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Fantasy Baseball 2017 Positional Preview: Shortstop

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A look at the shortstop position for the 2017 Fantasy Baseball season.

Xander Bogaerts is among the elite shortstops that make Fantasy Baseball so fun. Where does he rank at the position?
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Check out my top 250:
Fantasy Baseball 2017 Top 250

We jump to the other half of the middle infield today with a look at shortstop. This is a fun position full of fantasy superstars. In addition to giving you the top players to draft at the position, I’ll offer up a breakout player, sleepers, busts, and an overall strategy of how to go about drafting the position. Here are my thoughts on shortstops.

Top 30 Shortstops

Pos Rank Player Team Age PR League
Pos Rank Player Team Age PR League
1 Manny Machado BAL 24 45 AL
2 Corey Seager LAD 22 58 NL
3 Xander Bogaerts BOS 24 41 AL
4 Francisco Lindor CLE 23 46 AL
5 Carlos Correa HOU 22 90 AL
6 Jonathan Villar MIL 25 5 NL
7 Trevor Story COL 24 140 NL
8 Jean Segura SEA 27 6 AL
9 Aledmys Diaz STL 26 156 NL
10 Addison Russell CHC 23 230 NL
11 Troy Tulowitzki TOR 32 246 AL
12 Dansby Swanson ATL 23 662 NL
13 Elvis Andrus TEX 28 72 AL
14 Javier Baez CHC 24 214 NL
15 Eduardo Nunez SF 29 30 NL
16 Brandon Crawford SF 30 178 NL
17 Didi Gregorius NYY 27 154 AL
18 Brad Miller TB 27 174 AL
19 Marcus Semien OAK 26 187 AL
20 Jose Peraza CIN 22 255 NL
21 Jedd Gyorko STL 28 278 NL
22 Chris Owings ARI 25 200 NL
23 Asdrubal Cabrera NYM 31 162 NL
24 Ketel Marte ARI 23 410 NL
25 Alcides Escobar KC 30 239 AL
26 Tim Anderson CWS 23 281 AL
27 Orlando Arcia MIL 22 792 NL
28 Zack Cozart CIN 31 309 NL
29 Freddy Galvis PHI 27 194 NL
30 Jorge Polanco MIN 23 574 AL

*Trea Turner will rank at SS #2 once he gains eligibility early in the season
*PR stands for 'Player Rater' which is a measure of how good a player was in a standard 5x5 roto league

Breakout player – Dansby Swanson
Sleepers – Didi Gregorius, Chris Owings
Busts – Carlos Correa, Brad Miller, Jose Peraza

Position Overview

Arguably the best position for fantasy goodness in 2017, shortstop is loaded with 7 players at the position ranked inside the top 40 overall by ECR. This doesn’t even include Trea Turner, who will be the starting SS for the Nationals and will, in turn, gain eligibility at the position very early in the year. Look for this trend to continue in the coming seasons as the average age of my top 10 is just 24! Add in potential breakouts like Dansby Swanson (23), Javier Baez (24), and Jose Peraza (22) and you can certainly understand my excitement. Even the busts I have listed I would be perfectly fine drafting. The only reason I have them listed are because I feel they are being drafting far too high. Look to grab multiple SS eligible players in all your drafts this season. They make great options for your middle infielder and a lot of them are eligible to plug and play at different spots once your roster is complete. There is certainly no shortage of shortstops.

Check back tomorrow for a look at third base! See you then and thanks for the read.

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Second Base
Third Base
Outfield
Starting Pitcher
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