Friday, February 16, 2018

The Fantasy Man's 2018 Fantasy Baseball 3B Third Base Rankings

The Fantasy Man's 2018 Fantasy Baseball 3B Third Basemen Rankings

Not much surprise here.  I seem to align myself with Machado and Ramirez. I like Machado because there's a ton of room for upside rather than grabbing someone whose already shown the top production.

Nolan Arenado - Beast, top 5 pick, Coors field, position scarcity, you get it all here
Manny Machado - Last years numbers may have some pass, but upside wins fantasy championships
Jose Ramirez - 5 cats, potent lineup, only 25, multi positions, seems the safest of the bunch
Josh Donaldson - Feels like a rebound year, 30+HR but just lacks the SB
Kris Bryant - Solid all around and still with some room to grow
Anthony Rendon - Injuries derailed 2016, last year was a nice uptick but I feel like there's more...

This group is ripe.  Many players here could easily bump up top by seasons end like Bregman, Devers and Shaw.  I like to use Gallo to load up on power if I plan for BA elsewhere. I like also like stacking Gallo with Giancarlo Stanton (early pick) and Miguel Sano (slightly later pick).  Monster power to stack all 3.

Travis Shaw - This is my target if I miss above, hitter park, potent lineup, steals bases, big power
Joey Gallo - I feel there's some BA upside (not a lot but some), mega power, RBI's and some bags
Miguel Sano - Power with high BA upside and will be slightly undervalued at the draft
Nick Castellanos - Showing up on breakout lists but doesn't steal bases
Matt Carpenter - If healthy could offer some nice profit as he seems very undervalued in drafts
Alex Bregman - Can easily launch himself into top group, upside here, invest in keeper leagues
Rafael Devers - Legit prospect could be rookie of year.  I like but I'm not overpaying for a prospect
Justin Turner - This guy hits, middle of order, durable, low hype, potent lineup, safe play here
Jake Lamb - King of the bad 2nd half, I think he puts it together while everyone down on him
Marwin Gonzalez - Safe versatility at .290/20/90/5 and should play everyday
Kyle Seager - I see him falling in drafts, SEA park hurts but you know what you're getting
Adrian Beltre - Decent value in drafts but I'm just glazing over him as to not deal with the ? marks

The usual question mark group. This is where you find your cheap power late in drafts.  Franco, Baez and Chapman my favorite sleepers from this group.  I like Chapman here as he's a bit forgotten after the Matt Olsen hit parade late last season.

Maikel Franco - Youth, power upside legit, Hoskins steals thunder, but never had team around him
Todd Frazier - 35+HR power, RBI's but with low BA
Evan Longoria - He's a bust for me every year and the the days of being considered elite are gone
Eugenio Suarez - Nice undervalued pick here in a hitters park
Zack Cozart - 20HR+ power but I can't decide if he's just another JJ Hardy
Javier Baez - Still like him with 500+ AB and super cheap thinking he's a starter by 2019
Matt Chapman - Power upside here, BA may hurt but nice value as Matt Olsen will overshadow
Tim Beckham - Nice power upside, maybe a few bags, maybe a .270 BA

The Rookie and Prospect class this year at 3B is quite strong. Spring training performances will dictate who's a starter out of camp.  Nick Senzel is by far the most talented of the bunch this early.  Andujar will have some fantasy trade appeal if he gets some more hype out of ST for the Yankees.

Nick Senzel
Johan Camargo
Jeimer Candelario
Miguel Andujar
Rio Ruiz

The rest of the bunch.  These guys all have position eligibility and maybe another one or two things to like....

Hernan Perez - has speed and pop
Yangervis Solarte - projected for 20+HR in TOR
Wilmer Flores - destroys lefties
Sean Rodriguez - always has a good hot streak in him when healthy
Jedd Gyorko - power option with some BA if he gets playing time

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