Fantasy Baseball Draft 2016: Third Base (3B) Sleepers
Taking a Look at the Trending Sleepers and Value Picks at 3B in the 2016 Fantasy Draft
March 19, 2016
It’s fantasy baseball draft season, and to celebrate the return of the MLB we’ve been checking out some of the notable sleeper options at each position. Today it’s time to move on over to the hot corner at third base.
The trending 3B sleepers and value picks run the gamut from names you’re counting on to produce to lesser-known commodities due for a big year. Let’s check out some of the numbers to see who should be on your radar.
Alex Guerrero, Los Angeles Dodgers: You may have to wait a little while to see good returns from Guerrero, who will have to wait on some playing time. Still, with 11 homers in only 219 at-bats in 2015, he’s worth stashing.
Guerrero might need an injury to one of his fellow players to finally get some significant field time, but once that happens he could carve out a big role. He’ll make a nice plug-and-play guy then.
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Yasmany Tomas, Arizona Diamondbacks: Tomas has had some injury trouble this spring, but assuming he can get back to 100 percent, he’s a nice lower-end pickup. He put up nine homers and 48 RBI in 118 games last season, and has a great opportunity to improve on those numbers this summer.
Tomas needs to get a little more patient at the plate, but if he can gain a little maturity and consistency we see big things happening for him.
Jung Ho Kang, Pittsburgh Pirates: You’ll have to give Kang a little while to get healthy, but once he returns to 100 percent he’s got some solid potential. He logged 121 hits with 24 doubles and 15 homers last season in 126 games as a utility player for the Pirates, splitting time between 3B and SS.
Kang has a shot at nabbing a homer total in the high-teens with 60-70 RBI. Those are great numbers for where he’ll go in fantasy drafts.
Brett Lawrie, Chicago White Sox: You may be able to find Lawrie in the early 20s among third basemen, which isn’t too bad considering what you can get out of him. His average may not be stellar--around .260 or so if things go well--but he could very easily flirt with 20 home runs and 140 hits.
Lawrie could also offer a little finesse if we’re lucky--maybe 65 runs and 10 stolen bases. That’s nice value if you can get him low.
Yangervis Solarte, San Diego Padres: You’ll find a few rankings out there that have Solarte near No. 10 among this position. We’re not quite that high on him, but if you can find him somewhere in around 20-25 among third basemen we think that’s a solid pickup.
Solarte should be a lock for 10-15 homers, and will give you a decent average of around .270 or so. He will also bag 60-70 runs and RBI along with his 130-140ish hits. For a backup 3B, those are great numbers.
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