2018 Fantasy Baseball Rankings
Expert Consensus Ranking (58 of 60 Experts) -
|Rank||Player (Team, Position)||Overall||Notes|
|1||Trea Turner (WSH - SS)||4||1||4||1.1||0.5||4.0||‐||
Turner missed more than a third of the season after fracturing his wrist from a hit-by-pitch, but he did nothing to make fantasy owners doubt his status as a true fantasy stud. Turner stole an incredible 46 bases in just 98 games, making him the most elite base-stealer in the game. The fact that he also chipped in 11 home runs, 75 runs, and a decent batting average only makes him all the more desirable. Given the scarcity of steals in the game, Turner is a sure-fire first-round pick, and can easily be considered in the top-five.
|2||Carlos Correa (HOU - SS)||13||1||4||2.2||0.6||14.0||+1.0||
Correa left his sophomore slump in the past last season, putting up career-highs in home runs, runs scored, and batting average, despite playing in just 109 games because of a thumb injury. There's little reason to doubt his ability to contribute meaningfully in four offensive categories, but it's worth noting that he stole just two bases last season. Given that Correa has always had a solid success rate, it seems like this was simply a conscious choice, and considering his thumb injury was a result of a slide on the basepaths, he may simply avoid stolen base attempts to stay healthy in the future. If so, that puts a minor damper on Correa's fantasy prospects. But his pedigree, his position, his performance to date, and his place in an outstanding lineup, keeps him as a first-rounder heading into 2018 regardless of his steals.
|3||Francisco Lindor (CLE - SS)||21||2||4||2.9||0.6||20.0||-1.0||
Lindor, like many hitters, had an absurd power jump in 2017, hitting 33 home runs, more than he had in his last two seasons combined. The good news for fantasy owners is that he looked like almost an identical hitter to his previous years, with the same exact walk and strikeout percentages to his 2016 season. All Lindor did is start doing what many hitters did - hit the ball in the air more. The results were predictable - more home runs and a lower batting average. Whether he continues with that same approach or returns to his previous one, he'll be one of the elite fantasy shortstops in the game in 2018.
|4||Corey Seager (LAD - SS)||32||3||9||4.5||1.0||35.0||+3.0||
Seager is an outstanding real-life ballplayer, but his fantasy totals don't really stand out anywhere. He's not much of a basestealer and has yet to top either 26 home runs or 77 RBI. Still, it's obvious that there's potential for much, much more with the young shortstop, and your worst case scenario is a player who will contribute in four categories and provide elite production in one (batting average). That safety makes Seager a valuable asset with upside, worthy of an early-round selection.
|5||Alex Bregman (HOU - 3B,SS)||43||4||12||5.3||1.4||39.0||-4.0||
Both in his 49-game cameo in 2016 and his full season last year, Bregman got off to a painfully slow start before coming on strong in the latter part of the season. He carried over his excellent second half last year (.903 OPS) into the playoffs, where he became a household name with home runs in the World Series off of Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jansen. All the signs point to a breakout for the youngster, as his strong strikeout- and walk-rates, and his rare power-speed combination, make him an intriguing option. The problem is that Bregman is exactly the type of guy who will be on everyone's "breakout" list, and you'll likely need to pay a high price for him if you want him on your team.
|6||Elvis Andrus (TEX - SS) DL10||62||3||18||6.9||2.1||65.0||+3.0||
Andrus has now gone nine consecutive seasons stealing at least 20 bases. He is a near-lock to play 150+ games and pile up the runs scored while helping you quite a bit in batting average. Even the power came on last season!
|7||Xander Bogaerts (BOS - SS) DL10||61||5||13||7.4||1.6||69.0||+8.0||
Xander started to turn it around at the end of the season, but the final numbers looked quite bad. We have, however, see him hit .320 and score 115 runs with 20+ homers, so the potential is there for a top 20 fantasy season and he still is young enough to have not reached his full potential.
|8||Jean Segura (SEA - SS)||67||5||11||7.6||1.2||75.0||+8.0||
Segura seems to be a steady .300 hitter all of a sudden the past few years. If he had stayed healthy all year, he likely would have hit 15 homers with near 30 steals. That is a quality middle infielder in a time where offensive shortstops don't grow on trees.
