A list of the top shortstops to draft for 2014 fantasy baseball.
1. Ian Desmond Washington Nationals
Desmond put together his second straight 20-20 season, cementing his spot among the elite fantasy options at shortstop. His high strikeout rate makes his ability to sustain a useful batting average questionable, but after Desmond hit .280 or better in back-to-back years, most owners should be comfortable taking that risk. Desmond is still young, athletic, and he hasn't been injury-prone, while he is capable of contributing in all five major categories. What more could you want?
2. Jose Reyes Toronto Blue Jays
Reyes turned in a solid .296/.353/.427 line in his first season with the Blue Jays, but was limited to just 419 plate appearances because of injuries. An early-season ankle injury landed him on the 60-day DL, and Reyes never seemed to get back to 100 percent, finishing with just 15 stolen bases. Still one of the best offensive shortstops in the game, his health is as much of a concern now as ever. Fortunately, Reyes ended the season without any injuries, and he'll have the entire offseason to rest his ankle. Assuming he stays healthy, Reyes will almost certainly be one of the league's most productive shortstops again in 2014.
3. Hanley Ramirez Boston Red Sox
A variety of injuries limited Ramirez to 86 games in 2013, but when healthy, he performed like an MVP candidate. Ramirez batted .345/.402/.638 with 20 home runs and 10 stolen bases in just 304 at-bats. This came after he hit just .243 and .257 the preceding two seasons, so the bat is back, but will his health be there in 2014? If you buy into the whole "guys perform better in contract years," Ramirez is your guy in 2014, as he's scheduled to hit free agency after the season. At the very least, the lineup around him in Los Angeles provides an excellent supporting cast to help him pile up counting stats.
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