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2008 Fantasy Preview: Second Basemen
01/30/2008 3:27 PM ET
Below is a chart of every second baseman ranked and covered in MLB.com's 2008 Fantasy Preview, a rundown that includes established big leaguers and up-and-coming prospects.

The list features dollar values compiled by our MLB.com staff based on standard 23-man, $260, 5x5 mixed-league play. We included projected stats for the 2008 season as well as a one-liner prediction that encapsulates every player's value in 10 words or fewer. This page will be updated throughout the spring to reflect the impact of inevitable transactions, injuries and changing job situations.

An indispensable part of the draft-day kit, the cheat sheet can make the difference between winning and losing your fantasy league. With quick-hitting rankings and forecasts, it'll help you keep the remaining players on the board in order as the draft wears on. The last thing you want to be doing is flipping through some magazine when it's your turn to pick.

So play fair, but don't forget your cheat sheet when you head to your draft.

Stats listed are 2008 projections.
Dollar values based on standard 5x5 play, $260 budget per 23-man team.   
Mixed rankings: C | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | OF | SP | RP | Top 100        Go to: AL 2B | NL 2B
 Second Basemen TM $$ Avg R HR RBI SB Notes
Chase Utley PHI 34 .328 126 30 114 12 Fantasy's top 2B worthy of first-round pick.
B.J. Upton TB 26 .272 94 26 90 33 Potential 30-30 player offers multi-position eligibility.
Ian Kinsler TEX 25 .288 102 30 97 26 Likely to emerge as all-category force.
Brandon Phillips CIN 25 .275 90 28 88 30 Could turn in second straight 30-30 campaign.
Robinson Cano NYY 23 .318 97 24 106 5 Should deliver 100 RBIs in loaded lineup.
Brian Roberts BAL 23 .288 93 11 54 36 Complements speed with all-around contributions.
Rickie Weeks MIL 17 .261 95 24 55 28 Could be ready to deliver major power/speed production.
Kelly Johnson ATL 15 .285 98 20 74 10 Full-time job will allow him to build on '07 numbers.
Dan Uggla FLA 15 .264 98 32 94 5 Provides legitimate power at light-hitting position.
Jeff Kent LAD 14 .294 75 20 81 1 Still wields potent bat but showing signs of age.
Howie Kendrick LAA 13 .320 77 12 68 10 Hitting machine should deliver more power, speed.
Ty Wigginton HOU 13 .272 68 23 87 1 Should enjoy his new park and favorable lineup spot.
Dustin Pedroia BOS 12 .305 107 10 58 9 Reigning AL ROY headed for bigger things.
Orlando Hudson ARI 12 .296 88 13 72 10 Solid all-around 2B enjoys benefits of hitters' park.
Placido Polanco DET 12 .316 102 8 62 6 Value inflated by career-best numbers in '07.
Aaron Hill TOR 11 .284 85 18 77 6 Newfound power could be offset by diminished patience.
Freddy Sanchez PIT 10 .308 84 12 77 2 Improved power solidifies mixed-league value.
Yunel Escobar ATL 10 .305 90 8 55 10 Comparable to Renteria with contact skills, gap power.
Mark Ellis OAK 9 .268 75 17 66 8 Provides above-average 2B pop when healthy.
Tadahito Iguchi SD 9 .292 84 10 58 12 Offensive potential limited by move to PETCO.
Luis Castillo NYM 9 .298 105 2 44 25 Will accumulate plenty of SB, R in potent lineup.
Felipe Lopez WAS 9 .276 66 8 43 24 SB potential too great to ignore in mixed formats.
Danny Richar CWS 8 .258 72 16 53 9 Power-speed upside warrants mixed-league look.
Kazuo Matsui HOU 8 .266 77 5 40 28 Ripe for letdown after strong contract-year performance.
Asdrubal Cabrera CLE 6 .287 89 8 65 14 Could approach .300, 100 runs in first full season.
Mark DeRosa CHC 5 .284 63 10 57 2 Super-utilityman has likely already peaked.
Brendan Harris MIN 4 .277 59 10 52 3 Bat is legit but could wind up in utility role.
Ronnie Belliard WAS 4 .284 68 13 64 3 Should benefit from team's move to new ballpark.
Ray Durham SF 4 .262 68 12 63 7 Has enough left for a rebound year.
Jose Vidro SEA 3 .302 65 6 49 0 Contributes good AVG, little else at this stage.
Jose Lopez SEA 2 .263 54 10 55 4 Plate discipline, second-half struggles cause concern.
Kevin Frandsen SF 2 .280 52 8 47 10 Scrappy youngster could claim starting infield job.
Alexi Casilla MIN 2 .258 42 1 19 25 Slap hitter should provide SB for cheap.
Eugenio Velez SF 2 .270 45 4 30 20 Offers valuable speed and position flexibility.
Nick Punto MIN 1 .275 40 1 22 15 Has speed but no value when not hitting for AVG.
Brendan Ryan STL 1 .276 36 4 26 10 Contact skills, SB ability worth considering.
Maicer Izturis LAA 1 .300 50 6 46 9 Quality utilityman usually finds way to earn PT.
Alfredo Amezaga FLA 1 .268 30 2 16 9 PT likely to drop with OF prospect Maybin on board.
Mark Grudzielanek KC 1 .290 66 6 48 1 Consistent vet becoming more susceptible to injuries.
Marcus Giles COL 1 .264 42 8 46 7 Former All-Star young enough to bounce back at Coors.
Ryan Raburn DET 1 .284 34 7 32 5 Offers more offense than most utilitymen.
Chris Burke ARI 1 .254 39 6 26 8 Has potential to deliver solid numbers in part-time role.
Adam Kennedy STL 1 .276 46 5 41 8 Vet should bounce back from injury-plagued '07.
Esteban German KC 1 .290 45 4 33 10 Gets more starts than most utility guys.
Josh Wilson PIT 1 .260 41 7 39 8 Could see regular PT at hot corner.
Josh Barfield CLE 1 .258 28 5 27 8 Will likely need to be traded to regain fantasy value.
Jayson Nix COL 1 .262 35 6 27 11 Infielder can hit and run, could win 2B job.
Alberto Callaspo KC 1 .277 29 3 24 2 Has keeper-league value as potential starter in '09.
Alexei Ramirez CWS 1 .282 34 7 34 5 Potential sleeper thrived in Cuba.
Jose Castillo FLA 1 .255 26 6 30 1 Light bat for a MI, never mind 3B.
Mike Fontenot CHC 1 .280 35 4 30 6 Developed batting eye should lead to solid average.
Aaron Miles FA 1 .286 25 1 18 2 One-category contributor headed for decreased PT.
Omar Infante ATL 1 .268 30 6 32 4 Could see extra AB following trade to Atlanta.
Willie Bloomquist SEA 1 .262 26 1 15 8 Diminishing speed hurts utility value.
Matt Antonelli SD 1 .267 44 6 31 6 20-20 performer blocked by Tad Iguchi.
Omar Quintanilla COL 1 .272 27 3 31 3 Could hit for respectable average with regular AB.
Tony Abreu LAD 1 .288 18 1 19 1 Hits for a little AVG but has little power or speed.
Alex Cintron CHC 1 .259 16 2 18 1 Backup infielder has minimal value.
Alex Cora BOS 1 .240 22 2 15 2 Backup MI unlikely to deliver much at plate.
Chris Gomez PIT 1 .288 18 2 17 1 Versatile veteran provides solid batting average.
Geoff Blum HOU 1 .248 27 4 22 0 Veteran to see decreased PT with move to Houston.
Jamey Carroll CLE 1 .270 28 2 20 5 Contact hitter should improve poor '07 average.
Mark Loretta HOU 1 .281 24 3 26 1 Veteran contact hitter to see more of a backup role.
Miguel Cairo SEA 1 .250 16 0 14 7 Diminishing offensive skills limit value as utilityman.
D'Angelo Jimenez STL 1 .254 21 4 24 3 Former top prospect still trying to find niche in Majors.
Ramon Vazquez TEX 1 .231 23 5 20 1 Has a little pop but won't play enough to help.
Marco Scutaro TOR 1 .256 28 4 26 2 Will see fewer AB as backup.
Damion Easley NYM 1 .246 20 8 22 1 Has pop, but unlikely to bat .280 for second straight year.
Ruben Gotay NYM 1 .260 15 3 18 2 Provides little upside as part-time 2B.
Matt Kata PIT 1 .234 10 1 10 0 Utilityman without upside or playing time.
Jose Valentin NYM 1 .238 18 6 24 1 Aging slugger goes to bench with Castillo re-signed.
Tony Graffanino MIL 1 .259 17 3 15 1 Injured veteran unlikely to contribute much.
Augie Ojeda ARI 1 .252 14 1 10 1 Journeyman unlikely to replicate stretch production.
Jorge Velandia PIT 1 .226 6 1 5 0 Vet likely to spend majority of season in Minors.

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