It’s that time of year. Fantasy Baseball preparation for the 2022 season is in full gear, which means my first set of rankings is ready for release. I usually release these in November but kept tweaking them as more and more moves took place with the wild hot stove action. 

I will do a release like this for all positions this year but have added tiers. I’ll briefly discuss each tier in this article and more written work and podcasts throughout the preseason. Also, as I do every year, I will release my full Google sheets rankings with tiers later this preseason to help with your drafts.

We move to the second base position for the third set of positional rankings this season. The second base position is another fun one when it comes to fantasy baseball. The second base position is littered with multi-position players that adds a bit to their fantasy value. In addition, players can add depth to your roster, especially in the draft and hold formats. 

The position is also loaded with some players coming off career years. You are leaving a significant question about the success or some robust regression. There is a lot to like about the second base position, making for a solid position to double up on throughout your draft. 

The primer will get you ready for your upcoming drafts, but keep an eye on updates and episodes of Benched with Bubba that will help dig deeper into the position and specific players. For now, let’s take a first look at the 2022 fantasy baseball second base rankings. 

2022 Second Base Rankings

Second Base
1- Trea Turner
2- Ozzie Albies
3- Marcus Semien
4- Javy Baez
5- Jose Altuve
6- Whit Merrifield
7- Jazz Chisholm Jr.
8- Brandon Lowe
9- Jorge Polanco
10- Jonathan India
11- Gavin Lux
12- Ketel Marte
13- Jake Cronenworth
14- Kolten Wong
15- Eduardo Escobar
16- Ryan McMahon
17- DJ LeMahieu
18- Tommy Edman
19- Ty France
20- Josh Rojas
21- Chris Taylor
22- Brendan Rodgers
23- Enrique Hernández
24- Jonathan Schoop
25- Jean Segura
26- Adam Frazier
27- Andrés Giménez
28- Luis Urias
29- Cesar Hernandez
30- Luis Arraez

Tier 1

Tier 1
1- Trea Turner
2- Ozzie Albies

Tier 1 is only two players deep, but they are two absolute studs. First off, Trea Turner leads the way. This season, he is my 1.01 pick in drafts and the easy top player at second base and shortstop. He adds second base eligibility this season thanks to his trade to the Dodgers, and there’s a good chance he plays a decent amount of second base again this season. Most also know that Turner is a stolen base machine, stealing 30+ bases in every full season he has played in, but he is more than just stolen bases. Turner is a great five-category contributor as he .328 or better in each of the last two seasons and .298 or better in three straight seasons. He also has some solid power, hitting 28 home runs last year. He will likely hit at the top of the order for one of the best offenses in baseball, the Dodgers, which just boosts his fantasy value. Do not overthink it, and just draft Turner as your top pick and move on. 

Many are not as high as I am on Albies, but he is the clear number two at second base for me and would have been number one if Turner didn’t gain second base eligibility. Albies is coming off a 30/20 season that featured 100+ runs and RBI and a .259 average. Albies was a fantasy beast, and he has continued to improve year after year. Albies now has 24 or more home runs in his last three full seasons to go with 100+ runs in each season, 14+ stolen bases, and an excellent batting average. Albies will continue to hit in a very productive spot in the Braves lineup, leading to even more fantasy success for the 25-year-old. 

Tier 2

Tier 2
3- Marcus Semien
4- Javy Baez
5- Jose Altuve
6- Whit Merrifield
7- Jazz Chisholm Jr.
8- Brandon Lowe
9- Jorge Polanco
10- Jonathan India

Semien has been a DND (do not draft) for me this early draft season, as he has a healthy ADP of 37 over the past 30 days. Semien is good, but not that good for the 2022 season. Sure, he has over 700 plate appearances in each of the last three full seasons. That is elite. He had 10-15 stolen bases in each of the last six full seasons and even has 33 or more home runs in the previous two full seasons. The numbers look great, but I have a couple of concerns. First, Semien will not hit 45 home runs again in 2022 and will be great if he hits 30. The other primary concern is the move from the Jays to the Rangers which should surely hurt Semien’s overall counting stats. Semien should still have a great season, but not a third-round season. 

