Like the 2nd basemen to target, this is necessary. You want to take flyers on late middle infielders. I like a few top shortstops this year: Lindor, Seager and Correa, but if you don’t get them, don’t sweat it and definitely don’t ‘panic reach’ for another shortstop just because you feel like you need one. This is a (legal-in-all-countries-except-Lichtenstein) supplement to the top 20 shortstops for 2016 fantasy baseball. The players listed have a draft rank after 200 on other sites. Click on the player’s name where applicable to read more and see their 2016 projections. Anyway, here’s some shortstops to target for 2016 fantasy baseball:
Jean Seagura (Yahoo 203, ESPN 273) Surprised a bit that his ADP hasn’t gotten a boost after his trade to the Diamondbacks, but people are likely over him like they’re over Kanye. Defending Kanye is almost as thankless as defending Segura. I still see a 26-year-old that had a 12 HR, 44-steal, .294 hitter in 2013 and get excited. Kinda like how I still listen to My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
Ketel Marte (Yahoo 316, ESPN 212) I really want to write a Ketel Marte sleeper post, and may still before the season starts, but time is running out, and I kinda most want to write said post so I can easily point back to one particular article in May and say, “I told you so,” rather than pointing to a whole body of preseason work and saying you can see how much I liked Marte, then people will search the site and see I like Starling Marte and he’ll be injured and, oh man, I just jinxed Starling Marte. Damn!
Marcus Semien (Yahoo 356, ESPN 286) If you’re in an office league or a friends and family league or a league where people buy a fantasy magazine and don’t open it until the draft, you could likely show up an hour late for your draft and still beat all of the schmohawks in your league. I bet I could win some leagues and not draft anyone before the 200th overall pick. Or at least leagues where people are following ESPN or Yahoo’s rankings. Here’s ESPN’s projections for two guys: 71/16/50/.255/12 and 68/16/66/.279/6. The 2nd projections are for Jung-ho Kang, who they ranked at 162nd overall, the first projections are for Semien, who they ranked at 286th overall. If you can explain how they came up with those rankings, you will blow my mind, but then I will ask that you please SuperGlue my mind back together. It’s the right thing to do, after all.
Jonathan Villar (Yahoo unranked, ESPN 291) Are the Brewers playing for anything? Sorry, JB, they’re not. Will they play Villar every day? Until Arcia gets called up, which could be June or could be September. If it’s September, Villar will steal 30 bases this year. When you’re not around, your family secretly says you don’t want to succeed. Draft Villar and prove them wrong! Though, admittedly, when you announce at the next family barbecue to, “Lay off me and my career goals, I drafted Villar,” it might not convince everyone.
Tim Anderson (Unranked by both) You know why he’s unranked by both? Cause causal fans don’t know him. Here’s what you have to know, he stole 49 bases last year with five homers in Triple-A, and the White Sox are a Rollins away from calling Anderson up.
Trevor Story (Yahoo 339, ESPN unranked) Lots of rookie nookie with the shortstops, huh? There’s also Orlando Arcia (Yahoo 381, nada from ESPN). I like to punt MIs, in general, and this year it could be especially fruitful when Story, Arcia and Anderson are all promoted in June. Then again, they might languish in the minors all year. Maybe I’m being shellfish, but I hope they’re not languishtinos.
Didi Gregorius (Yahoo 240, ESPN 389) I don’t see the Didi pick, or better, Didi, Didi, Didi, I can’t see. Rudy likes him as a super late pick, and Rudy knows what he’s doing so I can get behind the flyer, or better, let the Gregorius D.I.D. on the back of my fantasy club, mackin’ hoes, with the draft behind me.