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05-24

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6

Updating the Tiers: Third Basemen
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Mike Gianella

02-05

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Tale of the Tape, Dynasty Edition: Rafael Devers vs. Ryan McMahon
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J.J. Jansons

02-05

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Tale of the Tape, Dynasty Edition: Rafael Devers vs. Ryan McMahon
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J.J. Jansons

02-05

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings Continued: Third Basemen on the Ocean Floor
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Wilson Karaman

02-05

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The -Only League Landscape: American League Third Basemen
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Mike Gianella

02-05

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24

Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 50 Third Basemen
by
Bret Sayre

02-03

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9

The -Only League Landscape: National League Third Basemen
by
Mike Gianella

02-02

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Tale of the Tape: Nolan Arenado vs. Manny Machado
by
Matt Collins

02-02

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12

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Third Base
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J.P. Breen

02-01

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The Quinton: Third Base, Year-to-Year Shifts, and Reference Points
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Jeff Quinton

02-01

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State of the Position: Third Base
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Mike Gianella

02-01

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9

Early ADP Analysis: Third Base
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George Bissell

02-01

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2

Fantasy Players to Target: Third Basemen
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BP Fantasy Staff

08-19

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Dynasty Dynamics: Discussing the Top Four Third Basemen
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

03-13

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Player Profile: Ryan Zimmerman
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Matt Collins

01-30

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Third Base
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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

01-30

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Player Profile: Chris Davis
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Wilson Karaman

01-30

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16

Fantasy Players to Avoid: Third Basemen
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BP Fantasy Staff

01-29

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3

Tale of the Tape, Dynasty Edition: Maikel Franco vs. D.J. Peterson
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Ben Carsley

01-29

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The -Only League Landscape: National League Third Basemen
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Keith Cromer

01-28

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The -Only League Landscape: American League Third Basemen
by
Nick Shlain

01-28

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The Quinton: Third Base and Avoiding Result-Driven Strategy
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Jeff Quinton

01-28

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2

The Adjuster: Third Base
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Wilson Karaman

01-28

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16

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Top 30 Third Basemen
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J.P. Breen

01-27

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4

Tale of the Tape: Evan Longoria vs. Carlos Santana
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Matt Collins

01-27

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13

Get to Know: Third-Base Prospects
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Ben Carsley

01-27

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8

Fantasy Infographic: Third Base
by
Mauricio Rubio

01-27

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21

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Third Base
by
Craig Goldstein

01-26

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State of the Position: Third Base
by
Mike Gianella

01-26

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3

Fantasy Players to Target: Third Basemen
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BP Fantasy Staff

08-27

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3

They Hold No Quarter: Third Basemen
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Baseball Prospectus

02-14

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8

Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 50 Third Basemen
by
Bret Sayre

02-14

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16

Fantasy Players to Avoid: Third Basemen
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BP Fantasy Staff

02-14

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3

TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Third Basemen
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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

02-13

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Tale of the Tape: Evan Longoria vs. David Wright
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Alex Kantecki

02-13

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15

Get to Know: Third Base Prospects
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Craig Goldstein

02-12

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12

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Third Basemen
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Ben Carsley

02-11

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Graphical Fantasy Rankings: Third Base
by
Mauricio Rubio

02-11

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26

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Third Basemen
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Mike Gianella

02-10

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10

State of the Position: Third Basemen
by
Ben Carsley

02-10

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2

Fantasy Players to Target: Third Basemen
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BP Fantasy Staff

03-20

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Overthinking It: Moving Miguel
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Ben Lindbergh

03-09

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Resident Fantasy Genius: Fantasy Tier Rankings: Third Basemen
by
Derek Carty

02-15

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21

Prospectus Hit and Run: Inspecting the Spectrum, Part I: The Cold Corner, Again
by
Jay Jaffe

02-15

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26

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: What Could Go Wrong in 2012: Minnesota Twins
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Jason Parks

02-03

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The BP First Take: Friday, February 3
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Daniel Rathman

01-31

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The Keeper Reaper: First, Third, and DH for 1/31/12
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Michael Street

01-27

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25

Prospectus Hit and Run: The Heavyweight Infield
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Jay Jaffe

01-17

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Western Front: A Haphazard History of Halos at the Hot Corner
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Geoff Young

01-13

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Heartburn Hardball: Jack Morris in Motion
by
Jonathan Bernhardt

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May 24, 2016 6:00 am

Updating the Tiers: Third Basemen

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Mike Gianella

Reranking the fantasy options at the hot corner, factoring in their performance to date.

