Call it a gut feel, but Ozzie Albies will be even better this year. Last year's .325 BABIP might have inflated his numbers, but his stats have gone up each year since his rookie season in nearly every single metric. The trend is real and I think it continues.
On the flip side, I think Altuve is still a top-five second baseman, but he's no longer in the top three. Call it karma if you wish, but he drops just enough to see Albies breeze right past him.
- Is it me, or does 2B feel pretty strong this year? I would not be surprised if at least five 2B hit .300 this year (vs. just three last year) and the top 10 at the position all have 35 or more stolen bases and home runs.
- That being said, the talent drops off pretty steeply around 25. I'm really hoping to grab my backup 2B before we get there. However, should I miss the boat, there are tons of low-floor, high-upside options that I am happy to take late. Which of course bring us to...
- 2020 Sleeper at 2B Not Included Here I Like As Of This Last Week of February: Starlin Castro
Howie Kendrick had a career year last season, batting .344 and should be the Nationals' regular starting second baseman again this year. However, the Nationals did go out and acquire Castro this offseason. Being in the baseball wasteland that is the Miami Marlins, Castro's numbers probably went unnoticed by most. But he is coming off of a 22-HR, .270 season in a non-hitters park. He has hit at least .270 each of the last five years and if he can get the at-bats, he should be a reliable option up the middle.
Check out my top 2B below for yourself. Let me know your thoughts!
— 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.