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Second Base Prospects: Rankings Movers

Second Base Prospects: Rankings Movers

Every Friday I will take a snapshot of this year’s current crop of prospects at each position relative to how they were ranked a year ago. I’ll examine the top performers, those who did not live up to our lofty expectations, and the key graduates. Our rankings last year were compiled by Andy Germani and myself, and I […]

2B Keeper Stock Watch: Cano, Wong, Kipnis, Murphy

2B Keeper Stock Watch: Cano, Wong, Kipnis, Murphy

With the regular season over, it’s time to look at 2017 and beyond. For keeper formats, I’m looking at risers and fallers in our 2017 rankings, as well as highlighting where I differ from the rest of the Assembly team. I’m going to say this here, instead of in every player’s analysis, because it’s true […]

Ian Kinsler’s power surge

Ian Kinsler’s power surge

It’s not surprising that Ian Kinsler can knock some pitches out of the park with ease. He’s always been at least somewhat of a power threat, hitting 30 homers twice in 2009 and 2011, and over 200 in his career so far. As a second baseman, that’s an impressive trait to carry, especially when he’s […]

Emerging shortstops: Trevor Story and Trea Turner

Emerging shortstops: Trevor Story and Trea Turner

On the surface, Trea Turner and Trevor Story are closely related. Both were taking relatively early in the first round (12th and 13th overall), both play shortstop, both are entering their age 23 season, and both have a whole lot of question marks as to just how good they will be. There’s little doubt that […]

YES WE KANG!

YES WE KANG!

If you haven’t guessed what this piece will be about, well, you need to work on your powers of deduction. We’re digging on the Korean Klubber, himself, Jung Ho Kang. Going into last season I had Kang as a deep sleeper. I mean what’s not to love, a little Korean with some potential pop at […]

Scarcity and Youth Breeds Draft Day Regret

Scarcity and Youth Breeds Draft Day Regret

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening, whichever is applicable to you. Unless you’ve started your draft prep this week, I’m sure you’ve heard ad nauseam that the SS position is a fantasy abyss of sorts. After re-emphasizing the hollowness of the position, tales of what tomorrow brings shines light on the cold frontier. This […]

So what about Tulo’s terrible second half?

So what about Tulo’s terrible second half?

If I were to describe Troy Tulowitzki in only two words, I would probably choose disabled list talented and fragile. When Tulowitzki is healthy, he is easily the most dynamic hitting shortstop and one of the most exciting hitters to watch. He goes on tears like no other, and for his entire career (pre-2015) was trying […]

Marcus Semien: Dark Horse for Top-5 SS

Marcus Semien: Dark Horse for Top-5 SS

It’s been true for a few years, and 2016 is no different: shortstop is the most shallow position. Second base has had a rather strong core for years, with new names rising and falling with that core. Shortstop has often had Troy Tulowitzki at the top, but he can’t stay on the field. Neither can […]

Player spotlight: Ian Desmond

Player spotlight: Ian Desmond

Posted by: Scott Rowland Prior to the 2016 season, Ian Desmond had three consecutive seasons of 20 home runs and 20 stolen. On average he was taken as the 28th overall pick and third shortstop off the board in 2015. He ended the season as one of the bigger disappointments, finishing as the 16th shortstop […]

Draft This, Not That: Shortstops

Draft This, Not That: Shortstops

The shortstop position began a major youth movement in 2015 with the arrival of instant superstar, Carlos Correa, followed by Francisco Lindor who looks like he could be Derek Jeter-lite, and then finally Corey Seager came on the scene late in the season. If you want Correa, Lindor, or Corey Seager to be a part […]

Category Help at Second Base

Category Help at Second Base

Posted by: Michael Zakhar In the coming weeks, you will be reading positional previews on a variety of sites. Many of these will speak about positions in terms of tiers, and you can bet that a few fantasy writers will be emphasizing the importance of grabbing one of the top 8 to 10 second basemen […]

Going Down Swinging With Javier Baez

Going Down Swinging With Javier Baez

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening, whichever is applicable to you.  If you’re searching for a team building block at second base, you’re looking at the wrong place, at least for my taste. Jose Altuve and Dee Gordon are clearly the top options, but neither would be considered 5 category options. While the top […]

Potential 20/20 at Second: Dozier, Kipnis, Kinsler

Potential 20/20 at Second: Dozier, Kipnis, Kinsler

Remember the glory days of 20/20 middle infielders? BJ Upton, Brandon Phillips, Ian Kinsler, Alfonso Soriano, Chase Utley — they all hit the mark in the last ten years. Others have come close but haven’t quite made it — see Jason Kipnis and Ben Zobrist. There’s still a strong draw for us fantasy managers to […]

Concerns with Dee Gordon’s bat

Concerns with Dee Gordon’s bat

To be fair, on the surface this does not seem like a very relevant article. Obviously, Dee Gordon’s value stems from his speed and stolen bases, things he does at elite levels. But what is troubling about a weak bat is the obvious, fewer hits, and then the implications which are: without a bat, he […]

Player spotlight: Robinson Cano

Player spotlight: Robinson Cano

Posted by: Scott Rowland Robinson Cano has long performed and been taken as a top second base option in fantasy. After a disappointing overall performance in 2015 (by Cano standards) how should fantasy owners proceed with his selection? Until 2014 this aligned nicely with his performance amongst second baseman across the league:   ADP Ranking Overall […]

Draft This, Not That: Second Basemen

Draft This, Not That: Second Basemen

Question marks start popping up near the top of the second baseman tiers. Outside of Jose Altuve and Dee Gordon, you have depleted power from Cano, expected batting average issues with Brian Dozier, injury issues with Anthony Rendon, and inconsistency from Jason Kipnis. Last year the hot name soaring up draft boards was Kolten Wong. […]

Older hitters with Extra risk

Older hitters with Extra risk

It’s often that we see a player just drop off suddenly, but it’s no less surprising as a spectator, and no less heartbreaking as a fan. Andruw Jones is perhaps the poster child for this, going from consistent 6.0+ fWAR seasons to barely replacement level, right after he turned 30. But drop offs are expected, […]

Veteran or Youth? Position by Position

Veteran or Youth? Position by Position

We here at Fantasy Assembly are in the process of compiling our top-200 for dynasty leagues (due out next week). That’s a daunting task, for sure. I’ve never been a fan of big lists like this, simply because after a few draft rounds, anything goes, and what player you may prefer is entirely dependent on […]

The Shortstop Plan: After Correa, Consider the Context

The Shortstop Plan: After Correa, Consider the Context

Posted by: Michael Zakhar I always get excited thinking and writing about shortstops. Did you know that there are 22 shortstops in the hall of fame, more than any other infield position. There are 11 third basemen in the hall of fame; that’s half as many for those not up on their math skills! No […]

Balancing Present & Future at Shortstop

Balancing Present & Future at Shortstop

As I’ve said in earlier articles, I’m not a fan of relying heavily or exclusively on young phenoms in my starting lineup. Prospects can be valuable, and some hit the ground running, but too many struggle and, based on what they may cost us, don’t put up the numbers we’d like — at least initially. Many […]