Fantasy Baseball Draft 2015: Top 10 Shortstops (SS)
Taking a Look at the Top 10 Shortstops in the 2015 Fantasy Draft
March 11, 2015
This week, we’ve been checking out the top 10 fantasy baseball players at each position in honor of the 2015 draft. Today it’s time for shortstop, which is always an integral part of any fantasy infield. Let’s take a closer look at the potential names who you’ll be considering with your top picks.
1. Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies: Tulowitzki is the consensus No. 1 shortstop this year, and he’ll be gone around No. 20 overall in your draft. He’ll likely flirt with 30 homers this season and could make a run at 95 RBI and 90 runs. His .310-plus BA is the real icing on the cake, however.
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2. Jose Reyes, Toronto Blue Jays: We like Reyes a little better than Ramirez, so we put him at No. 2 this year. You could flip-flop the two and no one would bat an eye, however. Reyes will bring in some nice finesse numbers, as in 100-ish runs and 35 steals or so. He should hit around .290 as well.
3. Hanley Ramirez, Boston Red Sox: Now that Ramirez will be spending most of his time in the outfield, he’s added some weight, which should help out his power numbers at the plate. We’d be surprised if he didn’t hit 20 homers with 75 RBI. With luck, he’ll flirt with a .300 BA as well.
4. Ian Desmond, Washington Nationals: Desmond rounds out the top four shortstops, and that’s pretty much where the consensus here ends. He’ll give some nice all-around stats, though the BA will dip to around the .250 range. Otherwise, he’s a stellar pickup for your SS starter this year.
5. Ben Zobrist, Oakland A’s: We like Zobrist just a little bit better than some people, but he’s still worth a top-5 or 6 pick. You’ll get around a .275 BA with maybe 70 RBI and 75 runs if everything goes well. He’ll hit double-digit homers, too, which will be nice.
6. Elvis Andrus, Texas Rangers: There’s a bit of disagreement as far as where Andrus should be this year. You’ll see him as high as No. 5 among shortstops or down in the teens somewhere. We’re on the optimistic side, provided he comes off his injury well. If he does, he’ll get around 35-40 steals with 85 runs or so.
7. Danny Santana, Minnesota Twins: You’ll see a little disagreement over where Santana should be as well. If he can continue his torrid pace from the second half of last year, he’ll be great. That said, he’s got Eduardo Escobar breathing down his neck this spring so he’ll have to stay on his game to keep his job.
8. Starlin Castro, Chicago Cubs: It’s hard telling what to make of Castro from year to year. He’s capable of euphoric fantasy highs as well as disheartening lows. In the end, things should even out, so look for RBI/run numbers in the 70s somewhere and a .270 average or so.
9. Jimmy Rollins, Los Angeles Dodgers: The veteran Rollins still has some spring in his step, as evidenced by his 28 swipes last year. Expect around 25 more this season, with a run total in the high 70s. We’re not amped about the potential BA, though. It’ll hover in the .240s.
10. Alexei Ramirez, Chicago White Sox: Ramirez should make for a nice low-end starter in fantasy this year, so grab him if you can. We wouldn’t be surprised to see him steal another 20 bases and also provide 70 RBI with 80 runs. That’s not too bad for this level.
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