Fantasy Tiers Of A Clown: Second base

Here are my five fantasy tiers for second basemen during exhibition play, with a nod toward 5×5 roto leagues.

Given the volatility and relative scarcity of this position, it’s eminently doable that likely studs like Josh Rutledge (Rockies), Jedd Gyorko (Padres) and Kolten Wong (Cardinals) could move up one tier in the next four weeks.

The great thing about it, though: Prospective owners would still be able to land any of the trio for a late-round (or even last-round) price in 12-team, 25-round drafts.

In other words, after the first two tiers … it might be worth the risk to shoot for the moon.

For a look at the continually evolving Average Draft Position values for second basemen, click here for Fox Sports Fantasy’s ADP page.

Tier 1

Robinson Cano, Ian Kinsler, Dustin Pedroia, Jason Kipnis, Aaron Hill

Tier 2

Brandon Phillips, Ben Zobrist, Neil Walker, Dan Uggla, Danny Espinosa, Jose Altuve

Tier 3

Rickie Weeks, Howard Kendrick, Daniel Murphy, Chase Utley, Jedd Gyorko, Marco Scutaro, Josh Rutledge (should have 2B eligibility by April 20)

Tier 4

Chris Nelson, Dustin Ackley, Ryan Roberts, Gordon Beckham, Kelly Johnson, Jamey Carroll, Omar Infante, Johnny Giavotella, Jemile Weeks, Daniel Descalso, Scott Sizemore, Maicer Izturis, Jeff Keppinger, Sean Rodriguez, Freddy Galvis, D.J. LeMahieu

Tier 5

Brian Roberts, Kolten Wong, Darwin Barney, Logan Forsythe, Alexi Amarista, Mark Ellis, Tyler Greene, Alexi Casilla, Ryan Theriot, Steve Lombardozzi, Ramon Santiago, Jerry Hairston Jr.

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