Originally written on We Talk Fantasy Sports  |  Last updated 11/15/14
The hot corner is one loaded with young, risky, talent.  Guys like Manny Machado, Brett Lawrie and Mike Moustakas all provide fantasy owners with huge upsides and increased positivity when reading about them.  But last season Lawrie was hit with the injury bug and Moustakas suffered a sophomore slump.  If these two guys can give owners consistent production with 500-600 ABs, third base could be the position that wins you your fantasy league!  With Alex Rodriguez' hip and off field issues, Kevin Youkilis might just see enough ABs to move him up this list, but with Eduardo Nunez' bat waiting for opportunity, the New York Yankees would be silly not to share the weatlh.  All 5 guys before the jump are 1st and 2nd round worthy, but be VERY careful with Evan Longoria due to health and have a SOLID backup plan just in case!*- New Team ** - Sleeper1.) Miguel Cabrera - Detroit Tigers2.) Adrian Beltre - Texas RangersBeltre is a model of consistency. From 2010-2012, Miguel Cabrera leads third basemen in R, HR, RBI, AVG, 2Bs, and SLG %. Miguel Cabrera is considered a top 3 pick. Adrian Beltre is second in all these categories, except R (he is 3rd). The only thing Beltre lacks is speed, which is the only reason David Wright can creep in the conversation for the second rated third basemen. www.mockdraftcentral.com (MDC) ADP- 16  - @Schuch103.) David Wright - New York Mets4.) Hanley Ramirez - Los Angeles Dodgers5.) Evan Longoria - Tampa Bay Rays6.) Chase Headley - San Diego Padres7.) Ryan Zimmerman - Washington Nationals8.) Pablo Sandoval - San Francisco Giants9.) Brett Lawrie - Toronto Blue JaysThe sleeper hype was so high for Lawrie last year that people overdrafted the value of the player. This year, it may have gone the other direction. Though many viewed it as a “down” year -- and he only played 125 games due to injury -- he still had double-digit steals and home runs, while hitting .273. None of this jumps out at you, but when a “down” year is solid enough to not kill you in any categories, it’s the sign of a good fantasy player. At the very least, he is solid and doesn’t hurt you; at the most, he reaches his huge potential and puts up monster numbers. - @RDevinHughesLawrie has 2008 Hanley Ramirez upside. In his initial season, his power was surprising. If we extrapolate his numbers from Season 1 to a full season his stat line would have been: 104R, 32 2Bs, 16 3Bs, 36 HRs, 100 RBI, 28 SB, and a .293 BA. Those are impressive numbers and he would have been 2012s Mike Trout. Picking a small sample size of a quarter of a season may be statistically irrelevant, but fantasy owners are willing to invest more draft value, with less information. His year two numbers may have not been as impressive in the power and speed department, but I would be confident in projecting 15HRs, 20 SBs, and 100 Rs, especially in this new Blue Jay offense. MDC ADP- 65 - @Schuch1010.) David Freese - St. Louis Cardinals11.) Will Middlebrooks - Boston Red Sox12.) Aramis Ramirez - Milwaukee BrewersRamirez was a scary FA signing for the Brewers in 2012. He was coming off of what seemed to be a money making season, something ARam could not repeat. Seeing him given a three year contract was even scarier. But ARam easily met expectations in 2012. He hit 50 doubles, posted his second straight .300+ season and hit 25+ HRs for the third straight year. In fact, he has hit over .288  and over 25 HRs in 8 of the last 9 seasons. Like Beltre, ARam may not contribute to SBs, but he can add in 4/5 of the typical scoring settings. MDC ADP- 42 - @Schuch10 13.) Kyle Seager - Seattle Mariners14.) Martin Prado *- Arizona Diamondbacks15.) Mike Moustakas - Kansas City Royals16.) Manny Machado **- Baltimore Orioles17.) Pedro Alvarez - Pittsburgh PiratesIf you’ve waited a long time and gotten this low on 3B, absolutely take Alvarez. We don’t have the home run hitters of the steroid era anymore, but Alvarez has huge power. 30 HR and 85 RBI last year despite only hitting .244; if he can get that average up to even .260, he will have big run production numbers. If the average stays low, he still contributes in the HR and RBI categories, making him a more exciting own that a Callaspo or Michael Young. - @RDevinHughes18.) Kevin Youkilis * - New York Yankees19.) Todd Frazier **- Cincinatti Reds20.) Chris Nelson ** - Colorado Rockies21.) Alberto Callaspo - Los Angeles Angels22.) Michael Young *- Philadelphia Phillies23.) Trevor Plouffe - Minnesota Twins24.) Chris Johnson *- Atlanta Braves25.) Ryan Roberts - Tampa Bay Rays26.) Lonnie Chisenhall - Cleveland IndiansFairly deep sleeper pick, but I’m a believer. The Indians view him as their 3B of the future and will likely give him every chance to prove he can be that guy. Tune in to Spring Training news to make sure he wins the job; if he does, he could become a solid run producer from the bottom of your draft.  - @RDevinHughes27.) Matt Dominguez - Houston Astros28.) Ian Stewart - Chicago Cubs29.) Jeff Keppinger *- Chicago White Sox30.) Placido Polanco *- Miami Marlins31.) Josh Donaldson - Oakland Athletics32.) Juan Francisco - Atlanta BravesDon't forget these guys!Mike Olt - RangersJosh Vitters - CubsJedd Gyorko - PadresStats from last season:20 third basemen hit at least 15 homerunsMiguel Cabrera lead with 44 and only Adrian Beltre (36) had more than 31Chase Headley, Pedro Alvarez, Aramis Ramirez, Ryan Zimmerman each had at least 257 others hit at least 20Miguel Cabrera lead all third basemen with 139 RBIChase Headley (115) Aramis Ramirez (105) and Adrian Beltre (102) were the only other with 100+ RBIJust 7 others drove in at least 75 runs.Ryan Zimmerman (95), David Wright (93) and Hanley Ramirez (92) were the only others in the 90sAramis Ramirez hit 50 doublesMartin Prado (42) David Wright (41) and Miguel Cabrera (40) were the only other who reached 406 others hit at least 30 doubles13 third basemen scored at least 70 timesMiguel Cabrera was the only guy in triple digits (109)Adrian Beltre, Chase Headley, Ryan Zimmerman, Aramis Ramirez and David Wright scored at least 90 timesMartin Prado (81) was the only third baseman to score in the 80s15 third basemen struck out at least 100 timesPedro Alvarez lead with 180Mark Reynolds (now 1B) and Chase Headley only others above 150Chase Headley (86) and David Wright (81) were the only third basemen to draw more than 73 walksMark Reynolds 73, Miguel Cabrera 66Everyone else under 60Hanley Ramirez lead all third basemen with 21 stolen basesChase Headley, Martin Prado and Maicer Izturis had 17 each8 others had at least 10Of third basemen with 300+ ABs8 third basemen hit .300 or betterOnly Miguel Cabrera (.330) Jeff Keppinger (.325) and Adrian Beltre (.321) hit .310 or betterJust 4 third basemen finished with an OBP of .375 and upThat included Chipper Jones who is now retiredMiguel Cabrera (.606) and Adrian Beltre (.561) were the only third basemen who SLG .550 or betterAramis Ramirez (.540) was the only other guy above .500Catcher RankingsFirst Base RankingsSecond Base Rankings
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