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08-18

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Unsung Heroes of the Shortstop Revolution
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Wilson Karaman

05-24

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15

Updating the Tiers: Shortstops
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Bret Sayre

02-12

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6

Fantasy Players to Avoid: Shortstops
by
BP Fantasy Staff

02-11

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings Continued: Shortstops on the Ocean's Floor
by
Wilson Karaman

02-10

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The -Only League Landscape: National League Shortstops
by
Scooter Hotz

02-09

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2

Early ADP Analysis: Shortstop
by
George Bissell

02-09

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Tale of the Tape: Elvis Andrus vs. Brandon Crawford
by
Matt Collins

03-31

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6

Every Team's Moneyball: Atlanta Braves: Shortstop Instincts
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R.J. Anderson

02-05

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18

Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 50 Shortstops
by
Bret Sayre

02-04

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Fantasy Infographic: Shortstops
by
Mauricio Rubio

02-04

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The -Only League Landscape: American League Shortstops
by
Nick Shlain

02-04

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The Adjuster: Shortstops
by
Wilson Karaman

02-03

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20

Get to Know: Shortstop Prospects
by
Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

09-03

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2

They Hold No Quarter: Shortstops
by
BP Fantasy Staff

06-06

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14

PECOTA Takes on Prospects
by
Andrew Koo

02-07

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18

Fantasy Players to Avoid: Shortstops
by
BP Fantasy Staff

02-07

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3

TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Shortstops
by
Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

02-06

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3

Tale of the Tape: J.J. Hardy vs. Xander Bogaerts
by
Wilson Karaman

02-06

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27

Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 50 Shortstops
by
Bret Sayre

02-05

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12

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Shortstops
by
Craig Goldstein

02-04

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11

Fantasy Team Discussion
by
BP Fantasy Staff

02-04

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7

Graphical Fantasy Rankings: Shortstops
by
Mauricio Rubio

02-04

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13

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Shortstops
by
Paul Sporer

02-03

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2

State of the Position: Shortstops
by
Mike Gianella

02-03

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11

Fantasy Players to Target: Shortstops
by
BP Fantasy Staff

11-12

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15

Overthinking It: Picking an Appropriate Cardinals Shortstop
by
Ben Lindbergh

09-11

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3

Transaction Analysis: The Anti-Jeter Joins Jeter
by
Ben Lindbergh

09-05

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Skewed Left: The Literal Rise of the Shortstops
by
Zachary Levine

04-18

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Checking in On: Shortstops, Part 2
by
Jason Parks

08-23

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 27: Revisiting the Dan Haren Trade/Derek Jeter Defies Dire Forecasts
by
Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

05-19

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: U Got the Look: Fielders, Part I
by
Jason Parks

12-17

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Prospectus Perspective: Shorting Short?
by
Christina Kahrl

08-11

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7

You Could Look It Up: On Droughts and Drafts
by
Steven Goldman

07-10

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11

Fantasy Beat: Feeling Short at Short?
by
Marc Normandin

06-21

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Prospectus Idol Entry: Are Offensive Shortstops Becoming Toxic Sub-Prime Mortgages and Other Evolutionary Trends in Baseball Positions
by
Tim Kniker

06-28

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Future Shock: The Draft Spectrum, Part Two
by
Kevin Goldstein

03-22

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Lies, Damned Lies: Rethinking Replacement Level
by
Nate Silver

03-01

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You Could Look It Up: When You Wish Upton a Star
by
Steven Goldman

02-24

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You Could Look It Up: Position Changes
by
Steven Goldman

09-13

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Doctoring The Numbers: The Draft, Part Seven
by
Rany Jazayerli

07-28

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Crooked Numbers: Stopped Short
by
James Click

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August 18, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: The Unsung Heroes of the Shortstop Revolution

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Wilson Karaman

A pack of elite shortstops is behind the position's resurgence, but there are some very noteworthy contributors beyond the cream of the crop.

