Fantasy Baseball Draft 2015: Top 10 Third Basemen (3B)
Taking a Look at the Top 10 Third Base Options in the 2015 Fantasy Draft
March 13, 2015
This week, we’ve been kicking off the 2015 fantasy baseball draft season with in-depth looks at the top 10 players at each position. Today, it’s time for the hot corner, and 3B is a place of some debate among owners when it comes to preseason rankings. Be that as it may, let’s check out our top names at third base who you should be looking at on draft day.
1. Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays: Thanks to his expected surge in power this season, Donaldson sits atop our third basemen ranks. There should be an up-tick in homers (35 or so), BA (.270ish) and RBI/runs (around 100 each). There aren’t a whole lot of infielders who can offer that kind of across-the-board power.
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2. Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals: Coming in closely behind Donaldson is Rendon, who will offer a little more in the finesse areas in exchange for a little dip in power. He should hit around .285 or so with 15-20 steals if everything goes well, and he’s still good for 15-20 homers and 100 runs. Sounds good to us.
3. Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers: Another nice heavy hitter this season at the hot corner is Beltre. Most are expecting his homer production to take a step forward as opposed to 2014’s 19 dingers--we’d be surprised if he didn’t hit 25. He should provide a .300-plus average and 80-plus in RBI and runs.
4. Carlos Santana, Cleveland Indians: We have Santana a shade higher than some places, but you won’t find him far outside the top five regardless. If you can live with a cruddy BA (.240-.250), he’ll provide 25-30 homers with 85-90 RBI. It’s up to you whether that fits your roster or not.
5. Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies: Lots of people are expecting big things out of Arenado this season, and you may find him ranked even higher than this. If all goes smoothly, he’ll hit around 25 homers with a .300-plus BA and RBI/run totals in the 80s somewhere.
6. Todd Frazier, Cincinnati Reds: We think Frazier should do some pretty good things this season, so don’t feel bad if you reach for him above this spot. He should be good for 15-20 steals again and will give you solid totals in all the other categories as well. There’s really not much to complain about here.
7. Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals: As opposed to most of the other guys on this list, Carpenter won’t provide you with much power--he’ll be lucky to hit 10 homers with 70 RBI. That said, he won’t fail you in average and runs, both of which should be just fine for fantasy purposes.
8. Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays: Depending on which draft board you’re looking at, you’ll find Longoria both higher and lower than this, so we feel he’s good right here. At least you know what you’re getting: 20-25 homers with around 90 RBI and a run total somewhere in the 80s.
9. Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals: Zimmerman has been kind of a hit-or-miss proposition in recent years, so you’ll find a lot of wishy-washy owners scratching their heads on him during the draft. Optimistically, you can probably get 20 homers, 90 RBI and 85 runs here with a pretty nice BA.
10. David Wright, New York Mets: Call us optimists, but we feel like Wright belongs in the top 10--some may disagree. If all goes well, he could notch 20 homers with 80 in RBI/runs and should have a BA somewhere in the .280s. That’s a pretty good value here.
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