Getting big production from the second base position is often big for Fantasy Baseball owners, but aside from the top handful of guys, you really aren’t guaranteed much from the position.
Cincinnati Reds’ second baseman Brandon Phillips used to be one of those handful of productive guys, but as we head towards draft day for many, you have to wonder if that is still the case.
I would caution to bank on that answer being no.
The 106 RBI last season were nice, but also seems hard to repeat, especially with on-base machine Shin-Soo Choo now gone from the top of the lineup.
In addition, his RBI totals benefitted greatly from Joey Votto‘s insistence not swinging at pitches outside his zone, which may change this year, so you shouldn’t pay for the 100 RBIs.
Overall his peripherals point to an 80-85 RBI guy, which isn’t terrible at the 2B spot, but without him running anymore and his average dipping every year, you shouldn’t consider Phillips a top five second base option any longer.
Phillips is a decent source of middle infield power, but otherwise is a liability in other categories.
The downward trends suggest things are about to get a lot worse for Phillips.
I have him barely holding on in my current Top 10 second basemen due to the overall weakness of the position, but I would recommend treading with caution when considering Phillips.
With that being said, let’s take a look at my current second basemen rankings.