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Monday, January 1, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL SHORTSTOP RANKINGS: A FIRST LOOK

Here is the first installment of the 2018 fantasy baseball shortstop rankings based on opposing matchups.

1.  Carlos Correa
2.  Francisco Lindor
3.  Trea Turner
4.  Corey Seager
5.  Didi Gregorious
6.  Jean Segura
7.  Elvis Andrus
8.  Xander Bogaerts
9.  Orlando Arcia
10. Zack Cozart
11. Trevor Story
12. Chris Owings
13. Tim Beckham
14. Ames Rosario
15. Tim Anderson
16. Marcus Semien
17. Addison Russell
18. Paul DeJong
19. Jorge Polanco
20. Troy Tulowitzki
21. Dansby Swanson
22. Freddy Galvis
23. Jose Reyes
24. Andrelton Simmons
25. Brandon Crawford
26. Asdrubal Cabrera
27. Jordy Mercer
28. Yunel Escobar
29. Aledmys Diaz
30. Jose Iglesias
31. J.J. Hardy
32. Ketel Marte
33. Alicides Escobar

-After years of ineptitude here with just a few top heavy stars, the shortstop position is LOADED for 2018 fantasy baseball.  The top three guys all deserve first round looks, while Corey Seager should be close.  Even down to the emerging Orlando Arcia, there are plenty of big-time options to go around.
-Speaking of Arcia, he seems set to be the next star at the position as he really took off during the second half of 2017.  Arcia has power that is starting to show up to go with good speed.  Think Francisco Lindor-lite.
-I would not second-guess anyone who picked Lindor over Carlos Correa.  For one thing, Lindor is still swiping bags unlike Correa.  Also Lindor's power took off last season to make him competitive with Correa and he has the better overall hitting profile (save for a fluky BABIP-depressed average last season). 
-Trea Turner runs like the wind and will challenge Dee Gordon for the MLB stolen base crown if he can stay healthy.  While I think it was a bit of an overreach that he was being picked in the first round last season, early second seems like a good spot in 2018. 


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