Fantasy Baseball 2B Rankings: Top players, sleepers at second base for 2020

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It's never easy putting together 2B fantasy rankings before the season. Many of the top players are eligible at other positions, so mapping out a draft strategy or finding sleepers to target at second base is entirely dependent on where your leaguemates are slotting these players into their lineups. You could draft five of our top-10 2Bs and play them all at different positions (not including UTIL or MI), so you might find yourself crossing names off your draft cheat sheet earlier than expected.

Sticking with that theme, it's tough to really call 2B "shallow" or "deep". One thing it's not is "top heavy". We don't list any 2B-eligible players in our top 20 overall, and, perhaps more than any other position, who you target -- and where you target them -- is going to be based on how you're building your team.

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Most of the top 2Bs steal some bases, with Jonathan Villar providing the most SB upside. Dee Gordon is your classic high-steal, no-power guy, but with playing time concerns dimming his outlook, he's lower in the rankings than usual. Whit Merrifield saw a downtick in SBs last year, but if he runs wild again (not a sure thing with a managerial change in Kansas City), he could prove highly valuable given the scarcity of SBs. There are also some legit late-round SB sleepers with youngsters Nick Madrigal and Garrett Hampson, both of whom just need everyday playing time.

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Targeting a 30-20 or 20-20 player is what many will do at 2B. There are plenty available at various points in your draft. In addition to Villar, Keston Hiura and Ozzie Albies feel like the best all-around bets (and will likely be gone by the fourth or fifth rounds), but Cavan Biggio, Scott Kingery, Danny Santana, Tommy Edman, and maybe even Gavin Lux could fill that role, too. Jose Altuve has seen his steals decline at a rapid rate over the past two seasons, but he still has 20-SB upside if he wants to get there, which is why he remains at the top of the rankings.

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If you just want power from the position, Gleyber Torres, Mike Moustakas, Max Muncy, and Eduardo Escobar are great early-round options, but you can wait and grab Brandon Lowe, Ryan McMahon, Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Ian Happ, or Rougned Odor later and still get 30-HR potential. Even Isan Diaz and Nick Solak, both of whom popped over 30 HRs between Triple-A and the majors last year, could provide cheap power. There are more job security/batting average risks with the latter group, but the talent is there for big stats.

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Again, it's tough to fully assess 2B given all the multi-positional players, but no matter what type of player you need to balance out your roster, you can find him here.

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Please note that the players below are ranked as if they're only eligible at 2B. Other players might be ranked higher overall because of eligibility at other positions.

We'll be updating our 2B rankings throughout the spring, so check back for the latest player movement.

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Fantasy Baseball 2B Rankings

Rankings based on 5x5 H2H leagues with Rs, HRs, RBIs, SBs, and batting average as categories

Position eligibility based on Yahoo default settings (5 games started or 10 games played at a position)

16 Jeff McNeil Mets 3B, OF

* = Not eligible at that position on draft day but expected to play there during the season

Ranking

Player

Team

Other eligibility

1

Jose Altuve

Astros

2

Gleyber Torres

Yankees

SS

3

Jonathan Villar

Marlins

SS, OF*

4

DJ LeMahieu

Yankees

1B, 3B

5

Keston Hiura

Brewers

6

Ozzie Albies

Braves

7

Ketel Marte

D-backs

SS, OF

8

Whit Merrifield

Royals

OF

9

Max Muncy

Dodgers

1B, 3B

10

Mike Moustakas

Reds

3B

11

Eduardo Escobar

D-backs

3B

12

Gavin Lux

Dodgers

13

Cavan Biggio

Blue Jays

OF

14

Scott Kingery

Phillies

3B, SS, OF

15

Danny Santana

Rangers

1B, 3B, SS, OF

16

Jeff McNeil

Mets

3B, OF

17

Tommy Edman

Cardinals

3B, OF

18

Ryan McMahon

Rockies

1B, 3B

19

Brandon Lowe

Rays

1B, OF

20

Lourdes Gurriel Jr.

Blue Jays

OF

21

Rougned Odor

Rangers

22

Ian Happ

Cubs

3B, OF

23

Dee Gordon

Mariners

24

Nick Solak

Rangers

3B

25

Kolten Wong

Cardinals

26

Michael Chavis

Red Sox

1B

27

Howie Kendrick

Nationals

1B, 3B

28

Kevin Newman

Pirates

SS

29

Mauricio Dubon

Giants

SS

30

Isan Diaz

Marlins

31

Luis Urias

Brewers

SS

32

Jurickson Profar

Padres

OF

33

Cesar Hernandez

Indians

34

Niko Goodrum

Tigers

1B, SS, OF

35

Freddy Galvis

Reds

SS

36

Jonathan Schoop

Tigers

37

Robinson Cano

Mets

38

Tommy La Stella

Angels

3B

39

Luis Arraez

Twins

3B, OF

40

Garrett Hampson

Rockies

SS, OF

41

Nick Madrigal

White Sox

SS

42

Enrique Hernandez

Dodgers

SS, OF

43

Eric Sogard

Brewers

3B*, OF

44

Starlin Castro

Nationals

3B

45

Hanser Alberto

Orioles

3B

46

Chris Taylor

Dodgers

SS, OF

47

Franklin Barreto

A's

48

Shed Long Jr.

Mariners

OF

49

Leury Garcia*

White Sox

SS, OF

50

Jose Peraza

Red Sox

SS, OF

51

Brendan Rodgers

Rockies

SS

52

Colin Moran

Pirates

3B

53

Asdrubal Cabrera

Nationals

3B

54

Adam Frazier

Pirates

55

Nico Hoerner*

Cubs

SS

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