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January 30, 2014

Dynasty League Positional Rankings

Top 50 Second Basemen

by Bret Sayre


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The Primer:
Because dynasty league rankings are relatively league dependent, I set up parameters for ranking the players below (and the ones who will follow at other positions). The list here presupposes a 16-team standard dynasty format, where there are no contracts/salaries, players can be kept forever and owners have minor league farm systems in which to hoard prospects. So feel free to adjust this as necessary for your individual league, whether it’s moving non-elite prospects without 2014 ETAs down if you don’t have separate farm teams or moving lower-risk, lower-reward players up in deeper mixed or only formats.

Second base is a position that is on the move—especially this season. You’ll notice that four of the top ten names on this list were ranked at different positions only twelve months ago. The problem is that we don’t know who is going to maintain that eligibility and for how long. It’s been talked a lot this week about how the position is lacking in the star department, and it’s going to have to rely on this infusion of talent to stick if that’s going to change. There are not a lot of second base prospects in the minors who project as fantasy useful players, let alone stars. As is somewhat common, the position is going to have to continue to rely upon movement from elsewhere on the diamond, or else it’s going to be stuck with this glut of decent options for years to come.

And now, your top 50 second basemen in dynasty formats:

[Obligatory Jay Z reference]. Cano may see his stock slipping in some peoples’ eyes, but he’s still a top-12-overall player in dynasty formats and he’s going to be valuable for a long time. Not even Safeco can contain his ability to hit. There’s certainly risk long-term of him moving off the position, but I think he’s pretty safe for the next three to four years. [Obligatory second Jay Z reference].

And here’s where things start to get interesting. I’m still not 100 percent comfortable with Kipnis’ performance, but his combination of age and success the past two seasons gets him the two-spot here. Profar over Pedroia may raise some eyebrows, but he’s nine and a half years his younger and I think by 2016, he’ll be outperforming him on a yearly basis. Plus, Profar will be playing now, so this isn’t a situation where you’ll have to wait for him to put up stats—even though you will probably have to wait for him to put up elite stats. Don’t let prospect fatigue diminish the star that Profar is. He will one day rule this position.

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