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  1. Am I the only one who’d rather have the unspectacular but consistent performance of Jhonny Peralta definitely over Gordon but also over Hardy?

    Jhonny’s gonna get his 600PA hitting #2 or #6 in the stacked Tigers lineup. I love him for modest power output and great counting stats.

    Comment by Scott Clarkson — February 6, 2012 @ 2:29 pm

  2. I’d prefer Hardy over Jhonny Peralta, but would place Peralta above Jeter and Gordon.

    On the other hand, I’m a Tiger fan, so maybe I’m not very objective about Peralta.

    Comment by Detroit Michael — February 6, 2012 @ 2:44 pm

  3. Peralta’s actually been a bit inconsistent over the last few years. I think Gordon is a fine risk/reward pick at 10th. If he hits he’s great value and if he doesn’t (unless someone carries 2 SS for some reason) he can always be replaced by Stephen Drew, Mike Aviles, Marco Scutaro (playing 2B but will still qualify at SS and will play in Coors), etc. I think at #10 for the position it makes sense to try for the home run.

    Comment by Nilsilly — February 6, 2012 @ 2:45 pm

  4. in 5×5 I see the lure of Gordon. I play mostly in OBP heavy or lwts leagues where Gordon’s value is muted.

    Hardy has had issues staying healthy through a lot of his career too.

    What I like most about Peralta: consistently cutting down his K’s year to year while maintaining a solid ISO and near league average walk rate.

    Comment by Scott Clarkson — February 6, 2012 @ 2:52 pm

  5. Peralta won’t repeat his average from last season but 20 homers and 70-plus RBI are good bets. I’d rather chance it with Hardy than Peralta, though. I might even go Hardy over Jeter but with a gun to my head I’d probably still take Jeter.

    Comment by Bryan — February 6, 2012 @ 2:53 pm

  6. What is up w/ Hardy’s eroding plate discipline? He used to walk at a league average rate but has dipped into Adrian Beltre 4% BB rate territory.

    Comment by Scott Clarkson — February 6, 2012 @ 3:15 pm

  7. It would’ve been helpful if you included the ADP values for each player.

    Comment by Matt — February 6, 2012 @ 3:40 pm

  8. I’m curious what folks think of Emilio Bonafacio. He’s not playing SS this year, but he’s eligible there in most leagues.

    Comment by chris weinmann — February 6, 2012 @ 5:26 pm

  9. The title of the story is “Shortstops: ADP’s Up In Here” and yet it’s never mentioned. This list isn’t much help without their ADP’s.

    Comment by David Fitzgerald — February 6, 2012 @ 8:17 pm

  10. Why does Yunel Escobar never get any love? He brings solid numbers all over the board, lacking only in steals. .290/.365/.410 line with double digit home runs and solid run and RBI totals. He has a few injury problems but even only playing 130 games a season he puts up decent counting stats. I would definitely have him before Jeter an Rollins, who at their age probably wont play 150+ games next year.

    Comment by Rylan — February 6, 2012 @ 9:01 pm

  11. I see Tulo……then Reyes and Hanley….then like 20 guys who are going to be roughly equivalent. Also, I think Aybar seems to be getting less love than he deserves after last year with his SB uptick.

    Comment by Colin — February 6, 2012 @ 9:43 pm

  12. I’ll admit to getting sidetracked by other baseball projects, so maybe I missed it, but this is the first time I’ve seen Reyes over Hanley.

    Comment by Wade8813 — February 7, 2012 @ 1:04 am

  13. It would also be beneficial if the analysis extended beyond the top 10.

    Comment by Brain of G — February 7, 2012 @ 6:56 am

  14. I agree, and I trust Peralta over Hardy as well. Fortunately in a snake draft you’ll already know if you are lacking speed and need some at SS/MI and can let Peralta or Hardy slide and take a risk with Gordon. SS is actually very deep in secondary options with guys like Drew, Bonifacio, Scutaro likely to bounce off waivers a time or two in season.

    Comment by Vegemitch — February 7, 2012 @ 9:44 am

  15. I agree with the comment on Yunel Escobar. He is solid across the board, plays in a great lineup, hits at the top of the lineup (most nights) and still has additional upside unlike Rollins or Jeter. Hardy is an injury waiting to happen.

    Comment by Jeffsqad — February 7, 2012 @ 10:23 am

  16. Yunel Escobar is a good player to have on your team if you want to finish in 7th place. You would draft him over Jeter? Has he even once in his career had a better season than Jeter? Last year he had 5 more homers than Jeter but hit 7 points lower, scored 13 fewer runs, drove in 7 fewer runs and stole 13 fewer bases. The year before that Yunel hit. 4 homers and stole 6 bases in 500 at bats. He is waiver wire fodder.

    Comment by Pugsly — February 8, 2012 @ 8:21 am

  17. And the same point is true with Rollins. Rollins hit 22 points lower last year but had 5 more homers, 15 more runs, 10 more RBIs, and 27 more steals. I get that these guys are old, but Yunel Escobar? Give me a break.

    Comment by Pugsly — February 8, 2012 @ 8:25 am

  18. Fair points, but I think both are trending down while Yunel trending up. Also, Yunel was hurt 2 years ago when he had that 4 homer year. No doubt in past years Jeter & Rollins were better, but I think this is the year that changes.

    Comment by Jeffsqad — February 9, 2012 @ 10:26 am

  19. You mixed up the “former and the ladder.” They should be reversed (when mentioning HanRam and Reyes).

    Comment by PatW — February 20, 2012 @ 2:57 pm

  20. I disagree with the risk/reward statement about Dee Gordon. We know exactly what he is already, and there won’t be any HR/RBI volatility. Jeter and Rollins, however, provide greater risk and reward because of their wider range of possible statistical outcomes this year.

    Comment by OzzieGuillen — February 20, 2012 @ 8:28 pm

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