The second base position sees some young studs near the top of the rankings in Javier Baez, Ozzie Albies and Gleyber Torres. They are surrounded by some vets like Jose Altuve, Robinson Cano and Daniel Murphy. Not to mention many other quality options to fill out your second base spot on your fantasy baseball team. Lets see where they stand in the early 2019 Fantasy Baseball Second Base Rankings.
|1 – Whit Merrifield||11 – Dee Gordon|
|2 – Jose Altuve||12 – Yoan Moncada|
|3 – Javier Baez||13 – Cesar Hernandez|
|4 – Scooter Gennett||14 – Brian Dozier|
|5 – Daniel Murphy||15 – Jonathan Schoop|
|6 – Ozzie Albies||16 – Lourdes Gurriel Jr.|
|7 – Rougned Odor||17 – Joey Wendle|
|8 – Robinson Cano||18 – DJ LeMahieu|
|9 – Jonathan Villar||19 – Marwin Gonzalez|
|10 – Gleyber Torres||20 – Asdrubal Cabrera|
Many will have Javy Baez at number 1 as I talked about on Benched with Bubba EP 139, I get it. I think there will be some regression in 2019 that will take him out of the top spot. Baez will likely hit more like .270 than .290 and that will decrease his runs, RBIs and stolen bases big time. He’ll still be very good but not good enough for a late first round or early second round pick in a 15 team league.
Jose Altuve is looking to bounce back after a rough, injury reddened 2018 season. All reports say Altuve will be good to go by opening day and if so then we should get back to a potential 20/20 guy with a .300+ average.
I have Whit at number 1, and I know I am gonna catch a lot of heat for it. Whit is going to hit around .300 or better and at the same time should hit around 15 home runs with 30+ stolen bases. In a world where stolen bases are harder and harder to come by, Merrifield has supreme value on draft day.
After the top 3, I have Scooter and Daniel Murphy. Come draft day I’d love to have either one of these guys on my roster. Scooter continues to give you 25+ homer upside with a plus average and will be hitting in a better Reds lineup this season. While, Murphy is now in Coors field and the sky could be the limit for his offensive production this year.
Odor is just out side the Scooter and Murphy conversation and he could have even more upside if the plate discipline continues to increase. The average isn’t quite the same and that moves him just behind those 2.
There are some young studs in the mix in Ozzie Albies and Gleyber Torres. Major ceiling but also some questions. They both started out their 2018 season’s on fire, but really cooled off towards the end. Both will be in plus lineups and the opportunity should be there for the two youngsters.
There’s a lot to like when it comes to the second base position. A good 13-15 really good options to be your starting second basemen come draft day. Also, some decent depth for MI options. Listen into Benched with Bubba EP 139 to get the full second base preview.