Fantasy baseball season is right around the corner and it is never too soon to gather as much valuable data as possible. Each person, stat or edge that you can find will go a long way in determining who you should draft and how to structure you team in hopes of winning the 2015 championship.
Below is my breakdown of who I believe will be the top-20 second baseman in fantasy for the 2015 season. You will find a list and a further breakdown of a few select choices in my rankings. Over the next couple of weeks you will find my breakdowns of each major position heading into the new season and before your ever important drafts come due.
The breakdown below is based on a standard 5×5 mixed league with one catcher, first baseman, second baseman, short stop, and third baseman. The roster includes four outfielders, two utility players, four starting pitchers, two relief pitchers, two other pitchers and a five player bench. Obviously much of this data is transferable to numerous different league configurations but I wanted to ensure clarity up front. Let’s get to it and see how the breakdown begins.
|1||Robinson Cano||Seattle Mariners|
|2||Jose Altuve||Houston Astros|
|3||Jason Kipnis||Cleveland Indians|
|4||Anthony Rendon||Washington Nationals|
|5||Ian Kinsler||Detroit Tigers|
|6||Dee Gordon||Miami Marlins|
|7||Dustin Pedroia||Boston Red Sox|
|8||Brian Dozier||Minnesota Twins|
|9||Daniel Murphy||New York Mets|
|10||Kolten Wong||St Louis Cardinals|
|11||Jedd Gyorko||San Diego Padres|
|12||Javier Baez||Chicago Cubs|
|13||Howie Kendrick||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|14||Neil Walker||Pittsburgh Pirates|
|15||Omar Infante||Kansas City Royals|
|16||Arismendy Alcantara||Chicago Cubs|
|17||Chase Utley||Philadelphia Phillies|
|18||Ben Zobrist||Oakland Athletics|
|19||Rougned Odor||Texas Rangers|
|20||Nick Franklin||Tampa Bay Rays|
I wrestled with keeping Robinson Cano atop my second baseman list in 2015. Jose Altuve made a strong case for the top spot off a .341 year that saw him steal 56 bases. But, at the end of the day, Cano has the body of work that warrants his return to the top spot if it is only for one more year. Ironically, it was his road numbers that hurt his power in 2014 and not the trip to Seattle as much as many would have predicted.
Altuve appears to be the real deal and set career highs in every stat that matters. He will most likely not repeat 2014 but even with a 15% regression he still warrants the number two spot against other fantasy second baseman. Jason Kipnis struggled a bit in 2014 and even had finger surgery. If you consider 2014 a pass based on history, you have a player who can up tick to a 20 home run and 30 stolen base year.
Jedd Gyorko did not repeat his incredible rookie year of 2013 in his second season. But the combination of intense pressure and plantar fasciitis that held him to 111 games could be logical rational to expect a bounce back in 2015. The other additions in San Diego should take some pressure off the youngster and allow him to swing away in 2015.
An interesting spot in 2015 will be in Chicago. The Cubs will have to find playing time for both Javier Baez and Arismendy Alcantara. Both are eligible at second so that is not a problem but where to play them both should be interesting. I would expect to see Alcantara in center field and Baez at second assuming the Cubs feel like I do and move Dexter Fowler to left field and relegate Chris Coghlan to platoon duty.
Nick Franklin could end up as a steal based on estimated draft position. With the addition of Cabrera, I expect Logan Forsythe to relegate to the bench while Nick Franklin gets the grounds at second for the young again Tampa Bay Rays. The youngster should finally get the everyday playing time that he needs to show off his potential. He has the ability to hit 20 home runs, steal double-digits and hit around .260. In second base fantasy terms that is more than serviceable. Watch Franklin in 2015.
Top-20 Fantasy Predictions By Position
|First Base Rankings||Catcher Rankings|
|Second Base Rankings||Outfield Rankings|
|Short Stop Rankings||Starting Pitcher Rankings|
|Third Base Rankings||Relief Pitcher Rankings|