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2012 Fantasy Baseball: Shortstop Rankings

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Opening Day is just a few weeks away and Athlon Sports has all the fantasy baseball rankings you need to get ready for the upcoming season.

Athlon Sports has combined nine fantasy baseball big boards from around the web to compile an updated consensus Top 200 as well as positional breakdowns.

Troy Tulowitzki remains the clear-cut leader at shortstop followed by Hanley Ramirez and his Marlins' teammate Jose Reyes.

Reports out of spring training are that Ramirez has not only embraced the move to third base due to the arrival of Reyes, but he also has looked good at the plate.

Whether you draft and use Ramirez at shortstop or third, when he becomes eligible there, early signs indicate that you may be getting the offensive force at the plate he was just two seasons ago (.342-24-106 with 101 R and 27 SB). One thing's for sure, if you draft Ramirez, who comes in at No. 19 overall on the Big Board, you certainly don't want a repeat of his 2011 injury-plagued campaign (.243-10-45 in just 92 games).

Overall, there's not a lot of changes in the shortstop positional rankings. Erick Aybar and J.J. Hardy both increased their standing in the Top 200 by at least eight slots, while Emilio Bonifacio went backwards 10 spots, resulting in the three of them swapping positions in the positional rankings.

Stephen Drew cracked the Top 200, but it's all but certain he will not be ready by Opening Day as he continues his recovery from the broken ankle he suffered last July. Drew will most likely start the season on the DL in hopes of returning sometime in May.

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Rank Position ranking
OVR
Overall ranking on The Big Board
LR — Last Ranked, where player was ranked on The Big Board that was published on Feb. 20, 2012
NR — Not Ranked, means player did not appear on The Big Board that was published on Feb. 20, 2012

Recommended Articles

AS – Athlon Sports (updated 3/19/12)
CBS – CBSSportsline.com (as of 3/16/12)
ESPN – (updated 3/13/12)
FOX – FOXSports.com (updated 3/7/12)
MLB – MLB.com (as of 3/15/12)
RC – RotoChamp.com (updated 3/18/12)
RS – RotoSummit.com (updated 2/27/12)
USA — USAToday.com (updated 2/13/12)
Y! – Yahoo! Sports (updated 2/24/12)*

*Yahoo! ranked only 120 players on their list, while Athlon's Big Board contains 200. The aggregated scores of the other eight big boards were used to extrapolate Yahoo!’s rankings to 200 players.

Athlon Sports Fantasy Rankings**: Big Board | C | 1B | 2B | 3B | SS | OF | SP | RP

**Positional rankings will be updated throughout the week

Rank

OVR

LR

Player

Team

Pos

AS

CBS

ESPN

FOX

MLB

RC

RS

USA

Y!

1

6

5

Troy Tulowitzki

COL

SS

4

9

6

5

6

15

8

6

4

2

19

20

Hanley Ramirez

MIA

SS

27

29

13

9

16

34

15

13

21

3

24

24

Jose Reyes

MIA

SS

18

32

21

31

18

61

19

14

19

4

45

43

Starlin Castro

CHC

SS

44

79

57

63

42

59

37

43

38

5

57

51

Elvis Andrus

TEX

SS

64

108

60

60

63

92

49

41

42

6

71

66

Asdrubal Cabrera

CLE

SS

97

86

63

47

54

97

56

92

64

7

81

81

Jimmy Rollins

PHI

SS

104

102

49

54

69

146

53

76

73

8

116

121

Derek Jeter

NYY

SS

125

118

113

101

97

-

94

105

118

9

118

123

Alexei Ramirez

CHW

SS

127

138

86

89

123

131

116

145

129

10

127

139

Erick Aybar

LAA

SS

153

127

129

95

112

-

131

111

135

11

133

141

J.J. Hardy

BAL

SS

140

168

111

91

129

191

170

90

134

12

135

125

Emilio Bonifacio

MIA

SS/3B/OF

124

114

213

83

-

109

142

172

119

13

138

147

Dee Gordon

LAD

SS

138

145

133

157

169

138

139

162

96

14

151

163

Jhonny Peralta

DET

SS

142

169

126

106

193

200

159

138

149

15

190

NR

Stephen Drew

ARI

SS

-

-

160

152

-

-

197

151

-

16

199

211

Yunel Escobar

TOR

SS

192

183

200

161

-

-

-

153

-

17

214

NR

Marco Scutaro

COL

SS

-

-

169

-

171

-

182

198

-

18

238

222

Ian Desmond

WAS

2B/SS

171

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

19

256

NR

Mike Aviles

BOS

2B/SS/3B

-

-

-

-

191

-

-

-

-

Other names to consider (in alphabetical order): Clint Barmes (PIT, SS), Willie Bloomquist (ARI, SS/OF), Jamey Carroll (MIN, 2B/SS), Alcides Escobar (KC, SS), Rafael Furcal (STL, SS), Alex Gonzalez (MIL, SS), Macier Izturis (LAA, 2B/SS/3B), Jed Lowrie (HOU, SS/3B), Sean Rodriguez (TB, 2B/SS/3B), Ruben Tejada (NYM, 2B/SS)

— By Mark Ross, updated on March 23, 2012

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