The NL West gives us a group of aging second basemen, but with age comes quality. The Cincinnati Reds Brandon Phillips is always over valued in fantasy baseball drafts, but at a thin position, he will contribute a little in every category. Look for him to put up 90 runs, 17 HR, 73 RBI, 14 SB and a .278 AVG.
Coming off a very disappointing 2012 season, the Milwaukee Brewers Rickie Weeks seems to be slipping down people’s draft boards. Weeks slumped miserably in the first half of 2012 ending up on a lot of league’s waiver wires. People seem to be forgetting that he bounced back in the second half last year. Look for Weeks to rebound for a solid 2013 and put up 82 runs, 20 HR, 68 RBI, 11 SB and a .247 AVG. Not a bad option at second base that you can pick up in the later rounds of your draft.
Another player who had a disappointing 2012 is the Pittsburgh Pirates Neil Walker. He will be another option at second that you can nab in the late rounds of your draft. Look for Walker to put up 79 runs, 16 HR, 75 HR, 6 SB and a .275 AVG.
A guy that you shouldn’t draft except in the deepest of leagues is Chicago Cubs Darwin Barney. Barney always seems to get drafted by someone in all of my leagues, and I never can quite figure out why. Look for Barney to put up 60 runs, 5 HR, 49 RBI, 6 SB and a .268 AVG. Not exactly numbers that are going to help you win your league.
The St. Louis Cardinals have been trying out Matt Carpenter at second base this spring. Should he beat out Daniel Descalso for the job, he might be worth taking a late flyer on in your draft. Of course, in most leagues, Carpenter won’t be available to play second until he plays 20 games, so you might want to pass on him in your draft, and keep an eye on him on the waiver wire as that is where he is likely to reside in most leagues. Look for Carpenter to put up 52 runs, 11 HR, 61 RBI, 3 SB and a .278 AVG should he win the full time job.
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