by Eric Stashin
Remember when third base was considered the weakest position in fantasy baseball? While there’s some risk in many of the options, it is no longer a complete black hole. Let’s take a look at how our initial Top 15 rankings look for 2014:
- Miguel Cabrera – Detroit Tigers
- Adrian Beltre – Texas Rangers
- Evan Longoria – Tampa Bay Rays
- Josh Donaldson – Oakland Athletics
- David Wright – New York Mets
- Ryan Zimmerman – Washington Nationals
- Aramis Ramirez – Milwaukee Brewers
- Kyle Seager – Seattle Mariners
- Pedro Alvarez – Pittsburgh Pirates
- Manny Machado – Baltimore Orioles
- Brett Lawrie – Toronto Blue Jays
- Nolan Arenado – Colorado Rockies
- Xander Bogaerts – Boston Red Sox
- Chase Headley – San Diego Padres
- Chris Johnson – Atlanta Braves
- This is likely the last chance you’ll have to utilize Miguel Cabrera at third base, so make sure to take advantage while you can.
- Manny Machado’s health is the only reason he’s not ranked even higher on this list. That said, we are going to have to monitor the news as Opening Day approaches because it is still in question whether he’ll be ready for the start of the season. If it looks like he’ll be on the field come April, he could be ranked as high as #6 on this list. (Note – The original projection has him for 475 AB, so if he’s going to get more than that he is going to fly up the rankings)
- Fantasy owners have been burnt by Brett Lawrie and Nolan Arenado before, but there’s still a lot of upside there. Just make sure you have depth if you want to take the gambles, in case they struggle once again.
- Surprised to see Josh Donaldson ranked ahead of Ryan Zimmerman? You shouldn’t be, but if you want more details on why click here for our take.
- Chase Headley is definitely a bounce back candidate, having been plagued by a knee injury and some poor luck (.288 BABIP in the first half). That said, we also shouldn’t expect him to return to his 2012 levels either (.286 with 31 HR and 115 RBI). Let someone else overdraft him based on that illusion. For more on Headley and why he is more of a low-end option, click here.
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Make sure to check out all of our 2014 rankings: