While the top fantasy baseball assets provide the floor for your team, finding sleepers in the later rounds is key to determining your ceiling.
Hunting for sleeper candidates, by definition, is a volatile task. For every sleeper that does turn into a great pick, there are two or three that go nowhere. However, this process can be the difference between a first-place finish and stumbling to a losing season. That makes it crucial to hit on your sleeper picks.
With that in mind, here are our top-three sleeper shortstops for the 2021 fantasy baseball season.
Top 2021 Fantasy Baseball Sleeper Shortstops
3. Jorge Polanco, Minnesota Twins
It was a forgettable 2020 campaign for Jorge Polanco, who was clearly still bothered by offseason ankle injury. Yet, he's only one season removed from that special 2019 season, where he earned an All-Star selection, finished with 22 homeruns and 79 RBI, and placed fifth among shortstops in Yahoo! fantasy points. Currently going 27th in FantasyPros' average draft position (ADP) data and slated to have 2B eligibility with his team's addition of Adrelton Simmons, Polanco could be well worth the risk this season.
2. Didi Gregorius, Philadelphia Phillies
Didi Gregorius had a bounce-back year in 2020 with the Philadelphia Phillies, slashing .284/.339/.488 following an injury-plagued 2019 season. It was a welcome sign for Gregorius' bat to rebound, and he could prove to be a huge value if he returns to his peak production in 2020. Despite finishing eighth in Yahoo! fantasy scoring in the shortened season, he's currently 20th at the position in FantasyPros' ADP data. That presents an opportunity for savvy managers to nab a player with huge potential in the later rounds.
1. Paul DeJong, St. Louis Cardinals
Paul DeJong's numbers cratered in 2020, with the St. Louis Cardinals shortstop failing to make an impact with his power (3 HR) and run production (25 RBI) last season. Still, this is a player who hit an average of nearly 25 homers and 70 RBI over his first three MLB seasons. He hasn't lost his batting talent, as evidenced by his exit velocity (89.2) and hard-hit rate (38.0%) last season, both of which were above his career averages. Don't be surprised if DeJong rebounds in a big way in 2021, making managers look foolish for him being the 28th player selected at his position, per FantasyPros' ADP data.
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