Thirteen shortstops currently rank among the top 100 players overall per Sportsline’s standard rankings, including 10 among the top 50 overall, and those numbers mark a significant leap forward in status for six-spotter fantasy performance. Just eight earned top-100 status per our valuations last year, with only Xander Bogaerts cracking the top 50. The position’s renaissance has been driven by some who were expected to usher in a new age of relevance for the position, to be sure; Xander Bogaerts, Francisco Lindor, Carlos Correa, Corey Seager, and pleasant surprise of re-eligibility Manny Machado all pepper the ranks of double-digit overall value. But there has been an interesting second wave of guys who were decidedly not expected to provide that kind of value, who have stepped up and taken their games to new levels this year. A full six of those 13 shortstops—yes, almost half—have produced top-100 value by outperforming their average draft positions by at least 200 spots. That’s league-winning surplus value, right there. So let’s take a look at that crew and see if we can’t figure out whether their meteoric respective rises represent new normals, or whether managers who’ve reaped their rewards this year will be best off selling high before keeper deadlines this winter.

Jonathan Villar, Milwaukee Bewers (ADP: 317, Current Rank: 16)

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May 24, 2016 6:00 am

Updating the Tiers: Shortstops

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Bret Sayre

Manny Machado joins the elite six spotters, among other changes in this midseason reranking.

Welcome, to Baseball Prospectus’ first (or at least first time in a long time) in-season rankings update to our preseason positional tiers article. As we did during the preseason, players at each position will be divided into five tiers, represented by a “star” rating. In addition, unlike with the preseason “star” ratings, these lists can also be viewed as a straight ranking.

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February 12, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Players to Avoid: Shortstops

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BP Fantasy Staff

You might be better off letting someone else draft or buy these players in your leagues this spring.

These introductions have been filled with C- jokes and should probably be avoided. Just like the players below should be avoided, based on the recommendations of our Baseball Prospectus staff.

(You see, this is a joke that should be avoided which makes it like the jokes I am describing so it is meta. This paragraph fits this model as well, so it is another joke of this ilk. This is awful and I apologize for subjecting you to it.)

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Looking beyond the top 50 for long-range contributors at the position.

Welcome down to the depths below the positional top 50, where each week we scavenge for potential crumbs among the current professional ranks and look mercifully into the future for the next wave of fantasy talent at each position. This series is geared towards those of you in deeper dynasty formats, particularly those either with a mid-season minor league draft or with no eligibility restrictions on the player pool. Here are links to the previous articles in this series:

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February 10, 2016 6:00 am

The -Only League Landscape: National League Shortstops

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Scooter Hotz

Scouring the senior-circuit six-spot menu.

National League shortstop might be the most wide-open position group we’ll cover across the AL-only and NL-only landscapes here at Baseball Prospectus this year. The top earners in 2015 didn’t earn much compared to other positions. This year’s crop of NL-only shortstops looks similarly thin at the high end, with a lot of uncertainty throughout the ranks.

Three of the top 10 players in Mike Gianella’s bid limits going into the 2015 season have moved to the AL. Troy Tulowitzki was the top dog in the NL last year at shortstop, going into the season at $30, but he ended his year on the losing side of the American League Championship Series with Toronto. Starlin Castro had the third-highest bid limit ($21) at SS in the NL last spring but will be manning the keystone for the Yankees in the AL in 2016. Andrelton Simmons and his middling, will-he-or-won’t-he-hit-for-power profile had the seventh-highest bid limit at SS in the NL in 2015 ($12). He’ll be making GIF-able stops and insanely perfect throws in front of the rockpile in Anaheim in 2016.

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February 9, 2016 6:00 am

Early ADP Analysis: Shortstop

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George Bissell

A look at where six-spotters have been going in drafts held to date.

Welcome to the latest installment of our new fantasy series focused primarily on analyzing early average draft position (ADP) trends. The goal of the series is to identify trends in the data over time to determine what we can learn to improve our draft-day strategy going forward. This week’s edition focuses squarely on the plethora of young shortstops poised to usher in a new era at the position.

A Brief Position Eligibility Primer
The standard we use for our pre-season content at BP to determine position eligibility is 20 games played. Some league providers set their eligibility threshold at just 10 games played, so make sure to check with your specific league settings if there is any question as to where a specific player may quality in your league. Hitters are ultimately ranked at the position deemed to be more valuable fantasy-wise. Fantasy owners should remain cognizant of hitters who qualify at multiple positions, but instead of rankings them at every position for which they are eligible at, we have chosen to rank them only at the position with more fantasy value.


