Top 10 Third Basemen for 2018

Top 10 Third Basemen for 2018

This is my sixth entry in my eight part position preview for the 2018 fantasy baseball season.

Here are the top ten players at third base for the 2018 season:

Rank Rotisserie Points
10 Jake Lamb (Diamondbacks) Anthony Rendon (Nationals)
9 Miguel Sano (Twins) Joey Gallo (Rangers)
8 Alex Bregman (Astros) Jake Lamb (Diamondbacks)
7 Freddie Freeman (Braves) Alex Bregman (Astros)
6 Jose Ramirez (Indians) Freddie Freeman (Braves)
5 Joey Gallo (Rangers) Josh Donaldson (Blue Jays)
4 Josh Donaldson (Blue Jays) Jose Ramirez (Indians)
3 Kris Bryant (Cubs) Kris Bryant (Cubs)
2 Manny Machado (Orioles) Manny Machado (Orioles)
1 Nolan Arenado (Rockies) Nolan Arenado (Rockies)

Jake Lamb hit 30 home runs and 105 RBI in 2017, breaking the 30/100 mark for the first time in his three year career. He continues to struggle against left handed pitching – he batted just .144 with 5 HR and and 19 RBI against lefties in 2017. Lamb could easily become a top five player at the position if he can find a way to increase his production against left handers. In 2018, he has a good chance to produce a similar stat line to last year.

Anthony Rendon slashed .301/.403/.533 last year, good for the best year of his career at the plate. He’s a stud in points leagues because he’s a doubles hitter, with 38+ in his last three full seasons. He’s not too shabby in standard 5×5 roto either, coming in as the number 11 player at the position.

Miguel Sano is another player who will threaten to lead the like in strikeouts, which really damages his value in points league formats. If he can play a full season, the projection models like him to hit 35 home runs and just shy of 100 RBI. Sano has never played more than 116 games in his first two full seasons in the bigs, however, and he is rehabbing from shin surgery currently. There’s also the matter of some off the field allegations that could threaten his ability to play in 2018. If none of those things prevent him from playing, he should be the usual power threat he has been at the plate.

The next few players have multiple position eligibility, which place them among the most versatile options for fantasy players to select in 2018.

I wrote about Joey Gallo in the first base preview, so read more about him there. He’s also going to be in the top ten for outfield eligible players. You can read more about Alex Bregman in my shortstop preview. Freddie Freeman is also profiled in the first base preview, so see what we have to say about him there. Cleveland’s Jose Ramirez is also second base eligible, where he is far more valuable, frankly. Read more about him in my second base preview.

Josh Donaldson is entering a contract year in Toronto, and he’s coming off a 2017 campaign that was marred by injury. Despite only playing 113 games, he still managed to hit 33 home runs and 78 RBI. Donaldson has 40+ home run upside while offering a respectable batting average at the plate. His ADP places him in the middle of the third round currently, one of the better values in the top 5 at the position.

Kris Bryant’s power dipped a bit in his follow up to his 2016 National League MVP campaign, but he still managed to hit .295 with 29 home runs and 73 RBI. The projection model likes him to rebound a bit and be closer to his 2016 version than his 2017 version in 2018. Bryant is currently being selected in the early part of the second round according to ADP currently, which feels about right for a player of his caliber.

Manny Machado is going to be shortstop eligible by the second week of the 2018 season, but he still remains one of the best options at third base for 2018. Read more about him in the shortstop preview.

Nolan Arenado remains king at the position for the 2018 season in all formats. The Colorado third baseman is still in his prime, entering his age 27 season. Arenado hit .309 with 39 home runs and a staggering 130 RBI in 2017. He should be able to replicate that in 2018 if he stays healthy.