Corey Seager
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I present the Lester’s Legends 2016 fantasy baseball NL Only shortstop rankings.
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1. Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers
2. Jose Reyes, Toronto Blue Jays
3. Jung-Ho Kang, Pittsburgh Pirates
4. Jhonny Peralta, St. Louis Cardinals
5. Brandon Crawford, San Francisco Giants
6. Jean Segura, Milwaukee Brewers
7. Addison Russell, Chicago Cubs
8. Alexei Ramirez, San Diego Padres
9. Asdrubal Cabrera, New York Mets
10. Eugenio Suarez, Cincinnati Reds
11. Erick Aybar, Atlanta Braves
12. Jedd Gyorko, St. Louis Cardinals
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Carlos Correa
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I present the Lester’s Legends 2016 fantasy baseball AL Only shortstop rankings.
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1. Carlos Correa, Houston Astros
2. Troy Tulowitzki, Toronto Blue Jays
3. Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox
4. Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians
5. Starlin Castro, New York Yankees
6. Elvis Andrus, Texas Rangers
7. Alcides Escobar, Kansas City Royals
8. Marcus Semien
9. Ketel Marte, Seattle Mariners
10. Andrelton Simmons, Los Angeles Angels
11. J.J. Hardy, Baltimore Orioles
12. Brad Miller, Tampa Bay Rays
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Carlos Correa
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I present the Lester’s Legends 2016 fantasy baseball shortstop rankings.
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1. Carlos Correa, Houston Astros
2. Troy Tulowitzki, Toronto Blue Jays
3. Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox
4. Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers
5. Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians
6. Jose Reyes, Colorado Rockies
7. Ian Desmond, Free Agent
8. Jung-Ho Kang, Pittsburgh Pirates
9. Jhonny Peralta, St. Louis Cardinals
10. Brandon Crawford, San Francisco Giants
11. Starlin Castro, New York Yankees
12. Elvis Andrus, Texas Rangers
13. Jean Segura, Milwaukee Brewers
14. Addison Russell, Chicago Cubs
15. Alcides Escobar, Kansas City Royals
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Here’s an early look at the N.L. Only 2011 Shortstop rankings.
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1. Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies:  It’s really a toss-up between Tulo and HanRam. They are both five category players. I prefer Tulo because of his ballpark and lineup.
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2. Hanley Ramirez,Florida Marlins: Han-Ram is 1-A. He should post a higher SB total than Tulo, but fewer HRs and RBIs. You can’t go wrong either way. I just fear that he won’t see as many good pitches without a strong supporting cast.
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3. Jose Reyes,New York Mets: Reyes wasn’t the superstar he used to be posting a .282-83-11-54-30 line, but that’s not the important part. He stayed healthy. A year later I expect him to take another step forward, especially if the Mets’ lineup featuring Reyes, David Wright, Carlos Beltran, Jason Bay, Angel Pagan, and Ike Davis can avoid the injury bug.
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4. Jimmy Rollins,Philadelphia Phillies: You know the National League is deep at shortstop when the fourth ranked SS could be #1 in the American League. J-Roll dealt with injuries last year, but I believe he still has what it takes to be an elite fantasy shortstop.
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5. Stephen Drew, Arizona Diamondbacks: Drew has fourth straight seasons with at least 60 RBIs. He also hit .278 with 83 runs, 15 HRs, and a career high ten SBs. He finished strong hitting .300 with 38 runs, 11 HRs, 30 RBIs, and 4 SBs in 217 at bats from August-October. The youngsters will press him for the top five, but for know it’s his spot to lose.
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6. Ian Desmond, Washington Nationals: Desmond’s was a model of consistency as he went .255-31-6-36-8 in his 271 first half ABs and .283-28-4-29-9 in his 254 second half ABs. He’s clearly a cut below the top five, but remains a solid option this year.
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7. Starlin Castro, Chicago Cubs: Castro is another youngster that posted a solid rookie season, as he hit .300. He only scored 53 runs in 125 games though, and was thrown out (eight) nearly as many times as he was successful (ten) stealing bases.
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8. Rafael Furcal, Los Angeles Dodgers: Furcal is great when he is in the lineup. He provides a spark for the Dodgers and his fantasy teams alike. Unfortunately, staying healthy is next to impossible for Furcal. Make sure you have a solid backup plan.
