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2014 Fantasy Baseball ADP Report: Second Base

2014 Fantasy Baseball ADP Report: Second Base

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Robinson Cano, 2B (SEA)--9.24 ADP

Cano will not only be playing for a new team in 2014, but will now be playing more than have of his games in pitcher friendly ballparks, which has driven down his stock slightly compared to last season's average draft position (ADP) reports. Currently, Cano is the top second basemen being taken in recent drafts, going off the board late in the first round. In my opinion, this is a little early for a player who has yet to play his home games outside of Yankee Stadium without the luxury of a loaded lineup around him. Granted, last year he was pretty much a one man show prior to the return of Alfonso Soriano, but it is nothing like what he is going to have to deal with in his first year with the Mariners. While I don't think he is going to struggle significantly, anyone who thinks he will be able to reach 25 home runs for fifth straight year and surpass 100 RBI for the fourth time in five years needs to reevaluate there draft day prep. Bottom line, we will really get to see just how good of a player he really is this season, now that he doesn't have Yankee Stadium to turn routine fly ball outs into home runs and bloated fantasy production. 

ADP Source: National Fantasy Baseball Championship

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Jason Kipnis, 2B (CLE)--21.32 ADP

Since coming up to the big leagues Kipnis has taken strides forward each season, and is now on pace to record his first 20/20 season if his power production continues trending in the right direction. If you factor that into the position he plays, you will quickly see why he has moved up the draft board significantly after just two full seasons with the Indians. A season ago Kipnis was a late fourth-rounder, and is now being taken as early as the early second round, while not making it past the end of the second on average. Unfortunately, if you want Kipnis' services this season, you are going to have to take him early, but I feel as if he will be able to still give a quality return on investment based on his trending statistics. His AB/HR dropped significantly from 2012 to 2013, homering once every 33 at-bats. He continues to steal bases at a high rate, swiping 83 percent of his attempts. His patience at the plate has also improved, and is now sitting with a .116 BB/PA, which is a three-year high. I could keep going, but I think you catch my drift. This guy is ready to join the 20/20 club and will be worth every penny spent.

ADP Source: National Fantasy Baseball Championship

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Matt Carpenter, 2B/3B (STL)--52.30 ADP

Similar to Jason Kipnis, Carpenter was is just his second full season with the Cardinals in 2013 and was able to finish the season as one of the most productive second basemen in the fantasy game. In return, his stock has risen to extreme proportions, moving from a late-round draft pick a season ago to a fourth-rounder in recent qualifying drafts. His multiple-position eligibility is definitely a plus, as that has become a major part of fantasy baseball over the last few seasons, because of the increase of injuries throughout the game. With a fourth-round designation likely, Carpenter appears to be a top five pick at second base and there are good reasons to back that up. For starters, Carpenter gets on base at a high clip, posting a .392 OBP a season ago, resulting in 126 runs scored, both of which were the best among second basemen. I forgot to mention he also lead second basemen in batting average with a .318 BA while finishing in the top 10 in just about every other category at his position. While there is a chance for regression considering the small sample size, he is still worthy of a fourth round pick, if not earlier.

ADP Source: National Fantasy Baseball Championship

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Searching for answer for the 2014 fantasy baseball season? Turn to a trusted source to enlighten you – Fantasy Alarm – and pick up your very own copy of the 2014 Fantasy Alarm Baseball Draft Guide. After reading the 200 pages of information you will be ready to dominate the competition in the coming season on your way to a fantasy baseball championship.

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Ian Kinsler, 2B (DET)--63.34 ADP

For the first time in his major league career, Kinsler will not be playing his home games at the friendly confines of the Ballpark in Arlington, rather a more pitching friendly Comerica Park. His recent trade, plus a dip in production have driven down his ADP in most recent reports, sliding him all the way down to a fifth-rounder on average. In 2013, Kinsler had his worst production in a season in which he hit 500 at-bats finishing with only 13 home runs, 72 RBI and 15 stolen bases. As of now, it is likley Kinsler hits in the two-hole for the Tigers, sandwiched between Austin Jackson and Miguel Cabrera. This could be a great opportunity for Kinsler to regain some of his lost value, or it could backfire if he continues to regress in the base on balls category, as he has each of the last three seasons. The fact that he has dropped outside of the top three rounds makes him an interesting draft selection this season, but I am not willing to take a shot on him now that he is removed from a great hitting situation when with the Rangers. We will see this season just how good Kinsler really is. 

