2018 Fantasy Baseball Draft Prep: Shortstop Tiers 1.0
Shortstop is a thin position, but it's not the barren wasteland it used to be, according to Scott White, who says you shouldn't have to try too hard to get a respectable option at the position.
Draft Prep Tiers:| | | | | | |
Relax. It's not so bad anymore.
Though a relative wasteland just 3-4 years ago, an influx of talent has redeemed shortstop to the point it's not a slam dunk that multi-eligible players like Alex Bregman and Marwin Gonzalez should be started there.
Don't get me wrong: It's still weak -- the weakest of the infield positions, without a doubt -- and unlike outfield, it doesn't have volume on its side. You can't and shouldn't bank on a shortstop emerging on the waiver wire in-season. But unless you play in deeper than a 12-team league, you're probably not getting left out in the cold either.
I'm likely to have a fair number of shares in Francisco Lindor, Alex Bregman and Elvis Andrus this season (since they figure to be the last available players from their particular tiers), and though he's in a tier to himself, I've found Andrus to be particularly easy to come by.
But I'm happy to fall back on Gonzalez or even Zack Cozart -- who was the fourth-best shortstop on a per-game basis last year -- if it comes to it.
The Elite: Trea Turner, Carlos Correa, Francisco Lindor
The Near-Elite: Corey Seager, Alex Bregman
The Next-Best Things: Elvis Andrus
The Fallback Options: Xander Bogaerts, Jean Segura, Didi Gregorius, Marwin Gonzalez, Trevor Story, Zack Cozart
The Last Resorts: Paul DeJong, Andrelton Simmons, Javier Baez, Yangervis Solarte
The Leftovers: Amed Rosario, Tim Anderson, Addison Russell, Marcus Semien, Jose Peraza, Jorge Polanco, Dansby Swanson, Asdrubal Cabrera, Chris Owings, Orlando Arcia, Tim Beckham, Troy Tulowitzki, Freddy Galvis, Brandon Crawford, Jose Reyes, Ketel Marte
Fantasy Baseball Today Newsletter
You're destined to gain an edge over your friends with advice from the award-winning FBT crew.
Thanks for signing up!
Keep an eye on your inbox for the latest sports news.
There was an error processing your subscription.
Starting pitcher doesn't look as binary at the end of 2018 as it did at the beginning, offering...
Whether you're still in it or out of it in 2018, it doesn't hurt to start planning for next...
The top 30 outfielders for next year feature many of the usual suspects, but our Scott White...
If you blinked in September, you missed quite a bit. Scott White gives you the rundown, already...
Is it possible shortstop is now one of the deepest positions in Fantasy? The one-time wasteland...
Third base is shaping up to be one of the deepest of all positions in 2019 — that is, if the...