Thursday, February 9, 2012

Top 20 Second Basemen

Position eligibility for hitters is determined by a minimum of 20 games played at that position the previous season. All of our rankings are based on 5×5, standard league settings. We totally realize that most of you have customizable league settings and many of you play in keeper leagues – but we had to set a guideline for our rankings at some point, right? So no Cuddyer for 2B due to our criteria.

Second base has become one of the deepest positions in Fantasy Baseball. You have the power hitting Cano, the two 20/20 guys Pedroia and Kinsler, veterans in Utley, Uggla, Phillips, Weeks and Zobrist. Then you have some young guns that will be forces in the near future. Those would be Ackley, Kipnis and the younger Weeks. Some give you power and RBI but lack average and SB. Some have speed and will bat leadoff, while others can give you solid production across all counting categories.

I feel you can truly dominate your league this year (especially if your league has a MI slot) by drafting a couple of the top 5 or 6 2B. If you can combo Pedroia and Uggla or say Cano and Kinsler you do a couple of things for your squad. First, no one in your league will even come close to the production you will be producing from those two positions; as far as power and RBIs. Second, by taking two of these players you have blocked league mates from producing at 2B and MI. This is just like a block in basketball or a blitz in football...its great defense. This will work out to be a double whammy for your squad. I have been participating in many mock drafts this winter while trying out this strategy. I was selecting Pedroia in round 2 then Uggla in round 3 or 4 (depending on # of teams drafting) Other combos were Cano in round 1 and Zobrist in 4 or 5. Comparing the other teams with mine after the draft I noticed I will be getting 20+ more HR and 50+ more RBI from my 2B MI combo. That is dominance. A definite strategy worth considering come draft day.

                                                             
Robinson Cano
Dustin Pedroia
Ian Kinsler
Dan Uggla
Rickie Weeks
Brandon Phillips
Ben Zobrist
Chase Utley
Howie Kendrick
Dustin Ackley
Kelly Johnson
Ryan Roberts
Neil Walker
Jason Kipnis
Aaron Hill
Jemile Weeks
Ian Desmond
Jose Altuva
Ryan Raburn
Brian Roberts

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