Here are my five fantasy tiers for third basemen heading into exhibition play, with a nod toward 5x5 roto leagues.
To be honest, one could make a strong case for Ryan Zimmerman, Aramis Ramirez, Evan Longoria, Hanley Ramirez and especially Chase Headley earning a spot in the first tier; but after much reflection, I can only guarantee that Miguel Cabrera, David Wright and Adrian Beltre will post top-five finishes by season's end, health permitting.
After all, Headley had never amassed more than 12 homers, 64 RBI, 77 runs or .420 slugging prior to the 2012 season ... and heading into his age-29 campaign, it's hard to envision a ceiling that's higher than 31 homers, 115 RBI and 17 steals.
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Miguel Cabrera, Adrian Beltre, David Wright
Ryan Zimmerman, Chase Headley, Evan Longoria, Aramis Ramirez, Hanley Ramirez, Pablo Sandoval, Martin Prado...