I will admit I have always been a Javy Baez stan, which will not change this season. Sure he joins the Tigers, and that could zap a bit of his power and run production, but I do not believe it will be as much as some say. Baez has always had lousy plate discipline, and that’s what most point to as what will hold him back, but he keeps proving the haters wrong. Baez now has 29+ home runs in each of the last three full seasons, as well as double-digit steals in five straight seasons. The plate discipline issues have not stopped him from hitting .265 or better in every full season since 2014. Baez is a perenially underappreciated fantasy asset, and I will take his draft day discount again. 

Another solid draft day value is Altuve. He is currently the 7th second baseman off the board, climbing as he was ninth or tenth just a month ago. Sure Altuve is getting older, and he may not steal double-digit bases anymore, but he will still be a significant contributor in the other roto categories. Expect another solid batting average, 25+ home runs, and all the runs you can handle as he once again leads off for the Astros. There is something to be said about category stability, and Altuve brings that to your rosters. 

Whit is another reliable option at second base. He brings a little power to go with his solid batting average and, most importantly, great speed. Last year he stole 40 bases, which was the first time he stole over 40 bases since 2018. I have Whit lower than others because I do not expect another 40+ bases. 25 or so stolen bases make a lot of sense. That is still solid, especially with the overall five-category contributions, but be skeptical of some significant regression being in play for Whit. 

Those who have followed me know that I am all in on Jazz this year. This is quite controversial as most analysts will point to his swing and miss and lack of plate discipline. He struck out 28.6% of the time last year and throughout the minors was always a heavy strikeout bat. But like Baez above, he was still producing solid batting averages and other roto stats. Last year Jazz hit 18 home runs while stealing 23 bases in 124 games. He could be in line for a 20/20 season with the upside of 30/30. He is still young and developing and is worth every bit of his current ADP of 71. 

One of my most prominent DND players in recent years was Brandon Lowe. That has already changed once this early draft season, and I will likely grab a few more shares going forward. One of my biggest concerns regarding Lowe was regular playing time. Last season Lowe played in 149 games, and the questions about a Rays’ platoon disappeared. While playing 149 games, he also hit 39 home runs gravy on the top. I do not expect Lowe to hit nearly 40 home runs, but close to 30 is definitely on the table. If you miss out on some of the top targets, snag Lowe before the top-tier talent at the second base position slowly dwindles.

In recent seasons Polanco has shown some excellent offensive prowess and fit in nicely as a late-round SS target or even a MI option. However, after his 2021 season, he is moving up the list. Last season Polanco hit 33 home runs while stealing 11 bases. This is coming off a 2019 season in which he hit 22 home runs. It is doubtful that Polanco will hit 30+ home runs again, but a 20-25 home run season with double-digit steals is definitely in the cards. It is also nice that Polanco was hitting in the middle of the Twins lineup, which added to the roto counting stats. 

Last but not least for Tier 2 is Jonathan India. India is coming off an outstanding rookie season where he hit 21 home runs and stole 12 bases. He struggled to start the season, but he became an offensive machine once he returned and led off for the Reds. He became an OBP monster to pair with power, speed, and excellent run production. That should not change in the potent Reds’ lineup that will play half their games in Great American Small Park. India could be one of the best values at the 2B position as he could easily be a top-three 2B come next draft season. 

Tier 3

Tier 3
11- Gavin Lux
12- Ketel Marte
13- Jake Cronenworth
14- Kolten Wong
15- Eduardo Escobar
16- Ryan McMahon

Lux kicks off Tier 3, and I admit he is quite the wild card. Lux played in 102 games last and hit seven home runs while stealing four bases. We have seen an excellent power and speed mix throughout the minors with a healthy batting average. Playing time has always been the question for Lux, and with Corey Seager leaving town, he should have all the playing time he wants. He is currently the 25th-second baseman off the boards according to the NFBC ADP over the last month, so ranking him 11th is quite the jump. I am gambling on his prospect pedigree taking over on his way to a massive 2022 season. 

