You can make a case for five 3B-eligible players to be selected in the first round of fantasy baseball drafts in 2018. Not that many will go that high -- there are only 10-12 first-round spots in most leagues, after all -- but the talent level at the very top of our third base rankings is as strong as any position. The good times don't stop at No. 5, though, as there are several steady contributors, big-time sleepers, and intriguing prospects at the hot corner who should be marked on your cheat sheets.
After the top nine or 10 (depending on our views on Rafael Devers), third base basically devolves into power hitters with mediocre/low averages. The seemingly ageless Adrian Beltre would be a notable exception, but you're not finding much in the ways of average or steals once you hit double-digits. That said, there are several players with 30-HR pop (some with 40-HR potential), and even in today's homer-happy world, that means something.
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As a result, it's tough to distinguish between our No. 11 player (Mike Moustakas) and our No. 23 guy (Todd Frazier). Age, consistency, and injury history were big factors in determining who got slotted where, and BB-rate was also taken heavily into account. The ability to get on base leads to a higher potential for runs scored, and with so many players having similar HR/SB/average profiles, those extra runs could make all the difference.
2018 FANTASY BASEBALL RANKINGS: Rankings based on average/runs/HRs/RBIs/SBs. Eligibility based on Yahoo's default settings.
Catcher | First | Second | Shortstop | Outfield | Starter
Rankings based on average/runs/HRs/RBIs/SBs. Eligibility based on Yahoo's default settings.6 Jose Ramirez Indians 2B | Reliever
2018 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Third base
Rankings based on average/runs/HRs/RBIs/SBs. Eligibility based on Yahoo's default settings.
6 Jose Ramirez Indians 2B
|2||Josh Donaldson||Blue Jays|
|9||Rafael Devers||Red Sox|
|27||Eduardo Nunez||Red Sox||2B/SS/OF|
|36||Matt Davidson||White Sox|
|39||Russell Martin||Blue Jays||C|
|40||Yangervis Solarte||Blue Jays||2B/SS|
* Not eligible at this position on draft day but expected to play there during the season