David Wright Mets
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Here’s the 2013 LestersLegends Third Base Rankings for NL-Only Leagues.
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1. David Wright, New York Mets
Wright returned to form with a stellar .306-91-21-93-15. He has alternated good and bad year since 2008. Hopefully he can buck that trend.
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2. Hanley Ramirez, Los Angeles Dodgers
Hanley has not been the same force as earlier in his career, but his .257-79-24-92-21 line was solid. He’s only 29 and should be even better in an improved offense.
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3. Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals
Zimmerman is solid, but has missed 98 games over the past three years. When he’s healthy he delivers in all 5×5 categories besides stolen bases.
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4. Aramis Ramirez, Milwaukee Brewers
Ramirez has not played 150 games since 2006, but did play 149 games in each of the past two seasons. He has hit 25 or more home runs in nine of his last 10 seasons.
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5. Pablo Sandoval, San Francisco Giants
Kung Fu Panda came alive during the World Series. He routinely hits for a solid average and has the ability to improve on his power numbers.
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6. Chase Headley, San Diego Padres
I don’t think he can come close to the .286-95-31-115-17 line. Even with a pretty serious regression, he could have a solid year. He’s a solid bet for a nice home run/stolen base combo.
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7. David Freese, St. Louis Cardinals
Freese had a solid .293-70-20-79-3 2012 line. He built upon his strong 2011 postseason and I feel there is more room for growth.
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8. Martin Prado, Arizona Diamondbacks
Prado is a low-end third baseman to target if you’re looking more for batting average than power. He tends to provide decent run and RBI totals. Last year he stole 17 bases after stealing just 13 in his first 227 games. I’d figure on a .300-80-12-65-10 line.
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9. Michael Young, Philadelphia Phillies
At 36, Young isn’t likely to return to the days of 90 runs, 20 home runs or 80 RBI. He should hit at a solid clip, but I would be surprised with anything better than a .300-70-12-70-5 line.
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10. Pedro Alvarez, Pittsburgh Pirates
Alvarez will continue to be a batting average liability, but he realized his power potential, smacking 30 bombs last year.
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Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers swinging
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Here’s the 2013 LestersLegends Third Base Rankings for AL-Only Leagues.
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1. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
All Miggy did last year was complete the Triple Crown. He’s far and away the Belle of the Third Base Ball. Cabrera should be among the top two players selected in fantasy drafts.
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2. Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers
Beltre has been dominant the past three years averaging a .314-87-32-103-1 line. There is not reason to believe that he can’t continue to rake.
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3. Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays
Longoria was limited to 273 at bats, but managed to hit 17 home runs with a .896 OPS.
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4. Brett Lawrie, Toronto Blue Jays
Lawrie has breakout potential. He had double-digit home runs and stolen bases, which make him a fantasy asset. He has the ability to contribute in all five 5×5 categories.
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5. Will Middlebrooks, Boston Red Sox
Middlebrooks had 70 strikeouts in just 267 at bats, making him a slight risk. He did post a .288-34-15-54-4 line. The power is real. He could easily be in the top ten among all third basemen in home runs and RBI.
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6. Kyle Seager, Seattle Mariners
Seager quietly posted a modest .259-62-20-86-13 line. He has some decent pop and should benefit from the changes made to Safeco Field.
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7. Kevin Youkilis, New York Yankees
Youkilis has some decent power, and he’s a much better hitter than last year’s .235 average suggests. Red Sox fans aren’t happy with his new home, but fantasy owners should get decent value.
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8. Mike Moustakas, Kansas City Royals
Moustakas hit 20 home runs last year, but wasn’t a significant contributor in any other category. The Royals are not an offensive force, which limits his run and RBI potential. He also strikes out too frequently to provide a decent batting average.
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9. Trevor Plouffe, Minnesota Twins
Plouffe was one of the biggest surprises, smacking 24 home runs. He’s a career .231 hitter which, along with the Twins’ offense, threatens his counting numbers.
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10. Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles
Machado will turn 21 in July so there could be some growing pains, but he also brings plenty of potential.
