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2020 Positional Rankings - Shortstop

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A quick overview and a few comments on 2020 rankings for shortstops. As always, you can find all of our rankings updated periodically by clicking the "Rankings" link at the top of the website.

Here are the positions we've covered thus far:

2020 Positional Rankings - Catcher
2020 Positional Rankings - First Base
2020 Positional Rankings - Second Base

The shortstop position is absolutely loaded with talent. It has everything a fantasy owner could want, as it's full of players that hit for power and steal bases. A lot of the top tier shortstops are top overall picks heading into the 2020 season.

Tier One, you can't go wrong.

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Seriously, you can't go wrong with a single player in this first tier. Francisco Lindor and Trevor Story are both players who will hit 30 home runs, hit for average, and steal 20 bases. Trea Turner and Alex Bregman are not to be treated any less as productive, and can you imagine what Fernando Tatis Jr. does playing with close to 600 at-bats? If you don't get excited about owning one of these five players, well, I don't know what to do for you.

Tier Two, still plenty of production.

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Adalberto Mondesi only slips down to the second tier because of the batting average. However, his potential to swipe 50 bags always makes him a borderline candidate toss up between Tier One and Tier Two. The same can be said for Javier Baez and Xander Bogaerts, as both players are on that edge, where either could be moved into Tier One, respectively. Another reason why this shortstop position is absoutely loaded. Manny Machado has both the SS and 3B eligiblity, but as we know, will be the every day third baseman for the Padres.

Tier Three

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This tier is fixed on shortstops that are just "meh". Meaning, they won't hit 30 home runs or steal 50 bases, but they will give your fantasy team an every day starting shortstop that produces just enough. Bo Bichette will get an entire season to produce with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in Toronto.

Didi Gregorius is reunited with Joe Girardi in Philly, and will likely be the every day shortstop - with a shot to put up home run total from 2017 & 2018. Corey Seager is another victim of the deep position at shortstop, as he's not a bad player, it's just his numbers don't stack up to a Tier One, but rather stacking up to a middle or pack player.

Tier Four

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Among this tier of shortstops, again, you get the players that are "meh", but nothing is wrong with having a Jorge Polanco or Elvis Andrus at shortstop - especially if you wait until the later rounds to pick the player up. Paul DeJong is the equivalent of Rougned Odor - lots of home runs and a low batting averare. I don't think Jean Segura will eat into Didi's playing time, simply because he doesn't outproduce Didi in any one category, but that could change come the month of June.

Tier Five, mostly sleepers and rookies. 

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Very quickly, because there are so many players in this last catch all tier, Carter Kieboom, Kevin Newman and Jon Berti stick out as a few of the players worth taking a late round flie

AUTHOR Reggie