Fantasy Baseball Player Rankings – Shortstop

Here are the detailed player rankings for the shortstop. Continually declining in productive players over the years has made finding a reliable producer a challenge. Pay for the top guys and hope for no injuries, or sift through the bottom guys and try to find a needle in a haystack.

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1) Hanley Ramirez- Last year showed that an off year for Hanley is what most of the guys in the league would call a career year. Speed should still float around 30 SB, and I expect a bounce back. If he wants his homers to climb however, he can’t afford to hit ground balls at the extreme rate he did last season.

2) Troy Tulowitzki- Let’s just say if he can play like he did at the end of last season, for an entire season, he’d easily be the number one player on this list. Overall, produced close to the same pace last season as he did during his breakout year. I expect big numbers across the board, and the only thing holding Tulo back from HanRam is his speed.

3) Jose Reyes- A clear drop off from the first two production wise, but if he can stay healthy, there is no question that a healthy Reyes is definitely a top-tier fantasy starter.

4) Jimmy Rollins- I know I’m going to take some criticism for this one, and I can understand where it’s coming from. But bear with me here. Yes, Jimmy hasn’t put together a complete fantasy season since 2007, I can’t argue with that. The beginning of last season he flashed his top tier fantasy talent, and if he can stay healthy, the skill set is still alive. Remember fantasy baseball isn’t about the past, it’s about predicting the future, and Jimmy is being rated way too low this preseason. He isn’t the type of player to fade away quietly, and with the revamped pitching staff, looking to squeeze out another one or two world championships, I suspect Rollins to be back with full vengeance. Don’t let someone in your league steal him cheap.

5) Alexei Ramirez- Was horrendous in the early going last year, but finished strong to post another respectable season line. If I don’t land one of the big two studs, this is a guy I’m targeting.

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6) Elvis Andrus- Not as sold on this guy as most people as I never have been a fan of one-dimensional players. Buy high on him at your own peril, but for me, he’s nothing more than a poor man’s Jose Reyes. And just in case you forgot, I hit just as many HR’s as Andrus last season. The only reason I have Andrus as high as 6th is because of the aforementioned lack of fantasy talent at SS.

7) Derek Jeter- Never have been a fan of Jeter fantasy wise, as his real-life value normally trumps his fantasy production. However, in a year when SS are few and far between, you could do worse.

8) Stephen Drew- He’s not going to produce anything flashy, and he’s definitely not a sexy pick, but I like his skill set. Remember, we’re talking about shortstops here, and his stat lines should keep your team afloat.

9) Ian Desmond- Again, there’s nothing flashy here, but he produced a stat line last year that was just on the cusp of being valuable. He’s young, so if he can add just a tick of growth throughout his stat line this year he easily becomes a viable fantasy option.

10) Rafeal Furcal- He’s aging and injury prone, but because of the sheer lack of talent at shortstop he manages to crack the top 10. Draft him for his speed.

Check out the rest of the shortstop rankings at MSF Fantasy Sports.

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