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It's never too early to start preparing for fantasy baseball season as pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training in just over a month. In order to build your perfect fantasy squad, it's smart to be strong up the middle and have a stud at the shortstop position. Here are the top 10 shortstops heading into the 2019 MLB season.
Fantasy Baseball Top-10 Rankings:
10. Tim Anderson, Chicago White Sox
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Tim Anderson quietly finished last season as a member of the 20-20 club. He was one of just five shortstops to do so, putting him in elite company with a few other players ranked even higher on this list. Likely batting leadoff for the White Sox this coming season, Anderson could be in line to top the 77 runs he scored and 64 RBI from last year. Expect another 20 homers and 20 steals out of a player you can draft outside the top 150 picks.
9. Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers
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Make sure you don't forget about Corey Seager heading into your draft this coming season. The 2017 All-Star underwent Tommy John surgery and played in just 26 games in 2018. Once he's healthy, and the Dodgers believe he'll be ready by Opening Day, expect Seager to be the same player he was in 2016 and 2017, putting up 20-plus homers with a .300 batting average and racking up 160-plus runs and RBI.
8. Carlos Correa, Houston Astros
Carlos Correa is another player who had a down year in 2018, mostly due to injury. The young shortstop is still one of the better hitters in baseball when healthy, but he's missed at least 50 games in each of the past two seasons. Despite playing just over 100 games in 2016 and 2017, the shortstop still hit 39 homers over the past two seasons. Correa has top 50 talent and you could be rewarded handsomely if he falls to you and stays healthy in 2019.
7. Gleyber Torres, New York Yankees
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Gleyber Torres is eligible at shortstop in most leagues, even though he might not play the position this coming season. Torres has the chance to finish at the top of this list after posting 24 homers and 77 RBI with a slash line of .271/.340/.480 in just 123 games in 2018. A full season will almost guarantee him finishing as a top-five shortstop this season.
6. Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox
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It's hard putting a player like Xander Bogaerts this low on the list, but that's how deep the shortstop position is this year. The X-man bats in the middle of arguably the best lineup in baseball, so you can count on him raking in RBIs just like he did in 2018 when he finished with a career-high 103, despite playing the fewest games since his rookie season back in 2013. Bogaerts could be a value play at short this upcoming season.
5. Trevor Story, Colorado Rockies
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As long as homeruns remain the most important star in fantasy, a player like Trevor Story will be more than relevant. Sure, he strikes out a lot but Story is an underrated contact hitter that finished with a .291 average while tying Manny Machado with 37 homers for the second-most of any shortstop last season. Colorado is a hitter's paradise and Story is primed for another year living the life.
4. Trea Turner, Washington Nationals
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Some players have high ceilings while others have the chance to be great when they're healthy. Then, there's Turner who was an iron man last season, playing 162 games for the Nationals. At shortstop, he was second in runs and third in hits while coming in second in all of baseball in the steals department. Bryce Harper's likely departure from Washington won't affect these numbers, making him a solid bet to hit 20 homers, score more than 100 runs and steal at least 40 bases.
3. Javier Baez, Chicago Cubs
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Javier Baez was the lightning rod the Cubs needed as the NL MVP candidate was arguably the best hitter in baseball for stretches of last season. He found his power stroke with 31 homers and 111 RBI while still posting the best batting average of his career at .291. Without the Cubs making a splash in free agency, they'll turn to Baez once more at the heart of the lineup as he'll have plenty of opportunities to have an even better year in 2019.
2. Manny Machado, Free Agent
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It doesn't matter where Manny Machado ends up playing this season, he will be a top three shortstop in fantasy in 2019. With at least 33 homers in each of the past four seasons and 80 or more runs and RBI in every season during that span, Machado will change whatever lineup he becomes a part of. Expect a bigger output if he ends up with the Yankees or Phillies as his sing is made for either of those home ballparks.
1. Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians
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Francisco Lindor was a fantasy savior in 2018, finishing as the top-ranked shortstop in the league while hitting .277 with 92 RBI and 129 runs scored. But it was the long ball that put him above the rest, smacking 38 to lead all shortstops in homers last year. Lindor also set a career high with 25 steals. If he can even come close to matching those numbers, Lindor will be in elite company again in 2019.
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