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Monday, January 29, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL DRAFT PRIMER: THIRD BASEMAN

The now super-potent third base position takes center stage in our Draft Primers and this power-packed fraternity will see a few names called out in Round 1/2. 

Draft Strategy:  Third base has become so power-packed that there is actually some good depth here but the allure of tabbing a Kris Bryant, Nolan Arenado, Jose Ramirez, and Manny Machado will be tough to ignore.  Feel free to take any of these guys among the initial 12-15 picks and Josh Donaldson is close to that area code as well.

THIRD BASEMAN I WILL TARGET

Nolan Arenado, Manny Machado, Kris Bryant, Jose Ramirez:  I love all four of these guys and each should be quickly snatched up if you have the chance.  While you would love to have a first baseman/outfield combo your first two rounds third base has gotten so strong that supplementing here is also worthwhile.  I would rank them:  Arenado, Bryant, Machado, Ramirez in that order.

Josh Donaldson:  While the overall 2017 numbers fell a bit from 2015-16, Josh Donaldson went nuclear during the second half of the year which coincided with him being healthy which he wasn't prior to the All-Star break.  Yes Donaldson is aging and dealing with more wear-and-tear of late but his power bat is still supreme.

Anthony Rendon:  If you choose to not take a third baseman in the first two rounds, this is the guy you want to be all over in Round 3.  Rendon is completely legit as a five-tool fantasy baseball stud and he has now fully put 2015 behind him.

Justin Turner:  Turner is in the same boat as Josh Donaldson as a bit of an aging slugger who has been beat up but he will come cheaper.  Love the power/average combo here.

Nick Castellanos:  I really love the upward trajectory we have seen from Castellanos and he could be sitting on a .280 average with a run to 30 home runs.  Big potential value. 

Rafael Devers:  I think Devers will be a bit overpriced for my liking but if I have the chance, I would jump all over this future star.

Alex Bregman:  This kid is the real deal as Bregman shot up his power output last season and he can steal bases as well.  Massive upside. 

THIRD BASEMAN I WILL AVOID:

Travis Shaw, Mike Moustakas:  Sorry but I don't pay for career years.  Also it is telling that Moustakas is still not signed as of this writing which means there is a lot of skepticism out there surrounding him.

Jake Lamb:  I respect the 30-homer power of Jake Lamb but he strikes out a ton and the average hit is not necessary to take on considering you can have Justin Turner or Nick Castellanos for the same price. 

Joey Gallo:  40 homers is well but not the .215 average which is counter-productive. 

Miguel Sano:  Another average-challenged slugger who could be in hot water with the league based on a sexual assault allegation.

WOULD DRAFT IF PRICE IS RIGHT:  Adrian Beltre, Kyle Seager


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