Justin Mason’s Top 50 Shortstops for 2020

It is that time of year again! With the new year upon us, I am releasing my first set of ranks during this week and next for those doing early drafts or prep over the holidays. All ADP and position eligibility are based on NFBC Draft Champions leagues.

Justin Mason’s Top 50 Shortstops for 2020
Rank Player Team Position(s) ADP Comments
1 Francisco Lindor CLE SS 8.45 Missed the first three weeks of the season and still went 32/22. A move to a better overall team will make the price rise as well.
2 Trea Turner WAS SS 9.82 Had an arguably better year with 40 less games than 2018. If he stays healthy, he could be the best player in fantasy.
3 Trevor Story COL SS 11.32 Pretty much repeated 2018 which makes him feel safer, but needs to stay on the field.
4 Alex Bregman HOU 3B, SS 8.23 Arguably the highest floor of the top four, but lack of speed keeps him outside of the top three.
5 Fernando Tatis Jr. SD SS 18.18 Rookie year was amazing before being cut short by injury. Can he do it again?
6 Gleyber Torres NYY 2B, SS 26.32 Murdered the Orioles to the tune of a 394/.467/1.045 triple slash and .267/.316/.470 versus the rest of the league. I am not saying he can’t repeat it, especially since he gets to play the Orioles a ton again.
7 Jonathan Villar MIA SS, 2B 29.36 If he was going to leave the Orioles, Miami was a pretty good landing spot. He still bats high and no reason to not let him run.
8 Javier Baez CHC SS 36.64 Lost the multi-positional eligibility, but I have no problem seeing him ranked anywhere in the top 10 at SS.
9 Adalberto Mondesi KC SS 38.5 Price could go up if shoulder looks good, but there are things that worry me. Shoulder, Matheny, OBP.
10 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS 34.95 About as stable as they come, but what happens if Boston starts dismantling?
11 Marcus Semien OAK SS 74.27 Coming off of a career year. Can he do it again?
12 Carlos Correa HOU SS 87.45 No way he finishes at this spot. He is either much higher or much lower depending on health.
13 Tim Anderson CWS SS 90.64 Still trying to figure out how he hit .335
14 Manny Machado SD 3B, SS 61.95 ADP this high because of name value.
15 Bo Bichette TOR SS 78.05 Bichette has a ton of upside, but will he struggle as he gets more exposure?
16 Jorge Polanco MIN SS 147.41 No reason to think he can’t repeat breakout.
17 Elvis Andrus TEX SS 119.27 Andrus being this low shows how amazing the position is.
18 Paul DeJong STL SS 189 Who is the real DeJong, the first half guy or second half?
19 Kevin Newman PIT 2B, SS 198.27 My most drafted player thus far. Should leadoff in Pitt and contribute in all categories.
20 Amed Rosario NYM SS 130.32 Showed growth with contact and patience. Could jump up a tier or two with more growth.
21 Corey Seager LAD SS 152.23 Name value is the only thing keeping him relevant at this point.
22 Jean Segura PHI SS 179.05 Will gain more eligibility. Lineup is stacked.
23 Didi Gregorius PHI SS 221.14 Where he hits in that lineup could determine a lot.
24 Willy Adames TB SS 268.82 Love adames, but will he lose playing time in Tampa?
25 Luis Uris MLW SS, 2B 337.32 Move to Milwaukee should help him deliver on pedigree.
26 Nico Hoerner CHC SS 337.59 High floor, low ceiling.
27 Jorge Mateo OAK SS 499.18 Could be a fantasy star, if he gets playing time.
28 Carter Kieboom WAS SS 294.86 Post-hype prospect has a path to playing time.
29 Dansby Swanson ATL SS 244.64 Has never publicly responded to our feud.
30 Andrelton Simmons LAA SS 330.23 Decent AL Only accumulator
31 Jon Berti MIA 3B, SS, OF 200.27 Was a sneaky sleeper until the Marlins started signing people.
32 Nick Ahmed ARZ SS 340.14 Probably going too late, but the position is stacked.
33 Miguel Rojas MIA SS 473.23 Not super interesting.
34 Orlando Arcia MLW SS 453.23 Defense will give him at bats, but will be on a short leash.
35 Niko Goodrum DET 2B, SS, OF 303.64 Great multi-positional eligible for your reserve list.
36 David Fletcher LAA SS, OF, 2B, 3B 308.41 Plays all the positions.
37 Jose Peraza BOS OF, 2B, SS 444.18 If Boston doesn’t sign anyone else, he is a really sneaky grab.
38 J.P. Crawford SEA SS 475.5 Defense first.
39 Freddy Galvis CIN 2B, SS 352.5 Defense keeps him in the lineup, but his bat isn’t empty.
40 Nicky Lopez KC 2B, SS 489.14 Remember when people spent all their faab on him during the season last year? Pepperidge Farms remembers.
41 Chris Taylor LAD 2B, SS, OF 400.27 No longer starting limits his value.
42 Brandon Crawford SF SS 546.82 Great defender, poor offensively on a bad team.
43 Cole Tucker PIT SS 563.32 Remember when everyone spent a bunch of FAAB on him? That was fun.
44 Royce Lewis MIN SS 546.82 He should be up at some point this year.
45 Willi Castro DET SS 548.95 Low ceiling, but should play.
46 Richie Martin BAL SS 709.09 Will play, but does it matter?
47 Myles Straw HOU SS 598 Correa insurance.
48 Wander Franco TB SS 469.18 Most likely not going to be up this year, but has a ton of promise.
49 Ehire Adrianza MIN 1B, SS, 3B 661.23 Always figures a way to get at bats.
50 Danny Mendick CWS SS 740.91 Should be replaced in Chicago within a few weeks of the start of the season.

Justin is the co-host on The Sleeper and The Bust Podcast and writes for Rotographs covering the Roto Riteup as well as other periodic articles. In addition to his work at Rotographs, Justin is the lead fantasy writer/analyst and co-owner for FriendswithFantasyBenefits.com, and the owner of The Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational. He is also a certified addiction treatment counselor. Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinMasonFWFB.

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2 years ago

Embarrassing Dansby Swanson rank

2 years ago
Reply to  hipsterdoofus

I’m missing the inside joke/comment there about the ‘feud’, for I imagine he should be higher unless Justin doesn’t believe in a repeat.

2 years ago
Reply to  LightenUpFG

He was injured, he’s not going to repeat last year, he’s going to do even better (unless he’s hurt, which is possible).

2 years ago
Reply to  hipsterdoofus

I figure he had a lucky first half. He has always reminded me of Addison Russell – just an average guy with a super long leash fueled by his prospect status in a great spot. In this era anyone can put together a good offensive stretch, especially with unlimited opportunity. In nearly 2000 PA he has been well below average

Sonny Price
2 years ago
Reply to  hipsterdoofus

Dansby seems to stay hurt/injured since turning pro. Actually even missed most his freshman year in 2013 because of injuries. It’s a shame he missed so much time with the juiced ball in play this year because when he retires he could have been able to say he had a 20-homer season. But alas, Dansby gets injured very often. Probably gonna happen again this year given his track record. Hopefully at some point in his career he can hit for some real average, stay healthy, get on base at a healthy clip while playing good defense for an entire season. Just do it once, Dansby. Please. For crying out loud stay healthy.