At the beginning of this decade the position of shortstop had some of the best fantasy talent the game of baseball had ever seen. Going into 2009, there is a major shortage in between second and third.
While the top talent at shortstop is some of the best in the game with the Marlins' Hanley Ramirez and Mets' Jose Reyes, the drop off is relatively severe after that.
Ramirez and Reyes will put up the best numbers in a standard 5x5 league. They are fantasy five-tool players batting for average and power, scoring runs by batting leadoff, and stealing bases at a rapid rate.
Ramirez will likely go number two overall just behind Alex Rodriguez while Reyes will fall to number five after Albert Pujols and teammate David Wright. Ramirez's power number are significantly higher thus making him a very coveted player on draft day.
After these two superstars, it will be up to fantasy players to find this year's sleeper at shortstop. Here's where I would begin to look on draft day: