Lost password?

Don't have an account?
Join the Best Live Fantasy Chat Community!


Receive free daily analysis


Already have an account? Log In


Forgot Password


Articles & Tools
Import Your Leagues
Daily Stats & Leaders
All Pitcher Matchups
Compare Any Players
Pickups & Streamers
Rookies & Call-Ups
News and Alerts

2018 Third Base - Early Fantasy Baseball Tiered Rankings

Today, I’ll be taking a look at how we ranked players at the hot corner. Third base offered an abundance of productive fantasy assets last year, and 2018 figures to be no different.

In case you missed it, you can also check out our rankings and analysis for catcher, first base and second base - compliment of my self, Pierre Camus and Jeff Kahntroff.

Our analysis columns will be coming soon for all remaining positions, so stay tuned. In the meantime, you can see all of our preliminary 2018 fantasy baseball rankings for mixed leagues. Bookmark that page!

Editor's Note: Our incredible team of writers received 13 award nominations by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association including Baseball Writer of the Year, Football Writers of the Year, Golf Writer of the Year and many more! Be sure to follow their analysis, rankings and advice all year long, and win big with RotoBaller! Read More!


2018 Fantasy Baseball Tiered Rankings: Third Base (January)

Ranking Tier Player Position Kyle Pierre Jeff
1 1 Nolan Arenado 3B 4 4 7
2 1 Kris Bryant 3B/OF 11 15 17
3 1 Freddie Freeman 1B/3B 16 17 10
4 2 Manny Machado 3B 18 9 23
5 2 Jose Ramirez 2B/3B 19 19 24
6 2 Josh Donaldson 3B 17 20 26
7 2 Alex Bregman 3B/SS 60 44 32
8 2 Anthony Rendon 3B 49 73 45
9 2 Justin Turner 3B 57 70 47
10 3 Miguel Sano 3B 71 54 67
11 3 Jake Lamb 3B 83 79 80
12 3 Travis Shaw 3B 76 87 102
13 3 Mike Moustakas 3B 104 52 115
14 3 Adrian Beltre 3B 111 106 103
15 4 Matt Carpenter 1B/2B/3B 124 96 114
16 4 Nicholas Castellanos 3B 134 128 121
17 4 Kyle Seager 3B 123 122 151
18 4 Rafael Devers 3B 117 118 185
19 4 Evan Longoria 3B 163 114 152
20 4 Eduardo Nunez SS/3B/2B/OF 171 148 123
21 4 Joey Gallo 3B/1B/OF 141 130 191
22 4 Marwin Gonzalez 1B/2B/3B/SS/OF 142 221 129
23 4 Scooter Gennett 2B/3B/OF 170 #N/A 172
24 4 Eugenio Suarez 3B 178 178 249
25 5 Ryon Healy 3B/1B 231 146 234
26 5 Todd Frazier 3B 226 233 261
27 5 Maikel Franco 3B 243 239 #N/A
28 5 Jeimer Candelario 3B #N/A 244 #N/A
29 5 Jose Reyes 2B/SS/3B 281 #N/A 253
30 5 Matt Chapman 3B 325 230 256
31 5 Asdrubal Cabrera SS/2B/3B 298 #N/A 244
32 5 Jedd Gyorko 1B/3B 280 #N/A #N/A
33 5 Nick Senzel 3B #N/A #N/A 289
34 5 Hernan Perez 2B/3B/OF 297 #N/A 291
35 5 Logan Forsythe 2B/3B 295 #N/A #N/A

Tier 1

Not much disagreement here, as all three of us have the top three players at the position ranked 17th overall or higher. Consensus #1 Nolan Arenado has averaged 40 home runs, 104 runs, and 131 RBI over the last three seasons, never hitting below .287 and setting a career best with his .309 mark in 2017. Pierre and I both had Kris Bryant just ahead of Freddie Freeman, while Jeff had the two flipped. Both are clear studs, but Bryant is younger, plays for a better team, and carries outfield eligibility in addition to qualifying for both corner infield slots.

Tier 2

None of us seem worried about Manny Machado’s step back in 2017, particularly not Pierre, who slotted him into the top 10 overall. Losing his shortstop eligibility dings his value ever so slightly, but when you put up .259-81-33-95-9 at age 25 and it’s considered a disappointment, positional considerations aren’t weighted too heavily. Josh Donaldson’s huge second half eased any concerns that his early-season struggles might have raised about a dropoff from one of fantasy’s premier talents.

