2019 Fantasy Baseball: 2019 Third Base Rankings for Mixed Leagues
If you’ve just joined us, welcome to the 2019 FantraxHQ Fantasy Baseball Draft Kit. We kicked it off on New Year’s Day and we’re gonna keep on rolling out content right up until Opening Day. If you want to get all chronological on us feel free to check out our 2019 consensus rankings for Catcher, First Base, and Second Base. Read on here if you want to dive into our 2019 Third Base Rankings.
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As we’ve done for all our rankings, we’ll discuss the general state of the third base position as it relates to fantasy baseball, and then lay down our take on the 2019 third base rankings. I’ll let my esteemed colleagues Eric Cross and Nathan Dokken address the general player pool at third base. For me there’s one overriding question that is going to dominate fantasy baseball talk in early 2019…
Where do you draft Vladimir Guerrero Jr.?
The huge successes of recent rookies like Ronald Acuna, Juan Soto, Aaron Judge, and Cody Bellinger has taken away much of the caution many people have typically exhibited when it comes to rookies. At Baseball HQ’s First Pitch Arizona they hold a variety of different drafts to help those at the conference and readers at home get an early look at how 2019 drafts might unfold. One such draft was a 50-Round Draft and Hold NFBC style draft. Guerrero went at pick No. 18 there. While this is not an actual NFBC money league, they do play the league out and reputations are at stake.
That’s just too high for me. I love Vladdie Jr. and have little doubt he will eventually be one of the better hitters in baseball. Will it be this year? Many other hitters have taken months or even a couple of years to make the necessary adjustment. Acuna struggle a bit early last year, but he has the speed to help make up for rough patches with stolen bases. Vlad Jr. does not. If he gets out of the gate slow, you’ll have to ride it out. I don’t expect to see much of a struggle, but can we really count on 30 HRs and a .300 average? And get this, the question of his performance isn’t even the biggest issue at hand.
What really concerns me is the question of just when he’ll be called up. He’s obviously ready as a hitter, but his defense is shaky at best. I don’t really think it bothers the Blue Jays too much, but it is a nice excuse for them to keep him down in the minors for financial reasons. Will it be just a few weeks like it was for Bryant and Acuna or will it be June before we see him in Toronto? Even the slightest potential of missing two months of the season makes it very risky to draft him in the second round.
Experts’ Take on Third Base in 2019
Eric Cross: The hot corner seems to get deeper and deeper every season. This is a position to really get some thunder, both early and late. If you want to grab Jose Ramirez, Nolan Arenado, or Alex Bregman, be ready to pony up a first round pick. Outside of that trio is where it gets interesting. While I have no problem taking one of them in the first, this year I’m likely going to be looking at a couple bounceback players at this position that I can get at a good value due to injuries and down season statistically. Those two, of course, are Kris Bryant and Josh Donaldson. If you don’t want to chase the elite trio, wait a couple rounds and grab one of these two.
There are also a lot of young rising stars at the position you can grab in the mid to late rounds. Guys like Rafael Devers, Miguel Andujar, and Matt Chapman. Oh yeah, some schlub named Vladimir Guerrero Jr. You might have seen him in one, or 246, of my prospect/dynasty articles. If you want the satisfaction of having him on your roster next season, you’re going to need to use one of your first 3-4 picks on him.
Nathan Dokken: What already was a robust position in 2017, third base was further fortified as a star-studded group in 2018. Players like Alex Bregman, Javier Baez, and Jose Ramirez pushed themselves into the elite tier, with the likes of Eugenio Suarez and Max Muncy not far behind. And guess what? Some young gun named Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. is on his way up in 2019 to make things even more interesting. Even if you go pitching heavy in the early rounds and miss out on the elite options, there is some really nice depth to the position. You won’t have to pay too much for potential rebound seasons from Miguel Sano, Jake Lamb, or Wil Myers, and Rafael Devers is a potential breakout candidate. It’ll be hard to mess this position up on draft day.
Consensus 2019 Third Base Rankings
Our 2019 third base rankings are sorted by our consensus rankings as a default. You can also sort by any of the rankers by clicking on their name at the top of that column. The range column shows how much difference there was between the highest and lowest rankers. When a player was not ranked they were given a hypothetical ranking of 31. In reality, those players may have been much further down the list for that ranker. The third base tiers are not as secure as some of the positions we’ve ranked so far. There are a few players with a wide range of rankings. You decide where you put that player.
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Meet your rankers:
Doug Anderson is a 10-year veteran of the Fantasy Sports industry. His work has appeared on RotoExperts.com, Yahoo.com, SI.com, and NFL.com, as well as in the pages of USA Today’s Fantasy Baseball Weekly and various other magazines. Doug has participated in both LABR and Tout Wars, the two preeminent expert fantasy baseball leagues in existence. Doug was formerly the Executive Editor at RotoExperts and is now Managing Editor here at FantraxHQ. You can follow him on Twitter @RotoDaddy.
Eric Cross has been writing for FantraxHQ since March of 2017 and recently became the lead MLB writer and prospect analyst for FantraxHQ. He also wrote for FantasyPros from June 2017 to September 2018. In the past, he also covered NFL and NBA for Fantrax. Eric was accepted into the FSWA (Fantasy Sports Writers Association) in March of 2018. Find him on Twitter @EricCross04 and ask away with all your baseball and prospect questions.
Nathan Dokken is a member of the FSWA and has been featured on numerous radio shows, podcasts, and magazines. He is the host of the Nasty Cast and Fantrax Dynasty Baseball podcasts, and his written work can be found at Razzball and Fantrax HQ. He is on Twitter @NathanDokken.
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