Thursday, August 25, 2011


Shortstops are up today as we continue with updating our fantasy baseball rankings.  This group has dealt with a rash of injuries with Jose Reyes and Hanley Ramirez being chief among them.  Lets see how the shallowest group on the diamond looks at this point.

1.  Troy Tulowitzki
2.  Hanley Ramirez
3.  Jose Reyes
4.  Jimmy Rollins
5.  Asdrubal Cabrera
6.  Starlin Castro
7.  Elvis Andrus
8.  JJ Hardy
9.  Jhonny Peralta
10. Yunel Escobar
11. Emilio Bonifacio
12. Derek Jeter
13. Eric Aybar
14. Jason Bartlett
15. Darwin Barney

-This is an ugly group and that's obvious when you consider three of the top four guys are on the DL as I write this.  As far as the very top of the list, Ramirez' season-long struggles and injury-marred campaign have taken him out of the top spot for the first time in recent memory.  Whats even more disturbing is that this is the fourth straight season that Ramirez has seen his stats decline and its double disturbing when you  consider this should be his prime years. 
-Troy Tulowitzki has had another great season and he is clearly the top guy for now and likely for awhile.  His power is unmatched by anyone at SS and he too is just entering his prime years. 
-Reyes is a maddening player to own as he once again has hit the DL on multiple occasions due to leg injuries.  He was the best fantasy baseball player in the game before he got hurt but he literally is limping to the finish.  He remains quite possibly the most riskiest play for next season.
-Jimmy Rollins was having a very nice comeback season before injuries derailed him as well.  That makes it four DL stints in the last two seasons and since he will be another year older in 2012, you might want to get out from this veteran.
-Some nice seasons have been turned in by Yunel Escobar and JJ Hardy.  Hardy in fact will wind up as one of the best fantasy baseball values this season with his Tulowitzki-like power.  Clearly he is over the injuries that ruined his last two seasons and is someone who is likely to be cheap again next season.
-The drop in value of Derek Jeter is obvious and he is barely a starting option.  Yes he has rallied in the second half but only 4 home runs in that ballpark speaks to the decline he is in and will likely continue to see as he continues to onto next season.

That's how I see things.  As always let me know what you think.

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