MLB season is upon us and Fantasy Baseball is back and better than ever! Over the next few weeks we are planning on getting you ready for any of the upcoming Fantasy drafts that you have. This week we are sending out our initial 2014 rankings that will be updated as Spring training progresses. The week after we are going to answer 5 questions about each position as well as giving you some insight into some players that we like as well. Matt Bell is joining me today as we rank 3rd Baseman as well as take a look at one guy we like higher than his ADP and one we have lower than his ADP.
2014 Fantasy Baseball 3rd Base Rankings (as of 02/20/14)
|Rank||Ricky Valero||Matt Bell|
|2||Adrian Beltre||Adrian Beltre|
|3||David Wright||Matt Carpenter|
|4||Josh Donaldson||David Wright|
|5||Evan Longoria||Manny Machado|
|6||Matt Carpenter||Evan Longoria|
|7||Ryan Zimmerman||Josh Donaldson|
|8||Pedro Alvarez||Ryan Zimmerman|
|9||Manny Machado||Pablo Sandoval|
|10||Kyle Seager||Kyle Seager|
|11||Pablo Sandoval||Chase Headley|
|12||Chase Headley||Pedro Alvarez|
|13||Brett Lawrie||Nolan Arenado|
|14||Aramis Ramirez||Will Middlebrooks|
|15||Martin Prado||Brett Lawrie|
|16||Todd Frazier||Aramis Ramirez|
|17||Nolan Arenado||Martin Prado|
|18||Chris Johnson||Chris Johnson|
|19||Will Middlebrooks||Todd Frazier|
|20||Xander Bogaerts||Xander Bogaerts|
|21||David Freese||Matt Dominguez|
|22||Matt Dominquez||David Freese|
|23||Mike Moustakas||Mike Moustakas|
|24||Cody Asche||Trevor Plouffe|
|25||Trevor Plouffe||Cody Asche|
Guy ranked higher than his Current ADP (ADP is being provided from Fantasypros.com)
Ricky – Josh Donaldson – Current ADP 7 – I have him ranked 4th – Donaldson had a career season last year hitting .301 with 24 HR and 93 RBIs. He hit well on both sides of the break last season, showing that he wasn’t a fluke. Donaldson will again prove to be a top 3rd base option this season. Give me Donaldson over Longoria, Alvarez and Zimmerman in 2014.
Matt Bell – Manny Machado has an ADP of 13th, but you’ll see I’ve got him 5th and this might be my most reach of any guy in my rankings! I love what Machado can do for his team and I feel like people are knocking him down because of his injury to end last season. He’s a young player though and all signs point to him being fully ready to go this season. He carries a nice batting average and can contribute in other categories as well.
Guy I have lower than his current ADP.
Ricky – Evan Longoria – Current ADP 4 – I have him ranked 6th – Longoria had one his worst seasons at the plate since his rookie year. He struck out way too much and showed little patience at the plate. While the HRs may still be there, I think the average stays where it is and he doesn’t fufill his ADP this season.
Matt Bell – Pedro Alvarez falls to 12th in my rankings with a ADP of 9th. I love the Alvarez can hit a ton of home runs, but in reality that is all he does. He doesn’t have the potential to carry you in many categories, but home runs. He can lead the league in home runs, but he may also lead it in strike outs as well.
In case you missed these, here are my Catcher Rankings (http://wp.me/p2MUTr-BY), 1st baseman (http://wp.me/p2MUTr-BZ) and 2nd baseman rankings (http://wp.me/p2MUTr-C2)
If you have any questions about the upcoming Fantasy Baseball season make sure to hope on over to twitter and ask. You can follow me @rickygangster and Matt Bell @Mattbell211 and we will answer any and all questions.
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