While the 2nd basemen to target is a necessary evil like changing your underwear. This post, well, have you seen the top 20 shortstops for 2021 fantasy baseball? Dude, why did you not draft one of the glorious top top TOP guys? Did you show up late to your draft because you were delayed by the underwear necessary evil? Bzzt! Wrongo, Bucko! Unlike previous years, I’m hopeful that everyone owns at least one shortstop prior to getting to the sleepers in this post, and likely two. Top shortstops are the bee’s knees, and bees have knees; I’m a scientist. This is a (legal-in-all-countries-except-Lichtenstein) supplement to the top 20 shortstops for 2021 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 2021 projections. Anyway, here’s some shortstops to target for 2021 fantasy baseball:
Ha-seong Kim (ESPN unranked, Yahoo 280, NFBC 221) Wow, there was no one for this post after throwing out all the sexpots I would draft early and often at shortstop, and the guys eligible for 2nd base. Please, I’m asking you while eating a cannoli suggestively, draft a shortstop early. It’s my one wish while wearing 7 For All Mankind jeans while watching For All Mankind. I’m doing this for the hive mind, and for the one guy in his mother’s basement with Cheetos finger. We’re all in this together, but if you don’t draft an early shortstop, you’re not with us. You have literally turned on our entire family. Us, we’re your family. And you’ve turned on us. Okay, if it’s late and I have a UTIL spot available, I could see the flyer on Ha-seong Kim. I’m in the 30% of fantasy baseballers who think he’s breaking camp with the Padres. You don’t sign him for duckets and send him to the minors. Will he get everyday playing time? Not without an injury to someone. I’m intrigued, but not “I’m intrigued, y’all!” I.e., my excitement is couched like your ass. Also, it’s fair to point out, I’ve recently lowered Kim’s projections and ranking in my top 20 shortstops. Padres are showing that Eminem isn’t the only one down on Kim.
Paul DeJong (ESPN 226, NFBC 218) Colonel Mustard in the draft room with a 200+ pick (axe). I ranked DeJong around (150 overall) where he’s been ranked and drafted for the last three years. Little did I know people would be looking at a 60-game season, when the Cards played like sixteen 7-inning games in a ten-day span as gospel. Mmkay.
Isiah Kiner-Falefa (ESPN 245, Yahoo unranked, NFBC 300) This one’s as goofy as I’ve ever seen. Yahoo gave Israel Diner-Falafel catcher eligibility, which you would think would have him higher in the rankings. Well, once you start applying logic, that’s when you get in trouble. Yahoo not only doesn’t rank him in their top 300, but doesn’t rank him in their shortstop rankings either, and ranks him above some catchers in their catcher ranks who are ranked after him in their top 300. *holds hands to head, makes kaboom sound as hands slowly move away from head* Big fan of Diner-Falafel. That’s some delicious chickpea! Which is what one exclaims right before being arrested for some serious shizz they bought off Silk Road. Israel Diner-Falafel should be around a 85/8/60/.270/15 hitter, and in deeper leagues that has value.
Willi Castro (ESPN unranked, Yahoo 304, NFBC 246) He hit .349 last year! Slippin’ Willi! *then in a quiet inside voice* With a .448 BABIP, and he hit .230 the year before. *with big outside voice* He stole 20 bags in only 67 games! *small voice* In Single-A where catchers don’t throw to 2nd, they fake throw to the pitcher. Honestly, don’t think we know what we might get from Castro over a full season. He could have 15-homer power, and 15-steal speed while not killing you in average. Willi’s a sleeper, which is also what I tell the ladies.
Mauricio Dubon (ESPN 271, Yahoo 281, NFBC 283) He should be Willi Castro with a better average. Bunch of Middle Infidel Castros, huh? Better not go to Miami with that noise, unless you come out hard against your man. On a side but actually related note, Dubon is clearly a good average hitter (maybe nothing else), but all projections, aside from mine, make him seem like a barely average, uh, average hitter. Don’t get that, but also don’t care to try to get it.
Myles Straw (Yahoo 236) He shouldn’t have shortstop eligibility, which is why I didn’t list ESPN and NFBC for him, but he does in Yahoo because they gave everyone whatever eligibility that wanted. What is this, the census? Maybe they pulled straws for positions, forgot what they were doing, looked at their hand during the shortstops and were like, “Hey, put Straw in there.” Either way, he has 70-grade speed, so you might fall into 30 steals here.
Miguel Rojas (ESPN unranked, Yahoo unranked, NFBC 482) If we’re comparing like-minded apples to other Golden Green Sours, Rojas is essentially the same as Dubon and Willi Castro, but drafted and/or ranked way later. Guess there could be a bit more strain on playing time for Rojas, but where did you read that? There’s a Spanish pun in there. De nada. Berti and Jazz could force out Rojas, and “Berti and Jazz” sounds like an album your dad had with a cool cat on the cover.
Nico Hoerner (ESPN unranked, Yahoo unranked, NFBC 518) Little boy blue Hoerner for his late-draft picks. Woo, he needed the (auction) money! Maybe it’s because I drafted Hoerner in LABR so I’m suddenly feeling him a lot more for him in drafts, but when Rudy said to me the other day, he’s now liking Hoerner late, I was like, “We are going to the moon on the back of this pride ship.” If you take me out of the equation, Steamer projections have him down for 10/10/.273 in only 435 ABs. Boost him to two-hole in the lineup (because why would Contreras hit 2nd?), and 550 ABs, and Hoerner’s going to be incredible value.