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.

 
  1. Brian says:
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    Story doesn’t open the in the bigs with Reyes going to cell block?

    • What's a Drexl? says:
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      @Brian: adames.

      • What's a Drexl? says:
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        @Grey: if he starts the year hot we can see some jokes like “Redemption City: Adames to Kill for” and the like.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

          • What's a Drexl? says:
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            @Grey: seriously, if he has some sort of tulo like start (probably less than 1% chance of that) i might get my first credited mention in run ons (haha, i mean run ups, play by plays, or whatever name the phrase is for your daily baseball updates during season that i can’t think of right now).

            • What's a Drexl? says:
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              @What’s a Drexl?: although it would be hilarious to make fun of yourself calling the run bys the run ons

  2. Yescheese says:
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    By the transverse property I think you actually just jinxed Starlin Castro.

    Ketel Marte seems to be the razz nation play this year. I nominate Eugenio Suarez as an alternate.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @Yescheese: Yup. Was just thinking Ketel Marte…Seattle…..Razz loves him….Brad Miller.

      • ScreechOwl says:
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        @Grey:

        Careful.

        Tim Lincecum tried that very thing, and it backfired, because it was a classic case of the pothead calling the Ketel jinxed.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Are we sure Ketel Jinxed isn’t a bar?

  3. TheMuppetManiac says:
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    Someone dropped Michael Conforto. Would you drop Pedro Alverez or Ryan Zimmerman for him?

  4. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    great stuff boss

  5. Muskysmell says:
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    Hey Grey,
    I posted this in the last thread, but not sure if you’ll see it with the new post up:

    How’d I do? Thoughts?

    12-Team, Mixed, Roto

    C- Schwarber
    1B- J. Abreu
    2B – Schoop
    3B- K. Bryant
    SS- Xander
    OF- B. Harper
    OF- Mookie
    OF- Heyward
    U- Delino Deshields
    Bench: Khris Davis, Conforto

    SP- Arrieta
    SP- Tyson Ross
    SP- Lance McCullers
    SP- Odorizzi
    SP- Rasiel Iglesias
    SP- Gausman
    C- Cishek
    C-Will Smith
    Bench: Cashner, Hammel, Holland, Eduardo

    • phillip says:
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      @Muskysmell: Assuming you picked 2nd or 3rd, you somehow managed to get Harper, Bryant, Abreu, Betts, and Arrieta in the first 50 or so picks? That’s a really great start and makes me wonder if the other eleven GM’s were primates. That’s better than most GM’s would do in an 8-team league. It looks like you then went Schwarber/Bogaerts/Heyward/Ross, then it all goes black. The pitching is a bit light. Good balance. Strong core hitters + Arrieta.

      • Fungazi says:
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        @phillip: haha, I love those questions. Hey, I got 5 top 20 players on my team, how’d I do boss?

      • muskysmell says:
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        @Grey: @phillip:

        haha thanks for the feedback guys…the league is actually an auction/keeper league so most of my offensive roster was kept from last year.

        Makes me feel better to know you guys approve of my draft…I was a little worried tbh because I couldn’t get a few players I wanted haha

    • JoeG414 says:
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      @Muskysmell:
      I like it.
      Can you post the pick number per player ? Thanks.

      • muskysmell says:
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        @JoeG414:

        Sorry it was an auction/keeper league. If you want to know what prices they were lmk and I’ll be happy to

    • nick the dick says:
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      @Muskysmell: Team sucks

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        You watch Fuck That’s Delicious last week? I was actually laughing at it. Bronson sweet talking the lambs, then “Can’t wait to eat you”.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha… Nah, I haven’t see it yet, can I watch it On Demand?

          • nick the dick says:
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            @Grey: Should be able to. Channel is Viceland, some good shows on it

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              What channel is Viceland? Okay, I’ll find it

              • nick the dick says:
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                @Grey: I don’t know that’s what it’s called. 300 something on DirecTV

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I don’t have the Dish, but I’ll find it somewhere… Grey’s got his ways!

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @Grey: work those avenues!

        • nick the dick says:
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          @Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: Ha! Yeah man, that seafood roasting in the blown glass? So good.

          • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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            Not sure if it’s On Demand. LA doesn’t get Viceland? Seems like a Cali type of station.

