Top Fantasy Shortstops for 2013

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Top Fantasy Shortstops

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The shortstop-- one of the toughest positions in all of baseball, judging where the ball is headed, who hits where and anticipating short-hops.

There's no doubt that this position is played by some of the best athletes in the MLB. There have been many iconic shortstops throughout the years. The most iconic of them all may still be playing today-- Derek Jeter.

Judging who would be a good fantasy shortstop is no easy task, however, as they are based on excellent play in many different categories.

Finding a solid hitting shortstop with some power numbers is rare, but some exist these days such as Hanley Ramirez or Troy Tulowitzki.

The 2013 season will see many different players playing for new teams. Former teammates like Jose Reyes and Ramirez have switched teams since the beginning of last year. They were both apart of the failed Miami Marlins project.

Guys like Jhonny Peralta would have been a fantasy stud before the beginning of the 2012 season because of his breakout year in 2011, but he failed to produce the same way last year.

Although the prior season is a possible barometer of the possible fantasy draft stock this season, it isn't the only way players are measured according to where they should be drafted.

Here are the top 15 shortstops for fantasy baseball in 2013.

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15. J.J. Hardy, Baltimore Orioles

hardy
Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

If you're looking for a shortstop with a bit of pop in his bat, J.J. Hardy could be your guy. He doesn't have the best plate approach, but he has a bit of power desired at the position.

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14. Erick Aybar, Los Angeles Angels

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Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

A solid fielder and an above average batter, Erick Aybar is a fantasy player that could make a splash in 2012. He lacks power, but makes up for it with speed.

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13. Alcides Escobar, Kansas City Royals

escobar
Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

One of the lesser-known shortstops in the league, Alcides Escobar is a bright young star for the Kansas City Royals. He isn't a power-hitter, but if you need a steal, he's your guy.

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12. Derek Jeter, New York Yankees

jeter
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After a devastating ankle injury in 2012, many were questioning how effective Derek Jeter would be once he came back in 2013. He may be just a couple years away from retirement, but he's still go it.

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11. Alexei Ramirez, Chicago White Sox

ramirez
Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Alexei Ramirez got off to one of the slowest starts of any proven player in 2012, but came on starting in June. The Chicago White Sox have a solid batter at shortstop and a great fielder.

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10. Ian Desmond, Washington Nationals

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Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Nationals were one of the biggest surprises in 2012 and so was Ian Desmond. He could be a late-round steal in your fantasy draft.

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9. Martin Prado, Arizona Diamondbacks

prado
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Martin Prado is one of the more durable shortstops in baseball and that is impressive due to the stress it puts on your body. He has a batting average of over .300 and is a solid addition to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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8. Elvis Andrus, Texas Rangers

andrus
Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

If you're looking for power numbers at the shortstop position in your lineup, Elvis Andrus is not your guy. He is, however, a solid defensive player with great range and a speedy baserunner.

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7. Asdrubal Cabrera, Cleveland Indians

cabrera
Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Asdrubal Cabrera is very close to being mentioned with the top shortstops in the majors. His power numbers dropped a bit in 2012, but he can hit for 20-plus home runs in any given season.

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6. Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay Rays

zobrist
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Ben Zobrist used to be a model of inconsistency, but a couple of solid seasons in a row show some promise for fantasy owners. A big positive for the shortstop? He gets on base.

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5. Starlin Castro, Chicago Cubs

castro
Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Starlin Castro is a rising star at shortstop. He plays for the Chicago Cubs which is not the most ideal team to play for at the moment, but a bit more experience and he will be a star.

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4. Jimmy Rollins, Philadelphia Phillies

rollins
Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Jimmy Rollins hasn't been completely healthy in the past few years, but the veteran shortstop was once the best in the league. He is still a top-five shortstop and has the talent to rise even more.

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3. Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies

tulowitzki
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Troy Tulowitzki is one of the bigger question marks during fantasy draft time, but you may want to take a chance on him. Although he has averaged just 120 games per season in his career, he has shown in the past that he can put up some monster numbers.

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2. Jose Reyes, Toronto Blue Jays

reyes
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Jose Reyes was supposed to help lead the Miami Marlins to a World Series in 2012, but after a failed attempt to pull superstars together, the Toronto Blue Jays took the All-Star shortstop in. He could be the best shortstop in all of baseball.

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1. Hanley Ramirez, Los Angeles Dodgers

ramirez
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Hanley Ramirez was also apart of the failed Miami Marlins project. He ended up in Los Angeles, however, and will be one of the main reasons that the Dodgers contend for the World Series. He is also one of the best power-hitting shortstops in the league.

