Underowned second base options
April, 5, 2011
By Eric Karabell | ESPN Insider
This is apparently what happens when a fantasy baseball position feels like it's been wronged. We're less than a week through the season, and the second-base position is on fire. Entering Monday's games, second basemen comprised three of the top five spots among the home run leaders and five of the top 11 spots on the Player Rater. And those who had selected Rickie Weeks, Ian Kinsler, Howard Kendrick and Brian Roberts were feeling really, really smart.
Alas, while second base does appear stronger than originally thought -- certainly in comparison to shortstop, which through five days of games had been outhomered by its middle infield counterparts 21 to four -- fantasy owners should reel in expectations a bit. I mean, the Angels' Kendrick has three home runs already but has never hit more than three home runs in any month of his career. The Orioles' Roberts once hit eight home runs in April 2005, but then hit 10 the rest of the season. I presume his balky back is feeling good today, but take the under on his first 20-homer season.