Welcome, to Baseball Prospectus’ first (or at least first time in a long time) in-season rankings update to our preseason positional tiers article. As we did during the preseason, players at each position will be divided into five tiers, represented by a “star” rating. In addition, unlike with the preseason “star” ratings, these lists can also be viewed as a straight ranking.

Five-star players are the studs at their position. In general, they are the players who will provide first or second round draft value and will be worth $30 or more in auction formats. Four-star players are a cut below the studs at the position. They will earn more than $20 in auction formats. Three-star players are the last tier in which players are projected to provide double-digit dollar value in auctions, and two-star players are projected to earn single digits in dollar value in auctions. One-star players are the types of players who provide back end roster value. The positional tiers aren't simply a regurgitation of what has happened year-to-date but rather try to offer some insights into what we expect will happen the rest of 2016.

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Which of these two blue-chip third-base prospects is the better long-term fantasy bet?

Just as Greg Wellemeyer did in looking at two catching prospects and two second-sackers, I’m back to offer an in-depth look at a pair of prospects at the hot corner as a companion to Bret Sayre’s dynasty-oriented look at the position, in the same format as I did in looking at our first-base matchup of Trey Mancini vs. Bobby Bradley. We hope that you’re enjoying the series, as it’s aimed at helping dynasty-league owners in the decision-making process that quite often occurs when trying to differentiate between two prospects, whether it be during draft time or in trade talks.

Today, we take a look at the top two prospects on Bret’s third-base rankings (and two very popular trade targets in dynasty leagues this offseason), the Red Sox' Rafael Devers, who checked in at no. 11 and Rockies farmhand Ryan McMahon, who was ranked at no. 16 by our fearless fantasy overlord.

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Which of these two farmhands is the better long-term fantasy bet?

Just as Greg Wellemeyer did in looking at two catching prospects and two second-sackers, I’m back to offer an in-depth look at a pair of prospects at the hot corner as a companion to Bret Sayre’s dynasty-oriented look at the position, in the same format as I did in looking at our first-base matchup of Trey Mancini vs. Bobby Bradley. We hope that you’re enjoying the series, as it’s aimed at helping dynasty-league owners in the decision-making process that quite often occurs when trying to differentiate between two prospects, whether it be during draft time or in trade talks.

Today, we take a look at the top two prospects on Bret’s third-base rankings (and two very popular trade targets in dynasty leagues this offseason), the Red Sox' Rafael Devers, who checked in at no. 11 and Rockies farmhand Ryan McMahon, who was ranked at no. 16 by our fearless fantasy overlord.

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Taking a deeper dive to identify present and future contributors at the hot corner.

Welcome down to the depths below the positional top 50, where each week we scavenge for potential crumbs among the current professional ranks and look mercifully into the future for the next wave of fantasy talent at each position. This series is geared towards those of you in deeper dynasty formats, particularly those either with a mid-season minor league draft or with no eligibility restrictions on the player pool. Here are links to the previous articles in this series:

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February 5, 2016 6:00 am

The -Only League Landscape: American League Third Basemen

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Mike Gianella

Scanning the senior circuit's hot-corner menu.


American League third basemen had a big bounce-back season last year. The 10 best eligible players at the position earned $253 in 2015 compared to $204 the year before. This is somewhat misleading where future earnings are concerned, as Chris Davis, Xander Bogaerts, Alex Rodriguez, and Carlos Santana are no longer eligible at third heading into 2016. Despite this, most of the improvement at third base should hold in 2016, thanks to a relatively injury free season in 2015 as well as the emergence of a core of young studs centered around future superstar Manny Machado. Based on last year’s results, third base in the AL could be an even better place to go shopping at the top end of the player pool.

The studs here were Machado and Josh Donaldson, and both return for another blockbuster engagement. Donaldson ($37) and Machado ($35) were the second- and third-best hitters in AL-only 5x5 leagues. Machado was one of two players in Major League Baseball to put up a 30/20 season (Paul Goldschmidt was the other) and what Donaldson didn’t provide with this legs he more than made up for with his thunderous bat, becoming only the second third baseman in history to reach or eclipse 40 home runs, 120 runs, and 120 RBI in a single season (Rodriguez was the other one, accomplishing the feat in 2005 and 2007). You’re going to have to pay at least $30 to get either one of these studs, and it is possible that one or both of them crack the $35 barrier.


