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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2015 FANTASY SPORTS BOSS FANTASY BASEBALL DRAFT GUIDE SECOND BASEMAN EXCERPT

We continue to head towards the 2015 fantasy baseball season and that means those who haven't purchased either edition of our draft guide should do so immediately.  Use the BUY NOW tab at the bottom of this post to purchase.  Below is a sample excerpt of our second baseman section: 

SECOND BASEMAN


 

Draft Strategy:  When it comes to formulating a balanced roster, we historically like to group our second baseman and shortstops together in a quest for runs and stolen bases.  While your first and third baseman should be supplying a large chunk of your power numbers, your middle infielders need to possess some speed and stolen base prowess in order to keep your team at optimum efficiency.  As far as second baseman specifically are concerned, this is a very top-heavy group that saw some big names go bust in 2014.  Of course I am primarily indicting Dustin Pedroia and Jason Kipnis who both came in well below what was expected from them stat-wise, while trusting in the always fragile Ian Kinsler is never a comforting thought.  Robinson Cano meanwhile remains a late first round pick, as he has been since becoming a regular for the New York Yankees.  Even after moving to the Seattle Mariners prior to last season, Cano offset a predicted drop in power by upping his batting average to its highest mark in his career. 

We will remain consistent however in advising you to stay away from drafting Cano in Round 1, despite the instant advantage he gives you over the rest of your league at that shallow position.  You ideally want to use your first two picks to get a slugging first baseman and a stud outfielder and that shouldn’t change.  Sort of along the lines of your catcher, you want to go value at second base in the middle rounds of your draft.  A year ago that player was Jose Altuve who became somewhat of a forgotten man prior to 2014 and as a result dropped in drafts despite very good speed and a solid bat.  Fast forward a year later and Altuve comes off a monster season when he was in contention for the batting and swiped a career-high total of 56 bases.  We will go with that strategy again for 2015 as there are some names of interest that can exceed their expected draft position as Altuve did a year ago. 

 

1.     Robinson Cano:  We all knew Robinson Cano moving from Yankee Stadium to Safeco Field would adversely impact his power numbers and that is exactly what happened as the perennial number 1 fantasy baseball second baseman went for only 14 home runs and 82 RBI.  Still despite the drop in those two statistics, Cano continued to show that he remained one of the best pure hitters in the game as he challenged for the AL batting title for a chunk of the season with his .314 average.  The ballpark and lack of lineup protection may keep Cano from 20-plus home runs and 90 RBI again but he remains flat in his prime with guaranteed solid to very good production across four different categories.  Still we think Cano should fall out of Round 1 for the first time since graduating into a regular as his overall numbers don’t warrant him being one of the top 12 guys off the board.
PROJECTION:  .315 19 HR 88 RBI 82 R 8 SB

2.     Anthony Rendon:  It took Washington Nationals second baseman Anthony Rendon all of a season-and-a-half to cement his status as the best at his position outside of Robinson Cano.  Quite frankly there are a lot of similarities between the two as both came up the minor league ladder with MLB-ready bats that sprayed line drills all over the field and with burgeoning power.  Rendon already had the .300 average swing down pat as he made his way to the Nationals but it was expected he would need a couple of seasons before he tapped into his power after he hit only 7 home in his 351 at-bat debut in 2013.  Well Rendon would have none of it as he smacked 21 homers and drove in 83, while also scoring a massive 111 runs last season in a major breakout campaign.  The .287 average was typical and even a bit below where Rendon should be going forward.  The most pleasant surprise might have been the 17 steals Rendon collected and it was his performance there when combined with the home run advancement that put the new Nationals star into top tier status.  At only 25, there is still some more growth seasons left or Rendon which is telling considering how good he already is.  The sky is the limit.

PROJECTION:  .302 23 HR 88 RBI 107 R 16 SB

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