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2018 Shortstop - Early Points League Rankings and Tiers

If you play in a head-t0-head points league, or season long format, you already know how difficult it can be to find fantasy analysis tailored to the format. Not only are the traditional rotisserie and head-to-head arrangements more popular, but the very nature of points leagues makes them difficult to cover in a general sense because they carry significantly more variance in terms of settings.

Niche audience or no, there are still plenty of folks out there who love the format, and y’all deserve help from the experts just as much as those who stick to roto or H2H. That’s why we’re excited to unveil the first round of RotoBaller’s 2018 fantasy baseball points league rankings for shortstop and the month of January.

This round comes to you courtesy of Nick Mariano, Chris Zolli, Kyle Richardson, and myself. And in case you missed it, all of our 2018 fantasy baseball rankings and analysis columns are in one easy place including mixed, points, dynasty and AL/NL only leagues.

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2018 Fantasy Baseball Points League Rankings: Shortstop (January)

Ranking Tier Player Name Pos Nick Bill Chris Kyle R.
1 1 Trea Turner SS 10 12 9 4
2 1 Carlos Correa SS 17 10 13 11
3 1 Francisco Lindor SS 25 24 24 23
4 1 Corey Seager SS 31 25 22 28
5 1 Alex Bregman 3B/SS 81 44 36 45
6 2 Xander Bogaerts SS 65 68 71 65
7 2 Elvis Andrus SS 50 72 80 68
8 2 Jean Segura SS 90 75 74 75
9 2 Didi Gregorius SS 134 106 97 110
10 3 Chris Taylor 2B/SS/OF 105 119 125 119
11 3 Trevor Story SS 79 142 144 123
12 3 Ozzie Albies 2B/SS #N/A 169 166 155
13 3 Javier Baez 2B/SS 251 133 134 157
14 3 Eduardo Nunez SS/3B/2B/OF 257 147 155 177
15 4 Marcus Semien SS 206 178 176 178
16 4 Tim Anderson SS 217 185 182 187
17 4 Tim Beckham SS 301 167 146 209
18 4 Zack Cozart SS 183 221 214 211
19 4 Marwin Gonzalez 1B/2B/3B/SS/OF 273 182 170 213
20 5 Paul DeJong 2B/SS 241 213 208 228
21 5 Addison Russell SS 190 242 239 229
22 5 Andrelton Simmons SS 245 212 217 231
23 5 Chris Owings 2B/SS/OF 233 253 252 236
24 5 Orlando Arcia SS 303 223 215 251
25 6 Jose Peraza 2B/SS 252 248 262 237
26 6 Dansby Swanson SS 240 282 270 255
27 6 Jorge Polanco SS 334 283 272 292
28 6 Amed Rosario SS 300 278 313 293
29 6 Aledmys Diaz SS 247 #N/A 355 298
30 6 Jose Reyes 2B/SS/3B #N/A 301 307 303
31 7 Asdrubal Cabrera SS/2B/3B 298 308 311 304
32 7 Troy Tulowitzki SS #N/A 307 310 306
33 7 Brandon Crawford SS 335 315 320 325
34 7 Gleyber Torres SS #N/A 345 331 329
35 7 Brad Miller SS 372 #N/A 404 392
36 7 Matt Duffy SS/3B #N/A 390 432 421

Tier 1

As it stands I'm the only ranker to like Carlos Correa better than Trea Turner, which I'm actually a little surprised about for points league rankings. Trea Turner has any other shortstop beat in stolen bases, but outside of that category I'm not so sure Turner is a bet to beat Correa. Hitting in the heart of the Astros lineup is going to allow for way more RBI opportunities for Correa, and he's got Turner beat on pure power as well. Correa hit .315 in an injury-shortened season last year, and while that might be a little bit too much to expect he's certainly capable of a .290 batting average over 150+ games. Unless I'm missing something, Correa seems pretty clearly to be the better points-league choice.

Tier 2

I really, really WANT to be higher on Elvis Andrus. He had an enormous breakout season, setting career highs in homers (20), runs (100), RBI (88) and SLG (.471) to go along with the second-best batting average of his MLB career (.297). There was clearly a shift in his approach, as he set a career high in ISO and K-rate while also torpedoing his walk-rate to a career low (5.5%). Swing big, hit big, right? My restraint lies in whether or not this is a sustainable change to his mentality at the plate. The increases in the aforementioned categories were drastic, and I'm not confident it's something that Andrus can replicate. Prove me wrong, Elvis!

Tier 3 

Oh, Nick. I want to follow you down this path...I want to write this Story with you. I just can't yet. It's only January, and things can certainly change, but Trevor broke my heart last year. The magic of the first half of 2016 did NOT continue into 2017, and Story had stretches where it was painful to watch him bat. He struck out in over a third of his at bats, and while Coors can make any stat line look good (24 HR, 82 RBI) I have major concerns for Story's long-term success. Once again, things could change depending on further review. Maybe I see a couple sweet Spring Story Slamma-Jammas...but I'm just not there yet. The pain is still too real.

Tier 4 

So Marwin Gonzalez, the man of a thousand eligible positions, had easily the best season of his career in 2017. I'm not even going to list stats--if it wasn't stolen bases or plate appearances, Gonzalez set his career high in last season. I, uh...I don't know what to do with that. Due to his positional durability he's going to find his way into the Astros lineup most days, I'm just not sure whether or not opportunity was all Gonzalez needed. He more than doubled his walk rate from 2016, his ISO shot up by freaking 79 points, his batting average by 49 points...at this point I'm going to remain cautious, and figure that the real Marwin Gonzalez is somewhere in between 2016 and 2017 Marwin Gonzalez. .275 average, 17 homers, 10 steals, 75 RBI...good and usable, but not a stud by any means.

Tier 5

I'm the lowest on Addison Russell, and I'm fine with that. He's no doubt a talented player and he's had impressive spurts, but I'm seeing Starlin Castro 2.0 here to be honest. Not top-10 at the position, but always in the 15-20 conversation. I saw a lot of good things from Orlando Arcia last year, and I've got high hopes for the future. Definite 20/20 potential, and his points league value could be really solid if he moves up a bit in the Brewers lineup.

Tiers 6 and 7

I'm interested to see what Amed Rosario is capable of in the Mets lineup. His short debut last season was woefully unimpressive, but it's very important to remember that he's just 22 and he flew through the Mets minor league organization. I don't think that 2018 will be the year Rosario "arrives", but he should have a nice, long leash while he figures things out due to the much-needed defense he brings to the Mets infield.

To Troy Tulowitzki, I quote the band No Mercy:

Where do you go, my lovely?
Where do you go?
I wanna know, my lovely
I wanna know

Where do you go, oh, oh, eh, oh?
I wanna know, oh, oh, eh, oh
Where do you go, oh, oh, eh, oh, oh, oh, eh, oh, oh, oh, eh, oh
I wanna know

Come back to me, Troy.

 

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