Dynasty Shortstop Rankings: December 2018

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by Connor Henry

Continuing with our offseason dynasty rankings, today there are 38 shortstops ranked and separated into tiers. The rankings represent relative value of these players in a dynasty league by taking into consideration immediate value vs. years of possible relevance left. As always these rankings should be manipulated to match the league type you play in, so take all rankings with a grain of salt. See below the rankings for thoughts about how these were established:

1 Francisco Lindor – 25 Tier 1: Elite
2 Alex Bregman – 24
3 Manny Machado – 26
4 Trea Turner – 25
5 Trevor Story – 26
6 Javier Baez – 26  
7 Carlos Correa – 24 Tier 2: Next Best
8 Gleyber Torres – 22
9 Xander Bogaerts – 26
10 Corey Seager – 24
11 Didi Gregorius – 28
12 Jean Segura – 28
13 Fernando Tatis Jr. (P) – 19
14 Bo Bichette (P) – 20
15 Wander Franco (P) – 17 Tier 3: Upside Chasers
16 Adalberto Mondesi – 23
17 Jurickson Profar – 25
18 Jose Peraza – 24
19 Elvis Andrus – 30
20 Brendan Rodgers (P) – 22
21 Royce Lewis (P) – 19
22 Carter Kieboom (P) – 21
23 Amed Rosario – 23
24 Marcus Semien – 28 Tier 4: Solid Options
25 Paul Dejong – 25
26 Tim Anderson – 25
27 Willy Adames – 23
28 Jorge Polanco – 25
29 Chris Taylor – 28
30 Ketel Marte – 25
31 Andrelton Simmons – 29
32 Andres Gimenez (P) – 20 Tier 5: Willing to Take a Chance
33 Wander Javier (P) – 19
34 Jorge Mateo (P) – 23
35 Kevin Smith (P) – 22
36 Dansby Swanson – 24
37 Addison Russell – 24
38 Luis Garcia (P) – 18  

Other Options: Yairo Munoz, Brandon Crawford, Zack Cozart

Tier 1: As the only position we’ve reviewed thus far which has more than two “elite” options, shortstop has become very valuable in the fantasy realm. Francisco Lindor and Alex Bregman come in at 1 and 2 due to their youth and truly elite potential. They’ve both shown continuous improvement in their young careers and could be .300+ hitters with 30 home runs and 20 stolen bases for years to come. Manny Machado, Trea Turner, Trevor Story and Javier Baez close out the elite tier and, much like Bregman and Lindor, possess youth to go along with improving fantasy value. Don’t be surprised if these players continue to provide batting average, power and stolen bases at an above average level.

Tier 2: Carlos Correa and Gleyber Torres (who I covered in second base dynasty rankings) begin Tier 2 and both possess the potential to rise into that top tier of shortstops. Correa, once the top prospect in baseball, has seen a sizable loss in value over the past season, but at 24 could return to being a batting average and power contributor. Xander Bogaerts and Corey Seager rank as the next two in this tier because they may be two of the safest batting average assets in baseball who don’t cost 1st round value. Neither will contribute much in stolen bases but could hit 25+ home runs while hitting in the middle of fantastic lineups. Next is Didi Gregorius, who could miss at least half of 2019, but is still only 28 and figures to be a fixture near the top of the Yankees lineup for the next several years. While Segura, who ranks 12th, will provide elite batting average and solid stolen base totals while hitting near the top of an impressive Phillies lineup. Closing out this tier are the top two shortstop prospects in baseball who, by the end of 2019, could be key contributors to your fantasy lineup.

Tier 3: The “upside chasers” tier has 3 prospects, Wander Franco, Brendan Rodgers and Carter Kieboom, who possess solid value in dynasty formats for good reason. Franco, only 17 years old, is already being talked about as the “next #1 prospect in baseball” and will somehow look to improve on his stellar 2018 debut. Kieboom and Rodgers both possess impressive contact and power skills from the shortstop position and figure to push into the Majors before too long. This tier is also home to 3 young speedsters, Adalberto Mondesi, Jose Peraza and Amed Rosario. Mondesi, who has the highest ceiling due to his power potential, also has the most risk due to his lack of plate discipline. Still, at only 23 he holds immense dynasty value after his impressive debut and could be a game-changer in 2019. Rosario and Peraza both have remarkable speed with improving contact skills but might never provide the power that the players ranked above them figure to provide. Profar and Andrus, the more stable options in this tier, should be solid all-around contributors in the coming years.

Tier 4: Contrary to most dynasty rankings, Marcus Semien ranks at 24th in my shortstop rankings because I still believe in the power potential. With an improved contact rate and stagnant hard contact rate, he can be a .260 average, 20+ home run and 20+ stolen base player which gives him plenty of value in all formats. Willy Adames and Jorge Polanco are two other interesting names in this tier due to their potential for well-rounded fantasy production. Adames had a bit of an underwhelming debut in 2018, but with slight contact improvements could unlock more stable fantasy production. Paul Dejong and Tim Anderson may both have the power ability to solidify themselves as fantasy contributors but with a lack of plate discipline, come in much lower on my rankings compared to where many people would rank them.

Tier 5: Wander Javier and Kevin Smith are two of my favorite shortstop prospects and may not have the pedigree of names like Kieboom and Rodgers, but could force themselves into the conversation with an impressive start to the 2019 season. Jorge Mateo, formerly a top prospect, has lost some value after his uninspiring 2018 season but still has 50+ stolen base potential if he can refine his approach. Addison Russell and Dansby Swanson also reside in Tier 5, and while I cannot completely write them off the fantasy radar in dynasty formats they do not deserve much attention unless drastic improvements occur.

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