Fantasy Baseball Sleepers: 2BSporting News — (Jacob Janower)
The second base rankings are headlined by Jose Altuve, Javier Baez, and Whit Merrifield, among other fantasy baseball stars, but it's unlikely any of those players is a guarantee to wind up on your fantasy baseball team. It's important to look beyond the top players for a 2B who could turn from question marks to sure things in 2019. It's never been a power-heavy position, but options exist if you want to go that route. Speedsters are also there for the taking.
Ultimately, the best value that a lot of these sleepers will provide is versatility. Some might not even play most of their games at second base, but their ability to play elsewhere gives them them more playing time and helps their prospects in deeper leagues.
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2019 Fantasy Baseball 2B Sleepers
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Yoan Moncada, White Sox. Moncada is only 23, so even though he disappointed in his first full season in the majors, we know he has untapped potential. Even a "bad year" resulted in 17 HRs and 12 SBs, and if Moncada can cut down on the Ks and take a few more walks, he'll see big improvements across the board. A proposed position switch to 3B will give fantasy owners more roster flexibility with Moncada, though it's fair to wonder if that will negatively affect his already suspect approach at the plate. -- Matt Lutovsky
Rougned Odor, Rangers. We know what Odor can bring from a fantasy perspective, as exemplified by his 63 home runs from 2016-'17. He took a step back with just 18 home runs in '18, but his history leads us to believe he is a bounce-back candidate. Globe Life Park in Arlington is a notorious hitters park, especially for lefties, that should revert Odor's home run total closer to 30. He has also stolen 41 bases over the past three seasons. His K/BB ratio over the past three years is concerning (424/94), but that's always been the case with him, and Odor's power — which is more proven than most second basemen — shouldn't be overlooked. The 25-year-old lefty is a legit four-category producer who hasn't killed fantasy owners in average aside from '17.
Jurickson Profar, Athletics. Change-of-scenery players are always enticing, and Profar is no exception. The former No. 1 prospect in baseball hasn't completely lived up to his potential, but he did start to show signs last season (.254/.335/.458, 20 home runs, 10 stolen bases). From a ballpark standpoint, the move from the Rangers to Athletics won't do him any favors (just look at his home-road splits last year: .271/.362/.511 at home; .237/.307/.405 on the road), but his strong '18 should earn him consistent playing time. Profar can play all four infield positions, making him a versatile option that can be used in many ways on your fantasy team. The 26-year-old switch-hitter might be ready to really make the leap.
Wilmer Flores, Diamondbacks. Yes, Flores looks like he's being held hostage in the above photo, but he should actually enjoy his time in the much cozier hitting confines of Chase Field. Flores averaged 15.3 HRs in 119 games over the past four seasons with the Mets, so everyday playing time coupled with a better hitting environment could help him pop 20-25 HRs. Admittedly, the versatile 27-year-old (also eligible at 1B, 3B) likely won't help at all in average or SBs, but his runs and RBIs should also see a nice increase if the power plays out like we think it will. --Matt Lutovsky
Ryan McMahon, Rockies. McMahon was a popular sleeper heading into last season, but he failed to live up to the hype. Still, you his home run potential and position versatility makes him worth selecting, even if it's in the last few rounds. Although he doesn't have a set position on the Rockies right now, he won't just be limited to second base. McMahon combined for 48 games at the corner infield spots, so his versatility will help get him into Colorado's lineup more frequently. Speedster Garrett Hampson will be worth grabbing once he's called up, but McMahon shouldn't be overlooked on draft day despite last season's letdown.
Niko Goodrum, Tigers. Goodrum came out of nowhere last year to provide value in a Tigers lineup that is void of many solid fantasy options. The modest power (16 HRs) and speed (12 SBs) that he showed off in 2018 makes him a good choice if you're on the hunt for a late-round 2B who can provide value at multiple categories. Beyond that, he registered at least eight games at first base, shortstop, left field, third base, and right field last season, so he can fit just about anywhere.
More 2B sleepers eligible at other positions: Willy Adames, Rays (SS), Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Blue Jays (SS), Daniel Robertson, Rays (SS, 3B)