Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Second Base

When I prepare for any fantasy draft, I always rank players into tiers. This way, you will have a better understanding while drafting of when there is a big drop-off in talent. Using this type of drafting strategy should lead to an increase in overall value for your team.

When compiling my rankings, I focus on a couple of major factors. First, I look at last year’s statistics. That is obviously a great place to start because it is the most recent data to project how a player might perform this year.

Then, I look into any circumstantial changes a player might have going into this year. For example, was this player traded? Did this trade lead to a new ballpark that may be more/less favorable to hitters/pitchers? Is this player surrounded by new players in the lineup? Is this player going into a contract year? Is this player injury-prone of currently injured? All of these questions can give you a better idea of who might have the biggest jump or drop from last year’s performance.

Next, I look into the player’s history. This is less important in my opinion than the first two steps of analysis because a lot can change in two or three years. What it does help me with is it shows me which players I can feel confident and safe in drafting due to a consistent run of seasons of similar statistics.

Finally, the last factor that I use in my rankings is the team that the player plays for. I mean this in a couple of different ways. I personally believe that first and foremost, fantasy sports is supposed to be enjoyable. So, if you are deciding between a few players who on paper have similar values, go ahead and be a homer and take your favorite team’s player ahead of the others. But more importantly, I look for teams that I believe will still be playing competitive baseball towards the end of the season. I have been burned many times by having my top player get a minor injury come fantasy playoff time, only to be rested for the remainder of the season due to their actual team not having any chance of making the real playoffs. If you are deciding between two players close in every other category, my advice is lean towards the player that you are confident will be in a playoff push towards the end of the year. This will give you the best chance of them playing competitive baseball when it matters most in your fantasy season.

Here are my Second Base rankings going into this season:

  1. Jose Altuve, Astros
  2. Trea Turner, Nationals
  3. Daniel Murphy, Nationals
  4. Brian Dozier, Twins
  5. Robinson Cano, Mariners
  6. Rougned Odor, Rangers
  7. Dee Gordon, Marlins
  8. Jean Segura, Mariners
  9. Ian Kinsler, Tigers
  10. Matt Carpenter, Cardinals
  11. D.J. LeMahieu, Rockies
  12. Jason Kipnis, Indians
  13. Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox
  14. Starlin Castro,Yankees
  15. Logan Forsythe, Dodgers
  16. Neil Walker, Mets
  17. Ben Zobrist, Cubs
  18. Devon Travis, Blue Jays
  19. Jonathan Schoop, Orioles
  20. Joe Panik, Giants
  21. Javier Baez, Cubs
  22. Brandon Phillips, Braves
  23. Jedd Gyorko, Cardinals
  24. Ryan Schimpf, Padres
  25. Josh Harrison, Pirates
  26. Cesar Hernandez, Phillies
  27. Kolten Wong, Cardinals
  28. Scooter Gennett, Brewers
  29. Howie Kendrick, Phillies
  30. Brett Lawrie, White Sox

Second base consistently has been desolate for fantasy stars and depth for many years. Not this year. With Altuve, you have a player who belongs in his own tier, which is rare. He is an early first round pick in all formats.

Jose Altuve
Jose Altuve is in a class of his own. He will be an early draft pick in all fantasy leagues.

You follow him with Turner, Murphy, Dozier, and Cano, all of whom are very deserving on being drafted in the 2nd or 3rd rounds and can help anchor your fantasy team.

The next tier is really where this year’s crop of second baseman separates themselves from prior years. Depth. There are eight quality second baseman that can be very serviceable starters for your team.

After this, there is a group of players who in normal years would produce respectable second baseman statistics. However, with the depth this year, the rest of the players are mere number two second basemen in deeper leagues.

 

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