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Psst! This post is gonna list 2nd basemen that you should target in your 2023 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 Vaughn Grissom other than this one mention of him where I say I’m not going to mention him. At least that’s my apophasis and I’m sticking to it! These are players that you’re looking at later and all of them have ADPs after 200 (unlike Grissom; okay, two non-mentions). Some could be the 2nd baseman on your team, they are more than likely MIs. This is a (legal-in-all-countries-except-Canada) supplement to the top 20 2nd basemen for 2023 fantasy baseball. Click on the player’s name where applicable to read more and see their 2023 projections. Anyway, here’s some 2nd basemen to target for 2023 fantasy baseball:

Josh Rojas (NFBC 209, Yahoo 222, ESPN 206) I’m convinced we don’t even know how much the pitch clock is going to affect the game. Pitchers are going to have to work so fast that anyone with a modicum of speed could become Rickey Henderson. Could we see multiple 40-steal seasons? Absolutely. Could this be overblown? Yeah, I don’t know. After watching a few spring training games, I’m on the side of “Everything is about to become chaos,” but maybe it will just be like that the 1st two weeks. With that said, Rojas might be one to shock with one of those huge steals years, as he gets on base a lot. Plus, he has some power. Drafted him the other day in the free rounds as mentioned in my LABR draft recap. He’ll be my 3rd baseman (he has multi-eligibility) in case my Jordan Walker lottery ticket turns out to be an episode of I Won The Lottery And It Ruined My Life on TLC. (Not an actual show, but it sounds like it would be.)

Ryan McMahon (Yahoo 210, ESPN 210) Damn, the absolute heat I’m bringing to the 2nd basemen to target post! Who is this youngen? Some upstart prospect? No? Good, because if he were Bud Black would never play him. McMahon’s one of those where I just need to point you to his end-of-the-season ranking on the Player Rater. He was the 139th best hitter last year, and he’s going after 200 this year. All he has to do is repeat and he’ll out-earn his draft slot. Assuming he doesn’t lose too much playing time to Mostsuckass. I’m not even half-joking.

Christopher Morel (NFBC 253, Yahoo 281, ESPN 251) So, I have some concerns that Morel might hit .190 and be replaced by Nelson Velazquez or someone else. I use Roster Resource at FanGraphs to double check what they’re thinking for lineups, but I think sometimes it adds a level of confidence that shouldn’t be there. You’ll see a guy with a starting job there, and you’re like, “Great! Whew!” But a manager says one little thing and they change it to a platoon in seconds. Just because it seems set in stone, it’s not at all. Morel could suck and be out of a job by mid-April. So, why put him here? He’s got solid power and speed. 25/15 type upside and that’s definitely worth a late flyer.

CJ Abrams (Yahoo 234, ESPN 227) Wrote a CJ Abrams sleeper — Also, wrote a Vaughn Grissom sleeper but he’s going before 200 overall — have I mentioned Vaughn Grissom before? I have? Good! So, everyone I talk to says Abrams reminds them of a Billy Hamilton-type. Can Abrams steal 50 bags? Sure, but he might also hit .195. That’s at least the concerns I’m hearing. The word is he just makes a lot of awful contact and doesn’t walk at all. 200-foot dribblers? Well, maybe he can steal first, huh? I’m still in on him if he’s running at 12 FPS like he’s a silent film star. Wait, is that what CJ stands for, Charlie Japlin?

Brendan Donovan (NFBC 295, Yahoo unranked, ESPN unranked) I used to have a crush on a Brenda ‘n Donna in grade school, so maybe I’m not thinking clearly here, but if Brendan Donovan is hitting in the middle of the Cards’ order with his easy .280 average, then he’s going to be hard to deny a top 100-ish fantasy value. It won’t be an insanely exciting fantasy value, like a 30/30 type guy. Nope, he’s going to be like a mid-career DJ LeMahieu on the Rockies. Think 15/8/.280 with good runs and RBIs. He’s going late enough for that flyer if that interests you. Remember, he’s Do-novan, not a Don’t-ovan.

Michael Massey (NFBC 454, Yahoo unranked, ESPN unranked) Here’s one for you Cousteaus out there who are in deep leagues. Look at the Royals’ projected lineup. Does a .240 power guy (Witt) who doesn’t walk make sense as a leadoff guy? How about a .210-hitting catcher who is slow as dog balls? How about a guy with some speed who could hit .270? Interest piqued? Same. Mi-Ma doesn’t have any loud tools. No jackhammer power, no jack rabbit speed. Might just be a 15/15/.260 hitter, but in deep leagues that has value, and he profiles as a leadoff guy more than just about anyone the Royals have. If Mike Matheny was still there, I would say that would take five and a half months to get figured out, but hopefully Matt Quatraro is quantrarian to idiot managers.