            I liked how they flashed the recipe at the commercial break. I don’t understand how they walk everywhere smoking blunts. I’d be arrested in 12 seconds.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Is there sleeve tattoos? Then we have it! I just need to find it

              • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                It was History 2….so if you had that, it just switched to Viceland last month. I have it on a mediocre Fios package.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I watched Dreams In Life yesterday, the #1 movie on that Buzzfeed list you gave me… Bit of a bore

                  • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                    Buzzfeed better step their game up when it comes to depressing documentaries.

                    I found Cropsey on Amazon, then never watched it. I feel like I’ve seen it before.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, I think I saw the Cheshire Murders too, which was why I didn’t watch it… I might watch it again though, b/c I’m running low on real depressing docs

                    • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                      Toynbee Tiles and The Institution might be my first looks off that list.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Toynbee Tiles does sound interesting… As long as it’s Technicolor… I can’t do B&W and depressing, my mind needs to activate too much for that

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      I can always come over and tell you my depressing stories if you can’t find a doc

            • nick the dick says:
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              @Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: I know, right? Makes me wanna blow my own glass vessel and get to cooking…some kinda telematic immunity going on with all those blunts

              • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                HA!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Muskysmell: Agree with Phillip, your team is insane…

  6. What's a Drexl? says:
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    does tropiano get a boost with weaver news, or does this just make room for dandruff lightswitcher?

    • What's a Drexl? says:
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      @What’s a Drexl?: rater likes tropiano on a per game basis.

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @Grey: Skaggs has not thrown a pitch yet though. Halos are babying him

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, then Trop it is

  7. Nick says:
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    Hi Grey,
    in a redraft dynasty team, i have Seager and Lindor,
    my team sucks bad, especially at corners, speed (SB) and top pitchers SPs
    i have:
    Corners: HoPark, Duda, Plouffe, Alvarez, Schoop, Headley
    OF: JD Martinez, K.Davis, Gardner, Souza Jr
    SP: Cueto, Tanaka, Lackey, YVentura, WMChen, JNelson, Desclafani

    other teams are interested in Corey / Lindor,
    i’d keep Lindor for his speed, but who could i target for Corey?
    maybe i can combo with B.Gardner
    one guy has : Altuve, Odor, Betts, Machado, Price, TJ
    one other has: Trout, Harper, Wong, Arenado, Kershaw, Archer, Matz,

    thanks, Nick

    • I'mgettingsomeHeadley says:
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      @Nick: Gardner still has some speed. I see Corey for Altuve. See what Grey says.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nick: Can you get Machado?

  8. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    In a shallow 10 team league with only 3 outfielders, would you be opposed to targeting a Machado/Correa and Rizzo/Bryant/Abreu with my first two picks?

    • phillip says:
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      @bossmanjunior333: I have a similar thought process going in my competitive 8-team league. In all my mock drafting I’ve found it beneficial to establish a stable base at SS/3B and 1B in those first two rounds. Makes draft much easier the rest of the way.

  9. Eric says:
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    Blackmon and Buchholz for DeShields and Carrasco?
    D Murphy and Belt for Franco and Hicks?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Eric:1.Deshields side..2. Franco side

      • Malicious Phenom says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F: What F said

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eric: Agree with others

  10. FKA Ralph says:
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    Looks like Yahoo is adjusting their rankings.

    Segura is 211
    K. Marte is 238
    Semien is 229

    • Fungazi says:
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      @FKA Ralph: National ‘kiss your sleepers goodbye’ day.

      Deshields from 386 to 207, Joe Ross from 373 to 226, among many others.

      • What's a Drexl? says:
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        @Fungazi: joe the boss ross has one of the biggest disjuncts from Grey to Rudy/steamer, due to Rudy/steamer not assuming much innings on him.

        • then you can judge him based on $/Game

  11. Clay says:
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    Grey,

    Thanks for your write-up as always. I waited too long in a 10-team H2H league, my options at SS are K. Marte, Semien, and Story. Alexei is also available but I’m guessing you like the other three more. Who should I roster among them? Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clay: What weas said

  12. Natty Boh says:
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    When can we sign up for the Stream-o-nator?

    • GleamTeam_Matt says:
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      @Natty Boh:

      You can sign up right now. I signed up last week.

  13. GleamTeam_Matt says:
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    Grey,

    Great work on these posts as always.

    Re: The War Room downloadable spreadsheet. Will that be updated at all between now and opening day?