As I began ranking my second basemen for the 2022 fantasy baseball season, one of the things that jumped out at me is how many of our 2B options have multiple position eligibility, including our top option, Trea Turner. Turner is an absolute stud who contributes across all categories. If he doesn't go in the first three picks of your draft, please invite me into your league next year. Turner is a great option to have at shortstop, but second base is a little shallower, so he's an even better option at second.
The same goes for his Dodgers teammate Mookie Betts. In most leagues, Betts has 2B-eligibility. He's a Tier 1 outfielder as it is, but he's No. 2 behind only Turner at second.
But what is more interesting is some of the options that only qualify at second base. Ozzie Albies only qualifies at second. If you're in a league where Betts does not carry 2B-eligibility, then Albies should be the next second baseman taken after Turner. The young Brave is coming off of a 30-HR, 20-SB season in 2021, but he only hit .259 last year. However, this career .273 hitter had a BABIP of only .278 in 2021, so we should see some positive regression this season. If Albies falls to you in the second round, grab him immediately.
The next highest-ranked player that only qualifies at second is José Altuve. Altuve is still a power bat (he hit 31 HRs last year) who also brings a decent average to the table. He hasn't hit .300 in three years but did post a .278 batting average last season. He also hasn't seen double-digit swipes in over three years. We should expect his average to hover in a very solid range but the value Altuve used to bring on the basepaths is gone. Now 31 years old, I expect his gradual decline to begin this year.
The next player who only qualifies at second is Jonathan India. He is on the other end of the spectrum of Altuve. We know what to expect of Altuve. But India has only one year of major league experience. He hit .269 with 21 HRs and stole a dozen bases last year. That's pretty good, resulted in him being NL Rookie of the Year, and he could be even better this season. Or worse. Most of his advanced batting statistics were a little below the major league averages last season, so we could see a decline. He's a much better option in an NL-only league than a mixed league. But he rounds out my top dozen second basemen and you could certainly do worse at the position.
Regardless of whether they are just a second baseman or eligible elsewhere, check out my rankings for the position below.
2022 Fantasy Baseball: Second Base Rankings
— Rankings by Mark Strausberg, a member of the Athlon Network Contributor, who despite his youthful exuberance and good looks has been playing fantasy sports before Wildcats or Hoosiers even made it to VHS. Got a fantasy sports question or thought? Hit him up on Twitter @MarkStrausberg.