Updated May Rankings and Tiers: Third Base (3B)

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The comedian Lewis Black has a fantastic bit about the dumbest thing he’s ever heard in his life. After relaying the thing in question, he cautions the audience, “Don’t think about that sentence for more than three minutes, or blood will shoot out your nose.” This is more or less how it felt trying to make heads or tails of 2017’s weird and wild first month and produce updated rankings. It’s why, unlike my esteemed colleague Nick Mariano, I went only 300 players deep as opposed to 500. Had I pressed on, it might have broken my brain.

All of which is to say, if you disagree strongly with any particular ranking, know that there’s a decent chance you could talk me into adjusting mine. The sheer number of injuries and surprise performances (in both directions) made putting this update together a stiff challenge. Nick covered the keystone yesterday, and today I'll be looking at the hot corner.

You can find our full, updated rankings here. Note that they’re based on a standard 12-teamer, so you should make adjustment based on your specific league settings. Tiers, auction values, prospects, news and more. It's all free.

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2017 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Third Base (May Updates)

Ranking Tier Player Position Kyle Nick Composite
1 1 Nolan Arenado 3B 3 4 3.5
2 1 Kris Bryant 3B/OF 2 7 4.5
3 1 Manny Machado SS/3B 8 15 11.5
4 1 Josh Donaldson 3B 11 13 12
5 2 Jonathan VIllar SS/3B 35 34 34.5
6 2 Kyle Seager 3B 36 53 44.5
7 2 Justin Turner 3B 41 76 58.5
8 2 Matt Carpenter 1B/2B/3B 47 75 61
9 3 Jose Ramirez 3B/OF 80 46 63
10 3 Adrian Beltre 3B 63 74 68.5
11 3 Jake Lamb 3B 58 83 70.5
12 3 Anthony Rendon 3B 77 66 71.5
13 3 Miguel Sano 3B 67 87 77
14 3 Todd Frazier 3B 87 72 79.5
15 3 Evan Longoria 3B 72 88 80
16 4 Alex Bregman 3B 99 120 109.5
17 4 Mike Moustakas 3B 107 148 127.5
18 4 Maikel Franco 3B 181 151 166
19 4 Travis Shaw 1B/3B 193 150 171.5
20 4 Eduardo Nunez SS/3B 206 140 173
21 4 Nick Castellanos 3B 226 130 178
22 4 Eugenio Suarez 3B 162 209 185.5
23 4 Yangervis Solarte 3B 231 179 205
24 4 Joey Gallo 3B 223 214 218.5
25 4 Ryon Healy 3B 211 263 237
26 5 Brandon Drury 3B/OF 242 238 240
27 5 Mark Reynolds 3B #N/A 260 260
28 5 Jung-ho Kang 3B 270 #N/A 270
29 5 Jedd Gyorko 2B/3B 265 296 280.5
30 5 Chase Headley 3B #N/A 285 285
31 5 Pablo Sandoval 3B #N/A 302 302
32 5 Jose Reyes SS/3B #N/A 303 303
33 5 Yulieski Gurriel 3B 248 361 304.5
34 5 Martin Prado 3B 296 318 307
35 6 Yoan Moncada 3B #N/A 307 307
36 6 Hernan Perez 3B/OF 243 378 310.5
37 6 David Freese 1B/3B #N/A 316 316
38 6 Yunel Escobar 3B #N/A 320 320
39 6 Matt Duffy SS/3B #N/A 326 326
40 6 Jhonny Peralta 3B #N/A 352 352
41 6 Danny Valencia 1B/3B/OF #N/A 374 374
42 6 Adonis Garcia 3B #N/A 375 375
43 6 Wilmer Flores 1B/3B #N/A 404 404
44 6 Luis Valbuena 1B/3B #N/A 431 431
45 6 Greg Garcia 2B/SS/3B #N/A 485 485
46 6 Jurickson Profar SS/3B #N/A 488 488

 

Third Base Rankings Analysis: May

Our top six from the preseason holds steady, with the exception of Nolan Arenado and Kris Bryant flip-flopping at the top. Let's be real, though - you're not complaining about having either guy on your roster. One player you might be losing patience with is Jonathan Villar, but both Nick and myself urge you to stay the course. Despite his struggles at the plate, he's still giving fantasy owners the pop and speed that made him such a hot commodity in drafts. There remains 20/50 potential here, though it may come with a .250 average.

There's plenty of movement in our valuations outside the top tier, though. Jose Ramirez cracks the top 10 after flashing surprising pop, though he's slumped so far in May. Justin Turner jumps from 12th to seventh, despite having just one home run to his name so far. He's hitting ropes again this year, and more of them will start clearing the fence soon enough. Jake Lamb and Miguel Sano both get a modest bump, which makes me feel both great and terrible. Great, because I championed both players over the winter; terrible, because I only managed to snag a single share of each in 2017.

Every action requires an equal and opposite reaction, so obviously we've had some players drop in the rankings as well. Evan Longoria and Anthony Rendon fell out of the top 10 after slow starts, though Rendon's incredible performance on April 30 likely soothed any ill will his owners had built up toward him. Assuming they started him, anyway. Adrian Beltre went from "won't need a disabled list stint" to "might not be back until June," after having Rich Hill's blister surgically grafted onto his calf (at least, that's my theory). Joey Gallo has filled in for him admirably, though Nick and I are both still giving him some side-eye. Alex Bregman and Todd Frazier get dinged a few spots each for their early struggles, though we still have them in the vicinity of the top 100 players ROS. Third base is stacked, y'all.

A few quick hits to close things out:

  • Not buying Mark Reynolds. Sorry not sorry.
  • I feel like the deluge of injuries this year just underlines the value of a guy like Kyle Seager, who so rarely misses time. The slow start was par for the course, and you can expect much better days ahead.
  • I should have ranked Mike Moustakas lower. The eight homers are great, but he's striking out a lot more than usual and rocking a sub-.300 OBP.
  • Keep Jung Ho Kang on your watch list just in case his visa issues get ironed out.

 

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