02 Feb 2017 Fantasy Baseball 3B Rankings (30-16):
By: Shane Thompson
While the focus this week is on the Super Bowl, when February comes around, my initial thought is when do pitchers and catchers report to camp? For all of you fantasy baseball gurus like me and my fellow colleagues, its right around the corner! Third base used to be a very thin position a few years ago but is now a position full of depth, speed and power. Here we go with the third base rankings (30-16).
30) Yulieski Gurriel (HOU): you might as well start with one of the many talented young Houston Astros right off the bat. Yes, they have Bregman, Correa, Altuve and who knows at first base so at bats will be hard to come by, yet his tools are very hard to keep out of any lineup.
29) Adonis Garcia (ATL): the lack of offense was clearly an issue for the Atlanta Braves until the second half. He’s definitely a sleeper in 2017 and will most likely be hitting behind Kemp and Freeman. Consider him a very late flyer in standard formats.
28) Martin Prado (MIA): Can you believe a guy that batted .305 is ranked this low? Here’s the thing, with A pitcher friendly ballpark, an offensive club that has had multiple injuries and a PED situation, its hard to be confident to have him as your starting third basemen.
27) Travis Shaw (MIL): The first half performance could have gone better for Shaw. His second half was also one to forget. There were lofty expectations on him and I think he cracked under the pressure. Now he is a Brewer after being traded this offseason. He is now in a hitters park without any winning expectations and his left handed power could be a difference maker.
26) Hernan Perez (MIL): I know what you’re thinking. Really? Another Milwaukee Brewer? This guy is very underrated. Last season he stole 34 bases while having 13 homeruns in 404 at bats. Ain’t too shabby!
25) Eugenio Suarez (CIN): There were not many bright spots for the Cincinnati Reds in 2016 but Suarez was one of them. He quietly hit 21 home runs with 78 runs scored. Now, I personally wouldn’t consider drafting this veteran, but not a bad option to fall back on in waivers.
24) Mike Moustakas (KC): A freakish injury kept him out for the majority of the 2016 season after having a solid 2015 all star campaign. The time off could have his timing at the plate a little off but he has tremendous upside going into a contract year.
23) Ryon Healy (OAK): The quote from the movie Major League, “ I never heard of a Hayes on the list” might come into play on this one. There’s not a whole lot to be optimistic about in Oakland, but with this skill set, he can be that diamond in the rough you’ve been looking for.
22) Nick Castellanos (DET): Barring health, Castellanos has the potential to be in the top 15. He had a hell of a first half in 2016, only to see an injury derail his season. Not only is he talented, but the middle of the Tigers lineup is as good as it gets. This will offer him a ton of RBI chances.
21) Yoan Moncada (CWS): This is all based on low risk, high reward. The athleticism has always been there, but he’s still very raw. The good news is, this organization is having a fire sale and have no expectations to win in 2017. Consider Moncada someeone you want on your squad. He will also have 2B eligibility.
20) Eduardo Nunez (SFG): Stats don’t lie, he was money for the Minnesota Twins. However, after he got traded to the Giants it was a different story. He turned out to be the same old Nunez we saw in New York. Stolen Bases and a solid first half in 2016 kept him on this list.
19) Jung-Ho Kang (PIT): Can we all agree that he needs to invest in Uber on his off nights? In all seriousness, he’s always been a guy that can not only play stellar defense at the hot corner but put many balls in the seats. With all of the offseason issues in his mind, he might try to just focus on baseball and it could allow him into keeping the game simple.
18) Maikel Franco (PHI): A power hitter in a hitters park. Need I say more? Franco can be one of those buy low, sell high third basemen if you don’t get anyone in the top five. He has the potential to be a top 10 3B and the Phillies appear to be on the rise.
17) Javier Baez (CHC): The raw talent and ability to play multiple positions might make you ask yourself, why only number 17 out of 30 third basemen? The skill set is everything you want in a player. My biggest question is pitch selection. Getting yourself in hitters counts is key for anyone of course. He has come a long way from where he was, but still has a ways to go.
16) Jake Lamb (ARI): Probably one of the most underrated players in the game at any position. He posted 29 home runs and 91 runs batted in. This left handed bat in the middle of a right handed heavy lineup is a difference maker. Consider him as a mid to late draft pick.