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Ranking The Top DFS Second Basemen Of 2020

Gleyber Torres – New York Yankees
Here’s a top selection that many would disagree with. Gleyber Torres led the position with 38 homers in 2019. He’s eligible at both middle infield positions, as he covered shortstop for half the season while Didi Gregorius was out. The 23-year-old is coming into his third professional season and remains a key piece of a loaded New York Yankees offense. Gleyber Torres is such a threat at the plate he can move an MLB over under line all on his own.

Torres improved on many levels in his sophomore season, including a jump in ISO (from .209 to .256) and a drop in strikeout rate (25.2 percent to 21.4 percent). We could be looking at a season where Torres pops out 40 homers, drives in 100, and scores 100 times. We may see a climb from his .278 average as well. There’s no telling how great this player can be.

Ozzie Albies – Atlanta Braves
Another young gun checks in at number-two. Ozzie Albies racked up 189 hits in 2019, including 75 of the extra-base variety. Turner Field allows for some balls to end up in gaps, which is why Albies ended up with 43 doubles and eight triples. The Sliver Slugger Award winner also scored 102 times and drove in 86 while hitting a splendid .295. He bounced around the lineup, but spent a decent amount of time as the two-hitter behind Ronald Acuna Jr. and ahead of Freddie Freeman.

The second slot in the lineup is perfect for Albies. If he’s back there for 2020 (which he should), then expect a monster season. He even swiped seven bags over 62 games hitting second. The 23-year-old could see a spike in power one of these seasons. Expect for some of those doubles to convert to homers at some point (like Manny Machado).

Jose Altuve – Houston Astros
You may think that Jose Altuve is being spited by landing in at the number-three spot in the second basemen list. The truth is, he’s not down here because of the Houston Astros cheating scandal. Let’s be clear, Altuve is still a star and a terrific DFS contributor. What has changed is his health and his lack of running.

Altuve saw a massive spike in power, mashing a career-high 31 homers over just 124 games. This was very strange, especially when you consider that he hit just 13 homers over 137 contests in 2018. Altuve’s streak of at least 30 stolen bases in a season ended after achieving the feat in six-straight seasons. He tacked on 17 steals in 2018 and most recently posted six in 2019. Age has finally caught up with the star.

Although Altuve’s not likely to tally 30 homers again, the threat to log multi-hit games is still real. The Houston Astros have an incredibly balanced lineup which will allow him to produce. Just know that he’s not going to be driving in runs with any consistency.

Keston Hiura – Milwaukee Brewers
Former first-round pick, Keston Hiura, made quite an impression in 2019. As a rookie, the lefty posted a .303 average, 19 homers, 23 doubles, 49 RBI, 51 runs, and nine stolen bags over 84 games. Hiura is ready for a full-time gig in 2020.

Hiura’s 44.2 percent hard hit rate was third-best at the position last season and his spray chart was very well-balanced, going to the opposite field a whopping 29.3 percent of the time. This is a sign of a great hitter. The Milwaukee Brewers second baseman also logged the second-best ISO (.268) at the position (minimum 175 plate appearances).

Expect this rising star to bat atop the Milwaukee lineup in 2020, perhaps in front of Christian Yelich and Ryan Braun. With guys like Yelich and Braun already on the roster the Brewers don’t need Hiura to cover an MLB money line but he is a nice addition. Just beware of his lefty vs. lefty splits, as Hiura hit just .240 over 75 at-bats against southpaws last season. He smacked 18-of-19 homers against righties.

Jonathan Villar – Baltimore Orioles
Jonathan Villar just barely edges out guys like Ketel Marte, Whit Merrifield, and D.J. LeMahieu. The Baltimore Orioles are awful and you don’t have to be one of the people making MLB expert picks to know that. The Orioles should look to deal the 29-year-old in 2020. Sadly, he won’t have Trey Mancini hitting behind him, as the star recently underwent surgery after a cancer diagnosis.

The Baltimore Orioles let Villar run wild last season. Expect them to do the same in 2020, as they’d like him to build his trade value. Last season, Villar roped 24 homers and swiped 40 bags. This is where the real DFS value lies. With 62 extra-base hits and a steal attempt every three games (basically), Villar is a power/speed type that’s starting to die off in baseball. There isn’t much of a supporting cast, but expect Baltimore to let Villar do his thing.

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