Fantasy Baseball: 2010 Top 15 Third Basemen Rankings
1. Alex Rodriguez – Evan Longoria is closing fast, but I expect more A-Bombs from A-Rod this year, especially with the World Series monkey off his back.
2. Evan Longoria – He has surpassed A-Rod in keeper leagues, but in yearly leagues, he’ll have to settle for #2.
3. David Wright – I’m expecting a return in power. Jason Bay’s arrival should help, especially with Carlos Beltran’s status up in the air. Wright’s speed and average carry him to #2.
4. Kevin Youkilis – He’ll almost exclusively play First Base this year thanks to the arrival of Adrian Beltre, but he still maintains eligibility. Youk should be a nice source of average and RBIs while providing a good amount of HRs.
4. Mark Reynolds – I’m expecting a dip in production, but his power and speed still make him a valuable commodity.
5. Pablo Sandoval – Sandoval could challenge for the batting title. He’s that good a hitter.
6. Ryan Zimmerman – Zimmerman bounced back nicely setting career highs in runs, HRs, and OPS. As long as he can stay healthy, he’ll be a high-end 3B once again.
7. Aramis Ramirez – Ramirez is another guy that needs to stay healthy. When he does, he can rake.
8. Chone Figgins – Chone is unique because he totally dominates SBs for the position. He could even get a bump in his RBI production hitting behind Ichiro.
9. Michael Young – The move from SS to 3B did not hurt Young. He should continue to put up solid numbers.
10. Chipper Jones – Chipper still puts up solid R, HR, and RBI numbers. His average should improve dramatically, allowing him to sneak into the top ten. Make sure you draft a good insurance policy though.
11. Jorge Cantu – The power was down last year (29 to 16), but the RBIs actually increased (95 to 100). He qualifies at 1B & 3B, which gives you some flexibility. Look for another solid year from Cantu.
12. Gordon Beckham – His OPS rose from .751 before the All-Star game to .833 after it. The youngster should blossom this year. 20 HRs and 80 RBIs aren’t out of the question.
13. Kevin Kouzmanoff – The average is an issue, along with runs, but he’s a nice value source for HRs and RBIs. The move to Oakland should give him a slight bump in value.
14. Placido Polanco – He’s manning the Hot Corner for the Phillies now. He’ll score his share of runs while hitting at a nice clip.
15. Ian Stewart – His average leaves plenty to be desired, but he’s a nice power source.
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