Lost password?

Don't have an account?
Gain Access Now


Receive free daily analysis


Already have an account? Log In


Forgot Password


Expert Advice
Articles & Tools
Import Your Leagues
Daily Stats & Leaders
All Pitcher Matchups
Compare Any Players
Player Comparisons
Rookies & Call-Ups
24x7 News and Alerts

Overvalued Second Basemen for Fantasy Baseball Drafts (2024)

Nico Hoerner - Fantasy Baseball Rankings, Waiver Wire Pickups, MLB News

The worst mistake fantasy managers can make in a fantasy baseball draft is taking a chance on a player in the early rounds that winds up busting. Whether the player gets injured or has a poor year at the plate, it's hard to recover from. That's especially true if you select the player in the first couple of rounds.

This year, four second basemen are going inside the first three rounds (Mookie Betts, Ozzie Albies, Marcus Semien, and Jose Altuve). All four players, though, are priced appropriately in 2024 drafts. Betts, Albies, Semien, and Altuve carry very little risk this upcoming year.

However, there are plenty of other second basemen going too high in drafts this season. So, here are three second basemen who will fall short of their ADP this year, including two going within the first six rounds.

Be sure to check all of our fantasy baseball waiver wire pickups and weekly lineup resources:


Nico Hoerner, Chicago Cubs

Chicago Cubs second baseman Nico Hoerner is fresh off his best season in the majors. He won his first Gold Glove and batted an impressive .283 at the plate with 43 stolen bases. However, Hoerner doesn't do enough in the other categories to make him a worthy pick in the fourth or fifth round.

Outside of that .283 average and 43 stolen bases, he had just nine HRs, 68 RBI, 49 walks, and 27 doubles. Now, if you really need stolen bases at this point in the draft, he's a nice pick. He'll likely steal 40-plus bags again. But it's hard to target someone like Hoerner (who has an ADP of 59.6) only for his elite stolen base numbers.

The 26-year-old will have plenty of opportunities to steal bases in 2024 and that'll be important for his fantasy value. His numbers outside of that, though, make him a tricky selection. It's also fair not to expect much from him in the other departments based on his metrics from the 2023 season.

His expected slugging (.356), average exit velocity (86.6 mph), barrel rate (1.8%), hard-hit rate (33.4%), and sweet spot rate (33.2%) all ranked in the bottom half of the league. As a matter of fact, his barrel rate landed him in the bottom 2% of the entire league last year. Hoerner is a great contact hitter, but he might struggle to keep up his fantasy value in 2024.  


Matt McLain, Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati Reds second baseman Matt McLain came out of nowhere last year and finished top five in the National League Rookie of the Year voting. McLain certainly deserved to finish that high after an impressive year at the plate, totaling 16 HRs, 50 RBI, 23 doubles, 14 stolen bases, and a .290 average.

There's no disagreeing that McLain was solid in 2023, but a sophomore slump could be on the horizon. For starters, the second baseman has not had a great spring. He was working through an oblique injury at the beginning of March, and now a shoulder issue has popped up. On top of that, the 24-year-old is 0-for-13 with seven strikeouts in 14 plate appearances in spring training.

Most of the time, you should take spring training stats with a grain of salt. However, it's obvious that McLain is not 100%, and there's a chance his shoulder issue could keep him out for a couple of days. With Opening Day in one week, the second baseman does not appear to be fully ready for the season. 

The metrics also don't really support McLain's rookie numbers, so we could see a drop in several categories. His .256 expected batting average was 34 points lower than what he finished the year with (.290), and his strikeout rate (28.5%) landed him in the bottom 16% of the entire league.

There's a lot that the Reds second baseman has to fix heading into 2024. With a limited spring training, though, he might not have the time to fix those issues quickly. That's why he will likely fall short of his 62.8 ADP.


Andres Gimenez, Cleveland Guardians

Cleveland Guardians second baseman Andres Gimenez isn't going nearly as high as Hoerner or McLain in drafts, but he is still a player who will fall short of his ADP in 2024. Gimenez is currently going in the ninth to 11th round this year with an ADP of 116.6.

