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Here’s the 2013 LestersLegends Shortstop Rankings for NL-Only Leagues.
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1. Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies
Despite being limited to 47 games last year, Tulo hangs on to the number one spot in my preseason rankings for the third straight year. He still had a solid .846 OPS and projected to a .287-114-28-93-7 season if you extrapolated his numbers over a full season.
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2. Hanley Ramirez, Los Angeles Dodgers
Ramirez is a nice option because he also has third base eligibility. He has tailed off a bit in recent years, but his .257-79-24-92-21 line is not one to take lightly. He’s capable of even better numbers.
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3. Starlin Castro, Chicago Cubs
Castro will turn 23 this month and has already established that he can handle big league pitching. Last year he turned in a .283-78-14-78-25 line. He should only get better.
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4. Ian Desmond, Washington Nationals
Desmond showed a nice power-speed combination with 25 home runs and 21 stolen bases. He could stand to provide more runs (72) and RBI (73), but it’s hard to be upset with his overall numbers, which included a .292 batting average.
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5. Jimmy Rollins, Philadelphia Phillies
J-Roll left plenty to be desired with his .250 batting average, but his 102 runs, 23 home runs, 68 RBI and 30 stolen bases were impressive. He’s 34 though, so it’s unlikely he can match that production.
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6. Josh Rutledge, Colorado Rockies
Rutledge will play second base for the Rockies, but has shortstop eligibility from replacing Troy Tulowitzki last year. Rutledge hit eight home runs and stolen seven bases in 73 games, which projects to 18 home runs and 16 stolen bases in a full season.
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7. Zack Cozart, Cincinnati Reds
Cozart struggled last year hitting .246, but he hit 15 home runs. He should also approach double-digit stolen bases.
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8. Everth Cabrera, San Diego Padres
Cabrera is a one-trick pony. If you’re using him, it’s for his stolen base potential alone. He is a non-factor in every other category.
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9. Marco Scutaro, San Francisco Giants
Scutaro is 37 so the upside is minimal. He should contribute in the batting average, runs and RBI categories
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10. Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta Braves
Simmons has just 166 at-bats under his belt, but he will start the season batting leadoff, which should lead to solid counting numbers.
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Jose Reyes Blue Jays
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Here’s the 2013 LestersLegends Shortstop Rankings for AL-Only Leagues.
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1. Jose Reyes, Toronto Blue Jays
Reyes turned in an impressive .287-86-11-57-40 line with the Miami Marlins. Once again he finds himself entering the season with a new home. He should transition nicely to the American League and put up monster numbers in their potent offense.
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2. Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay Rays
Zobrist has a lot of versatility with second base, shortstop and outfield eligibility. Over the past four seasons he has averaged 88.8 runs, 19.3 HRs, 82.8 RBI and 18.5 stolen bases. You’ll have to live with his .260 lifetime batting average.
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3. Asdrubal Cabrera, Cleveland Indians
Cabrera regressed as expected, but his .270-70-16-68-9 line was more than adequate for a starting fantasy shortstop. He should deliver some solid pop in the shortstop position.
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4. Alcides Escobar, Kansas City Royals
There are a number of ways to go at the middle of AL-Only fantasy shortstop class. You can go with power with J.J. Hardy or all-around play like Derek Jeter or Alexei Ramirez. Escobar swiped 35 bases last year, and he gives you a solid jump in that category. He should also provide a solid amount of runs and decent average.
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5. Derek Jeter, New York Yankees
Jeter turned back the clock with a .316-99-15-58-9 line. He’ll turn 39 in June, but it’s hard to write him off when he just keeps producing.
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6. Elvis Andrus, Texas Rangers
Andrus saw his stolen base total drop from 37 to 21. He’s been caught stealing 37 times over the past three seasons. A lot of his value is based on his stolen base total so there is a little concern. Andrus has improved his batting average from .266 in his first two years to .283 the past two. He has averaged 89.7 runs the past two seasons and has even averaged a respectable 61 RBI the past two seasons. He has 14 career home runs. Four out of five categories isn’t bad.
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7. Alexei Ramirez, Chicago White Sox
Ramirez’s .265-59-9-73-20 line is below his norm. He is a solid contributor in all five 5×5 categories. He should be better in 2013.
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8. J.J. Hardy, Baltimore Orioles
Hardy is known for two things. He has some solid pop for a shortstop (20-plus home runs in four of the past six year) and he gets dinged up. His batting average and lack of stolen bases hurts his value, but he is a decent option for runs and RBI.
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9. Erick Aybar, Los Angeles Angels
Aybar is a solid contributor in the steals category and a decent contributor in the runs and batting average category. Aybar offers little in the home run or RBI category, but he’s a good value option.
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10. Stephen Drew, Boston Red Sox
Drew is a solid risk option, particularly in AL-Only leagues. His health is a constant concern, but if he can stay healthy, he should do well in Boston.
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We already looked at the LestersLegends’ top 10 fantasy baseball shortstops for 2013, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t additional options if you choose to wait on filling your shortstop slot to address other positions. Alternatively, many leagues offer middle infield slots, which put these options on your radar.
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Elvis Andrus, Texas Rangers
Andrus saw his stolen base total drop from 37 to 21. He’s been caught stealing 37 times over the past three seasons. A lot of his value is based on his stolen base total so there is a little concern. Andrus has improved his batting average from .266 in his first two years to .283 the past two. He has averaged 89.7 runs the past two seasons and has even averaged a respectable 61 RBI the past two seasons. He has 14 career home runs. Four out of five categories isn’t bad.
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Erick Aybar, Los Angeles Angels
Aybar is a solid contributor in the steals category and a decent contributor in the runs and batting average category. Aybar offers little in the home run or RBI category, but he’s a good value option.
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Everth Cabrera, San Diego Padres
Cabrera is a one-trick pony. If you’re using him, it’s for his stolen base potential alone. He is a non-factor in every other category.
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Zack Cozart, Cincinnati Reds
Cozart struggled last year hitting .246, but he hit 15 home runs. He should also approach double-digit stolen bases.
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J.J. Hardy, Baltimore Orioles
Hardy is known for two things. He has some solid pop for a shortstop (20-plus home runs in four of the past six year) and he gets dinged up. His batting average and lack of stolen bases hurts his value, but he is a decent option for runs and RBI.
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Alexei Ramirez, Chicago White Sox
Ramirez’s .265-59-9-73-20 line is below his norm. He is a solid contributor in all five 5×5 categories. He should be better in 2013.
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Josh Rutledge, Colorado Rockies
Rutledge will play second base for the Rockies, but has shortstop eligibility from replacing Troy Tulowitzki last year. Rutledge hit eight home runs and stolen seven bases in 73 games, which projects to 18 home runs and 16 stolen bases in a full season.
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Here’s the first look at the 2013 LestersLegends shortstop Rankings.
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1. Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies
Despite being limited to 47 games last year, Tulo hangs on to the number one spot in my preseason rankings for the third straight year. He still had a solid .846 OPS and projected to a .287-114-28-93-7 season if you extrapolated his numbers over a full season.
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2. Jose Reyes, Toronto Blue Jays
Reyes turned in an impressive .287-86-11-57-40 line with the Miami Marlins. Once again he finds himself entering the season with a new home. He should transition nicely to the American League and put up monster numbers in their potent offense. He’s really a 1-A because while he won’t match Tulo in home runs or RBI, he will likely hold a commanding lead in runs and stolen bases.
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3. Hanley Ramirez, Los Angeles Dodgers
Ramirez is a nice option because he also has third base eligibility. He has tailed off a bit in recent years, but his .257-79-24-92-21 line is not one to take lightly. He’s capable of even better numbers.
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4. Starlin Castro, Chicago Cubs
Castro will turn 23 in March and has already established that he can handle big league pitching. Last year he turned in a .283-78-14-78-25 line. He should only get better.
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5. Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay Rays
Zobrist has a lot of versatility with second base, shortstop and outfield eligibility. Over the past four seasons he has averaged 88.8 runs, 19.3 HRs, 82.8 RBI and 18.5 stolen bases. You’ll have to live with his .260 lifetime batting average.
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6. Ian Desmond, Washington Nationals
Desmond showed a nice power-speed combination with 25 home runs and 21 stolen bases. He could stand to provide more runs (72) and RBI (73), but it’s hard to be upset with his overall numbers, which included a .292 batting average.
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7. Jimmy Rollins, Philadelphia Phillies
J-Roll left plenty to be desired with his .250 batting average, but his 102 runs, 23 home runs, 68 RBI and 30 stolen bases were impressive. He’s 34 though, so it’s unlikely he can match that production.
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8. Asdrubal Cabrera, Cleveland Indians
Cabrera regressed as expected, but his .270-70-16-68-9 line was more than adequate for a low-end starting fantasy shortstop. If you miss out on the top crop, he’s not a bad option.
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9. Alcides Escobar, Kansas City Royals
There are a number of ways to go at the bottom of the starting fantasy shortstop class. You can go with power with J.J. Hardy or all-around play like Derek Jeter or Alexei Ramirez. Escobar swiped 35 bases last year, and he gives you a solid jump in that category. He should also provide a solid amount of runs and decent average.
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10. Derek Jeter, New York Yankees
Jeter turned back the clock with a .316-99-15-58-9 line. He’ll turn 39 in June, but it’s hard to write him off when he just keeps producing.
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