Editor’s note: Couch Side is very pleased to bring back its annual MLB preseason position power rankings. This year, we will offer two positions every Wednesday and Friday. Each blog ranks the top 10 players at each position and is written by some of Couch Side’s best bloggers. The following is part two of what will be a 12-part series. Enjoy!
Second base isn’t generally known as a power position, so in fantasy drafts second basemen tend to fall to the later rounds. However, there are plenty of second basemen who can bring something to the table in fantasy value.
Here is my list for the top second basemen in terms of fantasy baseball for the 2013-14 season:
5. Ian Kinsler, Texas Rangers (.256 BA, 19 HR, 72 RBI, 2.0 WAR)
A virtual lock for a 25 home run and 25 steals season, Kinsler is a highly-coveted fantasy second baseman. After a down year, if Kinsler can stay healthy he’s a steal. The Rangers will be without Josh Hamilton this season, but have added Lance Berkman. His runs scored could be near 100, but the Rangers’ lineup is riddled with injury-prone players. Pick him and pray the Texas heat helps keep him healthy. Also, superstar in the making Jurickson Profar will be competing for the second base spot. Kinsler could be moved to first base or the outfield. If that is the case, look to grab Profar in your draft.
BY BRANDON J. SMITH, Couchsideshow.com writer
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