Thursday, January 31, 2013

NL Only 2013 Fantasy Baseball SS Rankings

You found more fantasy baseball advice for the Shortstop position in NL Only leagues. The Top 5 for 2013 are big roto players, but after that, there is a huge drop with some potentials who could break through in 2013.

The Big 5:
Hanley Ramirez - LAD - After bitterly disappointing 2011 Hanley had a strong 2012. Everything was really good except the batting average. Now that Hanley is situated in LA good chance 2013 is a return to past roto glory. Hanley also qualifies at 3B.

Troy Tulowitzki - COL - It's all about health with Tulo. In his 6 year career has broken 150 games just twice. Last year he played in 47 games, in 2010 missed 40 games, and 2008 missed 61 games. Tulo's days of stealing 20 bases are a thing of the past too. I believe he can put up a big year if and play 140+ games.

Starlin Castro - CHI - Power and Speed were up from his rookie year but runs and average were down. Castro does not have a good supporting cast around him.  Castro now has 2.5 years in the big leagues and is super talented so its only a matter of time before he's the number 1 roto SS in the NL.

Ian Desmond - WAS - Despite missing 34 games last season Desmond had a 20/20 season and hit for a career high .292. All fantasy players realized that Desmond had power and speed potential but the average was a nice surprise. I wouldn't count on that average again expect in the .270's but his other numbers are legit.

Jimmy Rollins - PHI - Getting older but still good for upper teens in HR's, low to mid 20's in steals, 90 runs and mid 60's RBI's. Probably will only hit between .250 - .260. He is now 34 and has been in the league 13 years so a lot of miles on that body.

Young SS With Upside:
Jean Segura - MIL - Most likely to make the biggest impact of the young NL Shortstops. Has great bat speed, great speed in general and could develop mid teens power. However to start the year I expect Milwaukee to bat Segura towards the bottom of the lineup. By the 2nd half he could be their number 2 hitter. So be patient.

Everth Cabrera - SD - Had 44 steals in 398 AB's last year for the Pads. Has to get that batting average up though. Was a .300 hitter in AAA so if Cabrera can hit .270 instead of .246 like he did last year he will be a force in SB's and R's.

Andrelton Simmons - ATL - Had a great audition for the Braves last year but remember he only had 166 AB's due to injury. Word is he will be the Braves leadoff hitter. Won't give you much power but good chance hits for a plus average with 15 plus steals and a lot of runs scored.

Zack Cozart - CIN - Has pop but like Cabrera has to get that batting average up. If he could hit in the 2 hole instead of the 7 hole then his numbers would be dramatically better. So where Cozart hits in the lineup will be huge for his fantasy value.

Ruben Tejada - NY - No power and no speed. Should hit for a good average and score some runs but that's it.

Adeiny Hechevarria - MIA - Part of the fire sale trade with Toronto. Could be a good player but there will be growing pains in 2013. Not much power here either. At best end of draft flyer.

The Old Guard - Rafael Furcal, Clint Barmes, Cliff Pennington and Brandon Crawford. In my opinion, the only one who can give you positive value is Furcal and given his age and MLB experience I wouldn't count on more than 135 games played. Still, Furcal can give you solid value as long as he's the Cards leadoff hitter, so if you can get him cheap he can help. Barmes might get you 10HR's but won't do much else and hit .230. Pennington can give you decent value if he can hit .260 but don't count on it as he'll probably hit at the bottom of the lineup. Crawford is a negative root so player stay away.

NL King - C. Lizza
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