Second Base H2H Points Rankings - March Update

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With the regular season blessedly just a few weeks away, it's time for the RotoBaller staff to update our points rankings one last time. We continue our review of the March update with a look at the second base position.

While there is a lot of talent in the middle tiers, this is a one-man position at the top, headlined by the reigning AL MVP from Houston.

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Updated Head-to-Head Points League Rankings: Second Base

Ranking Tier Player Name Pos Auction $
1 1 Jose Altuve 2B 46
2 2 Anthony Rizzo 1B/2B 33
3 2 Jose Ramirez 2B/3B 31
4 2 Brian Dozier 2B 24
5 2 Dee Gordon 2B/OF 20
6 3 Daniel Murphy 2B 20
7 3 Robinson Cano 2B 20
8 3 Jonathan Schoop 2B 19
9 3 DJ LeMahieu 2B 16
10 3 Matt Carpenter 1B/2B/3B 15
11 3 Ian Kinsler 2B 11
12 3 Whit Merrifield 2B/OF 11
13 3 Chris Taylor 2B/SS/OF 11
14 4 Rougned Odor 2B 10
15 4 Javier Baez 2B/SS 9
16 4 Yoan Moncada 2B 8
17 4 Ian Happ 2B/OF 8
18 4 Ozzie Albies 2B 7
19 4 Scooter Gennett 2B/3B/OF 6
20 4 Marwin Gonzalez 1B/2B/3B/SS/OF 6
21 5 Eduardo Nunez SS/3B/2B/OF 5
22 5 Willie Calhoun 2B 5
23 5 Jason Kipnis 2B/OF 3
24 5 Paul DeJong 2B/SS 2
25 5 Howie Kendrick 2B/OF 2
26 5 Starlin Castro 2B 1
27 5 Chris Owings 2B/SS/OF 1
28 5 Dustin Pedroia 2B 1
29 5 Jose Peraza 2B/SS 1
30 5 Jonathan Villar 2B 1
31 5 Cesar Hernandez 2B 1
32 6 Yangervis Solarte 2B/3B/SS 1
33 6 Logan Forsythe 2B/3B 1
34 6 Josh Harrison 2B 1
35 6 Devon Travis 2B 1
36 6 Asdrubal Cabrera SS/2B/3B 1
37 7 Jose Reyes 2B/SS/3B 1
38 7 Neil Walker 2B 1
39 7 Kolten Wong 2B 1
40 7 Joe Panik 2B 1
41 7 Brandon Phillips 2B 1
42 7 Hernan Perez 2B/3B/OF 1
43 7 Jed Lowrie 2B 1
44 7 Ben Zobrist 2B/OF 1
45 7 Jose Pirela OF/2B 1
46 7 Nick Franklin 2B 1
47 7 Derek Dietrich 2B 1
48 7 Brett Lawrie 2B 1
49 7 Adam Frazier 2B 1
50 7 Raul Adalberto Mondesi 2B 1

Tier 1

Jose Altuve was the AL MVP and has 25 home run, 35 stolen base potential headed into the 2017 season. When you consider that he is at the top of a powerful lineup for the world champion Astros, that also puts Altuve in the position to approach 200 R+RBI and more than fulfill his ADP of 2. If you are not lucky enough to get Mike Trout, Altuve is more than a sufficient runner's up prize; in fact, in some formats, Altuve may be a better player to play than Trout, considering Altuve's ridiculously high batting average (.346 in 2017). 

Tier 2

The second tier is a step down from the first talent wise, but three of the four players in this group play multiple positions, making them jack of all trades that work for any fantasy roster. Anthony Rizzo is known as a first baseman, but had enough of games at second last season to qualify here as well; Jose Ramirez is also eligible at third base and is an AL MVP candidate; Dee Gordon is a safe bet for more than 50 steals, is a .300 hitter, and will play center for the Mariners this season. The only player in this group that is solely a two-bagger, Brian Dozier, is a safe bet for at least 45 home runs+steals and is a safe bet for 100 runs scored at the top of a strong Twins lineup. If you want to go for a 2B early and are not lucky enough to grab Altuve, any of these players will work. 

Tier 3

This tier is an interesting one, as it is topped by Daniel Murphy, who crushes when he plays (.322 batting average, 23 home runs, 94 runs, 93 RBI), but is dealing with a knee injury that has him doubtful for Opening Day. Robinson Cano is next on this tier and he had 97 RBI and 23 home runs in a down year and added a speed threat in Gordon to knock in this season. Jonathan Schoop is the third player in this tier and all he does is smash; his 32 home runs are the second-most of all second basemen and his 102 RBI came with an Orioles offense that was down last season. All of these guys are studs and all should be on the board in the sixth round.

Tier 4

The largest tier thus far, there is an interesting mix of known commodities and relative unknowns coming into 2017. While D.J. LeMahieu is a bit overrated by Coors Field, a .310 batting average and close to 100 runs scored is never something to shy away from. Matt Carpenter and Ian Kinsler show up next in this tier and, while each struggled in 2017, they were both over 20 home runs and 90 runs scored, very solid tallies from second baseman. Make sure Carpenter qualifies at second base in your league format, as he may stick at first base for most of the season to preserve his body. The tier closes with unknowns in Whit Merrifield (who led the AL in stolen bases) and super utility man Chris Taylor (who had 21 home runs and 17 stolen bases last season). All of these players are solid options and both Merrifield and Taylor give multi-positional eligibility as well. 

Tier 5

This tier leads off with Rougned Odor, who may have an awful batting average, but has an awesome first name, solid punch, and 30 home run/15 steal pedigree. The youth of Chicago comes next as Javier Baez, Yoan Moncada, and Ian Happ each are in the fifth tier; all three have massive upside with power and speed and each should also play multiple positions in 2018. The unlikely stars Scooter Gennett, Marwin Gonzalez, and Eduardo Nunez wrap up this tier, each providing power and the ability to play multiple positions. Guys like Gonzalez and Nunez win titles with their super utility skills, simply put. 

Tier 6

As we get deeper in the tiers, the skill levels erode and the player pool becomes more of high-upside players or MI/utility types. Willie Calhoun is firmly in the the former, as the former top prospect will get a chance to live up to his 30-homer potential in Texas (with outfield eligibility to boot). There are safer names like Howie Kendrick, Starlin Castro, Dustin Pedroia, and Cesar Hernandez in this tier, but there are also huge questions. Was Paul DeJong's 2017 worthy of his ADP at 152? Do either Jose Peraza or Jonathan Villar steal closer to 40 bases than 20 bases? Is Jason Kipnis' hot Spring a sign that he is a top 2B once again, now with outfield eligibility to boot? 

Tier 7

Lots of names, not lots of guys that should be on fantasy rosters. A couple interesting guys in this tier are Devon Travis and Jose Reyes. Travis may be given a chance to lead off in Toronto and, while his .259 batting average in 50 games last season was not helpful, a .301 batting average in his first 163 games (including 66 extra-base hits) could be more telling of his talent. He has a .333 batting average in 15 at-bats this Spring (including a home run) and could be a late round sleeper with starter potential. Reyes may not have a specific position for the 2018 Mets, but did have 15 home runs and 24 stolen bases last season, numbers that would make him a great MI if he can find a home. He also has 2B/SS/3B eligibility, making him more valuable.


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