Bobby Sylvester’s Third Base Rankings
A few days ago on the FantasyPros Baseball Podcast, Justin Mason of Friends With Fantasy Benefits pointed out to me that third base was actually more shallow than shortstop last season in terms of fantasy value. He was exactly correct and it looks to be in 2018 as well. This means that if you wait too long, you are more likely to end up with the risky type of player that could really wound your chances of winning. I’ve got a handful of options I am going out of my way to draft this season. Today, I’ll tell you about them then give you my notes on 40 third basemen and my rankings on 60.
One of my favorite options in drafts this year is Alex Bregman, who after a slow start was phenomenal in the second half. It would surprise nobody if the former top overall prospect was a first-round fantasy pick this time next year. He’s got 30/20 upside from the hot corner with a potential .300 batting average. When I can’t land him at a reasonable price, I’ll be waiting a few rounds then reaching to ensure I can land Adrian Beltre before anyone else. Yes, he dealt with a calf issue last year and it may act up again, but when he is on the field, he has been the epitome of consistency. Even at an old age, we can trust him to be of significant help in four categories. Deeper into drafts, I’ve got my eye on two youngers who could really help down the line. The first is Nick Senzel, who is among the top ten prospects in baseball. The Reds will be forced to make room for him in the lineup before long and when they do, he will help fantasy owners in all five categories. Besides him, Jeimer Candelario is a sneaky late-round pickup. He doesn’t possess anywhere near the floor of Senzel, but you can bet on a solid average with plenty of runs scored and enough power that he won’t kill you in the category. Now, let’s move over and take a look at the rest of the third basemen.