ADP Source: National Fantasy Baseball Championship

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Searching for answer for the 2014 fantasy baseball season? Turn to a trusted source to enlighten you – Fantasy Alarm – and pick up your very own copy of the 2014 Fantasy Alarm Baseball Draft Guide. After reading the 200 pages of information you will be ready to dominate the competition in the coming season on your way to a fantasy baseball championship.

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Ben Zobrist, 2B/SS/OF (TB)--77.96 ADP

When you think of multiple position eligibility Zobrist has to be the first person that comes to mind. The fact that he qualifies at three different positions this season increases his fantasy value before you even start evaluate what to expect from him this year. Currently, Zobrist is going off the board outside of the top five at his position, and has actually slipped a few rounds when compared to a season ago. The emergence of both Jason Kipnis and Matt Carpenter have pushed him down to the sixth round in recent drafts, after three-year lows in home runs, runs batted in and stolen bases. While his 2013 finish was very respectable, it seems like the days of 20 home runs and 15-plus stolen bases are a thing of the past meaning his future value warrants his recent drop. However, if you were to miss out on one of the top five at the position, Zobrist is a solid secondary option in the sixth-to-eight round range. 

ADP Source: National Fantasy Baseball Championship

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Brandon Phillips, 2B (CIN)--100.60 ADP

Despite coming off of one of his best season's at the plate, Phillips has dropped significantly from 2013 to 2014 in terms of average draft position in recent drafts. Phillips was able to hit 18 home runs for the fourth straight season, while setting a career-high in runs batted-in reaching the 100-RBI mark for the first time in his career. On the flip side, Phillips recorded a six-year low in batting average, but that should be expected when there is an uptick in power production. Phillips is projected to hit in the two-hole this season, being sandwiched between Billy Hamilton and Joey Votto. There is some serious potential for quality production if Hamilton is able to get on base at a high clip, but it is yet to be seen if his game is going to adjust to the major league level right away. Either way, Phillips is currently being drafted around the eight round, which would could turn into a solid value if he can post similar production from a season ago. What is holding him back from climbing the draft boards as we speak was his inability to steals bases a season ago. He only attempted eight stolen bases on the year, but that could also be attributed to his position in the batting order for a good portion of the season. Now hitting in the two-hole, he should use his wheels more often and get back to double-digit steals.

ADP Source: National Fantasy Baseball Championship

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Searching for answer for the 2014 fantasy baseball season? Turn to a trusted source to enlighten you – Fantasy Alarm – and pick up your very own copy of the 2014 Fantasy Alarm Baseball Draft Guide. After reading the 200 pages of information you will be ready to dominate the competition in the coming season on your way to a fantasy baseball championship.

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Jedd Gyorko, 2B (SD)--102.51 ADP

In his first full season in the big leagues, Gyorko failed to reach 500 at-bats due to a groin injury in the middle of the season, but was still able to smack 23 home runs in his rookie campaign through 125 games. When you take into consideration the ballpark he plays in for his home games, the fact he was able to post a 21.1 AB/HR was very impressive for the Padres second baseman. It also didn't help his case that he had to fill in for the injured Chase Headley at third base for a period of time, just when he had started to get comfortable at his natural position at the big league level. Everyone and their mother is expecting Gyorko to have a solid sophomore campaign, which in return has inflated his fantasy value driving his stock all the way from round 20 to round 8 in less than one year. Currently, there are three second basemen ahead of him in ADP reports that I feel should be ranked behind Gyorko despite the recent inflation, so in my eyes, he is still somewhat of a value if you were to draft today. Bottom line is this, if you want Gyorko, you may have to reach for him. Just keep in mind that there have been a lot of good youngsters to make good impressions in their rookie campaigns to then fall on their faces the following season. 

