The top four shortstops in fantasy baseball for 2018 define "elite" while putting even more emphasis on the top-heaviness of the position. After you get past the first tier, you are left with a bunch of question marks.
Carlos Correa, Trea Turner, Francisco Lindor and Corey Seager are all elite options and if you don’t get one it will likely put you at a disadvantage at the position. Unlike so many other positions (with the exception of pitchers), this one falls into murkiness very quick. Players like Xander Bogaerts and Alex Bregman (if he qualifies at SS) should do just fine, but after the outlook is much cloudier.
But with so many young shortstops in the game, there are no lack of potential breakout candidates. For the most part, you will be able to address a specific category through this position, namely stolen bases, batting average or in a few instances, power. But finding those consistent multiple-category options will be more difficult.
If you can strike early and fill this position then hopefully you won’t need to rely on the likes of Trevor Story and Andrelton Simmons. For those leagues that include a middle infielder (MI) on the roster, it’s probably best to look at second base rather than a second shortstop to fill that need.
Either way I hope these rankings help you build your tiers and with your draft prep for the 2018 season. These will change as spring training progresses and teams adjust their rosters.
— Rankings by Chris Meyers, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and a member of the FSWA. Meyers' work appears on many other sites, including socalledfantasyexperts.com. Follow him on Twitter @FantsyChillpony.
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