These 2013 Fantasy Baseball 2B Rankings might save your life someday. OK, well, maybe not really. But they could be important for the life of your Fantasy Baseball team as you enter the 2013 season. And normally, second base is considered one of the weakest positions in the game.
It wasn’t too long ago (well, about 10 or 11 years ago), when the position was loaded with guys like Alfonso Soriano, Bret Boone and Jeff Kent. But that was back when things were a little “juicier.” In 2002, Boone hit 24 homers and knocked in 107 RBI. Soriano hit 39 homers, with 102 RBI and a league-high 41 steals. Kent posted 37 homers and 108 RBI.
By comparison, Robinson Cano was easily the best Fantasy second baseman of 2012, and he’s coming off a season in which he 33 homers, with 94 RBI.
My, how things have changed.
As a matter of fact, there wasn’t one player at this position with 100 RBI, and only two had more than 80. Heck, there have been only five 100-RBI seasons in the past five seasons at this position.
Changes you’ll want to track:
- Jeff Keppinger had a relatively successful season with the Rays in 2012, but they couldn’t keep him in the offseason. He’s now eligible at 1B, 2B and 3B, and he’ll likely end up playing mostly third base for the White Sox in 2013. Oh, and he broke his leg walking down stairs in November – but he should be ready for spring training.
- The Rays signed former Blue Jays 2B Kelly Johnson to man that same position in St. Petersburg. This gives them three new infielders, including SS Yunel Escobar and 1B James Loney. He’s a decent run producer at this position, but he has to get his batting average up if Fantasy owners are going to count on him in mixed leagues.
2013 Fantasy Baseball 2B Rankings
As you can see, the talent dropoff is rather dramatic in the 2013 Fantasy Baseball 2B Rankings after the top guys and the middle-of-the-road felllas are gone. While having a great second baseman can be a boon to your team, you’re going to have to use a relatively high draft pick to get one. If not, just figure your second baseman will likely be one of your worst players this season.
David Gonos spent 5 years as a CBSSports.com Senior Fantasy Writer and three more years writing with SI.com. Over the past 17 years, his work has been published on NFL.com, MLB.com, FanDuel, FoxSports.com and USA Today. Since 2001, he has been tracking down the Top 50-plus Free Fantasy Football Draft Tools online. You can contact David Gonos here.