2017 Fantasy Baseball Tiered Rankings: Second Base (February)

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The Super Bowl has come and gone, which means it's officially baseball season for the initiated. The 2017 fantasy baseball draft board is beginning to come into focus. Now it's time to delve into player rankings. We'll continue with our 2017 second base fantasy baseball rankings for February.

This round of rankings features picks from Kyle Bishop, Nick Mariano, Bill Dubiel, Brad Johnson, Harris Yudin and Jeff Kahntroff. Today Bill will examine the second base position, which is deeper than it has been in years' past.

Editor's note: Be sure to also check out our 2017 fantasy baseball rankings dashboard. It's already loaded up with tons of great rankings articles and draft analysis. Aside from our tiered staff rankings for every position, we also go deep on MLB prospect rankings, impact rookies for 2017, and dynasty/keeper rankings as well. Bookmark the page, and win your drafts.

 

2017 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Second Base (February)

Ranking Tier Player Position Brad Kyle Nick Bill Harris Y Jeff Auction $
1 1 Jose Altuve 2B 10 8 6 2 6 9 42
2 1 Trea Turner 2B/OF 13 26 15 15 16 7 36
3 1 Robinson Cano 2B 21 28 21 21 27 20 30
4 1 Daniel Murphy 2B 30 25 35 35 28 32 28
5 2 Brian Dozier 2B 45 43 42 52 41 42 23
6 2 Matt Carpenter 1B/2B/3B 44 48 56 43 67 39 22
7 2 Rougned Odor 2B 73 42 64 77 49 43 22
8 2 Jason Kipnis 2B 47 87 78 82 91 59 19
9 2 Ian Kinsler 2B 68 71 83 64 90 61 19
10 2 Dee Gordon 2B 74 76 82 81 79 73 18
11 2 Jean Segura 2B/SS 52 86 84 83 92 63 18
12 2 DJ LeMahieu 2B 71 106 81 80 71 83 17
13 3 Dustin Pedroia 2B 80 105 95 94 120 113 15
14 3 Ben Zobrist 2B/OF 132 120 139 121 136 104 11
15 4 Jonathan Schoop 2B 185 183 160 161 147 148 7
16 4 Neil Walker 2B 94 181 173 173 197 234 5
17 4 Logan Forsythe 2B 99 175 205 201 198 185 5
18 4 Javier Baez 2B/SS 167 187 199 205 165 163 5
19 4 Devon Travis 2B 222 184 229 221 160 149 4
20 5 Starlin Castro 2B 278 236 262 229 166 280 2
21 5 Ryan Schimpf 2B 212 361 221 262 274 235 2
22 5 Brandon Phillips 2B 311 238 318 295 234 265 2
23 5 Josh Harrison 2B 267 320 287 287 254 281 2
24 5 Jedd Gyorko 2B/3B 297 275 279 272 311 264 2
25 5 Joe Panik 2B 295 319 272 279 253 317 1
26 5 Cesar Hernandez 2B 272 239 297 297 358 282 1
27 5 Steve Pearce 1B/2B/OF 303 371 295 318 350 217 1
28 6 Kolten Wong 2B 254 373 361 416 323 319 1
29 6 Howie Kendrick 2B 284 347 366 366 367 283 1
30 6 Derek Dietrich 2B 308 370 419 355 318 1
31 6 Scooter Gennett 2B 369 360 355 361 427 391 1
32 6 Tyler Saladino 2B/SS 402 287 415 412 470 320 1
33 6 Nick Franklin 2B 404 341 426 423 404 337 1
34 6 Raul Adalberto Mondesi 2B 495 433 431 359 312 1
35 6 Brett Lawrie 2B 427 426 411 408 441 336 1
36 7 Joe Wendle 2B 386 389 406 403 466 1
37 7 Jace Peterson 2B 372 425 414 411 442 465 1
38 7 Adam Frazier 2B 439 468 #N/A #N/A 1
39 7 Jed Lowrie 2B 478 478 466 465 403 1
40 7 Cory Spangenberg 2B 459 448 1
41 7 Chase Utley 2B 435 457 449 458 486 498 1
42 7 Greg Garcia 2B/SS/3B 440 466 #N/A #N/A 488 1
43 7 Whit Merrifield 2B 482 482 1
44 7 Kelly Johnson 2B 488 488 1
45 7 Carlos Asuaje 2B 491 487 #N/A #N/A 1

