Top 15 2nd Basemen in Fantasy Baseball
Top 15 2nd Basemen in Fantasy Baseball for 2013
Perhaps Second Base isn't the glamor position when it comes to fantasy baseball, but to have a well-rounded team, you are certain to need one fairly early in the draft if you can get your hands on a good one.
This year, the top heap of players at the position is pretty far ahead of the rest of the pack, which is usually the norm, but there's one that's considered by all to not only be the best Second Baseman, but a surefire first or second rounder in Robinson Cano.
If you aren't able to get your hands on him early in your draft, don't fret, there are other ways to go that will still help your team, so here are the Top 15 players at the position that is widely regarded as one of the hardest to draft for.
15. Omar Infante
Infante isn't a player that is going to get you stolen bases or hit for average, but he does have some decent power numbers for his position. The good news is that he plays in a good lineup, so there will be opportunities to drive in some runs.
He's put up O.K. numbers since becoming a full time player and 2013 will be no exception. Don't expect an All-Star performance from Infante in 2013, but there are worse ways to go in your draft if you need depth.
14. Rickie Weeks
This will be season No. 10 for Weeks, and although he has improved in power numbers, his average took a huge hit last year and dropped to .230.
If he can get that average up, he has a chance to be a very good fantasy option as he does have those good power numbers, and he can steal a fair amount of bases to go along with it. It's risky to take him earlier rather than later, but he does have a high reward value.
13. Chase Utley
There was a time when Utley was a perennial All-Star, but age and injuries have caught up with him and he has yet to put up a full season since 2009.
If you want to take a chance on him and he remains healthy, it will pay off tenfold for you. He may not put up the 30 home run and 100 runs batted in seasons that we were accustomed to in the past, but there's still some time left for Utley to put up good numbers.
12. Dan Uggla
Uggla's numbers dropped dramatically in 2012, but he's out to prove it was just a fluke. If he can put up his usual power numbers, then he's worth having on your team.
The power numbers, though, are about all he's good for. Don't expect a good average or a bunch of stolen bases, he's all about home runs. We'll see if he can recreate the magic of his 2010 season when he knocked out 33 home runs and drove in 105 runs.
11. Danny Espinosa
The young Espinosa increased his average in 2012 but his power numbers took a bit of a dive. If you take Espinosa, you are taking potential more than a surefire thing.
This will be his third full season, so if he can put it all together in one package, he will shoot up the boards at his position. He gets a decent amount of stolen bases as it is, but if he can increase the home runs and average, you are going to have a good time with him on your team.
10. Jose Altuve
Much like Espinosa, Altuve is someone to take for depth on your team due to great potential. His average is higher than most others at Second Base, and he steals a lot of bases.
He's not going to drive a lot of runs in, unfortunately, but his other numbers make him worthy of a spot on your roster. This is just his second full season, so if he can bump his numbers up to a .300 average and 40 stolen bases, it will be considered a success. Throw in 10 home runs and 40 runs batted in, and that's an ideal season.
9. Howie Kendrick
Kendrick is the epitome of "above-average" second basemen. His power numbers are good, but not great. His stolen bases are good, but not great. His batting average is good, but not great.
Expect him to maintain his career averages this season, and maybe even a slight bump with the great lineup around him. He should be good for a .290 average and about 15 home runs with 70 runs knocked in. Add in about 10-15 stolen bases, as well.
8. Neil Walker
Walker is almost identical to Kendrick in terms of numbers, but doesn't have the lineup around him that Kendrick does. Fortunately for Walker, he's still very young so it's likely we haven't seen him hit his ceiling yet.
We're hoping that he can get to 20 home runs in 2013, which will be a good sign in his development and maybe even bump up his average to nearly .300 since he's not going to get you points for stolen bases.
7. Ben Zobrist
Over the last four seasons, Zobrist's average has been all over the place. His power numbers have remained steady enough, though, to make him a reliable option at Second Base.
If he can replicate his 2009 All-Star season, he will be amongst the top options at the position. That would mean about 20 home runs and 90 runs batted in. He strikes out about 100 times each year and steals around 15 bases and has been able to keep up that pace.
6. Jason Kipnis
The first full season for Kipnis came as a success in terms of his development, now he's ready to make a big leap forward in 2013.
His power number and average are only going to continue to improve, and he already steals a ton of bases so he is ready to thrust himself into the top tier of Second Basemen. Again, he's young, so it is a bit of a risk that he could take a step back, but we don't see that happening.
The only knock is that he strikes out fairly often, but he should be able to level out his swing now that he's grown accustomed to big league pitching.
5. Aaron Hill
After a down season in 2011, Hill proved that he was back in 2012 and that the previous season was a fluke.
He increased his average to .305 so if he can maintain that and get his usual 25-30 home runs and 80-90 runs batted in, he's going to be a full blown stud in fantasy at Second Base. He also doesn't strike out a lot so that is really going to help your team and Hill is worthy of being a Top 5 Second Basemen in your draft.
4. Brandon Phillips
Over the years, Phillips' stolen base total has continually decreased, but the good news is that his strikeout numbers have died down as well.
He's incredibly consistent in his power numbers and batting averages which is why he's at No. 4. You can't pay too much for consistency in fantasy sports. That means he's going to get you his usual 20 home runs and 80 runs batted in, but he's not going to lose you any points due to strikeouts.
3. Ian Kinsler
You're never sure of what exactly you're going to get out of Kinsler in a given year, but when he's on, he's one of the best.
His average isn't going to thrill you, but he keeps his strikeout numbers low, steals a fair amount of bases and can hit a ton of home runs if he's in the zone. He's become a perennial All-Star at Second Base and will continue to do so in 2013.
2. Dustin Pedroia
Unlike Kinsler, you know exactly what you're going to get out of Pedroia, and he's almost become boringly consistent, which is a good thing.
You're going to get about 15 homers, he's going to knock in about 70 runs, steal about 20 bases, only strikeout around 65 times, and hit for about a .290-300 average. Those aren't mind-blowing numbers, but most people will take consistency over huge numbers.
1. Robinson Cano
Cano is so far ahead of the game at his position, it's scary. And he only keeps getting better.
He drives in runs, hits bombs out of the park, doesn't strikeout a ton and keeps his average over .300 in most seasons. He's not only consistent, but he's consistently amazing. Think of baseball's version of Arian Foster. Not only does he put up great numbers, but he does it consistently and spreads it over the course of the entire season. For that, I would rank Cano at the top and everyone else is just trying to play catchup.
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