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February 9, 2016 6:00 am

Tale of the Tape: Elvis Andrus vs. Brandon Crawford

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Matt Collins

Is the Ranger or the Giant a better fantasy bet for 2016?

Welcome to shortstop week. Usually, this is sort of a depressing week, as the position in typically filled with glove-first players who are unexciting in the fantasy world. With the recent infusion of elite young talent, however, shortstops are as exciting as ever. Unfortunately, many of us won’t end up with one of the top-five guys, and will have to look for some flawed players later in drafts. This week, we’ll be looking at a couple of veterans that are still in their 20s with very different skill sets who are going within a round or two of each other in early drafts. It’s Elvis Andrus vs. Brandon Crawford.

Batting Average
Last year was neck and neck in this category, with Andrus’ .258 mark just barely beating out Crawford’s .256. While they were very close in the end, the final numbers were polar opposites with respect to their career trajectories. Despite posting the higher overall mark, it was a career-low AVG for Andrus and a career-high for Crawford. Andrus has been trending down in this department in each of the last three seasons, and last season’s decline was mostly due to the first sub-.300 BABIP of his career. The good news is he cut his strikeout rate back down to 11 percent, and keeping that heading into 2016 will make it much more likely he can get back up to the .270 AVG he’s posted in the past. Crawford, meanwhile, posts solid-but-unspectacular BABIPs with roughly league-average strikeout rates. Andrus righted his ship in the second half, and if he can build off that he’ll win this easily. Even if he doesn’t quite reach that level, his advantage on balls in play as well as strikeout rate gives him the overall edge.
Advantage: Andrus



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What the Braves might be looking for when developing shortstops from prospect to pro.

Every day until Opening Day, Baseball Prospectus authors will preview two teams—one from the AL, one from the NL—identifying strategies those teams employ to gain an advantage. Today: the shortstop factories of the Braves and Rangers.

Week 1 previews: Giants | Royals | Dodgers | Rays | Padres | Astros | Rockies | Athletics | Mets | Yankees

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A plethora of exciting prospects dot the list, which comes with a bonus: a Just Missed list you might actually care about.

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.

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A visual look at the categories in which players at this position can help your squad.

Here’s the primer for this series.

Notes

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Examining the junior-circuit half of the shortstop equation.

Depth at each position varies from year to year and making adjustments to your bid limits or rankings can be extremely beneficial in preparing for the upcoming fantasy season. How much more do you value getting a decent player at a shallow position? Are the elite players at the position worth the risk? How these questions are handled can go a long way toward deciding the makeup of your roster.

As one might know from reading the tiered shortstop rankings, both of the five-star or $30 shortstops (Troy Tulowitzki and Ian Desmond) reside in the National League. What’s left in the American League won’t rival the NL elites, especially if Tulowitzki stays healthy, but at least AL-only owners have Hanley Ramirez’ migration to Fenway Park to look forward to. Ramirez passed 500 plate appearances for the second time in the last four years last year on his way to earning $21 in NL-only leagues, according to Mike Gianella. Despite good health, he failed to live up to the $32 average price he garnered across expert leagues after the herculean batting line he produced amid injuries in 2013 (.345/.402/.638), hitting .283 with 13 home runs and 14 steals.

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A look at the players at this position who see a bump or drop in value in OBP and/or points formats.

Hoo boy, is it ugly out there in shortstop land. As J.P. noted in his look at the State of the Position earlier in the week, this notoriously thin position for fantasy has gotten even thinner over the past couple of seasons. AL-only leagues that use OBP face quite possibly the worst collection of options in the history of fantasy baseball, while Javier Baez’ name on the auction block should cause points leaguers to break out into cold sweats from sea to shining sea this spring. Buckle up, baby. Let’s sift through some rubble!

In case you missed it, here are our Shortstop tiers for standard leagues. Previous articles in this series: Catcher, First Base, Second Base, Third Base.

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