We cut that fluff, rendered those lists down into this, eight second basemen that Chinstrap Ninjas jzak and ep are targeting in 2010.
Ian Kinsler — A consensus selection, Kinsler elevates above his poor batting average because of his ability to fill up all four other categories in your standard 5×5.
jzak: Chase Utley — Utley is being picked a full round earlier than Kinsler. The differences between the two: Utley has more RBIs and about .15 more points on the batting average. Kinsler will get you 10-15 more steals. Pick your poison. You can’t go wrong with either player.
Aaron Hill — Barely a middle-round pick at around 50th overall, Hill gets a recommendation from both of us. Even if he hits 10 less homers and scores 20 less runs than he did in 2009, he’ll be worth a high pick.
jzak: Asdrubal Cabrera — Cabrera’s dual-eligibility (2B/SS), 20-steal speed and .295 average make for a nice selection in the 16th round.
ep: Dan Uggla — Utley, Kinsler and Uggla are the only legit locks for 30 homers at second base in 2010. I’d punt batting average for one player if he gives me 30 homers, especially if I can pick him 70+ picks later.
Scott Sizemore — We both agree that if a player that could go 15-30 and hit .300 is available around pick 300, you take a chance on him.
jzak: Martin Prado — Another multi-position threat, Prado can be slotted into 1B, 2B and 3B. Other than his .300 batting average, his offensive numbers seem pretty weak for someone being picked around 217 overall, but someone who you can slot in all over your lineup for players who are injured or on a day off should be expensive.
ep: Eric Young — Much like in the Sizemore argument, you take a chance on a potentially stunning talent with your last pick. Sizemore is currently a backup at all three Rockies outfield spots and to Clint Barmes at second base. He’s an injury away from a .300 average and 40 steals. Doode had 87 steals in the minors in 2006, 73 in 2007, 46 in 2008 and 58 in 2009. Steals are the one category that usually carries over nearly number-to-number from the minors.
For more targets and rankings, check out our 2010 Fantasy Baseball rankings page.