Fantasy Baseball 2014: Early Top 20 Second Base Rankings

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Ray takes an early look at his 2014 fantasy second base rankings, discussing Jason Kipnis, Jurickson Profar and a few others.

Today, I continue my early 2014 position rankings, and I give you my take on the top 20 fantasy second baseman for 2014. I will publish my top 20 at each position, although I have gone 30 deep at each position, and 50 deep for the outfielders and starting pitchers. I will not offer much in comments here, as I will save them for our 2014 Consensus Position Rankings that will publish beginning in January.

To date, I have published my early catcher and first base rankings, and you can find them in the links below:

Catchers

First Baseman

Now let's take a look at my early top 20 fantasy second base rankings for 2014:

Rank

Name

Team

1

Robinson Cano

Yankees

2

Jason Kipnis

Indians

3

Dustin Pedroia

Red Sox

4

Matt Carpenter

Cardinals

5

Aaron Hill

Diamondbacks

6

Ian Kinsler

Rangers

7

Brandon Phillips

Reds

8

Chase Utley

Phillies

9

Ben Zobrist

Rays

10

Daniel Murphy

Mets

11

Anthony Rendon

Nationals

12

Howie Kendrick

Angels

13

Jedd Gyorko

Padres

14

Brian Dozier

Twins

15

Neil Walker

Pirates

16

Alexander Guerrero

Dodgers

17

Nick Franklin

Mariners

18

Jose Altuve

Astros

19

Dan Uggla

Braves

20

Jurickson Profar

Rangers

Jason Kipnis, CLE

Kipnis easily could have been my #1 fantasy second baseman had he not hit just two home runs in the last two months of the 2013 season. He finished with 17 HRs, 86 runs, 84 RBI and 30 stolen bases this season, but at one point was on pace for a 20-30 season. His home run total increased from 2012 to 2013, so maybe we will actually see a 20-30 season from him in 2014.

Matt Carpenter, STL

Carpenter led the National League in runs scored this season with 126, hit .318 and drove in 78 runs, but the Cardinals, as a team hit well over .300 with runners in scoring position in 2013, and to expect them to duplicate that next year is asking too much. With that said, I can see Carpenter's runs scored and RBI total dropping, so that is reflected in my early rankings above. I could make a case for him to drop another few spots from where he sits currently as well.

Anthony Rendon, WAS

I am anxious to see what Rendon can do with a season full of plate appearances, assuming he can stay healthy, in 2014. Rendon held his own in the 98 games he played, hitting .265-.329-.396 with 7 HRs, 40 runs and 35 RBI, and I see him improving across the board in 2014.

Jurickson Profar, TEX

Profar's first season in the big leagues was not one to remember, as he hit just .234-.308-.336 with 6 HRs, 30 runs and 26 RBI in 324 plate appearances. He was a part time player in 2013, and I see that changing next season, as the Rangers could move current second baseman Ian Kinsler to first base or trade him. Or, they could trade shortstop Elvis Andrus to make room for Profar. Or, they could deal Profar for David Price (more on that in the next day or two). Either way, Profar should be an every day player in 2014, and I see him exceeding his draft round in 2014.

Fantasy Rundown

If you are looking for more fantasy baseball rankings, make sure you check out Fantasy Rundown, the one stop spot on the internet for all the fantasy baseball information you will need to win in 2014.

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