Position scarcity comes into play here – the best shortstops are made all the more valuable by the fact that it's not a very deep position. Miguel Tejada and Michael Young are head and shoulders above the competition here, though you'll do well with any of the top five or six. But be warned – they'll go fast, because after that, it's a roll of the dice. You'll want to get in on the action early or wait until much later. Spots 11-15 are filled by players who were injured a year ago. At least one figures to bounce back in a big way. The trick will be figuring out which one.
1. Miguel Tejada, Orioles 2005 stats: .304, 89 R, 26 HR, 98 RBI, 5 SB Outlook: Clubhouse distractions derailed Tejada in '05; will reestablish himself as the best at his position.
2. Michael Young, Rangers 2005 stats: .331, 114 R, 24 HR, 91 RBI, 5 SB Outlook: Look for similarly stellar numbers from the reigning AL batting champ.
3. Jimmy Rollins, Phillies 2005 stats: .290, 115 R, 12 HR, 54 RBI, 41 SB Outlook: Always a threat to steal 40 bases, he's also coming into his own as a hitter.
4. Derek Jeter, Yankees 2005 stats: .309, 122 R, 19 HR, 70 RBI, 14 SB Outlook: Hard to find fault with a player who helps in every 5x5 category; biggest drawback are those pinstripes, but that's a matter of personal preference.