon12NLMarlins
D.J. LeMahieu13NLRockies
Dustin Pedroia14ALRed Sox
Brad Miller15ALRays
Jonathan Schoop16ALOrioles
Ben Zobrist17NLCubs
Jose Peraza18NLReds
Devon Travis19ALBlue Jays
Logan Forsythe20NLDodgers
Javier Baez21NLCubs
Neil Walker22NLMets
Starlin Castro23ALYankees
Brandon Phillips24NLBraves
Ryan Schimpf25NLPadres
Jedd Gyorko26NLCardinals
Brandon Drury27NLD'backs
Josh Harrison28NLPirates
Hernan Perez29NLBrewers
Cesar Hernandez30NLPhillies
Joe Panick 31NLGiants
Kolten Wong32NLCardinals
Jorge Polanco33ALTwins
Steve Pearce34ALBlue Jays
Howie Kendrick35NLPhillies
Tyler Saladino36ALWhite Sox
Raul Mondesi Jr.37ALRoyals
Danny Espinosa38ALAngels
Jed Lowrie39ALA's
Derek Dietrich40NLMarlins

Positional Strategy

  • I’m either grabbing one of the top six guys or waiting until the later rounds.

Player Notes

  • Rougned Odor and Dee Gordon are two players I’m avoiding unless they fall significantly below their current ADP.
    • Odor’s historically bad plate discipline last year makes it unlikely that he can continue to be a 30 home run hitter or sustain an average above .250.
    • There are enough well-rounded options at 2B this year that Gordon’s 50 steals won’t give him the same positional advantage it has in years’ past.
  • Matt Carpenter is undervalued.
    • I get the injury concerns, but this is a 20HR/80RBI guy who’s a plus in batting average and has multi-position eligibility.
  • I’m worried about Dustin Pedroia and Ben Zobrist.
    • Both players are in their mid-thirties and at this point their success is largely a byproduct of their lineup spot and overall team context.
  • Don’t overlook the stability of Jonathan Schoop and Logan Forsythe.
    • You won’t get a great average or any speed, but Schoop is a top-end option in terms of power and run production.
    • Forsythe could score 90 runs hitting atop the Dodgers while offering above average pop.
  • Brandon Drury is a prime target in NL-only leagues
    • The lineup and ballpark are favorable and he’s basically free.
    • Think of a poor man’s Logan Forsythe, but with less runs and more RBI.

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