Updated 2018 Preseason Rankings: Top 15 Shortstops: Jorge Polanco Fallout & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The suspension of Jorge Polanco came as a bit of a surprise, and while he wasn’t going to be an elite shortstop he was still ranked #10 and costs fantasy owners one of our favorite “sleepers” heading into 2018.  Who steps into his spot of the rankings?  Have there been any other recent changes?  Let’s look and see how things currently stand:

1, Francisco Lindor – Cleveland Indians
2. Carlos Correa – Houston Astros
3. Trea Turner – Washington Nationals
4. Alex Bregman – Houston Astros
5. Corey Seager – Los Angeles Dodgers
6. Jean Segura – Seattle Seahawks
7. Elvis Andrus – Texas Rangers
8. Trevor Story – Colorado Rockies
9. Orlando Arcia – Milwaukee Brewers
10. Xander Bogaerts – Boston Red Sox
11. Marcus Semien – Oakland A’s
12. Paul DeJong – St. Louis Cardinals
13. Ketel Marte – Arizona Diamondbacks
14. Didi Gregorius – New York Yankees
15. Tim Anderson – Chicago White Sox

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Thoughts:

  • Tim Anderson is the new name on the rankings, risking to #15 due to the removal of Polanco. While it’s easy to get excited after his strong September, don’t use it as an excuse to reach for him.  He saw his plate discipline regress even further (16.8% SwStr%, 47.2% O-Swing%) over the final month, and he should see a steady diet of breaking balls and offspeed pitches until he proves he can hit them.  He has speed, which is going to make him somewhat attractive, but the risk is extremely real.
  • There wasn’t certainty that Ketel Marte was going to be a starter for Arizona, but with Brandon Drury being shipped to the Yankees and Chris Owings set to fill a super utility role the job is his. Marte has the potential to go 15/15 with a solid average, so don’t sleep on his upside.
  • Surprised to see Didi Gregorius fall outside the Top 10? We took a look at him and why we are a bit skeptical heading into 2018, so make sure to check it out by clicking here.
  • Xander Bogaerts has the name appeal and is now a Top 10 option, but he saw his power regress last season and the underlying metrics and history point towards it being closer to the truth. Throw in lack of elite speed and we’re looking at a .280/12/12 type option, which has value but isn’t something we’d want to overpay for (especially since Marte has similar upside at a fraction of the cost).
  • While Paul DeJong was a great story in 2017, could he face a similar sophomore fall off to what Trevor Story faced a year ago? We answered that question a few weeks ago, so check it out by clicking here.

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Make sure to check out all of our 2018 Preseason Rankings:

Position
Standard League
OBP League
Catchers03/14/1802/02/18
First Basemen01/08/1802/09/18
Second Basemen01/15/1802/13/18
Shortstops03/21/1802/27/18
Third Basemen03/09/1803/06/18
Outfielders1-20: 03/18/18

21-40: 03/19/18
1-20: 03/12/18

21-40:
Starting Pitchers1-20: 03/24/18

21-40: 03/24/18
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Relief Pitchers02/12/18--

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