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Saturday, January 7, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL THIRD BASEMAN RANKINGS: A FIRST LOOK

1.  Kris Bryant:  Right there as a number 2 overall pick behind Mike Trout.  Bryant cut down on his K's in 2016 and the result was a monster five-category campaign.  The scary thing is that Bryant could get even better and make a run at 50 bombs.
2.  Nolan Arenado;  Flip a coin between Arenado, Manny Machado, and Josh Donaldson from 2-3-and-4.  We gave Arenado the slight nod given the back-to-back 40 home run and 130 RBI seasons.
3.  Manny Machado:  You can argue that Machado is the best pure hitter in baseball and his 30-plus home run power and tremendous run and RBI contributions make him a great mid-first round pick.  The only slight negative was Machado stop running completely last season.
4.  Josh Donaldson:  The former MVP was as good as ever in 2016 and honestly he yields arguably the best value of the top four since you can get him the cheapest and his numbers stack up with anyone from this group.
5.  Adrian Beltre:  Still going strong despite reaching his late-30's.  Actually boosted his numbers a bit in 2016 compared to 2015.
6.  Kyle Seager:  You all know how much love yours truly has for the criminally underrated Seager each and every season.  No one ever wants Seager but yet he supplies very cheap 25-30 home runs and impressive counting statistics.
7.  Jose Ramirez:  Had to move out from shortstop but Ramirez posted a very impressive breakout in 2016 as he contributed in all five categories.  Can bat .300 in his sleep.
8.  Todd Frazier:  Massive power but boy has Frazier has seen his average sink to hurtful levels in selling out for the home runs.  Stock is dropping overall.
9.  Evan Longoria:  All of a sudden no one wants Longoria after he posted some good but not great years from 2013-15.  Responded with a big comeback last season with a career-best 36 home runs.
10. Justin Turner
11. Jake Lamb:  Nice development here on the power from but Lamb is a strikeout machine whose average will hurt you.
12. Alex Bregman:  Tremendous upside as Bregman will be a popular sleeper this season given his ability to help everywhere.
13. Maikel Franco
14. Hernan Perez:  Yet another out-of-nowhere breakout last season as Perez cracked 13 home runs and stole 34 bases for the Milwaukee Brewers.  Has to show he can do it again.
15. Nick Castellanos
16. Jose Reyes
17. Miguel Sano:  Avoid this average-killer as the hurt Sano puts on you there make his power not worth it.
18. Martin Prado
19. Mike Moustakas
20. Joey Gallo
21, Yangervis Solarte:  Nice player but you want Solarte just for his ability to play all over the diamond as a reserve.
22. Wilmer Flores
23. Yulieski Gourriel
24. Ryon Healy
25. Matt Duffy:
26. Luis Valbuena
27. Danny Valencia
28. Jeff Marte
29. Trevor Plouffe
30. Adonis Garcia
31, Chris Coghlan
32. David Freese
33. Yunel Escobar
34. Tyler Saladino
35. Chase Headley
36. Travis Shaw
37. David Wright


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