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Here’s a look at the 2014 Lester’s Legends’ Second Base Rankings for NL-only fantasy baseball leagues.
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1. Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals
Matt Carpenter posted a .318-126-11-78-3 line. His eligibility at third base makes him a versatile option.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 third base eligibility, which helps his value.
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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 double-digit home run and stolen base potential.
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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.
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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 category, but he’s solid across the board.
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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.
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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.
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Here’s a look at the 2014 Lester’s Legends’ Second Base Rankings for AL-only fantasy baseball leagues.
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1. Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners
Robinson Cano left Yankee Stadium for Safeco, but he is still the premier second baseman in the league. He has hit better than .300 in each of the past five seasons while averaging 99.2 runs, 28.4 home runs and 102.6 RBI. His numbers will likely dip, but he’s still in a class of his own.
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2. Jason Kipnis, Cleveland Indians
Jason Kipnis took a step into the elite second baseman territory after posting a .284-86-17-84-30 line. It was his second straight year with at least 30 stolen bases.
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3. Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox
Dustin Pedroia hit .301 with 91 runs, 84 RBI and 17 stolen bases. His power dipped, but he continues to deliver across the board.
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4. Ian Kinsler, Detroit Tigers
Ian Kinsler makes the move to the Motor City. He remains in a potent offense. He is a nice power-speed combo player averaging 19.5 home runs and 21.5 stolen bases during his career, but has some injury concerns.
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5. Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay Rays
Ben Zobrist is another guy with added versatility as he is also eligible at shortstop and outfield. He posted a .275-77-12-71-11 line. He doesn’t excel in one category, but he’s solid across the board.
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6. Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
Jose Altuve brings you speed. He swiped 35 bases last year while hitting .283. He had 33 steals in 2012.
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7. Jurickson Profar, Texas Rangers
Jurickson Profar takes over second base for the Rangers following the Kinsler trade. Profar has struggled in his 303 big league at-bats hitting .231, but he has a .816 OPS in the minors. He provides double-digit home run and stolen base potential.
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8. Brian Dozier, Minnesota Twins
Brian Dozier hit just .244, but he scored 72 runs with 18 home runs, 66 RBI and 14 stolen bases. He gives you a solid power-speed combo.
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9. Howie Kendrick, Anaheim Angels
Howie Kendrick has only averaged 56 runs over the past two seasons, which is low for a second baseman. He did average .292 with 10.5 home runs, 60.5 RBI and 10 stolen bases. He doesn’t excel in any area, but he’s solid in four of the five standard batting categories.
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10. Jed Lowrie, Oakland A’s
Lowrie has shortstop and second base eligibility, which helps his value. He had a .290-80-15-75-1 line last year. He’s a .264 career hitter though so regression in his batting average is likely.
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Robinson Cano Mariners
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Here’s the first look at the 2014 Lester’s Legends’ Second Base Rankings.
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1. Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners
Robinson Cano left Yankee Stadium for Safeco, but he is still the premier second baseman in the league. He has hit better than .300 in each of the past five seasons while averaging 99.2 runs, 28.4 home runs and 102.6 RBI. His numbers will likely dip, but he’s still in a class of his own.
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2. Jason Kipnis, Cleveland Indians
Jason Kipnis took a step into the elite second baseman territory after posting a .284-86-17-84-30 line. It was his second straight year with at least 30 stolen bases.
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3. Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox
Dustin Pedroia hit .301 with 91 runs, 84 RBI and 17 stolen bases. His power dipped, but he continues to deliver across the board.
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4. Ian Kinsler, Detroit Tigers
Ian Kinsler makes the move to the Motor City. He remains in a potent offense. He is a nice power-speed combo player averaging 19.5 home runs and 21.5 stolen bases during his career, but has some injury concerns.
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5. Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals
Matt Carpenter posted a .318-126-11-78-3 line. His third base eligibility makes him a versatile option.
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6. 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.
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7. Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay Rays
Ben Zobrist is another guy with added versatility as he is also eligible at shortstop and outfield. He posted a .275-77-12-71-11 line. He doesn’t excel in one category, but he’s solid across the board.
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8. 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.
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9. Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
Jose Altuve brings you speed. He swiped 35 bases last year while hitting .283. He had 33 steals in 2012.
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10. 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
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Here’s the 2013 LestersLegends Second Base Rankings for NL-Only Leagues.
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1. Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati Reds
Phillips has averaged 87.1 runs, 20.3 home runs, 80.4 RBI and 21.4 stolen bases over the past seven years while hitting .280. He won’t give you elite numbers in any category, but he’s solid across the board.
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2. Aaron Hill, Arizona Diamondbacks
Hill put his nightmare 2011 season behind him and hit 26 home runs last year, giving him at least that many long balls in three of the past four seasons. Hill’s .302-93-26-86-14 was one of the best among second basemen.
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3. Rickie Weeks, Milwaukee Brewers
Batting average isn’t his strength, but the .230 that Weeks hit was, well, weak. He should hit about 20 point higher and produce around a .250-85-20-60-15 line.
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4. Dan Uggla, Atlanta Braves
With Uggla you have to deal with a poor average, but he’ll provide solid numbers in runs, home runs and runs batted in.
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5. Danny Espinosa, Washington Nationals
Espinosa is a career .239 hitter so you’ll have to live with that liability. He has averaged 19 home runs and 18.5 stolen bases the past two seasons so he’s rock solid in those two categories.
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6. Neil Walker, Pittsburgh Pirates
Walker is a solid little player. Over the past three seasons he has averaged a .282-65-13-73-6 line. He doesn’t stand out in a particular category, but he’s a steady performer.
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7. Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies
Once upon a time Utley was the best second baseman in all of baseball. He’s been on the decline for the past three seasons. He’s good for double-digit home runs and stolen bases if he can stay healthy. He’s averaged just 100 games over the past three seasons.
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8. Marco Scutaro, San Francisco Giants
Scutaro is 37 so the upside is minimal. He should contribute in the batting average, runs and RBI categories. He doesn’t offer much power and speed, but is a decent middle infielder option
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9. Martin Prado, Arizona Diamondbacks
Prado is a versatile option to target if you’re looking more for batting average than power. He tends to provide decent run and RBI totals. Last year he stole 17 bases after stealing just 13 in his first 227 games. I’d figure on a .300-80-12-65-10 line.
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Here’s the 2013 LestersLegends Second Base Rankings for AL-Only Leagues.
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1. Robinson Cano, New York Yankees
Cano was tops among second basemen in runs, home runs, RBI and batting average. He has as much of a stranglehold on the position as any player in the league.
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2. Ian Kinsler, Texas Rangers
Kinsler has averaged 156 games the past two seasons and has played in at least 144 games in three of the past four years. His batting average has become the biggest issue rather than his health. Kinsler delivers an elite amount of runs and home runs, as well as a solid amount of RBI and stolen bases.
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3. Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox
Pedroia took a step back last year with a .290-81-15-65-20 line in 141 games. He’s a strong bet to be among the leaders in all five categories once again.
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4. Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay Rays
Zobrist can be used at second base, shortstop, and outfield, which gives him great versatility. He isn’t a big average guy, but his .270 mark last year was solid. Over the past four seasons he has averaged 88.8 runs, 19.3 HRs, 82.8 RBI and 18.5 stolen bases.
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5. Jason Kipnis, Cleveland Indians
Kipnis had a solid first half, hitting 11 home runs with a .764 OPS. His dismal second half (three home runs, .650 OPS) soiled his first full season. Still, Kipnis finished with 86 runs, 76 RBI and 31 stolen bases.
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6. Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
You’ll have to look elsewhere for power, but Altuve should provide a solid average, along with an ample amount of runs and stolen bases.
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7. Howie Kendrick, Los Angeles Angels
There is nothing flashy about Kendrick, but he should be a solid contributor in all five 5×5 categories. The Angels should have a potent lineup in 2013 so a solid year should be in the cards.
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8. Dustin Ackley, Seattle Mariners
Ackley will turn 25 this week. He nearly doubled his at bats last year and his run, home run, RBI and stolen base totals nearly matched that same proportion. Unfortunately his average fell from .273 to .226. His BABIP was .265, which was 74 points lower than his 2011 mark. He should see improvement in that category, which should help his average and his counting stats.
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9. Emilio Bonifacio, Toronto Blue Jays
Bonifacio plays all over the place so his positional flexibility may be his primary benefit. That and his ability to steal bases.
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10. Kyle Seager, Seattle Mariners
Seager plays third base, but played second in 18 games last year which gives him flexibility. He also quietly posted a modest .259-62-20-86-13 line. He has some decent pop and should benefit from the changes made to Safeco Field.
