As we head into the All Star break and inch closer to the end of the regular season, let’s regroup and assess which shortstops will give your fantasy team the best chance at pulling ahead (or maintaining a top spot).
1. Hanley Ramirez, BOS
At this point in the season, Hanley is cruising, hitting four home runs in his last nine starts. His average thus far this season is .274, and it seems like it will only increase or at the very least stay consistent at that figure. If you have him on your team, don’t let him go.
2. Troy Tulowitzki, COL
Don’t give up on Tulowitzki just yet- granted, he has had only three runs in twice as many games, but I still believe he’s worthy of staying atop the rankings as long as he gets out of this mini-slump. He has quite a bit of value, and while I wouldn’t recommend trading him, if someone in your league dropped him because he’s kind of cold, snatch him up while you can!
3. Jose Reyes, TOR
Reyes’s bat is on fire. He’s on an eight game hit streak, with three hits during Sunday night’s matchup against the Royals. Yes, he made two errors, and yes, he has ten total for this season thus far, but his hits and steals are more memorable. Keep him!
4. Starlin Castro, CHC
Having Castro on your team is a steal for right now, considering other prominent shortstops’ unexpected plummet in worth. While Castro is currently hitting below his career average, he’s still making hits when it counts. Grab him.
5. Elvis Andrus, TEX
Pick Andrus up for now while he’s hot, but don’t invest too much into him. In the last two weeks, he’s put up a much-needed effort compared to the dreary numbers he’s posted otherwise for the season. This is a warm streak, so keep him for now, but have a solid backup in case he gets cold again.
6. Jean Segura, MIL
Segura’s average is a respectable .273. His numbers have been reliable, scoring five runs and stealing two bases in his last seven games. Hold on to Segura as a security blanket.
7. Erick Aybar, LAA
Aybar is having perhaps the hottest streak of all. Pick him up and start him. At the very least, pick him up and keep him as a backup if you think your starter is doing better than his .287 average and consecutive games with three or more hits.
8. Alcides Escobar, KC
Escobar is currently batting over .300. Need I say more? He’s a must-have in your fantasy lineup.
9. Jhonny Peralta, STL
Peralta has been consistent throughout this season, and is a viable part of any fantasy team. His average is a whopping .298. Pair that with the fact that he’s 7 for 14 in the Cardinals’ last three games, and you have a golden boy at the shortstop position.
10. Ben Zobrist, OAK
Make an effort to keep Zobrist if you can, as he’s beginning to show more promise as the season chugs along. His average is .261, and he stands to improve if he keeps at his current pace. Keep him on the back burner in your lineup.
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