Welcome to the 2011 National Fantasy Sports Examiner fantasy baseball draft tips, your home for the top fantasy baseball information. This article will feature the top 20 fantasy baseball second basemen to target in your 2011 fantasy baseball drafts.
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When looking at the fantasy baseball second basemen, you have to understand that it is not the barren wasteland that it used to be. In the old days of fantasy baseball, three or four years ago, there were a couple of players to target and then the next dozen were the same player, helpful in maybe one category but not anything special.
In 2011, there are a number of great players to choose form when looking at the second base position. If you compare it to the richly stacked first base position, you will see that these guys compare equally in runs and average while being one of the best infield positions for stolen bases. They may not hit big homers but the top five will jack 25 or more in a season. There is talent here for the taking.
NOTE: The way players are ranked is that their projections are based on the other players in their position. This supposes there are 12 teams in a league and a player’s stats are based on last year’s final statistics. If a player’s projected stats are better than last season’s 12th best player at the position, they receive bonus points. The elite players are better than last year’s median average in all five categories, helping you the most in all aspects of a fantasy baseball league.
STATS FOR THE 12th BEST SECOND BASEMEN IN 2011 AT EACH POSITION
- RUNS – 79
- HR – 15
- RBI – 67
- SB – 11.3
- AVG – .274
- THE ELITE FANTASY BASEBALL SECOND BASEMEN
1. Dustin Pedroia – Boston has built an impressive batting rotation and Dustin Pedroia, at the young age of 27, is among the best. Pedroia should rank in the top 10 in all five categories of fantasy baseball stats. He will be one of the league leaders in runs scored and should hit close to .300 on the year. He will hit close to 20 home runs, get above average RBIs and is quick on the bases as well. He is one of the better all-around players at any position.
2. Chase Utley – This ranking might drop big time over the next couple of weeks. Chase Utley is nursing an injured right knee and Phillies fans know he is not afraid of going on the DL from time to time. However, when healthy, he is one of the best second basemen in the runs category and will hit over 25 homers with close to 100 RBIs on a full season. He also hits for decent average and can run when the case calls for it. Injuries have knocked him out of the top spot though.
- TIER ONE FANTASY BASEBALL SECOND BASEMEN
3. Robinson Cano – Robinson Cano is the best hitting second basemen in fantasy baseball today. In 2010, he hit .319 with 29 homers and 109 RBIs. Expect him to keep the best batting average at the position, hit around 30 homers and drive in over 100 RBIs once again. He’s also going to score a lot of runs in the Yankees lineup but is not a threat on the bases, making him great in four of the five categories.
4. Brandon Phillips – Brandon Phillips one major downfall is his batting average. He finished 2010 with a .275 average, which is just at average for the position, but his best year was only a .288. His home run totals have also dropped every year since he hit 30 in 2007 and he bottomed out with only 59 RBIs last year. His stolen base totals also dropped in 2010. He is still a top 5 second basemen but his deteriorating stats causes some alarm.
5. Rickie Weeks – Three years ago, Rickie Weeks was looked at as a flop. Then he missed almost all of the 2009 season before rebounding in 2010 with 29 home runs, 83 RBIs and 112 runs scored. It was what the Brewers, and fantasy baseball players, had been waiting for. Expect Weeks to continue to play well in 2011, with a top five finish in homers and runs and a decent finish in RBIs. His average will remain below average though.
6. Ian Kinsler – Ian Kinsler is one of the top second basemen in the league but spent much of 2010 injured. In 2009, he hit 31 homers with 31 stolen bases, so there is a good chance that he can come back to form if he stays healthy. With the way he is playing in Spring Training, he looks to be one of the top choices at the position once again.
7. Kelly Johnson – Kelly Johnson sits just inside the Top 12 at every category except for RBIs. Playing for Arizona will make it hard for him to score many of those and might also limit his run production as well. However, he did establish new career highs in 2010 in runs, home runs, RBIs and stolen bases so there is a chance he will continue to improve, moving up the ladder of second basemen.
- TIER TWO FANTASY BASEBALL SECOND BASEMEN
8. Dan Uggla – Dan Uggla has hit over 27 homers and 88 RBIs in every season and experienced career highs in average, homers and RBIs. Now he has a new home in Atlanta, reunited with his old Florida manager Fredi Gonzalez and hopes to continue to post the same numbers. At 31, there is a chance he might slip some but don’t underestimate Dan Uggla. He will hit over 30 home runs and lead all second basemen in the category.
9. Aaron Hill – Aaron Hill fell hard last year, finishing the season with a .205 average. Yes, he still hit 26 home runs so the power is there, but the lack of consistent hits meant that he only scored 70 runs and drove in 68 RBIs, his lowest full season totals since 2006. He can bounce back but you need to gamble to hope for it.
10. Howie Kendrick – Howie Kendrick is another second basemen that struggles with strikeouts. He has the skills to hit .300 if he starts taking more pitches, though. He is also a candidate for a 20-20 year, helping in three of the categories if he hits to his potential. He has to be more patient though.
- THE BEST OF THE REST
11. Neil Walker – Draft if you want homers and RBIs and decent average
12. Martin Prado – Draft for a high batting average and a good run total
13. Chone Figgins – Draft for the most stolen bases for second basemen and good runs
14. Brian Roberts – Draft for good stolen bases and a good batting average
15. Mike Aviles – draft for above average stolen bases and batting average
16. Orlando Hudson – draft for average and run totals
17. Freddy Sanchez – draft for good batting average
18. Alexi Casilla – draft for decent stolen bases
19. Eric Young – draft for good stolen base totals
20. Dustin Ackley – Dustin Ackley is starting out in the minors but is a great sleeper pick at the position.
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