2015 Fantasy Rankings: Top 15 Second Baseman

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The days of Robinson Cano as the lone elite second base option have come and gone, with Anthony Rendon and Jose Altuve joining him in the top tier (and you could argue a few others aren’t too far behind).  How do the rankings stack up?  Let’s take a look:

1. Anthony Rendon – Washington Nationals
2. Robinson Cano – Seattle Mariners
3. Jose Altuve – Houston Astros
4. Jason Kipnis – Cleveland Indians
5. Ian Kinsler – Detroit Tigers
6. Brian Dozier – Minnesota Twins
7. Dee Gordon – Miami Marlins
8. Daniel Murphy – New York Mets
9. Neil Walker – Pittsburgh Pirates
10. Kolten Wong – St. Louis Cardinals
11. Dustin Pedroia – Boston Red Sox
12. Howie Kendrick – Los Angeles Dodgers
13. Jed Gyorko – San Diego Padres
14. Ben Zobrist – Oakland A’s
15. Chase Utley – Philadelphia Phillies

Thoughts:

  • Javier Baez is going to be one of the more hyped players heading into 2015, but fantasy owners need to be careful not to overvalue him.  The power upside is unquestioned, but you need to make contact to hit home runs.  He posted an unbelievable 41.5% strikeout rate over 229 PA in the Majors in ’14, after owning a 30.0% mark at Triple-A prior to his recall.  Sure he could hit 35+ HR, but it also may come at the expense of a sub-.220 average.  Unfortunately for him (and Arismendy Alcantara), the acquisition of Dexter Fowler now throws playing time into question.  For more on the fallout click here, but proceed with caution.
  • It would be easy to write off the breakout of Neil Walker (.271, 23 HR, 76 RBI), but that would be a mistake.  What number was really unbelievable?  A 22.6% line drive rate (22.5% for his career)?  A 13.9% HR/FB (10.1% for his career, now 29-years old)?  A .288 BABIP?  A 15.4% strikeout rate (17.1% for his career)?  There’s every reason to believe.
  • Many are going to write off Jason Kipnis due to his struggles, but we should believe that he can have a strong rebound.  Remember he was plagued by an oblique injury that helped to zap him of his power.  He did still swipe 22 bases and he also endured some poor luck (.288 BABIP, 22.6% line drive rate).
  • Dustin Pedroia simply isn’t the same player that he used to be.  Is there anything else that we really need to say?
  • We all know Dee Gordon is not going to produce much power, but his move to Miami should not be viewed as a negative one.  His speed should play well in the big ballpark and having Giancarlo Stanton hitting behind him should help lead to a significant number of runs scored.

Make sure to check out all of our early 2015 rankings:

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10 comments

  1. Bbboston says:

    Fwiw:

    Pedroia article this week states he couldn’t work out all last year due to wrist injury, so perhaps there’s still some power?

  2. Bbboston says:

    Curious where he slots into that lineup too.? It’s not inconceivable he ends at the tail end of it?

    • Rotoprofessor says:

      I did see the Pedroia article a and going to reevaluate my projection. Even if the power is “back”, though, would we expect more than 10-12 HR at this stage? As for the position in the lineup, if he’s struggling it wouldn’t shock me. With Mookie Betts and Rusney Castillo, the team has a potential dynamic duo at the top.

      Maybe he jumps over Kolten Wong, but I wouldn’t expect much more than that even if we bump him up slightly in HR.

  3. Gregg H says:

    Mookie Betts qualifies at second in my league. Where would he rank on this list….

    • Marky Mark says:

      He’s 2B-eligible in my keeper league too, and that’s where I’ll be using him.

      I’d have Betts ranked #4. I like his upside more than anyone below that, and I wouldnt be surprised if he finishes the season as one of the top 3 producers at 2B.

      I also wouldn’t have Kipnis anywhere in the top 10 either.

    • Rotoprofessor says:

      I’d have him right with Dee Gordon. You have to be at least a little bit cautious, since the Red Sox have a lot of options, but his upside is definitely there.

      As for Kipnis we’ll be talking about him in detail soon, but needless to say I’m very much a believer

  4. Steven says:

    I am making my initial foray into an auction baseball league. I have the choice of taking over 2 teams, keeping 2 players whose last year auction values will be deducted from my budget. I have narrowed it down to kershaw $38 & alltuve $18/ n walker $3 or rizzo $13 & dozier $10. I am a guide subscriber and I think the better value is rizzo/dozier. What is ur opinion?

  5. Steven says:

    Sorry.. Rookie mistake. Need to keep 1 pitcher, 1 hitter. Along with rizzo, I have alex wood $3, gio $21, & kenley Jensen $26

    • Marky Mark says:

      Assuming a standard $260 budget, Rizzo at $13 for 2015 is absolutely insane value. You’d even be able to keep him for the 2016 season at a pretty damn good value, and maybe even beyond that as well, depending on how the league handles inflation.

      As much as I’ve loved having Kershaw in my main keeper league, that Rizzo price is waaaaaaaaay too good to pass up.

      To go with Rizzo, I’d take a $3 Wood over either of Gio or Kenley without hesitation.

    • Rotoprofessor says:

      I agree with Marky Mark on this one. Rizzo is tremendous value and I’d definitely keep Wood at $3 (I’m likely keeping him myself for a few $$ more than that)

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