We have reached November. The baseball season ended less than a week ago. That means it is time for some too early fantasy baseball rankings. To get things started, we will begin with the lovely catcher position. After the Top 30 rankings, there will be a breakdown of a few of the catchers to target. Those that take things too seriously may want to check into some updated rankings closer to January as a lot will change with the positional rankings this offseason. Many players are looking for new homes this offseason, and they may not sign with their new teams for quite some time. 

The second base position is still the cesspool of fantasy positions not named catcher. The difference between 2020 to 2021 is the position has become slightly better. With the additions of Brandon Lowe, Jake Cronenworth, and a few other young players, the position has become at least 12-15 deep of quality talent. There is more depth, but nothing makes you get super excited unless you punt the position in a draft. With the current depth at second base, there is a severe discussion about punting the position, much more so than in years past. 

Once the positional rankings are released, I will post a google sheet with all positions on one page (like last year). Make sure to keep a lookout for all updates as the rankings will be more fluid than usual this season; if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me on Twitter (@bdentrek). 

Second Base
1- Ozzie Albies
2- D.J. LeMahieu
3- Whit Merrifield
4- Ketel Marte
5- Jake Cronenworth
6- Jose Altuve
7- Brandon Lowe
8- Keston Hiura
9- Gleyber Torres
10- Cavan Biggio
11- Jeff McNeil
12- Dylan Moore
13- Mike Moustakas
14- Jonathan Villar
15- Kolten Wong
16- Max Muncy
17- Tommy Edman
18- Jurickson Profar
19- Nick Solak
20- Ty France
21- Jean Segura
22- Wilmer Flores
23- Robinson Cano
24- David Fletcher
25- Tommy LaStella
26- Ryan McMahon
27- Cesar Hernandez
28- Andres Gimenez
29- Niko Goodrum
30- Eduardo Escobar

There has been an excellent youth movement throughout the second base position in recent years. There are now a decent amount of options that can contribute four or five categories for your fantasy teams. If you miss out on those top targets, some depth can help in multiple categories or, at worst, some later round targets that can help in specific categories like batting average or steals. The position still is not the best, but there are at least options that will not make fantasy owners reach for the position in drafts. 

Bounceback Candidates

Going into 2020, many were going all-in on Ketel Marte off a monster 2019 season. It turned out to be a rough go for those that took the risk on Marte as he saw his power disappear, hitting only two home runs in 45 games and his speed left as well stealing only one base. He still did hit .287 and lowered his strikeout rate to 10.6%, so there was some positive gain. His barrel rate dropped from 9.3% to 3.7%, yet his hard-hit rate stayed consistent at around 40%. He still hits the ball hard, his contact rates did not change a ton, and he often puts the ball in play. If he continues to do all three of those things, he can be in line for a bounceback season.

Jose Altuve was another problem for fantasy owners. The perennial batting average asset with some pop and speed was a massive let down in 2020. He had a career-low .219 average with only five home runs and only two stolen bases. His barrel rate dropped to 4.6%, which was his lowest since 2013, while his contact rates and hard-hit rates stayed similar to previous seasons. Altuve did give a lot of us hope for 2021 due to his strong postseason performance, where he hit .375 with five home runs over 60 plate appearances. He also walked 18.3% of the time throughout the postseason. The former early-round selection may be quite the draft day value in 2021. 

Youth Movement

There is a lot of young second baseman bringing some substantial depth to the fantasy position in 2021. Jake Cronenworth hit an impressive .285 with four home runs and three steals in his rookie campaign. He can bring some nice 20/20 upside in a full season. Brandon Lowe has now put together two strong seasons for the Rays, and it is now time for fantasy owners to take notice in their 2021 drafts as Lowe 20+ home run and 10+ stolen base upside. Keston Hiura and Cavin Biggio are a few other young studs that could return some massive fantasy value as well. 

Conclusion

The second base position has become much more profound in years past. Due to youth and some solid vets, there are at least ten viable options at second base, if not more. There are many wild cards like Dylan Moore, Nick Solak, Ty France, and others. Due to such depth, there are some interesting decisions to be made at the position. Does a fantasy player draft an Ozzie Albies, Whit Merrifield, or another elite second baseman early? Does the fantasy player take some more risks and grab a second baseman later.