San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. throws late to first as Pittsburgh Pirates' Adam Frazier arrives safely for a single during the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 5, 2021, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)


Mike Shara

Every position around the diamond has its ups and downs in Fantasy Baseball. There was a time in the late 90’s when I first started playing that shortstop was a position where if you didn’t get one of the three big studs (Nomar, Jeter & A-Rod), it was a veritable wasteland of players who often hurt your team as much as they helped it. 2022 is probably a zenith – the deepest point for the position since I’ve been paying attention, anway. There are legitimate first round picks, legit second round picks, third and fourth – and there are still guys after that who wouldn’t surprise you if they finished near the top of this list at year’s end. This year, drafting a shortstop will depend entirely on when you think you want to take the jump. You really shouldn’t run out of good players who can be a starter for you this year. If you do, you probably lost your internet connection during your draft.

As always, there are players on this list who will also qualify at other positions. I have so noted where it applies. In my opinion versatility does add a bit of value for a certain level of player, so multi-position guys may get a slight edge over the others if they have similar offensive profiles.

1 Fernando Tatis Jr. | San Diego | Other Position-LF
his power/speed combo is top 3 or 4 in MLB. if healthy he’s an NL MVP frontrunner.         

2 Trea Turner | LA Dodgers | Other Position-2B
premium speed and surprising pop. He’ll be back to shortstop full time in 2022.

3 Bo Bichette | Toronto                 
I don’t like ranking really young guys this high, but his 2021 numbers made it tough not to.

4 Marcus Semien | Texas
hard to believe he and Bichette were teammates just last year. Will they miss each other?

5 Xander Bogaerts | Boston                   
now officially the best player in the Red Sox’ lineup. Still only 29, he’s steady as a rock.

6 Carlos Correa | ???
where he signs will make some difference, but not much. He’ll succeed anywhere he goes.

7 Corey Seager | Texas
will Texas’ park affect his numbers? Can’t be harder to hit HR there than at Dodger Stadium.

8 Tim Anderson | Chicago (AL)                            
 elite batting avg (not OBP so much), decent HR/SB numbers keep him in the elite second tier.

9 Trevor Story | ??  
his career splits outside Colorado are not great (.241/.310/.442). Where will he sign?

10 Francisco Lindor | NY Mets              
has any player ever had a good first season with the Mets after signing a free agent deal?

11 Javier Baez | Detroit | Other Position-2B              
gotta figure Comerica Park will mean more doubles, less HR. Still electric though.

12 Wander Franco | Tampa Bay | Other Position-3B             
he’s a stupefyingly exciting player who might win an MVP some day. Not this year, though.

13 Jazz Chisholm | Miami | Other Position-2B
was a nice power/speed combo surprise last year. Even more valuable at second base.

14 Adalberto Mondesi | Kansas City | Other Position-3B              
only qualifies at SS on some platforms – make sure you check yours first. Elite wheels.

15 Willy Adams | Milwaukee               
went nuts after moving to Milwaukee mid-season, still only mid-tier numbers overall.

16 Jorge Polanco | Minnesota | Other Position-2B
as I’m typing this, I’m realizing he might be too low. 33 HR and he’s ranked 16th? WTF Mike!

17 Bobby Witt Jr. | Kansas City            
early betting favorite for AL Rookie of the Year. Power, speed, added patience in AAA in ‘21.

18 Dansby Swanson | Atlanta                
suffers from the stigma of being a former 1st overall pick. What’s wrong with 27 HR/9 SB?

19 Chris Taylor | LA Dodgers | Other Positions-LF, 3B, CF, RF, 2B
human Swiss Army knife – he’s a great utility guy – not necessarily a starter anywhere but LF.

20 Eugenio Suarez | Cincinnati | Other Position-3B
Batting average kills you, but his huge home run power keeps him relevant at SS. Barely.

These guys qualify at SS and elsewhere, but I would say you only want them as back-ups who can cover more than one roster spot for you in case of injury. They’re all useful MLB players, but they’re only starters in fantasy baseball if you squint really hard.

Jake Cronenworth, SD – 1B, 2BGleyber Torres, NYY – 2B
Brendan Rodgers, COL – 2BJosh Rojas, ARI – 3B, 2B, RF, LF
Gio Urshela, NYY – 3BLuis Urias, MIL – 2B, 3B   
Amed Rosario, CLE – CFJonathan Villar, FA – 2B, SS

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