We’ve already gone over the top 10 for 2009 fantasy baseball and top 20 for 2009 fantasy baseball. Other positions’ top 20 lists can be found under 2009 fantasy baseball rankings. Now here we are with the top 20 2nd basemen for 2009 fantasy baseball. While going through this top twenty list of 2nd basemen something stood out at me. The position is extremely shallow. You really don’t want to have to resort to the bottom half of this list, but this list is actually deeper than the top twenty shortstop list that is coming later in the week. Scary, right? As with the previous lists, tiers are mentioned within the player blurbs. My 2009 fantasy baseball projections are also noted. Here’s the list of every player who has multiple position eligibility. Anyway, here’s the top 20 2nd basemen for 2009 fantasy baseball:
1. Chase Utley – In the top 20 for 2009 fantasy baseball post is Utley’s 2009 projections.
2. Ian Kinsler – In the top 20 for 2009 fantasy baseball post is Kinsler’s 2009 projections.
3. Brandon Phillips – You’re in a new tier here, one that goes to Uggla. I call this tier, “If the spot is right, draft one of these guys, but they’re probably going to be overrated.” I really took a left turn on this top 20 list. I’ve never been a fan of Brandon Phillips, but I see lots of people zigging, so what did I do? Zagged! Barring injury, he can get to 25/25 while raising his average a bit from last year. I’d let the rest of the schmohawks in your league grab Pedroia, Brian Roberts or Uggla while you grab Phillips. (BTW, I already covered Brandon Phillips in a different post.) 2009 Projections: 90/25/80/.270/25
4. Alexei Ramirez – Another guy I bumped up higher than most fantasy baseball ‘perts. At the end of 2009, Alexei Ramirez is going to be above Dustin Pedrioa on top 20 2nd basemen lists. Why are you drafting your 2009 fantasy team like it’s 2008? Are you in college in Boston and you bet your friend you would draft Pedroia if he finished a whole bottle of Mad Dog 20/20? Pedroia had a great 2008, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to be incredible in 2009. Good, but not incredible. 2009 Projections: 95/22/90/.285/15
5. Dustin Pedroia – I was pushing Scrappy Doo real hard last year in the preseason. I was telling people he can be a cheap 15/15 player. And he can still go 15/15, but why is he suddenly being pushed by others like he’s King Shinola of Siam? Did King Shinola die and make Pedroia King? I don’t think King Shinola died. Pedroia won an MVP in about the stankest of years for MVP candidates ever. People taking him in the 2nd round of 2009 drafts need to chillax. 2009 Projections: 110/15/75/.310/15
6. Brian Roberts – It’s no secret that I didn’t like Brian Roberts last year. Guess what? Still don’t. 2009 Projections: 105/10/50/.285/30
7. Dan Uggla – Uggla’s a solid, low average power source. He’s like mini-Dunn, which sounds like what an insensitive guy would tell his girlfriend if he wanted a break. “We’re not breaking up, we’re just mini-Dunn.” 2009 Projections: 85/30/100/.255/5
8. Robinson Cano – We’re in a new tier here. This tier goes until Kendrick. This tier I call, “Good value before we get to total Crapolanco.” 2009 Projections: 80/18/85/.310/3
9. Kelly Johnson – Kelly Johnson, Jose Lopez and Mark DeRosa are a coin flip. You want the Braves schmohawk who’s going to give you 14/10 or you want the Indians or Mariners schmohawk who is going to give you 15/5. It’s called Schmohawk’s Choice. 2009 Projections: 90/14/65/.285/10
10. Jose Lopez – Looking at cursory numbers at the end of November had me thinking Lopez was going to be a great sleeper for 2009. As I dug deeper, I realized he’s not really due to take a huge jump forward. Though he could repeat last year’s numbers, which makes him moderately valuable. Kinda like your nana’s broach. Projections: 80/15/85/.280/5
11. Mark DeRosa – I’m seeing him a lot higher on other 2009 fantasy baseball rankings lists so take necessary precautions to not overrate him. A career year at 33-years-old screams outlier. 2009 Projections: 75/15/70/.280/5
12. Rickie Weeks – Call me a stewpid bizzlenitch. I don’t care. Old habits die hard. I believe in leaving at least a $3 tip even if the bill is under $10, I believe you should live with a girl before you get married and I believe in Rickie Weeks. Maybe I’m a dope. 2009 Projections: 90/15/60/.250/20
13. Howie Kendrick – What are we to expect from Kendrick? A) Injuries B) Blah power C) A little speed D) Anything’s better than Polanco. 2009 Projections: 70/7/55/.310/10 and two 15-day DL trips.
14. Placido Polanco – This is a new tier and it goes from Crapolanco until Orlando Hudson. I call this tier, “Punt.” Seriously, why are you drafting Polanco? What’s he going to do for you? Take a flier on Kendrick or wait to take a flier on some late round doode. 2009 Projections: 90/7/55/.310/7
15. Kaz Matsui – In 2008, Kaz Matsui had a usable season even if he had to wear diapers for half the season. Sorta like Jamie Moyer. 2009 Projections: 65/5/40/.280/20
16. Freddy Sanchez - See Crapolanco. Not even sure why I’m wasting my time writing up this schmohawk. 2009 Projections: 80/10/60/.285
17. Orlando Hudson – O-Dog is a poor man’s Polanco. Blah! 2009 Projections: 75/10/45/.280/5
18. Mike Aviles – Here’s the final tier of 2nd basemen. I’ll call this tier, “A-Ha! Take on me.” Aviles won’t bat .325 again; he probably won’t bat .300. In the end, he might not end up much better than 10/10, but he’s got some mystery to him. The unknown is better than the known when you’re this deep into the 2nd basemen pool. 2009 Projections: 80/10/55/.295/10
19. Blake DeWitt – I already covered him in a Blake DeWitt, 2009 Fantasy Sleeper post. You’re much better off taking DeWitt late instead of Polanco, Matsui or Hudson. 2009 Projections: 60/14/75/.275/7
20. Emmanuel Burriss/Eugenio Velez – Whichever schmohawk wins the Giants 2nd base job as long as it’s not Kevin Frandsen. With this pick, you’re going for SAGNOF. 2009 Projections: A badonkadonk of steals.
After the top 20 2nd basemen for 2009 fantasy baseball, there’s a lot of names but two stand out:
Ian Stewart – I already went here in the Ian Stewart 2009 fantasy sleeper post. I could’ve put him up with Aviles, but I wanted to highlight him down here. Just make sure he’s eligible for 2nd base in your league. 2009 Projections: 65/17/80/.265/5 (<–optimistic, but reachable)
Asdrubal Cabrera – With a first name that sounds like what Kaz Matsui was suffering from in the beginning of 2008, it’s easy to overlook Asdrubal Cabrera for 2009 fantasy baseball. But Asdrubal (hehe, I said “but Asdrubal”) had a solid 2nd half last year. Okay, this was preceded by him being sent down to the minors. Cabrera won’t put together his 2008 2nd half over an entire season in 2009, but he’s worth the flier over some of the above names cough Polanco cough. 2009 Projections: 90/12/60/.275/10