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2020 Positional Rankings - Second Base

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A quick overview and a few comments on 2020 rankings for second basemen. As always, you can find all of our rankings updated periodically by clicking the "Rankings" link at the top of the website.

Here are the positions we've covered thus far:

2020 Positional Rankings - Catcher
2020 Positional Rankings - First Base

With the exception of the First Tier of players, I feel that I would draft the rest of the group as mostly middle to late draft picks, and if you play in a league with a "dual" middle infield position - you can likely pick up some of the Tier Five players in the last few rounds.

Tier One

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I don't think you can go wrong with either player. You can flip and flop Gleyber Torres and Jose Altuve on your personal preference, but these are the two best second baseman for fantasy. However, I'm not picking either of these players with the first twenty overall picks. 

Tier Two, and likely where most fantasy owners will find themselves.

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Ozzie Albies is a young superstar in the making, but for now - I think he's topped out at 25 home runs. I think a lot of fantasy owners will jump on Albies, likely reaching for him, but he's middle of the pack for me. Keston Hiura is going to be the one to watch, as an injury forced him into limited action last season. He's a player that could join the First Tier with a 30 home run season. 

Jonathan Villar was very good for a lot of owners, considering he played on an absolutely terrible team. Moving to the Marlins is an upgrade for Villar and fantasy owners. I expect Villar to produce a very similar season for the Marlins and fantasy owners. Mike Moustakas is like your typical fantasy first basemen, but he has second base eligibility. 35 home runs and a .250 batting average. Although Whit Merrifield has dual eligibility in the outfield and second base, his overall numbers and projections are not something to be excited about. He's more of a draft pick when you just want a starter with 600 at-bats.  

Tier Three, and this is where things start to take a turn.

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Honestly, the only players I like from this group are Cavan Biggio and Gavin Lux. I really don't want to draft anyone else. Let someone else pay for Eduardo Escobar's 35 home run season in 2019, because he won't do that again in 2020.

Tier Four, much like Tier Three - contains a handful of players I would want.

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Scott Kingery, with every day playing time, will likely have a 20/20 season, making him a nice late round pick. Thing along the same lines for Danny Santana, who I reviewed under first basemen. I have Tommy Edman from the Cardinals listed here, as he, much like Kingery could post a 20/20 season with every day playing time.

While the 24 home runs were nice from a second baseman last season, Ryan McMahon doesn't do much for me, 20+ home runs and a .250 average - it's like a mix of Mike Moustakas and Jurickson Profar.

Tier Five, like most final tiers - a true grab bag.

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Robinson Cano isn't what he once was - much like the other aging fantasy stars of yesteryear. Rougned Odor plays the same song every year, 25-30 home runs and a .200 batting average. Extreme Pass. Luis Urias was going to be a nice little prospect, sleeper pick, but now they are hurt. Jonathan Schoop could be a team leader in home runs for the Tigers, but there is still that mediocre batting average; however, he's someone I would pick up out of this batch.

AUTHOR Reggie