Here’s a look at the 2014 Lester’s Legends’ Third Base Rankings for NL-only fantasy baseball leagues.
1. David Wright, New York Mets
David Wright has career averages of .301 BA, 22 HR, 88 RBI, 85 R and 18 SB. If he can stay healthy in 2014, he’s the most balanced third baseman in the game.
Have a decent backup plan if you do decide to draft him, however. Last year Wright had a .307-63-18-58-17 line.
2. Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals
Ryan Zimmerman hasn’t played in 150 games since 2009, but he has averaged 146 over the past two seasons. In the six seasons in which Zimmerman played at least 140 games, he has averaged 25.5 home runs, 94.3 RBI, 92.5 runs and 5.3 steals while hitting .284.
You’ll want a decent backup with Zimmerman as well. Last year Zimmerman hit .275 with 84 runs, 26 HR, 79 RBI and six stolen bases.
3. Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals
Matt Carpenter posted a .318-126-11-78-3 line. Though he doesn't offer much in terms of speed or power, Carpenter's batting average and high run total are much better than his competition in those categories. Plus, he delivered plenty of RBI. Finally, his eligibility at second base makes him a versatile option.
4. Pablo Sandoval, San Francisco Giants
The Kung Fu Panda has reportedly shed some weight this offseason as he enters his contract year. Over the past five years, however, he has hit .295 while averaging 17.4 runs and 73 RBI. Money can be a motivating factor. Last year he posted a .278-52-14-79-0 line.
5. Pedro Alvarez, Pittsburgh Pirates
Pedro Alvarez has averaged 33 home runs and 92.5 RBI over the past two years, but you’ll have to live with his .235 lifetime batting average. Last year he hit .233 with 70 runs, 36 home runs, 100 RBI and a pair of stolen bases.
6. Aramis Ramirez, Milwaukee Brewers
Aramis Ramirez is another player with a lengthy injury history, but when he’s healthy, he can hit. Over the past seven years, he has hit .292 while averaging 22.6 home runs, 86.7 RBI and 70.1 runs, despite playing just 125.3 games per year. Have a backup plan with him as well. Last year he hit .283 with 43 runs, 12 home runs and 49 RBI.
7. Martin Prado, Arizona Diamondbacks
Martin Prado hit .282 with 70 runs, 14 home runs, 82 RBI and three stolen bases. He’s a .293 career hitter and has averaged 12.6 home runs over the past five seasons. He also has eligibility at second base, which helps his value.
8. Chris Johnson, Atlanta Braves
Chris Johnson hit .321 last year with 54 runs, 12 home runs and 68 RBI. His .394 BABIP suggests his batting average is due for a regression, but he is a .289 career hitter. He doesn't bring a lot of power, but he hits for average and drives in a fair amount of runs.
9. Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies
Nolan Arenado hit .267 as a rookie with 49 runs, 10 home runs, 52 RBI and two stolen bases. Playing home games at Coors Field should help improve his power numbers.
10. Todd Frazier, Cincinnati Reds
Todd Frazier hit just .234 last year, but he finished with 63 runs, 19 home runs, 73 RBI and six stolen bases. It was his second straight year with 19 home runs, so he can give you a little pop.
Also check out:
- 2014 Fantasy Baseball Team Name Contest
- 2014 Fantasy Baseball First Base Rankings
- 2014 Fantasy Baseball Second Base Rankings
- 2014 Fantasy Baseball Third Base Rankings
- 2014 Fantasy Baseball AL-Only Third Base Rankings
- 2014 Fantasy Baseball Shortstop Rankings
- 2014 Fantasy Baseball Catcher Rankings
- 2014 Fantasy Baseball Outfielder Rankings