Batting 1.000: 2011 Fantasy Baseball Weekly Wheelhouse Rankings, Shortstop (SS)

Maxwell SalvatiContributor IIMay 25, 2011

Hitters are ranked for their expected performance from this point forward in standard 5x5 redraft leagues, not for statistics that have already been accrued.

These rankings can also be used as a barometer to determine trade value.

Top 30 Shortstops:

1 (1). Hanley Ramirez, FLA

  • Two home runs in the last week, plus another stolen base after being moved to the two-hole. He's now on pace for a 15/30 season. No, he's not gonna hit .300 on the year, but he could easily hit .300 the rest of the way. Again, his 162 game averages for his career are: .308 BA, 118 R, 26 HR, 82 RBI and 41 SB. Thought so. Trending Upward.

2 (2). Troy Tulowitzki, COL

  • Yes, he's on pace for 39 home runs, but he's also only hitting .244. He's also averaging only 125 games per season over the last three years. I expect him to hit just a tick above 30 home runs, mostly because of a DL stint or two.

3 (3). Jose Reyes, NYM 

  • Another week, another five bags stolen. He's clearly traded some power for average, but as long as he puts up 100 runs and 50-plus stolen bases, he'll be a top-15, top-20 fantasy superstar once again.

4 (4). Alexei Ramirez, CHW

  • Six runs and nine RBI in the last week. Window to buy-low has closed. Trending Upward.

5 (5). Starlin Castro, CHC

  • Still not showing much power, but he's hitting .330 and on pace for 90 runs and 90 RBI. I think he finishes closer to 20 SB than 15, and 10 HR than five.

6 (10). Asdrubal Cabrera, CLE

  • Seven R, eight RBI, four HR and two SB in the last week. Though I still have my reservations, I'm starting to believe. Trending Upward.

7 (7). Elvis Andrus, TEX

  • Still running, only Kinsler is heating up, and both Hamilton and Cruz have returned from the DL. Veeeerrrrryyyy Niiiiaacceeee—a-high-five!!!

8 (11). Ian Desmond, WAS

  • Brought his average up to .235 from .217 last week and is still on pace to steal 50 bases. Trending Upward.

9 (8). Jimmy Rollins, PHI

10 (6). Stephen Drew, ARI

11 (9). Johnny Peralta, DET

11.5 (NR). Sean Rodriguez, TB

  • Just recently qualified for SS eligibility in most leagues. This is where I put him if he continues to play everyday for the rest of the season. He's a 20/20 threat, though with the potential to hit .230. He's like Danny Espinosa at SS for me. Trending Upward.

12 (12). Rafael Furcal, LAD 

13 (13). Erick Aybar, ANA

  • Still running, but no counting stats whatsoever. 

14 (15). Jed Lowrie, BOS 

  • Power has dropped off a bit, but he's still a solid hitter in a great situation. 

15 (16). Yunel Escobar, TOR

16 (21). Maicer Izturis, ANA

17 (14). Derek Jeter, NYY

  • Again, this may just be me being generous. Kinda like the Yankees were with that contract he was gifted. Trending Downward. 

18 (18). Ryan Theriot, STL

19 (19). Jason Bartlett, SD

20 (23). Darwin Barney, CHC

21 (17). Orlando Cabrera, CLE

  • Yep. Regressing like I said. Trending Downward.

22 (20). Alex Gonzales, ATL

23 (NR). Sean Rodriguez, TB

  • This is where I put him if he goes back to platooning, which is probably the more likely case. He needs to win Maddon over.

24 (22). Cliff Pennington, OAK

25 (24). Yuniesky Betancourt, MIL

26 (25). Miguel Tejada, SF

27 (26). J.J. Hardy, BAL

28 (27). Jamey Carrol, LAD

29 (28). Alcides Escobar, KC

30 (30b). Trevor Plouffe, MIN


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