So today we will look at the position which I think has the greatest depth for fantasy purposes, 2B. Lots of good rosterable names on this early trend report. Some as mid-draft finds or some as later round gems. I will give some analysis after the chart.
|1 (11)||Robinson Cano||2B||NYY||9.64||3||36||100.0%|
|2 (17)||Dustin Pedroia||2B||BOS||18.65||10||38||100.0%|
|3 (23)||Ian Kinsler||2B||TEX||23.62||13||35||100.0%|
|4 (53)||Dan Uggla||2B||ATL||54.29||25||394||100.0%|
|5 (62)||Brandon Phillips||2B||CIN||61.76||31||210||100.0%|
|6 (76)||Chase Utley||2B||PHI||77.29||42||363||100.0%|
|7 (78)||Rickie Weeks||2B||MIL||79.83||53||306||100.0%|
|8 (81)||Ben Zobrist||2B||TB||82.37||38||117||100.0%|
|9 (105)||Howie Kendrick||2B||ANA||104.32||63||141||100.0%|
|10 (133)||Dustin Ackley||2B||SEA||135.81||74||180||100.0%|
|11 (139)||Neil Walker||2B||PIT||143.80||98||212||100.0%|
|12 (147)||Danny Espinosa||2B||WAS||150.36||95||213||100.0%|
|13 (152)||Jemile Weeks||2B||OAK||153.80||98||-ND-||99.8%|
|14 (162)||Jason Kipnis||2B||CLE||164.96||76||-ND-||99.4%|
|15 (224)||Alexi Casilla||2B,SS||MIN||217.16||203||-ND-||6.4%|
|16 (271)||Jose Altuve||2B||HOU||227.48||220||-ND-||10.3%|
|17 (311)||Aaron Hill||2B||ARI||231.55||163||-ND-||85.5%|
|18 (323)||Gordon Beckham||2B||CHW||233.55||188||-ND-||28.3%|
|19 (327)||Kelly Johnson||2B||TOR||234.26||160||-ND-||71.1%|
|20 (351)||Brian Roberts||2B||BAL||240.98||201||-ND-||53.9%|
|21 (369)||Omar Infante||2B||MIA||257.47||249||-ND-||14.8%|
|22 (389)||Johnny Giavotella||2B||KC||274.01||265||-ND-||4.2%|
|23 (419)||Ruben Tejada||2B,SS||NYM||317.44||307||-ND-||0.3%|
|24 (440)||Darwin Barney||2B||CHC||332.95||322||-ND-||0.5%|
|25 (450)||Robert Andino||2B,3B,SS||BAL||362.93||351||-ND-||0.3%|
Players Listed as 3b:
|12 (197)||Ryan Roberts||3B,2B||ARI||196.23||108||-ND-||97.6%|
Players listed as SS:
|18 (292)||Sean Rodriguez||SS,2B,3B||TB||229.54||212||-ND-||
- Three 2B in the first 2 rounds seems about right to me. You know what your going to get out of Cano, which is basically corner OF production from a MI spot. The "Dirt Pig" is an all energy player that puts up decent stats in all categories. Kinsler is the "little-if-that-could". Sure, he can produce 30/30 but will he stay healthy?Personally, it's worth the gamble late/early rounds 2/3.
- Let someone else take the gamble on Utley. I just don't see him returning to the elite level as a 33 year old.
- My two undervalued picks are Ben Zobrist and Howie Kendrick. I like that they both have multiple eligiblities, and i love that they are getting picked in the 7-9 rd range. I personally think the addition of Pujols will have the greatest effect on Kendrick in that line-up.
- The big debate I have seen over the internet is Jason Kipnis vs Dustin Ackley. To me there isn't much of one, Ackley is a better real life player and Kipnis is a better for fantasy player. Kipnis is arguably in a better line-up, definitely a better ball park and a better mix of power and speed.
- Lots of value late, Jemile Weeks should be given free range on the bases making him a great source of steals after Rd 13, and will be on most of my teams this year either as my 2B or MI.
- Love me some Jose Altuve. Kid reminds me of me when I was in the 8th grade, but shorter. Houston is going to be terrible, but if he hits he makes a great set it and forget candidate for 2B.
- You can't go wrong at the end of your draft with taking Aaron Hill or a Kelly Johnson. Both showed promise in their new situations and the line-ups around them are only getting better.
Overall, I love the depth that 2B is offering. You can get great production at the top and be thankful for their selections. Take middle round talent that should meet or exceed their draft position. Or take a flyer on a savvy veteran or young up-and-comer late and be kindly rewarded. The draft that you're in will dictate who and where you take people, but the research of who you want is where you win. Good luck, and happy drafting.