Thursday, September 18, 2014


Second baseman are up as we close the book on the 2014 fantasy baseball season as we look at the final set of rankings.

1.  Robinson Cano:  The power dropped off a bit as expected but everything else was excellent as always.  Holds onto late first round grade.
2.  Jose Altuve:  Oh my goodness what a career-year Altuve had.  Where to start?  How about batting over .340, stealing over 50 bases, and picking up over 200 hits.  Incredible.
3.  Anthony Rendon:  Has already broken fully through on his vast potential with over 100 runs scored and 20-plus homers to go with always good average. 
4.  Ian Kinsler:  Have to admit I blew it with Kinsler in going from Texas to Detroit and aging. Be that as it may, Kinsler was terrific across the board.  Steals have slipped noticeably though as Kinsler is no longer a 20-plus guy.
5.  Brian Dozier:  If you get past the ugly .230-ish average, you have over 100 runs scored to go with 20/20 juice numbers.  Yes please.
6.  Josh Harrison:  Small sample size but Harrison contributed across the board in all five categories which is fantasy baseball gold. 
7.   Dee Gordon:  Stealing over 60 bases was no shock but the vastly elevated average was. 
8.  Daniel Murphy:  Doesn't do any one thing great but does all five categories well.
9.  Matt Carpenter:  Not a fan as Carpenter is vastly overrated as the average fell which left him excelling only in runs.
10. Neil Walker:  Hey hitting 20 home runs at second base works anywhere.
11. Dustin Pedroia:  Falling fast.  You can chalk up 2014 to an off year but we saw Pedroia is the latest Carlos Baerga who was done at 28 due to the wear and tear of infield play.
12. Danny Santana:  Was a sizable boost during the second half as Santana showed off top end speed, surprising pop, and a nice average.  Want to see more.
13. Howie Kendrick:  Kendrick is always just here as a guy to pick up as an injury replacement or as your late round pick starter.  Like with Murphy, does a little of everything but nothing great.
14. Kolten Wong:  Post-hype sleeper alert. 
15. Jason Kipnis:  What a colossal bust Kipnis was.  He truly bombed in every sense of the word.  Awful contact rate leaves him as average liability and opposing pitchers learned not to throw any heat which dipped his homer total.
16. Brandon Phillips: 
17. Ben Zobrist
18. Chase Utley:  Utley, Phillips, and Zobrist are all old news.  Salute the careers and move on.
19. Martin Prado:  Could be the everyday Yankees second baseman next season and hit well over .300 after arriving there via trade this season.  Boring veteran but skills still useful.
20. Asdrubal Cabrera
21. Dilson Herrera
22. Jurickson Profar:  Looking like major steal at a dirt cheap price next season.
23. Brett Lawrie:  Enough.
24. Javier Baez:  Average is pitiful but power immense. 
25. Aaron Hill:  I missed on the guy this season as Hill continues his career trend of doing the opposite of what we think he will do.
26. Scooter Gennett
27. Jordy Mercer
28. Yangervis Solarte
29. Jed Lowrie
30. Arismendy Alcantara:  Had some nice power/speed stats but contact rate terrible.  Project guy.


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