We already looked at the LestersLegends’ top 10 fantasy baseball second basemen for 2013, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t additional options if you choose to wait on filling your second base slot to address other positions. Alternatively, many leagues offer middle infield slots, which put these options on your radar.
Dustin Ackley, Seattle Mariners
Ackley will turn 25 this week. He nearly doubled his at-bats last year and his run, home run, RBI and stolen base totals nearly matched that same proportion. Unfortunately his average fell from .273 to .226. His BABIP was .265, which was 74 points lower than his 2011 mark. He should see improvement in that category, which should help his average and his counting stats.
Danny Espinosa, Washington Nationals
Espinosa is a career .239 hitter, so you’ll have to live with that liability. He has averaged 19 home runs and 18.5 stolen bases the past two seasons, so he’s rock solid in those two categories.
Howie Kendrick, Los Angeles Angels
There is nothing flashy about Kendrick, but he should be a solid contributor in all five 5×5 categories. The Angels should have a potent lineup in 2013, so a solid year should be in the cards.
Marco Scutaro, San Francisco Giants
Scutaro is 37, so the upside is minimal. He should contribute in the batting average, runs and RBI categories. He doesn’t offer much power and speed, but is a decent middle infielder option.
Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies
Once upon a time Utley was the best second baseman in all of baseball. He’s been on the decline for the past three seasons. He’s good for double-digit home runs and stolen bases if he can stay healthy. He’s averaged just 100 games over the past three seasons.
Neil Walker, Pittsburgh Pirates
Walker is a solid little player. Over the past three seasons he has averaged a .282-65-13-73-6 line. He doesn’t stand out in a particular category, but he’s a steady performer.
Rickie Weeks, Milwaukee Brewers
Weeks reached the 20-HR mark for the third straight season, but hit just .230. He’s a solid contributor in the runs and stolen bases categories. He’s still a solid fantasy option.
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