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January 16, 2012 posted by Albert Lang

2012 Fantasy Baseball 2B Rankings – H2H

2012 Fantasy Baseball 2B Rankings – H2H
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Robinson Cano, New York Yankees 2B

Second base has become a pretty solid position and there are a number of younger players (Dustin Ackley, Jemile Weeks, Jason Kipnis, etc.) that will shore up the position for years to come.

While the East Coast (Robinson Cano, Dustin Pedroia, Chase Utley and Ben Zobrist) has grabbed the second base headlines, it seems we’re forgetting one of the best fantasy options: Ian Kinsler. Last year, Kinsler went 30-30, one of four players to do so (and the only infielder). This is the second season in the past three that Kinsler has gone 30-30. When healthy, dude is simply a force.

So, is Kinsler brittle? I don’t think so. He had a tough 2010 playing in just 103 games. However, he played 155 games last year and 144 games in 2009. From 2009-2011, he has averaged 134 games, 24 HRs and 25 steals. From 2008-2011, he averaged 131 games, 22 HRs and 26 SBs. In the worst of times, he’s a 20-20 guy, with 100+ runs and at least 80 RBIs – those numbers at catcher make him a top pick. I have him scoring 110 runs this year with a .275 average, 27 HRs and 30 SBs. I think he’s a huge get in drafts and a top 15 hitter.

READ THE REST OF ALBERT’S PREVIEW OF THE 2012 2B HERE.

RKName
1PK Stephen Gostkowski, NE
2PK Mason Crosby, GB
3PK David Akers, SF
4PK Jason Hanson, DET
5PK Dan Bailey, DAL
6PK Nate Kaeding, SD
7PK Garrett Hartley, NO
8PK Alex Henery, PHI
9PK Robbie Gould, CHI
10PK Neil Rackers, WAS
10PK Sebastian Janikowski, OAK
12PK Matt Prater, DEN
13PK Billy Cundiff, BAL
14PK Lawrence Tynes, NYG
15PK Matt Bryant, ATL
16PK Mike Nugent, CIN
17PK Randy Bullock, HOU
18PK Rob Bironas, TEN
19PK Rian Lindell, BUF
20PK Shaun Suisham, PIT
21PK Justin Medlock, CAR
22PK Connor Barth, TB
23PK Jay Feely, ARI
24PK Steve Hauschka, SEA
25PK Ryan Succop, KC
26PK Josh Brown, NYJ
27PK Dan Carpenter, MIA
28PK Blair Walsh, MIN
29PK Adam Vinatieri, IND
30PK Greg Zuerlein, STL
31PK Josh Scobee, JAX
32PK Nick Folk, NYJ
33PK Phil Dawson, CLE
34PK Ryan Longwell

 

For a downloadable version of the rankings, please visit here.

Albert has been playing and arguing about baseball and fantasy sports since 2002. Since 1982, he has also been largely miserable (here’s looking at you Armando Benitez) because of the Orioles and Eagles. Albert has won leagues and lost leagues, but he has the most fun debating player values. Albert typically plays in several baseball and football leagues a year. He also is an avid baseball card collector and writes about older players and their historical value relative to the Hall of Fame and their peers/current players. When not harassing league mates with trades and analyzing what categories his team performs poorly in, Albert is a communications professional in Washington, D.C. Follow Albert on Twitter @h2h_corner. He has an awesome puppy named Charlotte. You can find all of Albert's work at http://h2hcorner.wordpress.com/.
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