Turn Two – Second Basemen

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2015 FANFOOD Fantasy Baseball

 

- Second Basemen -

 

Last year we brought you “Five to Watch” for each position including prospects. They were the players that we found interesting at each position, ones you needed to keep an eye on during the spring before considering for your fantasy baseball team.

This year we give you two players at each position outside the top 10 that you can TURN inTO starters and win your fantasy baseball league championship. 2 players from each position we think you should watch closely this spring and plan accordingly. of course it’s followed by a great recipe, this time it’s Perfect Fried Chicken

Timing is Everything/Be Flexible is just one of the 2015 FANFOOD Fantasy Baseball Drafting Strategies and many would say the most important.

We are not saying go out and get ALL these guys, just remember them when the time comes, and if you are looking to fill a need, or backup your projected starter, consider them and if the time is right and they are available, pull the trigger.

 

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Second Basemen

 

There is no doubt that the second base position is top heavy but it is no longer Cano and everyone else. You can find quality 2Bs later in the draft, but don’t sleep on the top tier guys, they will contribute much more for your team.  Once the first tier of players depletes, the second tier will be active for several more rounds. There’s no hurry for the next bunch of players, and there is no need to panic, and no need to reach unless you have your heart set on one particular player.

 

1. Kolten Wong (Cardinals)

 

Summary

The 5’9” Hawaiian made a name for himself in the postseason showing off some little man power with all 7 of his postseason hits being for extra base hits. Kolten looks to be dropping Wong balls as the everyday second baseman in 2015. Going into the 2014 season, Wong was penciled in as the everyday starter at second base. Wong dealt with some consistency issues through the first part of the season, and was sent back to the AAA Memphis to get his confidence back. Which seemed to do the trick. Wong came back and got hot. The Wongster finished the 2014 season third in the Rookie of the Year voting. Behind Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets and Billy Hamilton of the Cincinnati Reds.

PROJECTION

You can expect at least 13 homers and 20 SBs. He will score his share of runs also. Not bad

Where to Draft

He will probably be drafted just outside the Top 100. This means he WILL be selected in rounds 8-11. If you are counting on him as your starting 2B, You may have to jump up a round to get him. We have him ranked outside the Top 10, but many “experts” don’t. While round 8 might be somewhat high, It wouldn’t be that bad of a speculation pick if you punting positions like catcher or RP

 

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2. Jedd Gyorko (Padres)

 

Summary

Gyorko was a popular “breakout” pick last spring, but by the time October rolled around, the only things broken were his Fantasy owners’ hearts. After forging a .249-23-63 line in 125 games in 2013, Gyorko spent the first two-plus months of the 2014 residing in the Uggla Zone: batting a meager .162 with five homers before landing on the DL in early June due to plantar fasciitis in his left foot. He was dropped from most Fantasy rosters and pretty much disappeared from just about everyone’s radar screens. He returned in late July, though, and looked a lot more like his 2013 edition, batting .260-5 27 in 55 games the rest of the way. The Padres have brought in some significant offensive upgrades this offseason, which should serve to take some of the load off Gyorko’s shoulders and should lead to him seeing more pitches to hit. Gyorko owns a .320/.386 /.529/.916 career slash line in five minor league seasons, so it’s probably not wise to chalk him off as a “bust” just yet. His power potential is real, and if Gyorko can manage close to 20 homers and a batting average north of .250 this season, he would pay fine dividends in the current power-bereft Fantasy landscape that is the draft’s latter rounds.

PROJECTION

It wouldn’t be a shocker if Jedd hit about 20 roundtrippers and drove in about 70. Those are some great stats for a player outside the Top 200. Just remember he has no speed and will put a hurt on your BA%

Where to Draft

Gyorko is currently ranked number 219 overall, and 17th among second basemen in the Expert Consensus Rankings, and he could prove to be an absolute bargain at that price. This means you can get him with one of your last picks.

 

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  1. Robinson Cano
  2. Anthony Rendon
  3. Jose Altuve
  4. Dee Gordon
  5. Ian Kinsler
  6. Brian Dozier
  7. Josh Harrison
  8. Dustin Pedroia
  9. Howie Kendrick
  10. Neil Walker

 

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Perfect Fried Chicken

 

INGREDIENTS

For the Brine

½ cup kosher salt

1 whole chicken, cut into 10 pieces

4 cups buttermilk

 

For the Dredge
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 ¾ cups cornstarch
1 cup Maseca (instant Mexican corn flour) or masa harina
2 tablespoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 tablespoon celery salt
1 ½ teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
Vegetable oil, for frying

 

PREPARATION

 

BRINE THE CHICKEN: In a large bowl, whisk the salt with 8 cups cold water. Add the chicken, cover, and refrigerate overnight or up to 24 hours. Drain and discard the brine, pour the buttermilk over the chicken, cover, and refrigerate overnight or up to 24 hours.

MAKE THE DREDGE: In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, Maseca, salt, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, coriander, celery salt, and pepper.

FRY THE CHICKEN: Fill a large pot halfway with oil and heat to 350°F. Set a wire rack on top of a rimmed baking sheet and set aside. Remove the chicken from the buttermilk (don’t rinse it!) and dredge the chicken in the flour mixture. Working in batches, fry the chicken until the internal temperature of the white pieces reaches 160°F, and the dark pieces reach 165°F, on a deep-fry thermometer (13 to 14 minutes for breasts and 16 to 17 minutes for thighs). Rest the chicken on the rack and serve with your favorite biscuits.

 

 

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