2010 Fantasy Baseball Third Base Rankings Outlook: The hot corner isn’t looking so hot, and is arguably the shallowest fantasy position this year. In years past, third base was a deep and reliable source of home runs and RBI, and often times runs and average. This season, while there are still strong top-tier players, the the number of quality options in the later rounds has thinned out significantly.
Alex Rodriguez will be a top-five pick in many drafts and the only third baseman worthy of a first-round selection. David Wright, a first round pick last season, struggled with his power numbers, while rising talents like Evan Longoria, Ryan Zimmerman, Mark Reynolds, and Pablo Sandoval at least add a little bit of depth at the position. Once these players are off the board there are not many risk-free selections available. Aramis Ramirez, Michael Young, Chone Figgins, Chipper Jones, and Adrian Beltre have some fantasy value, but are far from a sure thing.
Draft-Day Advice: Grabbing an elite third basemen is now a much wiser move than it was when third base was amongst the deepest positions in fantasy baseball.
The following are our 2010 Fantasy Baseball Rankings, which are based on standard 5×5 scoring and take into account projected stats as well as upside and risk. Offensive categories include BA, HRs, Runs, RBIs, and SBs. Pitching categories are Wins, ERA, WHIP, Ks, and Saves. Although several players are eligible at multiple positions, they are listed at the position that they will most likely play the most in 2010. All leagues have different position eligibility requirements so be sure to check your settings before draft day.
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