Fantasy Baseball Draft 2014: Top 10 Shortstops (SS)
Taking a Look at the Top 10 Fantasy Shortstops in the 2014 Draft
February 20, 2014
In keeping with this week’s fantasy baseball draft rankings theme, today we’re moving on to the shortstop position. Talent-wise, SS is probably somewhere between first base and second base. There are a handful of solid, reliable names near the top of the list, but you’ll be pressing your luck the further down you go in the rankings. That said, here’s a closer look at our top 10 shortstops for the 2014 fantasy draft.
1. Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies: Tulowitzki seems to be the consensus No. 1 pick at shortstop (though there are a few places who like Ramirez better). After a healthy off-season, he’s primed for a big year and should be able to deliver if he stays healthy. Look for Tulowitzki to hang around 30 homers, a .300 BA and 100 RBI.
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2. Hanley Ramirez, Los Angeles Dodgers: If you can’t get Tulowitzki, Ramirez should work just as well. He’s entering a contract year in 2014, and if he plays well he’ll nab a huge contract. Assuming he can avoid injury, you’re looking at solid across-the-board fantasy stats here. We may see 25 homers, 90 RBI, 95 runs and 20 steals if things pan out.
3. Jose Reyes, Toronto Blue Jays: Reyes is something of a poor man’s Ramirez, so if you miss the boat there, you may look his way. He had an injury-shortened campaign in 2013 as well, but still put up very balanced stats when he was in there. You’ll get a .290-ish BA with plenty of runs and stolen bases here; Finesse is Reyes’ game.
4. Ian Desmond, Washington Nationals: Desmond is another excellent choice for across-the-board fantasy stats at SS, though he probably won’t tally quite the totals as Reyes at year’s end. We’d imagine Desmond will land in the neighborhood of 20 homers, a .280 average, 80 RBI, 70 runs and around 15-20 steals. Still not too bad.
5. Jean Segura, Milwaukee Brewers: Here’s a relative newcomer to the top ranks of fantasy shortstops, and he’s all the rage right now. Segura is expected to put up some monster finesse numbers--specifically in steals. He might be able to flirt with 50 swipes if everything goes according to plan. Otherwise, you’ll be getting decent BA and mediocre stats everywhere else, but he’ll kill it in stolen bases.
6. Elvis Andrus, Texas Rangers: Andrus posted some pretty good numbers in 2013, which has him near the top ranks of SS names in fantasy this year. He won’t do much for power, but should be among the league leaders in stolen bases (look for around 40) and should have a decent total in runs (90 or so). He’s a nice, safe, mid-level name.
7. Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay Rays: Zobrist will be limited to 2B in a lot of leagues, so you’ll want to check that out before penciling him in. He falls somewhere in the mid-range starter territory at SS, and should deliver okay numbers as a regular producer. Zobrist should carry a .270-ish BA with around 80 runs.
8. Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta Braves: You’ll find Simmons ranked all over the place depending on which resource you’re using, and we’re admittedly a little more optimistic than most. He’s a durable player who should improve his stats over 2013--think .270 BA, 80 runs and 65 RBI.
9. Everth Cabrera, San Diego Padres: Cabrera got caught up in a PED scandal last year and was sacked with a 50-game suspension. He’ll be looking to put all of that behind him this season, and should be worth a look as a lower-end starter. Steals are tops when it comes to his appeal; He should hit the 50 mark with any luck (and without PEDs). You won’t get much else out of him besides runs, though.
10. Starlin Castro, Chicago Cubs: We’re admittedly a little higher on Castro than a lot of people are, and that’s understandable. His numbers have been marred by unmet expectations and head-case issues recently, but if the youngster can get the proper guidance he’ll get things together and take a step forward in 2014. Castro is a risk, but could pay off very well if no one else in your league believes in him.
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