Psst! This post is gonna list 2nd basemen that you should target in your 2017 fantasy baseball drafts. I’m whispering because you don’t want everyone to see this post. No, I can’t whisper louder, then it WOULDN’T BE WHISPERING! Okay, gig’s up (or maybe that’s jig’s up), the love I’m about to reiterately (Made Up Word of the Day!) confirm is on these guys I love later in drafts. I’m not going to mention Rougned Odor other than this one mention of him where I say I’m not going to mention him. I love Odor, and not just because when he chops a 3-2 pitch into the dugout the announcer says, “Foul…Odor stays alive. Hey, Bill, change your shirt.” I’m not mentioning Odor other than this mention of not mentioning him because these are players that you’re looking at later and all of them have ADPs after 200. Some could be the 2nd baseman on your team, they are more than likely MIs. This is a (legal-in-all-countries-except-Croatia) supplement to the top 20 2nd basemen for 2017 fantasy baseball. Click on the player’s name where applicable to read more and see their 2017 projections. Anyway, here’s some 2nd basemen to target for 2017 fantasy baseball:
Devon Travis (ESPN 227) I already gave you my Devon Travis sleeper. I don’t like the Jays this year, but I’m in goofy love with Travis. I want to Photoshop me and Travis together in one of those boats that you peddle, just laughing without a care, but then he’ll likely hurt his knee. Stupid peddle boat! I know, I know, the injury. Yesterday, he took some cuts, which is swings, not cuts like Chris Sale, and Travis said he felt good. For his price, I think it’s worth the gamble on his health.
Cesar Hernandez (ESPN 261, Yahoo NR) Slotted into the leadoff spot and should stay there, because I don’t really see the Phils making hay this year. Not to mention, I don’t know how to make hay. Do you knife a scarecrow when it’s not looking? You hold a magnifying glass up to some freshly cut grass? Do you mug an extra on Hee Haw for the thing they’re chewing on? I’m a city boy, y’all! By the way, I Googled Hee Haw and that shizz was on for 21 years! That’s like the hillbilly Law & Order. Oh my God, million dollar idea! They should do Law & Order: Alabama. Instead of Jerry Orbach you have Boss Hogg, and instead of Sam Waterson you have Kid Rock.
Ryan Schimpf (ESPN NR, Yahoo 242) In 89 games last year, he hit how many homers? Why are you nodding? I’m asking you to guess. He hit 20 homers. They averaged over 400 feet, and further than guys like Rizzo, Freeman, Votto and Springer, to name a few. Of course, Schimpf’s strikeouts are trayf and he might only hit .189. In fact (Grey’s got more!), he hit .189 in Triple-A in 2014. Oy. Fun fact! I’m the first fantasy baseball blogger to use the word trayf. What do I win? A bedazzled yarmulke!
Jose Peraza (Yahoo 209) ESPN has him ranked at 195, but as of now he doesn’t have 2nd base eligibility. Peraza feels like a guy that will be drafted as high as 75 overall by the time we get to April, right? He’s got ‘sleeper-who-is-not-really-a-sleeper’ written all over him. It’s written in 8 point font to help it fit. I even fell victim to this, and have recently moved him into my top 100, and up in the top 20 shortstops, top 20 2nd basemen and top 40 outfielders. When I originally ranked him, he appeared destined for the eight hole, but he’s since moved up to the two hole, which is a boon for his value. Boon, boon, shake shake the draft room!
Starlin Castro (Yahoo 249) I avoided listing any of the old boring guys in this post. Ya know, the Neil Walker-types. Starlin has that feel, but he’s only 26 years old and is coming off his best season by far. Couldn’t he still be getting better? Rhetorical! That’s not the black woman in The Matrix, by the way. That’s the Oracle.
Hernan Perez (Yahoo 320) Here’s an interesting factoid that’s not that interesting or really even a factoid. Javier Baez is being drafted about 100 to 150 spots before Hernan Perez. Let’s list some reasons why this is crazy: neither guy has a starting job, Perez might actually get a starting job without an injury because the Brewers suck dog balls, Perez was over 100 spots more valuable than Baez last year on our Fantasy Baseball Player Rater, and Baez actually had more at-bats than Perez last year. Any of this make sense? No, nuh-uh, noppers.
Raul Mondesi (ESPN/Yahoo NR) Looks like a super cheap Jose Peraza. I will call him Raul Saveyourmoneysee. Hmm, maybe I won’t call him that. Jose Perdiem? Blech! Jose Can You See A Bargain? Okay, not getting better! If Mondesi hits .270, he could hit 10 homers and steal 40 bases. Unfortch, he might not hit .215. He’s a solid flyer for reward, but the risk is most prevalent as the Royals have options in front of him. By the way, Mos Prevalent is Mos Def’s cousin. Interesting cat, puts tiny ships into tiny bottles.
Tyler Saladino (ESPN/Yahoo NR) When Brett Lawrie got CTRL+ALT+DEL’d from the White Sox roster, Yolmer Sanchez moved into the lead for the 2nd base job for a few days, but then the White Sox responded to Earth, when Earth reached out with its patented, “Earth to White Sox, come in, White Sox,” and now Saladino’s the lead 2B candidate.
Brandon Drury (ESPN/Yahoo NR) Ooh, law enforcement idea! In Arizona, when they pull over people for a DUI stop, they should ask them to get out of the car and say ‘Drury’ without sounding drunk. Rack up the DUIs which means more money for the state! I should run for councilman in Arizona. Grey Albright, Fantasy Master Lothario and Councilman. That has a nice ring to it. As for Drury (damn, drinking so early?), he doesn’t have huge power, but he should approach 18 homers without killing you in any other categories, except the category Driving While Drury.