|9||Trevor Story (COL - SS)||93||3||19||10.1||2.7||101.0||+8.0||
Story had a disappointing 2017. hitting just 24 home runs with a .239 batting average. He improved significantly in the second half, coming in with an .834 OPS, but even those gains can't make up for his nearly 35% strikeout rate. Story's production - even if he repeats his 2017 numbers - isn't awful, but with Brendan Rodgers waiting in the wings, it's unclear if it will be enough for him to hold his job all year. In the end, Story is a high-risk, high-reward player, who could easily hit 35 home runs or be out of a job by July. Whether you draft him depends on your risk tolerance and how desperate you are for power.
|10||Didi Gregorius (NYY - SS)||119||5||21||11.2||2.4||107.0||-12.0||
Didi won't steal you any bases, but shorstops with 20+ HR and a .275+ batting average don't grow on trees and that's what he'll give you.
|11||Chris Taylor (LAD - 2B,SS,LF,CF)||100||6||18||11.1||2.6||110.0||+10.0||
The first 250 at-bats of Taylor's career were uninspiring, but he had always been a solid hitter in the minors. A repeat of his 21/17 season seems unlikely, however, so don't draft him as the top 50 hitter he was in 2017.
|12||Javier Baez (CHC - 2B,SS)||137||8||24||12.4||3.2||126.0||-11.0||
It is easy to forget that Baez is still just 25 years old and that we likely haven't seen his prime yet. That may be 30 HR and 10 SB with a .280 average. For a middle infielder, that is well worth a top 100 pick.
|13||Paul DeJong (STL - 2B,SS)||161||9||31||15.2||3.7||149.0||-12.0||
The batted ball data suggests that Dejong's power is legitimate. He does have holes in his wing, however, and may see the batting average drop to around .255. Still, with 30+ homers and at shortstop, that is a quality mid-round pick.
|14||Marwin Gonzalez (HOU - 1B,2B,3B,SS,LF)||168||9||28||16.5||4.6||133.0||-35.0||
Marwin broke out in the first-half last season with a top 10 OPS in all of baseball. He took a step backward after the all-star break but was still more than a quality fantasy asset. The concern will be playing time, as Derek Fisher and others are breathing down his neck.
|15||Eduardo Nunez (BOS - 2B,3B,SS,LF)||182||7||37||16.9||5.8||142.0||-40.0||
Nunez was an all-star two years ago, but was actually better last season, driving his batting average up to .313 and swatting 12 homers with 24 steals in just 114 games. He may reach 20 and 35 this season if he can stay healthy.
|16||Marcus Semien (OAK - SS)||205||11||28||17.7||4.0||249.0||+44.0||
Semien missed half the season and still managed double-digit steals and homers. While he likely won't bat .260, getting both power and speed from a shortstop is a rare combo.
|17||Andrelton Simmons (LAA - SS)||196||11||26||17.7||3.2||213.0||+17.0||
Simmons is without question the best defensive shortstop in the world, but his bat was also quite good last season. He batted .278 with 14 homers and 19 stolen bases. He is just now coming into the prime of a hitter's career so don't be so quick to dismiss him as a fluke.
|18||Zack Cozart (LAA - SS)||208||11||28||18.4||3.7||210.0||+2.0||
You may not have noticed, but Cozart broke away from his typical .250 BA and lackluster power to become a .300 hitter with plenty of pop last season. He won't be playing in the Great American Ballpark this year, and he is now a third basemen, but should still be worth rostering in fantasy leagues.
|19||Tim Anderson (CWS - SS)||195||10||28||18.4||3.8||223.0||+28.0||
Anderson traded batting average for some pop last season and offers fantasy owners 20/20 potential this year in the middle infield.
|20||Orlando Arcia (MIL - SS)||218||13||30||19.1||3.9||196.0||-22.0||
Arcia may be a defense first shortstop, but he also offered fantasy owners 15 homers, 14 steals and a .277 batting average last year. Even a repeat would be welcomed in fantasy lineups, but he was just 22 years old last year so perhaps he takes another step or two forward.
|21||Jose Peraza (CIN - 2B,SS)||231||12||35||21.0||4.9||237.0||+6.0||
Peraza is certainly no source of power, but he is a .277 hitter through his MLB career thus far and averages 34 stolen bases per 162 games played. He is a safe source of steals late into drafts as we can virtually guarantee he holds onto the starting job all season even if he struggles a bit.