Credit to Jeff for correctly buying into Jose Ramirez’s 2016 breakout last winter; he followed it up with a 2017 that earned him top-25 ranks from all three of us this year. This time around, Jeff is the high man on Alex Bregman, whose performance last year bears some similarities to Ramirez’s 2016. I’m bearish by comparison, but still view him as a fifth-round pick in standard leagues. Rounding out this tier, Pierre is a bit lower on Anthony Rendon and Justin Turner than we are.

Tier 3

As one would reasonably expect, this tier is where uncertainty begins to build. This round of rankings was compiled prior to the sexual assault allegations against Miguel Sano. If the allegations lead to any disciplinary action on the part of MLB, he’ll likely take a significant tumble in our rankings. As he had is 2016, Jake Lamb dominated prior to the All-Star break before collapsing in the second half. Without an injury to pin the blame on this time, it’s fair to wonder if he has the stamina to produce at a high level for six months. Travis Shaw was outstanding in his first season with the Brewers; only 12 other players managed to hit 30 homers while stealing 10 or more bases, and none of them were third basemen. With no track record of success prior to 2017, however, owners may be reluctant to pay for a repeat performance. Adrian Beltre, meanwhile, continued to produce at a high level but will be 39 this season and played in only 94 games in 2017. As for Mike Moustakas, Pierre is much higher on him than Jeff or myself. While I don’t take issue with his production, I do want to see where he signs before I commit to moving him up.

Tier 4

The fourth tier is an interesting mix of boring vets (Matt Carpenter, Evan Longoria, Kyle Seager), high-variance youngsters (Rafael Devers, Joey Gallo, Nick Castellanos), and 2017 breakouts (Scooter Gennett, Marwin Gonzalez, Gallo and Castellanos again). I was high on Carpenter heading into last year based on his 2016 performance prior to suffering a shoulder injury. Unfortunately, that same shoulder appears to have been bothering him for about a year and a half at this point. He posted the worst batting average of his career (.241) without producing enough in other categories to make up for the shortfall. Seager falls into a similar bucket, as his counting stats held steady but his average tumbled to liability level. Neither, of course, is as much of a drain on that category as Gallo, whose 41 homers, solid run productions, and seven steals were undercut by a putrid .209 mark. Castellanos and Devers won’t provide as much pop, but they’re both solid bets for 25 bombs with much more palatable batting averages.

Gennett was the poster boy for the 2017 power surge, as the infielder was picked up off the scrap heap by the Reds and proceeded to launch 27 homers. Just to underline how ridiculous his performance was, here’s a table:

Gennett .295 177 27 3
Player B .295 184 29 7


Player B, in this case, is Kris Bryant. Please feel free to draft Scooter ahead of him in all leagues, provided I am also in said league. Gonzalez also morphed from utility man to multi-cat stud in 2017, and if you play on Yahoo’s platform, he’s eligible everywhere except catcher.

Tier 5

A steep fall from grace for Todd Frazier compared to his ranking last winter. That’ll happen when your average falls ever closer to the Mendoza line for a fourth straight year, you quit stealing bases, and your HR total drops from 40 to 27 in a year where Scooter friggin’ Gennett hits that many. Ryon Healy and his former teammate Matt Chapman profile as similar low-average players with pop and no speed. Maikel Franco enters 2018 in make-or-break mode, and early mocks suggest more people expect the latter after a couple of disappointing seasons. The rest of this group are either prospects or guys who profile better at middle infield positions.


More MLB Rankings and ADP Analysis


Articles & Tools
Import Your Leagues
Daily Stats & Leaders
All Pitcher Matchups
Compare Any Players
Pickups & Streamers
Rookies & Call-Ups
News and Alerts


Rafael Fiziev3 mins ago

Suffers Knee Injury To Cut Main Event Short
Rafael Fiziev9 mins ago

Mateusz Gamrot Victorious After Rafael Fiziev Suffers Knee Injury
Kenny Pickett12 mins ago

Has Solid Showing In Week 3 Win
Michelle Waterson-Gomez14 mins ago

Dominated In TKO Loss
AJ Fletcher17 mins ago

Drops To 1-3 In The UFC
AJ Fletcher23 mins ago

Bryan Battle Submits AJ Fletcher For Second Straight Finishing Win
Mike Williams37 mins ago

