by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Historically third base has been viewed as one of the shallower positions in fantasy baseball, but that’s simply no longer the case. There’s been an infusion of young talent at the position, and there’s potentially more on the way. Couple that with the veterans who still have the ability to produce and there are a significant number of options for fantasy owners. Who’s the best? Who is more name value? Let’s take a look at how our rankings currently look:
1. Josh Donaldson – Toronto Blue Jays
2. Adrian Beltre – Texas Rangers
3. Anthony Rendon – Washington Nationals
4. Todd Frazier – Cincinnati Reds
5. Chris Davis – Baltimore Orioles
6. Evan Longoria – Tampa Bay Rays
7. Kyle Seager – Seattle Mariners
8. Carlos Santana – Cleveland Indians
9. Nolan Arenado – Colorado Rockies
10. Manny Machado – Baltimore Orioles
11. Josh Harrison – Pittsburgh Pirates
12. Pablo Sandoval – Boston Red Sox
13. Ryan Zimmerman – Washington Nationals
14. David Wright – New York Mets
15. Xander Bogaerts – Boston Red Sox
- Josh Donaldson would’ve been among the best options in the league if he had stayed in Oakland. As it is he hit 29 HR with 98 RBI and 93 R and his .255 average has more upside (does anyone really believe his 13.5% line drive rate, after marks of 22.5% and 20.6% the previous two seasons). Now move that to a significantly better home ballpark and a loaded middle of the lineup? There should be big days ahead.
- It was a down year for Evan Longoria, hitting .253 with 22 HR. Of course you can also argue poor luck (.285 BABIP, 20.4% line drive rate, 19.0% strikeout rate) and there is every reason to believe that his power should increase (10.8% HR/FB compared to a career mark of 15.4%). Don’t undervalue him.
- No one is going to question the upside of Nolan Arenado, but can he produce away from Coors Field? Last season he hit .269 with 2 HR on the road and if he doesn’t start generating power his ultimate value will be capped.
- Was Josh Harrison’s 2014 breakout for real or was it just a mirage? There’s definitely reason to believe and you can find out why we feel that way by clicking here.
- Remember when David Wright was one of the elite players in the game, not just one of the best 3B? Those days have clearly come and gone as injuries have helped to limit his SB potential and zapped him of his power. In 535 AB last season he managed 8 HR and 8 SB and, while we would expect an improvement off of those putrid numbers, don’t think the player who once went 30/30 is suddenly going to reappear. For more on our thoughts of Wright, click here.
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