Top 10 Second Basemen for 2018

Top 10 Second Basemen for 2018

We’re at the midway point, as this marks the fourth entry of my eight part position preview for 2018.

I’ll start by saying this: if you play on a site that allows you to play Anthony Rizzo at 2B, he’s the #1 player at the position. He’s not on this chart because that’s not allowed across the industry as a whole, but it is worth keeping in mind. Take advantage of that loophole if it applies to you for sure!

Here are my top ten second basemen in standard roto and points leagues for 2018:

Rank Rotisserie Points
10 Jose Peraza (Reds) Jose Peraza (Reds)
9 Daniel Murphy (Nationals) Neil Walker (FA)
8 Paul DeJong (Cardinals) Matt Carpenter (Cardinals)
7 Robinson Cano (Mariners) Jonathan Schoop (Orioles)
6 Dee Gordon (Mariners) Robinson Cano (Mariners)
5 Jonathan Schoop (Orioles) Daniel Murphy (Nationals)
4 Brian Dozier (Twins) Rougned Odor (Rangers)
3 Rougned Odor (Rangers) Brian Dozier (Twins)
2 Jose Ramirez (Indians) Jose Altuve (Astros)
1 Jose Altuve (Astros) Jose Ramirez (Indians)

 

Jose Peraza should hit for a high batting average and steal bases, which pushes his value up significantly. He doesn’t do anything else particularly well at the plate, so don’t count on him to bring any power or high RBI upside in 2018. Still, the 24 year old Cincinnati Red should be a decent value at his seventeenth round ADP in 2018.

Daniel Murphy’s value in standard 5×5 leagues is weighed down because of a lack of stolen base potential. He does nearly everything else extremely well, however, and his .311 projected batting average is among the best in MLB. Neil Walker needs to sign with a team before I’m willing to count on him, but he’s always offered a bit of a bargain on some power at a position where it is hard to come by.

DeJong made his MLB debut last season and hit .285 with 25 HR and 65 RBI in just 108 games. That’s 39 HR, 98 RBI upside across a full 162 games. He doesn’t profile as much of a stolen base threat, which brings down his upside a bit. Projection models expect a more modest .265 average, 28 HR and 91 RBIs in 150 games from the Cardinals middle infielder in 2018.

Staying in St. Louis, utility infielder Matt Carpenter offers more upside in points leagues as he draws more walks than most, projecting to earn 131 free passes to first base in 2018. These have no value in standard 5×5 roto.

Robinson Cano is entering his 14th MLB season, and projects to have a very similar line in 2018 to his 2017 line, which was a .280 average with 23 HR and 97 RBI. The biggest fear with Cano is his age; if he can stay healthy, he can still be an elite producer at the position.

Baltimore’s 26 year old middle infielder Jonathan Schoop hit for career highs in batting average, home runs and RBI in 2017, and the projection models do not see that performance as fluky at all. Schoop appeared in 322 of Baltimore’s 324 regular season games in the last two seasons, so he has proven he has the ability to survive the grind of a full season with little off time. His sixth round ADP is among the best values of the top ten in both formats.

Dee Gordon was traded to Seattle in the offseason from Miami, and is being moved to the outfield in 2018. While he still has 2B eligibility, he remains among the top ten in 5×5 roto because of his stolen base upside.

Brian Dozier turns 31 in May, and looks to be on pace for another great year in his seventh season. Dozier is a true five category contributor in roto, with double digit stolen base upside, 30+ home run power, and a high batting average. He’s been very consistent and comes at a much lower price in 2018 than the top two coveted options at the position.

It comes with significant risk, but Rougned Odor is far and away the best value at the position. He has top five upside, but he is coming off a disastrous 2017 campaign, which explains his tenth round ADP. He’s projected to hit for a .256 average, which would be a massive rebound from his .204 average in 2017. Odor’s batting average on balls in play (or BABIP) was a putrid .224 in 2017, which suggests a lot of his struggles may have simply been bad luck last season. Odor has hit 30+ home runs two years in a row, so he brings tremendous upside at a low price.

Then there’s the consensus top two Jose’s: Ramirez and Altuve.

Altuve’s projected .310 batting average puts him over the top in 5×5 roto, because outside of that category, the two project very similarly at the plate. Ramirez’s average isn’t bad, either – he projects for .297 in 2018. The narrow margin in points goes Ramirez’s way thanks to his slightly higher expected home run total of 21 compared to Altuve’s 19.