A player’s eligibility is a huge factor in evaluating their price or draft status. All else being equal, a 20 home run outfielder is very different from a 20 home run shortstop. Of course, from this season to next there will be a number of hitters losing specific position eligibility, and thus their value takes a dip as well. The season is not yet over so these could change, but as of right now, we’re losing a lot of third base eligible players.

A few quick notes:

  • The players are separated into their respective divisions. The following is not every player losing eligibility, just those most fantasy relevant.
  • I’m using Yahoo! eligibility rather than CBS or ESPN not because of any specific fondness, but Yahoo! has the most lax requirements at 10 games appeared or five games started.
  • I considered splitting up center field specific players from the general outfield, however in standard leagues no such distinction exists.
  • All these players can be plugged into a utility spot, so when I say outfield only, I’m implying UTIL as well.


American League East

Hanley Ramirez, Red Sox — SS/OF this season, OF in 2016. He’ll be playing his age-32 season and is currently hitting a less-than-thrilling .262/.302/.446 line. That’s more than adequate from a shortstop, but unless Hanley can post a stronger walk rate and BABIP, his power alone will make for a tougher play in the outfield.

Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox — SS/2B this season, SS in 2016. Keeping the shortstop option is more important than the second base option, but losing a bit of flexibility always hurts. I don’t foresee this hurting his draft or keeper stock.

Jose Bautista, Blue Jays — 1B/OF this season, OF in 2016. First base is crazy deep, thought not as deep as the outfield. I don’t see this loss hurting him much.

Chase Headley, Yankees — 1B/3B this season, 3B in 2016. Similar to Joey Bats, the loss of the first base option shouldn’t affect Headley.

Chris Davis, Orioles — 1B/3B/OF this season, 1B/OF in 2016. The hot corner was fairly deep this season, but next year will shallow out some due to the loss of Davis and others. He doesn’t maintain first and outfield flexibility, but as mentioned, those are the deepest positions.

Jonathan Schoop, Orioles — 2B/3B this season, 2B in 2016. I’ll take a middle infield option over a third base or corner any day. That said, yet another third base eligible player disappearing.

Jimmy Paredes, Orioles — 2B/3B this season, 2B in 2016. Same thing as above, but Paredes has seen his playing time at second all but disappear in recent weeks. He seems like a designated hitter option with MI eligibility next year.

John Jaso, Rays — C this season, UTIL/OF in 2016. Technically Jaso has only started four games in the outfield this season, but he’s been injured for the majority of the year. I can’t see him not getting his final start in the OF to become eligible.

Asdrubal Cabrera, Rays — 2B/SS this season, SS in 2016. The middle infield is more scarce than the corner, and shortstop is tougher to fill than second.


American League Central

Miguel Cabrera, Tigers — 1B/3B this season, 1B in 2016. As mentioned with the Davis blurb above, third base gets shallow next year. As a strictly first baseman and as someone coming off of injury, Cabrera’s likely price make him a tough keeper.

Jose Iglesias, Tigers  — SS/3B this season, SS in 2016. Per usual, give me a shortstop who can hit over a third baseman.

Victor Martinez, Tigers — 1B this season, UTIL in 2016. The loss of first base/CI really crushes Martinez’s value, despite his ability to crush the ball.

Carlos Santana, Indians — C/1B/3B this season, 1B in 2016. Similar to V-Mart, Santana will be much more limited in his availability next year.

Ben Zobrist, Royals — SS/2B/OF this season, 2B/OF in 2016. Losing a shortstop is never fun, however Zobrist’s enjoyed a nice bounce-back year at the plate. If he can maintain the same level of hitting next year, his bat will play in the outfield or of course second.


American League West

Luis Valbuena, Astros — 1B/2B/3B this season, 1B/3B in 2016. Dang, by now you probably are aware of my fondness of middle infielders who can slug, and Valbuena fits that profile this year. Next year? His low average and on-base percentage hurt him at third and makes him a very difficult play at first.

Evan Gattis, Astros — C/OF this season, OF in 2016. I tend to punt the catcher slot in H2H and even single catcher roto-leagues, but Gattis no longer being behind the plate is a pretty tough blow.

Chris Carter, Astros — 1B/OF this season, 1B in 2016. Just like Valbuena, Carter has poor rate stats but undeniable power. I’m not sure I’d play him in 10-teamers, but his upside is still valuable in standard 12-teamers, even solely at first.

Marcus Semien, Athletics — SS/2B/3B this season, SS in 2016. Shortstop is still the best position to be eligible at in fantasy league.

Stephen Vogt, Athletics — C/1B/OF this season, C/1B in 2016. Utilizing Vogt at the catcher option is clearly the most valuable way of getting his bat in the lineup, though the corner infield option is always nice.

