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2008 Fantasy Preview: NL-Only SS
02/05/2008 5:06 PM ET
Below is a chart of every NL shortstop covered in MLB.com's 2008 Fantasy Preview, a rundown that includes established big leaguers and up-and-coming prospects.

The list features dollar values compiled by our MLB.com staff based on standard 23-man, $260, 5x5 NL-league play. We included projected stats for the 2008 season as well as a one-liner prediction that encapsulates every player's value in 10 words or fewer. This page will be updated throughout the spring to reflect the impact of inevitable transactions, injuries and changing job situations.

An indispensable part of the draft-day kit, the cheat sheet can make the difference between winning and losing your fantasy league. With quick-hitting rankings and forecasts, it'll help you keep the remaining players on the board in order as the draft wears on. The last thing you want to be doing is flipping through some magazine when it's your turn to pick.

So play fair, but don't forget your cheat sheet when you head to your draft.

Stats listed are 2008 projections.    
NL-only rankings: C | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | OF | SP | RP | Top 100        Go to: Mixed SS | AL SS
 Shortstops TM $$ Avg R HR RBI SB Notes
Jose Reyes NYM 42 .294 121 15 72 73 SB champ should recover from second-half slide.
Hanley Ramirez FLA 42 .306 108 22 87 44 Will be hard-pressed to match '07 production.
Jimmy Rollins PHI 41 .288 122 26 85 37 Should come close to '07 MVP numbers.
Troy Tulowitzki COL 30 .295 106 26 101 8 Capable of approaching .300-30-100.
Miguel Tejada HOU 27 .308 94 25 106 4 Hard-hitting SS should thrive in HOU.
Rafael Furcal LAD 25 .286 101 12 61 30 Potential bargain after injury-marred '07.
J.J. Hardy MIL 22 .272 96 25 88 3 Plenty to like with power, protection.
Khalil Greene SD 19 .251 84 25 92 4 Offensive abilities suited for smaller park.
Stephen Drew ARI 15 .273 71 15 65 10 Promising SS should enjoy better luck.
Yunel Escobar ATL 12 .305 90 8 55 10 Primed to excel in everyday role.
Felipe Lopez WAS 10 .276 66 8 43 24 SB potential too great to ignore in mixed formats.
Ryan Theriot CHC 9 .279 77 5 48 25 Speedster capable of improved AVG.
Alex Gonzalez CIN 7 .256 43 13 45 1 Sidelined with compression fracture in left knee.
Jack Wilson PIT 4 .278 68 10 52 3 Don't expect repeat of stretch production.
Kevin Frandsen SF 3 .280 52 8 47 10 Scrappy youngster could claim starting infield job.
Brendan Ryan STL 2 .276 36 4 26 10 Contact skills, baserunning ability worth considering.
Cesar Izturis STL 2 .264 41 2 38 13 Will start, but no longer a helpful SB guy.
Cristian Guzman WAS 2 .272 47 5 36 6 Comes with considerable injury risk.
Jeff Keppinger CIN 1 .314 42 6 38 3 Good average hitter could see extended PT.
Omar VizquelSF1.2654633910Knee surgery clouds future.
Alfredo Amezaga FLA 1 .268 30 2 16 9 PT likely to drop with OF prospect Maybin on board.
Josh Wilson PIT 1 .260 41 7 39 8 Could see regular PT at hot corner.
Aaron Miles STL 1 .286 25 1 18 2 One-category contributor headed for decreased PT.
Omar Infante ATL 1 .268 30 6 32 4 Could see extra AB following trade to Atlanta.
Rich Aurilia SF 1 .268 35 8 41 1 Huge home park squashes value.
Alex Cintron CHC 1 .259 16 2 18 1 Backup infielder has minimal value.
Chin-Lung HuLAD1.28210182Defensive whiz can hit and run.
Alcides Escobar MIL 1 .241 6 0 3 3 Young MI blocked by J.J. Hardy for now.
Clint Barmes COL 1 .261 35 5 33 4 In the running for starting 2B job.
Cody Ransom HOU 1 .244 9 2 8 1 Career Minor Leaguer won't get serious look.
Craig Counsell MIL 1 .242 35 3 20 5 Versatile vet offers little.
Geoff Blum HOU 1 .248 27 4 22 0 Veteran to see decreased PT with move to Houston.
Mark Loretta HOU 1 .281 24 3 26 1 Veteran contact hitter to see more of a backup role.
D'Angelo Jimenez WAS 1 .254 21 4 24 3 Former top prospect still trying to find niche in Majors.
Ronny Cedeno CHC 1 .263 32 6 27 5 Regained some luster with strong Triple-A season.
Eric Bruntlett PHI 1 .248 15 2 17 7 Subpar hitter stuck behind All-Star duo.
Manny Burriss SF 1 -- -- -- -- -- Future leadoff type with speed to spare.
Brent Lillibridge ATL 1 .261 15 3 13 7 SS with speed could get crack in OF.

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