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Here’s a look at the 2014 Lester’s Legends’ Third Base Rankings for NL-only fantasy baseball leagues.
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1. David Wright, New York Mets
David Wright has career averages of .301 BA, 22 HR, 88 RBI, 85 R and 18 SB. If he can stay healthy in 2014, he’s the most-balanced third baseman in the game. Have a decent backup plan if you do decide to draft him, however. Last year Wright had a .307-63-18-58-17 line.
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2. Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals
Ryan Zimmerman hasn’t played in 150 games since 2009, but he has averaged 146 over the past two seasons.In the six seasons in which Zimmerman played at least 140 games, he has averaged 25.5 home runs, 94.3 RBI, 92.5 runs and 5.3 steals while hitting .284. You’ll want a decent backup with Zimmerman as well.
Last year Zimmerman hit .275 with 84 runs, 26 HR, 79 RBI, and 6 stolen bases.
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3. Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals
Matt Carpenter posted a .318-126-11-78-3 line. Though he doesn’t offer much in terms of speed or power, Carpenter’s batting average and high run total are much better than his competition in those categories. Plus, he delivered plenty of RBI. Finally, his eligibility at second base makes him a versatile option.
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4. Pablo Sandoval, San Francisco Giants
The Kung Fu Panda has reportedly shed some weight this offseason as he enters his contract year. Over the past five years, however, he has hit .295 while averaging 17.4 runs and 73 RBI. Money can be a motivating factor. Last year he posted a .278-52-14-79-0 line
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5. Pedro Alvarez, Pittsburgh Pirates
Pedro Alvarez has averaged 33 home runs and 92.5 RBI over the past two years, but you’ll have to live with his .235 lifetime batting average. Last year he hit .233 with 70 runs, 36 home runs, 100 RBI in a pair of stolen bases.
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6. Aramis Ramirez, Milwaukee Brewers
Aramis Ramirez is another player with a lengthy injury history, but when he’s healthy, he can hit. Over the past seven years, he has hit .292 while averaging 22.6 home runs. 86.7 RBI and 70.1 runs, despite playing just 125.3 games per year. Have a backup plan with him as well. Last year he hit .283 with 43 runs, 12 home runs and 49 RBI.
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7. Martin Prado, Arizona Diamondbacks
Martin Prado hit .282 with 70 runs, 14 home runs, 82 RBI and three stolen bases. He’s a .293 career hitter and has averaged 12.6 home runs over the past five seasons. He also has eligibility at second base, which helps his value.
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8. Chris Johnson, Atlanta Braves
Chris Johnson hit .321 last year with 54 runs, 12 home runs and 68 RBI. His .394 BABIP suggests his batting average is due for a regression, but he is a .289 career hitter. He doesn’t bring a lot of power, but he hits for average and drives in a fair amount of runs.
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9. Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies
Nolan Arenado hit .267 at a rookie with 49 runs, 10 home runs, 52 RBI and two stolen bases. Playing home games at Coors Field should help improve his power numbers.
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10. Todd Frazier, Cincinnati Reds
Todd Frazier hit just .234 last year, but he finished with 63 runs, 19 home runs, 73 RBI and six stolen bases. It was his second straight year with 19 HRs so he can give you a little pop.
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Here’s a look at the 2014 Lester’s Legends’ Third Base Rankings for AL-only fantasy baseball leagues.
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1. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
Although Miguel Cabrera is playing first base this year, he maintains third base eligibility in most fantasy baseball leagues. Regardless whether you use him at first or third base, he’s the premier player at his position. Seriously, what more can be said about Cabrera after his second straight MVP-winning season? If Chris Davis (53 HR, 138 RBI) didn’t have his breakout season last year, we’d be talking about Cabrera as a back-to-back Triple Crown-winner. Cabrera’s career average looks like this: .321 BA, 33 HR, 115 RBI, 97 R, 3 SB. Playing first base could help Cabrera avoid nagging injuries and, dare I say, be even more effective.
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2. Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers
Adrian Beltre is coming off a .315-88-30-92-1 line. Over the past four years he’s hitting .314 with 87.3 runs, 31.5 home runs and 100.3 RBI. The Rangers figure to have a potent offense with the addition of Prince Fielder and Shin-Soo Choo. Beltre remains an elite option.
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3. Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays
Evan Longoria bounced back last year with a .269-91-32-88-1 line. He should be able to improve his batting average while providing ample runs, home runs and RBI. He no longer offers you the added bonus of a solid stolen base total as he has six in the past three seasons combined, but he offers plenty elsewhere.