Has A Torn ACL
Francisco Alvarez2 hours ago

Dealing With Finger Contusion
Ketel Marte2 hours ago

Absent From Lineup On Monday
Mike Trout2 hours ago

Season Is Over
Patrick Mahomes2 hours ago

"All Good" After Injury Scare
William Byron3 hours ago

Earns Sixth Win Of Season At Texas
Denny Hamlin3 hours ago

Secures Third Straight Top-Five Finish At Texas
Michael Pittman Jr.3 hours ago

Reels In Nine Catches In Week 3 Win
Tyler Reddick3 hours ago

Late Wreck Ruins Tyler Reddick's Race At Texas
Kyle Busch3 hours ago

Championship Hopes Take Big Hit After Texas Wreck
NASCAR3 hours ago

Bubba Wallace "Gave it Away" At Texas, Finishes Third
Chris Buescher4 hours ago

Has Another Strong Points Day At Texas
Kyle Larson4 hours ago

On Playoff Hot Seat After Wrecking At Texas
Joe Burrow4 hours ago

Status Still A Question Mark
Jimmy Garoppolo5 hours ago

Being Evaluated For A Concussion
Adam Fantilli5 hours ago

Registers Two Assists In Preseason Debut
Mike Williams5 hours ago

Feared To Have Serious Knee Injury
Trevor Van Riemsdyk5 hours ago

Trevor van Riemsdyk Sustains Apparent Hand Injury
Travis Konecny5 hours ago

"Banged Up"
Andrei Vasilevskiy5 hours ago

Battling Minor Injuries
Mika Zibanejad5 hours ago

Suffers An Upper-Body Injury
Kyle Palmieri6 hours ago

Set For Re-Evaluation This Week
Kenneth Walker III10 hours ago

Scores Twice In Week 3 Victory
Geno Smith10 hours ago

Finds Success Again In Week 3
Travis Kelce12 hours ago

Caps Off Blowout With Touchdown Catch
Patrick Mahomes12 hours ago

Earns First Three-Score Effort In Short Day
Rondale Moore13 hours ago

Logs 45-Yard Rushing Touchdown In Week 3 Win
James Conner13 hours ago

Rumbles Into The End-zone In Week 3 Win
Josh Downs13 hours ago

Leads Colts With 12 Targets In OT Win Over Ravens
Travis Etienne Jr.13 hours ago

With 138 Total Yards In Loss Vs. Texans
Zack Moss13 hours ago

Rushes For 122 Yards, Finds The End Zone In Week 3
Stefon Diggs14 hours ago

Tags Commanders For 111 Yards In Rout
Davante Adams14 hours ago

Shines For Two Touchdowns
Josh Allen14 hours ago

Manages Game In Easy Week 3 Win
Jimmy Garoppolo14 hours ago

Fills Stat Sheet Against Steelers
Tank Dell14 hours ago

Shows Out Again In Week 3
Deandre Ayton15 hours ago

To Portland A Possibility?
Damian Lillard16 hours ago

Bulls, Raptors Expressing Interest In Damian Lillard
Tim Hardaway16 hours ago

Pacers Reportedly Not Interested In Tim Hardaway Jr.
Buddy Hield16 hours ago

To Dallas?
Francisco Alvarez17 hours ago

Removed Early On Sunday
Luis Robert Jr.22 hours ago

Replaced During Sunday's Game
Yandy DĂ­az22 hours ago

Yandy Diaz Leaves Early Sunday
Ricardo Ramos1 day ago

Submitted Early At UFC Vegas 79
Charles Jourdain1 day ago

Extends Win Streak To Two
Marina Rodriguez1 day ago

Scores One-Sided TKO Win At UFC Vegas 79
Dan Ige1 day ago

Falls Short Against Another Top-10 Opponent
Bryce Mitchell1 day ago

Returns To Win Column At UFC Vegas 79
Brad Keselowski1 day ago

Feels Good About His Car at Texas
Tyler Reddick1 day ago

a Very Strong Option at Texas
Denny Hamlin1 day ago

Pegged as Favorite to Win at Texas
Carson Hocevar2 days ago

Looks Impressive Again at Texas
Zane Smith2 days ago

Slow In Practice and Qualifying at Texas
Todd Gilliland2 days ago

in Downgraded Equipment for Texas
Luis Arraez2 days ago

Suffers Injury On Saturday
Ryan Preece2 days ago

Will Start 25th At Texas
Chase Briscoe2 days ago

The Top Value Play On Sunday At Texas
Ricky Stenhouse Jr2 days ago

.'s Struggles At Texas To Continue This Weekend
Joey Logano2 days ago

Makes For A Nice Bounce Back Play At Texas
NASCAR2 days ago

Bubba Wallace Wins Pole At Texas Motor Speedway
Ryan Blaney2 days ago

A Core Play At Texas
Harrison Burton2 days ago

Still On Wood Brothers Hot Seat
Austin Cindric2 days ago

Keeps On Struggling In Qualifying
Kenley Jansen2 days ago

Returns From COVID List
Mike Trout2 days ago

Hits Off Tee
Yordan Alvarez2 days ago

Doubles In A Run, Managing Elbow Issue
MLB2 days ago

Diamondbacks-Yankees Postponed Saturday Due To Rain
MLB2 days ago

Braves-Nationals Postponed On Saturday
Nolan Arenado2 days ago

Cardinals Place Nolan Arenado On Injured List
Sandy Alcantara2 days ago

Suffers Setback After Rehab Start
Clayton Keller2 days ago

Ready To Become 100-Point Player
Nicklas Backstrom2 days ago

Feeling At 100 Percent
Oliver Ekman-Larsson2 days ago

Set To Get Look On Top Power-Play Unit
Carter Verhaeghe2 days ago

Battling Muscle Tightness
Nikolaj Ehlers2 days ago

Struggling With Neck Spasms
Logan Cooley2 days ago

Scores Wonder Goal In Preseason Opener
2 days ago

Chauncey Billups Backs Scoot Henderson To Become A "Star"
Josh Green2 days ago

Aims To Become A Bigger Defensive Presence
Josh Hart2 days ago

Set To See Minutes As Power Forward
Cade Cunningham2 days ago

Jaden Ivey Believes Cade Cunningham Will "Shock" People
DeMar DeRozan2 days ago

Ready To Shoot More Threes
Marcus Morris2 days ago

Sr. Set To Remain A Starter In New Season
Brandon Lowe3 days ago

Finished For 2023 With Knee Fracture
Salvador Perez3 days ago

On Track For Return On Sunday
Triston McKenzie3 days ago

Set To Return For Sunday's Start
Jaden McDaniels3 days ago

Timberwolves Desire To Extend Jaden McDaniels
Boston Celtics3 days ago

Celtics Signing Lamar Stevens As Bench Piece
Frank Ntilikina3 days ago

Could Be Limited At Training Camp
Jayson Tatum3 days ago

To Play More Point Guard In 2023-24?
Randy Arozarena3 days ago

Leaves With Right Quad Tightness
Ha-Seong Kim3 days ago

Returns To The Lineup
Vladimir Guerrero Jr.3 days ago

Rejoins The Lineup On Friday
Luis Arraez3 days ago

Back In The Lineup On Friday
Rasmus Dahlin3 days ago

Sabres Aiming To Lock Up Rasmus Dahlin, Owen Power Long-Term
Connor Hellebuyck3 days ago

Focused On The Jets In 2023-24
Trevor Zegras3 days ago

Jamie Drysdale Absent On First Day Of Camp
Andrew Cogliano3 days ago

Hoping To Be Cleared For Season Opener
Alexander Barabanov3 days ago

Prefers To Remain In San Jose
Mattias Ekholm3 days ago

Roughly A Week Away From Skating
Damian Lillard3 days ago

Suns Considered Dark Horse To Facilitate Damian Lillard Deal
Donovan Mitchell3 days ago

Not Expected To Sign An Extension Next Summer
3 days ago

Amen Thompson Is Ready To Go For Training Camp
Buddy Hield3 days ago

Mavericks, 76ers, Bucks Have Shown Interest In Buddy Hield
Kelly Oubre3 days ago

Jr. Expected To Sign With 76ers
Mateusz Gamrot3 days ago

Seeking Victory In Seventh UFC Appearance
Rafael Fiziev3 days ago

Looks To Get Back In Win Column
Michelle Waterson-Gomez3 days ago

In Dire Need Of Victory
AJ Fletcher3 days ago

Set To Showcase On Main Card
Bryan Battle3 days ago

A Favorite At UFC Vegas 79
Evgeny Kuznetsov3 days ago

Sees New Head Coach As "Perfect Match"
Mark Scheifele3 days ago

Open To Staying With Jets
BUF3 days ago

Buffalo Sabres Reportedly Eyeing Patrick Kane
Jusuf Nurkic4 days ago

Heading To Phoenix?
Damian Lillard4 days ago

Could Be Moved Before Training Camp
Ricardo Ramos4 days ago

Set For First Fight In Over A Year
Charles Jourdain4 days ago

Hoping To Bring UFC Record Above .500
Marina Rodriguez4 days ago

Gets A Rematch At UFC Vegas 79
Dan Ige4 days ago

Enters UFC Vegas 79 On Two-Fight Win Streak
Bryce Mitchell4 days ago

Looking To Bounce Back After First Career Loss