Fantasy Baseball Sleepers: 3 Shortstops You Can't Overlook

John Nizinski@@jniz73Analyst IIIMay 11, 2012

PHOENIX, AZ - MAY 09:  Rafael Furcal #15 of the St Louis Cardinals hits a single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on May 9, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The shortstop position is generally a fantasy position that lacks depth and is difficult to predict. However, in 2012, there have been several shortstops that have played well and could be valuable additions to your fantasy team.

Here's a look at three shortstops whom you shouldn't overlook in your fantasy league.


Rafael Furcal

Furcal has made a career with speed and a strong throwing arm. However, those two things tend to diminish as a player gets older.

Furcal is 34 years old and is in his 13th season. That may have left many fantasy owners hesitant to pick him up. His overall rank to start the season (Yahoo! Sports) was No. 312, meanwhile his actual rank is currently No. 18. 

If Furcal is still available, go and pick him up! He will be able to help you in all categories.

This season, Furcal is hitting .361, with two home runs, 15 RBI and six stolen bases.


JJ Hardy

With Hardy, you will get one of the most powerful middle infielders in baseball. You may have to put up with his low batting average, but the power numbers for a shortstop are worth it.

Hardy leads all shortstops and second baseman with eight home runs, and his RBI numbers should continue to increase if he can stay healthy and the Orioles continue to play well.


Jed Lowrie

Lowrie has always been able to hit. However, he was not always, given the amount of playing time with the Boston Red Sox to prove his hitting ability.

Now Lowrie is the starting shortstop for the Houston Astros. He has gotten off to a nice start and has helped the Astros play better than expected.

So far in 2012, Lowrie is hitting .301, with four home runs and 12 RBI. With more playing time as the season unfolds, Lowrie may continue to improve.