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2014 Fantasy Baseball Rankings – Shortstops

A list of the top shortstops to draft for 2014 fantasy baseball.

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1. Jose Reyes  Toronto Blue Jays

Year G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
2014 Projections 124 507 76 151 28 6 9 46 27 8 46 50 .298 .355 .430 .785

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.

2. Ian Desmond  Washington Nationals

Year G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
2014 Projections 159 609 80 173 37 4 22 79 24 8 47 138 .284 .339 .466 .805

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?

3. Starlin Castro  Chicago Cubs

Year G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
2014 Projections 161 661 74 186 34 7 13 65 14 9 35 114 .281 .321 .413 .734

Castro led the National League with 666 at-bats last year, and the rest of his numbers were just as evil. Despite reaching base more than 200 times, he tallied only 59 runs and 44 RBI – abysmal totals relative to the high workload. The 30:129 BB:K ratio is unacceptable for any hitter, but it's even more egregious when you consider that Castro is supposed to be one of the offensive leaders of the team and that he only hit 10 home runs. He turns 24 right before the beginning of the season, so he is still young enough to turn it around – he certainly has the talent to do so – but if he doesn't make huge strides in 2014 it may be time to put the “bust” label on him for good and give his starting job to uber-prospect Javier Baez.

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