2012 Fantasy Baseball Shortstop Rankings Outlook:
With Hanley moving over to third base this season there is no argument and a clear cut one number option at shortstop this year. Troy Tulowitzki is a cut above the rest and should not only be the first shortstop taken this season but should be a top five pick. Troy had a stellar season as he hit over 300 while knocking in over 100 runs. For a position that does not yield too much power you cannot get much safer than Tulowitzki.
With Tulo in a league all by himself tier 2 brings three guys that will get you the bags and the a decent average. Andrus, Castro, and Reyes all can bat right around 300 and each produce 25 or more bags. At this point we feel as we should discuss why Reyes is 4th for our shortstops. In short, last season was a contract year for Reyes and we have seen it time and time again. Players tank the year after the big contract. Now tanking for a stud like Reyes is hitting just below 300 with 25 bags, but we highly doubt you are going to get the same 337 average and the homerun/rbi totals have not been there in the last few seasons.
Cabrera is just outside of the elite players but certainly has the upside. He is a guy to target in the middle of drafts as he has all the tools to be a great fantasy player.
Draft-Day Advice: Shortstops has historically been a thin position but with the decline of Jeter and Hanley moving over to 3rd base, it is even thinner. One would be wise to take one of the elite guys early if they can.
The following are our 2012 Fantasy Baseball Rankings, which are based on standard 5×5 scoring and take into account projected stats as well as upside and risk. Offensive categories include BA, HRs, Runs, RBIs, and SBs. Pitching categories are Wins, ERA, WHIP, Ks, and Saves. Although several players are eligible at multiple positions, they are listed at the position that they will most likely play the most in 2012. All leagues have different position eligibility requirements so be sure to check your settings before draft day.
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