Fantasy Baseball: 2010 Top 20 Third Basemen Rankings
Here’s my second look at fantasy third basemen rankings.
1. Alex Rodriguez – Easily the top of a shallow position.
2. Evan Longoria – Possibly the #1 keeper third baseman.
3. David Wright – The power outage of 2009 probably moves him to the third round, which should make him a great value.
4. Kevin Youkilis – Love his 1B/3B flexibility. Hard to imagine a scenario where he’s not used at 3B though for fantasy owners. Should hit at a high average and drive in a ton of runs.
5. Mark Reynolds – He’s going to take a step back, but 35 HRs and 15 SBs are a strong possibility.
7. Ryan Zimmerman – The last of the second tier of fantasy third basemen.
8. Aramis Ramirez – Health concerns keep him out of the top six.
9. Chone Figgins – If you go with Figgins at 3B, you’ll need to make up for his lack of power.
10. Michael Young – He’s not the sure thing he once was, but is still a decent option in a shallow position.
11. Gordon Beckham – Beckham is playing second base for the White Sox, though he should still put up 3B numbers.
12. Jorge Cantu – Gives you 1B & 3B flexibility. Decent pop and a good RBI producer.
13. Ian Stewart – He’ll give you plenty of pop though is average leaves plenty to be desired.
14. Kevin Kouzmanoff – Ditto.
15. Miguel Tejada – Making the move to 3B for the Orioles. Still has SS eligibility and a decent bat.
16. Jhonny Peralta – Has 3B/SS eligibility, which is great. His power numbers should bounce back.
17. Placido Polanco – He’s manning the Hot Corner for the Phillies now. Just being in that offense should elevate his game.
18. Mark Teahen – Has 3B/OF eligibility. I think the move to the White Sox will be a favorable one.
19. Chipper Jones – He’ll give you 400 ABs if you’re lucky, but they should be at a .310 batting average or better.
20. Mark DeRosa – Should give you decent pop. Not as position flexible as he’s been in the past.
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