Fantasy Baseball 2020: 2B - Consistency Preview

Lucas Biery shares the most consistent Second Basemen of 2019 and his rankings for 2020. Follow him @bieryplox33

A top heavy position, Second Base is a spot where you can choose to pay up or elect to continue to wait so value plays can fall to you. I really like Altuve, Merrifield in terms of targets if I am paying up for a guy, and they comprise my Tier One.

If you want to see who are the most consistent players in your league, go here and enter in your own scoring methods: https://www.bigguyfantasysports.com/phpcalcs/mlb/index.php

Tier One

Player

Team

 FP

FP Rank

CW

WP

CR

CR Rank

 xCon

 Jose Altuve

HOU

 571.50

10

13

19

68%

8

  18.73

Whit Merrifield

KC

 624.00

8

18

24

75%

3

  17.31


Tier Two

Player

Team

 FP

FP Rank

CW

WP

CR

CR Rank

 xCon

Gleyber Torres

NYY

 480.50

4

15

24

63%

13

  15.92

Keston Hiura

MIL

 520.00

33

9

14

64%

11

  14.85

Ozzie Albies

ATL

 466.50

7

15

24

63%

14

  14.88

Jonathan Villar

BAL

 655.00

5

20

24

83%

1

  20.87


Hiura is a guy that I want to invest in the upside of, he has some serious power and some speed to boot. I’m a little nervous about Villar, as he is shifting to a much worse hitting environment in Miami, and has been a total flop in recent years, however in a roto league, Villar could return first round value if he can hit 20+ homers and steal 35+ bases while hitting at the top of the Miami lineup. Torres is an obvious regression candidate off his 2019 38 HR campaign, but he’s a really good hitter and should pile up stats hitting near the top of the Yankee lineup. Albies is a power-speed play, although his stolen base numbers have yet to wow me (15 steals in 2019.)

Tier Three

Player

Team

 FP

FP Rank

CW

WP

CR

CR Rank

 xCon

 Ketel Marte

ARI

 375.00

3

12

24

50%

22

  12.91

Max Muncy

LAD

 574.50

12

16

23

70%

11

  17.38

DJ LeMahieu

NYY

 624.00

7

18

24

75%

6

  19.50

Jeff McNeil

NYM

 489.50

17

15

23

65%

14

  13.88

Mike Moustakas

MIL

 543.50

13

18

24

75%

7

  16.98


Tier Three is chock full of great positional eligibility, batting average and plenty of power! Moose is a lock to hit 30 bombs, a nice player to have as your second base. McNeil is a guy that really shined down the stretch, hitting 21 of his 23 HR’s after June 4th, demonstrating some potential power growth to pair with his incredible batting average. Muncy is not super sexy, but he is clearly a great power bat, but lacks the average that DJ provides. All the guys in this tier will fit in nicely at your second base position, even in a ten-team format.

Tier Four

Player

Team

 FP

FP Rank

CW

WP

CR

CR Rank

 xCon

Tommy Edman

STL

  383.00

37

8

15

53%

21

    9.96

Gavin Lux

LAD

 248.50

81

1

3

33%

44

    5.94

Eduardo Escobar

ARI

 611.50

1

17

24

71%

5

  19.33

 Escobar sticks out like a sore thumb here, but he will regress quite a bit off that crazy 2019 season where he hit 118 RBI. The upside plays here are Edman, given his speed and solid power profile (he’s a contact maven) and Lux who could play everyday as a Dodger. I’d love to land both Lux and Edman in as many leagues as possible.

Tier Five

Player

Team

 FP

FP Rank

CW

WP

CR

CR Rank

 xCon

 Kevin Newman

PIT

 323.50

22

9

22

41%

33

   6.96

Ryan McMahon

COL

 459.50

14

14

23

61%

15

 12.16

Garrett Hampson

COL

 134.00

51

4

21

19%

64

   1.85

Kolten Wong

STL

 325.00

19

10

24

42%

32

   6.94

Scott Kingery

PHI

 397.00

25

10

21

48%

29

   9.00

Tommy La Stella

LAA

 292.50

39

10

14

71%

10

 14.92


This is the tier of the misfit toys. It’s difficult to project what Colorado will do, but Hampson has a lot of upside if he can find regular PT, given his strong OBP skills in the minors and his speed profile. Wong is a guy that can be relied on to add some steals if you waited. La Stella is my biggest target here, as he could be hitting near the top of the LA Angels lineup in front of Trout/Rendon, given his OBP skills (3 year average for OBP is .354).

Here is a scatterplot of the most consistent and inconsistent second basemen from 2019:

In your shallow leagues it is key to land a second base option early, even though good options will pop up throughout the season, it is key to find someone bankable early, I wouldn’t wait past Tier Three in a shallow format. In a deeper league, you can make hay with a really cheap second base option, perhaps someone like a Cesar Hernandez in Cleveland. Ultimately second base is a fairly top-heavy position that thins out some after Tier Three. Knowing who you are comfortable with at their ADP is crucial to finding value at this position.

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