2010 Dynasty Rankings: Top 15 Second Baseman: A First Look

Our dynasty second baseman rankings are similar to the yearly league rankings (click here to view), but only at the top.  There is quite a bit of movement, with some younger players seemingly primed to emerge as steady fantasy options.  Let’s see how things currently look:

  1. Chase Utley – Philadelphia Phillies
  2. Ian Kinsler – Texas Rangers
  3. Robinson Cano – New York Yankees
  4. Brandon Phillips – Cincinnati Reds
  5. Ben Zobrist – Tampa Bay Rays
  6. Aaron Hill – Toronto Blue Jays
  7. Dustin Pedroia – Boston Red Sox
  8. Brian Roberts – Baltimore Orioles
  9. Howie Kendrick – Los Angeles Angels
  10. Ian Stewart – Colorado Rockies
  11. Dan Uggla – Florida Marlins
  12. Jose Lopez – Seattle Mariners
  13. Rickie Weeks – Milwaukee Brewers
  14. Asdrubal Cabrera – Cleveland Indians
  15. Scott Sizemore – Detroit Tigers

Thoughts:

  • Placing Brian Roberts on these rankings is an extremely tough task.  At 32-years old, it’s possible that we’ve already seen the best he has to offer, seeing his stolen bases go from 50 in ’07 to 40 in ’08 to 30 in ’09.  While I wouldn’t suggest the trend to continue, going to 20 and 10 in the next two seasons, there certainly is reason to be concerned.  For now I’m knocking him down three spots but I’ll certainly be readdressing that moving forward.  I wouldn’t anticipate seeing him drop any lower than eight, however, and he could move back up a spot or two.
  • I considered moving Pedroia over Hill, something that may follow suit on the yearly rankings, though I need to do more projections on that.  There’s a fear that Hill’s breakout performance in 2009 makes him primed for a regression, and it certainly is valid.  He’s never shown the potential to maintain a 14.9 percent HR/FB rate, so the 36 HR stick out like a sore thumb.  If he were to regress into the 25 HR range, Pedroia is going to be more valuable.
  • Both Stewart & Kendrick offer risks, but at the point where you’d be grabbing them they are worth it, especially in dynasty leagues.  Both offer much better long-term potential over Uggla & Lopez, something they could realize as soon as 2010.
  • Sizemore has the potential to be a continual 20/20 threat and appears primed to start the season as Detroit’s second baseman (assuming he can recover from the injury he sustained in the AFL).  He certainly has the skills to be a must use player in every format early on in 2010.

What are your thoughts on these rankings?  Who should be higher?  Who should be lower?

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To view all of our rankings, including for both yearly and dynasty league owners, click here.

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7 comments

  1. matthole says:

    chris coghlan

  2. Rotoprofessor says:

    Matt, Coghlan would be an interesting player at 2B, but he only played 1 game there for the Marlins in 2009 so he’s not going to be eligible there. The only position for the start of the season is going to be OF where his stats definitely do not translate as favorably.

  3. Ewan says:

    Just wondering what it is Cano does that makes him top 3? He’s basically Jose Lopez with a better average (and he was at .271 last year so he’s not a lock for a .300 average). Ok so he has good counting stats but he doesn’t steal many bases and doesn’t walk much, so even just a slight dip in average would see his runs scored reduced greatly (how he got to 103 I don’t know considering his spot in the lineup and the players he had behind him).

    I’d much rather have any of the 4-8 guys ahead of him, as they’re not reliant on one skill for the majority of their value.

  4. Danny says:

    Ewan must be a bitter Phillie fan. So what you’re eternally saying is that you would rank Cano at 9??? Could you be anymore clueless???

  5. Phil says:

    Where would you rank Gordan Beckham on this list? (White Sox GM Ken Williams says Beckham will be moved to 2B following the trade of Getz and Fields)

  6. Rotoprofessor says:

    Phil, that’s certainly an interesting question. Beckham’s numbers certainly look better as a 2B, especially from the power department. At worst, I think I would put him at #9, just below Brian Roberts. Chances are, I’d rank him #8, just below Pedrioa and above Roberts.

  7. scott says:

    Kinsler and Zobrist are overrated here, Hill is underrated.

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