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Fantasy Baseball 2017 Positional Preview: Second Base

A look at the second base position for the 2017 Fantasy Baseball season.

Daniel Murphy and Trea Turner both make the top 5 at second base. Who else joins these Nationals?
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Check out my top 250:
Fantasy Baseball 2017 Top 250

We head to the middle of the infield for this positional preview. Second base is the topic of today’s discussion. In addition to giving you the top players to draft at the position, I’ll offer up a breakout player, sleepers, busts, and an overall strategy of how to go about drafting the position. Here are my thoughts on second base.

Top 30 Second Basemen

Pos Rank Player Team Age PR League
Pos Rank Player Team Age PR League
1 Jose Altuve HOU 26 2 AL
2 Trea Turner WAS 23 59 NL
3 Daniel Murphy WAS 32 23 NL
4 Robinson Cano SEA 34 31 AL
5 Brian Dozier MIN 29 24 AL
6 Ian Kinsler DET 34 34 AL
7 Dee Gordon MIA 28 252 NL
8 DJ LeMahieu COL 28 38 NL
9 Jean Segura SEA 27 6 AL
10 Rougned Odor TEX 23 57 AL
11 Jason Kipnis CLE 29 71 AL
12 Matt Carpenter STL 31 196 NL
13 Dustin Pedroia BOS 33 56 AL
14 Javier Baez CHC 24 214 NL
15 Ben Zobrist CHC 35 138 NL
16 Logan Forsythe LAD 30 212 NL
17 Starlin Castro NYY 27 191 AL
18 Jonathan Schoop BAL 25 149 AL
19 Josh Harrison PIT 29 177 NL
20 Neil Walker NYM 31 209 NL
21 Devon Travis TOR 26 241 AL
22 Jedd Gyorko STL 28 278 NL
23 Brandon Phillips ATL 35 122 NL
24 Cesar Hernandez PHI 26 158 NL
25 Ryan Schimpf SD 28 453 NL
26 Joe Panik SF 25 361 NL
27 Howie Kendrick PHI 33 333 NL
28 Kolten Wong STL 26 617 NL
29 Scooter Gennett MIL 26 259 NL
30 Derek Dietrich MIA 27 450 NL

*PR stands for 'Player Rater' which is a measure of how good a player was in a standard 5x5 roto league

Breakout player – Javier Baez
Sleepers – Starlin Castro, Josh Harrison
Busts – Rougned Odor, Matt Carpenter

Position Overview

The landscape of second base has changed quite a bit compared to just one year ago. There are far more players I am comfortable with as my starting 2B. In fact, assuming I grab great values at other positions, I’m perfectly fine with any of the top 20 second basemen as my starter in mixed leagues. Because of this, I’m not really targeting any particular player at the position. I usually approach my drafts my following my rankings and picking the best available player. The two players I seem to be drafting often in mock drafts are Javier Baez and Josh Harrison. Baez has a world of potential and can play anywhere in a deadly Cubs lineup. Playing time seems to be the biggest gripe of his doubters, but he is one injury or slump away from being an everyday player. Even without that, he should still see plenty of games with his phenomenal flexibility. Harrison is the perfect target for owners needing stolen bases late. He finished last year as a top 200 overall player and most sites have him outside the top 250.

Check back tomorrow for a look at shortstop! See you then and thanks for the read.

Other positional previews:
First Base
Third Base
Starting Pitcher
Relief Pitcher