As a part of our 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Kit, we examine the elite options at each position. Let’s take a look at our top fantasy second basemen for 2015, and compare our rankings to their current Average Draft Position (ADP) in mock drafts. As always, if your thoughts differ from these, please comment below or make use of our Fantasy Baseball Forum to share.
1. Jose Altuve
Altuve won the NL batting title in 2014, hitting .341 and pairing it was 56 SB. He struck out less than 10% of the time, and scored 80+ runs. What do you do with such an explosive player? You take him at the top of his class and reap the rewards. He’s still just 24 years old.
2. Robinson Cano
Cano has been worthy of a top 20 pick for the last decade. You can book him for around 20 HR, a .300 BA, and 80+ Runs and RBI. He even still has the power and speed to add a little upside to that projection. He’s actually improving his strikeout rate as he ages. If you want consistent, can’t miss production in the early rounds, here’s the guy for you.
3. Anthony Rendon
It didn’t take Rendon long to live up to his promise. In his first full season of action, Anthony merely went 21 HR / 17 SB / .287 BA / 111 Runs. If you were so prudent as to add him early on, chances are you forgot about your other 2B options completely. Not only is he eligible at multiple positions, he’s slated to hit in the top-middle of a loaded Nationals lineup. He’s only 24, so the power is still coming – more than a little scary for opposing pitchers, and tantalizing for fantasy investors.
4. Dee Gordon
Finally someone gave Dee a chance to get 600+ AB, and all he did was go out and steal 64 bases. He also hit .289 and scored 92 runs for good measure. He’s going to lead off in Miami, batting in front of Yelich, Stanton, Morse, and Ozuna. The Marlins should turn the 26 year-old loose this year, and he makes for an extremely inviting 2B pick.
5. Ian Kinsler
When was the last time Kinsler and Cano weren’t both in the top 5 2B? Kinsler proved the doubters false in 2014, going for 17 HR / 15 SB / 100 R / 92 RBI. He logged a healthy 726 AB and generally provided the Tigers with an MVP-caliber season. He’ll bat both leadoff and in the two-hole this year, and in front of Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez, and Yoenis Cespedes. The 100 runs are almost a given, and he’s got plenty of upside in such a loaded lineup. Draft, set, and enjoy.
Brian Dozier, Jason Kipnis, Kolten Wong, Dustin Pedroia, and Daniel Murphy round out our top 10 at the position. A lot can change during spring training, so be sure to check out our most up-to-date second base rankings.