Josh Donaldson
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I present the Lester’s Legends 2016 fantasy baseball third baseman rankings.
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1. Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays
2. Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies
3. Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs
4. Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles
5. Todd Frazier, Chicago White Sox
6. Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals
7. Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers
8. Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays
9. Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals
10. Kyle Seager, Seattle Mariners
11. Miguel Sano, Minnesota Twins
12. Maikel Franco, Philadelphia Phillies
13. David Wright, New York Mets
14. Matt Duffy, San Francisco Giants
15. Jung-Ho Kang, Pittsburgh Pirates
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Here’s an early look at the N.L. Only 2011 Third Base rankings.
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1.  David Wright, New York Mets:  David Wright is back. His average/HR/SB combination make him the class of the National League hot corner.
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2.  Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals:  While I favor Wright slightly because of his stolen bases, Zimmerman is right up there. The Nationals are improving and Zimmerman is at the forefront of that movement.
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3.  Pablo Sandoval, San Francisco Giants:  Kung Fu Panda has lost a ton of weight to improve physically. He went through a bitter divorce last year so he should be in a better place emotionally. Fantasy owners should enjoy the improvement statistically.
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4.  Casey McGehee, Milwaukee Brewers:  McGahee posted a .301-58-16-66-0 line as a rookie and followed up with a .285-70-23-104-1 sophomore campaign. He’s easy to overlook, but keep in mind he’s hitting behind Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder.
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5.  Aramis Ramirez, Chicago Cubs:  Ramirez is a high risk/reward pick because he produces when he’s healthy (25 HRs and 83 RBIs in 124 games last year). Unfortunately he’s missed 118 games over the past two seasons.
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6.  Pedro Alvarez, Pittsburgh Pirates:  Alvarez hit .311 with 15 runs, 5 HRs, and 26 RBIs in September to help him finish with 16 HRs with 64 RBIs. He should be able to build on that success and climb the ranks of third basemen in mixed and N.L. Only leagues.
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7.  Martin Prado, Atlanta Braves:  Prado brings multiple position eligibility and a near .300 average to the table. He’s clearly a cut below the top six.
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8.  Ian Stewart, Colorado Rockies:  Stewart is young and has plenty of pop, though he struggles at times. He’ll likely yield ABs to Ty Wigginton against lefties, but that could actually bolster Stewart’s average.
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9.  Ty Wigginton, Colorado Rockies:  Speaking of Wigginton, he’ll likely get plenty of at bats backing up first, second, and third base.  He’ll also get DH at bats during interleague play.
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10.  Jose Lopez, Colorado Rockies:  Lopez will return to second base, which should prove beneficial. The multiple position eligibility helps his value. He could provide some cheap pop at the position.
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Here’s an early look at the A.L. Only 2011 Third Base rankings.
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1.  Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays:  Longoria’s power and speed combination make him the class of the position.
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2.  Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees:  A-Rod’s production is dropping (it should at his age), but in the Yankees’ lineup and in the homer haven that is Yankee Stadium, he remains a top two American League third base option.
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3.  Kevin Youkilis, Boston Red Sox:  You may have to use him at the corner infield or utility slot until his gains 3B eligibility, but so what. With an offense improved by the additions of Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez, Youk has a chance to put together a pretty special season.
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4.  Jose Bautista,Toronto Blue Jays:  I am skeptical that Bautista is for real, but it’s hard to ignore 54 home runs. The outfield eligibility bolsters his value.
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5.  Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers:  I’m concerned that Beltre’s groin injury could lead to a slow start, but the position thins out after Beltre. He should put up big numbers in that ballpark and lineup.
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6.  Mark Reynolds, Baltimore Orioles:  Reynolds struggles with his average (and a high strikeout rate), but last year’s .198 was ridiculous. He was injured last year though. Better health and a change of scenery could do him good. He’s averaged 34.7 HRs and 14 SBs over the past three years though. At 27, he’s a good bet to bounce back.
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7.  Michael Young, Texas Rangers:  Young is slated to hit sixth this year for the Rangers, which hurts his fantasy value. That said, Young is steady enough and the Rangers are potent enough that he should be just fine.
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8.  Chones Figgins, Seattle Mariners:  You may have to use him at 2B or MI until he gains 3B eligibility, but he’s a game-changer in the stolen bases category. Obviously, if you use him at 3B, you’ll need to get your power elsewhere.
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9.  Kevin Kouzmanoff, Oakland A’s:  Kouz is a pretty bland choice. Power? No. Speed? No. Average? No. He has hit between 16 and 23 HRs in each of the past four years with between 71 and 88 RBI. His saving grace will likely be the number of at bats he gets.
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10.  Edwin Encarnacion, Toronto Blue Jays:  Encarnacion brings power to the table. Last year he hit 21 HRs in 332 at bats (15.8 AB/HR).  He’s combined for just 625 ABs the past two years though.
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Here’s an early look at the 2011 Third Base rankings.
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1.  Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays:  Evan Longoria regressed last year (-4 runs, -11 HR, -9 RBI), but he improved his aveaged (+0.013) and SBs (+6). At 25 I fully expect him to bounce back and deliver monster numbers.
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2.  David Wright, New York Mets:  David Wright bounced back in a big way last year, hitting .283 with 87 runs, 29 HRs, 103 RBIs, and 19 SBs. I thought about putting him #1, but he doesn’t have the upside that Longoria has.
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3.  Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees:  A-Rod’s average dipped to .270 and with 78 & 74 in the past two year, it seems his days of automatically scoring 100 are over. My biggest concern is his age (he’ll turn 36 in July) and the lack of stolen bases (four in seven attempts).
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4.  Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals:  Zimmerman lost some protection when Adam Dunn left town, though Jayson Werth could fill the role. Still, he’s too good (.307-85-25-85-4) to leave out of the top four.
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5.  Kevin Youkilis, Boston Red Sox:  You may have to use him at the corner infield or utility slot until his gains 3B eligibility, but so what. With an offense improved by the additions of Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez, Youk has a chance to put together a pretty special season. continue reading »

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.


6.  Pablo Sandoval – The Kung Fu Panda will really bolster you average.

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. continue reading »


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.
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