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February 4, 2014

Fantasy Tier Rankings

Shortstops

by Paul Sporer


To read the previous editions of this series, follow the links below:

Today, our positional tier rankings series continues with a look at shortstops.

Players at each position are divided into five tiers, represented by a numerical star rating. Five-star players are the studs at their respective position. In general, they are the players that will be nabbed in the first couple of rounds of the draft, and they'll fetch auction bids in excess of $30. Four-star players are a cut below the studs at the position. They will also be early-round selections, and they are projected to be worth more than $20 in most cases. Three-star players are the last tier in which players are projected to provide double-digit dollar value in auctions, and two-star players are projected to earn single digits in dollar value in auctions. One-star players are late round sleepers and roster placeholders. The positional tiers aren't simply a regurgitation of last year’s values but rather try to offer some insights into what we expect will happen in 2014.

We retained last year's roster requirements for the positional tier series. Dollar values come from last year’s PFM using a 12-team, standard 5x5 scoring format, with 23-man rosters and the following positions: C (2) 1B (1) 2B (1) 3B (1) SS (1) CI (1) MI (1) OF (5) UT (1) P (9). The minimum bid for players is $1, and, as we did last year, we allocate $180 of a $260 budget to hitters. Players needed to play in 20 games at a position to qualify there. The PFM is customizable, so if your league uses a different format, you can adjust it to match your league settings and see how it impacts players’ dollar values.

Five Star

Despite being the best of the best, the five-star pool still carries some risk. Both Ramirez and Tulowitzki have seriously checkered health profiles while Desmond is a newcomer to the elite ranks after a pair of 20-20 seasons. He gets the edge over Tulo as the latter’s speed has dissipated and his power isn’t enough to overcome the deficit. It’s also dangerous to extrapolate Tulo’s power production across a full season and point to it as upside, considering that he’s failed to top 143 games in any of the last four seasons and has averaged just 110 in the span.

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