Fantasy Baseball 2B Sleepers: Breakout, undervalued second basemen to add to 2020 draft cheat sheets

A quick glance at our 2B rankings reveals the vast majority of our top 20 is eligible at another position in Yahoo leagues. So, while the position might look fairly deep, it could dry up pretty quickly once your fantasy baseball draft starts. That means you might be scanning your cheat sheet for second base sleepers earlier than you expected, which is why our list of potential breakouts features players who will go at various points in your draft, from the early-middle rounds to the late rounds. 

Most of the players mentioned below are also eligible at at least one other position, so there’s plenty of flexibility to be found here. Maybe you drafted a stud 2B early but still want to take a flier on one of these guys later. That’s not a problem. Whether it’s power, speed, batting average, or a combination of everything, the players below have the potential to give your team what it needs. 

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2020 Fantasy Baseball 2B Sleepers

Position eligibility based on Yahoo default settings (10 games played or 5 games started)

Gavin Lux, Dodgers. Fantasy owners are familiar with Lux after he tore up Triple-A last year (.392/.478/.719), and even though that didn’t exactly carry over to the majors (.240/.305/.400 in 23 games), Lux still has a fair amount of hype heading into this season. But does he deserve more? The 22-year-old lefty hit at least .313 at every stop in the minors over the past two years, and he’s also shown the ability to steal double-digit bases. The Dodgers are loaded with talented, versatile players, so it’s possible Lux sees more off-days than we’re expecting, but if he plays even 145 games, he’ll likely be a top-10 2B and outproduce his draft position. 

Scott Kingery, Phillies (also eligible at 3B, SS, OF). Kingery was a hot prospect heading into 2018, but a disappointing season hurt his fantasy reputation so much that even after a solid ’19 (19 HRs, 15 SBs in 126 games), he’s not high on anyone’s wishlist this year. Admittedly, Kingery’s K-rate is still too high (29.4 percent last year) and his BB-rate is still too low (6.8 percent), but he hit the ball significantly harder last year, raising his isolated power by over 100 points. Given his versatility and offseason reports that he’s corrected the blurred vision that plagued him last year, it’s a bit odd that the 25-year-old righty isn’t a more coveted fantasy prospect. Take advantage. 

Brandon Lowe, Rays (1B, OF). Shin and quad injuries limited Lowe to just 82 games last year, but he made the most of his playing time, clubbing 17 homers and stealing five bases. The 25-year-old lefty struck out far too often for anyone’s liking (34.6 percent), but a .377 BABIP helped him post a decent average (.270). That number will likely come down this year, but the power is legit. The Rays are one of the deepest teams in the league, so Lowe can’t afford a cold start, but he should be locked into the starting 2B job to open the season. If he keeps it and remains healthy, he can easily flirt with top-10 status at the position. 

Michael Chavis, Red Sox (1B). Chavis really slowed down after a hot start last year, but he still finished the season with 18 HRs in 95 games. It’s likely he’ll play most days, either at 1B or 2B, but because he doesn’t have a “secure” spot in the Red Sox lineup, he’s falling too far in drafts. Clearly, he has the power to put up solid HR and RBI totals, and he takes enough walks that he should score a decent amount of runs despite a high K-rate (33.2 percent). Chavis isn’t a “sure thing”, but he’s still a solid value given the somewhat unfounded worries about playing time. 

Mauricio Dubon, Giants (SS). Dubon hit 24 HRs and stole 13 bases between Triple-A and the majors last year. He also showed his contact skills, hitting .302 at Triple-A and .274 in 30 major league games. The 25-year-old middle infielder doesn’t excel in any one area — and fantasy owners often ignore those types of players — but with developing power, a decent amount of speed, and the ability to hit for average, Dubon makes for a cheap 2B or SS who can give you a little of everything. 

Isan Diaz, Marlins. Diaz couldn’t carry over his impressive showing in Triple-A (.305/.395/.578, 26 HRs in 102 games) to the majors (.173/.259/.307 in 49 games) last year, but he still showed the type of impressive power that can play at any level. The 23-year-old lefty strikes out too often to have a good average, but he can still fill up the stat sheet in the other categories (even chipping in a few SBs). Playing time could be an issue, but Diaz is still worth a look in the late rounds. 

Nick Madrigal, White Sox (SS). Madrigal doesn’t have a clear path to playing time, but one thing we know is that when he does play, he’ll be a threat on the basepaths. The 22-year-old speedster stole 35 bases in 120 games across three levels of the minors last year, and perhaps just as notable is that he hit .341 and .331 at Double-A and Triple-A, respectively. Madigral has a remarkably low K-rate (21 strikeouts in 163 career minor league games), so he should hit for a good average in the majors, too. You won’t get many HRs or RBIs from Madrigal, but given how important SBs are, he still has plenty of potential value. 

Other 2B-eligible players highlighted as sleepers elsewhere: Ian Happ (OF), Garrett Hampson (SS), Luis Urias (SS), Nick Solak (3B), Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (OF), Tommy Edman (3B)

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