Opening Day is now a little under two months away, which means it's time to begin prepping for your 2021 fantasy baseball drafts.
Here at The Duel we'll have you covered every step of the way, and that begins with the first step of draft prep — identifying this year's top fantasy baseball assets. You can check out our top 100 fantasy baseball player rankings here and top 20 team names as well.
With that in mind, here are the top 10 fantasy baseball shortstops for the 2021 MLB season.
Fantasy Baseball SS Rankings 2021
10. Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers
9. Alex Bregman, Houston Astros
8. Bo Bichette, Toronto Blue Jays
7. Adalberto Mondesi, Kansas City Royals
6. Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox
Xander Bogaerts is the rare young Boston Red Sox star that the team hasn't already traded. Hopefully, Boston will hang onto him long-term, because he's one of the best in the business. He had a slash line of .300/.364/.502 while hitting 11 HR and 28 RBI with 8 steals in the shortened 2020 campaign. That's a 162-game pace of 32 HR with 82 RBI and 24 steals with an excellent slash line to boot. He's a rock-solid, safe pick at SS in 2021.
5. Manny Machado, San Diego Padres
4. Francisco Lindor, New York Mets
Francisco Lindor will make his debut with the New York Mets in 2021, but the change in scenery shouldn't scare off fantasy managers. From 2016-19, Lindor averaged 30 home runs with 83 RBI and 20 stolen bases, boasting a .284/.346/.495 slash line to boot. While he regressed a bit in 2020, it was a strange year and a shortened season, so that's far from inexcusable. Plus, his 41.1% hard-hit rate was actually better than the figures he posted in 2018-19, per statcast, so his dip in production feels like a fluke. Expect a stellar bounce-back campaign from the Mets' new shortstop in 2021.
3. Trevor Story, Colorado Rockies
2. Trea Turner, Washington Nationals
1. Fernando Tatis Jr., San Diego Padres
Fernando Tatis Jr. is one of the most electric players in baseball, and he's our top shortstop for the 2021 campaign. He had a slash line of .277/.366/.571 in 2020 and has room to grow in that regard, having hit .317/.379/.590 as a rookie in 2019. The underlying numbers don't indicate a regression, suggesting his 2020 dip was more of a fluke than a real concern. His statcast hard-hit rate actually jumped from 44.1% in 2019 to 62.2% and he also increased his barrel rate this past season. All that suggests his 2021 slash line should look a lot more like it did in 2019 than 2020. Tatis was also on a 162-game pace to hit 47 HR with 124 RBI and 31 steals, which was right in line with the pace he was on through 84 games as a rookie. He's truly a rare blend of power, contact and speed and shouldn't make it beyond the top-five picks in your fantasy draft.
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