There's not a lot that Gimenez does well for fantasy purposes, outside of stolen bases. Last year, he swiped 30 bags. Nevertheless, he was disappointing in several other categories across the board, including HRs (15), RBI (62), doubles (27), and batting average (.251). He also finished the season with a 5.2% walk rate, which landed him in the bottom 10% of the entire league. 

Gimenez has always been known as a contact hitter, and that won't change in 2024. Like Hoerner, if you need stolen bases, he could be a solid target in the middle rounds. Just know what you are getting into with the Guardians second baseman. He doesn't hit the ball hard -- 84.8 mph average exit velocity last year -- and that could limit his home run totals this year.

There's nothing wrong with taking Gimenez in the middle rounds, but he doesn't carry much upside. That will ultimately hurt his fantasy potential in 2024. I'd rather take a chance on Zack Gelof, Jackson Holliday, or Christopher Morel, all of whom are going after the 25-year-old in drafts.

Download Our Free News & Alerts Mobile App

Like what you see? Download our updated fantasy baseball app for iPhone and Android with 24x7 player news, injury alerts, sleepers, prospects & more. All free!

More Fantasy Baseball Advice


Expert Advice
Articles & Tools
Import Your Leagues
Daily Stats & Leaders
All Pitcher Matchups
Compare Any Players
Player Comparisons
Rookies & Call-Ups
24x7 News and Alerts


