Here’s a look at the 2014 Lester’s Legends’ second base rankings for NL-only fantasy baseball leagues.
1. Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals
Matt Carpenter posted a .318-126-11-78-3 line. Though he doesn't offer much in terms of speed or power, Carpenter's batting average and high run total are much better than his competition in those categories. Plus, he delivered plenty of RBI. Finally, his eligibility at third base makes him a versatile option.
2. Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati Reds
Brandon Phillips just continues to produce. Last year, he posted a .261-80-18-103-5 line. Over the past eight years, he has averaged 20 home runs, 83.3 RBI and 19.4 stolen bases.
3. Aaron Hill, Arizona Diamondbacks
Aaron Hill was limited to 87 games last year, but he still hit .291 with 11 home runs. He posted a .302-93-26-85-14 line in 2012. Hill gives you plenty of power potential.
4. Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies
Chase Utley managed to stay healthy enough to play 131 games and post a .284-73-18-69-8 line. Just be sure to have a solid backup given his age and injury risk. When he is in the lineup, he's one of the best in the game.
5. Martin Prado, Arizona Diamondbacks
Martin Prado hit .282 with 70 runs, 14 home runs, 82 RBI and three stolen bases. He’s a .293 career hitter and has averaged 12.6 home runs over the past five seasons. He also has eligibility at third base, which helps his value.
6. Daniel Murphy, New York Mets
Daniel Murphy hit .286 with 92 runs, 13 home runs, 78 RBI and 23 stolen bases. He’s a .290 hitter with potential for double-digit home runs and stolen bases. Murphy doesn't offer a lot of upside, but he's a sensible option.
7. Jedd Gyorko, San Diego Padres
Jedd Gyorko hit just .249, but he did slug 23 home runs to help his cause. With 62 runs, 63 RBI and one stolen base, he was somewhat of a one-trick pony last year. Still, the power can’t be overlooked.
8. Neil Walker, Pittsburgh Pirates
Neil Walker has averaged .274 with 64.3 runs, 13.5 home runs, 67.8 RBI and 4.8 home runs. He doesn’t excel in any one category, but he’s solid across the board. He's not flashy, but he's steady.
9. Dan Uggla, Atlanta Braves
Dan Uggla is a .246 career hitter, but his .179 average was pathetic even by his standards. He did slug 22 home runs. Over eight seasons, he has averaged 28.9 home runs and 85 RBI. You’ll have to compensate for his batting average.
10. Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals
Anthony Rendon hit .265 with 40 runs, seven home runs, 35 RBI and one stolen base in 98 games as a rookie. Rendon will have to beat out Danny Espinosa, but he should provide decent fantasy numbers. Keep an eye on this position battle.
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