Third Base can provide quite a bit of fantasy goodness. Not only power numbers, but average, runs batted in, and runs scored are all more plentiful than you might realize at this position. There are studs that have proven themselves but also many young players that could break-out and give you good value based on their average draft position. Third base also has our overall number one player in Miguel Cabrera due to the fact he is really good at the game of baseball.
The reigning MVP and triple-crown winner should have another monster season. After Cabrera, whom is in a tier all alone, we move next to some potential studs in Evan Longoria, Adrian Beltre, and David Wright. All could post monster numbers but due to age or injuries in the past, health is certainly a concern. Barring injuries all of these players could each post 25 home runs, 100 RBIs, and 100 runs scored.
The top four at this position will be gone by the middle of the third round in most leagues so if you do not want to take pay that price there are still a few players to lock in on. Pablo Sandoval is reported as overweight again heading into spring training (but that never really stopped him from posting solid numbers), Ryan Zimmerman is coming off a banged up season last year but reported as 100% and ready to help the National have another great season.
One key guy to bring up is Brett Lawrie. Last season everyone had Lawrie as they sleeper of the year and he did not live up to the hype but like a theme you might have realized I love the post sleeper hype guys. Lawrie is going at a great value this year, actually later in the drafts than last season. He still has the potential to be a 20/20 player.
One player I have to note is Chase Headley as he was ranked outside of the top 7 in this position. Last season was a career year for Headley and he posted monster numbers, in fact he hit three times as many homeruns and twice as many RBIs as he had ever had before last season. Due to this he is currently having an ADP hovering right around 40 overall. To us, this is just crazy, he will most likely regress in all categories so there is no reason to pay that high of a price for what he did last season for your fantasy team this season.
After the top 10 at this position there are some younger players with upside like the Baltimore’s Manny Machado. He should be the everyday starter for the O’s and has the potential to hit 20 bombs while driving in a decent amount of runs.
Draft Day Advice
While this position is deeper than previous seasons that does not necessary mean it is a good idea to wait to the very end of your draft to take one. The top-tier players will give you the power numbers while not hurting your batting average it is even more important to focus on these elite third basemen if your league uses on base percentage as an extra category.