Psst!Â This post is gonna list 2nd basemen that you should target in your 2016 fantasy baseball drafts. Iâ€™m whispering because you donâ€™t want everyone to see this post.Â No, I canâ€™t whisper louder, then it WOULDNâ€™T BE WHISPERING!Â Okay, gigâ€™s up (or maybe thatâ€™s jigâ€™s up), the love Iâ€™m about to reiterately (Made Up Word of the Day!) confirm are guys I love later in drafts.Â Iâ€™m not going to mentionÂ Rougned OdorÂ other than this one mention of him where I say Iâ€™m not going to mention him.Â I love Odor, and not just because when he chops a 3-2 pitch into the dugout the announcer says, “Foul…Odor stays alive. Â Hey, Bill, change your shirt.” Â Iâ€™m not mentioning OdorÂ other than this mention of not mentioning him because these are players that youâ€™re looking at later and all of them have ADPs after 200.Â Some could be the 2nd baseman on your team, they are more than likely MIs.Â This is a (legal-in-all-countries-except-Spanish-speaking-ones) supplement to the top 20 2nd basemen for 2016 fantasy baseball. Click on the playerâ€™s name where applicable to read more and see their 2016 projections.Â Anyway, hereâ€™s some 2nd basemen to target for 2016 fantasy baseball:
Starlin Castro (Yahoo 206, ESPN 215) For full disclosure purposes or for full disclosure porpoises if the dolphins have invaded the land already, I would’ve ranked Castro slightly later than I have him in my rankings if I would’ve seen how late everyone else was ranking him. Â Let’s quickly run down my projections for him: Â 72/16/77/.274/7. Â The runs and RBIs need help from lineup placement. Â I’m assuming he hits sixth or seventh on most days. Â Right now, he’s slotted into the nine hole. Â For that to stick, no one in the Ancient Alien Yankees lineup will get hurt all year. Â Okay, the homers of 16. Â Two of the past four years he’s hit 14 homers, he’s moving to Yankee Stadium and he’s going to be 26. Â I’m saying his power is going to peak, but it’s not like I’m calling for him to grow Brady Anderson sideburns and hit 50 homers. Â As for his 7 steals, he had a year of 25 steals in 2012; he’s averaged 6 steals per year the last three years. Â Seven steals isn’t crazy. Â Finally, his .274 average. Â He hit .265 with a .298 BABIP last year. Â With neutral luck, he hits .270. Â .274 is far from a huge get. Â Okay, finally, would you say the line 69/17/68/.281/9 is essentially the same thing? Â (It is, I just want you to agree.) Â That is the line for Logan Forsythe last year who ranked at the end of the year as the 100th best fantasy player, according to our Player Rater. Â I have Castro ranked as the 95th best player this year. Â I.e., I don’t think I’m that crazy. Â You know who is crazy? Â ESPN has him projected for 63/16/68/.260/9. Â That deserves to be ranked over one hundred spots later? Â C’mon.
Jonathan Schoop (Yahoo 357, ESPN, 306) I already gave you my Jonathan Schoop sleeper. Â There I said, “Hardy Hoes….dipping their nachos…that’s gravity getting annoyed…cheery O’s.” Â Damn, I can’t pull quotes worth a shizz. Â The onlyÂ thing that’s changed from my sleeper post is Davis re-signed with the O’s and they signed PedroÂ Alvarez. Â That knocks Schoop back to the seven or eight hole, but that’s the same as with the Castro blurb above. Â Lineups change, the season is long, Matt Wieters is going to stay healthy? Â Please, I just got an eye roll headache. Â I have a feeling I’m even going to be low on Schoop’s power production when I project him for 26 homers.
Brett Lawrie (Yahoo 327)Â I already gave youÂ my Brett Lawrie sleeper. Â I admittedly got overexcited with Castro, Schoop and Lawrie. Â I ranked them all so much higher than ESPN or Yahoo, that you can wait seven rounds between my ranking and where they have them. Â Would I wait? Â Yeah, sure,Â a bit. Â Who doesn’t loveÂ a bargain?! Â With that said (Grey’s about to negate everything he just said!), I’d still draft the team that I wanted. Â If that meant drafting Lawrie around 150 overall in Yahoo, where he’s ranked 327th, then so be it. Â This is where the skill comes into drafting. Â If you could just draft every player you wanted and your leaguemates didn’t get to snipe you, it would be no fun. Â Okay, it would be some fun, but no challenge.
Alen Hanson (Unranked overall byÂ both, ranked 46th for 2B by ESPN) I won’t even go into how ESPN has him ranked after Eric Sogard, who they have projected for 1 HR and 5 SBs, after Ryan Goins, who they projected for four homers and 2 steals, and after Kelly Johnson, who hasn’t been good since the Truman administration. Â I won’t mention how Hanson had six homers and 35 steals in Triple-A last year. Â Won’t even mention how he hit 11 homers the year before with 25 steals. Â Won’t mention how he gets on base or can hit .270. Â Not going to mention any of it. Â Only thing I’ll mention is he could be out when Kang returns. Â Though, the Pirates could bench Jordy Mercer, and I’d take the bet that Jordache Mercer is the one pantsed when picking someone in the 300s overall.
Jace Peterson (ESPN 554) Â I hear ya, I hear ya, know your Jace, andÂ your Jace is a bottom dweller like a crustacean on the sea floor of the middle infield ocean. Â No doubt, homey. Â He also has 40 steal speed and he’s currently being drafted after such stalwarts as Martin Prado, Spangenberg and Marwin Gonzalez. Â Emphasis on ‘warts.’
Trea Turner (Yahoo 365, ESPN unranked, but 42nd in their 2B positional ranks) Trea Turner sounds like a guest on The Real. Â “Loni Love is gonna be real with y’all for a second, I love Trea Turner’s new album!” Â That’s Loni Love on The Real introducing Turner. Â Also, mentioned on The Real is that the only thingÂ standing between Turner and lighting the NL on fire is Danny Espinosa. Â Granted, if anyone’s going to be a wet blanket, it’s Espinosa.