Marte is yet another second baseman that brings a lot of risk and reward on draft day. Marte is coming off an injury-plagued 2021 season where he only played 90 games. He still hit 14 home runs over that stretch, but fantasy managers wanted a whole lot more on draft day. They hope Marte returns to his 2019 form, where he hit 32 home runs and stole ten bases. He may not get back to those levels, but he should still be much better than last season. Look for a season that could resemble Jorge Polanco at a lower draft price. If Marte does that, then all fantasy managers should be happy. 

Rake Cronenworth is in the house!!!! One of the better swiss army knives of fantasy baseball. He is eligible all over the diamond but is also quite the fantasy contributor. Rake hit 21 home runs last season while stealing four bases and hitting .266. The power may come and go, but the hit tool that leads to a solid average and other counting stats is legit. 

The often underappreciated Wong jumps in at 14th on my rankings. When Wong signed with the Brewers, I wrote up how much I loved the move and how much it will improve his fantasy value. He did just that, hitting 14 home runs while stealing 12 bases and hitting .272. Wong has always shown good batting average skills, but the power has continued to develop, and Milwaukee’s ballpark plays very well for his game. Look for Wong to have another big season, and if he can stay healthy, he will blow away his 2021 stats. 

There is nothing fun about Escobar unless you like consistency, and to be honest, consistency can be delightful when it comes to fantasy. Escobar has hit 20+ home runs and hit at least .253 in each of the last four full seasons. He now joins the Mets, which should lead to another consistent season. In addition, he brings dual eligibility, which adds a bit more to his value. Again, he isn’t the most fun pick, but he makes a solid selection if you miss out on second or third base. 

The last piece of Tier 3 is McMahon. I am a massive fan of McMahon this year. He has now played in 140 or more games in each of the last two full seasons, where he has hit at least 23 home runs and over .250. McMahon has more job security on the Rockies than he has had in a while, with Story now leaving just a year after Arenado left. He has multi-position eligibility and plays all of his home games in Coors Field. McMahon is an extreme value in drafts, so do not slip up on McMahon if needing this season Hea late second baseman. 

Tier 4

Tier 4
17- DJ LeMahieu
18- Tommy Edman
19- Ty France
20- Josh Rojas
21- Chris Taylor
22- Brendan Rodgers
23- Enrique Hernández
24- Jonathan Schoop

Tier 4 is deep and consists of players with multi-position eligibility and little playing time or simple regression concerns. Most think LeMahieu will bounce back in 2022. I am not so optimistic, but I may be wrong. The Yankees have many options to hit near the top of the lineup, and if LeMahieu can’t get going, he will move down the order and lose fantasy value.

Edman had a monster 2021 season. Better than many could have imagined. He hit 11 home runs, which seems reasonable, but the 30 stolen bases were pure run good. Edman will run again in 2022, but there is a good chance he will not lead off as much as he did last season. If Edman is not leading off every day, he loses that fantasy upside. As a result, I will not be overpaying for Edman like many are at his current draft price. 

France is one of my favorite targets in this range as he has a legit 20 home run upside with a path to everyday playing time. He should hit in the middle of an improving Mariners’ lineup, which should just add to his fantasy upside. France will not steal bases, but you hopefully will not need them where you are drafting him anymore. We haven’t seen France’s whole power upside, but 2022 could be the season it happens. 

If you like Edman, then draft Rojas. Last season Rojas hit 11 home runs and stole nine bases in 139 games. We should see similar numbers, but more power and steals are needed. Rojas is a later-round second base target in my current drafts. 

