This year there seems to be an interesting level of depth in the shortstop rankings. We have gotten so used to the position being a mess that we just take it as a given that it will be awful again. This year there is three tiers which I am happy to take from if the value is right and if that doesn’t come around then I am more than willing to gamble on the 4th through 6th tiers late in drafts. The position is an interesting mix of safety and upside and it even feels like there is more power at the position than ever before. The trouble with the explosion of power at the position is this has historically been a position for steals and that presents fantasy owners with an interesting strategy issue; forsake some steals for power here and try to find the steals elsewhere or load up on steals here and look elsewhere for power.
Looking at current free agents no one really stands out. Jose Reyes might be able to give you some steals and JJ Hardy will have his moments but in general there is no one changing the picture majorly at this position.
Closer to the season I will go deeper with my rankings but for now here is my top 20 ESPN eligible shortstop rankings.
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|2||4||Alex Bregman||HOU||3B, SS|
|4||10||Jose Peraza||CIN||2B, SS|
|4||12||Asdrubal Cabrera||NYM||2B, 3B, SS|
|4||13||Marwin Gonzalez||HOU||1B, 2B, SS, OF|
|4||14||Javier Baez||CHC||2B, SS|