Below are the rankings of shortstop for the 2020 fantasy season. The list was last updated on February 6, 2020.
1. Francisco Lindor (CLE) Back-to-back 30-20 seasons have vaulted Lindor to the top-of-the-charts at a position extremely deep in talent. The only question is “where he will be calling home”, with free agency looming.
2. Trea Turner (WAS) Turner was never 100% last year after fracturing his right index finger in early-April, and still found a way to hit 19 homers, steal 35 bases and score 96 runs. There could be a monster season in the works in 2020 if he can avoid the IL.
3. Trevor Story (COL) After that first full season when he struck out 191 times and hit to the tune of a .239 BA, there were some serious concerns. Two years later, and coming off back to back 30-20 campaigns while marginally reducing his strikeout rate, and the concerns have disappeared.
4. Alex Bregman (HOU) He’s coming off a stellar 2019 that saw him elevate his game into the superstar category. He’s also coming off one of the most controversial off-seasons in recent memory. Will that tumultuous off-season affect his 2020 performance? Not one bit. 3B-99
5. Fernando Tatis Jr. (SD) In roughly half a season as a 20-year-old, Tatis hit 22 homers and swiped 16 bags. There’s a reason, and a very good one, that he’ll disappear off draft boards in the Second Round this Spring.
6. Gleyber Torres (NYY) There was no sophomore slump in 2019 for the 23-year-old budding superstar. A long run at shortstop is about to commence, and with it comes an equally long run of 35-100 seasons. 2B-65
7. Jonathan Villar (MIA) There will be no red lights in Miami this year. He’ll also be adding outfield eligibility to his middle-infield eligibility by the middle of April. 2B-111
8. Xander Bogaerts (BOS) After a great 2018 campaign, he upped the ante with a stellar 33 homer 110 RBI season in 2019. I’m going to temper my expectations….somewhat. The loss of Mookie Betts in the Red Sox retooling program has to hurt those RBI opportunities.
9. Bo Bichette (TOR) Bichette didn’t see his first action last season until the end of July, but made up for it in a hurry. The hit-tool is off the charts and combined with the stolen base potential, he could be an elite talent for the Jays, starting as early as 2020.
10. Adalberto Mondesi (KC) Mondesi stole 43 bases in 415 at-bats last season. Yeah, there is no doubt he can be a stolen base monster, but the on-base skills leave a bit to be desired. Toss in that he went under the knife for labrum surgery on his left shoulder last Fall, and there are definitely some concerns heading into Spring Training.
11. Javier Baez (CHC) After that huge 2018 campaign in which he mashed 34 homers, drove in 111 runs, and swiped 21 bases, 2019 has to be considered somewhat of a disappointment. He’s still a very good player moving forward, just not 2018 good.
12. Manny Machado (SD) He had an okay first season with the Padres, but the Padres and his owners need more than just okay. The .256 BA/.334 OBP coming from a player that is more than likely going to be only 3B eligible moving forward has to be a concern. 3B-119
13. Marcus Semien (OAK) Semien finished third in the AL MVP voting and for good cause. The power/speed combination is solid and with the “two Matts” hitting behind him he will continue to score a pile of runs in that Oakland offense.
14. Tim Anderson (CWS) Raise your hand if you picked Tim Anderson to lead the AL in batting average? He’s a solid contributor across the board, just don’t expect a repeat of that .335 BA.
15. Amed Rosario (NYM) A very solid second half has the young Met poised to take the next step. Is a 20-20 season in his future? We’re betting on it!
16. Kevin Newman (PIT) Is a 15-25 type season in the cards for the young Pirates middle-infielder? I’m betting on it. It just seems a shame that he didn’t bring Kramer along for the ride. 2B-23
17. Carlos Correa (HOU) He hasn’t broken the 500 at-bat mark since 2016. There’s 35 home run power in the bat if he can find a way to stay healthy.
18. Corey Seager (LAD) It was a solid season for Seager, as he hit 19 homers and drove in 87 runs in 489 at-bats. A solid season at a position as deep as shortstop barely gets you into the Top-20.
