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Second base has been a surprisingly deep position in fantasy baseball over the last few seasons, making it possible to draft a quality second baseman in almost any round. However, elite talent is usually hard to come by late in drafts and based on how a few second basemen performed in 2018, the talent pool may thin out earlier than expected.
With that in mind, here are the top 10 fantasy second baseman worth targeting in your upcoming fantasy baseball draft.
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10. Dee Gordon, Seattle Mariners
Dee Gordon will certainly feel the effects of some of his Seattle Mariners departing for greener pastures, but it's his multi-position eligibility and stolen-base ability that is clearly appealing. He did have 30 stolen bases last season, and should get more more playing time with all that talent moving on elsewhere.
9. Robinson Cano, New York Mets
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There's a significant amount of risk that comes with Robinson Cano, thanks to his age and last year's 80-game PED suspension, but 36-year veteran isn't done yet. Cano actually played better after his suspension ended, slashing .317/.363/.497 with six homers and 27 RBI in the remaining 40 games of the Mariners' season. It remains to be seen whether he'll be an ageless wonder going forward, but Cano is still a top-10 fantasy option at his position.
8. Brian Dozier, Washington Nationals
Brian Dozier got some extended postseason experience with the Los Angeles Dodgers, and his new team certainly welcomes that mentality. The Washington Nationals will likely lose Bryce Harper this offseason, and while Dozier isn't an eye-for-eye sort of replacement, he's certainly a nice addition to a lineup that already has Trea Turner, Juan Soto, Anthony Rendon and Ryan Zimmerman.
7. Daniel Murphy, Colorado Rockies
One of MLB's most fundamental hitters gets a glorious new piece of real estate at Coors Field. Daniel Murphy signed a two-year deal in the offseason to head to the Rocky Mountains and this just seems like a can't-miss signing. He did deal with some injuries early on last season, but he did prove to be a very valuable asset to the Chicago Cubs down the stretch.
6. Scooter Gennett, Cincinnati Reds
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Scooter Gennett looked like he was done after the Brewers decided to let him go after the 2016 season, but he has reestablished himself as one of the best players at his position after joining the Reds. He led all qualified NL second basemen with a .847 OPS last year and has now hit at least 23 homers over the past two seasons. Outside of the top player on this list, Gennett has the highest home-run potential of any other second baseman in the league since he plays at Great American Ballpark.
5. Gleyber Torres, New York Yankees
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There was a lot of hype surrounding Gleyber Torres coming into the 2018 season, and he was just as good as advertised when it was all said and done. The rookie second baseman recorded an exceptional first season in the majors, finishing third in the AL Rookie of the Year race with a .271/.340/.480 slash line, 24 homers and 77 RBI. With almost a full season of Major League experience under his belt, Torres looks poised to take the next step in 2019, so don't surprised if he ends up skyrocketing up this list by season's end.
4. Ozzie Albies, Atlanta Braves
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Ozzie Albies had a fantastic season in 2018, finishing second among all qualified second basemen in homers (24) while hitting a career-high 40 doubles. The dip in batting average from his rookie year and fact that he hit just .198 in the last month of the season may be a concern for some who have the opportunity to draft him, but the power and stolen-base potential that Albies has is too good to pass up.
3. Whit Merrifield, Kansas City Royals
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Whit Merrifield proved to the league that he was more than just a one-year wonder in 2018, putting together an MVP-caliber campaign in which he led the majors in stolen bases (45) and hits (192) with a career-high .304/.367/.443 slash line. The 30-year-old late bloomer has evolved from a career minor-leaguer to one of the best at his position over the past two seasons. Merrifield is guaranteed to give his owners stolen base potential and doubles needed to complete their fantasy team.
2. Javier Baez, Chicago Cubs
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There was no doubting Javy Baez's ability to hit going into last season, but his MVP-caliber season in 2018 finally established him as one of the elite hitters at his position. Baez recorded career highs in almost every hitting statistical category last year, slashing .290/.326/.554 with 34 homers and an NL-leading 111 RBI. The tendency to strikeout is a concern and will continue to be going forward, but his ability to hit for both power and average far outweighs an occasional multi-strikeout game.
1. Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
Despite a slight dip in his power numbers, Jose Altuve still slashed a respectable .316/.386/.451 in 2018. As long as he stays healthy next year, the diminutive second baseman will most likely have his usual 200-hit, 40-stolen base, and .880-OPS season slugging in an absolutely dominant Astros lineup.
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