 
 

Second Base Rankings Analysis: The Tiers

Tier 1

Trea Turner is one of the most intriguing names in fantasy this season, and with good reason. After 83 games tearing up AAA, the Nationals' stud prospect demolished major league pitching in the back half of the season to the tune of a .342/.370/.567 line. He smacked 13 homers and stole 33 bases in just 73 professional games in 2016, and is poised to be a legitimate 20/60 threat over the course of a full season. He's proven it at every level, and I'm a believer heading into 2017.

Speaking of outstanding Nationals, Daniel Murphy was always a good player during his time with the Mets but he became a bona fide star at age 31 in Washington last year. The lefty-swinging veteran blew away his career highs in batting average, OBP, slugging, homers, doubles and RBI all in one season, and finished second in MVP voting. I'm not quite ready to buy into Murphy as an MVP-level player yet, but he has to be taken seriously this year as a top-tier second baseman. I'm predicting 18-20 homers and an average closer to .300-.310.

Tier 2 

I'm still totally crushing on Matt Carpenter. He should still have second base eligibility in most leagues, and should be a slam-dunk for top-seven production at the position in 2017. It's clear that Carpenter has shifted his approach since his breakout 2013 season, in which he hit .318 and led the league in hits and runs. Over the last three seasons he has settled into his role as a 20-homer, .270 hitter, still producing in call counting categories except for stolen bases. He is now the Cardinals primary first baseman, and his player profile will line up with what we typically see out of first basemen--no speed, legitimate pop, and a batting average that won't kill you.

Carpenter is not the only keystone player with a special place in my heart. D.J. LeMahieu quietly (some might say "silently") won the NL batting title last year with a .348 batting average, and he backed it up with a .416 OBP and .495 slugging percentage. His home/road splits are predictably significant for a Colorado Rockie (.391 home BA vs. .303 road BA), but considering he'll still be playing his home games at Coors in 2017 I'm going to focus on the overall numbers. LeMahieu could easily crack the top-five at the position given his home park and the gaudy counting stats that should come given the explosive lineup around him.

Tier 3

Dustin Pedroia and Ben Zobrist occupy this tier, and the story is pretty much the same for both. Both are aging veterans who are not quite over the hill yet, and both should produce respectable fantasy numbers given their remarkable consistency and the fact that they are surrounded by studs in each of their respective lineups. Throw in two hitter-friendly parks and you've got two very similar fantasy assets--Pedroia gets the slight edge from me thanks to Fenway and more certainty in his role.

Tier 4

Jonathan Schoop is an intriguing option in 2017, because I think his ceiling is much higher than his ADP. Schoop played in all 162 games last season for the Orioles, and in those games he hit .267 with 25 homers and 82 RBI. His ISO was actually a bit depressed last year (.187), which indicates that he could have even more coming in the way of power numbers. Ignoring his 15 plate appearances in 2013, Schoop posted the lowest K-rate (21.2%) and highest walk-rate (3.2%) of his career, and has in fact improved on each of those numbers every year he's been in the majors. If he can take one more step forward as a complete hitter, we could see him slide into the top ten at the position come September.

Tier 5

We've really only been teased with Devon Travis so far, getting just 62 games in his rookie 2015 season and 101 in a 2016 season that he started late. Seeing as how that's just a shade over one full season, let's add the totals up--46 doubles, 19 homers, 85 RBI, 92 runs scored, seven steals, and a .301/.342/.469 slash line. If we could see THAT player for a full 150+ games, then both our ranks and his ADP are woefully askew. Travis is young, talented, and is projected to spend his season hitting in front of Tulo, the Bringer of Rain, Joey Bats and Kendrys Morales in one of the most hitter-friendly parks on the continent. If you're okay waiting on second base, this guy should be circled on your draft sheets.