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The following rankings are based on 5x5 rotisserie scoring. The top 250 is tailored for an ESPN standard 10-team leagues while the balance of the rankings are geared to deep mixed, AL- and NL-only leagues.
Position eligibility is determined on the 20 games played at that position the previous season. In the event that a player did not play 20 games at any one position, the most games played determines the position. Rookies are listed in the role they are expected to fill in 2009.
Mixed dollar values are based on ESPN standard 10-team leagues with a $260 cap, assuming a standard starting lineup (1 catcher, 1 1B, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 SS, 1 MI, 1 CI, 1 UT, 5 OF, 9 P) and a three-man bench composed of two hitters and one pitcher. AL- and NL-only values are based on 12-team leagues with 23-man rosters (same positions as mixed, but with two catchers and no bench).
Since hitter and pitcher values are calculated separately, they do not always decrease at the same rate, so some players will be ranked higher or lower than a comparatively priced pitcher/hitter. This is normal and intentional.
2009 ESPN Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Top 50 second basemen
7hBy Ian O'Connor