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Brett Lawrie
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We already looked at the LestersLegends’ top 10 fantasy baseball third basemen for 2013, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t additional options if you choose to wait on filling your third base slot to address other positions. Alternatively, many leagues offer corner infield slots, which put these options on your radar.
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Pedro Alvarez, Pittsburgh Pirates
Alvarez will continue to be a batting average liability, but he realized his power potential, smacking 30 bombs last year.
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Brett Lawrie, Toronto Blue Jays
Lawrie has breakout potential. He had double-digit home runs and stolen bases, which make him a fantasy asset. He has the ability to contribute in all five 5×5 categories.
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Will Middlebrooks, Boston Red Sox
Middlebrooks had 70 strikeouts in just 267 at bats, making him a slight risk. He did post a .288-34-15-54-4 line. The power is real. He could easily be in the top ten in home runs and RBI.
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Mike Moustakas, Kansas City Royals
Moustakas hit 20 home runs last year, but wasn’t a significant contributor in any other category. The Royals are not an offensive force, which limits his run and RBI potential. He also strikes out too frequently to provide a decent batting average.
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Trevor Plouffe, Minnesota Twins
Plouffe was one of the biggest surprises, smacking 24 home runs. He’s a career .231 hitter which, along with the Twins’ offense, threatens his counting numbers.
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Martin Prado, Arizona Diamondbacks
Prado is a low-end third baseman to target if you’re looking more for batting average than power. He tends to provide decent run and RBI totals. Last year he stole 17 bases after stealing just 13 in his first 227 games. I’d figure on a .300-80-12-65-10 line.
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Kyle Seager, Seattle Mariners
Seager quietly posted a modest .259-62-20-86-13 line. He has some decent pop and should benefit from the changes made to Safeco Field.
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Kevin Youkilis, New York Yankees
Youkilis has some decent power, and he’s a much better hitter than last year’s .235 average suggests. Red Sox fans aren’t happy with his new home, but fantasy owners should get decent value.
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Michael Young, Philadelphia Phillies
At 36, Young isn’t likely to return to the days of 90 runs, 20 home runs or 80 RBI. He should hit at a solid clip, but I would be surprised with anything better than a .300-70-12-70-5 line.
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Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers swinging
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Here’s the first look at the 2013 LestersLegends Third Base Rankings.
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1. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
All Miggy did last year was complete the Triple Crown. He’s far and away the Belle of the Third Base Ball. Given the relative scarcity of the position, Cabrera should be among the top two players selected in fantasy drafts.
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2. Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers
Beltre has been dominant the past three years averaging a .314-87-32-103-1 line. There is not reason to believe that he can’t continue to rake.
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3. Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays
Longoria was limited to 273 at bats, but managed to hit 17 home runs with a .896 OPS.
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4.David Wright, New York Mets
Wright returned to form with a stellar .306-91-21-93-15. He has alternated good and bad year since 2008. Hopefully he can buck that trend.
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5. Hanley Ramirez, Los Angeles Dodgers
Hanley has not been the same force as earlier in his career, but his .257-79-24-92-21 line was solid. He’s only 29 and should be even better in an improved offense.
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6. Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals
Zimmerman is solid, but has missed 98 games over the past three years. When he’s healthy he delivers in all 5×5 categories besides stolen bases.
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7. Aramis Ramirez, Milwaukee Brewers
Ramirez has not played 150 games since 2006, but did play 149 games in each of the past two seasons. He has hit 25 or more home runs in nine of his last 10 seasons.
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8. Pablo Sandoval, San Francisco Giants
Kung Fu Panda came alive during the World Series. He routinely hits for a solid average and has the ability to improve on his power numbers.
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9. Chase Headley, San Diego Padres
I don’t think he can come close to the .286-95-31-115-17 line. Even with a pretty serious regression, he could have a solid year. He’s a solid bet for a nice home run/stolen base combo.
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10. David Freese, St. Louis Cardinals
Freese had a solid .293-70-20-79-3 2012 line. He built upon his strong 2011 postseason and I feel there is more room for growth.
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