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Shifting Values for Different Categories: Shortstops

You don't play in a standard 5x5 league? Great, let's look at some shortstops who may be ranked differently in your format.

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We provide fantasy analysis across a fairly broad spectrum of topics here at Fake Teams, but our rankings are built on the assumption of a standard 5x5 redraft league. So what about our readers who don't play in standard 5x5 leagues? Obviously those rankings don't fit in the same manner if your league plays different categories. So if you're looking for some shortstops who may be ranked differently in your league than the standard, you've come to the right place. All 2015 ranks are based on a 100 plate appearance minimum.


Up: Brad Miller - The trade to Tampa Bay helps Miller out if for no other reason that there is less competition for playing time for him. He's consistently posted high walk rates in the minors and the majors, even when his batting average hasn't gone as well, and should provide solid production in terms of home runs and stolen bases as well.

Other Risers: Ketel Marte, Corey Seager

Down: Xander Bogaerts - The key here is whether you think he will return to the walk rates he posted in the minors (around 10%), or whether you think the 5.9% rate in the majors is the more likely outcome. I'm of the opinion that the walk rate does go back up, but that the batting average regresses a bit to offset that gain. It's a minimal drop in the rankins for Bogaerts, but probably moves him out of the top 5 for me.

Other Fallers: Starlin Castro, Jean Segura


Up: Eugenio Suarez - Suarez is expected to be the primary third baseman for the Reds, and has shown consistent power production in each of the last two seasons. He could move into the top 15 potentially with a full season of playing time, with 20+ home runs being an outside possibility.

Other Risers: Jed Lowrie, Jung-Ho Kang

Down: Jose Iglesias - Iglesias is a high contact hitter who should provide batting average and a solid stolen base total. It's just not at all likely to come with power, and realistically isn't a top 30 option in this format.

Other Fallers: Erick Aybar, Andrelton Simmons


Up: Jung-ho Kang - As Daniel Kelley noted earlier in the week, we don't really have any good comparables for what Kang can do in his second season. As it stands though, he posted the 4th highest OPS last year behind Seager, Correa and Lindor, Even if he regresses a decent amount, he should still fit in the top 10 in OPS-leagues.

Other Risers: Corey Seager, Jhonny Peralta

Down: Alcides Escobar - Escobar is another high contact hitter that is reliant upon a high batting average to drive his on-base percentage. If he's hitting for a high enough batting average, his OPS can work in deeper leagues despite the lack of power. If he's not (like he did last year), you're looking at a sub-.650 OPS which simply isn't startable except in the deepest of formats.

Other Fallers: Elvis Andrus,  Erick Aybar

4x4 Leagues

Up:  Brad Miller - Miller is a hitter that can provide double-digit steals and home runs, but has not scored more than 47 runs in either of his first two full seasons. He should have a better chance at runs in the Rays' lineup, but even if he doesn't break 50 again, the other counting stats help raise his value.

Other Risers: Jean Segura, Didi Gregorius

Down: Andrelton Simmons - The trade to the Angels should provide Simmons with a much better lineup to hit in this year than was expected in Atlanta, but a lot of Simmons' value to fantasy owners comes from a high run scored total and a starting job. Take out the runs, and you've got a starting shortstop that isn't expected to provide double digit steals or home runs, and moves completely out of the top 30.

Other Fallers: Xander Bogaerts, Alcides Escobar