A look at the top 40, also broken down into tiers:
Second base has traditionally been one of the weaker positions in fantasy, but the cavalry has arrived in a wave of prospects – Dustin Ackley, Jason Kipnis, Jemile Weeks and Jose Altuve heading the way. The top two tiers remain basically unchanged, but the youngsters are knocking on the door and promising a changing of the guard in the near future. If you miss out on the big three (Robinson Cano, Dustin Pedroia and Ian Kinsler), you could wait until the later rounds to try to score on one of the young guns. There’s plenty of other sleepers lurking like Aaron Hill, Kelly Johnson or even Brian Roberts if he can ever stay healthy. Be careful you don’t wait too long in a deep league, because the group does run out of steam in the 20s when you start running into NL-only types like Omar Infante, Freddy Sanchez and Ty Wigginton.
The third position in the RotoAce.com series of fantasy baseball rankings is second basemen, so let’s look at how they all fit together and where you might find some potential bargains or pitfalls in your fantasy baseball draft or auction. All ages are as of Opening Day.
|1. Robinson Cano, Yankees||29||673||.304||101||26||107||5|
|2. Ian Kinsler, Rangers||29||646||.272||111||25||78||25|
|3. Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox||28||678||.299||99||19||85||19|
|4. Dan Uggla, Braves||32||669||.255||91||33||96||2|
|5. Brandon Phillips, Reds||31||679||.279||95||18||75||15|
|6. Rickie Weeks, Brewers||29||599||.267||89||23||84||12|
|7. Ben Zobrist, Rays||30||667||.266||91||19||86||18|
|8. Howie Kendrick, Angels||28||611||.289||80||15||75||14|
|9. Chase Utley, Phillies||33||570||.277||83||18||77||14|
|10. Jason Kipnis, Indians||24||595||.272||83||18||73||17|
|11. Neil Walker, Pirates||26||665||.275||77||15||82||8|
|12. Dustin Ackley, Mariners||24||662||.278||83||12||64||15|
|13. Jemile Weeks, Athletics||25||618||.285||80||5||56||31|
|14. Danny Espinosa, Nationals||24||632||.246||81||22||74||17|
|15. Kelly Johnson, Blue Jays||30||589||.263||75||19||69||14|
|16. Jose Altuve, Astros||21||601||.289||72||8||54||20|
|17. Ryan Roberts, D-backs||31||569||.255||68||15||65||14|
|18. Aaron Hill, Diamondbacks||30||558||.258||63||14||65||14|
|19. Johnny Giavotella, Royals||24||531||.277||65||7||58||13|
|20. Daniel Murphy, Mets||27||519||.291||61||10||66||4|
|21. Ryan Raburn, Tigers||30||479||.264||59||16||64||4|
|22. Sean Rodriguez, Rays||26||491||.247||62||12||58||12|
|23. Gordon Beckham, White Sox||25||557||.256||64||12||64||5|
|24. Mike Aviles, Red Sox||31||365||.279||46||8||41||13|
|25. Eduardo Nunez, Yankees||24||361||.275||46||5||41||21|
|26. Brian Roberts, Orioles||30||373||.271||47||6||32||13|
|27. Omar Infante, Marlins||34||564||.287||59||6||57||5|
|28. Ty Wigginton, Phillies||34||431||.251||48||13||49||3|
|29. Freddy Sanchez, Giants||34||488||.289||54||5||48||1|
|30. Orlando Hudson, Padres||34||538||.264||57||6||51||12|
|31. Mark Ellis, Dodgers||34||498||.259||47||7||45||12|
|32. Alexi Casilla, Twins||27||445||.266||48||2||46||17|
|33. Maicer Izturis, Angels||31||427||.274||45||5||42||10|
|34. Darwin Barney, Cubs||26||527||.273||50||2||49||8|
|35. Ruben Tejada, Mets||22||566||.268||51||1||41||9|
|36. Jamey Carroll, Twins||38||523||.279||51||1||33||9|
|37. Clint Barmes, Astros||33||530||.249||49||12||52||4|
|38. Juan Uribe, Dodgers||33||449||.245||46||12||49||2|
|39. Robert Andino, Orioles||27||395||.262||41||5||41||9|
|40. Brent Lillibridge, White Sox||28||223||.241||26||8||25||10|
Alexi Casilla (ADP #16, RotoAce #32) has been in and out of the Twins’ lineup since 2007 and has never offered anything more than a little speed, as evidenced by his .252 career mark and 10 homers in 409 games. Yet there he is, being drafted ahead of Aaron Hill and Kelly Johnson on mockdraftcentral.com! Casilla is 27 and could finally see full-time ABs, but he would be best deployed for steals off your bench in a deep league.
Jamey Carroll (ADP #28, RotoAce #36) is a 38-year-old with almost zero power (no homers in 924 PAs over the past two years) who really only offers a little batting average and a handful of steals, so it’s even a stretch to call him NL-only worthy. Don’t overrate the .290 average from last year and look more at the zero homers and 17 RBIs in 510 PAs.
Jason Kipnis (ADP #14, RotoAce #10) made a big splash when called up in mid-July, clubbing homers in four straight games at one point and totaling six taters in 75 PAs before being sidelined for a month with a strained hamstring. We’re a bit bullish on Kipnis, as he’ll turn 25 in early April and should be able to contribute in five categories right away. He combined for 19 homers and 17 steals between Triple-A and Cleveland despite missing a month, so a 20-20 season is within reach. We could be looking at the next Chase Utley, so get on board and see if he takes you for a ride.
Johnny Giavotella (ADP #26, RotoAce #19) struggled a bit in his first taste of the majors, but he flashed some of the grit that combined with his contact skills should make him into a solid fantasy player for years to come. The comparisons to Dustin Pedroia are inevitable not only because of his size (5-foot-8, 185 pounds) but also because of his productivity in college and the minors (.338, nine homers, nine steals in 110 games at Triple-A). Giavotella will likely take over the No. 2 spot in the Royals’ lineup with the departure of Melky Cabrera, which could help lead to a breakout season from under the radar.