This is a quick post on which NL second baseman you would rather have in 2013: Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks or Phillies second baseman Chase Utley? I ranked Weeks as my 5th ranked NL-Only second baseman, with Utley coming him just ahead of him at #4. Both come with a question mark or two, with Utley's injury risk and age a concern for fantasy owners, while Weeks has an injury history himself, but has played 157 or more games in two of the last three seasons. But, before 2010, Weeks had never played more than 129 games, with three seasons under 100 games played.
Former Fake Teams writer, and Brewers fan, Kevin Boger made his case for Weeks in the comments section of my NL-Only Second Base Rankings:
Also, he is 30 years old.
What spurred me to rank Utley ahead of Weeks was the decent second half he had in 2012. He hit .258-.374-.431 with 9 HRs, 45 runs, 42 RBI, 11 stolen bases (!) and an excellent 35-42 K/BB rate in 267 at bats. The 11 stolen bases showed me his knees are as healthy as they can be, and after he struggled to a .211 BA in July, his first full month back after knee surgery, he hit .260 in August and .269 in September. The Phillies will be counting on a healthy Utley this season, and i think he has another 20-80-.285 season in him this season.
So, who would you rather have: Rickie Weeks or Chase Utley?