Austin Riley12 mins ago

Remains Out For Game 1
Aaron Gordon46 mins ago

Quiet In Game 7 Loss
Jamal Murray56 mins ago

Leads All Scorers In Game 7 With 35 Points
Nikola Jokic1 hour ago

Ends Season With Another Huge Stat Line
Rudy Gobert1 hour ago

Falls Just Short Of Double-Double In Crucial Win
Jaden McDaniels1 hour ago

Continues To Roll In Game 7
Anthony Edwards1 hour ago

Suffers Rough Shooting Night In Game 7
Karl-Anthony Towns2 hours ago

Leads Timberwolves To Conference Finals
Vinicius Salvador3 hours ago

Winless In The UFC
Adrian Yanez3 hours ago

Returns To Win Column In A Big Way
Ramiz Brahimaj3 hours ago

Doesn't Do Much In UFC Vegas 92 Loss
Themba Gorimbo3 hours ago

Wins Lackluster Decision At UFC Vegas 92
Edson Barboza3 hours ago

Falls Short At UFC Vegas 92
Christopher Bell4 hours ago

Fades Back To 17th At North Wilkesboro
Chris Buescher4 hours ago

Winds Up Third At All-Star Race
Yu Darvish11 hours ago

Brilliant Again On Sunday Night Baseball
Alec Bohm11 hours ago

Drives In Five On Sunday
Kyle Tucker11 hours ago

Launches Two Homers Sunday
Reed Garrett11 hours ago

Records Two-Inning Save
Corbin Burnes14 hours ago

Fans 11 Batters
Craig Kimbrel14 hours ago

Notches Save On Sunday
David Johnson14 hours ago

Officially Retires
Alek Manoah15 hours ago

Tosses Seven Scoreless Innings
Rafael Devers15 hours ago

Keeps Homer Streak Alive
Tanner Bibee15 hours ago

Strikes Out Eight Batters
Josh Hart15 hours ago

Can't Lift New York To A Win In Game 7
Luis Vazquez15 hours ago

Called Up
Donte DiVincenzo15 hours ago

Surges On Sunday Afternoon
OG Anunoby15 hours ago

Limited In Game 7
Pascal Siakam16 hours ago

Plays Well In Game 7
Myles Turner16 hours ago

Steps Up Defensively On Sunday
Tyrese Haliburton17 hours ago

Leads Indiana To The ECF
Jalen Brunson17 hours ago

Fractures Hand
José Abreu18 hours ago

Jose Abreu Could Re-Join Team On Friday
Travis d'Arnaud19 hours ago

Absent From Sunday's Lineup
Austin Riley19 hours ago

Not In Sunday's Lineup
Nathan Eovaldi19 hours ago

Dane Dunning Throwing Bullpen Sessions Sunday
Josh Hart20 hours ago

Cleared To Play On Sunday Afternoon
OG Anunoby20 hours ago

Officially Active For Game 7
J.P. Crawford20 hours ago

Could Return As Early As Monday
Josh Hart20 hours ago

Says He's Playing On Sunday
Wyatt Langford21 hours ago

Proceeding Well In Recovery Process
Gerrit Cole21 hours ago

Throws Another Successful Bullpen Session
Edwin Díaz21 hours ago

Edwin Diaz Could Have Fluid Usage In Bullpen
Steven Kwan21 hours ago

Making Good Progress
Spencer Steer21 hours ago

Absent From Sunday's Lineup
Tyler Reddick22 hours ago

What To Do With Tyler Reddick At North Wilkesboro?
Tank Dell22 hours ago

Resumes Running
Joey Logano22 hours ago

Will Start On The Pole In The 2024 NASCAR All-Star Race
Christopher Bell22 hours ago

Should DFS Players Roster Christopher Bell At North Wilkesboro?
William Byron22 hours ago

Aims For The Top 10 At North Wilkesboro
Denny Hamlin23 hours ago

Is One Of The Top Favorites To Win The All-Star Race
Kyle Larson23 hours ago

Will Start From The Rear At North Wilkesboro
Martin Truex Jr23 hours ago

. Is One To Watch At North Wilkesboro
Chase Elliott1 day ago

Why Chase Elliott Is A Core Play In DFS This Weekend At North Wilkesboro
Kyle Busch1 day ago

Will Kyle Busch’s Recent Struggles On Short Tracks Continue This Weekend At North Wilkesboro?
Ricky Stenhouse Jr1 day ago

. Likely Not A Factor In All-Star Race
Michael McDowell1 day ago

Could Slide Back At North Wilkesboro
AJ Allmendinger1 day ago

May Struggle In All-Star Race
NASCAR1 day ago

Daniel Suárez's Dismal Short Track Speed Should Make Him Non-Factor at North Wilkesboro
Brad Keselowski1 day ago

Strong Qualifying Run May Bode Well for First All-Star Win
Ross Chastain1 day ago

Short Track Performance Too Consistently Mediocre to Contend
Chris Buescher1 day ago

Recent Intensity May Elevate His All-Star Performance
Ryan Blaney1 day ago

Qualified Slowest at North Wilkesboro, but Should Run Better
Michael Thomas2 days ago

