Other positions are deeper, but none are more important than shortstop during your fantasy baseball draft. Not only do you have as many as five legit first-round talents in the top tier, but you also have the kind of power-speed guys needed to balance out a roster. Our 2020 SS rankings are as deep as any we've put together in recent years, which should give you some relief when finalizing your draft cheat sheet.
We have Alex Bregman at the top of our rankings, but many will value the 25-SB upside of Francisco Lindor or Trevor Story more. That's fine, as both could pop as many or more homers than Bregman, but we expect the Astros star to hit for a better average and produce noticeably more RBIs. Bottom line -- you're in great shape if you start your draft with any of those three, so it comes down to how you like to build your team.
Fernando Tatis Jr. and Trea Turner are also potential first-rounders, with Turner standing out because of his high-SB upside. However, it's worth noting that Adalberto Mondesi and Jonathan Villar have just as much SB potential and will be available three or four rounds later. Obviously, you're giving up batting average and likely some overall run production with those two compared to Turner, but stolen bases alone shouldn't cause you to take Turner in the first or second round if you think you can get Mondesi or Villar a little later.
But that just proves our original point -- this position is loaded with high-impact players, which is why most owners will fill it before the end of the sixth round. The fact that last year's AL batting champion, Tim Anderson, is No. 16 in our rankings, and the NL's No. 2 hitter, Ketel Marte, is No. 13, shows you just how deep and varied this position is. We've already mentioned the power-speed, high-SB, and high-average guys, but you also have 30-plus HR hitters, such as Paul DeJong (30 HRs last year), Carlos Correa (21 HRs in 75 games), and Didi Gregorius (16 HRs in 82 games) ranked outside of the top 12.
There are legit sleepers available at SS, but you really shouldn't be counting on any of them to start for you on opening day. Mauricio Dubon, Carter Kieboom, Luis Urias, and Ryan Mountcastle are the types of potential breakouts who just need playing time to put up solid all-around stats, while Nick Madrigal, Garrett Hampson, and Jon Berti could all put up big SB numbers with regular at-bats.
There isn't quite as much multi-position eligibility for the top shortstops as there is at other positions, but there's plenty throughout the middle tiers. This should allow you to grab at least one stud SS early in your draft and one or two solid backups later on. Take advantage of the varied skill sets and high level of talent at this important position.
Please note that the players below are ranked as if they're only eligible at SS. Players might be ranked higher overall if they're eligible at other positions.
We'll be updating our SS rankings throughout the spring, so check back for the latest player movement.
DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2020 Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet
Fantasy Baseball SS Rankings
Rankings based on 5x5 H2H leagues with Rs, HRs, RBIs, SBs, and batting average as categories
Position eligibility based on Yahoo default settings (5 games started or 10 games played at a position)
16 Tim Anderson White Sox
* = not eligible at that position on draft day but expected to play there during the season
Fernando Tatis Jr.
2B, 3B, OF
1B, 2B, 3B, OF
1B, 2B, OF