Delino DeShields Jr, Rangers — 2B/OF this season, OF in 2016. Middle infielders with speed are secondary to middle infielders with power, but at least DeShields fits the first description.

Brad Miller, Mariners — SS/2B/OF this season, SS/OF in 2016. Miller can keep his 2B option if he makes two more starts this season, so fingers crossed on that. Still, maintaining the SS is more important than his second or outfield option.


National League East

Odubel Herrera, Phillies — SS/2B/OF this season, OF in 2016. Oof, this one hurts, particularly because I have some Herrera stock, partly because losing both short and second base really hurts his value. Between his .368 BABIP and singular outfield option, I don’t plan to hang onto Herrera in my deep leagues.

Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals — 1B/3B/OF this season, 1B in 2016. At least first base isn’t quite as deep as outfield, but again, this is another player losing the third base option.


National League Central

Pedro Alvarez, Pirates — 1B/3B this season, 1B in 2016. Before trading for Aramis Ramirez, I could have seen Alvarez getting a handful of starts at the hot corner and maybe being available there again next season, but alas, no such luck.


National League West

Justin Turner, Dodgers — 1B/2B/3B/SS this season, 1B/3B in 2016. He’s three starts away from keeping his second base eligibility for next year, and MI makes a huge difference in value.

Yasmani Grandal, Dodgers — C/1B this season, C in 2016. Meh, losing the first base option is such a big deal. I can’t really see a situation where Grandal isn’t kept due to “only” being eligible at catcher.

Matt Duffy, Giants — SS/2B/3B this season, 2B/3B in 2016. Another quality player, but again, losing the shortstop option is never a good time. Duffy can stick at the keystone, but I’d like to see a few more home runs before I use him as my primary third baseman.



  1. Kevin says:

    Also I would add:

    Mookie Betts – 2B/OF this season, OF in 2016. Unless you think he is going to get starts at second base he will be losing that eligibility which hurts him. But I def still think he will be a very good OF next season anyways.

    • Davidwiers

      Davidwiers says:

      @Kevin: Betts is a good one I just whiffed on. I agree I think his bat will play in the OF, but yeah, losing 2B is big deal.

    • MJ says:


      Yep, Mookie was the first nane I thought of before reading the article. Losing 2B hurts…but he’s still going to be great. Surprised that with all the injuries the Sox have had that they never moved him back to 2B. That tells me that unless he is traded he is in the outfield for good!

  2. CMUTimmah says:

    Turner MIGHT get a couple games at second with the Kendrick injury, but it’s doubtful with the Peraza call up. I doubt they call him up to ride the pine.

    I made the mistake this year drafting guys with multi eligibility that were average guys last year… like Danny Santana (ouch…) and Josh Harrison (not too bad, traded him for Kyle Hendicks a month before his injury. Coupled with the high draft pick of Corey Dickerson (keeper league, keep 6, so Corey Dickerson was my 1st rounder, all of the stud unkept players were gone by my 11th pick…) I thought my OF would be fine. I assumed if any of my draft picks were below average, I would latch onto a decent OF guy that comes out of nowhere this year… but ended up struggling for OF help before trading future pieces for Chris Davis and Cargo.

    Dannys was a risk, I knew when I took him, however, with Tulo as my starter I wanted a guy that I could slide into SS in a pinch for all of his days off… Jung Ho Kang ended up filling that role for me, and he’s been pretty damn good against righties all year.

    While drafting swiss army knives can work great, it can also blow up in your face.

  3. G says:

    I know it’s early but out of curiosity what round do you guys project Chris Davis to go in next year? In a 4 keeper league I have arenado, machado, and correa as my sure 3 but recently made a big trsde I couldn’t pass on giving up harvey who was my intended 4th keeper. My only options would be Chris Davis in the 5th or marte in the 2nd next year.

  4. Mike says:

    Bogaerts was SS/3B, not SS/2B.

  5. Pouss-Pouss says:

    Miguel Sano is a delicious 3B/SS this year in Yahoo! Next year? Maybe just Util?

    • Matty says:

      That’s the one I was going to ask about too.
      I’m almost sure he’s losing that tasty SS in my keeper. Wish we did legacy positions.

      • Birdmann says:

        @Matty: sano almost has 3b for next year

  6. Mobin Couldn't Hack It says:

    you actually aren’t using yahoo elig if you have bogaerts at 2B, he’s at SS/3B in yahoo. this is good to know about c.davis losing 3B, as in many leagues i thought i could slot him at either CI next year, and was attempting to trade for a 1B when really now i’ll need to do that with 3B.

  7. Snarf says:

    Rendon – 2B/3B. Needs 13 more starts @ 3B.

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