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2017 Third Base Rankings: Projected

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Dave runs an early set of projections for Ray's 2017 Third Base Rankings

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This is fun. The offensive talent that is available in the player pool for the last two positions covered - shortstop earlier in the week and third base today, is just unbelievable. With a variety of pairings possible, a fantasy owner in 2017 drafts could conceivably start their squad with a 3b/SS combo and end up with 60-70 home runs and 20-30 stolen bases. If you're a 75/75 HR/SB after 3-rounds type of drafter, these two positions, plus an outfielder, could be the way you're leaning in your early preparation. Even if you decide to wait at third base, there's a large group of talent available later on - Jake Lamb, Alex Bregman, Nick Castellanos & Maikel Franco, who all carry a varying degree of floor and potential upside. To sum it all up, third base is strong and will offer a variety of ways to fill the position in 2017.

The projections you see below are based upon Ray's 2017 Early Third Base Rankings. If you're new to this series, feel free to take some time and catch up on the other positions we've covered so far.

2017 Catcher Rankings: Projected

2017 First Base Rankings: Projected

2017 Second Base Rankings: Projected

2017 Shortstop Rankings: Projected

DISCLAIMER:

It is important to note that while a set of projections might add up to a dollar value when converted using a variety of methods that would rank a certain player above another, that doesn't necessarily mean the projection is correct and the ranking is incorrect. With a ranking things such as consistency and the odds of more or less playing time can be the difference between one spot in a ranking list and another. When converting projections straight over to dollar values, this can be lost at times. Using both projections and rankings from your favorite sources is an ideal way to build an appropriate expectation level for the coming season.

As always, please share any thoughts or questions in the comments below.

Ray's Rank Name Team LG PA HR R RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
1 Nolan Arenado Rockies NL 675 39 104 123 2 0.299 0.351 0.568
2 Manny Machado Orioles AL 695 34 98 87 7 0.289 0.344 0.509
3 Kris Bryant Cubs NL 680 34 104 103 10 0.272 0.365 0.515
4 Josh Donaldson Blue Jays AL 690 36 113 105 6 0.282 0.378 0.534
5 Adrian Beltre Rangers AL 630 24 85 91 1 0.302 0.357 0.491
6 Kyle Seager Mariners AL 675 28 84 91 3 0.272 0.344 0.475
7 Evan Longoria Rays AL 685 28 80 88 2 0.269 0.323 0.465
8 Jonathan Villar Brewers NL 680 18 88 64 56 0.263 0.337 0.421
9 Justin Turner Dodgers NL 500 19 65 70 5 0.292 0.359 0.494
10 Anthony Rendon Nationals NL 560 15 80 65 10 0.274 0.348 0.439
11 Todd Frazier White Sox AL 670 36 87 91 16 0.248 0.313 0.475
12 Alex Bregman Astros AL 650 24 97 103 14 0.261 0.328 0.47
13 Jake Lamb Dbacks NL 590 22 73 75 6 0.253 0.329 0.464
14 Matt Carpenter Cardinals NL 685 26 103 83 3 0.276 0.377 0.495
15 Jung Ho Kang Pirates NL 545 25 69 80 5 0.272 0.356 0.489
16 Miguel Sano Twins AL 565 31 70 84 1 0.243 0.338 0.493
17 Jose Ramirez Indians AL 620 11 83 65 21 0.279 0.334 0.415
18 Nick Castellanos Tigers AL 590 17 54 72 1 0.262 0.309 0.433
19 Maikel Franco Phillies NL 630 24 71 88 1 0.259 0.313 0.438
20 Javier Baez Cubs NL 540 17 56 63 13 0.243 0.288 0.395