The shortstop position in fantasy baseball has usually been one of the bigger wastelands when it comes to overall fantasy production options. Well, that has changed throughout the last few seasons and entering 2019 it may be deeper than ever. There are the studs up top, some interesting mid tier options and some late round targets that could even be starters on your teams not just MI options. Let’s see where they all stand in the 2019 Fantasy Baseball Shortstop Rankings.
|1 – Manny Machado||11 – Gleyber Torres|
|2 – Trea Turner||12 – Jose Peraza|
|3 – Alex Bregman||13 – Tim Anderson|
|4 – Francisco Lindor||14 – Corey Seager|
|5 – Trevor Story||15 – Amed Rosario|
|6 – Javy Baez||16 – Jorge Polanco|
|7 – Xander Bogaerts||17 – Paul DeJong|
|8 – Carlos Correa||18 – Elvis Andrus|
|9 – Jean Segura||19 – Marcus Semien|
|10 – Adalberto Mondesi||20 – Willy Adames|
UPDATE – With Francisco Lindor suffering his calf injury that may take him out for the first few weeks of the season, he’s been moved down. I am worried about a decent decrease in SB with the leg injury and the injury could linger on leading to a decrease to other counting stats. I still feel Lindor is an upper end fantasy baseball shortstop, but not number 1 now. I was really close to moving Story past Lindor, but for now we leave Francisco at 4th on the Fantasy Baseball Shortstop Rankings.
Francisco Lindor leads the way at the shortstop position. Continually an amazing source of power and speed and still extremely young. No reason why Lindor can’t continue to put up big numbers for the Indians. He is currently going 3rd or 4th in most NFBC leagues.
Manny Machado is my second shortstop off the board. He does it all. Potentially the most or close to the most power at the position. Brings a solid BA year in and year out. He also will pad the runs and RBI columns. Downside is the lack of steals, but there is still potential that we see he creep close to 10 steals again and that could be a game changer.
After Machado is Trea Turner who played close to a full season in 2018 and showcased what we can hopefully expect year in and year out from Turner. Some decent power with near 50+ steal upside.
4 thru 6 brings us Alex Bregman who is coming off a career season and can he do it again coming off the elbow injury. Trevor Story returned to a power machine and looks to really of fixed his plate discipline. And then there is Javy Baez who by now most of you know I am not overly in love with Baez.
Xander Bogaerts and Carlos Correa go 7 and 8 for me. Bogaerts could be that guy that moves into the top 5 by season end. If he doesn’t take that next step, you still should be comfortable with some outstanding offensive consistency. Correa is the Kris Bryant of the SS position as we wonder if he can bounce back after last season. Correa had a really bad back injury and appears to be ready to roll this season.
At 9 and 10 you have 2 speed demons in Jonathan Villar and Adalberto Mondesi. Both have tremendous upside, with Mondesi likely having the higher ceiling. Both are going to be extremely volatile and both will likely be drafted before I pull the trigger.
After the Top 10 the water does get a bit more murky, but there’s a lot to like. Jose Peraza could get you some nice steals and if leading off for the Reds his value will rise. Amed Rosario, still so young, had a massive surge to end the 2018 season and many are hoping he continues to build toward that top prospect build. One of my favorite late round options is Jorge Polanco who missed the start of 2018 due to a PED suspension but still finished really strong.
There are so many more shortstops to target in your upcoming fantasy baseball drafts. Feel free to fire off any questions to me on twitter @bdentrek and listen to Benched with Bubba EP 142 for the Shortstop preview.