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Fantasy Baseball Dynasty Second Base Rankings: Top 50

The second base position has often been mocked or ridiculed for being one of the lighter positions in fantasy baseball in terms of star power and offensive production. Sure, it’s no shortstop or outfield, but this position is certainly on the rise with a copious amount of young talent that has recently debuted or will in the next year or two. There are also several intriguing sleepers and some category boosters as well. So, when you think about it, this position isn’t as barren as it used to be. These dynasty second base rankings should reflect that. Enjoy!

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Fantasy Baseball Dynasty Second Base Rankings

1Ozzie AlbiesATL24NL
2Gavin LuxLAD23NL
3Keston HiuraMIL24NL
4DJ LeMahieuNYY32AL
5Whit MerrifieldKC32AL
6Brandon LoweTB26AL
7Ketel MarteARI27NL
8Cavan BiggioTOR25AL
9Max MuncyLAD30NL
10Jose AltuveHOU31AL
11Jeff McNeilNYM29NL
12Nick SolakTEX26AL
13Nick MadrigalCHW24AL
14Mike MoustakasCIN32NL
15Tommy EdmanSTL26NL
16Jeter DownsBOS22AL
17Vidal BrujanTB23AL
18Nick GonzalesPIT22NL
19Garrett HampsonCOL26NL
20Andres GimenezCLE22AL
21Nolan GormanSTL21NL
22Brendan RodgersCOL24NL
23Ryan McMahonCOL26NL
24Jazz ChisholmMIA23NL
25Kolten WongMIL30NL
26Eduardo EscobarARI32NL
27Jonathan VillarNYM30NL
28Aaron BrachoCLE20AL
29Cesar HernandezCLE31AL
30Jonathan SchoopDET29AL
31Jon BertiMIA31NL
32Chris TaylorLAD30NL
33Mauricio DubonSF26NL
34Jurickson ProfarSD28NL
35Ty FranceSEA26AL
36David FletcherLAA27AL
37Tommy La StellaOAK32AL
38Luis UriasMIL24NL
39Scott KingeryPHI27NL
40Michael BuschLAD23NL
41Jonathan IndiaCIN24NL
42Joshua RojasARI26NL
43Wilmer FloresSF29NL
44Luis ArraezMIN24AL
45Luis GarciaWSH20NL
46Rougned OdorTEX27AL
47Nico HoernerCHC24NL
48Joey WendleTB31AL
49Michael ChavisBOS25AL
50Shed Long Jr.SEA25AL

There really shouldn’t be any surprise as to who the #1 player here is. Ozzie Albies is the one player at this position that has shown elite production consistently over the last few years. Albies just turned 24 and already has two 20-plus homer/10-plus steal seasons under his belt. And in 2020, he put up six homers and three steals in just 29 games after getting off to a slow start. While Gavin Lux has the skills to rise to Albies level or even overtake him, for now, the 24-year-old with proven .280/25/15 production has a stranglehold on the top spot in these dynasty second base rankings. And speaking of Lux…

Gavin Lux at #2? You’re damn right! I’m still all-in on Lux becoming a fantasy stud and likely the #1 player at this position within the next year or two. He’s basically got the same offensive upside as Ozzie Albies with the chance to hit for a slightly higher AVG and OBP. Lux consistently showcased his plus hit tool, plus power, and above-average speed in the minors, and it’s only a matter of time before those tools are on full display at the Major League level. If his rough 2020 debut has opened up any sort of buy-low opportunity in your dynasty leagues, I’d highly recommend capitalizing on that.

After Lux and Hiura, whom I mentioned in my first base rankings, the rankings get a bit hazier. There is plenty of talent throughout the remainder of the top-10, but none that I feel really confident in. At least not at their price tags. Here’s why.

Whit Merrifield: He’s 32 years old now. Gotta wonder how his speed holds up as he enters his mid-30s.

Ketel Marte: Great contact skills but just how much power and speed will he bring to the table?

