2013 MLB Preview: Fantasy Baseball Additional Second Base Options

Ryan LesterSenior Writer IFebruary 25, 2013

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 16:  Dustin Ackley #13 of the Seattle Mariners at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on September 16, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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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.

Also check out:

2013 Fantasy Baseball First Base Rankings
2013 Fantasy Baseball Shortstop Rankings
2013 Fantasy Baseball Outfielder Rankings
2013 Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitcher Rankings