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9. Juan Uribe, Los Angeles Dodgers: Uribe has 2B/3B/SS eligibility, which makes him a valuable option. He doesn’t score many runs or steal many bases, but he has decent pop and is a solid RBI guy.
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10. Alex Gonzalez, Atlanta Braves: Gonzalez hit 23 home runs last year, but struggled (.240-27-6-38-0) in 72 games with Atlanta. He’s not your ideal shortstop, but he can give you a boost in home runs and RBI.
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Here’s an early look at the 2011 A.L. Only Shortstop rankings.
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1. Elvis Andrus, Texas Rangers: The better shortstops reside in the National League, so there isn’t a clear-cut number one in A.L. Only leagues. I like Andrus because of his ability to score runs and steal bases. He could easily lead A.L. shortstops in both categories.
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2. Derek Jeter, New York Yankees: He’s getting older and his numbers did not look like Derek Jeter numbers last year. Still, in that lineup and ballpark, he’s one the A.L.’s top shortstops. Look for his average and home run total to improve this year.
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3. Alexei Ramirez, Chicago White Sox: Ramirez quietly joined Tulo and Han-Ram as the only shortstops with at least 80 runs and 70 RBIs last year. He’s been a model of consistency his first three years, and should post another strong line joining Adam Dunn, Paul Konerko, Juan Pierre, Carlos Quentin, and Gordon Beckham in a potent lineup.
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4. Yunel Escobar,Toronto Blue Jays: This goes to show you how shallow the position is in the American League. Escobar gives you a little pop and is a decent source for average, runs, and RBI.
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5. Jhonny Peralta, Detroit Tigers: Peralta isn’t a sexy pick, but he is a pretty decent RBI guy. He has decent power and no speed. Not an ideal SS option, but he does offer positional flexibility with his 3B eligibility.
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6.  Asdrubal Cabrera, Cleveland Indians: Cabrera was limited to 97 games last year so it would be easy to overlook him, but he’s the guy who scored 81 runs, drove in 68, and stole 17 bases in 2009.
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7.  Erick Aybar, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim:  Aybar’s average dropped from .312 to .253 last year. Still, he managed 22 stolen bases. If he can get on base more often, 30 SBs is not out of reach.
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8.  J.J. Hardy, Baltimore Orioles:  His year with the Twins did not go well. The 50 HRs he combined to hit in 2007 and 2008 are smaller in the rear view mirror, but the potential is there if he can just stay healthy.
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9.  Alcides Escobar, Kansas City Royals:  Another former Brewer SS, Escobar has great stolen base potential. He should hit much better than the .235 he hit last year, as  his luck should improve. Most speedsters don’t sport a .266 BABIP.
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10.  Marco Scutaro, Boston Red Sox:  He will likely split time with Jed Lowrie, but should be solid enough in Boston’s potent lineup for A.L. Only leagues.
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Here’s an early look at the 2011 Shortstop rankings.
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1. Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies: After a .315-89-27-95-11 season Tulo has jumped up to the number one spot. He posted those monster numbers in just 122 games.
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2. Hanley Ramirez,Florida Marlins: Han-Ram is 1-A. He should post a higher SB total than Tulo, but fewer HRs and RBIs. You can’t go wrong either way.
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3. Jose Reyes,New York Mets: Reyes had a modest .282-83-11-54-30 season, but he stayed healthy. With his issues seemingly behind him, he should get back on track in the 110 run/50 stolen base zone.
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4. Elvis Andrus, Texas Rangers: Andrus really had it going on in the first three months hitting .296 with 54 runs, 24 RBIs, and 23 SBs. He finished with respectable numbers (.265-88-0-35-32), but was hampered down the stretch with a hamstring injury. If he can stay healthy, he could challenge Reyes for the lead among shortstops in both runs and stolen bases.
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5. Derek Jeter, New York Yankees: In a down year Jeter still posted a .270-111-10-67-18 line. He doesn’t even need to improve on those numbers to post another solid fantasy year. Of course, as a .314 career hitter, I’m almost certain he improves in that category. continue reading »

Time for my second look at my shortstop rankings.

1.  Hanley Ramirez – Second only to Albert Pujols in overall fantasy ranking.

2.  Troy Tulowitzki – If he can match his speed numbers, he’s at least in the conversation with Hanley Ramirez.


3.  Derek Jeter – Is it possible that Jeter is becoming underrated?

4.  Jose Reyes – 2009 should bring him at a great value. If not, at least he won’t cost you a first round pick anymore.

5.  Jimmy Rollins – J-Roll has been somewhat disappointing the past two years, but at 31 he still should be able to put up elite numbers.

6.  Elvis Andrus – Elvis was a force on the base paths last year, and should be even better in 2010.

7.  Alexei Ramirez – I love the value you get from Alexei later in the draft. 

8.  Yunel Escobar – We profiled him earlier (click to read article). He doesn’t give you any speed, but does contribute in all the hitting categories.

9.  Stephen Drew – Was disappointing last year. Could see him bouncing back this year.

10.  Jason Bartlett – I think he played over his head last year, but is still a low-end fantasy starter.

11.  Everth Cabrera – I’m not sure who will drive him in other than Adrian Gonzalez. He still should steal a bunch of bases.

12.  Miguel Tejada – He’s playing third base for Baltimore. There’s still a little life left in his bat.

13.  Jhonny Peralta – If he can score more runs, maintain his RBIs, and get his power back, he could move up the list. He has 3B/SS versatility, which helps his value.

14.  J.J. Hardy – Excellent bounce back candidate for the Twins.

15.  Rafael Furcal – His health is the only thing that holds him back.

16.  Erick Aybar – Aybar was great down the stretch for the Halos. He’s a nice backup shortstop or solid for the middle infield slot.

17.  Orlando Cabrera – Should be productive for the Reds despite being 35.

18.  Marco Scutaro – Should be productive in Boston’s powerful lineup.

19.  Asdrubal Cabrera – I don’t believe his 2009 numbers were for real. Average 2008 & 2009 and you’ll get an idea of how he should end up.

20.  Alcides Escobar – Alcides has the potential to really break out for the Brew Crew in 2010.

Click to see the rest of the 2010 fantasy baseball rankings.

Here’s an early look at Shortstop Rankings.

1.  Hanley Ramirez – Jose Reyes excused himself from the discussion last year.

2.  Troy Tulowitzki – Tulo emerged as the #2 SS last year combining power and speed. He was a beast from June on.

3.  Derek Jeter – I know he doesn’t have the potential of Reyes, but I think Jeter is well-suited for his new ballpark. In that lineup you know he’s going to rack up the runs and hits. Plus, he supplies a decent amount of HRs and SBs.

4.  Jose Reyes – OK, I’ll stop the bleeding with Reyes, who was not only the second-ranked SS last year, but a top five overall pick. He’ll likely move up a slot when all is said and done, but he has to prove he hasn’t lost his speed first.

5.  Jimmy Rollins – Rollins got off to a miserable start hitting .229 before the All-Star Break. He finished with 100 runs, 21 HRs, 77 RBIs, and 31 SBs, which is enough to keep him in the top five.

6.  Elvis Andrus – Elvis led all shortstops in SBs last year, and he has a good chance of repeating even with Reyes’ return. He showed improvement in the second half of last year, has a year under his belt, and plays in a potent offense, all of which should lead to even bigger numbers in 2010.

7.  Alexei Ramirez – Alexei had a solid year, but was a disappointment in terms of his expectation level. He also made the transition from 2B to SS. He is loaded with talent though and could make a serious run at 25 HRs and 85 RBIs.
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