Shortstop (SS) Fantasy Baseball Rankings 2017

Obligatory: The positional eligibility of the players in this list was determined by using FantasyPros’ eligibility information, which was gathered from all the major fantasy sites.

Shortstop has traditionally been a fairly weak position, but that’s changed in the last couple of years. There has been an abundance of young SS talent called up to the majors recently, and these kids have taken over my rankings. I’m sure you’ll think I’m too high on a few of them, but I’ll do my best to justify the questionable rankings below.

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  1. Manny Machado, Bal SS, 3B
  2. Carlos Correa, Hou SS
  3. Corey Seager, LAD SS
  4. Francisco Lindor, Cle SS
  5. Xander Bogaerts, Bos SS
  6. Addison Russell, ChC SS
  7. Trevor Story, Col SS
  8. Jean Segura, Sea SS, 2B
  9. Jonathan Villar, Mil SS, 3B
  10. Aledmys Diaz, StL SS
  11. Jose Peraza, Cin SS, OF
  12. Marcus Semien, Oak SS
  13. Elvis Andrus, Tex SS
  14. Troy Tulowitzki, Tor SS
  15. Brad Miller, TB SS, 1B
  16. Eduardo Nunez, SF SS, 3B
  17. Dansby Swanson, Atl SS
  18. Brandon Crawford, SF SS
  19. Javier Baez, ChC 2B, 3B, SS
  20. Tim Anderson, CWS SS
  21. Asdrubel Cabrera, NYM SS
  22. Jedd Gyorko, StL 2B, 3B, SS
  23. Jose Reyes, NYM 3B,SS
  24. Didi Gregorius, NYY SS
  25. Jurickson Profar, Tex 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, LF
  • Manny Machado is the best of the bunch. That is a fact. Do not try to argue with me here.
  • Carlos Correa and Corey Seager could be flipped. They’re near equals in my opinion, and you’d do well for yourself by drafting either of them.
  • I think the player inside this Top 5 who is most likely to fall out of the Top 10 this year is Francisco Lindor. He’s defense-heavy with about average hit skills (he and Jose Ramirez had basically the exact same offensive season last year). He could either take a step forward into that Correa/Seager group this year or he could regress out of the Top 10. I can’t decide whether Lindor or Trevor Story is the player I’m least confident in this season.
  • The pick I’ll catch the most flak for is probably slotting Addison Russell, who comes in at #6 ahead of Story, Jean Segura, Jonathan Villar, and Aledmys Diaz who all had better seasons than Russell last year (not to mention Marcus Semien, who had nearly identical numbers). There are 4 reasons that contribute to me being higher on Russell than most people. 1) I’m a Cubs fan. A big one. 2) More importantly, and bear with me, Addison Russell is about to turn the corner. He actually already started, but let me explain. As noted in the linked Bleacher Nation piece, Addison Russell’s .197 ISO (isolated power) was third on the team in the second half of 2017 (behind Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo). Only Corey Seager topped that at SS in the second half. 3) His K rate has been getting consistently better over time. He’s growing into his bat (he’s 23). 4) Addison Russell’s .277 BABIP was a touch unlucky. He’s due for some positive regression. All this is to say, if you get good value on Addison Russell in the draft you’re probably going to have a good time.
  • This has already been covered in this and previous rankings, but Story, Segura, and Villar are due for some pretty heavy regression this year. Hell, Villar is not a .376 BABIP hitter, so that alone should cause you to pause.
  • #12-#18 are all one in the same to me. Marcus Semien, Elvis Andrus, Troy Tulowitzki, Brad Miller, Eduardo Nunez, Dansby Swanson, and Brandon Crawford are all completely unspectacular players, but they won’t kill you, either.
  • Hello again, Javier Baez  ❤.
  • Rounding out the bottom of the list are a bunch of players I probably won’t own on any teams, except Jose Reyes and Jurickson Profar on very rare occasions. I love Profar’s flexibility, and I mean…he is only a few years removed from being an organizational top prospect. There’s some talent there to take a risk on.
  • Final note: If your league has a DL slot, and you don’t grab Ian Desmond, there’s no harm in drafting Didi Gregorius, who should be solid when he returns from his injury.

What do you think? Take issue with me or some of my choices? Tell me where I went wrong on twitter at @BaselineKory.  As always, please subscribe to the Rounding Third podcast on iTunes.