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2013 2B Rankings

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So just finished going through the majority of my 2b Prep. If you are in a regular sized league, especially head to head where you really only need 1 2B and its gonna go 10-12 teams in a mixed league, you probably dont have much to worry about.

If you go deeper, maybe a 12-15 mixed Roto that has 2B and MI where you could be going 20-25 deep - you might find the position a little thinner than you think:

This is based on 20-game requirement and generally if a guy has 2b-ss elig, I will put him at SS, which I think is the thinner position

Top 10 Pretty Solid:

Cano, Kinsler, Pedrioa, Phillips, Zobrist, Hill, Weeks, Kipnis, Uggla and Walker.

Next 5 Gets a little riskier:

Jurickson Profar - would actually be 2B eligible for me because he played there the most and its where he might play in 13

Chase Utley - knee issues, if he could get full season of ABs numbers I think could be good.

Dustin Ackley and Gordon Beckham - both really high ranked prospects as they came up, have disappointed some but could have some PHS in them.

Jose Altuve - I know he gets a lot of pub, but 37 RBI? Better be a 50SB guy or hit .310+ with RBI that low

Danny Espinosa - talking about platoon? Troubling part is the side they dont like is the one where large majority of his power came from. 14/17HR??

2 Guys Fantasy owners should pull to be 2B in 2013: Grant Green and Jedd Gyorko.

Best of Rest:

Kelly Johnson (depending on where he ends up- would be nice to see him in 2b-dire fantasy spot like Minn, KC, Cubs or Miami.

Omar Infante - could be viewed by some in next level, Im just not buying career year from Journeyman.

Howie Kendrick

Daniel Murphy

Jeff Keppinger

Ryan Roberts

Injury Question Marks: Freddy Sanchez and Brian Roberts

The one in my top 10 I think I might target if I go after a 2B based on value is Rickie Weeks, had aweful beginning to season at .199, which soured many on him, he was unrostered in our 13-team roto league by end of the year, I think you call him out early in an auction (especially roto where you might go 20+ deep), very similar numbers in 4 categories to Brandon Phillips, who people would probably value much higher.

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I would rather have one of the risky guys than Uggla that bum.

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I would rather have one of the risky guys than Uggla that bum.

Well that is where value and pricing come in. Uggla had a big drop last year where his low average really wasnt worth it. It was OK when he was a 30+ HR guy, but when he dropped sub 20, and you pay for the higher production, he is a disappointment. He is another one along with Weeks who if you call him at the right time in an auction might bring good value. I think early, when two thoughts are:

1. He stunk last year

2. There are plenty of 2B still left

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After the top 10, Josh Rutledge. Shh...

I don't think he qualifies at second though. It's a shame Tulo couldn't come back early enough last year to get Rutledge enough games at second to qualify. He'll play it this year though.

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After the top 10, Josh Rutledge. Shh...

I don't think he qualifies at second though. It's a shame Tulo couldn't come back early enough last year to get Rutledge enough games at second to qualify. He'll play it this year though.

You could just draft him and wait 10 (or 20) games until he qualifies, since he'll be playing there everyday. Worst case scenario you use a replacement level guy for the first few weeks, then really cash in when he's clicking with the rest of the Rockies offense (hopefully) in the summer.

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After the top 10, Josh Rutledge. Shh...

As mentioned in my post its one of the things that makes 2B a little thinner than normal is a guy like Rutledge is SS eligible not 2B, but will be the 2B this year and the fact he is a SS, there will be no sssshhh about him, he will be one of the most hyped "sleepers" come March.

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I agree with the majority of your groupings but I think you have Howie Kendrick too low. .292 lifetime hitter with approx. 10 HRs and 12 bags

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Neil Walker is the guy I might wait for if i don't get Philips or Zobrist at a reasonble spot.

Btw, is Jemile Weeks off the radar completely now? ship has sailed?

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Neil Walker is the guy I might wait for if i don't get Philips or Zobrist at a reasonble spot.

Btw, is Jemile Weeks off the radar completely now? ship has sailed?

It just seemed like the organization had soured on him and they are thinking now Grant Green at 2B. It will probably be a chance for Jemile to win that job in Spring and certainly if he does, he should be a cheap source of SBs, but for now I would probably go somewhere else and if it were an auction keeper league, I might go Green and stash him.

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Matt Carpenter is the big sleeper on this list. I have a close eye on his off-season 2B transition.

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It would have to be a 5 game rule for Carpenter to qualify in a league at 2b for drafts. All of mine are 10+. He will be 1b/3b/of I think in most drafts.

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Matt Carpenter is the big sleeper on this list. I have a close eye on his off-season 2B transition.

Is this NL Only league? I looked at him, especially when heard about potentially being told to look at 2B, but to me he is kind of like Decalso, in the sense for a standard sized league, I just didnt see the numbers being there to get me too excited. Yes he had a nice postseason, the clutch HR filling in was a great story, but I just dont see over course of season, even with the gig where he has much fantasy appeal in normal sized league.

