This is a position that is as stacked as they come with top-tier talent. Outside of pitchers and outfielders, you’d be hard pressed to find a deeper position than 3B. First base would like to put up a challenge, but I feel this is truly the deepest position that only fields one starter per game. The 2015 AL MVP (Josh Donaldson), the 2016 NL MVP (Kris Bryant), and who I think should have been the 2017 NL MVP (Nolan Arenado) are all third basemen. Not to mention Jose Ramirez, who came in 3rd in AL MVP voting in 2017. It’s a position that is deep and star-studded.
Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies leads the pack. He is the most offensively well-rounded of the bunch and plays in a very hitter friendly Coors Park for 81 games. Over the past 3 seasons, Arenado has averaged a .297 batting average, 104 runs scored, 40 HRs, 131 RBIs, and 354 total bases (leading the MLB in 2 of the 3 years). He is the best hitter in one of MLB’s best lineups and is a lock to be a top-5 pick in every fantasy draft.
For Manny Machado, this may be the last year he is eligible at 3B. The Orioles have already confirmed that he will be moving to SS (his natural position) full-time in 2018, and he is sure to focus on this position when he enters free agency at the end of the season. There is more value in superstar SS because there simply isn’t as many of them. He will likely be the cream of the SS crop in 2019, but for now, he’s #3 on my list of 3B for 2018.
If there’s a possibility to get both Arenado and Machado for instance in the first 2 rounds, you can be comfortable doing that as they will be able to be inserted together with Machado gaining SS eligibility.
Without further adieu, the top-15 3B for 2018:
- Nolan Arenado (rockies)
- Kris Bryant (cubs)
- Manny Machado (orioles) – most likely moving to SS in 2018
- Jose Ramirez (indians)
- Mike Moustakas (fa)
- Josh Donaldson (blue jays)
- Anthony Rendon (nationals)
- Adrian Beltre (rangers)
- Miguel Sano (twins)
- Justin Turner (dodgers)
- Alex Bregman (astros)
- Kyle Seager (mariners)
- Rafael Devers (red sox)
- Evan Longoria (giants)
- Matt Davidson (white sox)
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