Cavan Biggio: Value takes a hit in AVG leagues and with Toronto’s recent acquisitions, it looks like he might hit  6th or 7th in the order. Biggio has also been one to rely on his launch angle to accrue home runs, rather than posting higher hard-hit rates or impressive exit velocities. With the ball supposedly being deadened a bit, Biggio’s power could take a bigger hit than most.

Jose Altuve: Without the 20-plus steals, what’s the difference between Altuve and Jeff McNeil? That’s a trick question, there is no difference. And frankly, I’m not sure we see him return to 25 homers either. Altuve posts below-average exit velocities and hard-hit rates and has seen his xwOBACON steadily drop since 2016. He’s clearly on the decline and not a desirable dynasty target unless you can get him for a solid discount.

After this group is where things really get interesting, especially with all the intriguing young talent. Back to back at 12 and 13 are a pair of Nicks than are both highly underrated in my eyes. Obviously, I’m talking about Nick Solak and Nick Madrigal. With Solak, he doesn’t have that wow factor or really stand out in any one area, but he performed admirably at every level of the minors and can do a lot of things well. Even at the Major League level, Solak has hit .277 with a 13/17 pace over a full season. He’s going to have multi-positional eligibility too, at least for the short-term.

As for Madrigal, the knock on him has always been his lack of power. Listen, I get it. Having a guy that is basically a complete non-factor in HR and RBI isn’t ideal, but Madrigal has the tools to stand out in the other three main 5×5 categories, AVG, R, and SB. Throughout college and the minors, Madrigal proved to be an elite contact hitter with plus speed that was incredibly difficult to strikeout. That hasn’t changed at the Major League level in 2020 as Madrigal quickly established himself as one of the game’s elite contact bats, ranking 5th in Z-Contact%, 1st in O-Contact%, and 2nd in Contact% among hitters with 100+ PA while also having the 3rd lowest SwStr%. His .300/25 SB upside is very enticing when given his reasonable price tag.

Next in the rankings is another underrated asset. Mike Moustakas isn’t the sexiest profile around, but he’s remarkably consistent and is annually one of the best power bats at the position. Since the start of the 2018 season, Moustakas has the 28th most home runs (71) and 28th most RBI (209). The only 2nd baseman ahead of him in either category is Max Muncy with 82 homers.

In the teens, you’ll find three high-upside prospects in Jeter Downs, Vidal Brujan, and Nick Gonzales. I’ll get into them more in my 2nd base prospect rankings in a few weeks, but all offer plenty of intrigue. Downs possesses 20/20 upside and should grace Fenway Park’s infield dirt sometime this season. Brujan is one of the top speed threats in the minors and has shown a plus hit tool, great approach, and maybe even double-digit pop as well. Gonzales went on a tear in the shortened 2020 collegiate season and could be above-average across the board.  These are the three prospects to get really excited about at this position, along with others like Aaron Bracho and Michael Busch.

A little further down the rankings, we have the always interesting Colorado duo of Brendan Rodgers and Garrett Hampson. Just when it looked like Rodgers was in line for the 2nd base gig this spring, he got injured. Of course he did. Hampson also looks like he might have an expanded role this season. Listen, I understand the frustration surrounding these two, but their price in dynasty leagues is dirt cheap right now so it’s worth the chance to roll the dice on one of both of them.

Media Credit: Randy Litzinger/Icon Sportswire

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  1. Zack says

    Hi Eric,

    Thank you for what you do, I just wanted your take on how I did in my 2020 FYPD? Thanks!

    2.22 Pete Crow-Armstrong
    3.35 Isaiah Greene
    4.47 Heriberto Hernandez
    5.59 Jordan Nwogu
    6.71 Jared Kelley
    7.83 Chris Rodriguez
    7.84 Jonatan Clase

    1. Eric Cross says

      I’m high on all of those players. Great values throughout and love the ending with Rodriguez and Clase. Nice job!

      1. Zack says

        Thanks Eric!!!!

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