Shortstop OBP Dynasty Rankings For Fantasy Baseball
We have made our way around the infield in my OBP dynasty rankings. The shortstop position is stacked at the top, having five of my top 13 overall ranked OBP dynasty players. While there are a ton of talented shortstops at the Major League level, even more, are on the way with a ton of talented prospects. While the position is stacked, it has a bottom out the deeper you get. If you play in a deeper dynasty league, it’s important to roster one of the high-end shortstops if you want to get the most out of the roster spot. You know about the position; let’s get to the rankings. Without further ado, my shortstop OBP dynasty rankings.
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Shortstop OBP Dynasty Rankings
|1||Fernando Tatis Jr.||SD||22.3|
|10||Bobby Witt Jr.||KC||20.9|
Should You Worry About Tatís?
I have often been asked if Fernando Tatís Jr’s injuries are a concern for him long term. Do they affect his value? In 2019, he suffered a left hamstring strain and a lower back stress reaction. Those injuries caused him to miss 58 days. Tatís then dealt with a shoulder injury this spring that was said to be minor. Then on April 5, Tatís left the game clutching his shoulder and was diagnosed with a shoulder subluxation. He avoided surgery, but most are not optimistic he makes it through this season without re-aggravating the shoulder.
That begs the question, will the injury affect his long-term value. Considering Tatís is just 22 years old, I am not worried. I am not ruling out the chance that Tatís could get surgery, but I would not sell low in a dynasty league if he does. Would it hurt his value? A little bit, but long term, Tatís should be more than fine and performing at an elite level. In 153 career games, Tatís has 41 home runs, 27 stolen bases, and a .292/.366/.567 slash. Yes, Fernando Tatís Jr. is elite, and the injuries don’t scare me off, at least not yet.
Who Is the Real Gleyber Torres?
During his age-22 season in 2019, Gleyber Torres looked primed to cement himself as one of the top young shortstops in the game. Torres hit 38 home runs, stole five bases, and slashed .278/.337/.535. Considering Torres hit 13 home runs in 17 games against Baltimore, many expected regression to come.
But since the start of the 2020 season, Torres has slashed .225/.339/.325 with just three home runs. I pawned off Torres 2020 struggles to a weird season. Unfortunately, 2021 has been even more dreadful through his first 64 plate appearances. I’m struggling to figure out who Gleyber Torres really is. But if I had to bet, I would say he is a closer to a .260-.270 25 home run type player moving forward. For that reason, he is falling for me in dynasty rankings.
A Change at the Top?
Suppose Tatís did see his value take a hit, which shortstop could take the number one spot. I debated Bo Bichette, but currently, I give the edge to Trea Turner. Turner is coming off a 2020 season where his power began to show as he hit 12 home runs and stole 12 bases over 59 games. Not to mention his slash of .335/.394/.588. He is picking up right where he left off this year, with four home runs and stolen bases, and a .305 batting average. Turner is a near-lock for an elite batting average and steals, and it now seems the power is legitimate as well. At just 27 years old, Turner still has plenty of elite years ahead of him. I am a huge fan of Trea Turner.
Trea Turner is The Most Underrated Player in @MLB™.
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) April 19, 2021
Media: Washington Nationals
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