Monday, March 13, 2017


The third baseman are up next as we once again update our rankings for 2017 fantasy baseball:

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.  Donaldson has dealt with an annoying calf injury but he still has plenty of time to be ready for Opening Day.
5.  Adrian Beltre:  Still going strong despite reaching his late-30's.  Actually boosted his numbers a bit in 2016 compared to 2015.  Already completely over the calf injury from the start of spring training.
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.  Keep in mind though that Frazier suffered from some poor BABIP luck and a rebound to .260 is very possible.  Slightly undervalued.
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. Alex Bregman:  Tremendous upside as Bregman will be a popular sleeper this season given his ability to help everywhere.
11. Maikel Franco:  I have made no secret about how much of a fan of Franco I am and he can reach 30 home runs this season with an uptick in average due to suffering some poor BABIP luck there a year ago.
12. Anthony Rendon:  Came back with a decent year in 2016 off his 2015 abomination but Rendon still will never approach again his 2014 breakout.
13. Jake Lamb:  Nice development here on the power from but Lamb is a strikeout machine whose average will hurt you.
14. Justin Turner:  Sliding.  Turner has already had a knee injection this spring and always seems to be dealing with something in the joint.
15. 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.
16. Nick Castellanos:  Had a solid year in 2016 but no one still wants to own him as Castellanos is going in the late middle rounds.  While I was not a big booster of his coming into the year, I can't argue with the value.
17. Jose Reyes:  With David Wright out for an extended time yet again, third base is all Jose Reyes' this season.  While the speed remains in decline, Reyes can still hit for average and pop some odd home runs.
18. Miguel Sano:  Avoid this average-killer as the hurt Sano puts on you there make his power not worth it.
19. Mike Moustakas
20. Ryon Healy:  Has done nothing but hit the baseball with authority since arriving in the major leagues but just don't count on a useful average.
21. Eugenio Suarez:  Has some running ability to go with 20-home run power but Suarez' high-K approach leads to an ugly average.
22. Martin Prado
23. Joey Gallo
24. Yangervis Solarte:  Nice player but you want Solarte just for his ability to play all over the diamond as a reserve.
25. Wilmer Flores
26. Yulieski Gourriel
27. Matt Duffy:
28. Luis Valbuena
29. Danny Valencia
30. Jeff Marte
31. Trevor Plouffe
32. Adonis Garcia
33. Chris Coghlan
34. David Freese
35. Yunel Escobar
36. Tyler Saladino
37. Chase Headley
38. Travis Shaw
39. David Wright:  Just a sad situation with the former star third baseman.


  1. Where do you rank Anthony Rendon and Eugenio Suarez? Don't see them in your rankings.

  2. that's what happens when you are furiously cutting and pasting while re-arranging the order. fixed it.

  3. Haha, thanks for the update. Good stuff by the way...enjoying the player breakdowns.


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