Fantasy Baseball Draft 2016: Second Base (2B) Sleepers
2016-03-16 11:00:00 EDT
This week, we’ve been checking out some of the notable sleeper options and value pickups in the 2016 fantasy baseball draft. Today it’s time to look at the second base position, and there are several notable names out there for 2B. Here’s a closer look at the numbers and names who could potentially outperform their draft positions.
Jonathan Schoop, Baltimore Orioles: Schoop played in just 86 games last season, but still was able to rack up 85 hits with 15 homers and 39 RBI. His .279 average was also an improvement over 2014 as well.
Schoop will be the guy to go after if you’re looking for power from your 2B spot. His average may take a dip, and you’ll need to look elsewhere for steals, but he should provide nice value for where he’s getting drafted.
Starlin Castro, New York Yankees: Castro didn’t do too well until late in the 2015 season, but if he can pick up where he left off we could have something here.
Castro’s not the stolen base threat he once was, but he’s got a good chance at swiping 10 bases this season. 15 homers and 65 RBI aren’t out of the question, either. If he can get close to those numbers, we’ve got a nice value pickup here.
Rougned Odor, Texas Rangers: Things were looking bleak last year for Odor at one point, when he was demoted to the minors after struggling a bit during the campaign. He got things straightened out, however, turning it into 111 hits with 21 doubles and 16 homers.
Odor is a popular breakout candidate this season, and we concur with that analysis. He’s coming off an oblique injury in Cactus League play, but should be fine moving forward.
Matt Duffy, San Francisco Giants: We’ve seen Duffy ranked as a top-10 guy in some pre-draft lists, and others have him down in the 20s. We’re on the higher side of that spectrum, and firmly believe he can improve on his 2015 numbers.
Duffy logged 169 hits in 573 at-bats last year, racking up 28 doubles, 77 RBI, 77 runs and 12 homers. He also turned in a nice 12 stolen bases. As an all-around producer, he’s a great fit at second base.
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Brett Lawrie, Chicago White Sox: Lawrie is another guy we’ve seen in the top 10 of a few pre-draft rankings. We think he’ll at least get close to that level, after posting 146 hits with 29 doubles, 16 homers, 60 RBI and 64 runs in 2015.
Lawrie has the potential to hit 30 doubles with 135 or so hits and could flirt with 20 home runs if things go well. He won’t do much for steals or hit for a great average, but if you see him in the later rounds he’s not a bad guy to pick up as a value selection.
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