Fantasy Baseball Draft 2015: Top 10 Second Basemen (2B)
Taking a Look at the Top 10 Second Basemen in the 2015 Fantasy Draft
March 12, 2015
This week, we’ve been kicking off the 2015 fantasy baseball draft season by looking at the top 10 players at each position. Today it’s time for second base, and there’s not much argument as to the top five players. After that, however, things get muddied. Let’s check out each player’s projections to see where they should stand on your draft board.
1. Jose Altuve, Houston Astros: Altuve is coming off a phenomenal .341 average last year that won him a batting title. He also stole a whopping 56 bases and scored 85 times. We think he’ll get reasonably close to those numbers this year, and may even post a few more runs. Look for .315 or so in BA and another 50 swipes. He’s well deserving of the No. 1 2B slot.
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2. Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals: Coming up behind Altuve at No. 2 is Rendon, who will deliver a more well-rounded approach to stats. Look for 20 or so homers here, with 80-plus RBI and 100-plus runs. He’ll also bag around 15 steals and hold a .280 or so average. Not too shabby.
3. Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners: Cano’s second year in Seattle should mark a step forward, as we expect to see an up-tick in power categories. He’ll hit .300-plus again, and shouldn’t have a problem logging 15-20 homers and 90 RBI. He won’t give you quite the speed numbers that Rendon will, however.
4. Brian Dozier, Minnesota Twins: Were it not for the BA hit, we could have slid Dozier in ahead of Cano. We don’t expect him to get over the .250 mark in hitting, but he’ll make up for it with 25-ish homers and 100-plus runs. He may also notch 20 swipes again this year, which would be a nice bonus.
5. Ian Kinsler, Detroit Tigers: Rounding out the consensus 2B top 5 on most draft boards is Kinsler, who is coming off 92 RBI, 100 runs and 15 swipes in 2014. Expect a bit of a dip in production this season, but not enough to kick him out of the elite fantasy second basemen. 85 RBI and 95 runs seems feasible.
6. Jason Kipnis, Cleveland Indians: Here’s where you’ll start to see some disagreements in the 2B rankings, as Kipnis could very easily get a downgrade a couple of spots. Optimists can project him at .250 for BA and around 70 RBI with 80 runs or so. He should hit 25 steals as well.
7. Dee Gordon, Miami Marlins: Gordon is another name you’ll see floating around here and there, but not usually out of the top 10 among his position. He’s your guy when it comes to finesse numbers, as we see him scoring 90 runs and swiping 60 bases if everything goes well. Make sure you’re getting your power somewhere else if you draft him, however.
8. Kolten Wong, St. Louis Cardinals: We’re pretty high on Wong this season, and think he’ll take a step forward. His BA needs some work, and hitting .260 would be a nice season for him. He should deliver decent levels in the other categories as well, but won’t blow you away in anything.
9. Neil Walker, Pittsburgh Pirates: Walker offers an upgrade in power over Wong, but you’ll be losing out on a lot of steals. Expect 20-plus homers with around .280 in BA and 75-ish for RBI and runs.
10: Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox: If you can get Pedroia here, consider yourself fortunate. He won’t be dazzling in homers or swipes, but should provide some pretty consistent numbers as far as average, RBI and runs. He’s a solid lower-end No. 1 guy.
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