As the calendar has turned to January, it is time to update the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Rankings. With so little movement on the MLB Hot Stove, the rankings will not have a ton of significant changes, but there are some. Updates will continue as more activity occurs via trade or free agency. Let’s take a look at the updated shortstop rankings.

There were a couple of new additions to the shortstop rankings, most importantly Ha-Seong Kim who played in the KBO and signed with the Padres. The second player added to the list was J.P. Crawford who bumped Brandon Crawford out of the rankings, but that is not a slight on Crawford but more a testament of the depth of the shortstop position. Lastly, there were some movers and shakers similar to second base. Jake Cronenworth dropped a bit while Andres Gimenez took a nice leap up the rankings. The other big riser was Tommy Edman, who was discussed in the second base update as well.

The Padres signing of Ha-Seong Kim jumps into the rankings and is planted nicely at number 14. Over the last six seasons in the KBO, the 25-year-old Kim hit 19 or more home runs each season. stole 22 or more bases in four of six seasons, hit .280 or better each season, and chipped in greatly in the RUN and RBI categories as well. He is a five-category stud who joins the Padres and appears to be their everyday second baseman. The two major concerns for me is his availability to transition to major league pitching (which takes time for most) and batting near the bottom of the Padres lineup. Other than that he is a stud and should be a fantasy asset this season.

Since my first rankings release I have done a lot more research, podcasts, and drafting, while doing all of these things I have realized just how much of a late-round fantasy target J.P. Crawford should be for many. The 26-year-old should be leading off or hitting near the top of the order for the Mariners. He brings a so-so average, likely below average, but makes up for it with his plate discipline and OBP. Crawford also brings decent power and speed, displaying a 10/10 home run/stolen base with 15/15 upside. With a current NFBC DC ADP of 374, Crawford is a great late-round target as a MI or bench piece if looking to add steals to your roster.

Shortstop
1- Trea Turner
2- Fernando Tatis Jr.
3- Trevor Story
4- Francisco Lindor
5- Adalberto Mondesi
6- Tim Anderson
7- Bo Bichette
8- Corey Seager
9- Javy Baez
10- Xander Bogaerts
11- Dansby Swanson
12- Marcus Semien
13- Gleyber Torres
14- Ha-Seong Kim
15- Carlos Correa
16- Tommy Edman
17- Andres Gimenez
18- Jake Cronenworth
19- Jonathan Villar
20- Didi Gregorius
21- Paul DeJong
22- Jorge Polanco
23- Willy Adames
24- David Fletcher
25- Jose Iglesias
26- Miguel Rojas
27- Amed Rosario
28- J.P. Crawford
29-Willi Castro
30- Nick Ahmed