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2013 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Second Basemen

Cano in a class by himself, primed for another big season

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Updated March 30, 2013

For the fifth season, About.com Baseball is back with its comprehensive fantasy baseball rankings. We've added some tweaks to the formula for 2013 and are confident the rankings are as accurate as ever. They'll be updated weekly in March, looking at trends, injuries and other developments.

The trend in fantasy baseball is more toward the head-to-head formats that became popular in fantasy football over the years. However, the original rotisserie-style, cumulative 5x5 format is still out there, especially among established leagues. These rankings are weighted toward head-to-head, but can easily be tweaked toward rotisserie, and there are notes under certain players who are more valuable in rotisserie-style play, where the lost art of stolen bases has a big reward. Some players who are highly ranked in a rotisserie-style format are worth a lot less in a points format.

Make sure you know the exact format your league is using, because it will affect the way you should prepare. You can learn more about the different formats here.

Baseball guide Scott Kendrick has been with About.com since 2007, has been playing fantasy baseball for 20 years and has ranked players for the last decade. He's perused just about every preseason magazine, scoured the other baseball websites and taken some of the best expert opinions into account.

If getting a top-notch second baseman is important to you, target them early. There's a steep drop after the elite group.

On to the rankings of second basemen, looking at the top 20 prospects, easily led by a steady Yankee who is in the prime of his career:

TIER 1: No-brainers

1. Robinson Cano, Yankees

  • Age on opening day: 30
  • 2012 stats: .313, 33 HR, 94 RBI, .929 OPS
  • Three-year average: .311, 30 HR, 107 RBI, .909 OPS

TIER 2: Elite

2. Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox

  • Age on opening day: 29
  • 2012 stats: .290, 15 HR, 65 RBI, .797 OPS
  • Three-year average: .297, 16 HR, 65 RBI, .837 OPS

3. Ian Kinsler, Rangers

  • Age on opening day: 30
  • 2012 stats: .256, 19 HR, 72 RBI, .749 OPS
  • Three-year average: .263, 20 HR, 64 RBI, .791 OPS

4. Brandon Phillips, Reds

  • Age on opening day: 31
  • 2012 stats: .281, 18 HR, 77 RBI, .750 OPS
  • Three-year average: .285, 18 HR, 72 RBI, .774 OPS

Note: If eligible at second base in your league, Ben Zobrist (Rays) is a Tier 2. He is in the outfield rankings, as that is his projected 2013 position.

TIER 3: Servicable starters

5. Jason Kipnis, Indians

  • Age on opening day: 25
  • 2012 stats: .257, 14 HR, 76 RBI, .714 OPS
  • Three-year average: .260, 10 HR, 47 RBI, .738 OPS

6. Aaron Hill, Diamondbacks

  • Age on opening day: 31
  • 2012 stats: .302, 26 HR, 85 RBI, .882 OPS
  • Three-year average: .253, 20 HR, 71 RBI, .741 OPS

TIER 4: Worth a look

7. Danny Espinosa, Nationals

  • Age on opening day: 25
  • 2012 stats: .247, 17 HR, 56 RBI, .717 OPS
  • Three-year average: .239, 14 HR, 45 RBI, .727 OPS
  • Other potential eligibility: SS

8. Jose Altuve, Astros

  • Age on opening day: 22
  • 2012 stats: .290, 7 HR, 37 RBI, .740 OPS
  • Three-year average: .286, 4 HR, 24 RBI, .716 OPS

9. Chase Utley, Phillies

  • Age on opening day: 34
  • 2012 stats: .256, 11 HR, 45 RBI, .793 OPS
  • Three-year average: .264, 12 HR, 51 RBI, .800 OPS

10. Neil Walker, Pirates

  • Age on opening day: 27
  • 2012 stats: .280, 14 HR, 69 RBI, .768 OPS
  • Three-year average: .282, 12 HR, 72 RBI, .770 OPS

11. Dan Uggla, Braves

  • Age on opening day: 33
  • 2012 stats: .220, 19 HR, 78 RBI, .732 OPS
  • Three-year average: .248, 29 HR, 88 RBI, .794 OPS

TIER 5: Backups only

12. Rickie Weeks, Brewers

  • Age on opening day: 30
  • 2012 stats: .230, 21 HR, 63 RBI, .728 OPS
  • Three-year average: .255, 23 HR, 65 RBI, .791 OPS

13. Marco Scutaro, Giants

  • Age on opening day: 37
  • 2012 stats: .306, 7 HR, 74 RBI, .753 OPS
  • Three-year average: .293, 8 HR, 61 RBI, .747 OPS
  • Other potential eligibility: SS

14. Howard Kendrick, Angels

  • Age on opening day: 29
  • 2012 stats: .287, 8 HR, 67 RBI, .725 OPS
  • Three-year average: .284, .12 HR, 68 RBI, .748 OPS

15. Dustin Ackley, Mariners

  • Age on opening day: 25
  • 2012 stats: .226, 12 HR, 50 RBI, .622 OPS
  • Three-year average: .243, 9 HR, 43 RBI, .673 OPS

16. Daniel Murphy, Mets

  • Age on opening day: 28
  • 2012 stats: .291, 6 HR, 65 RBI, .735 OPS
  • Three-year average: .302, 6 HR, 57 RBI, .765 OPS

17. Omar Infante, Tigers

  • Age on opening day: 31
  • 2012 stats: .274, 12 HR, 53 RBI, .719 OPS
  • Three-year average: .289, 9 HR, 49 RBI, .727 OPS

18. Jurickson Profar, Rangers

  • Age on opening day: 20
  • 2012 stats: .176, 1 HR, 2 RBI, .647 OPS
  • Three-year average: .176, 1 HR, 2 RBI, .647 OPS

19. Gordon Beckham, White Sox

  • Age on opening day: 26
  • 2012 stats: .234, 16 HR, 60 RBI, .668 OPS
  • Three-year average: .238, 11 HR, 51 RBI, .664 OPS

20. Kelly Johnson, Rays

  • Age on opening day: 31
  • 2012 stats: .225, 16 HR, 55 RBI, .678 OPS
  • Three-year average: .245, 21 HR, 61 RBI, .758 OPS

Next five: Darwin Barney, Cubs; Tyler Greene, Astros; Jemile Weeks, A's; Cliff Pennington, Diamondbacks; Jedd Gyorko, Padres

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