2013 Fantasy Baseball NL East Shortstops

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Not too long ago, Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins was a yearly candidate for the MVP. While he’s no longer a fantasy baseball stud, he still is an elite option at a thin position.

The great thing about Rollins is that he is someone you can usually snag after the first five rounds of most drafts. Considering all of the injuries the Phillies have endured with their aging roster, Rollins has been one of their more durable players the last few years. Look for him to put up 83 runs, 16 HRs, 59 RBIs, 22 SB, and a .258 AVG hitting at the top of the Phillies lineup.

What’s not to like about the Washington Nationals Ian Desmond? He contributes a little in every category. And like Rollins, you shouldn’t have to over pay for him as you can usually draft him in round five or later. He is one of my players who I think can explode in 2013 and even surpass the 73 runs, 18 HRs, 69 RBIs, 22 SB, and a .278 AVG that I am projecting for him. He is one of my NL dark horse sleepers for MVP, and should at least be a fantasy MVP.

A nice late flyer at the middle infield spot is the Atlanta Braves‘ Andrelton Simmons. While he won’t hit for much power or steal a ton of bases, he will get you some steals and a ton of runs. With the revamped Braves lineup looking more like an AL East loaded lineup expect Simmons to put up 69 runs, 7 HRs, 51 RBIs, 17 SB, and a .278 AVG. Should he be able to stay a top the lineup and get on base consistently, he will score a ton.

Meet the Mets, Meet the Mets. You’re going to have to as most people won’t have any clue who half of these New York Mets are. Playing shortstop is the light-hitting Ruben Tejada. You should only be taking a flyer on Tejada in the deepest of leagues, as he won’t hit for any power, or steal many bases. Look for 51 runs, 2 HRs, 39 RBIs, 5 SB, and a .268 AVG. Wow, this guy makes Mets fans long for Kaz Matsui at short.

If only the Miami Marlins had a catchy theme song like meet the Mets, because nobody, not even the good people of South Florida who publicly financed Marlins Park know who these guys are. It’s no wonder Marlins Park doesn’t have a national sponsor, outside of someone running a ponzi scheme, who would want to have their name attached to the Marlins. The lucky guy playing short for your Marlins is Adeiny Hechavarria, look for him to put up 42 runs, 6 HRs, 47 RBIs, 10 SB, and a .252 AVG.

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