Last year, this post and the 2nd basemen to target¬†were necessary evils like changing underwear. ¬†Whether you wanted to or not, it was a good idea to take a flyer on a late middle infielder, and you were still expecting to get crapped on. ¬†Now? ¬†Well…. I like some late middle infielders, could see owning one, but there’s a ton of early, sexy-AF middle infielders, so there’s a chance I own an MI before I even reach the 100th pick overall. ¬†In other words, I could own a shortstop, 2nd baseman and shortstop or 2nd baseman all in the first eight or so rounds. ¬†Yeah, crazy time we live in. ¬†In no other way is it a crazy time, except for fantasy baseball. ¬†Then again, I have the 2016 election results on my DVR and I haven’t watched yet. ¬†No one ruin the surprise! ¬†This is a (legal-in-all-countries-except-Lichtenstein) supplement to the top 20 shortstops for 2017 fantasy baseball.¬† The players listed have a draft rank after 200 on other sites.¬† Click on the player‚Äôs name where applicable to read more and see their 2017 projections.¬† Anyway, here‚Äôs some shortstops to target for 2017 fantasy baseball:
Marcus Semien (ESPN 199, Yahoo 230) ¬†Real question, why doesn’t anyone like Semien? ¬†Last year his stats were 72/27/75/.238/10. ¬†That was the 89th best hitter last year, and 134th best player overall. ¬†His real negative is obviously his average. ¬†Well, ZiPS and Steamer have him projected for .245 and .249, respectively, so they expect better. ¬†Here’s where logic and reasoning take a real detour in ESPN’s rankings. ¬†They have him ranked 90¬†spots after Tulo. ¬†Tulo’s ESPN projections 65/24/74/.271/1; Semien’s projections 70/22/66/.241/10. ¬†That’s a¬†valuable thirty points in average! ¬†Here’s another fascinating one, they have Dansby Swanson projected for 72/10/61/.255/10. ¬†Can you guess where they have Dansby ranked? ¬†Oh, just 100th overall. ¬†Here’s¬†a shot in the dark,¬†Semien will be mine. ¬†Hmm, maybe I should’ve reworded that.
Dansby Swanson (Yahoo 210) ¬†Swanson’s rankings might be the most disparate I’ve seen this year. ¬†Some clowns have him at 100 overall (Klara Bell), and I’ve seen him as low as 300 overall elsewhere. ¬†I know which way I lean (I have him ranked in the 230’s), but maybe I’m missing something (doubtful). ¬†We need someone (Son?) to break down how Dansby can be so all over the map from site to site. ¬†For rankings obviously, a Dansby in general is not all over the map; he’s quite xenophobic.
Tim Anderson (ESPN 226, Yahoo 208) Since I’m constantly ragging on ESPN, but giving Yahoo a bye, let me just say puzzling is underselling my feelings on Anderson being ranked in front of Semien. ¬†And, since this post has already started as a reverse-ode to Dansby Swanson, Anderson’s ESPN projections are 73/9/39/.269/27. ¬†Damn, those are a crazy valuable 20 RBIs Dansby’s got on Anderson to rank Dansby over a hundred spots in front of Anderson. ¬†For what it’s Werth, I have Anderson down for 14 HRs and 25 SBs and a .277 average, but at least I have Anderson ranked in front of Dansby. ¬†Why do I hate Dansby so much? ¬†He sounds like¬†he owns a yacht and has a wife named Muffy; those are awesome things! ¬†Oh, and I gave you a Tim Anderson sleeper, because I care.
Chris Owings (ESPN/Yahoo NR) I should’ve prolly mentioned this in the lede, but shortstops are like a zaftig-figured Billy Butler. ¬†Heavy up top, but much lighter on the bottom. ¬†Shortstop sleepers this year are a lot less interesting so it makes it doubly important to draft a top one. ¬†By the by, you thought you sounded drunk saying ‘Drury?’ ¬†Try saying doubly. ¬†You sound so sauced. ¬†As for Owings, 7-homer, 20-steal guy that is going undrafted, and being ranked below Ketel Marte, who is ticketed for the minors.
Jorge Polanco¬†(ESPN/Yahoo NR) What would be a blurb in the shortstops to target post without a mention of Dansby? ¬†Owings’ blurb. ¬†But since I’m on the subject that I won’t let go, Polanco’s ZiPs projections: 63/11/67/.269/11; Dansby’s projections: 71/12/64/.253/7. ¬†Looks tomato-tomato said with different emphasis. ¬†Because we all love the supremely goofy ESPN projections, Polanco’s projections are 48/8/52/.263/13 in 501 ABs. ¬†48 runs from a guy in the two hole on a major league team? ¬†I mean, the Twins are one of the saddest teams ever, but c’mon. ¬†They scored the 16th most runs last year, about the same as the Astros.
Orlando Arcia (ESPN 255, Yahoo NR) ¬†But compared to Dansby! ¬†Kidding, I’m done with the misplaced Dansby hate. ¬†I don’t hate him, I just think it’s funny how obscene Klara Bell’s ranking of Dansby is. ¬†Any hoo! ¬†I was all over Arcia last year like white on Trump supporters, but this year I’m much more blas√©, which is not the beverage of choice for rappers. ¬†“The Moet and¬†blas√© keep me pissy.” ¬†That’s Biggie Smalls being misquoted. ¬†So, why less enthusiastic about Arcia this year? ¬†Honestly, no real idea. ¬†He’s still a 10-15 HR, 20+ steal, .255+ guy and could hit in the two hole if Broxton stumbles. ¬†Hey, I’ve just talked myself into liking Arcia again! ¬†Sweet!