Fantasy Baseball: 2010 Top 15 Third Basemen Rankings

Jan 18, 2010


Here’s an early look at Third Base 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.

Also check out:

2010 Top 15 First Basemen
2010 Top 15 Second Basemen
2010 Top 15 Shortstops
2010 Top 15 Catchers
2010 Top 25 Outfielders
2010 2011 Top 11 Designated Hitters
2010 Top 25 Starting Pitchers
2010 Top 15 Closers

Image courtesy of Icon SMI

. .

2 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Frank
    January 18th, 2010 at 11:03 am #

    No props for Scott Rolen is understandable, yet it still worries my Reds outlook. Thanks for the tips!

  2. LestersLegends
    January 18th, 2010 at 11:06 am #

    Rolen scares me.

Leave a Comment


Partner of USA TODAY Sports Digital Properties