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January 29, 2014

Fantasy Three-Year Projections

Second Basemen

by Ben Carsley


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Everyone in fantasy sports loves to look ahead. Even in the throes of a pennant race, you can fire up a conversation about next year’s first round and it will go on for an hour. With that in mind, the BP fantasy team will be taking a long-view look at every position this offseason with three-year rankings (composite value over the next three seasons).

We now move on to second basemen, and because so many of the traditional top-10 names are on the wrong side of 30 and so many of the up-and-comers are unproven, this is bound to be a controversial list. Those who are risk-adverse when it comes to fantasy are going to hate this, as I'm placing a clear bet on talent, youth and scouting reports over experience. Considering how many of the old guard are injury prone and could move off the position, though, I truly feel that betting on the young’uns is the way to go at second base, even if I weigh 2014 production most heavily in these rankings.

With that disclaimer, which I fully realize will do me no good, out of the way, let's take a look at the near-term fantasy future of second base.

1. Robinson Cano, Mariners
2. Jason Kipnis, Indians
3. Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox

Nothing changes at the top, where these three players are in their primes and figure to keep churning out productive seasons for the next three years. Seattle won't slow Cano down much, and Kipnis is just entering his prime. It's fair to be a little cautious with Pedoria thanks to his injury history, but he'll spend most of the 2014 season as a 30-year-old. Even if his power and speed start to falter by 2016, the absurd hand-eye coordination and subsequent high average/run total wont.

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