Third Base (3B) Fantasy Baseball Rankings 2017

I’m not going to lie; Third Base is by far my favorite collection of fantasy players. There are leagues in which my starter at 3B is the 15th player on this list, and I’m comfortable with any of these players in my Utility (UTIL) or Corner Infield (CI) slot. I honestly wouldn’t argue with you too much if you rearranged large sections of my rankings, that’s how deep this position is. With that being said, I’m sure some of you are going to want to argue anyways, so scroll down to read the damn thing. Then let me know how bad I did.

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  1. Nolan Arenado, Col 3B
  2. Kris Bryant, ChC 3B, OF
  3. Manny Machado, Bal SS, 3B
  4. Josh Donaldson, Tor 3B
  5. Kyle Seager, Sea 3B
  6. Anthony Rendon, Wsh 3B
  7. Adrian Beltre, Tex 3B
  8. Matt Carpenter, StL 2B, 1B, 3B
  9. Alex Bregman, Hou 3B
  10. Evan Longoria, TB 3B
  11. Justin Turner, LAD 3B
  12. Todd Frazier, CWS 3B
  13. Jose Ramirez, Cle 3B, OF
  14. Jonathan Villar, Mil SS, 3B
  15. Maikel Franco, Phi 3B
  16. Miguel Sano, Min 3B, OF, DH
  17. Nick Castellanos, Det 3B
  18. Jake Lamb, Ari 3B
  19. Yulieski Gurriel, Hou 3B
  20. Ryon Healy, Oak 3B
  21. Mike Moustakas, KC 3B
  22. Eduardo Nunez, SF SS, 3B
  23. Javier Baez, ChC 2B, 3B, SS
  24. Travis Shaw, Mil 1B, 3B
  25. Jose Reyes, NYM 3B
  • Nolen Arenado is a picture of consistency, and it’s pretty hard to bet against him with Coors Field on his side.
  • You could shuffle around any of the Top 4 in Arenado, Kris Bryant, Manny Machado, and Josh Donaldson, and you’d be able to make a pretty good case for why each should be the #1 3B off the board. They’re all great, and they all have pretty high floors. It’s all personal preference here.
  • Adrian Beltre is ranked where? I know, I know. He’s so consistent. He’s a future Hall of Famer. He’s in a good lineup. He never disappoints. I know why you think he should be higher, but I’m not going to do it. Everybody falls off a cliff at some point. I love me some Beltre, but I think this is the year he slips out of the elite range of players.
  • If you’ve read my other rankings (you should), you’ll notice I like Matt Carpenter a lot. Still true.
  • Alex Bregman is going to be good. I’m a little higher on him than a lot of rankers, but that’s because #IBelieve. He’s going to be this year’s breakout young stud, and you can target him decently late in drafts.
  • Boring players are boring, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t valuable in fantasy. Evan Longoria and Jose Ramirez lead the way as the most valuable boring players this season. Longoria reclaimed some of his early career spark last year, and Ramirez never strikes out. They’re safe bets to slot into your lineup for above-average, but not great, production.
  • Maikel Franco and Miguel Sano may very well sneak into the Top 10 by the end of the season. They both have their approach issues. But. They. Hit. Dongs.
  • At this point, I’m still comfortable with Nick Castellanos, Jake Lamb, Yuli Gurriel, and Ryon Healy as my starters. With that said, if they end up as your starters, the rest of your team better be damn good. There is obvious risk involved here, but they’re all solid and could produce well.
  • Hi Javier Baez. I love you.
  • I touched on Travis Shaw a bit in my 1B ranks, but I’d just like to quickly mention that he is tailor-made for Miller Park.
  • Whoa. Jose Reyes exists. He’s a terrible human, but a good baseball player, and David Wright is not going to start (or finish) the season healthy. There’s Top 20 upside here.
  • That’s it. That’s all you get.

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