There’s no Reyes, Rollins or Hanley on this list of shortstops. This list is guys that can be had later in your drafts if you’ve punted shortstop or are still looking for a middle infielder. Look at this as a supplement to the top 20 shortstops of 2011 fantasy baseball. If you’re feeling especially adventurous, click on the player’s name to read more about them or to see their 2011 projections. I’m going to start this list of targets at the 122 ADP cut off. You say, “Arbitrary!” I say, “Why are you saying arbitrary to a computer screen? No one can hear you.” Anyway, here’s some shortstops to target for 2011 fantasy baseball:
Ian Desmond – I dropped a killer no whammy no whammy…. double whammy! post on you regarding Alcides Escobar and our good friend that neither of us personally know, Ian Desmond. That’s right, I went bi-postal and I’m bi-winning. Liked Desmond last year and he only seemed to disappoint. (Seriously, look at his numbers compared to other shortstops. He wasn’t that bad.) I like him again this year. Don’t fear the Nats. No one else does! Oofa.
Stephen Drew – He was the reason for the 122 ADP cut off. I really like Stephen Drew. I have convinced myself that at the age of 28 he will break out. Possible signs of this: his walk rate last year was (barely) the best of his career, he has speed for 10 steals and the power for 20+ homers and he was once a top ten prospect… Okay, five years ago. But still, he’s 28.
Alcides Escobar – How does a shortstop go from stealing 40+ bases in Triple-A to stealing 10 in the majors? I don’t know and that alone is my reason to think Alcides has to steal more this year. Yes, it is that scientific.
Asdrubal Cabrera – Da ‘drubal! Love him! Okay, I don’t really. He’s okay. But now with the injection of Orlando Cabrera! Yeah, that doesn’t really change things much either. I do like a good ‘drubal when I can get him on the cheap. That’s what she said! Yeah, I don’t think that makes much sense either. Moving on…
Jason Bartlett – It’s true, I don’t like Jason Bartlett. How’s that for the hard sell? But he’s being drafted around 279th overall. Really, he’s that bad? Rhetorical! No, he’s not.
Reid Brignac – There was a study done by the University of Washington that basically says you don’t like what you can’t pronounce. Yeah, that’s a complete lie, but I do think that’s why people love Jay Bruce and dislike Reid Brignac. Okay, that and Brignac is only getting a starting job for the first time this year. You, quibbler!