|22||Addison Russell (CHC - SS)||240||13||30||21.6||3.8||226.0||-14.0||
Russell is more well known as a result of the Cubs' success and his wizardry in the field than for his offensive prowess. The potential for 25 HR is there for the youngster, but his .240 career batting average tells the story about his limits.
|23||Tim Beckham (BAL - 2B,SS)||244||13||32||22.5||4.5||284.0||+40.0||
After being dealt to Baltimore last summer, Beckham broke out to hit .306 with 10 HR in 50 games. No one is expecting him to keep that pace, but if he bats .280 with 20 homers, that would be well worth a late-round pick.
|24||Amed Rosario (NYM - SS)||270||14||42||23.7||4.8||271.0||+1.0||
There is a little too much hype surrounding the offensively raw rookie who hit just .248 with no power last season. Sure, he batted .328 in Triple-A, but Las Vegas is the minor league equivalent to Coors Field, and the power was still absent. He may steal 20 bags in the Bigs this season, though.
|25||Jorge Polanco (MIN - SS) SUS||352||14||44||29.3||7.5||306.0||-46.0||
Polanco was suspended 80 games for PED use on 3/18 which means he should be avoided in drafts.
|26||Chris Owings (ARI - 2B,SS,RF)||335||14||40||27.6||5.8||316.0||-19.0|
|27||Ketel Marte (ARI - SS)||289||15||38||26.3||5.0||357.0||+68.0||
Marte has now hit just 8 homers over his first three seasons, but he won't hurt you in batting average and could steal 20 bases if he gets a full season of playing time in Arizona this year.
|28||Brandon Crawford (SF - SS)||292||14||38||26.3||4.1||275.0||-17.0||
With Crawford's power keeping him below 15 homers and his lack of steals, Crawford's fantasy impact will be dependent on whether his batting average ends up around the .275 mark we got two years go or the .250 mark that he has sat at virtually his entire career. The RBIs and runs will be there, but without the average, he is only a fringe fantasy asset.
|29||Asdrubal Cabrera (NYM - 2B,3B,SS)||327||17||43||28.0||5.0||299.0||-28.0||
If you are looking for upside, you've come to the wrong place, but in terms of a floor, you won't find a better middle infielder late into drafts. He is a strong bet to hit 15 homers with a solid batting average and both runs and RBI help for your fantasy squad.
|30||Dansby Swanson (ATL - SS)||321||17||38||29.1||4.6||285.0||-36.0||
After starting his MLB career with a bang in 2016, Swanson has a rough 2017, batting .232 with just 6 homers and 3 stolen bases. The bat will come along eventually, but it may not be this year. With that said, the upside is there for him to be a top 12 shortstop if he puts it all together in 2018.
|31||Yangervis Solarte (TOR - 2B,3B,SS)||337||16||40||29.4||5.1||269.0||-68.0||
Had Solarte played a full season last year, he likely would have hit 22 or 23 homers. That was in Petco, so imagine what he may do playing his games in Toronto. 30 is a distinct possibility, and coming with a .267 career batting average, that is a very useful late-round fantasy pick.
|32||Gleyber Torres (NYY - SS)||347||15||44||29.3||5.0||290.0||-57.0||
There is plenty of reason to be excited about Gleyber, who is a consensus top 5 prospect. With that said, he has just 81 at-bats above Double-A and is coming off of a significant injury so it might make sense for the Yankees to let him take his time in development before they call him up.
|33||Freddy Galvis (SD - SS)||379||21||43||30.7||4.8||443.0||+64.0||
Galvis is never going to hit for average, and now that he is moving from Philly to the Padres, his power should dip, but there is still fantasy value in a shortstop who knocked 32 homers and stole 31 bases over the past two seasons with plenty of runs and RBIs.
|34||Matt Duffy (TB - 2B,3B,SS) DL10||415||17||48||36.4||7.7||505.0||+90.0|
|35||J.P. Crawford (PHI - 3B,SS)||400||23||59||33.1||6.3||352.0||-48.0||
Crawford was once a top 20 prospect and many considered him a favorite to eventually take over as number one overall. He has struggled in the minors, however, but the tools are not gone. The Phillies' new long-term shortstop is your classic case of a big-time boom or bust rookie. Invest at your own risk.
