Second base has firepower at the top of the list, but there's a big drop-off after that. It will be one of the thinnest positions again for the 2013 campaign.
1. Robinson Cano, New York Yankees—Cano is easily considered the top option at second base. He was the only second baseman to hit 30-plus homers, and he was just one of seven MLB players to hit .300 or higher with 30-plus home runs in 2012. He is definitely a first-round pick.
Projection: .305 BA, 30 HR, 105 RBI, 95 R, 4 SB, .885 OPS
2. Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox—For the second time in three years, Pedroia missed significant time last season. It could be an issue, but given the position scarcity and his proven track record, he is still a great option. A healthy Pedroia is a threat to be a top-25 fantasy player.
Projection: .295 BA, 16 HR, 75 RBI, 90 R, 20 SB, .815 OPS
3. Ian Kinsler, Texas Rangers—Kinsler had a very underwhelming season last year, but even though he fell short of expectations, he still finished in the top 40 overall. After being a 30/30 player in 2009 and 2011, he hit just 19 homers and stole 21 bags last year. Even with those numbers, he's still a top choice.
Projection: .265 BA, 20 HR, 65 RBI, 100 R, 20 SB, .795 OPS
4. Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati Reds—Phillips is proving that he's a solid, consistent pick at second base. Over the last three years, he has hit .285 while averaging 18 homers, 93 runs and 14 stolen bases per season. He's slotted to hit second in a very good Reds lineup.
Projection: .280 BA, 18 HR, 75 RBI, 85 R, 13 SB, .765 OPS
5. Jose Altuve, Houston Astros—Unlike the players mentioned before him, Altuve provides something different. His biggest asset is his speed. Last year, Altuve led all of MLB second basemen with 33 stolen bases. He also hit .290, which makes him a solid pick for two categories.
Projection: .285 BA, 10 HR, 55 RBI, 80 R, 30 SB, .740 OPS
6. Aaron Hill, Arizona Diamondbacks—Hill had a resurgent year in 2012. After hitting .225 with 34 combined home runs from 2010-2011, he hit .302 with 26 homers last season. I'm not ready to mark him down for a repeat season, but he has shown he can be fantasy relevant again.
Projection: .270 BA, 20 HR, 75 RBI, 75 R, 10 SB, .770 OPS
7. Jason Kipnis, Cleveland Indians—Kipnis took the league by storm last year as a rookie. He faded pretty quickly in the second half, but he proved that he's a top-10 pick for the position. He's like a hybrid of Kinsler and Altuve. He doesn't have Kinsler's power or Altuve's speed, but he's above-average in each.
Projection: .265 BA, 15 HR, 70 RBI, 80 R, 25 SB, .740 OPS
8. Rickie Weeks, Milwaukee Brewers—Weeks' .230 average was downright awful last season, but there are signs of promise. After hitting .199 in the first half, he hit .261 and belted 13 of his 21 home runs after the All-Star Game. He also provides value with double-digit stolen bases.
Projection: .255 BA, 20 HR, 65 RBI, 80 R, 11 SB, .775 OPS
9. Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies—Years of injuries have dropped Utley down the rankings significantly. He hasn't registered more than 425 at-bats since 2009, and he has hit under .260 in each of the last two seasons. With that said, he still has 15/15 potential.
Projection: .265 BA, 15 HR, 65 RBI, 70 R, 13 SB, .800 OPS
10. Neil Walker, Pittsburgh Pirates—Walker doesn't do anything great, but he's just about average in most categories. He isn't a stud by any means, but he also won't kill you either. Hitting in front of Andrew McCutchen, he should get plenty of pitches to hit.
Projection: .275 BA, 15 HR, 70 RBI, 75 R, 7 SB, .760 OPS