Fantasy Baseball: Early points shortstop rankings

Red Sox Xander Bogaerts

Similar to what I said yesterday about third base the points shortstop rankings have a lot of similarities to how the rankings looked in roto. The top eight are once again the same names just with a slightly different order. After that things get a little wonky just simply based on the fact that power and steals do not have as much weight compared to on base percentage in points leagues. In roto tier four is full of power and steals upside guys but in points they give way to guys who feel safer and offer more in terms of average and OBP. This position is deeper than previously in terms that there are eight guys who you would be happy with but much like second base it gets weird fast. There are a ton of upside guys at this position, Jose Peraza, Orlando Arcia, Trevor Story, but all of those guys can really shoot you in the foot if it goes wrong for them.


Ranking for points leagues is always tough because every league is slightly different. The format I am taking here is what I consider to be fairly standard. A point for each base, run, RBI, walk, HBP and steal and -1 for each strikeout. Of course every league has its own quirk and that means the user has to adjust for those in his or her rankings for that particular league but hopefully this gives you base to go off and then you can adjust if for example your league rewards power or really punishes strikeouts.

As with my roto rankings everything here is calculated off ESPN eligibility.

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Tier Rank Name Team Eligibility
1 1 Trea Turner WSH SS
1 2 Francisco Lindor CLE SS
2 3 Alex Bregman HOU 3BSS
2 4 Carlos Correa HOU SS
2 5 Corey Seager LAD SS
2 6 Elvis Andrus TEX SS
3 7 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS
3 8 Jean Segura SEA SS
4 9 Asdrubal Cabrera NYM 2B3BSS
4 10 Zack Cozart LAA SS
4 11 Andrelton Simmons LAA SS
5 12 Jorge Polanco MIN SS
5 13 Didi Gregorius NYY SS
6 14 Jose Peraza CIN 2BSS
6 15 Orlando Arcia MIL SS
6 16 Marcus Semien OAK SS
7 17 Freddy Galvis SD SS
7 18 Marwin Gonzalez HOU 1B2BSSOF
7 19 Trevor Story COL SS
7 20 Brandon Crawford SF SS



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