Taylor resigning with the Dodgers was huge for his fantasy upside. Taylor has flourished in a utility role with the Dodgers, and last year due to injury, he found his way to 582 at-bats over 148 games. That makes 400+ or more at-bats in each of the previous four full seasons and over 500 at-bats in three of the four seasons. Last year, Taylor flourished with 20 home runs and 13 stolen bases. With Seager and Semien out of LA, Taylor should find his way to plenty of at-bats yet again. As a result, Taylor makes for a great value later in drafts.

Rodgers is yet another Rockie that we have been clamoring to receive regular playing time. That started to happen in 2021, and it looks to be more of a thing in 2022. McMahon should slot into an everyday 3B role while Hampson should play SS, leaving 2B Rodgers for the taking. With Rodgers playing every day, he should supply 20+ home runs and score a good number of runs, hitting atop the Rockies lineup. Rodgers will not run a lot but will help in the four other ROTO categories. 

Hernandez has always been a fantasy asset when he has been on the field. He has 17 or more home runs in each of the last three full seasons and has shown the ability to hit for average while also helping in the run production department. Hernandez also smashes left-handed pitching, which is a plus when setting those bi-weekly NFBC lineups. Hernandez should play nearly every day between 2B and the OF, leading to another quality fantasy season. 

Year in and year out, Schoop is one of the better home run values in draft season. He now has 20+ home runs in five straight full seasons and seven consecutive seasons of at least 15 home runs. Schoop is more than that, though, as he also has hit for an average of .256 in five of the last six full seasons. As a result, Schoop should be penciled into everyday at-bats again while hitting in the middle of the Tigers’ lineup, providing quality fantasy counting stats. 

Tier 5

Tier 5
25- Jean Segura
26- Adam Frazier
27- Andrés Giménez
28- Luis Urias
29- Cesar Hernandez
30- Luis Arraez

Tier 5 is loaded with some boring veterans and some intriguing youngsters. Segura is entirely removed from 20/20 upside or even 20 stolen bases overall, but he can still contribute for fantasy. Segura can be a solid batting average source while still providing some power, speed, and low draft price. 

After being traded to the Padres last season, Frazier is quite a conundrum for fantasy players as he was not the dominant player he was with the Pirates. Inconsistent playing time could have contributed to that drop-off. However, playing time should not be a concern in 2022 with the Mariners, where he should be back in an everyday role while hitting the top of the order again. Unfortunately, Frazier will not contribute a ton in the power and speed department outside of an outstanding batting average source. 

Giménez is a late-round gamble in drafts. We know the crazy speed he provides and some sneaky power, but there are also massive holes in his game. Batting average and playing time have been an issue with Gimenez, and at least the playing time may clear up in 2022. I am still hesitant to the role with Gimenez, but the risk could come with a HUGE reward if the power and speed develop the way some hope it would.

Urias will likely see a big bump when I update rankings later this off-season. He brings excellent multi-position eligibility as well as some excellent late-round power. He hit 23 home runs and stole five bases over 150 games. He played all over the infield due to injuries with the Brewers and now has a shot as the everyday third baseman for the Crew. In addition, Urias brought an excellent prospect pedigree over from the Padres, and we saw some of that talent last year. I expect the 24-year-old to have a big 2022 season. 

Hernandez used to be a speed guy who has now turned into a power bat. He keeps changing teams but still gets the everyday role wherever he plays. He is coming off a 21 home run season for Cleveland and now joins the Nationals, where he should hit near the top of the order again. Hernandez is one of the safer late-round targets, even if he seems boring. 

Last but not least, Luis Arraez. Arraez brings multi-position eligibility as well as an elite bat-to-ball skill. If looking for late-round batting average assistance, then Arraez is your guy. He will not light the world on fire in the power and speed department but will play every day and hopefully hit atop the Twins’ batting order. 

Conclusion

The second base position is profound. It has some great talent up top, but there is so much positional and statistical flexibility. I would not wait too late to grab a couple of second basemen, but you obviously can if your draft strategy takes you that way. Keep an eye on spring training lineups to get a better feel for value at a sneaky excellent fantasy position.