After all of the out-of-this-world numbers we saw yesterday at first base, it would seem like this edition would be a little on the boring side. Well, that assumption would be wrong. There, I said it. Shallow positions like second base are what make your team great. If you stumble across a late round stud like 2009 Robinson Cano, you could be on your way to a championship. Well, with that introduction, here they are:
- Robinson Cano, Yankees- Speaking of the star... this guy will fly off draft boards early this year. There doesn't seem to be a hole in his game.
- Chase Utley, Phillies- All he needs to do is stay healthy and his line should go back to out of this world status.
- Dan Uggla, Braves- Last year, Uggla's line in 35 games at Turner field: 5/3/6/.343. His power may go down a bit, but a .343 average against the 3rd best staff could mean great success in their ballpark.
- Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox- See Chase Utley. Plus, who doesn't like having the little guy to root for.
- Rickie Weeks, Brewers- Another guy who could have carried a team last year with how much he outperformed his draft slot. If he even produces at 80% of his 2010 levels hes a good pick.
- Brandon Phillips, Reds- Not great anywhere, but above average everywhere. A good quality to have in fantasy.
- Ian Kinsler, Rangers- It pains me to recommend him to anyone, but the guy is just too talented to let slip way down draft boards.
- Martin Prado, Braves- Great source of runs and average. Can help make up for guys like Ryan Howard or Adam Dunn who hurt you there.
- Gordon Beckham, White Sox- If he played a full season like he played in the 2nd half, Becks would be a good 3-4 spots higher.
- Chone Figgins, Mariners- A .260 batting average would do wonders for his runs and SBs. Improving on 42 swiped bags could mean big things for Figgs.
- Kelly Johnson, Diamondbacks- Was a huge contributor last year in all categories. Who says he can't do it again?
- Ben Zobrist, Rays- Was a bit of a letdown following his 2009 explosion, but serviceable nonetheless. If your league uses OBP, he flies up the board.
- Aaron Hill, Blue Jays- 26 homers in a down year is hard to find at 2B. Plus, his .196 BABIP gives hope that he can turn his terrible average around.
- Howie Kendrick, Angels- He's pretty much above average across the board. Of course, competing in every stat is what you're going for.
- Brian Roberts, Orioles- Spent the majority of the year on the DL, but still didn't look like the All-Star player when he did play.
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Check back tomorrow as we finish the middle of the infield with the top 10 shortstops.