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2012 Fantasy Baseball Third Base Rankings Outlook:
What a difference a year a makes, third base was a shallow position last year and coming into this season it seems as it is stacked with talent. Cabrera and Hanley moving to third makes this position so deep and pairing them with Bautista and Longoria also makes them one of the most talented as well. One can argue that there is a solid 10 players in this position and that doesn’t even include the bounce back potential of Kevin Youkilis or the upside of guys like Moustakas, Morel, and Freese.

One guy we have to touch on is Brett Lawrie. He has been touted a great prospect for years and in 150 at bats last season he certainly lived up to the hype and he has fantasy owners drooling. We are big fans as well, however the sleeper or breakout star tag is getting too be a little out of control with Lawrie’s average draft position moving higher and higher with each passing day. If you can grab him at the right spot do it, however with the position so deep there is no reason to reach 2 to 4 rounds early than you need to secure a guy like Lawrie.

Draft-Day Advice: It really is amazing how much deeper this position got which means there is no reason to reach on getting this spot filled on your team. With that said there is also no reason to intentionally neglect drafting a third baseman and waiting till the end of your draft to grab one.

The following are our 2012 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 2012. All leagues have different position eligibility requirements so be sure to check your settings before draft day.

RankTierPlayerTmABHAVGHRRRBISB
11Miguel CabreraDET5721970.344301111052
21Jose BautistaTOR5131550.302431051039
32Hanley RamirezFLA338820.24310554520
42Evan LongoriaTB4831180.2443178993
52Pablo SandovalSF4261340.3152355702
62David WrightNYM389990.25414606113
72Alex RodriguezNYY3731030.2761667624
83Adrian BeltreTEX4871440.29632821051
93Ryan ZimmermanWAS3951140.2891252493
103Brett LawrieTOR150440.293926257
113Michael YoungTEX6312130.33811881066
124Kevin YoukilisBOS4311110.2581768803
134Aramis RamirezMLW5651730.3062680931
145Brent MorelCWS4131010.2451044415
155David FreeseSTL333990.2971041551
165Mike MoustakasKC338890.263526302
175Mark ReynoldsBAL5341180.2213784866
185Martin PradoATL5511430.2601366574
195Edwin EncarnacionTOR4811310.2721770558
206Pedro AlvarezPIT235450.191418191
216Ryan RobertsARZ4821200.24919866518
226Scott SizemoreOAK368900.2451150565
236Chone FigginsSEA288540.1881241511
246Chase HeadleySD3811100.2894434413
256Juan FranciscoCIN93240.258310151

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