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Fantasy Baseball: Jason's 2B Rankings

Continuing on with our positional rankings, here's my 2B rankings:

  1. Chase Utley (Phillies)
  2. Ian Kinsler (Rangers)
  3. Ben Zobrist (Rays)
  4. Brandon Phillips (Reds)
  5. Dustin Pedroia (Red Sox)
  6. Gordon Beckham (White Sox)
  7. Robinson Cano (Yankees)
  8. Dan Uggla (Marlins)
  9. Brian Roberts (Orioles)
  10. Aaron Hill (Blue Jays)
  11. Jose Lopez (Mariners)
  12. Asdrubal Cabrera (Indians)
  13. Ian Stewart (Rockies)
  14. Howie Kendrick (Angels)
  15. Rickie Weeks (Brewers)
  16. Scott Sizemore (Tigers)
  17. Martin Prado (Braves)
  18. Mark Ellis (Athletics)
  19. Placido Polanco (Phillies)
  20. Orlando Hudson (Twins)

Some thoughts:

Overall, the position doesn't really appear to be that deep to me. The drop off in quality really seems to start after Cano.At that point you're now either looking at players that are flawed in some way (batting average), injury prone (Weeks), or rookies (Sizemore).

If I were drafting today, Brian Roberts is not going to end up on any of my teams. There's just so much risk there right now due to the back injury he's been suffering from.

Beckham doesn't qualify as a 2B coming into the season, but will very shortly after the start of the season. Just another good player with excellent positional flexibility. You've got Cabrera (SS), Stewart (3B), Prado (1B, 3B), and Izturis (SS), along with Polanco who will qualify at 3B shortly also. And I can't forget Zobrist (SS, OF).

Zobrist I think will be able to repeat his 2009 season, and that positional flexibility is what puts him ahead for me.

I think that Scott Sizemore has the potential to have a 15-15 season with a .280 average. Not an amazing performance for a fantasy starter, but in leagues where you're required to start a MI as well as 2B and SS, he could be a nice pickup.

Brandon Phillips always seems to be the forgotten 2B. He did post another 20-20 season last year, and still has the potential to post a 30-30 as well.

Past these guys, there's really a lot of playing time deprived options. Felipe Lopez is probably the best one available of that group. There are also not a lot of minor leaguers at the top levels who could be coming either. Probably the best prospect playing 2B right now is Dustin Ackley of the Mariners, but he seems like he's at least 2 seasons away right now.