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Fantasy Baseball 2016: Top 20 NL-Only Second Base Rankings

Ray ranks his top 20 second baseman for NL-only leagues with Dee Gordon and Matt Carpenter heading the rankings.

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For those of you who play in mono or "only" leagues, I will be publishing my NL-only second base rankings today and my AL-only second base rankings tomorrow.

Second base appears deeper than most years, so you can afford to wait till the 15th-16th rounds and grab a veteran second baseman like Neil Walker, Ben Zobrist or Brett Laurie, who I think can have a bit of a breakout season in 2016. Other guys you can draft even later include Jonathan Schoop or even Javier Baez, who might need a trade to become a top 10 second baseman.

There were 11 second baseman who hit 15 or more home runs last season, and eight of them came from the American League. The NL-only second baseman who hit 15+ home runs include Walker, Wilmer Flores and Jedd Gyorko, who both figure to be part time players in 2016. That said, there are several second baseman who could join the 15 home run club in 2016 including Zobrist, Addison Russell, who will play shortstop this season, Anthony Rendon, Daniel Murphy, and the aforementioned Javier Baez, so there is power to be had at the keystone in the National League.

If you are looking for speed at the keystone, the National League is where you can find it. Last season there were 13 second baseman to steal 10 or more bases, and eight of them resided in the National League, including Dee Gordon, D.J.LeMahieu and Brandon Phillips who all stole 20+ bases.

Seven of the 15 second baseman to hit .280 or higher played in the National League, including Gordon, Howie Kendrick, and Joe Panik, among others. If you play in OBP leagues, then you will want to make sure you grab one of Gordon, Rendon, Panik, LeMahieu or Kendrick, as they all got on base at a .335 OBP clip or better.

Second Base Prospects who can make an impact in 2016

There are five second baseman who could impact fantasy rosters in 2016, and we profiled two of them yesterday:

Jose Peraza is still a long way away

(Limited) Opportunity knocks for Alen Hanson

The other three include two Nationals second basemen, Wilmer Difo and Trea Turner, and Diamondbacks second baseman Brandon Drury. All three should start the season in the minors, but could help your roster in 2016, but would need an injury or sub-par performance from Daniel Murphy or Stephen Drew in Washington, or Jean Segura in Arizona, to see enough playing time to make an impact.

Top 20 NL-Only Second Base Rankings for 2016

Rank

$ Value

Name

Team

1

$27

Dee Gordon

Marlins

2

$19

Matt Carpenter

Cardinals

3

$18

Anthony Rendon

Nationals

4

$10

Daniel Murphy

Nationals

5

$10

Neil Walker

Mets

6

$10

Ben Zobrist

Cubs

7

$12

Addison Russell

Cubs

8

$10

DJ LeMahieu

Rockies

9

$12

Kolten Wong

Cardinals

10

$6

Howie Kendrick

Dodgers

11

$5

Brandon Phillips

Reds

12

$5

Joe Panik

Giants

13

$4

Josh Harrison

Pirates

14

$4

Javier Baez

Cubs

15

$3

Yangervis Solarte

Padres

16

$4

Martin Prado

Marlins

17

$3

Jedd Gyorko

Cardinals

18

$3

Chris Coghlan

Cubs

19

$5

Cesar Hernandez

Phillies

20

$2

Trea Turner

Nationals


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