Fantasy baseball sees changes in position depth every year. What starts the season as a weak position may finish as the best, and vice-versa. Entering the season there were 11 second basemen ranked in the Top 100 players in mixed formats.
Currently, there are only seven active players who will find their name on that Top 100 list, and only three of them were part of the original 11. Let’s take a look at the current rankings for second baseman after the first half of the 2010 season (Injuries Noted):
Robinson Cano NYY (100% Owned) His numbers across the board are great for any position (66-18-63-.332). This is an MVP candidate who will continue to improve, and continue to provide consistent statistical production.
Chase Utley PHI (100% Owned) Chase would be number one if he wasn’t injured, even with Cano’s great season. Utley’s consistency over the past seven seasons cannot be ignored, you can pencil in 100-30-100-.295 ever year. Upon his return from the DL, Utley should be considered the top player.
Rickie Weeks MIL (100% Owned) Finally his production is matching his potential (65-19-62-.277). Rickie was the second overall pick in the 2003 player draft, and after this season may be the second overall second baseman taken in 2011 fantasy drafts.
Dustin Pedroia BOS (100% Owned) Similar to Utley, Dustin would be third on the list after putting up excellent numbers (52-12-41-.292) when healthy. He has never had a bad single season in his young career. Look for him to immediately bounce back when he returns. (DL)
Ian Kinsle r TEX: This All Star Second Baseman plays for a first place team with lots of lineup protection. Thus far he is doing nicely (53-6-38-.304), and you should expect a duplicate second half with the pennant in reach.
Brandon Phillips CIN: Another player in the midst of a pennant race, and putting up potential career numbers (70-13-33-.288). With the Cardinals and Brewers battling the Reds for Central supremacy, Brandon will need to play to his max if they want to win. Expect an extra effort.
Martin Prado ATL: All Star, First Place Team, NL Hits Leader (67-11-40-.317)
Ben Zobrist TB: (49-5-44-19-.277) Multi Position Eligible, Continuous production.
Dan Uggla FLA: (59-15-53-.271) May or May Not be traded to Contender. If so he jumps Zobrist. You have to love his power from this position.
Kelly Johnson ARZ: (57-14-46-.275) Can he keep this up all season for the lowly Dbacks? My magic 8 ball says “Decidedly So.”
Howie Kendrick ANA: (42-7-53-.275) Still a potential injury risk, but his run production in 2010 is undeniable for a second baseman. Worth a start in any format.
Gordon Beckham CWS: (26/71-14-3-12-0-.366) Over the Last Month…May be the HOTTEST 2B
Placido Polanco PHI: (92/288-43-6-30-3-.319) Just back from injury and his timing is great already.
Juan Uribe SF: (80/312-42-12-51-1-.256) Early season utility super star. Now everyday star.
Jose Lopez SEA: Still Seattle’s cleanup hitter with TONS of potential 39 RBI.
Casey McGehee MIL: 13 HR 55 RBI.
Aaron Hill TOR: 13 HR (Great Upside)
Clint Barmes COL: 42 RBI
Ian Stewart COL: 13 HR, 47 RBI
Neil Walker PIT: (.320 BA)
Chone Figgins SEA: 25 SBs
Ty Wigginton BAL: 16 HR, 48 RBI
Alberto Callaspo LAA: (40Runs, 8HRs, 43RBI)
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