Monday, February 18, 2008

The Fantasy Man's 2008 Shortstop Rankings

The Fantasy Man's 2008 Shortstop SS Rankings Updated 2.18.08

Tier 1
Hanley Ramirez, FLA
- Better than Reyes in all categories except SB in which he still had 51
Jose Reyes, NYM - 2nd half was disappointing, but imagine a consistent year
Jimmy Rollins, PHI - Won't be 30/40 again, more like 20/40 but still top tier fantasy player

Tier 2
Troy Tulowitszki, COL
- Will be one of '08 most hyped, more power than Jeter but much less AVG/OBP/SB
Derek Jeter, NYY - His numbers are not as good as his normal draft position year after year, but he's super reliable
Carlos Guillen, DET - All category fantasy player but faded down the stretch, an injury risk, 1B/SS eligibility
Michael Young, TEX - only 10-15 HR/10 SB power/speed but draft for AVG and RBI
Miguel Tejada, HOU - Down year because of injury and the crack down on steroids, has legal problems to deal with
Rafael Furcal, LAD - Down year, injuries, should bounce back strong with 15+ HR and 30+ SB
Edgar Renteria, DET - Now a Tiger, solid all around, should hit .300 again

Tier 3
J.J. Hardy, MIL - Huge 1st half, mediocre 2nd, his overall '07 numbers seem on target
Orlando Cabrera, CWS - More of a .280 hitter than a .330 hitter, move to new team could hurt average
Khalil Greene, SD - If he gets AVG up and cuts down K's, could have .275/30/100 potential
Julio Lugo, BOS - Terrible slump in '07 hurt numbers but he still has 30+ SB potential , always available late
Stephen Drew, ARI - Heated up in September and ripped up the post-season
Felipe Lopez, WAS - Still young enough to get it together, has 20/20 potential if he can
Aaron Hill, TOR - Tore up April/May, only 25, has upside, 20+HR potential, nice sleeper pick
Jhonny Peralta, CLE - Inconsistent but has potential 30+ HR potential

Tier 4
Ryan Theriot, CHC - 20+ SB potential, has .280 potential
Yunel Escobar, ATL - Looks like a .300+ hitter if given a full-time chance, which isn't likely
Brandon Wood, LAA - Now w/ OCabrera gone, could hit 15+HR with 450AB if he makes team out of spring
Erick Aybar, LAA - If Wood doesn't get the job, it could go to Aybar, if not, we're looking at Figgins or Izturis
Tony F. Pena, KC - Royals seem committed to Pena and has upside to increase all numbers a bit
Jack Wilson, PIT - Inconsistent but likely a .290+ hitter
Alex Gonzalez, CIN - 15-20 HR power but low average and injury issues, a stop-gap
Yuniesky Betancourt, SEA - Offers "serviceability", a .285 - .300 AVG and thats about it

The Rest
Cristian Guzman, WAS - Was on fire before he got hurt, not much power, he's a crap shoot
David Eckstein, TOR - Fantasy stats don't count "the little things"
Brendan Harris, MIN - Could play 2B and hit at the bottom of the order if he can stage off Nick Punto and Alexi Casilla
Jason Bartlett, TB - SS starter, 20+ SB potential with upside, great sleeeper in deep leagues
Alexi Casilla, MIN - Has .280 potential but lacks power, 3rd on the depth chart at the moment
Nick Punto, MIN - Has 15+ SB speed but that's about it , will probably play 2B
Bobby Crosby, OAK - Can he stay healthy?? Perennial sleeper who never lives up to hype
Juan Uribe, CWS - 20+ HR potential but low average if he stays healthy, will have to battle Danny Richar at 2B
Brendan Ryan, STL - Showed he could hit consistently, could start at 2B
Reid Brignac, TB - Has the offense tools to be Tulowitzski like, but defense to be Bobby Meachem like
Mike Moustakas, KC - Super hot prospect could be up in September if he performs well in first minor league season
Alfredo Amezaga, FLA - another super utility guy
Omar Vizquel, SF - Great in H2H leagues that count assists, that's about it
Jeff Keppinger, CIN - Got hot at the end of the season, reserve player or late round flier
Marco Scutaro, TOR - Same as always, utility player who doesn't do much fantasy wise
Jamey Carroll, COL - Solid utility player, mega versatility, good as a stop-gap in NL Only league

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