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11. Omar Infante, Detroit Tigers
Infante does not excel in any category, but he’s solid across the board.
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Dustin Ackley
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We already looked at the LestersLegends’ top 10 fantasy baseball second basemen for 2013, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t additional options if you choose to wait on filling your second base slot to address other positions. Alternatively, many leagues offer middle infield slots, which put these options on your radar.
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Dustin Ackley, Seattle Mariners
Ackley will turn 25 this week. He nearly doubled his at bats last year and his run, home run, RBI and stolen base totals nearly matched that same proportion. Unfortunately his average fell from .273 to .226. His BABIP was .265, which was 74 points lower than his 2011 mark. He should see improvement in that category, which should help his average and his counting stats.
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Danny Espinosa, Washington Nationals
Espinosa is a career .239 hitter so you’ll have to live with that liability. He has averaged 19 home runs and 18.5 stolen bases the past two seasons so he’s rock solid in those two categories.
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Howie Kendrick, Los Angeles Angels
There is nothing flashy about Kendrick, but he should be a solid contributor in all five 5×5 categories. The Angels should have a potent lineup in 2013 so a solid year should be in the cards.
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Marco Scutaro, San Francisco Giants
Scutaro is 37 so the upside is minimal. He should contribute in the batting average, runs and RBI categories. He doesn’t offer much power and speed, but is a decent middle infielder option.
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Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies
Once upon a time Utley was the best second baseman in all of baseball. He’s been on the decline for the past three seasons. He’s good for double-digit home runs and stolen bases if he can stay healthy. He’s averaged just 100 games over the past three seasons.
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Neil Walker, Pittsburgh Pirates
Walker is a solid little player. Over the past three seasons he has averaged a .282-65-13-73-6 line. He doesn’t stand out in a particular category, but he’s a steady performer.
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Rickie Weeks, Milwaukee Brewers
Weeks reached the 20-HR mark for the third straight season, but hit just .230. He’s a solid contributor in the runs and stolen bases categories. He’s still a solid fantasy option.
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Here’s the first look at the 2013 LestersLegends Second Base Rankings.
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1. Robinson Cano, New York Yankees
Cano was tops among second basemen in runs, home runs, RBI and batting average. He has as much of a stranglehold on the position as any player in the league.
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2. Ian Kinsler, Texas Rangers
Kinsler has averaged 156 games the past two seasons and has played in at least 144 games in three of the past four years. His batting average has become the biggest issue rather than his health. Kinsler delivers an elite amount of runs and home runs, as well as a solid amount of RBI and stolen bases.
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3. Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati Reds
Phillips has averaged 87.1 runs, 20.3 home runs, 80.4 RBI and 21.4 stolen bases over the past seven years while hitting .280. He won’t give you elite numbers in any category, but he’s solid across the board.
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4. Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox
Pedroia took a step back last year with a .290-81-15-65-20 line in 141 games. He’s a strong bet to be among the leaders in all five categories once again.
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5. Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay Rays
Zobrist can be used at second base, shortstop, and outfield, which gives him great versatility. He isn’t a big average guy, but his .270 mark last year was solid. Over the past four seasons he has averaged 88.8 runs, 19.3 HRs, 82.8 RBI and 18.5 stolen bases.
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6. Aaron Hill, Arizona Diamondbacks
Hill put his nightmare 2011 season behind him and hit 26 home runs last year, giving him at least that many long balls in three of the past four seasons. Hill’s .302-93-26-86-14 was one of the best among second basemen.
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7. Jason Kipnis, Cleveland Indians
Kipnis had a solid first half, hitting 11 home runs with a .764 OPS. His dismal second half (three home runs, .650 OPS) soiled his first full season. Still, Kipnis finished with 86 runs, 76 RBI and 31 stolen bases.
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8. Rickie Weeks, Milwaukee Brewers
Batting average isn’t his strength, but the .230 that Weeks hit was, well, weak. He should hit about 20 point higher and produce around a .250-85-20-60-15 line.
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9. Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
You’ll have to look elsewhere for power, but Altuve should provide a solid average, along with an ample amount of runs and stolen bases.
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10. Dan Uggla, Atlanta Braves
With Uggla you have to deal with a poor average, but he’ll provide solid numbers in runs, home runs and runs batted in.
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