2017 Fantasy Baseball Second Base Sleepers: The Keystone Position
Today we’re looking at sleepers and draft day values at the keystone position. While everyone will be falling all over themselves to draft Jose Altuve, Brian Dozier and Daniel Murphy, and rightfully so. You can sit back and grab players at other positions and wait to pounce on one of the guys listed below.
Usually a shallow position, second base has started turning out some real talent other than just the upper echelon players. Now this position boasts the two batting champs in each league. Each player listed won’t necessarily hit over .300, they should not completely kill your average.
Other than Jonathan Schoop whose ADP is around 160, the rest can be acquired after the 200th pick in most drafts. One player might be overlooked because of how he finished the season. Another because he played in Tampa Bay. One is coming back from injury, while another is getting the full time job for the first time. The last, a former top prospect that set the first half on fire.
So let’s take a look at the second basemen other fantasy players might overlook. And give you the chance to capitalize on their value.
2017 Fantasy Baseball Second Base Sleepers
Jonathan Schoop, Baltimore Orioles
Getting overshadowed by the other Orioles hitters, Schoop had a very good middle of the season. The problem was he ended with two chilly months. The end result was a .267/.298/.454 with 25 home runs and 82 RBIs. Those are some impressive numbers from a guy hitting in the bottom of the lineup.
He’s getting a little love; his ADP is around 160 right now. For a guy that could be a Top 15 option at his position putting up those numbers with two bad months, he should be going earlier. If you don’t get one of the top options, look for Schoop to bounce back in a potent lineup.
Logan Forsythe, Los Angeles Dodgers
The Los Angeles Dodgers have a new second baseman. After failed attempts to get Brian Dozier from the Twins, they moved to get Logan Forsythe from the Rays. While he won’t hit as many home runs as Dozier, he can be a very good contributor for the Dodgers.
With almost a 200 ADP gap between Forsythe and Dozier, you can fill out more of your offense and wait for a guy like Forsythe. He hit .264 with 20 home runs and six stolen bases. His run totals should go up moving to the west coast as well.
Dave Roberts came out and said he projects Forsythe as a top of the lineup bat. Just not necessarily the leadoff man.
Joe Panik, San Francisco Giants
It could have been the injuries that finally got to Joe Panik last year. The two previous years he hit .305 and .312, respectively. That also included an All-Star appearance in 2015. Being a former first round pick, he looks to rebound from a season that saw him bat .239 in 2016. He could get close to double-digit home runs and a handful of steals. Not quite the burner some hoped he could be, but where he can help is in average and OBP leagues.
He probably won’t hit over .300 this year but that’s ok. If he can get to the .280-.290 range with an OBP of .330, Fantasy owners will gladly take that. At an ADP around 320, he is just a safer pick among some of the others on this list.
Jose Peraza, Cincinnati Reds
The Cincinnati Reds made a big commitment to Jose Peraza with the trade of longtime Red Brandon Phillips. They made the room for the up and coming star. Now it is up to him to prove they did the right thing. In the first half, Peraza was doing fine for his new club, slashing .246/.278/.246 with nine stolen bases. Once the midsummer classic came and went, Peraza took off. In 47 games after the break, Peraza hit .355/.380/.477 with 12 stolen bases.
He might not ever be the power/speed guys you look for. But just playing in Great American Ballpark, he could surprise with close to double-digit home runs given a full year. It’s not often you can get a payer with 50-60 steal upside this late in drafts. He is a better bet than Billy Hamilton given their respected ADP. Now that Phillips is in Atlanta, his ADP could rise, but he will still carry value around the 145th pick.
Jurickson Profar, Texas Rangers
Post-hype players are everywhere. Jurickson Profar is no different. He did not quite live up to his 2013 top overall prospect ranking. But this past year for the first half of the season, Profar was on fire. His slash line was .323/.363/.465 pre All-Star break. In those 37 games he only had four home runs, 14 RBIs and zero stolen bases. Post All-Star break he was as cold as he was hot in the first half. Slashing .166/.288/.228 with one home run, six RBIs and two stolen bases.
His saving grace for Fantasy purposes was he had eligibility all over the diamond. He showed patience in the big leagues and figures to platoon in left field at the beginning of the year. One thing that could boost Profar’s stock, he could be traded at some point during the season.
So there are some second base sleepers for you to take a chance on this spring.
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