Hey guys! The series shall continue; We took an all-star break of sorts, focusing on our upcoming fantasy football ranks, which will be finalized and posted in a few weeks. We will pick up where the series left off, in the middle infield. Today the re-rank series continues, examining the trade value of second basemen as the fantasy trade deadline nears. Second base has turned out to be not-so barren this year, and there is a diversity of skill sets, which are always helpful for the Roto Gamer; everything from 40 SB guys with no power (Altuve), to 30 HR sluggers with no average (Uggla) and plenty of 15/15 guys in-between. Below is our ranks, and as always we will focus on buy high and sell highs (top half of position) and buy lows and sell lows (bottom half of positional ranks).
Buy high: Jason Kipnis. I foolishly doubted Kipnis, because I placed too much stock in the second half of his 2012 campaign, but this guy is a stud. Aside from Cano, I will take Kipnis who already is slashing 57/15/62/21/.293. I love the power/speed combo for roto leagues.
Sell high: Dustin Pedroia. I have been a big Pedroia fan in the past, but second base is very deep this year, and based on perceived value, he is a player I would look to move. In competitive leagues I believe you could downgrade from Pedroia to a mid-tier second baseman, and pick up an adequate starting pitcher, like a James Shields. This would especially be true if I were chasing a certain category, like speed or power and target Altuve, or Uggla. Second base is deeper than most expect, cash out on the soon-to-be-30 Pedroia.
Buy low: Daniel Murphy. It took Friday’s 2-home run, four hit game to shed light on the positive contributions Murphy has had this season, but those who have owned him know that he has performed as a top tier-2B. His power-speed combo atop the Mets offense, make him an underrated fantasy asset that you should target.
Sell low: Howie Kendrick. I think Kendrick’s fantasy value takes a hit with the loss of Pujols, and I do not buy his power– I would not expect more than 5 homers the rest of the way, which has drove his fantasy value thus far. Kendrick is a known commodity that you can cash in for better value at a deep second base position.