With the top 150 fantasy baseball players all ordered and ranked on the inaugural Big Board, it's time to continue rolling out the individual position rankings.
After providing some sequencing to the third basemen last time out, next up is shortstop, a position that poses two basic, fundamental questions from a fantasy point of view.
The first one is whether you want to use an early pick on one of the three or four high-end names, like Hanley Ramirez (pictured) or Troy Tulowitzki, which will require such a steep investment.
The second, then, is whether you'd prefer to build your roster with a focus on speed or power at this spot, because many among the next batch will offer either speed (like Elvis Andrus or Everth Cabrera) or power (like J.J. Hardy or Jhonny Peralta)—but not both.
Ultimately, while there aren't many elite options here, the position does extend rather far in terms of offering serviceable starter-worthy shortstops that will keep owners satisfied enough. In fact, there are about 15 or so that fall under that umbrella, but just to cover all the bases, here's the top 25 overall fantasy shortstops and a few others you should watch.
These rankings consider three factors:
First, everything is based on 10- or 12-team mixed leagues with standard five-by-five rotisserie scoring (BA, R, HR, RBI, SB for hitters; W, ERA, WHIP, K, SV for pitchers).
Second, lineup construction accounts for 22 active roster positions consisting of: one each for catcher, first base, second base, third base, shortstop, corner infield, middle infield and utility; along with five outfielders and nine pitchers.
And third, to be eligible at a particular position, players either must have played at least 20 games there in 2013 or be in line to start there in 2014. Additionally, players are listed in the rankings at the position where their fantasy utility would be most useful.