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February 6, 2014

Dynasty League Positional Rankings

Top 50 Shortstops

by Bret Sayre


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The Primer:

Because dynasty league rankings are relatively league-dependent, I set up parameters for ranking the players below (and the ones who will follow at other positions). The list here presupposes a 16-team standard dynasty format, where there are no contracts/salaries, players can be kept forever and owners have minor league farm systems in which to hoard prospects. So feel free to adjust this as necessary for your individual league, whether it’s moving non-elite prospects without 2014 ETAs down if you don’t have separate farm teams or moving lower-risk, lower-reward players up in deeper mixed or only formats.

Shortstop is similar in some ways to its middle infield brethren, but it differentiates itself in one very important manner. At the major league level, shortstop is the weakest non-catcher position, but underneath the surface is a burgeoning group of studs just waiting to explode onto the scene. And it’s easy to tell that when skimming the list because four of the top ten players on here have their prospect eligibility. This is part of the reason why more middling options are pushed down on this list—with the likely influx of high-impact new talent, those players are just going to be less and less valuable. It’s an exciting time for the position, and things are going to start looking up in 2014.

And now, your top 50 shortstops in dynasty formats:

Tulo usually gets the nod as the player who is awesome enough when he plays to make up for the weeks when he doesn’t suit up. However, Hanley went full Tulo (and then some) in 2013—finishing as a top-five shortstop despite having only 304 at-bats. If that wasn’t enough to convince you he’s the best shortstop going today, you weren’t going to be convinced anyway. Tulowitzki continues to be great, and certainly playing in Coors doesn’t hurt, but he’s stolen three bases in the past two years, and that hinders his value slightly. Both are studs.

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