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Sunday, March 3, 2019

2019 FANTASY BASEBALL THIRD BASEMAN I WILL DRAFT/AVOID

Just like I noted with shortstops, the lack of top-end first base talent this season beyond Freddie Freeman and Paul Goldschmidt makes it more of an option to go SS-five-tool OF or 3B-five tool OF among the first two rounds of the draft.  So on that front, here are the fantasy baseball third baseman I am looking to target and avoid.

THIRD BASEMAN I WILL TARGET

Nolan Arenado, Jose Ramirez, Manny Machado, Alex Bregman:  I love all four of these guys as do 99 percent of the fantasy baseball community for the battle will be fierce to secure them.  There should be no hesitation to draft any of them in Round 1 or early in Round 2 and in terms of fears regarding Machado going to San Diego, righty power actually plays well enough there to make this a minimal issue.

Kris Bryant:  Yeah this has become an interesting case with Bryant struggling badly last season and even seeing his numbers slip in the power department in 2017.  Shoulder trouble seems to be have been the case but the key here is that no surgery was performed which makes Bryant risky again this season. If the price is right though such as in the middle-to-late part of Round 2, I will take a stab.

Miguel Andujar:  Andujar is the real deal all the way around as his swing is a thing of beauty.  Add in 27 homers as a ROOKIE and a run to 30 is almost assured this season.

Rafael Devers:  While Andujar justifiable gets most of the attention among the rookie third base performances last season, don't sleep on this guy as Devers himself has 30 homer power and a long history in the minors of hitting for a good average.  Buy while the price is low. 

Eugenio Suarez:  One of the most underrated players in all of fantasy baseball, Suarez is a completely legitimate 25-30 homer guy who can hit .280.  Sigh me up.

Mike Moustakas:  I have been a huge critic of this guy in the past as his price has gone above where it should be during that time frame but now he has gone so far the other way in terms of cost that I am willing to buy.  The power plays very well in Milwaukee as well so Moustakas should be on your radar again.

Joey Wendle:  There is a lot to like here in Tampa's Joey Wendel who hit 7 homers and stole 16 bags in 2019.  This kind of power/speed upside is always worth a second look.

THIRD BASEMAN I WILL AVOID

Vladimir Guerrero Jr.:  Yes this is a buzzkill pick but I am not going to be drawn into the bidding here when Vlad will likely not come up until May.  The talent is otherworldly no doubt but outside of keepers I will spend my draft money more prudently. 

Justin Turner:  Listen I love Turner's pure hitting and underrated power as much as the next guy but injuries are becoming a seasonal issue and he is aging as well which makes the first negative so much more of a threat.

Wil Myers:  Tired of the injuries and also annually ugly batting average of San Diego's Will Myers. 

Matt Carpenter:  Sorry I am not paying for a career-year from a guy approaching his middle 30's. 

Josh Donaldson:  Could rebound with a new start in Atlanta but I am not paying to find out. 


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