Second Base (2B) Fantasy Baseball Rankings 2017

Last week, I took a look at my Top 25 Fantasy First Basemen. Today, I’ll be debuting my lists for the other positions in rapid-fire succession, culminating with my Top 250 total players on Sunday. These position lists were creating using the combined positional eligibility on FantasyPros to ensure that if a player is eligible for the position on any major fantasy website, they’ll be ranked in my list.

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Is it just me or is Second Base especially deep this season? There are 12 players I would legitimately be alright with as my fantasy team’s starter at the position, and, honestly, I think that list of 12 could easily expand to 15 or so by midseason. Listed below are my 2017 Fantasy Second Basemen rankings, with a few notes for the players who needed it.

  1. Jose Altuve, Hou 2B
  2. Robinson Cano, Sea 2B
  3. Trea Turner, Wsh 2B, OF
  4. Brian Dozier, Min 2B
  5. Rougned Odor, Tex 2B
  6. Daniel Murphy, Wsh 2B, 1B
  7. Dee Gordon, Mia 2B
  8. Ian Kinsler, Det 2B
  9. Matt Carpenter, StL 2B, 1B, 3B
  10. Jean Segura, Sea SS, 2B
  11. Jonathan Villar, Mil SS, 2B
  12. Dustin Pedroia, Bos 2B
  13. DJ LeMahieu, Col 2B
  14. Jose Peraza, Cin SS, OF, 2B
  15. Logan Forsythe, LAD 2B
  16. Devon Travis, Tor 2B
  17. Jonathan Schoop, Bal 2B
  18. Ben Zobrist, ChC 2B, OF
  19. Neil Walker, NYM 2B
  20. Starlin Castro, NYY 2B
  21. Jedd Gyorko, StL 2B, 3B, SS
  22. Javier Baez, ChC 2B, 3B, SS
  23. Jason Kipnis, Cle 2B
  24. Brandon Drury, Ari SS, 2B
  25. Kolten Wong, StL 2B

 

  • This list’s first possible disputed ranking comes in at #2 with Robinson Cano being ranked ahead of Trea Turner. Look, I’m on the Trea Train, but I’d like to temper expectations a bit. I think Cano is a more consistent (duh), well-rounded hitter, and he’s in a lineup that puts some pretty good hitters around him. Turner could very well end up being the #1 2B by the end of the season, but I think it’s equally likely that he falls out of the Top 5. I don’t see that happening with Cano.
  • I covered this a bit in my 1B ranks, but I’m just not that high on Daniel Murphy. I know about his swing changes, and I know he’s in a good lineup, but the track record just isn’t there. I’m not sure the talent is, either. I moved Rougned Odor above him because, even though I walked more than him last season, he has another year of development under him. He disappointed last year, relative to his ranking, but I don’t see that happening this time around.
  • It’s not a coincidence that I have Jean Segura and Jonathan Villar grouped together here. They’re clearly very talented players. They also very clearly outplayed their peripherals last season. I doubt either will finish in the Top 5 this season, but your fantasy team will be fine with them as your starter at second, assuming you get them in the 5th or 6th round, especially since they both have multiple position eligibility on most sites.
  • Dustin Pedroia marks the end of my “starters” tier for a standard, 12-team league. He’ll be good this year, especially at the top of that lineup.
  • DJ LeMahieu went from being one of the more meh prospects in the Cubs system to winning the NL Batting Title in, what, 3 seasons? He’ll still be solid, but I’m expecting a return to meh this season.
  • I want to talk about Jose Peraza, Devon Travis, and Javier Baez for one minute, here. These are the 3 players (in that order) who I think have the greatest chance of exploding onto the scene and finishing in the Top 10 by the end of the season. We’ve all seen what Baez can do in the field and on the bases. He is unquestionably one of the best defenders and baserunners in the game, but that doesn’t translate to fantasy success. This could be the year he brings his electric power back into his game. It’s a big “if”, but if he continues to improve his plate discipline, as he has each of the last 3 seasons, we may be talking about Javy Baez around the Odor range next season.
  • Travis is exciting. He’s in a good lineup, and he should finally have the job to himself this season. The kid has done nothing but perform in his limited opportunities, so it’s easy to project him into the Top 15 or so, as long as he stays healthy.
  • Peraza can steal 40+ base. Full stop. That alone could easily propel him into the Top 10. He won’t hit .324 with a .350 OBP again, but if he can hover around .285/.330 for the whole season, you’ll have a pretty special player. No power, but he won’t need it.
  • It’s interesting to note that the Cardinals have 3 players in my Top 25, with Kolten Wong and Jedd Gyorko slipping in at the end. One of them will be a decent player, but neither is guaranteed a starting spot for the full season. Matt Carpenter is good. You should draft him.
  • Last note: Jason Kipnis is a fine player. He’s not great. He’s hurt. You can do better.

 

That wraps up the 2B edition of my rankings. How’d I do? Let me know on twitter @BaselineKory. You can also take your complaints straight to the top @Rounding3rdPod.