Over the next couple of weeks at Harper Wallbanger, I'm sorting through the Big Board for 12-team 5x5 leagues to find the must-draft and must-avoid players at each position. Let's keep it rolling with second base!
2B is changing, with old go-to's like Kipnis, Kinsler, Pedroia tumbling out of the upper ranks (or out of relevance completely), but there are some exciting names here. Jose Ramirez's surprising power outburst in '17 pushes him into the upper echelons now, and Ozzie Albies' exciting debut last year has people hyped. As always, 2B is also home to easily-projected, reliable type guys that can allow you to take risks at other spots, but this year there are a fair amount of upside/risk plays, like Albies, Villar, Moncada, and Happ. Which way I go will totally depend on the rest of my roster - if I have safe guys elsewhere, I really like some of these upside plays, but if I have say, Matt Olson at 1B, Paul DeJong at SS, Ian Desmond in the OF... I need some safety at 2B, like Lemahieu or Harrison.