2012 Fantasy Baseball NL-Only Second Base Rankings

Mar 13, 2012

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Here’s the 2012 LestersLegends Second Base Rankings for NL-Only Leagues.
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1. Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati Reds: Phillips was Dustin Pedroia lite. His .300-94-18-82-14 line is solid across the board. Nothing elite, but he doesn’t harm you anywhere.
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2. Dan Uggla, Atlanta Braves: Uggla was ugly for the Braves hitting .233. He did score 88 runs, slug 36 HRs, and drive in 82 runs though. He also hit .296 with a .948 OPS after the All-Star Break. Things are going to get better.
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3. Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies: Utley is 33 and has missed 106 games in the past two seasons. His health is clearly a concern. So is the fact that his OPS has decreased every year since 2007.
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4. Rickie Weeks, Milwaukee Brewers: Losing Prince Fielder puts a damper on Milwaukee’s offense, but at least Ryan Braun avoided suspension. Weeks posted a .269-77-20-49-9 line. He’ll likely be in line to drive in more runs this year.
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5. Neil Walker, Pittsburgh Pirates: Walker proved his .296-57-12-66-2 2010 line wasn’t a fluke by posting a .273-76-12-83-9 line last year.
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6. Omar Infante, Miami Marlins: The re-made Marlins feature Jose Reyes and Hanley Ramirez. He had a down year by his recent standards, but should post solid numbers, especially in the batting average category.
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7. Danny Espinosa, Washington Nationals: Granted his .236 average isn’t making anybody happy, but he was one of five second basemen with 20 HRs and 15 stolen bases last year.
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8.  Aaron Hill, Arizona Diamondbacks:  Hill posted a .246-61-8-61-21 line for the year. The change of scenery also served him well as he hit .315 with 23 runs, two HRs, 16 RBI, and five stolen bases in his 33 games for Arizona. He has the power, but has now combined to hit .225 the past two seasons.
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9.  Ryan Roberts, Arizona Diamondbacks:  Roberts plays third base, but has second base eligibility. He posted a solid .249-86-19-65-18 line. He was up and down though and his numbers tailed off at the end of the year.
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10.  Darwin Barney, Chicago Cubs:  He had a terrific first half hitting .306 with 40 runs in 294 at bats for the Cubs. Unfortunately he hit a wall, and hit .238 with 26 runs in 235 second half at bats. He provides little power or speed so he’s not an ideal option.
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11.  Jose Altuve, Houston Astros:  He is hampered by being in the Astros’ lineup, but he has the potential to hit .300 with 20+ stolen bases.
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12. Daniel Murphy, New York Mets:  Has multiple-position eligibility (1B, 2B, 3B) and coming off a solid .320-49-6-49-5 season.
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