One fantasy baseball shortstop that is consistently undervalued is Washington Nationals’ Ian Desmond. Desmond has consistently been drafted behind Derek Jeter, Troy Tulowitzki, and Jimmy Rollins, but Desmond outscored them all last season.
Desmond hit a respectable .292 last year, but no one has even mentioned it this off-season. In Washington, all the attention seems to be focused on SP Stephen Strasburg, 3B Ryan Zimmerman, and of course OF Bryce Harper.
Desmond also crushed 25 home runs in just 130 games last year, with 17 of them coming before the All-Star break. The veteran struggled to only hit eight after the hiatus, but was plagued by an oblique injury in the second half of the season. His steady decline could have easily been attributed to the nagging injury, so expect even better numbers from him in 2013.
Surprisingly, Desmond has above average speed on the bases as well. He stole 21 bases in 2012, which coupled with his power numbers, make him an elite option at short. He has the best power/speed combo at his position and will surprise many fantasy owners this season.
Desmond will be a top-five shortstop in fantasy this year. He looks healthy this spring and will once again hit in the middle of the Nats’ lineup. Look for him to have another 20-20 season and once again finish with a batting average well over .280.