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2008 Fantasy Preview: AL-Only 2B
02/04/2008 1:21 PM ET
Below is a chart of every AL second baseman 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 NL-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.    
AL-only rankings: C | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | OF | SP | RP | Top 100        Go to: Mixed 2B | NL 2B
 Second Base TM $$ Avg R HR RBI SB Notes
B.J. Upton TB 28 .272 94 26 90 33 Potential 30-30 player offers multi-position eligibility.
Ian Kinsler TEX 26 .288 102 30 97 26 6 Likely to emerge as all-category force.
Robinson Cano NYY 25 .318 97 24 106 5 Should deliver 100 RBIs in loaded lineup.
Brian Roberts BAL 25 .288 93 11 54 36 Complements speed with all-around contributions.
Howie Kendrick LAA 15 .320 77 12 68 10 Hitting machine should deliver more power, speed.
Dustin Pedroia BOS 14 .305 107 10 58 9 Reigning AL ROY headed for bigger things.
Placido Polanco DET 14 .316 102 8 62 6 Value inflated by career-best numbers in '07.
Aaron Hill TOR 13 .284 85 18 77 6 Newfound power could be offset by diminished patience.
Mark Ellis OAK 12 .268 75 17 66 8 Provides above-average 2B pop when healthy.
Danny Richar CWS 9 .258 72 16 53 9 Power-speed upside warrants mixed-league look.
Asdrubal Cabrera CLE 7 .287 89 8 65 14 Could approach .300, 100 runs in first full season.
Brendan Harris MIN 5 .277 59 10 52 3 Bat is legit but could wind up in utility role.
Jose Vidro SEA 3 .302 65 6 49 0 Contributes good AVG, little else at this stage.
Jose Lopez SEA 3 .263 54 10 55 4 Plate discipline, second-half struggles cause concern.
Alexi Casilla MIN 3 .258 42 1 19 25 Slap hitter should provide SB for cheap.
Maicer Izturis LAA 2 .300 50 6 46 9 Quality utilityman usually finds way to earn PT.
Mark Grudzielanek KC 2 .290 66 6 48 1 Consistent vet becoming more susceptible to injuries.
Nick Punto MIN 1 .275 40 1 22 15 Has speed but no value when not hitting for AVG.
Ryan Raburn DET 1 .284 34 7 32 5 Offers more offense than most utilitymen.
Esteban German KC 1 .290 45 4 33 10 Gets more starts than most utility guys.
Josh Barfield CLE 1 .258 28 5 27 8 Will likely need to be traded to regain fantasy value.
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.
Willie Bloomquist SEA 1 .262 26 1 15 8 Diminishing speed hurts utility value.
Alex Cora BOS 1 .240 22 2 15 2 Backup MI unlikely to deliver much at plate.
Jamey Carroll CLE 1 .270 28 2 20 5 Contact hitter should improve poor '07 average.
Miguel Cairo SEA 1 .250 16 0 14 7 Diminishing offensive skills limit value as utilityman.
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.

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