Fantasy Baseball: SS Preview-AL Edition

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May 15, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus (1) slides safely to second base against Oakland Athletics shortstop Jed Lowrie (8) during the fifth inning at Coliseum. The Texas Rangers defeated the Oakland Athletics 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

With Spring Training getting ramped up in Florida and Arizona, here at Fansided our 2014 fantasy baseball preview continues with our fourth position in our positional preview series as we focus on the Shortstops from every team in the Majors.  Today, our focus will be on the American League and later this week we’ll look a the National League teams and have our full rankings at the position.

Overall, shortstop is an interesting position from a fantasy baseball perspective.  There are two or three elite options, and then there is quite a drop-off to the rest of the starting options. In the “solid starter” tier, I think there are four or five options followed by another four or five that are more “fringe starter” status with different specialties that can fill-in holes in your offensive production.

When building a roto team or a team that competes in leagues that score different categories separately, it’s important to balance your categories as much as possible.  If you don’t get an elite shortstop, you can use the position to get a specialist in power, speed, or average who can contribute in those categories to compensate for weaknesses on the rest of your roster.

In daily leagues, you can either spend big on an elite option or find a value option who produces points at a reduced rate. There are some serious values throughout the year at SS, so make sure to keep an eye on who is heating it up and in good matchups. Throughout the summer, our fantasy baseball coverage will include daily lineup tips with value options to help you win some cold, hard, cash.

Today, we’ll focus on the American League players at the position as we go team by team looking at who played the position for each time last season, who is projected to play the position this season, and what fantasy value each team’s option presents.  

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