Fantasy Baseball: Early roto third base rankings

Kris Bryant

On first glance the third base rankings feel really deep this year. Compared to previous years the top has separated out a fraction but the middle three tiers are full of start-able talent for your fantasy team. I can see a lot middle infield and utility coming from this position early in drafts especially with the name value of some of the guys. Third base is going to be a position which is going to do one of two things and it will depend on the people in your draft. The first is that guys could race off the board as everyone grabs ‘their guy’. Secondly there is an equal chance of some great value because the depth of the position relative to others will supress the value on the middle options and leave some nice starting options available at great prices.

Free agent wise Eduardo Nunez is the headline here as he was for second base because he has that power speed ability. Todd Frazier and Mike Moustakas could provide useful power depending where they sign and what their role will be and Ryan Schimpf is a power wild card who has shown the ability to put up hot stretches. Nunez is the only person I am for sure ranking right now but Frazier and Moustakas could easily jump up the ranks and challenge for a place near the top of tier 5.

Again closer to the season I will go deeper with my rankings but for now here is my top 20 ESPN eligible third base rankings.

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Tier Rank Name Team Eligibility
1 1 Nolan Arenado COL 3B
2 2 Manny Machado BAL 3B
2 3 Kris Bryant CHC 3B
3 4 Jose Ramirez CLE 2B, 3B
3 5 Josh Donaldson TOR 3B
3 6 Justin Turner LAD 3B
3 7 Alex Bregman HOU 3B, SS
3 8 Evan Longoria SF 3B
4 9 Travis Shaw MIL 3B
4 10 Adrian Beltre TEX 3B, DH
4 11 Miguel Sano MIN 3B, DH
4 12 Jake Lamb ARI 3B
4 13 Anthony Rendon WSH 3B
4 14 Eugenio Suarez CIN 3B
5 15 Kyle Seager SEA 3B
5 16 Nick Castellanos DET 3B, OF
5 17 Chase Headley SD 1B, 3B
5 18 Asdrubal Cabrera NYM 2B, 3B, SS
5 19 Eduardo Nunez FA 2B, 3B, OF
6 20 Joey Gallo TEX 1B, 3B



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