Pedroia’s already been out for about a week with a broken foot, and will probably miss another five. Utley is going to be out until about September with his thumb injury and recovery from the surgery. According to ESPN draft data, Utley was a universal first round pick and Pedroia was pretty much a universal third round pick.
Bottom line – if you had these guys on your roster, you were starting them and probably had a low grade insurance plan. So now, chances are good you might be scrambling to find a second baseman.
Fantasy Baseball Dugout has five recommendations for teams looking for a second baseman readily available on the waiver wire. Consider adding any of these guys to your team if Utley or Pedroia have recently taken over a DL spot on your roster.
Below are our top five sleeper recommendations for fantasy baseball second baseman if you need to replace Utley or Pedroia.
- Sean Rodriguez, Tampa Bay Rays. At Fantasy Baseball Dugout, we are big fans of S-Rod. He’s available in around 80% of fantasy leagues universally, which is pretty staggering considering he’s the Rays every day second baseman. He showed a lot of power in spring ball, but that hasn’t really translated to power in the Bigs. He hit .295 in June with 4 homers, 17 RBI, 13 runs scored and 6 steals. In some formats, Rodriguez also has outfield eligibility, so if he can maintain the power numbers he definitely has value as a replacement for either top pick.
- Ty Wigginton, Baltimore Orioles. Wigginton has always had multi-position eligibility, so that keeps his fantasy ownership high. That said, he’s still available in about 30% of fantasy leagues with his ownership dropping due to only 1 home run in June. On the year, he’s got 14 home runs and 42 RBIs – so if you can get him as a replacement, there may not be a better source of power with second base eligibility available in 30% of leagues.
- Ian Desmond, Washington Nationals. In some formats, Desmond has second base eligibility and he’s on the waiver wire in about 90% of leagues universally. Desmond isn’t much of a provider of power, but he does occasionally steal a base and is in a batting order spot to score runs when the Nats do. If you are in an NL-only league, Desmond might be the best option for you without having to swing a deal to replace Utley’s services.
- Alberto Callaspo, Kansas City Royals. Another multi-position infielder available in around 40% of fantasy leagues, Callaspo went on a power drop in June which has improved his availability. He carries a pretty good average, however, and hit 7 homers in the first two months of the season. While worth a flier if he’s available in your league, I still don’t think I’d recommend him over a more available player with comparable numbers (Rodriguez or Lopez).
- Jose Lopez, Seattle Mariners. Lopez is available in about half of fantasy baseball leagues, and he’s heating up as the weather warms. He hit .264 in June with 3 home runs, 12 scored and 13 knocked in. Run production is the biggest benefit you get from Lopez as his average is considerably lower than Rodriguez and the power numbers are comparable.