Over the next couple of weeks at Harper Wallbanger, I'm sorting through the Big Board for 12-team 5x5 leagues to find the must-draft and must-avoid players at each position. Let's keep it rolling with shortstop.
The Shortstop renaissance continues! The first couple of tiers feature fantasy giants such as Trea Turner, Carlos Correa, and Francisco Lindor (plus Machado after the first couple weeks of this season). The dropoff is less stark this year, as Bregman, Seager, Andrus, Segura, and Bogaerts are all perfectly good options in the early-mid rounds. It's still a position where values can be had late, especially since people tend to reach for those early round guys. There is a ton more power at this position than there was just a couple of years ago, and while that is exciting, keep in mind that if you take an all-pop, no-speed shortstop, you're going to have to fill in those steals elsewhere, possibly by taking a more SB-focused approach in the outfield than you're used to. All that said, let us get to the picks, where I have an underappreciated A's player (classic), a late-season breakout from last year, and a '17 breakout who might find playing time difficult to come by this time around.