Dan Harris’s Fantasy Baseball Shortstop Rankings (2020)
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Shortstop is the deepest position in fantasy baseball. Period. Elite options, steady options, options with upside; The position has it all. It’s so deep that the 30th shortstop selected in consensus average draft position, Didi Gregorius, could easily hit 30 home runs this year over a full season.
Three shortstops are drafted in the first round. By the time you reach round four, eight of them are off the board. And yet, there’s absolutely no reason to jump for one. Carlos Correa will still be sitting there for you in the eighth round. Tim Anderson awaits you in the 10th. The underrated Jorge Polanco has your back in the 13th.
So, feel free to strike early or wait as long as you want. Whatever strategy you employ, you’ll leave your draft with a quality option.
As I’ve explained in past articles, I craft my rankings as a draft guide and therefore weigh multi-position eligibility heavily. Therefore, you’ll see below that the majority of the shortstops I’m higher on than our expert consensus can be slotted in at several different positions.
That said, even if you don’t fully buy into Ketel Marte (and I don’t), there’s no reason for him to be the 14th shortstop in ECR, even with the depth of the position. And I’m always willing to value upside just a bit more than many of my colleagues, and so I’ve been looking at Gavin Lux (career slash line of .305/.383/.483 in the minors) as a middle infielder earlier than most.
On the other hand, I find myself a bit bearish on Xander Bogaerts this year, given how his batted ball data last year looked eerily similar to his 2018 metrics despite the massive jump in counting stats, and how he basically now offers nothing in steals. And options like Paul DeJong and others with power but a low batting average aren’t the type of players I personally look to target at that position.