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Ahhh, yes, the shortstop position – known for deft-handed, strong-armed defensive players that help keep runners off the base for their pitchers.

Our 2017 Fantasy Shortstops Rankings, however, are topped off with some stellar bats, though.

As a matter of fact, I personally think this might be the best group of young, offensive shortstops we’ve seen in Fantasy Baseball in the past 30 years.

That includes the decade when Alex Rodriguez, Miguel Tejada, Nomar Garciaparra and Derek Jeter were among the top-shelf shortstops.

This position is going to be fantastic for the next few years, based on the fact that there are so many great players here under the age of 28.

Heck, we can move that age line to 25, and take a look at the Fantasy shortstop studs that will get drafted among the top 50 picks: Xander Bogaerts, Carlos Correa, Francisco Lindor, Corey Seager and Trevor Story.

Oh yeah, and let’s not forget about Manny Machado – a shortstop-prospect-turned-third basemen that has returned to shortstop. This will be the second season in a row that he’s eligible at shortstop, so take advantage! He’s our top Fantasy shortstop for 2017, and it makes him a top-10 pick overall in most Fantasy leagues.

Machado isn’t the only shortstop with eligibility elsewhere, as guys like Jonathan Villar (3B), Jean Segura (2B) and Brad Miller (1B) are eligible at other spots. But in reality, you’d be a fool to start them away from short.

Veteran Troy Tulowitzki, one of the best Fantasy shortstops over the past decade, is now looking like a middle infielder with pop – but he’s still 32 years old, with a history of injuries. That injury past was fine back when there weren’t many other great options. But with a dozen excellent young players ahead of him. Tulo is someone you don’t bet on early.

2017 Fantasy Shortstops Rankings

We have now the entire infield ranked! That’s catchers, first basemen, second basemen and  third basemen, along with our 2017 Fantasy Shortstops Rankings. Soon, we’ll be posting our outfielders, starting pitchers and relievers, so stay tuned!

2017 Fantasy Baseball Draft Kit
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David Gonos

David Gonos has been writing about Fantasy Sports online since 2000 – and playing Fantasy Sports since 1989. He has drafted both Curt Warner and Kurt Warner, along with Big Unit and Big Papi. A veteran of hundreds of drafts in the past 15 years alone, Gonos is closely acquainted with sleepers, breakouts and busts – as he has drafted many of all three. He was a Senior Fantasy Writer for CBSSports.com for five years, and he has been columnist on SI.com and FanDuel.com, while also getting published on MLB.com, NFL.com, FoxSports.com and USAToday.com.
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