Found February 05, 2013 on We Talk Fantasy Sports:
The Shortstop position is weaker than ever these days and it seems like most of the top guys are injury prone.  I wouldn't want to bet my season on any shortstop, which is why I do not suggest rushing into drafting one.  Just 3 of the top 50 players were short stops and that included Jimmy Rollins and Derek Jeter.  Both guys are way past their primes and are huge risks.  Starlin Castro is your safest bet due to his consistancy and ability to cover mulitple categories.  Ian Desmond finally gave fantasy owners a reason to WANT to draft him this season as his 25 home runs lead all shortstops. * - New Team** - Sleeper1.) Starlin Castro - Chicago Cubs2.) Jose Reyes *- Toronto Blue Jays3.) Elvis Andrus - Texas Rangers4.) Troy Tulowitzki - Colorado Rockies5.) Ian Desmond - Washington NationalsDesmond is getting drafted around here because everyone is asking the same question: Can he repeat? I counter with: so what if he doesn’t? Shortstop is super thin this year. Even if Desmond has some regression, it’s not like you’ll say “Ugh, I missed out on JJ Hardy because I took this guy.” Take Desmond and hope he’s an All-Star again because he’s a true difference-maker at the position if so. And if not, oh well; the rest of your league has mediocre shortstops too. - @RDevinHughes 6.) Jimmy Rollins - Philadelphia Phillies7.) J.J. Hardy - Baltimore Orioles8.) Derek Jeter - New York Yankees9.) Asdrubal Cabrera - Cleveland IndiansFantasy Baseball Vision likes Cabrera. Read the full analysis here.Swisher will hit clean-up behind Cabrera. That puts Santana in the5 hole. If Cabrera can stick in the 3 slot as a SS that bumps his value way up in my eyes. A SS with a chance at 90RBI & 90R season, that puts him in top 5 rankings. - @BrettBarton_FBV10.) Alcides Escobar - Kansas City Royals11.) Alexei Ramirez - Chicago Whtie Sox12.) Jhonny Peralta - Detroit Tigers13.) Erick Aybar - Los Angeles Angels14.) Zack Cozart - Cincinnati Reds15.) Yunel Escobar *- Tampa Bay Rays16.) Rafael Furcal - St. Louis Cardinals17.) Everth Cabrera - San Diego Padres In such a weak category, getting a guy who can be a category monster for you wouldn’t be such a bad thing. Cabrera led the NL with 44 steals in just 398 at-bats last year. Make sure he’s going to get playing time, but if he does, his SB domination will be much more helpful than your opponent’s Yunel Escobar hitting a bland .250 with limited contributions in all categories. - @RDevinHughes18.) Andrelton Simmons **- Atlanta BravesNo one should have an easier time scoring 100 runs than Simmons....IF and ONLY IF he gets to hit leadoff for the Braves.  If he is indeed hitting in front of both B.J. and Justin Upton, Jason Heyward, Freddie Freeman, Dan Uggla and eventually Brian McCann than there is no reason why he can't score nearly every time he reaches base.  He managed to hit .289 last season over 49 games (189 ABs) hitting 8 doubles 2 triples and 3 home runs.  It's worth noteing that he hit .301 at Turner field while hitting all 3 of his home runs there as well.  I like his potential out of the leadoff spot but if he is batting 8th, I would ignore him for a while. - @WeTlkFntsySprts19.) Stephen Drew *- Boston Red Sox20.) Ruben Tejada - New York Mets21.) Dee Gordon - Los Angeles DodgersI can't see Don Mattingly playing Hanley Ramirez at shortstop when they have a leadoff hitter and speedster in Gordon who deserves the gig.  Gordon at SS is a way better option than Luiz Cruz at 3B.  With Gordon at SS, he could hit leadoff in front of Carl Crawford, Matt Kemp, Adrian Gonzalez and Hanley Ramirez.  That is 90+ runs waiting to happen.  Mark Ellis should be batting 7th / 8th not leading off.  Before being injured last year Gordon hit a terrible .228 in 303 ABs, but in 2011 he hit over .300 in 224 ABs.  Regardless of where he hits in the lineup he is a threat for 45+ stolen bases in a full seasons worth of action. - @WeTlkFntsySprts22.) Jean Segura - Milwaukee Brewers23.) Cliff Pennington - Arizona Diamondbacks24.) Brandon Crawford - San Francisco Giants25.) Jed Lowrie *- Oakland Athletics Watch for this guy in drafts. Look how far down he is right now...Adeiny Hechvarria? Mike Aviles? Yes, there are injury concerns, but when healthy he could provide pop at a position that does not have much of it. Was t5th among shortstops in HR despite only playing 97 games. The A’s did not give just up five players for a guy they expect to suck. This far down a draft, you could get a guy who could post top-10 SS production. He’s certainly more likely to do so than Adeiny Hechvarria, anyway. - @RDevinHughes  26.) Adeiny Hechavarria - Miami Marlins27.) Mike Aviles *- Cleveland Indians28.) Pedro Florimon Jr - Minnesota Twins29.) Clint Barmes -Pittsburgh Pirates30.) Hiroyuki Nakajima - Oakland Athletics31.) Brendan Ryan - Seattle MarinersDon't forget these guys!Jurickson Profar - See 2B rankings!Didi Gregorius - The Arizona Diamondbacks traded a potential Ace in Trevor Bauer to get Gregorius back from the Cincinatti Reds.  If GM Kevin Towers thought that highly of him then, he won't care about making sure Cliff Pennington of all people gets enough ABs.Stats from last season:12 shortstops hit at least 30 doublesJose Reyes led with 37Jose Reyes and Starlin Castro led with 12 triplesElvis Andrus (9), Alcides Escobar and Daniel Descalso (7) were the only others with more than 56 other shortstops hit 5 triplesIan Desmond (25), Jimmy Rollins (23) and J.J. Hardy (22) were the only shortstops with 20+ home runsAsdrubal Cabrera, Jed Lowrie (16), Zack Cozart and Derek Jeter (15) were the only others with at least 15 homers6 others hit at least 10Jimmy Rollins (102) was the only shorstop with 100+ runs scoredDerek Jeter (99) was the only shortstop to score between 90-99 runsJust 4 others scored 80+ timesNo shortstop had 80 RBIStarlin Castro led with 78Marco Scutaro, Ian Desmond and Alexei Ramirez were the only other with at least 70 RBI6 others drove in at least 60 runs10 shortstops struck out at least 100 timesIan Desmond and Zack Cozart led with 113Everth Cabrera was the only other with at least 1108 others struck out at least 90 timesJust Jose Reyes and Jimmy Rollins walked at least 60 timesElvis Andrus, Asdrubal Cabrera and Jamey Carroll were the only others to do it at least 50 timesEverth Cabrera (44) and Jose Reyes (40) were the only shortstops to steal 40+ basesAlcides Escobar (35) Dee Gordon (32) and Jimmy Rollins(30) were the only guys to swipe at least 30 bags5 others stole 20-25 basesOf shortstops with 300+ ABsOnly Derek Jeter, Marco Scutaro (2b this season) and Willie Bloomquist hit .300 or better7 other hit at least .27512 shortstops owned an OBP of .325 or betterDerek Jeter (.362) was the only guys better than .350Elvis Andrus, Marco Scutaro, Jose Reyes and Jamey Carroll were in the .340sIan Desmond (.511) was the only shortstop to SLG .440 or betterJed Lowrie, Jose Reyes and Starlin Castro were the only others in the .430sJust Derek Jeter and Jimmy Rollins SLG .425 or betterCatcher RankingsFirst Base RankingsSecond Base RankingsThird Base Rankings
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