Fantasy Baseball: SS Rankings (Roto)

Time to round out the infield with my SS rankings. While traditionally not a position with high fantasy expectations, shortstop is currently so loaded with young talent that it’s actually the most well represented infield spot in the early rounds of drafts. Specifically, there are 7 players coming off the board within the first 36 picks. At the same time the difference in ADP between the 7th SS taken (Story) and the 9th (Russell) is almost 90 picks so the drop-off between tiers is fairly extreme.

If you’ve checked out any of my other positional ranks this year you’ve noticed I’m trying out a new format. Instead of tiered commentary I’ve broken down my analysis into two sections; overall draft approach to the position and thoughts on individual players. Hope you enjoy the new setup and as always I’d love to hear your feedback.

Note: I’m using a combination of Yahoo and ESPN positional eligibility which cumulatively will be more lenient than some individual sites so a few players you see here may not actually be SS eligible in your league. Additionally, I’m including players who are expected to gain SS eligibility in-season.

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C | 1B | 2B| 3B | SS | OF | SP | RP

Manny Machado1ALOrioles
Carlos Correa2ALAstros
Trea Turner3NLNationals
Corey Seager4NLDodgers
Xander Bogaerts5ALRed Sox
Trevor Story6NLRockies
Francisco Lindor7ALIndians
Jonathan Villar8NLBrewers
Jean Segura9ALMariners
Addison Russell10NLCubs
Troy Tulowitzki11ALBlue Jays
Aledmys Diaz12NLCardinals
Eduardo Nunez13NLGiants
Elvis Andrus14ALRangers
Brad Miller15ALRays
Marcus Semien16ALA's
Jose Peraza17NLReds
Javier Baez18NLCubs
Dansby Swanson19NLBraves
Brandon Crawford20NLGiants
Didi Gregorius21ALYankees
Tim Anderson22ALWhite Sox
Jedd Gyorko23NLCardinals
Asdrubal Cabrera24NLMets
Orlando Arcia25NLBrewers
Zack Cozart26NLReds
Matt Duffy27ALRays
Alcides Escobar28ALRoyals
Chris Owings29NLD'backs
Jorge Polanco30ALTwins
Freddy Galvis31NLPhillies
Danny Espinosa32ALAngels
Andrelton Simmons33ALAngels
Ketel Marte34NLD'backs
Jordy Mercer35NLPirates
Jose Iglesias36ALTigers
J.J. Hardy37ALOrioles
Adeiny Hechavarria38NLMarlins
Erick Aybar39NLPadres
J.P. Crawford40NLPhillies

Positional Strategy

  • Get one of the top 7 guys.
    • This seems obvious, but I feel like many owners are still reluctant to invest such a high pick on a few of these players, particularly Villar and Story.
  • If I wait I’m looking for speed not power.
    • Speed is scarce this year yet SS seems to have several viable options.
      • Nunez, Peraza, Andrus, Anderson
  • I generally don’t want the low average power guys like Miller or Semien.
    • Of course this depends on how you construct your roster, but personally I find it more effective to target that skill set with a different position.
  • Don’t overlook safety/stability.
    • Gregorious and Cabrera are two players going outside the top 250 that are plenty usable.
      • They’re ideal late picks if your primary SS is a younger/riskier option (Swanson, Anderson, etc…).

Player Notes

  • Francisco Lindor and Xander Bogaerts are so good.
    • This isn’t analysis, just a reminder to not overlook the fact that neither of these guys has a clear weakness in their game.
  • I’m all in on Trevor Story.
    • Power and speed are the sexy categories in roto and there’s a legitimate chance Story’s combined total in these two areas will approach 50.
  • Don’t reach for Jean Segura.
    • I don’t doubt he’s a productive player, but I’m not paying for last year’s numbers.
    • The team/ballpark change leads me to believe we see a noticeable reduction in both homers and steals.
  • Who is the real Eduardo Nunez?
    • Don’t expect 15+ homers again especially now that he’s playing in the worst possible park for right-handed power.
    • Lineup and playing time concerns make me think we get about 70% of last year’s production.

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