12 Feb 2017 Fantasy Baseball 3B Rankings (15-1):
By: Shane Thompson
The Top 15 3B In Fantasy Baseball: Part 1 With the top 30-16 can also be found below
15) Miguel Sano (MIN) The Minnesota Twins are one of the worst teams in MLB and it didn’t help last year that this guy had a sophomore slump. On a positive note, Sano did hit 25 HR in 2016 and will be turning just 24 in May. He has the potential to hit 40 HR and drive in over 90. With his outfield eligibility in all fantasy leagues, he could be a steal on draft day.
14) Alex Bregman (HOU) Granted we’ve only seen a small sample size of this young stud in the MLB, one things for sure though. Bregman showed that he could not only handle the hot corner, but that he can also be a solid contributor for Houston in 2017. The fact that he’s on the USA World Baseball Classic team can only benefit him. He will get plenty of AB’s vs. good pitchers and will be in mid season form by the time the season starts.
13) Jose Ramirez (CLE) Many skeptics wonder why Ramirez is rated so highly amongst industry experts. Well hows this for you? In 2016 he had 46 doubles, 22 stolen bases and batted .312 while driving in 76. He will be in a lineup that features Francisco Lindor, Jason Kipnis, Michael Brantley and the Indians major free agent acquisition Edwin Encarnacion. Ramirez was a difference maker for most fantasy baseball champions who were lucky enough to own him.
12) Todd Frazier (CWS)– The “Todd Father” is as durable as it gets at any position. He’s played at least 157 games in each of the last three seasons and smashed 40 home runs last season. Don’t expect him to be a White Sox for much longer, considering that they haven’t been shy about dealing anyone at this point.
11) Anthony Rendon (WAS) The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Rendon is that he was an MVP candidate a few years back and after an injury riddled 2015, some people were down on him. To put things into perspective, he racked up 38 (2014) and 39 (2016) doubles while driving in 83 and 85 those same years. He will be a solid hot corner draftee in 2017 and will be a force in that Nats lineup.
10) Justin Turner (LAD) Turn down for what! Ok, ok. In all seriousness, Turner had a miserable first few months to his 2016 season but managed to turn things around in the second half. He was as good as it gets down the stretch for the Dodgers. As I say that, I want to note that he’s not a third basemen that I personally would reach for based on his ADP, however, he is still a very solid option at the 3B position.
9) Evan Longoria (TB) Talent has never been a problem for this guy, it’s the lack of it around him that decreases his value. He hit 30 home runs last season for the first time since 2013 and had 98 runs batted in. He’s another candidate to be traded this year and is one of those guys that come July may find himself on a competitive ball club in a pennant race.
8) Matt Carpenter (STL) He’s another player that got off to a sluggish start last season and then proved his worth by seasons end. If you’re in a multi scoring league like myself, then he’s as solid as can be. Not only does he hit the ball out of the park and provide doubles and runs scored, there is a legitimate chance that he will be second base eligible when all are things said and done.
7) Adrian Beltre (TEX) Yes, yes I know, he’s going to be 38 this year. Throw that out the window. This guy is an ageless wonder, and has actually blocked top prospect Joey Gallo from making the majors. We’ve all wanted to write Beltre off as he entered his late 30’s yet he’s still produced as always. Last season hit for a .300 average, 32 long balls and 104 runs batted in. Need I say more?
6) Jonathan Villar (MIL) Wait a minute, wasn’t this guy a backup for the Houston Astros in 2015? Yes, yes he was, and what a “steal” he’s been for the Brewers. Last season he hit 19 home runs, 38 doubles and stole 62 stole bases. Yes, you read that right, 62!! Believe it or not, a third basemen can steal bags. He will make more noise in 2017 with the benefit of playing in a hitter friendly park and for a ball club with low expectation in the 2017 campaign.
5) Kyle Seager (SEA) There is nothing flashy, nothing sexy here. He’s just consistent and reliable. 30 plus HR and 35 plus doubles. He hits in a good lineup with Nelson Cruz and Robbie Cano and will have plenty of run producing opportunities. Perhaps he has a chip on his shoulder with his younger brother Corey (LAD) taking the MLB by storm. Could that be what takes him to the next level?
4) Josh Donaldson (TOR) Following his 2015 MVP season, Donaldson put together another incredible season in 2016. The difference was that he was pitched around more last year due to injuries to Jose Bautista. He actually saw his walks totals increase from 73 to 103 this past year. Expect that same treatment in 2017 due to the departure of 1B/DH and former Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion.
3) Nolan Arenado (COL) For most Colorado Rockies players, their home to road splits aren’t the same. For Arenado however, he actually has just as much success on the road as he does at Coors field. He lead the NL in HR and RBI the past two years and is easily a top ten pick in this years upcoming draft. Yet, he is ranked only 3rd on this list, it goes to show you how deep this position really is.
2) Manny Machado (BAL) Two words my friends. “Contract year”. He seems like a lock to have 100 plus RBI, 30 plus doubles and 30 plus HR every season. He is entering the final year of his contract with the Orioles and could be in line for not only an MVP season in 2017, but 200+ million dollars next offseason on the open market. The icing on the cake is that he’s shortstop eligible in most leagues and formats. A top five pick in fantasy hands down.
1) Kris Bryant (CHC) In his first season he won rookie of the year. Last year, he smoked the competition on his way to earning MVP honors. At only 25 years of age and in his third season in MLB, the sky is the limit for this World Champion. Yes, the Cubs finally won the World Series after 108 years lol. Bryant, like Machado, is another top tier player that has eligibility elsewhere.