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Updated Consensus Ranks: Second Base

Second base. Where you stick your shortstops that fail defensively and your third basemen that can’t hit. Second base, where a little agility can turn a tweener bat into an every day asset. Second base! Where fantasy team dreams go to die.

Second base. Where you hope you’re in a 16-team league or less, because the 17th-best second baseman might not hit .230 the rest of the way. Second base, where a guy like Darwin Barney — who may not hit six homers or steal six bases or hit .280 — may yet figure in to your deep league plans.

I make fun, but at least some sleeper two-baggers have shown us enough to solidify the back end in traditional mixed Leagues. Josh Rutledge has his flaws, but he’s already shown power and speed. Chase Utley has a degenerative knee condition, but he’s doing well for now. Neil Walker and Howie Kendrick haven’t been vintage Neil Walker and Howie Kendrick, but it wouldn’t kill you to run them out there for a while. Especially if you’re waiting for Aaron Hill, who showed enough in a short sample sophomore effort in Arizona to be exciting.

Second base. Maybe not as bad as we thought, at least in traditional mixed leagues. You in the onlies, and the 20-teamers? I hope you have someone.

Who do you like more? Less?

With the color-coding we hope to highlight the biggest movers. That definition changes as you follow the ranks down the list — players had to move more to register a color change as you near the bottom of the list. These are rest-of-season rankings for 5×5 roto.

RG Player JZ ES MP ZS
1 Robinson Cano 1 1 1 1
2 Ian Kinsler 2 2 3 3
3 Dustin Pedroia 3 3 2 2
4 Jose Altuve 4 4 5 8
5 Ben Zobrist 7 6 7 4
6 Jason Kipnis 8 7 4 5
7 Brandon Phillips 6 8 6 6
8 Martin Prado 10 12 8 7
9 Aaron Hill 9 10 10 11
10 Kyle Seager 11 11 9 9
11 Josh Rutledge 5 5 12 25
12 Chase Utley 15 9 11 13
13 Howie Kendrick 13 14 14 12
14 Neil Walker 12 13 15 16
15 Rickie Weeks 14 15 13 17
16 Michael Young 16 16 17 10
17 Dan Uggla 20 19 16 22
18 Omar Infante 19 17 24 18
19 Matt Carpenter 23 18 18 19
20 Daniel Murphy 17 21 23 21
21 Marco Scutaro 24 23 21 14
22 Danny Espinosa 18 24 19 26
23 Jedd Gyorko 25 20 20 24
24 Dustin Ackley 21 25 22 27
25 Everth Cabrera 22 22 26 28
26 Kelly Johnson 29 28 27 15
27 Mark Ellis 38 31 35 20
28 Emilio Bonifacio 33 27 25 40
29 Cliff Pennington 32 26 34 34
30 Darwin Barney 31 29 32 37
31 Jeff Keppinger 30 33 30 38
32 Gordon Beckham 26 37 36 36
33 Jordany Valdespin 27 41 28 41
34 Maicer Izturis 41 32 29 35
35 Donovan Solano 41 35 39 23
36 Yuniesky Betancourt 41 30 31 41
37 Chris Getz 41 34 38 31
38 Munenori Kawasaki 28 41 37 41
39 Jurickson Profar 41 36 41 29
40 Steve Lombardozzi 35 41 41 33
41 Adeiny Hechavarria 39 41 33 41
42 Chris Nelson 40 41 41 32
43 Tyler Greene 36 38 41 41
44 Jamey Carroll 37 41 41 39

These players appeared on one ranker’s list: Pedro Ciriaco, Alexi Amarista, Jemile Weeks, Logan Forsythe, and Kolten Wong.