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February 12, 2014

Fantasy Three-Year Projections

Third Basemen

by Ben Carsley


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Everyone in fantasy sports loves to look ahead. Even in the throes of a pennant race, you can fire up a conversation about next year’s first round and it will go on for an hour. With that in mind, the BP fantasy team will be taking a long-view look at every position this offseason with three-year rankings (composite value over the next three seasons).

As I wrote in the third base primer piece, this is a position that's about to undergo plenty of change from a fantasy perspective. While there are four clear top dogs right now, one is moving off the position and one is entering his mid-30s, leading to a clear changing of the guard. Add in boring, safe veterans and a group of high-upside, risky young players, and forecasting third base over the next few years is a difficult task.

1. Evan Longoria, Rays
2. David Wright, Mets

Longoria and Wright sit atop the rankings as two fairly young third baseman who figure to be top selections for each of the next three years, though Wright could be in the early stages of decline by 2016. You can argue that Longoria should be in a tier of his own, but I think Wright has enough talent to decline gracefully rather than fall off a cliff.

3. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
4. Adrian Beltre, Rangers
5. Manny Machado, Orioles
6. Josh Donaldson, Athletics

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