You’ll be sweating Dee’s Nuts
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There’s no getting around it: the shortstop position is shallow as hell. Fantasy owners are forced to either overpay based on position scarcity, or take their chances with a cheap scrub. Most people in your fantasy league will not be happy with their SS, and they might even have one of the best options (see: Hanley Ramirez’s 2011). Think about it, people are happily spending fourth round picks on three-category players (and two-category killers) like Elvis Andrus, solely because he plays at short. That’s f’ing ridiculous. You may be thinking, “Okay Starbonell, we know you have some amazing strategy sure to help us win! Why, a fantasy baseball demi-god like yourself probably has all sorts of neat tricks up their Armani crafted sleeves!”
Well, um, not really. Here’s the deal, I’m going into my auctions/drafts with the mindset that I’m coming away with one of three players: Troy Tulowitzki, Dee Gordon, or Emilio Bonifacio. Tulowitzki is the elite guy, Gordon is the player who gives you the most bang for your buck, and Bonifacio is the cheaper alternative I’ll have to settle for if I don’t end up with the first two. I may be forced to overpay for Gordon or Bonifacio depending on the circumstances, but it’s worth it. Everyone else is too expensive or too shitty for my taste.
That may not be the ground-breaking analysis you are looking for, but have you seen the players at this position? Trust me, you do not want to be in a spot where you are spending all season looking for an upgrade at SS. Don’t believe me? Take a gander at the shortstops of your league champions from years past. Don’t see too many wack players there now do you?
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