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4. Josh Donaldson, Oakland Athletics
Josh Donaldson exploded on the scene with a .301-89-24-93-5 line. He’s not as established as the top three choices, but you can’t overlook last year’s success. Donaldson is a little bit of a risk, but the potential is there.
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5. Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles
Manny Machado (knee) should be ready for Opening Day, which should help the phenom to build on the solid .283-88-14-71-6 line he posted in his first full season. Obviously his health is a concern, but at 21 he’s loaded with potential. Machado is the poster boy for upside.
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6. Kyle Seager, Seattle Mariners
Kyle Seager posted his second consecutive season with at least 20 home runs. He hit .260 with 79 runs, 22 home runs, 69 RBI and nine stolen bases. With an average of 21 home runs and 11 stolen bases over the past two years, he is sneaky power-speed combination player.
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7. Brett Lawrie, Toronto Blue Jays
Brett Lawrie was a popular breakout candidate last year, but finished with a .254-41-11-46-9 line. If he can get back to the production that he produced in 2011 when he hit .293 with nine home runs and seven stolen bases in a 43-game cup of coffee, he will be a stud. He has the potential for 15 home runs and 15 stolen bases.
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8. Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox
Xander Bogaerts should have third base and shortstop eligibility, which gives him added value. He hit just .250 with seven runs, one home runs, five home runs and one stolen base in 18 regular season games, but stepped up his game in the playoffs. Bogaerts hit .296 with nine runs in 12 games en route to a World Series title. In Boston’s potent lineup for a full year, Bogaerts should have a solid year.
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9. Will Middlebrooks, Boston Red Sox
Will Middlebrooks saw his average dip big time from .288 as a rookie to .227 as a sophomore. He still managed to hit 17 home runs in 94 games. He definitely packs power as he has 32 home runs in 169 games and 615 at-bats. He’s slated to be the everyday third baseman, which should lead to solid power numbers.
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10. David Freese, Los Angeles Angels
David Freese saw a dip in production as he hit .262 with 53 runs, nine home runs and 60 RBI. He is a .286 career hitter that slugged 20 home runs in 2012. He should rebound in his first season in Anaheim.
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Here’s the first look at the 2014 Lester’s Legends’ Third Base Rankings.
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1. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
What more can be said about Miguel Cabrera after his .348-103-44-137-3 seasons? If Chris Davis (53 HRs, 138 RBI) didn’t have his breakout season we’d be talking about a back-to-back Triple Crown winner. Cabrera’s career average is a .321-97-33-115-3 line.
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2. Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers
Adrian Beltre is coming off a .315-88-30-92-1 line. Over the past four years he’s hitting .314 with 87.3 runs, 31.5 home runs and 100.3 RBI. The Rangers figure to have a potent offense with the addition of Prince Fielder and Shin-Soo Choo.
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3. Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays
Evan Longoria bounce back last year with a .269-91-32-88-1 line. He should be able to improve his batting average while providing ample runs, home runs and RBI.
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4. David Wright, New York Mets
David Wright has career averages of .301-85-22-88-18. If he can stay healthy, he’s the most balance third baseman in the game. Have a decent backup plan.
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5. Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals
Ryan Zimmerman hasn’t played in 150 games since 2009, but he has averaged 146 over the past two. In the six seasons in which Zimmerman played at least 140 games he averaged 92.5 runs, 25.5 home runs, 94.3 RBI and 5.3 steals while hitting .284. You’ll want a decent backup with Zimmerman as well.
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6. Josh Donaldson, Oakland Athletics
Josh Donaldson exploded on the scene with a .301-89-24-93-5 line. He’s not as established as the top five choices, but you can’t overlook last year’s success.
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7. Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles
Manny Machado (knee) should be ready for Opening Day, which should help the phenom to build on the solid .283-88-14-71-6 line he posted in his first full season.
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8. Pablo Sandoval, San Francisco Giants
The Kung Fu Panda has reportedly shed some weight as he enters his contract year. Over the past five years he has hit .295 while averaging 17.4 runs and 73 RBI. Money can be a motivating factor.
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9. Pedro Alvarez, Pittsburgh Pirates
Pedro Alvarez has averaged 33 home runs and 92.5 RBI over the past two years, but you’ll have to live with his .235 lifetime average.
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10. Aramis Ramirez, Milwaukee Brewers
Aramis Ramirez is another player with a lengthy injury history, but when he’s healthy he can hit. Over the past seven years he has hit .292 while averaging 70.1 runs, 22.6 home runs and 86.7 RBI despite playing just 125.3 games per year. Have a backup plan.
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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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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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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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