1 of 16

Top Fantasy Shortstops

shortstops
Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

The shortstop-- one of the toughest positions in all of baseball, judging where the ball is headed, who hits where and anticipating short-hops.

There's no doubt that this position is played by some of the best athletes in the MLB. There have been many iconic shortstops throughout the years. The most iconic of them all may still be playing today-- Derek Jeter.

Judging who would be a good fantasy shortstop is no easy task, however, as they are based on excellent play in many different categories.

Finding a solid hitting shortstop with some power numbers is rare, but some exist these days such as Hanley Ramirez or Troy Tulowitzki.

The 2013 season will see many different players playing for new teams. Former teammates like Jose Reyes and Ramirez have switched teams since the beginning of last year. They were both apart of the failed Miami Marlins project.

Guys like Jhonny Peralta would have been a fantasy stud before the beginning of the 2012 season because of his breakout year in 2011, but he failed to produce the same way last year.

Although the prior season is a possible barometer of the possible fantasy draft stock this season, it isn't the only way players are measured according to where they should be drafted.

Here are the top 15 shortstops for fantasy baseball in 2013.

2 of 16

15. J.J. Hardy, Baltimore Orioles

hardy
Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

If you're looking for a shortstop with a bit of pop in his bat, J.J. Hardy could be your guy. He doesn't have the best plate approach, but he has a bit of power desired at the position.

3 of 16

14. Erick Aybar, Los Angeles Angels

aybar
Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

A solid fielder and an above average batter, Erick Aybar is a fantasy player that could make a splash in 2012. He lacks power, but makes up for it with speed.

4 of 16

13. Alcides Escobar, Kansas City Royals

escobar
Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

One of the lesser-known shortstops in the league, Alcides Escobar is a bright young star for the Kansas City Royals. He isn't a power-hitter, but if you need a steal, he's your guy.

5 of 16

12. Derek Jeter, New York Yankees

jeter
The Star-Ledger-USA TODAY Sports

After a devastating ankle injury in 2012, many were questioning how effective Derek Jeter would be once he came back in 2013. He may be just a couple years away from retirement, but he's still go it.

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11. Alexei Ramirez, Chicago White Sox

ramirez
Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Alexei Ramirez got off to one of the slowest starts of any proven player in 2012, but came on starting in June. The Chicago White Sox have a solid batter at shortstop and a great fielder.

7 of 16

10. Ian Desmond, Washington Nationals

desmond
Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Nationals were one of the biggest surprises in 2012 and so was Ian Desmond. He could be a late-round steal in your fantasy draft.

8 of 16

9. Martin Prado, Arizona Diamondbacks

prado
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Martin Prado is one of the more durable shortstops in baseball and that is impressive due to the stress it puts on your body. He has a batting average of over .300 and is a solid addition to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

9 of 16

8. Elvis Andrus, Texas Rangers

andrus
Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

If you're looking for power numbers at the shortstop position in your lineup, Elvis Andrus is not your guy. He is, however, a solid defensive player with great range and a speedy baserunner.

10 of 16

7. Asdrubal Cabrera, Cleveland Indians

cabrera
Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Asdrubal Cabrera is very close to being mentioned with the top shortstops in the majors. His power numbers dropped a bit in 2012, but he can hit for 20-plus home runs in any given season.

11 of 16

6. Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay Rays

zobrist
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Ben Zobrist used to be a model of inconsistency, but a couple of solid seasons in a row show some promise for fantasy owners. A big positive for the shortstop? He gets on base.

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5. Starlin Castro, Chicago Cubs

castro
Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Starlin Castro is a rising star at shortstop. He plays for the Chicago Cubs which is not the most ideal team to play for at the moment, but a bit more experience and he will be a star.

13 of 16

4. Jimmy Rollins, Philadelphia Phillies

rollins
Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Jimmy Rollins hasn't been completely healthy in the past few years, but the veteran shortstop was once the best in the league. He is still a top-five shortstop and has the talent to rise even more.

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3. Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies

tulowitzki
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Troy Tulowitzki is one of the bigger question marks during fantasy draft time, but you may want to take a chance on him. Although he has averaged just 120 games per season in his career, he has shown in the past that he can put up some monster numbers.

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2. Jose Reyes, Toronto Blue Jays

reyes
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Jose Reyes was supposed to help lead the Miami Marlins to a World Series in 2012, but after a failed attempt to pull superstars together, the Toronto Blue Jays took the All-Star shortstop in. He could be the best shortstop in all of baseball.

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1. Hanley Ramirez, Los Angeles Dodgers

ramirez
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Hanley Ramirez was also apart of the failed Miami Marlins project. He ended up in Los Angeles, however, and will be one of the main reasons that the Dodgers contend for the World Series. He is also one of the best power-hitting shortstops in the league.


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