|36||Hernan Perez (MIL - 2B,3B,SS,LF,CF,RF)||500||23||50||38.1||5.7||401.0||-99.0|
|37||Jose Reyes (NYM - 2B,3B,SS)||473||24||49||35.6||5.8||353.0||-120.0||
Reyes is far removed from hitting .337 with near 80 stolen bases, but he does still offer 20+ steals to go with a sudden on-surge of power that can help your fantasy team from multiple positions late into drafts.
|38||Franklin Barreto (OAK - 2B,SS) MiLB||492||24||53||37.4||7.1||510.0||+18.0|
|39||Eduardo Escobar (MIN - 2B,3B,SS,DH)||436||25||48||34.7||5.7||389.0||-47.0|
|40||Enrique Hernandez (LAD - 3B,SS,LF,CF,RF)||452||26||57||42.6||9.4||622.0||+170.0|
|41||Troy Tulowitzki (TOR - SS) DL60||438||26||41||33.7||4.1||319.0||-119.0||
Tulo missed nearly 100 games last season and struggled while he was on the field, but try to remember that he managed to swat 24 homers and drove in 79 in just 490 at-bats during the 2016 season. If he can stay healthy are return to form, he still possesses top 10 fantasy upside at the shortstop position.
|42||Pat Valaika (COL - 3B,SS)||470||27||62||49.3||9.9||722.0||+252.0|
|43||Aledmys Diaz (TOR - SS)||464||27||54||38.3||7.0||524.0||+60.0|
|44||Brendan Rodgers (COL - SS) NRI||663||27||51||40.7||7.0||498.0||-165.0|
|45||Jose Iglesias (DET - SS)||508||27||45||37.1||5.2||456.0||-52.0|
|46||Dixon Machado (DET - 2B,SS)||546||31||63||46.8||10.2||631.0||+85.0|
|47||Jordy Mercer (PIT - SS)||574||31||49||39.3||4.5||515.0||-59.0|
|48||Adeiny Hechavarria (TB - SS)||651||32||56||44.2||6.4||512.0||-139.0|
|49||Willy Adames (TB - SS) MiLB||615||33||54||43.6||6.2||557.0||-58.0|
|50||Alcides Escobar (KC - SS)||616||33||51||40.8||4.9||435.0||-181.0|
|51||Johan Camargo (ATL - 2B,3B,SS)||605||33||50||42.3||5.1||503.0||-102.0|
|52||Nick Ahmed (ARI - SS)||588||34||61||45.9||7.2||779.0||+191.0|
|53||Chad Pinder (OAK - 2B,SS,RF)||622||35||49||42.6||3.6||508.0||-114.0|
|54||Sean Rodriguez (PIT - 2B,3B,SS,LF,RF)||666||37||67||49.4||10.5||724.0||+58.0|
|55||J.T. Riddle (MIA - SS) DL10||705||40||69||50.4||8.1||802.0||+97.0|
|56||Bo Bichette (TOR - SS) MiLB||40||52||44.8||4.8||635.0|
|57||Fernando Tatis Jr. (SD - SS) MiLB||40||47||43.5||3.5||413.0|
|58||Wilmer Difo (WSH - 2B,3B,SS)||718||41||54||47.3||4.3||451.0||-267.0|
|59||Tyler Saladino (MIL - 2B,3B,SS) MiLB||44||51||48.5||2.7|
|60||Ronald Torreyes (NYY - 2B,3B,SS)||731||46||56||50.0||3.0||320.0||-411.0|
|61||Jorge Mateo (OAK - SS) MiLB||47||53||50.7||2.6||600.0|
|62||Miguel Rojas (MIA - 3B,SS)||48||65||53.0||7.0||794.0|
|63||Erick Aybar (MIN - SS) NRI||50||74||61.3||9.8||756.0|
|64||Andrew Romine (SEA - 1B,2B,3B,SS,LF,CF,RF)||51||63||57.0||6.0||820.0|
|65||Eric Sogard (MIL - 2B,SS)||52||73||60.5||8.6||675.0|
|66||Greg Garcia (STL - 2B,3B,SS)||53||58||55.3||2.1|
|67||Ehire Adrianza (MIN - 3B,SS,LF)||53||58||55.5||2.5|
|68||Christian Arroyo (TB - 3B,SS) MiLB||54||60||57.0||3.0||589.0|
|69||Erik Gonzalez (CLE - 2B,SS)||54||57||55.5||1.5||531.0|
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