CSS Button No Image Css3Menu.com

Baseball Prospectus home
  
  
Click here to log in Click here for forgotten password Click here to subscribe

Futures Guide 2014 is Now Available in Paperback and Three E-book Formats.

Premium and Super Premium Subscribers Get a 20% Discount at MLB.tv!

<< Previous Article
Fantasy Article Fantasy Players to Avo... (02/14)
<< Previous Column
Fantasy Article Dynasty League Positio... (02/06)
Next Column >>
Fantasy Article Dynasty League Positio... (02/20)
Next Article >>
Fantasy Article Fantasy Team Preview: ... (02/14)

February 14, 2014

Dynasty League Positional Rankings

Top 50 Third Basemen

by Bret Sayre


To read the previous editions in this series, click below:

The Primer:
Because dynasty league rankings are relatively league-dependent, I set up parameters for ranking the players below (and the ones who will follow at other positions). The list here presupposes a 16-team standard dynasty format, where there are no contracts/salaries, players can be kept forever and owners have minor league farm systems in which to hoard prospects. So feel free to adjust this as necessary for your individual league, whether it’s moving non-elite prospects without 2014 ETA’s down if you don’t have separate farm teams or moving lower-risk, lower-reward players up in deeper mixed or only formats.

The thing about third base is that it’s really not as shallow of a position as people make it out to be. And that’s not even including some top-flight prospects who are currently projected at other positions, but could end up here in the future—like Javier Baez and Carlos Correa. With the biggest name at the hot corner all set to depart after the 2014 season (at least eligibility-wise), the position will look for someone to claim the throne. Will it be one of the current collection of second or third-round picks to step up, or will the savior come from the position’s youth? The real sea change here won’t come in 2015, but further down the road—as there is only one player in the top-10 who has major league experience and is less than 28 years old. You can probably guess who he is. There are also major leaguers who will be shifting over to this list for either 2015 or 2016 (mostly from second base) in Anthony Rendon, Matt Carpenter and Jedd Gyorko. This will continue to beef up what is already a somewhat beefy middle tier.

And now, your top 50 third basemen in dynasty formats:

The man without peers at the position. It does not matter in the slightest that he won’t have the eligibility beyond 2014—players like Miggy are above eligbility. I wouldn’t care if he was DH-only for the rest of his career; his value would not change in the slightest.

It’s no secret how much I love Machado. He’s going to be a superstar, and even though he gets pegged as a “better in real life” guy because of his insane defense, it undersells his fantasy future. He can be a future .300 hitter with 25-30 bombs annually—and it could start as soon as 2014 (though 2015 is a better bet). The other three are great, but have their flaws. Longoria isn’t as great for fantasy as he seems because of his batting averages and injuries. Wright is great now, but is exiting his prime shortly. Beltre is past his prime, but just continues to rake. He’ll slow down at some point.

The rest of this article is restricted to Baseball Prospectus Subscribers.

Not a subscriber?

Click here for more information on Baseball Prospectus subscriptions or use the buttons to the right to subscribe and get access to the best baseball content on the web.


Cancel anytime.


That's a 33% savings over the monthly price!


That's a 33% savings over the monthly price!

Already a subscriber? Click here and use the blue login bar to log in.

8 comments have been left for this article.

<< Previous Article
Fantasy Article Fantasy Players to Avo... (02/14)
<< Previous Column
Fantasy Article Dynasty League Positio... (02/06)
Next Column >>
Fantasy Article Dynasty League Positio... (02/20)
Next Article >>
Fantasy Article Fantasy Team Preview: ... (02/14)

RECENTLY AT BASEBALL PROSPECTUS
Fantasy Article Fantasy Freestyle: Useful Non-Closer Relieve...
Fantasy Article Dynasty Dynamics: Players We're Buying at th...
Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, July ...
Premium Article The Call-Up: Aaron Sanchez
Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Headley Chased
Eyewitness Accounts: July 23, 2014
2014 Draft

MORE FROM FEBRUARY 14, 2014
Premium Article Pebble Hunting: The Search for Yuni's Succes...
Premium Article Raising Aces: Bush League: Marcus Stroman an...
Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Nationals Catch a Ray
Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Extensions Afoot?
Fantasy Article Fantasy Team Preview: Philadelphia Phillies
Fantasy Article Fantasy Players to Avoid: Third Basemen
Fantasy Article TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Third Basemen

MORE BY BRET SAYRE
2014-02-19 - Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Episode 7
2014-02-18 - Fantasy Article Fantasy Team Preview: New York Mets
2014-02-17 - Fantasy Freestyle: BP's Mixed LABR Draft
2014-02-14 - Fantasy Article Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 50 T...
2014-02-14 - TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep 6: A Whole ...
2014-02-12 - Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Episode 6
2014-02-07 - TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep 5: There is...
More...

MORE DYNASTY LEAGUE POSITIONAL RANKINGS
2014-03-06 - Fantasy Article Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 75 R...
2014-02-27 - Fantasy Article Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 175 ...
2014-02-20 - Fantasy Article Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 120 ...
2014-02-14 - Fantasy Article Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 50 T...
2014-02-06 - Fantasy Article Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 50 S...
2014-01-30 - Fantasy Article Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 50 S...
2014-01-23 - Fantasy Article Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 50 F...
More...

INCOMING ARTICLE LINKS
2014-03-06 - Fantasy Article Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 75 R...
2014-02-27 - Fantasy Article Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 175 ...
2014-02-20 - Fantasy Article Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 120 ...