MLB season is upon us and Fantasy Baseball is back and better than ever! Over the next few weeks we are planning on getting you ready for any of the upcoming Fantasy drafts that you have. This week we are sending out our initial 2014 rankings that will be updated as Spring Training progresses. The week after we are going to answer 5 questions about each position as well as giving you some insight into some players that we like as well. Matt Bell is joining me today as we rank 2nd Baseman as well as take a look at one guy we like higher than his ADP and one we have lower than his ADP.
2014 Fantasy Baseball 2nd Base Rankings (as of 02/19/14)
|Rank||Ricky Valero||Matt Bell|
|1||Robinson Cano||Robinson Cano|
|2||Jason Kipnis||Dustin Pedroia|
|3||Dustin Pedroia||Matt Carpenter|
|4||Ian Kinsler||Ian Kinsler|
|5||Matt Carpenter||Jason Kipnis|
|6||Ben Zobrist||Jose Altuve|
|7||Brandon Phillips||Aaron Hill|
|8||Jose Altuve||Jedd Gyorko|
|9||Daniel Murphy||Ben Zobrist|
|10||Chase Utley||Daniel Murphy|
|11||Martin Prado||Brandon Phillips|
|12||Jed Lowrie||Jurickson Profar|
|13||Howie Kendrick||Chase Utley|
|14||Aaron Hill||Martin Prado|
|15||Jedd Gyorko||Jed Lowrie|
|16||Omar Infante||Howie Kendrick|
|17||Jurickson Profar||Anthony Rendon|
|18||Brian Dozier||Neil Walker|
|19||Anthony Rendon||Omar Infante|
|20||Neil Walker||Brian Dozier|
|21||Kelly Johnson||Alexander Guerrero|
|22||Alexander Guerrero||Kolten Wong|
|23||Gordon Beckham||Kelly Johnson|
|24||Marco Scutaro||Marco Scutaro|
|25||Josh Rutledge||Gordon Beckham|
|26||Kolten Wong||Josh Rutledge|
|27||Dustin Ackley||Dustin Ackley|
|28||Dan Uggla||Dan Uggla|
|29||Rickie Weeks||Rickie Weeks|
Why I ranked (blank) higher than his Current ADP (ADP average comes from the rankings at Fantasypros.com)
Ricky – Daniel Murphy – Current ADP 14 – I ranked him 9th – Murphy is one of my big-time sleepers heading in the 2014 fantasy season. While his OBP isn’t great the rest of his 2013 stats were pretty impressive. He is a 5 category player (career high 23 stolen bases last year) and you honestly won’t get that from many other 2nd baseman. I believe he hits .280 with 13 HRs, 75 RBIs, 80 Rs and 15 SBs.
Matt Bell – Ben Zobrist has an ADP of 6, but I’ve got him ranked 9th as I feel like he’s a bit of risk to be taken very highly. Last season he had a higher average batting wise, but saw a decrease in home runs, stolen bases, and RBI’s. They are slight decreases as I noted, but it as he gets older it’s just worth watching and I think there are better 2nd baseman behind him.
Why I ranked (blank) lower than his current ADP.
Ricky – Aaron Hill – ADP 10 – I ranked him 14 – I have seen him as high as 6 on the rankings and I just don’t see it. His stats have been all over the place since 2011. You don’t know which Aaron Hill you are going to get. And the one stat (Stolen bases) that he provided an extra pop in, he only had 1 in 87 games last season. I just don’t trust him.
Matt Bell – Jose Altuve is a guy I’ll be targeting in just about all my drafts as he has an ADP of 7, but you will see him ranked slightly higher at 6 in mine. I know that’s not a big difference, but I feel he could be even higher among 2B this year. Altuve gets a little lost in drafts because he plays for Houston, but he’s young and has a ton of speed on the base paths.
If you have any questions about the upcoming Fantasy Baseball season make sure to hope on over to twitter and ask. You can follow me @rickygangster and I will answer any and all questions.
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