Reportedly Contacted By Pittsburgh
Brian Robinson Jr.2 days ago

Still Considered "Top Back" By Some
Cam Akers2 days ago

Possibly Working Toward A Return
Tank Dell2 days ago

Running Routes
Josh Hart2 days ago

Expected To Play In Game 7
Luka Doncic2 days ago

Available For Game 6
Jamal Murray2 days ago

Questionable For Game 7
OG Anunoby2 days ago

Officially Questionable For Game 7
Gustav Forsling2 days ago

Sends Florida To Eastern Conference Finals
Jamie Benn2 days ago

Scores Big Goal In Series-Clinching Victory
Matt Duchene2 days ago

Ends Second-Round Series With Overtime Winner
Jake Oettinger2 days ago

Leads Stars To Western Conference Final
Sergei Bobrovsky2 days ago

Stellar In Game 6 Win
Anton Lundell2 days ago

Comes Up Huge In Series-Clinching Win
T.J. Hockenson3 days ago

Won't Put A Timeline On His Recovery
TOR3 days ago

Maple Leafs Bring In Craig Berube As New Head Coach
Nick Cousins3 days ago

Re-Enters Panthers Lineup Friday
Yakov Trenin3 days ago

Considered Day-To-Day
Tyler Seguin3 days ago

Good To Go Friday
Roope Hintz3 days ago

Remains Out For Game 6
Brad Marchand3 days ago

A Game-Time Call Friday
San Francisco 49ers3 days ago

Dre Greenlaw Ditches Walking Boot
Najee Harris3 days ago

Slims Down With Diet Change
Tua Tagovailoa3 days ago

Mostly Absent From Offseason Workouts
Lerone Murphy3 days ago

Looks To Remain Undefeated
Carlston Harris3 days ago

Set For Co-Main Event
Khaos Williams3 days ago

Faces Carlston Harris In The Co-Main Event Of UFC Vegas 92
Angela Hill3 days ago

A Favorite At UFC Vegas 92
Luana Pinheiro3 days ago

Looks To Get Back In Win Column
J.T. Miller3 days ago

Scores Dramatic Game-Winner
Leon Draisaitl3 days ago

Extends Postseason-Opening Point Streak With An Assist
Ilya Mikheyev3 days ago

Dealing With Undisclosed Injury
Sebastian Aho3 days ago

Notches Two Points In Game 6 Loss
Jack Roslovic3 days ago

Ends Dry Spell With Two Helpers
Artemi Panarin3 days ago

Records Two Assists In Series-Clincher
Chris Kreider3 days ago

Joins Special List With Third-Period Hat Trick
Scottie Scheffler3 days ago

Detained By Louisville Police Following Traffic Incident
Brad Marchand4 days ago

Hopes To Return To Action In Game 6
Brett Pesce4 days ago

Remains Out On Thursday
Robert Tonyan4 days ago

Signs With Vikings
Vinicius Salvador4 days ago

Moves Up To Bantamweight At UFC Vegas 92
Adrian Yanez4 days ago

Looks To Snap Losing Skid At UFC Vegas 92
Themba Gorimbo4 days ago

A Favorite At UFC Vegas 92
Ramiz Brahimaj4 days ago

Ends Layoff At UFC Vegas 92
Edson Barboza4 days ago

Headlines UFC Vegas 92
Pittsburgh Steelers4 days ago

Cameron Heyward Plans To Hold Out As He Seeks Extension
Tee Higgins4 days ago

Growing Frustrated With Bengals
NFL5 days ago

Netflix Christmas Day Games Announced
New York Giants5 days ago

Giants To Be Featured On Hard Knocks
NFL5 days ago

International Games Revealed For 2024 Season
D'Andre Swift5 days ago

Could Be Used Often In Passing Game
Kirk Cousins5 days ago

Jogging, Throwing During OTAs
Sepp Straka6 days ago

In Excellent Form For PGA Championship
Tom Kim6 days ago

Trending In The Right Direction For PGA Championship
PGA6 days ago

Can Tyrell Hatton Put It All Together At PGA Championship?
Jordan Spieth6 days ago

Needs Consistency At PGA Championship
Joaquin Niemann6 days ago

To Continue Playing Well At Valhalla?
Collin Morikawa6 days ago

Rounding Into Form Heading To Valhalla
Scottie Scheffler6 days ago

Returns To Action For PGA Championship
Russell Henley6 days ago

An Interesting Name At PGA Championship
Martavis Bryant6 days ago

To Work Out For Commanders
Jahmyr Gibbs6 days ago

Could Have Bigger Role In 2024
Corey Conners6 days ago

A Real Dark Horse At PGA Championship
PGA6 days ago

Can Sungjae Im Keep The Momentum At Valhalla?
Dean Burmester6 days ago

Comes Back To PGA Championship
Stephan Jaeger6 days ago

Final Round Last Week Is Troubling
Keegan Bradley6 days ago

Still A Longer Shot For Valhalla
Shane Lowry6 days ago

In For Long Week At PGA Championship
PGA6 days ago

Alex Noren Has Been Very Consistent In 2024
Akshay Bhatia6 days ago

Eager To Take On Valhalla
Tony Finau6 days ago

The Tony Finau Roller Coaster To Continue In Louisville
Cincinnati Bengals6 days ago

Trey Hendrickson Committed To The Bengals
Matt Fitzpatrick6 days ago

Looking For Consistency En Route To Valhalla
Wyndham Clark6 days ago

Looks To Right His Rough PGA Championship History
Ludvig Aberg6 days ago

On Track To Play In PGA Championship