2011 Fantasy Baseball Weekly Wheelhouse Rankings, Second Basemen (2B), June 2nd

Maxwell SalvatiContributor IIJune 2, 2011

Weeks lands at No.2 this week.
Weeks lands at No.2 this week.Scott Halleran/Getty Images

Hitters are ranked for their expected performance from this point forward in standard 5 x 5 redraft leagues, not for statistics that have already been accrued. These rankings can also be used as a barometer to determine trade value. For more rankings check out:

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Top 35 Second Basemen:

*Note: Number in parenthesis denotes last weeks ranking.

Tier 1

1 (1). Robinson Cano, NYY

Tier 2

2 (4). Rickie Weeks, MIL

  • Hitting in front of Hart, Braun and Fielder makes him an elite source of runs. He's also the only leadoff hitter in the game capable of hitting 30 home runs—unless Maddon keeps batting Longo in the one-spot, of course—and he continues to run more than last season. A 25/20 season is well within reach. Trending Upward.

3 (3). Ian Kinsler, TEX

4 (2). Dustin Pedroia, BOS

  • Heating up with the summer—albeit slowly—and the rest of that dirty Boston lineup.

5 (3). Ben Zobrist, TB

  • Still on-pace for 25/15, but the batting average is in a free fall. Trending Downward.

6 (8). Martin Prado, ATL

  • Two home runs in the past week. He's now on-pace for 23 HR. If he can hit 20-plus, it increases his value quite a bit. Still doesn't run enough, but he's an elite pure hitter. Trending Upward.

7 (11). Kelly Johnson, ARI

  • Four home runs, nine R, seven RBI and two stolen bases in the last week. Finally turning it on. Trending Upward. 


Tier 3

 8 (6). Brandon Phillips, CIN

  • Removed from his role as cleanup hitter. Mostly hitting singles and a few doubles. Not hitting for enough power or running. Trending Downward. 

8.5a (10.5). This is where I would put Dustin Ackley, SEA if he were up right now.

8.5b (NA). This is where I would put Brett Lawrie, TOR if he were up right now.

 9 (13). Chase Utley, PHI

  • Last week I said, "I'm taking the conservative approach more or less because we have no idea what we're getting with him this year. Is he still capable of 15-20 stolen bases over the course of a full season? Too many questions to warrant a higher ranking this week." Since then he's stolen two bases. He looks rusty, but he'll be fine. Trending Upward.

 10 (7). Howard Kendrick, ANA

  • On the DL now, but should be back for next week. I still see him as a .300 15/15 type of player.  

11. (9). Michael Young, TEX

  • Slow and steady. Not flashy by any means but will hit .300 with nice counting stats.


 12 (15). This is where I put Dustin Ackley, SEA for the rest of the season.

  • The more I read and hear about him, the more I can't wait to see him hit in the majors. He's not exactly raking at Triple-A this season, but that's partially because they've asked him to work on his power stroke. On top of the fact that the job is his from the day he gets promoted, he's got great plate discipline, an amazing batting eye, solid power and solid speed. Whether it's fair or not, he's being heralded as the next Chase Utley. I think he's got a legitimate shot to be a perennial .300-plus, 18-25 HR, 18-25 SB threat, but what worries me are those pesky counting stats. Does Seattle have enough talent to manufacture enough runs for Ackley? Only time will tell. But right now, over a full season, I think Ackley has the potential to go .290/80/18/70/20, which gives him immediate top-10 2B fantasy appeal. He should be up within a week or two at the most

13. (NA). This is where I put Brett Lawrie, TOR for the rest of the season.

  • For an in-depth look at Brett Lawrie, click here.

14 (14). Neil Walker, PIT

 15 (10). Dan Uggla, ATL

  • Approximately zero home runs in the past two weeks now and is hitting an abysmal .174. Hit. The. Panic. Switch. Trending Downward.


Tier 4

16 (12). Mike Aviles, KC

  • Slumpy slump slump. For a more in-depth look at why it's a good time to buy Avila, click here.

17 (18). Danny Espinosa, WAS

  • Four home runs in the last week and is now on-pace for 30. Trending Upward. 

 18 (17). Aaron Hill, TOR

  • Finally hit a HR!!!  

19 (16). Jed Lowrie, BOS

  • Starting everyday, but where did the power go?


Tier 5

20 (NR). Allen Craig, STL

  • KILLING it since his return from the DL. If he gets everyday playing time, he could skyrocket up to the Walker, Aviles and Uggla range. Still have playing time concerns though. Trending Upward.


21 (19). Michael Cuddyer, MIN

  • Negative counting stats.

22 (20). Brian Roberts, BAL

  • Hey, remember when I said last week that his AVG will return, but not to expect 35-plus stolen bases? You do? Great. Because I still think that. Except now he's on the DL again, so think more along the lines of 20 stolen bases for the season.

23 (21). Ryan Theriot, STL

  • Won't hurt you, but wont really help you either. He needs to run a little bit more to beef up his value. 

24 (25). Darwin Barney, CHC

  • You strong-arming sonofabitch! Similar to Theriot, except a little bit more power and a little bit less speed. Trending Upward.

 25 (22). Gordon Beckham, CWS

26 (23). Ryan Raburn, DET

  • Detroit traded Sizemore and named Raburn the starting second baseman. Too bad he still can't hit.


Tier 6

27 (NR). Eric Young Jr., COL

  • Or as I like to call him, EY2. Three stolen bases in five games played. If he plays everyday, he'll steal 30 bases from this point forward. Trending Upward.

28 (24). Tsuyoshi Nishioka, MIN

  • Should be back from injury soon. It'll be interesting to see how he returns and if he runs.

 29 (26). Maicer Izturis, ANA


Tier 7

30 (27). Orlando Cabrera, CLE

  • Last week I said that he's due for a considerable regression, but will remain rosterable. That being said, there are two things you should probably know. One, I'm a psychic. And two, that statement still remains true. Trending Downward.

31 (30). Chone Figgins, SEA

  • "The end is extremely effing nigh." 28 Days Later reference: check. Trending Downward.

32 (31). Orlando Hudson, SD

  • Almost ready to put him above Chone. Chone being pronounced Sean. Like I said...almost.

33 (35). Freddy Sanchez, SF

 34 (33). Omar Infante, FLA 

  • Hit his first home run this season over the weekend. Yaaayyy. Now he's on pace for three!

35 (34). Jamey Carrol, LAD

Did I leave anyone out? Am I completely off-base on a ranking or 10? Then let me know what you think in the comments section! Flag Props (0)