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2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: 3B

Sporting News — (Matt Lutovsky)

Look at the top of our 3B rankings. You can make a case for each of the top six as first-round picks. They won't all go in the first round -- nor will they all play third base for their respective fantasy baseball owners -- but it's clear this is a loaded group. Throw in the limitless upside of top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr., the potential for big-time bounce backs from guys like Josh Donaldson and Wil Myers, and the allure of young sleepers such as Rafael Devers, Yoan Moncada, and Nick Senzel, and this position is one of the most important on any draft cheat sheet.

One thing you won't find much of at 3B is stolen bases, especially when you factor in that Jose Ramirez, Javier Baez, and Myers are eligible at other positions. It's likely those three will lead all 3B-eligible players in SBs this year, with only Yoan Moncada (if he gains eligibility) also a threat to hit the 20-SB mark. You can make a case that puts a premium on those guys (it's part of the reason we have Myers ranked higher than most sites), but obviously there are plenty of brilliant hitters available at this position.

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Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | Each team

The toughest player to evaluate is Manny Machado. At only 26 and averaging 35.5 HRs the past four seasons, Machado could have been as high as No. 2 on this list depending on where he signed. Petco Park is by no means a death sentence, but when you couple its spaciousness with Machado's career road splits (.271/.319/.443), it's fair to wonder just how good he'll be for fantasy owners. There's no doubt he's an elite talent, but his fantasy stats might not be.

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There are plenty of 3B picks who fall into the "solid and safe" camp, led by Anthony Rendon. Eugenio Suarez, Matt Chapman, and Matt Carpenter also fit the bill. Chances are, most owners will pass on at least the latter three for Guerrero Jr., though. Baseball's top prospect should be up before May, and while there's always risk involved with 20-year-olds who have only played 30 games above Double-A, he's the type of player many will want to gamble on.

2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings:
Catcher | First | Second | Short | Outfield | Starter | Reliever | Top 300

It's tough to find many true sleepers at this position. The top 24 or so are all well-known commodities, so it's all about what type of value you can get during your draft. Good players will fall, so don't freak out if you don't get your target early. 

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Fantasy Baseball Rankings: 3B

These rankings are for standard 5x5, non-keeper leagues. Eligibility based on Yahoo default settings.

* = Player not eligible at that position on draft day but expected to play there during the season

RankingPlayerTeamOther eligibility
1Jose RamirezIndians2B
2Nolan ArenadoRockies
3Alex BregmanAstrosSS
4Kris BryantCubsOF
5Manny MachadoPadresSS
6Javier BaezCubs2B, SS
7Anthony RendonNationals
8Wil MyersPadresOF
9Travis ShawBrewers1B, 2B
10Miguel AndujarYankees
11Eugenio SuarezReds
12Vladimir Guerrero Jr.Blue Jays
13Josh DonaldsonBraves
14Matt ChapmanA's
15Matt CarpenterCardinals1B, 2B
16Justin TurnerDodgers
17Mike MoustakasBrewers2B*
18Rafael DeversRed Sox
19Max MuncyDodgers1B, 2B
20Yoan Moncada*White Sox2B
21Carlos SantanaIndians1B
22Jake LambDiamondbacks1B*
23Miguel SanoTwins1B
24Nick SenzelRedsOF*
25Maikel FrancoPhillies
26Ian HappCubsOF
27Jurickson ProfarA's1B, 2B, SS
28Eduardo EscobarDiamondbacksSS
29Yuli GurrielAstros1B, 2B
30Wilmer FloresDiamondbacks1B, 2B
31Asdrubal CabreraRangers2B, SS
32Kyle SeagerMariners
33Jung Ho KangPirates
34Jeimer CandelarioTigers
35Evan LongoriaGiants
36Jed LowrieMets2B
37Ryan McMahonRockies1B, 2B
38Renato NunezOrioles
39Niko GoodrumTigers1B, 2B, SS, OF
40Zack CozartAngels2B, SS
41Hernan PerezBrewers2B, SS, OF
42Johan CarmargoBravesSS
43Brian AndersonMarlinsOF
44Joey WendleRays2B, SS, OF
45Todd FrazierMets1B
46Daniel RobertsonRays2B, SS
47Eduardo NunezRed Sox2B
48Hunter DozierRoyals1B
49Yolmer SanchezWhite Sox2B*
50Tim BeckhamMarinersSS
51Martin PradoMarlins
52Jedd GyorkoCardinals2B
53Matt DuffyRays2B
54David FletcherAngels2B
55Brandon DruryBlue Jays