2012 Fantasy Baseball: Shortstop Tiers
Your fantasy baseball draft(s) are right around the corner. Here’s my attempt at separating 25 shortstops into six tiers.
Tiers are very subjective and one player could easily be considered just good enough or just bad enough to be in the next higher or lower tier.
Ramirez and Reyes had short seasons in 2011 but I think they will both benefit from Reyes joining the Marlins.
Tier 2: Elvis Andrus, Asdrubal Cabrera, Starlin Castro, Jimmy Rollins
Cabrera doesn’t get enough credit for what he did in 2011- 25 HR & 92 RBI, both career highs by far.
Tier 3: Alexei Ramirez, Jhonny Peralta, J.J. Hardy, Derek Jeter
Hardy and Tulo were the only shortstops with 30 HR last season. Peralta had one of the best seasons of his career while helping the Tigers to the playoffs. He eclipsed 20-plus HRs and 80-plus RBIs in the same season for just the second time in nine seasons.
Tier 4: Erick Aybar, Emilio Bonifacio*, Stephen Drew, Dee Gordon, Yunel Escobar
Gordon was a late addition to L.A.’s lineup last season, but it didn’t take long for him to prove that he belonged. In just 56 games, he stole 24 bases.
Tier 5: Ian Desmond, Alcides Escobar, Rafael Furcal, Marco Scutaro
There’s not a lot to write home about from this group. Scutaro’s numbers should stay around the same as they were in Boston.
Tier 6: Jed Lowrie, Zack Cozart, Alexi Casilla, Cliff Pennington, Jason Bartlett
Cozart could be the sleepr from this group, other than that, pretty ho-hum.Written by winmyfantasyleague.com contributor Zach Greubel.