2013 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Third Basemen

By on January 22, 2013



Cabrera’s year-to-year production is off the charts, he’s still only 29 years old, and he’s now eligible at third base instead of the historically deeper first base. He is considered a top-three pick in all Fantasy formats, coming off the first Triple Crown season in over 40 years.

Miguel Cabrera has been an absolute monster since the day he was called up and has done nothing but continue to get better, year after year.  Miggy sits high-atop the 2013 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Third Basemen and then there is a considerable drop-off between him and the next best at the hot corner.

Over the years, owners have been hit hard with superstar after superstar succumbing to injury. Think, Evan Longoria, Ryan Zimmerman, Hanley Ramirez, David Wright, Adrian Beltre and Alex Rodriguez who have all missed large chunks of games throughout different points in their careers.  Historically, this position is more injury-riddled than any other in Fantasy baseball.

The moral of the Fantasy third basemen story is:  This is a position littered with talent, but be keep in mind you will want to have a capable reserve if the injury bug hits.

Changes you will want to keep your eye on:

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  • Kevin Youkilis is back in the AL East!  Only this time he comes back in the Yankee pinstripes and turns his back on Beantown.  ”Youk” is well past his prime and is more a temporary fill until Rodriguez returns from hip surgery; however, Yankee hitting coach Kevin Long recently told the New York Post that he thought he could get Youkilis back on track.  “We looked at old film and compared it to 2012,” Long said.  “We saw some considerable differences, mainly in his stance and it looked like the adjustments had an impact….I think we can get him back to being an All-Star caliber player.”   With his skills appearing to be diminishing, he is no more than a late-round pick in mixed leagues this year, but you’ll want to keep an eye on how this new stance works for him this spring.  Will Middlebrooks remains the future at the hot corner in Boston.
  • Mark Reynolds joins Nick Swisher in Cleveland as the two big off-season signings  for the Tribe – and he moves to first-base-only eligible in Fantasy play for those leagues needing 20 or more games played at the position in the previous year.  Reynolds’ power bat makes him a decent late-round pick in Rotisserie formats, but points leaguers should exercise caution, as his strikeouts and relatively low doubles totals may end up hurting as much as they help.
  • Michael Young leaves the sweltering heat of Arlington and picks-up his parka on his way to Philadelphia.  Both parks are hitter friendly and while he does not have middle-infield (SS, 2B) eligibility entering your draft, he could pick it up by midseason like he does most years.  He will start the season capable of playing 1st and 3B and worth a later-round selection.
  • Manny Machado , a former propsect at shortstop, will be the open day starting third baseman in Baltimore. That position switch for SS to 3B has historically crushed a players Fantasy value.  Luckily, J.J. Hardy has played more than 140 games in a season just once (last year) in the past four seasons.  That could mean Machado picks up five games there this season, making him eligible at SS as well as 3B and worth a late-round gamble.
  • Alex Rodriguez  is expected to be out until June after hip surgery.  Coming off a postseason which he was benched for his performance at the plate and the fact that he is now 38 years of age makes him a very risky option.  If you can stash him in a DL spot, Rodriguez is worth a late-round pick on draft day, but in some leagues, he might very well go undrafted and rightfully so.
  • Keep in mind that there are some big names who will not have 3B eligibility entering 2013 like Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Bautista and Mark Trumbo.  That is a lot of power exiting the position and makes things that much shallower.
  • Can Evan Longoria and Ryan Zimmerman stay healthy?  They both have tremendous ability, if on the field, but there is a huge risk that they are going to continue to miss time.  Value them as top options at a weaker position, but do so with a solid backup in place.

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Here are the Top 60 at the hot corner:

Updated 3/1/2013

Rank Player Team Score
1 Cabrera,Miguel DET 123.16
2 Headley,Chase SD 97.26
3 Wright,David NYM 93.84
4 Beltre,Adrian TEX 93.77
5 Ramirez,Hanley LA 93.19
6 Longoria,Evan TAM 91.15
7 Zimmerman,Ryan WAS 89.26
8 Ramirez,Aramis MIL 84.96
9 Lawrie,Brett TOR 75.43
10 Middlebrooks,Will BOS 71.10
11 Sandoval,Pablo SF 69.38
12 Izturis,Maicer TOR 64.86
13 Machado,Manny BAL 63.69
14 Frazier,Todd CIN 63.01
15 Seager,Kyle SEA 62.81
16 Freese,David STL 60.70
17 Moustakas,Mike KC 60.47
18 Youkilis,Kevin NYY 58.35
19 Plouffe,Trevor MIN 56.60
20 Keppinger,Jeff CHW 53.85
21 Alvarez,Pedro PIT 53.63
22 Chisenhall,Lonnie CLE 41.80
23 Young,Michael PHI 39.95
24 Francisco,Juan ATL 36.52
25 Callaspo,Alberto LAA 36.40
26 Donaldson,Josh OAK 35.05
27 Stewart,Ian CHC 34.69
28 Carroll,Jamey MIN 33.56
29 Nelson,Chris COL 33.39
30 Pacheco,Jordan COL 32.09
31 Rodriguez,Alex NYY 30.82
32 Hechavarria,Adeiny MIA 30.38
33 Betemit,Wilson BAL 29.74
34 Johnson,Chris ATL 28.99
35 Ciriaco,Pedro BOS 22.72
36 Carpenter,Matt STL 22.05
37 Hairston,Jerry LA 19.55
38 Descalso,Daniel STL 17.61
39 Dominguez,Matt HOU 16.68
40 Wheeler,Ryan COL 16.48
41 Polanco,Placido MIA 15.64
42 Chavez,Eric ARI 14.51
43 Wigginton,Ty STL 14.29
44 Kennedy,Adam FAN 11.10
45 Liddi,Alex SEA 10.01
46 Roberts,Ryan TAM 8.49
47 Donald,Jason CIN 8.35
48 Arias,Joaquin SF 8.01
49 Arenado,Nolan COL 7.82
50 Cruz,Luis LA 7.36
51 Valbuena,Luis CHC 5.31
52 Frandsen,Kevin PHI 3.57
53 Green,Nick MIA 3.33
54 Lake,Junior CHC 2.69
55 Nix,Jayson NYY 1.94
56 Hudson,Orlando FAA 1.64
57 Jimenez,Luis LAA 1.45
58 Rodriguez,Sean TAM 1.42
59 Rolen,Scott CIN 1.21
60 Punto,Nick LA 0.51

 

Please review the original article to get a list of the entire set of rankings.

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