Originally written on We Talk Fantasy Sports  |  Last updated 2/1/13
When drafting a second basemen this season, if it's not Robinson Cano it's not worth a pick in the first 5 rounds.  It's hard to imagine Aaron Hill being the #2 second basemen again and Ben Zobrist is now an outfielder, who I am pretty sure will lose 2B eligibility with Kelly Johnson on board.  Everyone else is just too risky, including Brandon Phillips & Ian Kinsler.  After Dustin Pedroia, there will not be too much range in terms of value so the #15 2B won't be to far behind the #6 or #7 2B.  Study and pick 3 guys you really like, and wait until you are forced to pick one up!* - New Team** - Sleeper1.) Robinson Cano - New York Yankees2.) Brandon Phillips - Cincinnati Reds3.) Ian Kinsler - Texas Rangers4.) Dustin Pedroia - Boston Red Sox5.) Jason Kipnis - Cleveland Indians6.) Rickie Weeks - Milwaukee Brewers7.) Dustin Ackley - Seattle Mariners8.) Aaron Hill - Arizona Diamondbacks9.) Dan Uggla - Atlanta Braves10.) Chase Utley - Philadelphia Phillies11.) Danny Espinosa - Washington Nationals12.) Neil Walker - Pittsburgh Pirates13.) Josh Rutledge ** - Colorado RockiesWe fell in love with Rutledge last season when he filled in at short for Troy Tulowitzki.  Last August, we wanted you to  get to know him so we dedicated an entire post to him which included this little blurb:So what about next season when Troy Tulowitzki returns?  Well Marco Scutaro was traded to the Giants and Rutledge will be the starting 2B next season for the Colorado Rockies and could provide fantasy owners with Dustin Pedroia / Ian Kinsler type numbers, and will be drafted in MUCH later rounds.  When comparing Rutledge to 2B over the past 30 days, NOT ONE 2B eligible player has more points that Rutledge!   - @WeTlkFntsySprts14.) Darwin Barney - Chicago Cubs15.) Howie Kendrick - Los Angeles Angels16.) Jose Altuve ** - Houston AstrosI love Altuve as a value pick this year. Nobody’s paying attention to the Astros so he isn’t high on draft boards, but his 33 steals led all second basemen last season. And he’s not some Jemile Weeks speed-only player; he hit .290 and scored 80 runs, despite his team’s best efforts not to let him score. At the very least, you get a big boost in SB and a good batting average, and who knows--he’s young and maturing, so he may reach a new level this season.  - @RDevinHughes17.) Daniel Murphy New York Mets If I get this far down the list in my draft, I like Murphy because he doesn’t really *hurt* me. He’s surrounded by guys with red flags such as injury-prone, terrible batting average or uncertain role. Murphy hit a solid .291 last season and did just a little of everything, with 60+ runs and RBI, and 10 steals. He’s not going to wow you, but this late in the draft, I shouldn’t be drafting the guys that will carry my team--I should be drafting guys that will help round it out. - @RDevinHughes  18.) Kelly Johnson - Tampa Bay RaysIf Kelly Johnson can swing a hot bat, that means prospect Wil Myers (acquired from Royals for James Shields) will have to wait a LONG (relative to fantasy) time to come up to the Bigs.  However, with the DH in the American League, the Rays have the advantage of moving Zobrist/Johnson/Myers to the DH position allowing Myers some playing time.  This of course would be done if Luke Scott continues to hit .220, regardless of how many HRs he is hitting.  I would expect the Rays to have a short leash with Johnson once they feel comfortable calling up Myers. - @WeTlkFntsySprts19.) Jemile Weeks - Oakland Athletics20.) Marco Scutaro - San Francisco Giants21.) Brian Roberts - Baltimore Orioles Can't trust a guy who gets hurt as awkwardly and often as he does.  When he is 100% healthy he is a top 15 2B but the injuries make him to much of a risk to rely on as a starter. - @WeTlkFntsySprts22.) Emilio Bonifacio *- Toronto Blue Jays I just want to mention him because he tends to qualify at just about every position in the game, and can really go HAM and in the steals category when healthy. Last year, he had 30 steals despite just playing 64 games. If he can find a consistent role in Toronto, he is really fun to own, because his positional flexibility allows you to move him around your lineup to accommodate injuries/poor performance/tough matchups. - @RDevinHughes  23.) Logan Forsythe - San Diego Padres24.) Daniel Descalso - St. Louis Cardinals25.) Gordon Beckham - Chicago White SoxI'm not sure there has ever been a more disappointing fantasy player than Gordon Beckham. The hype surrounding him in his younger days was like that of Bryce Harper and yet he is now projected to hit 9th for the White Sox behind catcher Tyler Flowers. Since he got called up in 2009, last year was the 1st time he reached the 15 HR mark and although he did drive in 60 runs he has yet to best his rookie campaign of 63 RBI. His career .245 avg is what you can expect with the hopes he clears .250. You can also expect the 25 doubles and somewhere around 100 strike outs. If you are relying on Gordon Beckham at 2B on opening day, you failed during your draft. - @WeTlkFntsySprts26.) Omar Infante - Detroit Tigers27.) Donovan Solano - Miami Marlins28.) Mark Ellis - Los Angeles Dodgers29.) Jamey Carroll - Minnesota Twins30.) Chris Getz - Kansas City Royals31.) Jordany Valdespin - New York Mets32.) Alexi Amarista - San Diego Padres33.) Alexi Casilla - Baltimore Orioles34.) Johnny Giavotella - Kansas City RoyalsDon't forget these guys!Maicer Izturis - He will battle Emilio Bonifacio for playing time in TorontoJurickson Profar - The Rangers wouldn't budge on Elvis Andrus during trade talks for Justin Upton so I doubt Profar gets a shot at short this season.  But Ian Kinsler could move to the OF/DH on occasion opening up a spot for young Jurickson!Stats from last season:Just 5 second basemen hit 20+ home runsRobinson Cano (33) was the only one to reach 3013 second basemen hit 30+ doublesJust Robinson Cano, Aaron Hill, Ian Kinsler and Daniel Murphy hit 40+Robinson Cano lead all second basemen with 94 RBIAaron Hill (85) was the only other to drive in over 80 runs5 others drove in at least 7010 second basemen struck out at least 100 timesDanny Espinosa (189) had 20 more strike outs than Rickie Weeks and Dan UgglaKelly Johnson (159) was the only other second basemen with 125+ strike outsRobinson Cano and Ian Kinsler were the only second basemen to score 100 runsAaron Hill only one in the 90s10 others scored at least 80 timesJose Altuve, Jason Kipnis and Emilio Bonifacio were the only second basemen to swipe 30+ bags4 others stole 20+ basesOf second basmen with 300+ ABs:Just 4 second basemen hit .300 or better including Jef Keppinger, & Marco ScutaroJust 6 others hit at least .275Just 5 second basemen had an OBP of .350 or better 11 others were .330 or betterRobinson Cano and Aaron Hill were the only second basemen with .500 SLG or better14 others were above .400Ben Zobrist was the only other second basemen to SLG better than .450Catcher RankingsFirst Base Rankings
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