Who are the best second basemen in Major League Baseball? Sometimes this may differ slightly from the first second basemen you would want in fantasy. Last week, we looked at the top five first basemen in fantasy baseball. Going around the horn, here are the best five players to line up at second.
5. Robinson Cano. One of the most consistent players in the league the last decade or so, the Mariners’ second basemen had his worst season since 2008 last season. Most seasons Cano would be top three on this list, but with a down season last year, he slipped a few spots. At 35 years old, it’s very possible but painful to admit, Cano might be over the hill. Cano slid in fifth on this list due to his prior experience, but be careful if you’re looking to pick him up. He’s a high-risk, high-reward type of player.
4. Dee Gordon. Looking for power? Look elsewhere. Gordon played second for the Marlins last year, but got traded to Seattle in the offseason. With Cano at second, it’s unlikely that Gordon will get too many reps at second, but instead put his wheels to good use in the outfield. Regardless, he will be eligible for second base this year. In fantasy baseball, there are a lot of players who are sluggers, but not as many who are runners. Gordon is the best of this category. The stolen base gets overlooked a lot in fantasy, but it can swing a few points or categories over your opponent. Never overlook the stolen base, or Gordon’s league-leading 60 of them. A .308 batting average doesn’t hurt either.
3. Jonathan Schoop. A name often overlooked by many in baseball, Schoop had a standout season for Baltimore in 2017. He batted .293 with 32 home runs and was the only second basemen last year with more than 100 RBI. Schoop is a great combination of power and contact, posting a 5.1 WAR. What should worry most fantasy owners is a high strikeout rate, leading to a lower OBP, SLG, runs, etcetera.
2. Daniel Murphy. The Nationals’ second baseman has blown up the last couple seasons, batting .347 and .322 in 2016 and 2017, respectively. Entering his age 33 season, this might be the last year of his best production. Besides his outstanding batting average, he led the league in doubles last season with 43. Trust my math on this one: high batting average + extra base power = top shelf hitter. He hit just under 100 RBI in 2017 with 94. If, somehow, you can get your hands on Murphy, hold on to him. He should be a top 20 pick in the draft.
1. Jose Altuve. Any surprise here? The American League’s MVP in 2017, Altuve was by far the best player in the MLB last year. He hit an absurd .346 with an OBP of .410 for the World Series Champion Houston Astros. If you need all five tools, you’re looking in the right place. He had 67 extra base hits to go along with 32 stolen bases. Not much more needs to be said about Altuve. In a keeper league, if he’s not yours, then don’t get your hopes up. He should be a top three pick in any draft.