Between the two middle infield positions, I tend to draft a 2nd baseman early and punt shortstop. This happens for a few reasons. 1) 2nd base has more talent. That’s right, I draft the deeper position earlier. Same reason I punt catchers and try to get a 1st baseman early. If a position is deep, a lot of your leaguemates are going to have one of the top guys. You don’t want to be one of the 3 or 4 teams without a top guy. 2) There’s less difference between a middle-tiered shortstop and a bottom-tiered one. 3) Shortstops tend to give value with the steal. You can find cheap steals later. Most of the 2nd basemen on this list are going after the top 100 in your 2010 fantasy drafts. This is a supplement to the top 20 2nd basemen of 2010 fantasy baseball. These are 2nd basemen that I’ll be setting the ol’ crosshairs on at my 2010 fantasy drafts after the top options are gone. Click on the player’s name where applicable to read more and see their 2010 projections. Anyway, here’s some 2nd basemen to target for 2010 fantasy baseball:
Gordon Beckham – He doesn’t have 2nd base eligibility yet, but he will after the first week and a half.
Ian Stewart – Aw, geez, I’m hyping this guy too much. I just have a soft spot for a guy with a piddling average who can steal a few bases and hit homers. Or maybe it’s a hard spot… Hmm…
Rickie Weeks – Everyone’s been burned by Weeks at least once in their fantasy baseball life. The good thing (or bad thing, if you’re Weeks) is he’s 27 this year. If he doesn’t make good in 2010, we’ll be able to write him off.
Scott Sizemore – He’s either going to be the most picked up guy in April, or the most dropped. My money’s on picking him up.
Kelly Johnson – I don’t think I’ve seen Kelly Johnson mock drafted once. Now, either everyone is keeping Johnson under wraps so not to tip off anyone in mocks or no one wants Kelly Johnson. The latter is wrong, I tell ya. W to the rong.
Eric Young Jr. – Yeah, I don’t know what his playing time will be like either, but I’ll say this… Actually, I’ll write it. There’s at least a 50% chance of Young taking over for Barmes at some point in the season. Don’t ignore Young in keepers.
Sean Rodriguez – This be me, “He was a utility man coming into 2009 and I wouldn’t be surprised if he left 2010 back in that role.” I said that about Zobrist, the guy standing in the way of Sean-Rod. BTW, The Way of Sean-Rod, best Jarmusch movie in a while.