Fantasy Baseball Tiers: SS Rankings, Draft Strategy, Sleepers

first_img2020 Fantasy Baseball Rankings:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | Reliever | Top 300Because many owners want at least some speed from this position, chances are you will be targeting a shortstop by Round 6. It’s easy to get antsy and overdraft someone, but there are enough to go around, especially if you buy into a few potential breakouts. Before we get into our SS tiers, please remember that our sub-tiers are based on the type of production a player provides. Someone in Tier 3A isn’t necessarily better than someone in Tier 3B; rather, he just produces differently (i.e. more SBs, better average). That should help you find the player that best suits your team needs. Also, our SS rankings are based on the idea that players are solely eligible at SS. Players eligible at other positions may be ranked higher in our overall rankings. DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2020 Fantasy Baseball Cheat SheetWho are the best fantasy baseball shortstops?Eligibility based on Yahoo default settings* = Not eligible to play that position on draft day but expected to play there during the season There’s a world where all five of our Tier-1 shortstops are drafted in the first round. That probably won’t happen, but all five have that kind of talent and upside. If you start your team with any of them, you’ll be in good shape. We’ve placed Alex Bregman in his own sub-tier because he doesn’t steal nearly as many bases as the rest, but  he arguably has the most upside in every other category. Trea Turner gets his own sub-tier because he could lead the league in steals while also popping a decent amount of HRs with a solid batting average. The three guys in Tier 1B are all 30/30 threats over a full season with various degrees of upside in average. Figuring out which player is for you depends on how you like to build your team. If you know you’ll avoid low-power speedy guys, then you probably want someone who steals bases. If you don’t really care about steals or are open to drafting a Mallex Smith-type later on, by all means grab Bregman. He’s also a great pick if you know you want someone like Jonathan Villar, Whit Merrifield or Adalberto Mondesi a few rounds later. If you want to load up on steals early, then Turner makes sense, but make sure you get more power/RBIs later on. Because you’re drafting these guys in the first two rounds, you’ll have plenty of time to adapt and build your team around them, so just go ahead and pick whomever you think is the best available if you don’t have a set philosophy. TIER 1AAlex Bregman, Astros (also eligible at 3B)TIER 1BFrancisco Lindor, IndiansTrevor Story, RockiesFernando Tatis Jr., PadresTIER 1CTrea Turner, NationalsMore 2020 Fantasy Baseball: Auction Values | Mock Draft Simulator2020 Fantasy Baseball Tiers: Tier-2 shortstopsTier 2 is just about as stacked as Tier 1. In fact, most of these guys have been considered top-tier shortstops at some point in their careers. Any could vault into the top tier heading into next season, which is why you shouldn’t be worried if you miss out on one of the above players. In fact, grabbing a slugging OF, 1B, or 3B in the first or second round and targeting someone like Mondesi or Villar in the fourth or fifth makes a lot of sense, and because of all the multi-position eligibility among these players, you could justifiably target two in the first five rounds. The players in Tier 2A could actually be tiered off even more, as Xander Bogaerts hit .300 last year and Manny Machado has shown that ability in the past. Gleyber Torres probably won’t do much better than .280, but he has the most power upside. At this point, none are likely to steal many bases, but these players still have major value. Javier Baez gets his own sub-tier because he has the potential to put a 30/20 pace with a decent batting average again, so he’s really not that far below the guys in Tier 1B. But after last season’s decline in SBs, which is more in line with his career numbers, he’s unlikely to steal as many bases. Mondesi and Villar are both guys who can hit an appreciate amount of HRs and challenge for the league lead in stolen bases. Villar has a little more power and Mondesi has a little more steals upside, but both are rare players who can swing a category virtually by themselves. They’re not that dissimilar from Turner, but he’s more likely to hit for a higher average, which gives him an edge in overall value. TIER 2AGleyber Torres, Yankees (2B)Xander Bogaerts, Red SoxManny Machado, Padres (3B)TIER 2BJavier Baez, CubsTIER 2CAdalberto Mondesi, RoyalsJonathan Villar, Marlins (2B, OF*)2020 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfielder | Starter | Each team2020 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Tier-3 ShortstopsMuch like Tier 2, Tier 3 is loaded with some former Tier-1 players (and at least one guy poised to make the leap). Our first sub-tier features two of last year’s biggest breakouts, Ketel Marte and Marcus Semien, both of whom could/should be in the tier above. Bo Bichette also looks like a future star and could break out as early as this season. All of these players can hit a decent amount of homers and steal a non-significant amont of bases, with Bichette, Tim Anderson, Scott Kingery, and Danny Santana all having the most SB upside. You could argue we should tier off this group even further, as most of these guys could hit .280 or higher (Marte and Anderson both hit at least .329 last year), but Kingery and Santana are much less likely to reach that mark. Carlos Correa gets his own sub-tier thanks to his power and run-producing ability. He clubbed 21 HRs in just 75 games last year, and he would likely be up a tier if he could stay healthy. His lack of steals and fluctuating batting average are also