19. Didi Gregorius (PHI) He missed the first two months of last season recovering from TJS and suffered through a myriad of nagging injuries once he returned. He’s moved on to the Phillies on a one-year deal as he attempts to rebuild his value. Citizens Bank Park could be just what the Doctor ordered.
20. Elvis Andrus (TEX) Although he didn’t leave the building at the same rate as he did in 2018, Andrus did get back into double-digit homers to go along with 31 stolen bases. As a late speed option, once could do much worse.
21. Jorge Polanco (MIN) When you hit 22 home runs and you rank eighth overall on your team, you know your team can mash. If Polanco could only find his way back to even ten thefts, which is highly unlikely, his value would definitely be on the rise.
22. Dansby Swanson (ATL) The breakout first half in 2019 was followed by an injury-riddled second half. A full return to health and Swanson has 25-15 potential and sneaky value as a middle-infield candidate.
23. Paul DeJong (STL) There’s a bit too much miss in his swing and miss game, but he still has the potential to produce a 30-10 season.
24. Freddy Galvis (CIN) He moved from one bandbox in Toronto, to another in Cincinnati and kept on driving the ball out of the park. Toss in a handful of stolen bases and based on his current ADP of 379 there could be some sneaky value to be had. 2B-32
25. Nick Ahmed (ARZ) Ahmed hit 19 homers, drove in 82 runs, and swiped 8 bases last year and gets very little respect for his efforts. This emphasizes the depth at the shortstop position.
26. Jean Segura (PHI) Over the past four seasons, Segura has gone from 33 to 22, to 20, and finally ten stolen bases in 2019. When your principal value is your wheels, this is not trending well.
27. David Fletcher (LAA) Whether it is in a full-time role at second, or in a super-sub capacity, those solid on-base skills should land Fletcher a home at the top-of-the-lineup in Anaheim. 2B-42, 3B-90, OF-23
28. Carter Kieboom (WAS) Kieboom will be given every opportunity to win the third base job, vacated with the move of Anthony Rendon to the Angels. If he breaks camp with the job, the power and on-base skills are very intriguing. Monitor this situation very closely in the Spring.
29. Niko Goodrum (DET) 10-to-15 homers. 10-to-15 stolen bases. Toss in the ability to play all over the field, and Goodrum makes for an intriguing late option in deeper Leagues. 2B-22, OF-32
30. J.P. Crawford (SEA) The one-time favorite of top prospect hounds took his show to the west coast and showed some life. Not a lot….but just enough to warrant a spot in our Top-30.
31. Andrelton Simmons (LAA)
32. Willy Adames (TB)
33. Luis Urias (MIL) 2B-26
34. Miguel Rojas (MIA)
35. Jon Berti (MIA) 3B-20, OF-28
36. Brandon Crawford (SFG)
37. Johan Camargo (ATL)
38. Jose Iglesias (BAL)
39. Nicky Lopez (KC) 2B-76
40. Orlando Arcia (MIL)
41. Jorge Mateo (OAK)
42. Myles Straw (HOU)
43. Jose Peraza (BOS) 2B-78, OF-35
44. Jordy Mercer (DET)
45. Chris Taylor (LAD) 2B-20, OF-69
46. Willi Castro (DET)
47. Dylan Moore (SEA) OF-45
48. Ehire Adrianza (MIN) 1B-20, 3B-24
49. Tim Beckham (FA)
50. Erik Gonzalez (PIT)
51. Wilmer Difo (WAS)
52. Adeiny Hechavarria (ATL) 2B-29
53. Hernan Perez (CHC) 2B-45
54. Owen Miller (SD)
55. Royce Lewis (MIN)
56. Wander Franco (TB)
57. Jazz Chisholm (MIA)
58. Cole Tucker (PIT)
59. Jake Cronenworth (SD)
60. Jack Mayfield (HOU)
61. Addison Russell (FA) 2B-63