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don't sleep on Utley. he's a smart player and smart players are able to handle the effects of age better than other players. he doesn't need speed to steal bases and doesn't need full strength to wait for a pitch to drive out of that bandbox. he's an injury risk but I'd take that 10 times out of 10 over a guy who might outright suck like Walker, Uggla, Weeks.

I like Altuve if he goes late enough. nothing sexy about him but I like speed/AVG guys from my MI spots, and moving to the AL should give him a slight boost in R and RBI.

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I relly hope to see Kipnis takes some strides forward this year. After such a phenomenal first three months, he really fell off of a cliff in the dog days, but then again, that entire team pretty much imploded late in the year. His second half decline was so steep that it may actually help bump his draft value pretty significantly this spring.

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Let's talk super sleeper Gordon Beckham?

Anyone looking for him this year? Or is everyone still pissed off at him for how much he's under produced?

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Let's talk super sleeper Gordon Beckham?

Anyone looking for him this year? Or is everyone still pissed off at him for how much he's under produced?

No I think he is on many radars including mine. I have him in that 11-16/17 group of 2B. If you are in a decent sized roto league going 2B-SS-MI he should definetly be on your radar.

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I'd rather have utley than many of the guys on the list. I have him for 20 in my mixed dynasty but that might be too rich though...

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One update to this, is actually Zobrist could find his way to the SS list, I should of put him over there as generally SS is worse than 2B and I rank players where they would have more value.

As for Utley whom a lot of you mentioned I love the guy as a player, one of my favorites in the game who cant love Mr. World "Fing" Champions. Guy is a gamer and had serious elite level numbers mid to late 00's. Both of these actually hurt him fantasy wise. Because a lot of people love the guy AND at one time he put up some of the best fantasy 2B numbers ever seen year in and year out, you are still paying for that, even though he hasnt been close to that in 3 years. Whether it be his ADP or his auction price, people bidding with hearts and not minds, still living in 2008.

The guy has knee issues which he cant seem to shake and as a result the last three years have been way below where he once was and probably below where the price you paid for him or drafted him suggested you thought he would be. IMO he is probably about 8-12, I rank him a little lower because of the injury situation, if he goes down, what are you replacing him with? In a decent sized roto league using MI, the pickins will be pretty slim if he goes down.

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One update to this, is actually Zobrist could find his way to the SS list, I should of put him over there as generally SS is worse than 2B and I rank players where they would have more value.

As for Utley whom a lot of you mentioned I love the guy as a player, one of my favorites in the game who cant love Mr. World "Fing" Champions. Guy is a gamer and had serious elite level numbers mid to late 00's. Both of these actually hurt him fantasy wise. Because a lot of people love the guy AND at one time he put up some of the best fantasy 2B numbers ever seen year in and year out, you are still paying for that, even though he hasnt been close to that in 3 years. Whether it be his ADP or his auction price, people bidding with hearts and not minds, still living in 2008.

The guy has knee issues which he cant seem to shake and as a result the last three years have been way below where he once was and probably below where the price you paid for him or drafted him suggested you thought he would be. IMO he is probably about 8-12, I rank him a little lower because of the injury situation, if he goes down, what are you replacing him with? In a decent sized roto league using MI, the pickins will be pretty slim if he goes down.

looked like the guy might not play at all last year...

... then he goes and puts up a 20/20/90/90 pace after his return, with a 1:1 K:BB ratio.

if injuries weren't a concern then he's probably a top 3 2B off the board. I'm happy to draft him and do my best to draft to pick up some upside 2B in the event of an injury.

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My early tentative rankings. Altuve would be higher if you were in a 5x5 league but I play in an all-around points league so his steals are not as important to me. In 5x5 I would have him in top 10 most likely.

1. Cano

2. Kinsler

3. Pedroia

4. Zobrist

5. Kipnis

6. Uggla

7. R. Weeks

8. Utley

9. Hill

10. Phillips

11. Walker

12. Altuve

13. Espinosa

14. Johnson

15. Kendrick

16. D. Murphy

17. Ackley

18. Scutaro

19. R. Roberts

20. Beckham

21. Infante

22. Ellis

23. Barney

24. J. Weeks

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UPDATE: Another potential sleeper here depending on whether he has a job with the Rockies coming out of spring (likely means winning 3B gig or collapse by Rutledge) but Chris Nelson put up pretty nice numbers per at bat last year and with 21 games at 2B, should be eligible in most leagues.

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Kyle Seager is another one would could near top 10-15 if he were eligible depending on your settings. He played 18 games at 2B last year for the M's. 20HR, 86RBI and 13 Stolen bases is pretty solid if you have him up the middle. Heck this year with 3B potentially being somewhat thin if owners hoard in your league, he could be good there too.

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