worries, but Correa could easily lead this position in homers if he stays healthy. Elvis Andrus also gets his own sub-tier because he’s more of a steals guy. He hit 20 HRs in 2017, but that number dropped to 12 last year. Still, with a decent average, a bunch of runs, and 25-plus SBs, Andrus has plenty of value. Many sites would place Bichette, Marte, and Semien into the tier above. At the very least, they wouldn’t put Kingery and Santana in the same tier as these other players. We obviously like the latter two more than most, but you will be able to wait several rounds for them compared to Bichette and Marte, who will likely start going in the sixth or seventh. Targeting one of these players to be your starting SS isn’t a bad idea, but with 11 guys in the tiers above them, you better make sure you’re hitting home runs at other positions.TIER 3ABo Bichette, Blue JaysKetel Marte, D-backs (2B, OF)Marcus Semien, A’sTim Anderson, White SoxScott Kingery, Phillies (2B, SS, OF)Danny Santana, Rangers (1B, 2B, 3B, OF)TIER 3BCarlos Correa, AstrosTIER 3CElvis Andrus, Rangers2020 Fantasy Baseball Tiers, Draft Strategy:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Outfield | Starter | RelieverFantasy Baseball Tiers: Tier-4 shortstopsEven though you’re not drafting most of the players in Tier 4 to be your starting SS, this isn’t some throwaway group of players. We all know Corey Seager’s upside, and both Didi Gregorius and Paul DeJong have 30-HR power over a full season. Jorge Polanco broke out last year and will likely be one of the top run-scoring shortstops this season in addition to hitting a decent amount of HRs. These players aren’t entirely similar, as DeJong will likely have the lowest average and Polanco will have the fewest RBIs, but they can all hit HRs with relatively few steals.Amed Rosario has 20/20 upside over a full season, which is always valuable at an MI spot, and Jean Segura, despite disappointing last year, could hit .300 with a pace of 10-15 HRs and 20-plus steals over a full season. Ultimately, you probably won’t be specifically targeting any of these players in your draft, but if you find yourself in a position to grab one in the middle or even late rounds that fits your team’s needs (i.e. power in the form of Gregorius or speed in the form Segura), take advantage. TIER 4ACorey Seager, DodgersDidi Gregorius, PhilliesPaul DeJong, CardinalsJorge Polanco, TwinsTIER 4BAmed Rosario, MetsJean Segura, Phillies (3B*)Fantasy Baseball Draft Strategies: Auction | Keeper/Dynasty | PointsFantasy Baseball Sleepers: SSMany of the shortstops in Tier 5 will go undrafted in your league, but all have appeal as either late-round picks or early-season waiver pickups. The guys in Tier 5A offer some power and speed (think 15/15 or 15/10 paces), with Luis Urias likely hitting the most homers if he gets regular at-bats. None are exciting, but all can help balance out your team. The guys in Tier 5B will hit homers, but they don’t do much else. Ryan Mountcastle is the most interesting if he gets playing time, but it could take a while before he finds his way into regular at-bats. If he plays a full season, he’d join Willy Adames and Freddy Galvis as guys who could pace for 20 HRs. Tier 5C features perhaps the most impactful players, as all three could be big contributors in steals with regular playing time. Right now, none have clear paths to at-bats (though the Marlins have said Jon Berti will play most days in a super-utility role), but as soon as they do, expect them to be snatched up off the waiver wire. If you need steals, it doesn’t hurt to plan ahead and stash one of these guys. As a bonus, Madrigal will hit for a high average when he gets called up.TIER 5AKevin Newman, Pirates (2B)Mauricio Dubon, Giants (2B)Carter Kieboom, Nationals (3B*)Luis Urias, Brewers (2B)Dansby Swanson, BravesNick Ahmed, D-backsNiko Goodrum,Tigers (1B, 2B, OF)Tier 5BWilly Adames, RaysFreddy Galvis, Reds (2B)Ryan Mountcastle, Orioles Shortstop is the type of position some fantasy owners plan their drafts around. Not only is it loaded with five-category talents in the top tier, but it’s also a premium position in terms of scarcity. At least, it was. Looking down our 2020 SS rankings, it appears the position is deeper than in years past, but with some premier base stealers and power-speed threats, several shortstops will be specific targets for owners. Fortunately, most are truly worthy of high picks, but if your draft strategy involves targeting players at other positions early on, then you can rest easy knowing there are plenty of solid shortstops and SS-eligible sleepers available later. Like second base, shortstop features numerous good players with varied skill sets, so how you’re building your team matters a lot in which players — and which tier — you should target. There are perfectly acceptable power threats as far down as Tier 4, so if you drafted speed early, you can wait quite a while to pick your shortstop. Or, given the plethora of multi-position-eligible players, you can grab more than one and figure out how you’re going to slot them into your lineup later.  TIER 5CGarrett Hampson, Rockies (2B, OF)Nick Madrigal, White Sox (2B)Jon Berti, Marlins (3B, OF)Fantasy Baseball Deep Sleepers: SSOur Tier-6 shortstops come in all varieties. Some have playing time concerns, others just haven’t been all that good. That said, any of them could get hot for a few weeks and help your fantasy teams. TIER 6Orlando Arcia, BrewersEnrique Hernandez, Dodgers (2B, OF)J.P. Crawford, MarinersChris Taylor, Dodgers (2B, OF)Leury Garcia, White Sox (2B*, OF)Jose Iglesias, OriolesJose Peraza, Red Sox (2B, OF)Brendan Rodgers, Rockies (2B)Andrelton Simmons, AngelsBrandon Crawford, GiantsMiguel Rojas, MarlinsJohan Camargo, Braves (3B, OF)Nico Hoerner, Cubs (2B*)last_img

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