There‚Äôs no Reyes, Rollins or Hanley on this list of shortstops.¬† This list is guys that can be had later in your drafts if you‚Äôve 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‚Äôre 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‚Äôs 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!