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Monday, January 30, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL DRAFT STRATEGY: SHORTSTOP

Ahhh shortstop.  Once a golden position that included Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Nomar Garciaparra, and Miguel Tejada ll in their primes, shortstop had become nothing but the most shallow hitting position in fantasy baseball over the last few years outside of maybe catcher.  That is until 2016 when a sudden explosion in top tier talent emerged.  Perhaps forming a new "Big Four", Carlos Correa was joined by Corey Seager, Francisco Lindor, and Xander Bogaerts as top 24 players as 2017 fantasy baseball moves closer.  In addition, last season also was the year of the shortstop value as guys like Trevor Story, Jean Segura, Brad Miller, Jonathan Villar, Marcus Semien, and Aledmys Diaz all came out nowhere to produce huge offensive seasons.  What this all means now is that shortstop is all of a sudden quite deep as I just named 10 very good to great starting options which pretty much fills out a standard 12-team league.  And I didn't even mention the fading but still impactful Troy Tulowitzki and still emerging Addison Russell.  So what does this all mean for 2017 fantasy baseball?  What it means is that you should do your best to resist the urge of using a first or second round pick on Correa (who disappointed as a first round pick last season), Lindor, Seager, and Bogaerts and instead go value here in picking out someone from the Segura, Villar, Semien group.  You can get any of those three in Round 4 or later and that means you can grab your powerful first baseman and five tool player in the first two rounds.  Again you would love to have Seager or Correa in particular but the best path is to wait just a bit.


2 comments:

  1. Great advice, Michael. I'm also going to use your 1B/5 tool player rule for the draft. Would love for you to do a piece on 5 tool players!

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