Fantasy Baseball: Top 20 NL only Second Baseman for 2014

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Ray offers his top 20 NL only fantasy catchers for 2014, headed by Aaron Hill. Check out where Anthony Rendon, Kolten Wong and Alexander Guerrero rank in my NL only second base rankings.

Now that we have completed our consensus position rankings for 2014, it is time to address rankings for those of you in AL only and NL only leagues. I will publish league specific position rankings each day, addressing one position at a time, starting with the NL only position rankings.

In case you missed them, below you will find links to all of our consensus position rankings and projections that we have published to date:

Catcher: Part 1| Part 2

First Base: Part 1| Part 2

Second Base: Part 1| Part 2

Shortstop: Part 1| Part 2

Third Base: Part 1| Part 2

Outfielders: Part 1| Part 2| Part 3

Starting Pitcher: Part 1| Part 2| Part 3

The second base position in the National League has no huge stars like the American League, but it does have depth. I ranked Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill at the top spot, but I can see some liking Matt Carpenter there. Hill hits in a solid lineup and in a hitters park, and he did perform well at the dish when healthy last season.

Carpenter is ranked second, as he also hits in a terrific lineup in St. Louis, has a little bit of pop, and hits for a very high average. He is one of the best lead off hitters in the game, but I see the runs scored dropping into the 90-100 range this season. Don't draft him counting on 126 runs scored,.

The next six or seven guys could be ranked in any order and I wouldn't argue. Utley still seems to have a pretty decent bat even at his age, and he has the advantage of hitting in a nice hitters park. Prado could easily be the #3 second baseman ranked in the NL, as he is as steady as they come, and comes with little risk. He, too, hits in an excellent hitters park.

I would have ranked Daniel Murphy higher, but I have no idea if his 2013 season was a fluke or a sign of things to come.

I like Neil Walker this year, as he doesn't get the love, but hits 13-17 home runs and can score and drive in 70 runs.

I am not sure what to expect from Anthony Rendon, as he was a stud in college, but I wonder if the power comes this year, or we will have to wait a few years.

I think Dodgers second baseman Alexander Guerrero is a sleeper this year. He isn't getting much love, but he has a heck of a bat. Once he gets more reps at second base, I think he can be a solid fantasy second baseman, capable of moving up these rankings at this time next season.

I would probably rank Dee Gordon higher if it weren't for the presence of Guerrero. As it is, Gordon should start the season as the Dodgers starting second baseman, and should latch on as a utility guy once Guerrero is ready. If he can get 300-400 at bats, I think he is capable of 35-40 stolen bases this season, as he could be used in plenty of pinch running situations. Manager Don Mattingly rostered him in the playoffs last season for just that reason, so I think we will see him in that role quite a bit later in the season, assuming he doesn't keep the second base job.

Rank

Player

Team

1

Aaron Hill

ARI

2

Matt Carpenter

STL

3

Jedd Gyorko

SD

4

Brandon Phillips

CIN

5

Chase Utley

PHI

6

Martin Prado

ARI

7

Daniel Murphy

NYM

8

Neil Walker

PIT

9

Anthony Rendon

WAS

10

Kolten Wong

STL

11

Alexander Guerrero

LAD

12

Dan Uggla

ATL

13

Scooter Gennett

MIL

14

Rickie Weeks

MIL

15

Josh Rutledge

COL

16

DJ LeMahieu

COL

17

Dee Gordon

LAD

18

Mark Ellis

STL

19

Jordy Mercer

PIT

20

Tommy La Stella

ATL

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