ADP Source: National Fantasy Baseball Championship

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Searching for answer for the 2014 fantasy baseball season? Turn to a trusted source to enlighten you – Fantasy Alarm – and pick up your very own copy of the 2014 Fantasy Alarm Baseball Draft Guide. After reading the 200 pages of information you will be ready to dominate the competition in the coming season on your way to a fantasy baseball championship.

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Jurickson Profar, 2B (TEX)--173.04 ADP

Through 286 at-bats in 2013, Profar had a respectable rookie campaign, but failed to reach the high expectations put on one of the league's top prospect entering the season. It definitely didn't help matters that he was moved around to a variety of positions, playing second base, third base, shortstop and left field while trying to establish himself at the plate. However, this season will be a different story now that Ian Kinsler is out of town, cementing Profar as the team's everyday second baseman. The one thing that is going to hurt Profar, at least in the early going, will be the fact he is going to hit in the bottom of the Rangers batting order. He will lose at-bats, similar to what we saw a season ago, which has deflated some of the lofting expectations when you combine that with his 2013 production. Let's not forget he is only 20-years-old folks, so there is going to be growing pains along the way. So as long as you can keep your expectations in check, where he is currently going off the board is a very respectable spot for this rising star.

ADP Source: National Fantasy Baseball Championship

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Searching for answer for the 2014 fantasy baseball season? Turn to a trusted source to enlighten you – Fantasy Alarm – and pick up your very own copy of the 2014 Fantasy Alarm Baseball Draft Guide. After reading the 200 pages of information you will be ready to dominate the competition in the coming season on your way to a fantasy baseball championship.

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Brian Dozier, 2B (MIN)--189.72 ADP

In his first full season with the Twins, Dozier quietly had a successful season, posting 18 home runs with 66 RBI and 14 stolen bases and is now penciled in to be the team's No. 2 hitter heading into the 2014 season. Looking back to 2013, Dozier wasn't even drafted outside of extremely deep leagues, but has now made the jump all the way to the mid-rounds of recent qualified drafts. While he will have to would on his stolen base percentage if he wants to join the 20/20 club (0.67 SB% in 2013), his power at the plate is nothing to shy about. When you factor in he plays at second base, there really aren't many other options that could put up the power he is capable of outside of a handful of players. So if his current ADP stays where it is come draft day, Dozier could end up being a steal, although I expect others to start to take notice, especially if does well in Spring Training. 

ADP Source: National Fantasy Baseball Championship

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Searching for answer for the 2014 fantasy baseball season? Turn to a trusted source to enlighten you – Fantasy Alarm – and pick up your very own copy of the 2014 Fantasy Alarm Baseball Draft Guide. After reading the 200 pages of information you will be ready to dominate the competition in the coming season on your way to a fantasy baseball championship.

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Dan Uggla, 2B (ATL)--373.77 ADP

As much as I wanted to shy away from talking about Uggla, I felt the urge to at least give him the benefit of the doubt. We all know that Uggla's batting average has been atrocious the last few seasons, but if you take inter consideration his power statistics, only two second baseman recorded more than his 22 home runs from a season ago. There has only been one second baseman to hit more home runs than Dan Uggla since 2009, that being the highest paid player at the position, Robinson Cano. With that said, as long as you can balance out his terrible batting average with a few other hitters, Uggla could be a solid late-round pick that could give you just enough power to push you to the next level. That is, if you are willing to deal with his stretches of below average play. Currently, he is being drafted as the 27th best second basemen, which in my eyes is a joke when you factor in that he is going to receive everyday at-bats.

ADP Source: National Fantasy Baseball Championship

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Searching for answer for the 2014 fantasy baseball season? Turn to a trusted source to enlighten you – Fantasy Alarm – and pick up your very own copy of the 2014 Fantasy Alarm Baseball Draft Guide. After reading the 200 pages of information you will be ready to dominate the competition in the coming season on your way to a fantasy baseball championship.


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