Top 3 Sleeper Second Basemen for 2020 Fantasy Baseball Season

Jason Schandl
Cardinals second baseman Tommy Edman follows through on a swing against the Diamondbacks.
Cardinals second baseman Tommy Edman follows through on a swing against the Diamondbacks. / Norm Hall/Getty Images
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While the top fantasy baseball assets provide the floor for your team, finding sleepers in the later rounds is key to determining your ceiling.

Hunting for sleeper candidates, by definition, is a volatile task. For every sleeper that does turn into a great pick, there are two or three that go nowhere. However, this process is can be the difference between a first-place finish and stumbling to a losing season. That makes it crucial to hit on your sleeper picks.

With that in mind, here are three sleeper second basemen that can make a big impact for your 2020 fantasy baseball team.

Second Base Sleepers for Fantasy Baseball

1. Tommy Edman, St. Louis Cardinals

Tommy Edman follows through on a swing against the Braves.
Tommy Edman follows through on a swing against the Braves. / Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Tommy Edman only got in 92 games at the Major League level in 2019, being promoted from Triple-A in June after notching 7 home runs, 39 runs scored, 29 RBI and 9 steals in 49 games. The 24-year-old went on to add 11 homers, 59 runs, 36 RBI and 15 steals in his MLB games, slashing .304/.350/.500 with a .357 weighted on-base average (wOBA). That kind of production should get him significantly more playing time in 2020, and he's proven he's capable of doing some real damage when given the opportunity.

2. Garrett Hampson, Colorado Rockies

Garrett Hampson runs the bases against the Yankees.
Garrett Hampson runs the bases against the Yankees. / Mike Stobe/Getty Images

A big-time sleeper for stolen bases, Garrett Hampson was one of the fastest sprinters in the MLB in 2019. This translated to 15 steals in limited playing time, and he ranked 14th in stolen bases per plate appearance among all players with at least 15 swipes on the year. Boasting a 37.4 percent fly-ball rate while getting the benefit of Coors Field as his home park could also give Hampson some upside with his bat, though we didn't see much of that when he struggled to the tune of a .292 wOBA in 2019.

3. Kevin Newman, Pittsburgh Pirates

Kevin Newman celebrates against the Angels.
Kevin Newman celebrates against the Angels. / Victor Decolongon/Getty Images

Newman doesn't offer the same kind of upside those first two guys do, but his floor might be the highest of the group. He had a .339 wOBA with a .308/.353/.446 slash line in 2019, while he only struck out in 11.7 percent of his plate appearances. Steadily putting the ball in play and getting on base helped him rack up 61 runs, 64 RBI and 16 steals in his first full season in the MLB, and those are certainly not numbers to scoff at in the later rounds of fantasy drafts.

Be sure to also check out our top-10 second baseman rankings if you're looking for the top players at the position.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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