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February 5, 2016 6:00 am

Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 50 Third Basemen

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Bret Sayre

Stacking up the third sackers for the long haul.

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February 3, 2016 6:00 am

The -Only League Landscape: National League Third Basemen

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Mike Gianella

Sizing up the senior-circuit crop at the hot corner.

As noted in last week’s NL-only write up, the idea of position scarcity in fantasy leagues is mostly a myth, and third base is no different than almost every other position in the National League. Last year in 5x5, the top 10 NL third basemen earned $209, or only slightly less than the top 10 NL first basemen ($216) and the second basemen ($212) did. This calculation assumes that players with dual eligibility at 2B/3B are all used at second, so you could make the case that at the top third base was the strongest infield position in the NL last year.

Todd Frazier departed for the American League this winter, but the NL still has two third basemen who are absolute studs. Kris Bryant beat out Nolan Arenado in real life (with a .317 TAv to Arenado’s .299), but since fantasy leagues don’t adjust for Coors-aided numbers, Nolan Arenado was the man in NL-only. He was the only NL third baseman who earned $30 or more in 2015, but these numbers may not be repeatable as even in Coors it is extremely difficult to assume that Arenado is going to drive in 130 runs again this year. Thirty to 35 home runs are a realistic expectation given the venue, but a mild drop in home runs could happen too. Arenado should still be a top-20 player, but some slippage is possible.

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Which one of these high-end third sackers is the better fantasy bet?

We’ve reached third-base week, which means we’re talking about the most top-heavy position on the fantasy slate for 2016. Looking at the NFBC ADP data, four third baseman are going in the top nine, and it is the most well-represented position in the first round of 12-team leagues. There is one particular pairing in this elite group that fascinates me more than any positional matchup in fantasy baseball this year, and they make up this week’s Tale of the Tape. It’s Manny Machado vs. Nolan Arenado.

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February 2, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Third Base

12

J.P. Breen

Breaking down the players eligible at the hot corner into fantasy value-based bins.

Third base has more star power than it has in roughly a decade, and it’s largely young star power. Just think, a year ago we only had Donaldson as a five-star fantasy option. Fast forward 12 months, and we’re legitimately discussing a hot-corner quartet that could dominate the fantasy scene for the next few years. Pretty cool.

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February 1, 2016 6:00 am

The Quinton: Third Base, Year-to-Year Shifts, and Reference Points

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Jeff Quinton

How to avoid strategic errors when dealing with a position that has seen an influx of top talent.

Things have done changed a little bit at third base since last offseason. Josh Donaldson won an MVP and put up the sixth best fantasy season of any hitter last season. Manny Machado (35 HR and 20 SB) and Nolan Arenado (42 HR and 130 RBI) broke out in 2015, and were the ninth- and 11th-most valuable fantasy-baseball position players. And in case you have not heard, Kris Bryant was everything we hoped for—providing top-25 fantasy position-player production despite being held in the minors for the first eight games of the season.

Consequently, 2016 ADP looks a lot different than 2015 ADP when it comes to third basemen. Last season, Donaldson was the top third baseman being taken and that was happening at the 20th-overall pick on average. This year, though, Donaldson (five), Arenado (nine), Bryant (11), and Machado (15) are all going in the first or early-second round. Such a shift is warranted, so we should all give ourselves a pat on the back for making this year-to-year adjustment. That said, such shifts can cause decision-making and strategic errors elsewhere; and, as we know, we want to avoid those errors. We will take a look at these possible errors below and see how we can best avoid making them.

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The hot corner looks a lot better through the fantasy lens than it did a year ago.

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February 1, 2016 6:00 am

Early ADP Analysis: Third Base

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George Bissell

A look at where the third sackers are being selected in the first batch of 2016 fantasy drafts.

Welcome to the fourth installment of our new fantasy series focused primarily on analyzing early average draft position (ADP) trends. The goal of the series is to identify trends in the data over time to determine what we can learn to improve our draft-day strategy going forward. This week’s edition focuses on the hot corner, which features a trio of the most electrifying young sluggers in the game at the top of the position, and a slew of quality veteran options as well. The late rounds are relatively barren, but not completely bereft of talent if you know where to look. Regardless, the sheer volume of insane talent headlining the position makes up for it’s relative lack of depth.

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