2013 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Shortstop

Four drafts, a Selection Sunday and two rounds of March Madness later, we will continue our fantasy baseball rankings.

These rankings were compiled using Fantasypros.com and mlbdepthcharts.com (great resources). They have been talked about more in previous posts, so I will dive right into the rankings.

I am a position-scarcity kind of guy (I traditional hate having an Erick Aybar for example everyday in my lineup). In past years I have made sure that I get at least a middle-tiered MI or C on my team. Let’s evaluate this year’s SS’s.

Tiers and which round I would select the players

Tier 1: Troy Tulowitzki, Jose Reyes, Starlin Castro, (late 1st-late 3rd rounds)

Tier 2: Ian Desmond, Elvis Andrus, Jimmy Rollins, Asdrubal Cabrera, Hanley Ramirez (Rounds 6-8)

Tier 3: Josh Rutledge, Derek Jeter, Danny Espinosa (Rounds 12-17)

Tier 4: Erick Aybar, Alcides Escobar, Marco Scutaro, Andrelton Simmons, JJ Hardy, Alexei Ramirez, Jhonny Peralta, Yunel Escobar

Note: In the case of an injury our projections include, in Hanley’s instance, 2 months of a replacement level player with 4 months of Hanley).

Overvalued: None

Can’t really make a case for anyone being overvalued with the position being so weak. It is our general stance that you would like one of the top 7 shortstops, or wait until the very last rounds of the draft.

Undervalued: Asdrubal Cabrera (honorable mention Ian Desmond)

I will reiterate, I want one of the top 7 SS’s. I’m willing to reach into even the 7th round to make sure that I get one. If Asdrubal Cabrera is the last SS on the board, I am going to snag him. Asdrubal does nothing great, but he does everything solid. He is atrocious in the field, but in a one year league, this does not concern me whatsoever. Ian Desmond is sort of in-between the two tiers posted above, and I think his breakout season was legitimate.

Who I will take: Troy Tulowitzski, Jimmy Rollins

Tulo has fallen to me in the mid-second round and I have taken the gamble. I understand the health risks and everything, but I would rather have a Troy Tulowitzki at shortstop than taking a risk at a safer position, like a Jose Bautista or a Josh Hamitlon. I am fine with pairing Troy Tulowitzi with Joey Votto or Albert Pujols as my 1st and 2nd round picks with a middle pick. Jimmy Rollins always seems to fall to me, and I have never considered myself a fan. But he just ends up on my roster as an 8th rounder more times than not.

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R HR RBI SB AVG
Troy Tulowitzki 87 29 96 8 0.293
Jose Reyes 95 11 62 34 0.292
Starlin Castro 81 16 73 26 0.293
Ian Desmond 72 21 76 22 0.281
Elvis Andrus 83 4 60 29 0.28
Jimmy Rollins 88 17 60 23 0.25
Asdrubal Cabrera 78 18 69 11 0.278
Hanley Ramirez 73 14 60 19 0.269
Josh Rutledge 73 16 64 19 0.282
Derek Jeter 78 9 58 7 0.291
Danny Espinosa 66 21 75 18 0.242
Erick Aybar 67 8 52 20 0.281
Alcides Escobar 73 5 53 29 0.267
Marco Scutaro 74 7 59 5 0.284
Andrelton Simmons 76 4 47 16 0.285
JJ Hardy 68 22 72 0 0.255
Alexei Ramirez 63 13 68 14 0.264
Jhonny Peralta 60 14 71 0 0.253
Yunel Escobar 71 10 51 4 0.278
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