Fantasy Baseball 2014: Ranking the Top 25 Third Basemen

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Fantasy Baseball 2014: Ranking the Top 25 Third Basemen
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Miguel Cabrera will be returning to first base this year, but he's still atop the third base rankings for fantasy.

With the top 150 fantasy baseball players all ordered and ranked on the inaugural Big Board, it's time to get into the individual position rankings.

After providing some sequencing to the second basemen last time out, next up is third base. Despite trending toward trouble recently, the position remains at least fairly deep among the infield positions, behind only first base in that regard.

To that end, there are about 10 perfectly capable fantasy starters at third base, assuming health and typical performances (neither of which will actually happen for all 10). A Pablo Sandoval or a Josh Donaldson, among others, might be at least a couple notches down from Miguel Cabrera (pictured) and Adrian Beltre, but they make for solid selections.

Once you get outside that range, though, things fall off rather quickly, which means at least one or two owners could leave the draft unhappy with their hot cornerman. If you don't want that to be you, read up on the top 25 overall fantasy third basemen and a few others you should watch.

 

These rankings consider three factors:

First, everything is based on 10- or 12-team mixed leagues with standard five-by-five rotisserie scoring (BA, R, HR, RBI, SB for hitters; W, ERA, WHIP, K, SV for pitchers).

Second, lineup construction accounts for 22 active roster positions consisting of: one each for catcher, first base, second base, third base, shortstop, corner infield, middle infield and utility; along with five outfielders and nine pitchers.

And third, to be eligible at a particular position, players either must have played at least 20 games there in 2013 or be in line to start there in 2014. Additionally, players are listed in the rankings at the position where their fantasy utility would be most useful.

 

Statistics come from Baseball Reference and FanGraphs.

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