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Friday, January 26, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL DRAFT PRIMER: SHORTSTOP

Shortstops are up next as we continue our run through the positions in terms of who yours truly will target and who I will look to avoid.  Now in terms of the position as a whole, there is some monster first-round talent here in terms of Houston's Carlos Correa, Cleveland's Francisco Lindor, and Washington's Trea Turner.  All three have massive potential this season and all three can easily anchor any fantasy baseball roster.  Feel free to use a first-round pick on any of them.  Even past those three, there all of a sudden is incredible depth at shortstop which is something we haven't seen in maybe forever in terms of fantasy baseball.  So if you do miss out on the top three, there should be some swell values later on down the line so concentrate on selecting other positions before coming back here.

FANTASY BASEBALL SHORTSTOPS I WILL TARGET

Correa, Lindor, Turner:  I love all three of these guys but especially Lindor.  Lindor finally tapped into some massive power last season in swatting 33 home runs and his average will likely sail back into .300 territory after he dealt with some rough BABIP luck a year ago.  Now I would feel more comfortable taking Turner in Round 2 but I really can't deny the upcoming potential for 60 steals with a .300 average and 15 homers.

Jean Segura:  I think Segura could be a swell value play this season as he comes off a "down" here in terms of counting stats but that is only because of injury.  He is still Trea Turner-lite in terms of having five category ability.

Elvis Andrus:  I have hated on Andrus for years but his value has dipped to the point that he is worth an investment.  Of course, I am bot buying the 20 homers he swatted last season as that total looks like a prime outlier but the fact is Andrus remains in his prime and is capable of another year of solid totals.

Chris Owings:  For those who choose to wait on SS, Chris Owings should be around later.  The Diamondbacks shortstop was really going places last season as he hit 12 home runs and stole 12 bases before suffering a season-ending injury.  The power/speed juice is apparent and Owings at 26 is just now reaching his prime.

Marcus Semien:  This guy always intrigues me as Semien has the power/speed game we all crave and he should bat at or near the top of the Oakland lineup in 2018.  Yes he drives you nuts with strikeouts but Semien also draws walks to help offset some damage there.

Tim Anderson:  A potent stolen bases guy in the minors, Anderson also tapped into some power last season by hitting 17 home runs.  Anderson's plate discipline is non-existent but any improvement there could lead to a big breakout season.

FANTASY BASEBALL SHORTSTOPS I WILL AVOID

Trevor Story:  No shock here as Story was one of my top BUST candidates for 2017 and boy did that prediction turn out right.  Story's average will be horrendous and unlike Semien or Anderson, his ADP will be too high to risk the hit there.

Dansby Swanson:  Nice hitter but Swanson is severely lacking in the categories needed for fantasy baseball success.

Zack Cozart:  Sorry but not chasing his 2017 career-year and now Cozart moves from a prime hitter's park to a pitching-leaning outpost.

Paul DeJong:  The power is nice but DeJong's average will tumble greatly due to a high K total.  Also, there is little speed here to offset that negative.




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