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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL POSITION PRIMER: SECOND BASE

The second base position all of a sudden is quite deep but that goes for almost any spot on the diamond outside of catcher in this new home run-crazed era.  Be that as it may, Houston's Jose Altuve should be the number 2 pick in all fantasy baseball leagues this season and the second base-eligible Jose Ramirez is well worth a second round pick as well.  Let's see how yours truly looks at the position for 2018 in terms of the second baseman I will target and those I will avoid.

DRAFT STRATEGY:  If you have the second pick this season, go with Altuve and don't give it a second thought.  Other than Jose Ramirez in Round 2, we would then choose to wait on getting your second baseman as there is some very good depth with a bunch of interchangeable options.

SECOND BASEMAN I WILL TARGET

Jose Altuve/Jose Ramirez:  I already shared with you my personal strategy for both and needless to say, my love for Altuve and Ramirez is very intense.  These are the type of five-tools talents which win you leagues. 

Dee Gordon:  Now I won't reach for Gordon but boy those 60 steals can almost single-handily lock up that category for you this season.  Gordon is no one-trick pony though as he should score 100 runs in a stacked Seattle lineup, bat close to .300, and gain outfield eligiblity.  Yes please.

Eduardo Nunrez:  This all depends on where Nunez signs but if he does land an everyday gig, his annually dirt cheap price and .300/15 HR/25 SB line is very valuable considering the cost. 

Ian Happ:  Not a fan of the strikeouts and ugly average but Happ could quickly ascend to the 25-home run mark with 80-plus RBI and a few steals thrown in.  Massive upside. 

Yoan Moncada:  Like with Happ, Moncada's strikeouts are concerning but the speed is tremendous here and the power really came on the second half of 2017. 

Jose Peraza:  I am a sucker for this guy but there are plentiful steals to be had a decent average as well.  If Billy Hamilton gets moved, then Peraza becomes even more valuable. 

Jonathan Schoop:  I want steal from my middle infielders but Schoop's insane power and improving average are too precious to pass up if given the chance to get him onto my roster this spring. 

SECOND BASEMAN I WILL AVOID

Rougned Odor:  I made a lot of excused for Odor last season as he did dealt with some horrid BABIP luck but his strikeout rate is a joke and he also never takes walks.  30 homers and 15 steals very much in play but so is a .230 average. 

Daniel Murphy:  Murphy is getting a bit up there in age and now is coming off a scary microfracture surgery.  Tread very carefully here.

Robinson Cano:  The air is starting to leak out of the tires here but the name brand of Cano will likely make it impossible to get a value play out of the guy. 

Scooter Gennett:  Never pay for a career-year. 

WILL CONSIDER IF PRICE IS RIGHT:  Ozzie Albies, Brian Dozier, Whit Merrifield, Javier Baez, Cesar Hernandez


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